• State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Emergency Services

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

  • Four New Schools For Melbourne’s Inner City Families

    More than 5,000 new student places will be created for Melbourne families, with a further three new primary schools and a high school to be built in the inner city. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today released the Docklands School Provision Review and Stage 2 of the Andrews Labor Government’s Inner City Schools Package in response.

  • Monbulk's own Champion of the Code

    One of Monbulk’s most dedicated grassroots footy volunteers has been declared a Champion of the Code. James Merlino MP, State Member for Monbulk nominated Danny Lamb, Kilsyth Football Club Junior President for an award at a special reception at Government House to pay tribute to the hard-working volunteers who make local footy tick.

  • Valuing our emergency services volunteers

    Emergency services volunteers will be able to get the equipment and facilities they need to keep communities safe, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s new volunteer grants program. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited Wattle Glen CFA to launch the new Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program, with $15 million in grants available to volunteers in 2016-17.

  • State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Emergency Services

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

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Helping Victorian Students Learn A Musical Instrument

More Victorian students will get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today visited Morwell Central Primary School to open round two of the $400,000 Musical Instruments Grants program. Under the program, 200 eligible schools will be invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to buy musical instruments. Morwell Central Primary School students have access to 29 new percussion instruments, four drums and two woodwind instruments thanks to $4800 in funding in the first round of the program. Other schools across the state used the grants to buy instruments including pianos, guitars, ukuleles and xylophones. It is part of the Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools initiative – which also provides professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs. Research shows that exposure to music enhances student engagement and wellbeing, improves academic performance and builds personal and social development. Information on Music in Schools can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/Pages/music-in-schools.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Research tells us that exposure to music and musical education results in better results and better attendance.” “That’s why we’re helping hundreds of Victorian schools like Morwell Central Primary to develop and run quality music programs for their students.” “Last year 43 schools purchased more than 500 musical instruments including drums, guitars, tambourines, xylophones, cowbells and even an emu caller. I can’t wait to see what schools receive in round two.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing. “Morwell Central’s students are making the most of their instruments in a brand new school, and making music is helping them to develop new skills, make friends and have more fun while they learn.” Background: Music in Schools Initiative The Music in Schools program comprises: $1.6 million for professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools without strong, school-wide programs can establish quality music programs. $400,000 in grants over two stages for schools to buy instruments. $200,000 so trainee teachers at university studying to become primary teachers can complete musical education training. To date 596 teachers have completed professional training and 627 trainee teachers have completed training. Workshops are being conducted across Victoria, with the next local workshop due to run in Trafalgar on 15 May. Download the Media Release (360 KB)  

Helping Victorian Students Learn A Musical Instrument

More Victorian students will get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today visited Morwell Central Primary School to open round two of the $400,000 Musical Instruments Grants program. Under the program, 200 eligible schools will be invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to buy musical instruments. Morwell Central Primary School students have access to 29 new percussion instruments, four drums and two woodwind instruments thanks to $4800 in funding in the first round of the program. Other schools across the state used the grants to buy instruments including pianos, guitars, ukuleles and xylophones. It is part of the Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools initiative – which also provides professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs. Research shows that exposure to music enhances student engagement and wellbeing, improves academic performance and builds personal and social development. Information on Music in Schools can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/Pages/music-in-schools.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Research tells us that exposure to music and musical education results in better results and better attendance.” “That’s why we’re helping hundreds of Victorian schools like Morwell Central Primary to develop and run quality music programs for their students.” “Last year 43 schools purchased more than 500 musical instruments including drums, guitars, tambourines, xylophones, cowbells and even an emu caller. I can’t wait to see what schools receive in round two.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing. “Morwell Central’s students are making the most of their instruments in a brand new school, and making music is helping them to develop new skills, make friends and have more fun while they learn.” Background: Music in Schools Initiative The Music in Schools program comprises: $1.6 million for professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools without strong, school-wide programs can establish quality music programs. $400,000 in grants over two stages for schools to buy instruments. $200,000 so trainee teachers at university studying to become primary teachers can complete musical education training. To date 596 teachers have completed professional training and 627 trainee teachers have completed training. Workshops are being conducted across Victoria, with the next local workshop due to run in Trafalgar on 15 May. Download the Media Release (360 KB)  

NEW PARK WITH PLAYSCAPE AND SPORTS OVAL FOR OLINDA FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government will build a new park with a playscape and sports oval at the old Olinda Golf Course, giving families a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced that the Victorian Budget 2017/18 is investing to create more opportunities for families to get active in Victorian parks. We know local parks are a hive of activity, and we’re giving more locals the safe, modern and inclusive facilities they deserve to stay fit and healthy. As part of this funding, we will transform a former 34ha golf course in Olinda into a new public park . Key features will be park infrastructure, an oval and sports facilities as well as a state of the art playscape. This $4.47 million Andrews Labor Government commitment means a wide range of new facilities such as tracks and trails, community BBQs, shelters, seating, gardens, landscaping, and car parking. The 18-hole golf course closed in 2012 and was the former home of the Olinda Golf Club. The site is situated on the Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda adjacent to the National Rhododendron Gardens and RJ Hamer Arboretum, and only 500 metres south of the Olinda Township. The local community, businesses and visitors, working with Yarra Ranges Council and Parks Victoria, have played a key role in shaping the vision for the park. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “This will soon be a great day out for the whole family – a new public space our community can call their own.” “Victorians love the great outdoors, and the new park and playground in Olinda will inspire our kids to get more active, and most of all, have fun.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We are making sure that this space remains open for future generations to enjoy.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “From grassroots to elite, we’re working to give all Victorians access to the facilities they need to play the sports they love.”

NEW PARK WITH PLAYSCAPE AND SPORTS OVAL FOR OLINDA FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government will build a new park with a playscape and sports oval at the old Olinda Golf Course, giving families a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced that the Victorian Budget 2017/18 is investing to create more opportunities for families to get active in Victorian parks. We know local parks are a hive of activity, and we’re giving more locals the safe, modern and inclusive facilities they deserve to stay fit and healthy. As part of this funding, we will transform a former 34ha golf course in Olinda into a new public park . Key features will be park infrastructure, an oval and sports facilities as well as a state of the art playscape. This $4.47 million Andrews Labor Government commitment means a wide range of new facilities such as tracks and trails, community BBQs, shelters, seating, gardens, landscaping, and car parking. The 18-hole golf course closed in 2012 and was the former home of the Olinda Golf Club. The site is situated on the Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda adjacent to the National Rhododendron Gardens and RJ Hamer Arboretum, and only 500 metres south of the Olinda Township. The local community, businesses and visitors, working with Yarra Ranges Council and Parks Victoria, have played a key role in shaping the vision for the park. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “This will soon be a great day out for the whole family – a new public space our community can call their own.” “Victorians love the great outdoors, and the new park and playground in Olinda will inspire our kids to get more active, and most of all, have fun.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We are making sure that this space remains open for future generations to enjoy.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “From grassroots to elite, we’re working to give all Victorians access to the facilities they need to play the sports they love.”

BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE BRICK BY BRICK IN THE YARRA RANGES

Families in the Yarra Ranges will benefit from upgrades to local schools, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Monbulk College and Upwey High School to announce an almost $18 million funding boost for school upgrades that will benefit near 1,300 students. Upwey High School will receive $10 million to build four new competition grade basketball courts, music and drama facilities, a new home for the Dandenong Ranges Music Council, and administration facilities. A $7.6 million funding boost for Monbulk College will enable the school to build brand new classrooms, specialist spaces for information and communication technologies and art and fabrics as well as the refurbishment of an administration building. The funding for Upwey High School and Monbulk College comes on top of funding for other schools in the Yarra Ranges region. Yarra Ranges Special Development School has received a funding boost of $500,000, Lilydale Primary School $804,000 and Lilydale West Primary School more than $2.1 million, to upgrade and modernise their facilities. Funding will also go towards the Lilydale and Upper Yarra Secondary Schools Plan. This will involve both master planning and a look into further provision across Lilydale High School, Lilydale Heights College and Upper Yarra Secondary College. Stakeholder consultation will begin soon, along with facilities and enrolment planning to ensure the long-term future of the three schools. The projects are part of a $685 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state as well as creating local jobs. $195 million will go towards upgrading and modernising 59 regional schools and 49 metropolitan schools, including Monbulk Secondary and Upwey High. The projects include new classrooms, STEM facilities, gymnasiums and playgrounds. The funding brings the Labor Government’s total investment in our schools to more than $2.5 billion, including over 1,000 existing school projects and 56 new schools. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education James Merlino: “Across our state, we want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Students from Monbulk College and Upwey High School are among more than 100 Victorian schools to receive the upgrades they deserve.”

BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE BRICK BY BRICK IN THE YARRA RANGES

Families in the Yarra Ranges will benefit from upgrades to local schools, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Monbulk College and Upwey High School to announce an almost $18 million funding boost for school upgrades that will benefit near 1,300 students. Upwey High School will receive $10 million to build four new competition grade basketball courts, music and drama facilities, a new home for the Dandenong Ranges Music Council, and administration facilities. A $7.6 million funding boost for Monbulk College will enable the school to build brand new classrooms, specialist spaces for information and communication technologies and art and fabrics as well as the refurbishment of an administration building. The funding for Upwey High School and Monbulk College comes on top of funding for other schools in the Yarra Ranges region. Yarra Ranges Special Development School has received a funding boost of $500,000, Lilydale Primary School $804,000 and Lilydale West Primary School more than $2.1 million, to upgrade and modernise their facilities. Funding will also go towards the Lilydale and Upper Yarra Secondary Schools Plan. This will involve both master planning and a look into further provision across Lilydale High School, Lilydale Heights College and Upper Yarra Secondary College. Stakeholder consultation will begin soon, along with facilities and enrolment planning to ensure the long-term future of the three schools. The projects are part of a $685 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state as well as creating local jobs. $195 million will go towards upgrading and modernising 59 regional schools and 49 metropolitan schools, including Monbulk Secondary and Upwey High. The projects include new classrooms, STEM facilities, gymnasiums and playgrounds. The funding brings the Labor Government’s total investment in our schools to more than $2.5 billion, including over 1,000 existing school projects and 56 new schools. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education James Merlino: “Across our state, we want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Students from Monbulk College and Upwey High School are among more than 100 Victorian schools to receive the upgrades they deserve.”

The best tools for our state’s heroes

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to keep Victoria safe, with extra support for the men and women who serve our state during an emergency. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $112.6 million to upgrade facilities and invest in new equipment and training for emergency services across the state. The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) will receive $34.3 million for new trucks, boats and trailers and to modernise their buildings, including $2.8 million each for the Chelsea and Broadmeadows depots. Also included is the establishment of new units in Caroline Springs/Plumpton, Clyde, Craigieburn North, Cranbourne, Officer and Point Cook. In a significant reform, $14.9 million will cover the costs of SES units located on council land with long-term leases, giving them more certainty about their future. Life Saving Victoria will receive additional support, with $6 million in funding to redevelop and maintain their clubhouses. This includes funding for the redevelopment of clubhouses at Brighton, Jan Juc and Point Lonsdale. The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), which receives one call every thirteen seconds,  will also receive a boost with $42.8 million to make sure that Victorians get the right help when they need it. The Labor Government is investing a further $12.4 million to improve coverage of the emergency service radio, particularly important in large public areas that host big events like the MCG. The Budget also delivers $17.1 million over four years to establish and maintain an improved national emergency alert system. This will ensure the new system will be in place when the current system expires in June 2018. This builds on investments we have already made to support emergency services this year, including a $35 million boost to CFA and other emergency services volunteers in the Budget Update. This funded 28 firefighting trucks for CFA volunteer brigades, as well as work wear and protective clothing for thousands of volunteer firefighters. It also included the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program, a new initiative that is delivering new equipment, facility upgrades, and training to hundreds of volunteer groups across Victoria. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “We are making sure our state’s heroes have the tools they need to keep Victorians safe.” “From new buildings to new trucks, this funding will help the men and women who help us – often in the worst of times.” Download the Media Release (714 KB)  

The best tools for our state’s heroes

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to keep Victoria safe, with extra support for the men and women who serve our state during an emergency. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $112.6 million to upgrade facilities and invest in new equipment and training for emergency services across the state. The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) will receive $34.3 million for new trucks, boats and trailers and to modernise their buildings, including $2.8 million each for the Chelsea and Broadmeadows depots. Also included is the establishment of new units in Caroline Springs/Plumpton, Clyde, Craigieburn North, Cranbourne, Officer and Point Cook. In a significant reform, $14.9 million will cover the costs of SES units located on council land with long-term leases, giving them more certainty about their future. Life Saving Victoria will receive additional support, with $6 million in funding to redevelop and maintain their clubhouses. This includes funding for the redevelopment of clubhouses at Brighton, Jan Juc and Point Lonsdale. The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), which receives one call every thirteen seconds,  will also receive a boost with $42.8 million to make sure that Victorians get the right help when they need it. The Labor Government is investing a further $12.4 million to improve coverage of the emergency service radio, particularly important in large public areas that host big events like the MCG. The Budget also delivers $17.1 million over four years to establish and maintain an improved national emergency alert system. This will ensure the new system will be in place when the current system expires in June 2018. This builds on investments we have already made to support emergency services this year, including a $35 million boost to CFA and other emergency services volunteers in the Budget Update. This funded 28 firefighting trucks for CFA volunteer brigades, as well as work wear and protective clothing for thousands of volunteer firefighters. It also included the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program, a new initiative that is delivering new equipment, facility upgrades, and training to hundreds of volunteer groups across Victoria. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “We are making sure our state’s heroes have the tools they need to keep Victorians safe.” “From new buildings to new trucks, this funding will help the men and women who help us – often in the worst of times.” Download the Media Release (714 KB)  

Building the education state brick by brick

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure every child gets the very best start in life, building and upgrading a record number of Victorian schools. The $685 million investment, part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will go to improving classrooms, upgrading facilities and building new schools across the state, as well as creating local jobs. As part of this year’s funding boost, $270 million will go towards building and expanding a further 13 schools, with funds allocated for planning, land acquisition and construction. Another $195 million will go towards upgrading and modernising schools, over half of which are in regional Victoria. The projects include new classrooms, STEM facilities, gymnasiums and playgrounds at 59 regional schools and 49 metropolitan schools. Students at six Victorian special schools will also get the facilities they deserve, thanks to $44.4 million in upgrades. Additionally, schools with growing enrolments will be able to meet immediate demand thanks to $75 million for new relocatable classrooms. The Budget also includes $5.8 million to boost school pride and sports participation, and $85 million to remove asbestos from our classrooms. The funding brings the Labor Government’s total investment in our schools to more than $2.5 billion, including over 1 000 existing schools projects and 56 new schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Across our state, we want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “This is another big Budget for our schools and our kids are worth every cent.” Download the Media Release (732 KB)

Building the education state brick by brick

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure every child gets the very best start in life, building and upgrading a record number of Victorian schools. The $685 million investment, part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will go to improving classrooms, upgrading facilities and building new schools across the state, as well as creating local jobs. As part of this year’s funding boost, $270 million will go towards building and expanding a further 13 schools, with funds allocated for planning, land acquisition and construction. Another $195 million will go towards upgrading and modernising schools, over half of which are in regional Victoria. The projects include new classrooms, STEM facilities, gymnasiums and playgrounds at 59 regional schools and 49 metropolitan schools. Students at six Victorian special schools will also get the facilities they deserve, thanks to $44.4 million in upgrades. Additionally, schools with growing enrolments will be able to meet immediate demand thanks to $75 million for new relocatable classrooms. The Budget also includes $5.8 million to boost school pride and sports participation, and $85 million to remove asbestos from our classrooms. The funding brings the Labor Government’s total investment in our schools to more than $2.5 billion, including over 1 000 existing schools projects and 56 new schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Across our state, we want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “This is another big Budget for our schools and our kids are worth every cent.” Download the Media Release (732 KB)

Securing the best and brightest teachers for our kids

The Andrews Labor Government is working to give every Victorian child a great teacher, with our best and brightest teachers to be deployed across Victoria to help transform school results. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $456.6 million to meet the ongoing needs of students and teachers. This includes $50.7 million to make sure our students have access to great educators, including new Turnaround Teams, made up of an executive principal and two leading teachers, who will be deployed in underperforming schools to help lift results. The investment will also see 25 of Victoria’s best teachers join Specialist Teaching Teams, working with teachers and schools across the state. Further funds will also go towards employing more Executive Principals, who take a hands-on role in turning around underperforming schools, as well as School Improvement Partnerships, which link our lowest performing schools with our highest, allowing them to share ideas for improvement. The Budget also invests $9.7 million towards the Excellence in Teacher Education reforms. Unveiled in November last year, these landmark reforms will raise the quality of teacher education and training. This includes $4.6 million to pair 10 000 graduates with more experienced teachers, ensuring they get the support and guidance they need. $3.1 million will be invested in Teach for Australia and National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools programs to train around 250 high-achieving teachers to work in schools across the state. The Budget also features a $24 million investment to lift the quality of teaching and school leadership, including $18.3 million to expand the Professional Learning Communities initiative to an extra 200 schools. The initiative is based on the most successful teaching models from around the world, and will improve the skills of the state’s teachers, encouraging them to collaborate and implement the latest teaching developments in their classrooms. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re sending in our best and brightest teachers to transform classrooms around Victoria.” “Everyone knows a great teacher can make all the difference. With better support and training, we’re helping every teacher be their best.” “We’re building new classrooms, upgrading schools and investing in our teachers, so every child gets the best education.” Download the Media Release (713 KB)

Securing the best and brightest teachers for our kids

The Andrews Labor Government is working to give every Victorian child a great teacher, with our best and brightest teachers to be deployed across Victoria to help transform school results. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $456.6 million to meet the ongoing needs of students and teachers. This includes $50.7 million to make sure our students have access to great educators, including new Turnaround Teams, made up of an executive principal and two leading teachers, who will be deployed in underperforming schools to help lift results. The investment will also see 25 of Victoria’s best teachers join Specialist Teaching Teams, working with teachers and schools across the state. Further funds will also go towards employing more Executive Principals, who take a hands-on role in turning around underperforming schools, as well as School Improvement Partnerships, which link our lowest performing schools with our highest, allowing them to share ideas for improvement. The Budget also invests $9.7 million towards the Excellence in Teacher Education reforms. Unveiled in November last year, these landmark reforms will raise the quality of teacher education and training. This includes $4.6 million to pair 10 000 graduates with more experienced teachers, ensuring they get the support and guidance they need. $3.1 million will be invested in Teach for Australia and National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools programs to train around 250 high-achieving teachers to work in schools across the state. The Budget also features a $24 million investment to lift the quality of teaching and school leadership, including $18.3 million to expand the Professional Learning Communities initiative to an extra 200 schools. The initiative is based on the most successful teaching models from around the world, and will improve the skills of the state’s teachers, encouraging them to collaborate and implement the latest teaching developments in their classrooms. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re sending in our best and brightest teachers to transform classrooms around Victoria.” “Everyone knows a great teacher can make all the difference. With better support and training, we’re helping every teacher be their best.” “We’re building new classrooms, upgrading schools and investing in our teachers, so every child gets the best education.” Download the Media Release (713 KB)

Investing in Geelong Schools and Geelong Kids

23,000 students in Geelong will get the best start in life, with a huge funding injection in local school infrastructure. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $19.28 million to upgrade 11 schools across Geelong. The funding will include $2.84 million for Ashby Primary School in Geelong West, $2.41 million for Chilwell Primary School in Newtown, $3.22 million for Leopold Primary School and $211,000 for Queenscliff Primary School. It means there are now 27 school projects under way across Geelong, thanks to an $88 million investment over the past three budgets to build and upgrade schools. This year’s Budget will also deliver new technology for students at regionally based schools in the Surf Coast and Geelong area, as part of a $16.4 million state-wide investment to improve regional connectivity. The investment will boost the internet bandwidth of regional schools to the same standard as their metropolitan counterparts, so that every school in Victoria can offer a great digital education. Geelong students and their families will also benefit as the Tech Schools and Doctors in Secondary School programs are rolled out to schools in the area, as well as from further funding to the state-wide asbestos and relocatables programs. The Andrews Labor Government’s huge investment in Victoria’s schools means more than $2.5 billion has now been invested in school infrastructure over the past three years, with 56 new schools being built across the state. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education, James Merlino “We’re making Victorian the Education State and that means making sure Geelong students have first-rate classrooms.” “We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville “This budget reflects our commitment to education, providing significant funding for local school upgrades and vital programs.” “Leopold and Queenscliff Primary school communities will benefit from upgrades to their facilities giving children state of the art learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Lara John Eren  “As a father of five, I know that our kids can’t get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom. So these upgrades will really make a difference.” Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens “I’m passionate about every child receiving a first rate education. We are building the first rate classrooms in which they can learn. This is what Labor Governments do.” Download the Media Release (243 KB)  

Investing in Geelong Schools and Geelong Kids

23,000 students in Geelong will get the best start in life, with a huge funding injection in local school infrastructure. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $19.28 million to upgrade 11 schools across Geelong. The funding will include $2.84 million for Ashby Primary School in Geelong West, $2.41 million for Chilwell Primary School in Newtown, $3.22 million for Leopold Primary School and $211,000 for Queenscliff Primary School. It means there are now 27 school projects under way across Geelong, thanks to an $88 million investment over the past three budgets to build and upgrade schools. This year’s Budget will also deliver new technology for students at regionally based schools in the Surf Coast and Geelong area, as part of a $16.4 million state-wide investment to improve regional connectivity. The investment will boost the internet bandwidth of regional schools to the same standard as their metropolitan counterparts, so that every school in Victoria can offer a great digital education. Geelong students and their families will also benefit as the Tech Schools and Doctors in Secondary School programs are rolled out to schools in the area, as well as from further funding to the state-wide asbestos and relocatables programs. The Andrews Labor Government’s huge investment in Victoria’s schools means more than $2.5 billion has now been invested in school infrastructure over the past three years, with 56 new schools being built across the state. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education, James Merlino “We’re making Victorian the Education State and that means making sure Geelong students have first-rate classrooms.” “We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville “This budget reflects our commitment to education, providing significant funding for local school upgrades and vital programs.” “Leopold and Queenscliff Primary school communities will benefit from upgrades to their facilities giving children state of the art learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Lara John Eren  “As a father of five, I know that our kids can’t get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom. So these upgrades will really make a difference.” Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens “I’m passionate about every child receiving a first rate education. We are building the first rate classrooms in which they can learn. This is what Labor Governments do.” Download the Media Release (243 KB)  

Emerald State Emergency Service (SES) facility upgrade

Our Victorian State Emergency Service volunteers do an incredible job. We rely on them to help keep us safe when disaster strikes – whether that’s a flood, storm damage or other emergency. You may not always see what they do because it could be that they are helping to repair a roof or help someone trapped in an upturned car in the middle of the night when most of us are fast asleep. They are always there to roll up their sleeves and help those in need. It doesn’t matter whether it is Easter or Christmas Day or any other holiday - if there is an emergency they will give up precious time with their families and friends without complaint. Volunteers are the lifeblood of local communities like ours in the hills and we must make sure we have their back. The Emerald SES unit is one of the busiest in Victoria. These hardworking volunteers respond to around 1,300 requests for help every year, across the Dandenongs and surrounding areas. I’ve visited the unit on several occasions over the years and I’m always impressed at the work they carry out. But it was clear to me that the volunteers needed better facilities. That is why I was so happy to announce on Friday (28/5/17) that Emerald SES will be receiving $1.8 million in this year’s Budget to build a brand new modern facility. This funding boost ensures Emerald SES volunteers will have everything they need to protect the community when disaster strikes. That means no more outdoor toilets or a leaking roof. Instead, Unit Controller Ben Owen and his team of volunteers will enjoy the best of the best. Volunteers returning from an emergency can have a hot shower and recharge their batteries in a new two-storey facility before going back to work. Emerald SES volunteers have been campaigning for this new facility for many years. The volunteers knew that they needed an upgrade in order to continue the outstanding work they do in the local area. They have heard enough talk and empty promises - we have actually delivered for them. The $1.8 million investment will make an enormous difference and I can't wait to stop by and check on progress in months to come. The Emerald unit’s volunteers are some of the most dedicated in the state – more than half of them have served for more than a decade. They deserve the absolute best and that is exactly what they are getting. The new facility will mean the dedicated volunteers of the Emerald SES can concentrate on keeping the community safe, rather than spending their time tin-rattling for spare change.

Emerald State Emergency Service (SES) facility upgrade

Our Victorian State Emergency Service volunteers do an incredible job. We rely on them to help keep us safe when disaster strikes – whether that’s a flood, storm damage or other emergency. You may not always see what they do because it could be that they are helping to repair a roof or help someone trapped in an upturned car in the middle of the night when most of us are fast asleep. They are always there to roll up their sleeves and help those in need. It doesn’t matter whether it is Easter or Christmas Day or any other holiday - if there is an emergency they will give up precious time with their families and friends without complaint. Volunteers are the lifeblood of local communities like ours in the hills and we must make sure we have their back. The Emerald SES unit is one of the busiest in Victoria. These hardworking volunteers respond to around 1,300 requests for help every year, across the Dandenongs and surrounding areas. I’ve visited the unit on several occasions over the years and I’m always impressed at the work they carry out. But it was clear to me that the volunteers needed better facilities. That is why I was so happy to announce on Friday (28/5/17) that Emerald SES will be receiving $1.8 million in this year’s Budget to build a brand new modern facility. This funding boost ensures Emerald SES volunteers will have everything they need to protect the community when disaster strikes. That means no more outdoor toilets or a leaking roof. Instead, Unit Controller Ben Owen and his team of volunteers will enjoy the best of the best. Volunteers returning from an emergency can have a hot shower and recharge their batteries in a new two-storey facility before going back to work. Emerald SES volunteers have been campaigning for this new facility for many years. The volunteers knew that they needed an upgrade in order to continue the outstanding work they do in the local area. They have heard enough talk and empty promises - we have actually delivered for them. The $1.8 million investment will make an enormous difference and I can't wait to stop by and check on progress in months to come. The Emerald unit’s volunteers are some of the most dedicated in the state – more than half of them have served for more than a decade. They deserve the absolute best and that is exactly what they are getting. The new facility will mean the dedicated volunteers of the Emerald SES can concentrate on keeping the community safe, rather than spending their time tin-rattling for spare change.

 

Backing Our SES Volunteers In Emerald

Some of the busiest State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in the state, Emerald SES, will soon have a brand new unit, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited Emerald SES to announce $1.8 million to build the new modern facility, as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This funding boost ensures Emerald SES volunteers will have everything they need to protect the community when disaster strikes. Emerald SES volunteers respond to around 1,300 requests for help every year, across the Dandenongs and surrounding areas. The new facility will mean the dedicated volunteers of the Emerald SES can concentrate on keeping the community safe, rather than spending their time tin-rattling for spare change. The Emerald unit’s volunteers are some of the most dedicated in the state, with more than half having served for more than a decade. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “These funds will give the dedicated volunteers of the Emerald SES – and their trusty orange overalls – the new home they deserve.” “They put their heart and soul into protecting this community, and it’s only right they have first-rate facilities to work from.”

Backing Our SES Volunteers In Emerald

Some of the busiest State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in the state, Emerald SES, will soon have a brand new unit, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited Emerald SES to announce $1.8 million to build the new modern facility, as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This funding boost ensures Emerald SES volunteers will have everything they need to protect the community when disaster strikes. Emerald SES volunteers respond to around 1,300 requests for help every year, across the Dandenongs and surrounding areas. The new facility will mean the dedicated volunteers of the Emerald SES can concentrate on keeping the community safe, rather than spending their time tin-rattling for spare change. The Emerald unit’s volunteers are some of the most dedicated in the state, with more than half having served for more than a decade. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “These funds will give the dedicated volunteers of the Emerald SES – and their trusty orange overalls – the new home they deserve.” “They put their heart and soul into protecting this community, and it’s only right they have first-rate facilities to work from.”

First Principal Appointed For Bannockburn P-12

The inaugural principal has been appointed to the soon to be opened Bannockburn P-12. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced Rob Nelson as the principal of the brand new school. Opening in 2018, Bannockburn P-12 will accommodate 475 prep to Year six students and 720 Year seven to 12 students. Mr Nelson, who is the current principal of Bannockburn Primary School, will transition the primary students to the new school. He is more than ready for the challenge having worked for almost 12 years as principal of Bannockburn Primary. Mr Nelson will work with staff and the community to ensure Bannockburn that the impressive facilities at this new school can meet the needs of both primary and secondary students. A community information session will be held in the first half of 2017 for local residents to meet Mr Nelson, discuss enrolments and learn about the new school’s design and features. Bannockburn P-12 is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Andrews Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades around the State. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Rob Nelson has an outstanding record working with students and instilling a culture of excellence. His vast experience will ensure Bannockburn P-12 gets off to a great start in 2018.” “Mr Nelson has been involved since late 2014 contributing to the development of the school and ensuring that the local community’s values are reflected in the new school.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “Our community has worked incredibly hard to get a new school for Bannockburn. They deserve the best facilities for local kids.” Quotes attributable to Bannockburn P-12 Principal Rob Nelson “We have been working hard to get to this point for some time and I am excited at the opportunity to provide a great local school for the area.” “Hundreds of secondary students currently travel quite a distance into Geelong to go to school and I’m looking forward to welcoming them to Bannockburn P-12.”   Download the Media Release (162 KB)

First Principal Appointed For Bannockburn P-12

The inaugural principal has been appointed to the soon to be opened Bannockburn P-12. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced Rob Nelson as the principal of the brand new school. Opening in 2018, Bannockburn P-12 will accommodate 475 prep to Year six students and 720 Year seven to 12 students. Mr Nelson, who is the current principal of Bannockburn Primary School, will transition the primary students to the new school. He is more than ready for the challenge having worked for almost 12 years as principal of Bannockburn Primary. Mr Nelson will work with staff and the community to ensure Bannockburn that the impressive facilities at this new school can meet the needs of both primary and secondary students. A community information session will be held in the first half of 2017 for local residents to meet Mr Nelson, discuss enrolments and learn about the new school’s design and features. Bannockburn P-12 is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Andrews Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades around the State. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Rob Nelson has an outstanding record working with students and instilling a culture of excellence. His vast experience will ensure Bannockburn P-12 gets off to a great start in 2018.” “Mr Nelson has been involved since late 2014 contributing to the development of the school and ensuring that the local community’s values are reflected in the new school.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “Our community has worked incredibly hard to get a new school for Bannockburn. They deserve the best facilities for local kids.” Quotes attributable to Bannockburn P-12 Principal Rob Nelson “We have been working hard to get to this point for some time and I am excited at the opportunity to provide a great local school for the area.” “Hundreds of secondary students currently travel quite a distance into Geelong to go to school and I’m looking forward to welcoming them to Bannockburn P-12.”   Download the Media Release (162 KB)

Principal Appointed For North Geelong School

An inaugural principal has been appointed to lead North Geelong Special Development School. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Lara John Eren today announced that Suzanne Armstrong will be the principal of the new school. Opening in 2018, North Geelong Special Development School will provide specialist education services for students with a disability from ages five to 18. The school, which will have capacity for 168 students, will feature a hydrotherapy pool, games hall and sensory gym area, liberty swing for children in wheelchairs, and dedicated spaces for healthcare professionals. Ms Armstrong is more than ready for the role, having been the principal of Colac Specialist School since July 2006. She is excited about working closely with the community to establish the school from the ground up, following 32 years of experience in the education sector. North Geelong Special Development School is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipelines following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Andrews Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades around the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Suzanne Armstrong has an outstanding record working with school communities and students, particularly in the field of special education.” “Her vast experience will ensure North Geelong Special Development School gets off to a great start in 2018.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “Appointing a principal eight months out gives families the certainty they need about their new school, and allows the school to start reaching out and forming relationships with our community.”  Quote attributable to North Geelong Special Development School Primary Principal Suzanne Armstrong “It’s very exciting to be able to establish a school from the ground up. I’m really keen to create the best possible curriculum and therapy programs for the students.” Download the Media Release (352 KB)

Principal Appointed For North Geelong School

An inaugural principal has been appointed to lead North Geelong Special Development School. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Lara John Eren today announced that Suzanne Armstrong will be the principal of the new school. Opening in 2018, North Geelong Special Development School will provide specialist education services for students with a disability from ages five to 18. The school, which will have capacity for 168 students, will feature a hydrotherapy pool, games hall and sensory gym area, liberty swing for children in wheelchairs, and dedicated spaces for healthcare professionals. Ms Armstrong is more than ready for the role, having been the principal of Colac Specialist School since July 2006. She is excited about working closely with the community to establish the school from the ground up, following 32 years of experience in the education sector. North Geelong Special Development School is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipelines following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Andrews Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades around the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Suzanne Armstrong has an outstanding record working with school communities and students, particularly in the field of special education.” “Her vast experience will ensure North Geelong Special Development School gets off to a great start in 2018.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “Appointing a principal eight months out gives families the certainty they need about their new school, and allows the school to start reaching out and forming relationships with our community.”  Quote attributable to North Geelong Special Development School Primary Principal Suzanne Armstrong “It’s very exciting to be able to establish a school from the ground up. I’m really keen to create the best possible curriculum and therapy programs for the students.” Download the Media Release (352 KB)

Top VCE Students Recognised

Young, innovative and vocal – this year’s Premier’s VCE Award winners are destined for great futures. Minister for Education James Merlino presented the students with their awards at a ceremony today and congratulated them on their hard work. The awards recognise young Victorians who have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education with distinction. A 15-year-old studying university-level maths, an aspiring visual designer from regional Victoria and Australia’s national public speaking champion are among this year’s recipients. 25 students received the Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Award, which recognises students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher out of 50 in at least five VCE subjects. The Premier’s VCE Awards showcase the Andrews Labor Government’s vision for the Education State – strong VCE results come from engaged students with the support of excellent teachers. We want all students to have access to a first-rate education so that they can unlock their full potential. A full list of the Premier’s VCE Awards recipients is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/vceawards Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “It was an honour to celebrate 287 young Victorians who with support from their schools and families excelled in their VCE studies.” “Not all students can attain a Premier’s VCE Award but every student can aim to get the best out of themselves. That is why we want every community to have access to a great school with outstanding teachers.” Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley “I congratulate these high-achieving students and wish them all the very best in their futures, which I’m sure will be bright.” “Many of these students will now be at university and thriving to tackle new challenges. Today was an opportunity to pause and reflect on a remarkable VCE score.” Download the Media Release (354 KB)

Top VCE Students Recognised

Young, innovative and vocal – this year’s Premier’s VCE Award winners are destined for great futures. Minister for Education James Merlino presented the students with their awards at a ceremony today and congratulated them on their hard work. The awards recognise young Victorians who have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education with distinction. A 15-year-old studying university-level maths, an aspiring visual designer from regional Victoria and Australia’s national public speaking champion are among this year’s recipients. 25 students received the Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Award, which recognises students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher out of 50 in at least five VCE subjects. The Premier’s VCE Awards showcase the Andrews Labor Government’s vision for the Education State – strong VCE results come from engaged students with the support of excellent teachers. We want all students to have access to a first-rate education so that they can unlock their full potential. A full list of the Premier’s VCE Awards recipients is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/vceawards Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “It was an honour to celebrate 287 young Victorians who with support from their schools and families excelled in their VCE studies.” “Not all students can attain a Premier’s VCE Award but every student can aim to get the best out of themselves. That is why we want every community to have access to a great school with outstanding teachers.” Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley “I congratulate these high-achieving students and wish them all the very best in their futures, which I’m sure will be bright.” “Many of these students will now be at university and thriving to tackle new challenges. Today was an opportunity to pause and reflect on a remarkable VCE score.” Download the Media Release (354 KB)

Funding Boost For Shepparton CFA Volunteers

CFA volunteers in the Greater Shepparton region will receive a $125,000 funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited the Mooroopna CFA fire station to congratulate volunteers on their successful grants under the $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) program. The Mooroopna CFA fire station will receive $20,000 in funding to upgrade its car park, complete a boundary fence and install better lighting facilities. Seven other brigades in the area will also upgrade their stations including Arcadia, Karramomus, Caniambo, Cosgrove/Pine Lodge, District 22, Dookie and Kialla and District. The funding boost will help with equipment purchases such as hoses and pumps, facility upgrades including power works, as well as training. These grants will allow the brigades to get on with the job of providing a first-rate emergency response to the community, rather than rattling tins to raise money for station upgrades. Keeping emergency services volunteers well-equipped is particularly important in and around Shepparton, which is a high bushfire risk area. More than 260 grants worth more than $5.2 million have been approved so far under the ESVS grants program with plenty more to come. A list of successful grant recipients can be found at: www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “As the first line of defence in times of emergency, our volunteers do an outstanding job keeping our communities safe.” “With the very real risk of bushfires in this region, it’s vital our brigades have the equipment, facilities and training they need get on with the job.” Download the Media Release (293 KB)  

Funding Boost For Shepparton CFA Volunteers

CFA volunteers in the Greater Shepparton region will receive a $125,000 funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited the Mooroopna CFA fire station to congratulate volunteers on their successful grants under the $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) program. The Mooroopna CFA fire station will receive $20,000 in funding to upgrade its car park, complete a boundary fence and install better lighting facilities. Seven other brigades in the area will also upgrade their stations including Arcadia, Karramomus, Caniambo, Cosgrove/Pine Lodge, District 22, Dookie and Kialla and District. The funding boost will help with equipment purchases such as hoses and pumps, facility upgrades including power works, as well as training. These grants will allow the brigades to get on with the job of providing a first-rate emergency response to the community, rather than rattling tins to raise money for station upgrades. Keeping emergency services volunteers well-equipped is particularly important in and around Shepparton, which is a high bushfire risk area. More than 260 grants worth more than $5.2 million have been approved so far under the ESVS grants program with plenty more to come. A list of successful grant recipients can be found at: www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “As the first line of defence in times of emergency, our volunteers do an outstanding job keeping our communities safe.” “With the very real risk of bushfires in this region, it’s vital our brigades have the equipment, facilities and training they need get on with the job.” Download the Media Release (293 KB)  

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Shepparton students will benefit from a new ten year plan to transform the town’s education system, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Meeting with local secondary school principals and community leaders today, Minister for Education James Merlino announced the start of consultation on the new Shepparton Education Plan. An initial $1 million, secured as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will go to extensive community consultation, a central part of developing the plan. Funding will also go towards future architectural planning of schools where required. The town’s secondary schools are already working hard to give local kids the best possible start. By sharing knowledge and aligning their class timetables, students are given more choice and a broader range of programs and subjects. The Shepparton Education Plan will take this work to the next level. The plan will give students even more opportunities, improve school infrastructure and link local teachers with education experts. It will be designed in consultation with local schools and the community, and has three stages – the first to revitalise the town’s secondary schools. From mid-2018, there will be an action plan for primary schools and from 2020, a focus on early childhood education. Mr Merlino also visited SPC Ardmona, which is a major supplier for the School Breakfast Clubs Program. Run by Foodbank Victoria, the $13.7 million program provides breakfast to 25,000 students at 500 disadvantaged primary schools across the state. The vast bulk of the food products served up every day of the school year comes from Victorian businesses like SPC Ardmona. The company’s signature canned fruit has been a staple of the Breakfast in Schools program and in 2017 SPC’s baked beans and fruit cups were added to the menu. It is yet another example of the Labor Government’s dedication to protecting jobs in the Goulburn Valley region. The Government provided $22 million to SPC Ardmona in 2014 when the Commonwealth backed away from lending a hand. More than 2,500 local jobs rely on the factory keeping its doors open and the Breakfast in Schools program will continue sourcing its food from SPC Ardmona for years to come. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Local schools in the region are already doing a top job. The new Education Plan will take this work to the next level and give local students even more opportunities.” “As part of our consultation, we’ll listen to the people who know Shepparton’s schools best – principals, teachers, parents and the local community.” “The visit to the SPC Ardmona factory was another reminder of how valuable our Breakfast in Schools program is. Not only are we making sure Victorian kids don’t head to classroom with an empty stomach, we are supporting local jobs in the region.” Background: The Breakfast in Schools Program With one in seven children arriving hungry to school Breakfast in Schools is making a real difference – nine of ten teachers report improved concentration in the classroom since it began. In 2017, Foodbank will distribute 559 tonnes of food to schools throughout Victoria. That includes: 286,000 litres of milk 150,000kg of canned fruit and fruit cups 48,000kg of baked beans 19,000kg of Vita-Brits 19,000kg of Cheerios 18,000kg of muesli, AND 20,000kg of oats. SPC Ardmona is a key part of the Breakfast in Schools program: The company supplies canned fruit, baked beans and fruit cups. Fruit cups were added to the menu in 2017 to provide a more convenient option for students arriving late or requiring emergency lunches. As of Term 1, 2017, Foodbank Victoria is sourcing baked beans for the School Breakfast Clubs Program from SPC Ardmona in the Goulburn Valley. All fruit (peaches and pears) and tomatoes (for the baked beans sauce) supplied to SBCP are sourced from Victorian farmers. SPC Ardmona manufactures and packs all its products supplied to the program in Shepparton, Victoria. SPC has more than 400 employees as well as additional seasonal staff during the “fruit season” (November to May). SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS PROGRAM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN GREATER SHEPPARTON  School Address No. of students enrolled No. of days per week SBCP operating Avg. no. of students at SBCP per day Tallygaroopna Primary School Victoria St, Tallygaroopna 64 2 25 Lemnos Primary School Lemnos Road, Lemnos 11 5 11 Gowrie Street Primary School 1-19 Gowrie Street, Shepparton 286 5 30 St Georges Road Primary School 120 St Georges Road, Shepparton 407 1 25 Wilmot Road Primary School 84-90 Wilmot Road, Shepparton 285 5 15 Mooroopna Primary School 16-18 O’Brien Street, Mooroopna 200 5 50 Mooroopna Park Primary School 45 MacIsaac Road, Mooroopna 127 5 10 Ardmona Primary School 580 Turnbull Road, Ardmona 28 5 20 Murchison Primary School 8-10 Impey Street, Murchison 114 5 15 Harston Primary School 155 Harston Road, Tatura 34 2 15 Dookie Primary School Baldock Street, Dookie 41 2 30 Verney Road School 2 Verney Road, Shepparton 195 5 25 Bourchier Street Primary School Cnr Bourchier St & Balaclava Rd, Shepparton 613 3 25 Dhurringile Primary School 605 Langham Road, Dhurringile 11 3 10   Download the Media Release (336 KB)  

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/boosting-jobs-and-schools-in-shepparton/

Shepparton students will benefit from a new ten year plan to transform the town’s education system, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Meeting with local secondary school principals and community leaders today, Minister for Education James Merlino announced the start of consultation on the new Shepparton Education Plan. An initial $1 million, secured as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will go to extensive community consultation, a central part of developing the plan. Funding will also go towards future architectural planning of schools where required. The town’s secondary schools are already working hard to give local kids the best possible start. By sharing knowledge and aligning their class timetables, students are given more choice and a broader range of programs and subjects. The Shepparton Education Plan will take this work to the next level. The plan will give students even more opportunities, improve school infrastructure and link local teachers with education experts. It will be designed in consultation with local schools and the community, and has three stages – the first to revitalise the town’s secondary schools. From mid-2018, there will be an action plan for primary schools and from 2020, a focus on early childhood education. Mr Merlino also visited SPC Ardmona, which is a major supplier for the School Breakfast Clubs Program. Run by Foodbank Victoria, the $13.7 million program provides breakfast to 25,000 students at 500 disadvantaged primary schools across the state. The vast bulk of the food products served up every day of the school year comes from Victorian businesses like SPC Ardmona. The company’s signature canned fruit has been a staple of the Breakfast in Schools program and in 2017 SPC’s baked beans and fruit cups were added to the menu. It is yet another example of the Labor Government’s dedication to protecting jobs in the Goulburn Valley region. The Government provided $22 million to SPC Ardmona in 2014 when the Commonwealth backed away from lending a hand. More than 2,500 local jobs rely on the factory keeping its doors open and the Breakfast in Schools program will continue sourcing its food from SPC Ardmona for years to come. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Local schools in the region are already doing a top job. The new Education Plan will take this work to the next level and give local students even more opportunities.” “As part of our consultation, we’ll listen to the people who know Shepparton’s schools best – principals, teachers, parents and the local community.” “The visit to the SPC Ardmona factory was another reminder of how valuable our Breakfast in Schools program is. Not only are we making sure Victorian kids don’t head to classroom with an empty stomach, we are supporting local jobs in the region.” Background: The Breakfast in Schools Program With one in seven children arriving hungry to school Breakfast in Schools is making a real difference – nine of ten teachers report improved concentration in the classroom since it began. In 2017, Foodbank will distribute 559 tonnes of food to schools throughout Victoria. That includes: 286,000 litres of milk 150,000kg of canned fruit and fruit cups 48,000kg of baked beans 19,000kg of Vita-Brits 19,000kg of Cheerios 18,000kg of muesli, AND 20,000kg of oats. SPC Ardmona is a key part of the Breakfast in Schools program: The company supplies canned fruit, baked beans and fruit cups. Fruit cups were added to the menu in 2017 to provide a more convenient option for students arriving late or requiring emergency lunches. As of Term 1, 2017, Foodbank Victoria is sourcing baked beans for the School Breakfast Clubs Program from SPC Ardmona in the Goulburn Valley. All fruit (peaches and pears) and tomatoes (for the baked beans sauce) supplied to SBCP are sourced from Victorian farmers. SPC Ardmona manufactures and packs all its products supplied to the program in Shepparton, Victoria. SPC has more than 400 employees as well as additional seasonal staff during the “fruit season” (November to May). SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS PROGRAM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN GREATER SHEPPARTON  School Address No. of students enrolled No. of days per week SBCP operating Avg. no. of students at SBCP per day Tallygaroopna Primary School Victoria St, Tallygaroopna 64 2 25 Lemnos Primary School Lemnos Road, Lemnos 11 5 11 Gowrie Street Primary School 1-19 Gowrie Street, Shepparton 286 5 30 St Georges Road Primary School 120 St Georges Road, Shepparton 407 1 25 Wilmot Road Primary School 84-90 Wilmot Road, Shepparton 285 5 15 Mooroopna Primary School 16-18 O’Brien Street, Mooroopna 200 5 50 Mooroopna Park Primary School 45 MacIsaac Road, Mooroopna 127 5 10 Ardmona Primary School 580 Turnbull Road, Ardmona 28 5 20 Murchison Primary School 8-10 Impey Street, Murchison 114 5 15 Harston Primary School 155 Harston Road, Tatura 34 2 15 Dookie Primary School Baldock Street, Dookie 41 2 30 Verney Road School 2 Verney Road, Shepparton 195 5 25 Bourchier Street Primary School Cnr Bourchier St & Balaclava Rd, Shepparton 613 3 25 Dhurringile Primary School 605 Langham Road, Dhurringile 11 3 10   Download the Media Release (336 KB)  

New Sporting Education Opportunities For Victorian Kids

Victorian students will have new opportunities to pursue careers in the sport and recreation industry through the Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA) College. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the College’s North Melbourne Football Club campus to announce that SEDA College is now registered as an independent school. This means students can be enrolled directly rather than accessing the College’s programs while enrolled at another school. SEDA has 39 campuses and operates from sporting venues throughout Melbourne and in regional cities including Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat. It has over 30 partnerships with sporting associations and professional sporting clubs including the AFL, Basketball Victoria, Netball Victoria and Cricket Australia. SEDA develops its forward-thinking curriculum in consultation with these partners giving students access to the most up to date industry expertise. It harnesses young peoples’ passion for sport to help them define what they want to do after leaving school. The college will deliver the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs to its Year 11 and 12 students in Years 11 and 12 – the only “hands on” certificate of its type in Australia. VCAL provides students with a solid grounding in the real world application of literacy, numeracy, problem solving and personal development skills. Sport teaches students patience, discipline and hard work and the Labor Government has set ambitious targets to increase the number of Victorian students being physically active. The aim is to see 20 per cent more kids doing an hour of physical activity a day five times a week by 2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Recognising SEDA College’s independent school status will open up new opportunities for Victorian students who are passionate about sport. They may go on to be journalists on the Formula One circuit, technology assistants at an AFL club or managers of a gym.” “We want our education system to be responsive to the interests of young people and sport is a powerful way to keep students engaged, motivated and happy.” Download the Media Release (355 KB)  

New Sporting Education Opportunities For Victorian Kids

Victorian students will have new opportunities to pursue careers in the sport and recreation industry through the Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA) College. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the College’s North Melbourne Football Club campus to announce that SEDA College is now registered as an independent school. This means students can be enrolled directly rather than accessing the College’s programs while enrolled at another school. SEDA has 39 campuses and operates from sporting venues throughout Melbourne and in regional cities including Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat. It has over 30 partnerships with sporting associations and professional sporting clubs including the AFL, Basketball Victoria, Netball Victoria and Cricket Australia. SEDA develops its forward-thinking curriculum in consultation with these partners giving students access to the most up to date industry expertise. It harnesses young peoples’ passion for sport to help them define what they want to do after leaving school. The college will deliver the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs to its Year 11 and 12 students in Years 11 and 12 – the only “hands on” certificate of its type in Australia. VCAL provides students with a solid grounding in the real world application of literacy, numeracy, problem solving and personal development skills. Sport teaches students patience, discipline and hard work and the Labor Government has set ambitious targets to increase the number of Victorian students being physically active. The aim is to see 20 per cent more kids doing an hour of physical activity a day five times a week by 2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Recognising SEDA College’s independent school status will open up new opportunities for Victorian students who are passionate about sport. They may go on to be journalists on the Formula One circuit, technology assistants at an AFL club or managers of a gym.” “We want our education system to be responsive to the interests of young people and sport is a powerful way to keep students engaged, motivated and happy.” Download the Media Release (355 KB)  

Giving Students More Opportunities In The South East

A new performing arts centre at Mordialloc College was officially opened today providing more opportunities for students in the South East to excel at school. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson toured the state-of-the-art facility today which includes specialist drama performance spaces, music teaching areas and a canteen. The arts centre was built as part of a $5.8 million school upgrade, which will also include a new gym facility and outdoor hub. Construction is underway and the remaining upgrades are expected to be completed in October. With an extra 90,000 students due to enter the school system over the next five years, the Andrews Labor Government is investing $1.8 billion to build and upgrade schools across Victoria to keep up with demand. There are now 42 new schools in the construction pipeline – including the 10 new government schools opening in 2017 – and more than 1,000 upgrades underway. For two years the Labor Government has put people first, building the Education State so every community can access a great school and every student can be supported to be their best. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are serious about building the Education State – and that means upgrading facilities to give young Victorians the opportunity to thrive.” “It’s clear that Mordialloc College is a school that does all it can to challenge its students, to encourage them to learn, and to be part of a vibrant school community”. Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson “This is a significant day for the staff, students and parents of Mordialloc College. “This new facility will open up more opportunities and support the school in providing a first-rate education.”   Download the Media Release (159 KB)  

Giving Students More Opportunities In The South East

A new performing arts centre at Mordialloc College was officially opened today providing more opportunities for students in the South East to excel at school. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson toured the state-of-the-art facility today which includes specialist drama performance spaces, music teaching areas and a canteen. The arts centre was built as part of a $5.8 million school upgrade, which will also include a new gym facility and outdoor hub. Construction is underway and the remaining upgrades are expected to be completed in October. With an extra 90,000 students due to enter the school system over the next five years, the Andrews Labor Government is investing $1.8 billion to build and upgrade schools across Victoria to keep up with demand. There are now 42 new schools in the construction pipeline – including the 10 new government schools opening in 2017 – and more than 1,000 upgrades underway. For two years the Labor Government has put people first, building the Education State so every community can access a great school and every student can be supported to be their best. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are serious about building the Education State – and that means upgrading facilities to give young Victorians the opportunity to thrive.” “It’s clear that Mordialloc College is a school that does all it can to challenge its students, to encourage them to learn, and to be part of a vibrant school community”. Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson “This is a significant day for the staff, students and parents of Mordialloc College. “This new facility will open up more opportunities and support the school in providing a first-rate education.”   Download the Media Release (159 KB)