• 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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Supporting Our High-Achieving Students

High-achieving students in Victoria will soon have access to a new state-of-the-art facility, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $27.5 million to build a new, co-educational Centre for Higher Education Studies next to Melbourne High School in South Yarra As part of this new facility, the Government will support students by delivering Higher Education Studies in conjunction with universities, offering a range of VCE extension programs specifically designed for high achievers. We’ll also help lift the quality of teaching with a learning hub that will provide hands-on professional development for the workforce. The Centre will have state-of-the-art classrooms, specialist facilities as well as lecture spaces and a theatre. Students will remain enrolled at their existing schools but can attend the Centre for additional courses. Detailed consultation with schools, students and universities and the Department of Education and Training will occur over the course of the year to inform the final curriculum and access arrangements to ensure as many students as possible benefit from the facility. We will also create a digital learning component for high-achieving students in regional Victoria. A recent report from the Auditor General found that between 10 and 50 per cent of high-achieving students never reach their potential. This new Centre will help change that, and support more students to become their best. The Budget also includes ongoing funding of $7.1 million for the new Centre over the next five years, as well as $4.6 million in ongoing funding to operate it. The Andrews Labor Government is also reviewing long-term select entry provision for girls across Victoria as well as looking at options for creating more capacity at Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School to address the fact that last year almost 56 per cent of the 4,000 select entry places in Victoria went to boys. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want every young person to have the opportunity to get a great education and reach their full potential and this will ensure our best and brightest will be able to excel.” Quote attributable to Member for Southern Metropolitan Philip Dalidakis “This announcement is a huge win for students in Southern Metro, and a huge win for the people of Victoria.” Download the Media Release (568 KB)

Supporting Our High-Achieving Students

High-achieving students in Victoria will soon have access to a new state-of-the-art facility, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $27.5 million to build a new, co-educational Centre for Higher Education Studies next to Melbourne High School in South Yarra As part of this new facility, the Government will support students by delivering Higher Education Studies in conjunction with universities, offering a range of VCE extension programs specifically designed for high achievers. We’ll also help lift the quality of teaching with a learning hub that will provide hands-on professional development for the workforce. The Centre will have state-of-the-art classrooms, specialist facilities as well as lecture spaces and a theatre. Students will remain enrolled at their existing schools but can attend the Centre for additional courses. Detailed consultation with schools, students and universities and the Department of Education and Training will occur over the course of the year to inform the final curriculum and access arrangements to ensure as many students as possible benefit from the facility. We will also create a digital learning component for high-achieving students in regional Victoria. A recent report from the Auditor General found that between 10 and 50 per cent of high-achieving students never reach their potential. This new Centre will help change that, and support more students to become their best. The Budget also includes ongoing funding of $7.1 million for the new Centre over the next five years, as well as $4.6 million in ongoing funding to operate it. The Andrews Labor Government is also reviewing long-term select entry provision for girls across Victoria as well as looking at options for creating more capacity at Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School to address the fact that last year almost 56 per cent of the 4,000 select entry places in Victoria went to boys. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want every young person to have the opportunity to get a great education and reach their full potential and this will ensure our best and brightest will be able to excel.” Quote attributable to Member for Southern Metropolitan Philip Dalidakis “This announcement is a huge win for students in Southern Metro, and a huge win for the people of Victoria.” Download the Media Release (568 KB)

SAVING LIVES – MORE DEFIBS FOR SPORTS CLUBS IN MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is giving more grassroots clubs in Monbulk another chance to own life-saving defibrillators and receive emergency training. James Merlino MP today announced sport and recreation clubs across Monbulk have one final opportunity to apply to the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than 1,100 defibrillators to local clubs – one hundred more than our initial commitment because we know they save lives. In March, a recreational cyclist was successfully revived using the Otway Districts Football Netball Club’s defibrillator – delivered thanks to this live saving program. In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a vital role. The chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent every minute that passes without defibrillation. This new round will provide more opportunity for clubs in Monbulk to get hold of defibrillators so that they are on top of their game when it comes to helping players and spectators, or even a passer-by when they need it most. The use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2015/16. Along with sporting clubs, community organisations delivering active recreation programs are encouraged to apply, and those clubs who already have a defibrillator are urged to register them with Ambulance Victoria. Clubs that have a defibrillator over eight years old should also consider applying to the program to replace their ageing defibrillator with a new unit, delivering greater reliability and reduced maintenance costs. For more information or to apply online visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP “Record numbers of people in Monbulk are signing up to play the sports they love – so we want more of our clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.” “Our defibrillator roll out has been a huge success, and I urge all sports clubs in Monbulk to apply now for this life-saving equipment and skills.”     Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren  “My cardiac arrest changed my life. I know only too well just how important it is to have a defibrillator nearby.”  

SAVING LIVES – MORE DEFIBS FOR SPORTS CLUBS IN MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is giving more grassroots clubs in Monbulk another chance to own life-saving defibrillators and receive emergency training. James Merlino MP today announced sport and recreation clubs across Monbulk have one final opportunity to apply to the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than 1,100 defibrillators to local clubs – one hundred more than our initial commitment because we know they save lives. In March, a recreational cyclist was successfully revived using the Otway Districts Football Netball Club’s defibrillator – delivered thanks to this live saving program. In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a vital role. The chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent every minute that passes without defibrillation. This new round will provide more opportunity for clubs in Monbulk to get hold of defibrillators so that they are on top of their game when it comes to helping players and spectators, or even a passer-by when they need it most. The use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2015/16. Along with sporting clubs, community organisations delivering active recreation programs are encouraged to apply, and those clubs who already have a defibrillator are urged to register them with Ambulance Victoria. Clubs that have a defibrillator over eight years old should also consider applying to the program to replace their ageing defibrillator with a new unit, delivering greater reliability and reduced maintenance costs. For more information or to apply online visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP “Record numbers of people in Monbulk are signing up to play the sports they love – so we want more of our clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.” “Our defibrillator roll out has been a huge success, and I urge all sports clubs in Monbulk to apply now for this life-saving equipment and skills.”     Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren  “My cardiac arrest changed my life. I know only too well just how important it is to have a defibrillator nearby.”  

Budget Boost For Wonthaggi SES Volunteers

A significant step towards new Victoria State Emergency Service facilities in Wonthaggi has been taken thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino visited Wonthaggi today to announce the Victorian Budget 2018/19 provided $2 million for VICSES to acquire new land for the Wonthaggi unit. The funding will enable members to move away from their existing base, which currently struggles to attract new volunteers due to its poor condition. VICSES will now work with the Wonthaggi volunteers to find an appropriate site for a new unit headquarters while design work begins for the new facility. Wonthaggi SES currently has 18 volunteers. It responded to 66 incidents in the 2016-17 financial year, including floods, road rescues, damaged buildings and fallen trees. The Budget allocates more than $43 million towards upgrading and building new VICSES, CFA and Life Saving Victoria facilities. Other funded VICSES projects include funding for new land for Cobram SES, as well as a major upgrade to Essendon SES’ existing home. The Labor Government will also continue to fund the $10 million state-wide volunteer support package that provides training and development grants for emergency-service volunteers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Wonthaggi SES volunteers are dedicated to keeping their community safe, and deserve to have the best facilities and equipment.” “This $2 million Budget investment is a significant step forward on the road to a new facility which will mean the unit can have a fit-for purpose site.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services “This funding is a huge boost for Wonthaggi’s hard-working SES volunteers, and I’m just incredibly happy that at last they will be able to attract new volunteers, expand their already terrific services, and have facilities that properly reflect their commitment and dedication to the local community.” Download the Media Release (573 KB)

Budget Boost For Wonthaggi SES Volunteers

A significant step towards new Victoria State Emergency Service facilities in Wonthaggi has been taken thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino visited Wonthaggi today to announce the Victorian Budget 2018/19 provided $2 million for VICSES to acquire new land for the Wonthaggi unit. The funding will enable members to move away from their existing base, which currently struggles to attract new volunteers due to its poor condition. VICSES will now work with the Wonthaggi volunteers to find an appropriate site for a new unit headquarters while design work begins for the new facility. Wonthaggi SES currently has 18 volunteers. It responded to 66 incidents in the 2016-17 financial year, including floods, road rescues, damaged buildings and fallen trees. The Budget allocates more than $43 million towards upgrading and building new VICSES, CFA and Life Saving Victoria facilities. Other funded VICSES projects include funding for new land for Cobram SES, as well as a major upgrade to Essendon SES’ existing home. The Labor Government will also continue to fund the $10 million state-wide volunteer support package that provides training and development grants for emergency-service volunteers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Wonthaggi SES volunteers are dedicated to keeping their community safe, and deserve to have the best facilities and equipment.” “This $2 million Budget investment is a significant step forward on the road to a new facility which will mean the unit can have a fit-for purpose site.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services “This funding is a huge boost for Wonthaggi’s hard-working SES volunteers, and I’m just incredibly happy that at last they will be able to attract new volunteers, expand their already terrific services, and have facilities that properly reflect their commitment and dedication to the local community.” Download the Media Release (573 KB)

Work Starts On New Wonthaggi Secondary College

South Gippsland secondary students are a step closer to getting a new school with world-class facilities, with construction now underway on the rebuild of Wonthaggi Secondary College. Minister for Education James Merlino today turned the sod on the $32.5 million project to completely rebuild the school’s ageing senior campus and deliver a new local sports stadium. The new senior campus will be located on a purpose-built site next to the Bass Coast Specialist School and will be a major step in achieving the community’s dream of a dedicated education and learning precinct. It has been designed by ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects, with builders SJ Higgins appointed to construct it. The new campus is expected to be completed in 2020 and will feature a multi-sport stadium that will be shared with the community, including three competition-grade basketball courts. The stadium will provide a much-needed home for the Wonthaggi Amateur Basketball Association, which has 400 members, no home facilities and has been campaigning for new facilities for years. It will also be used by local netball players and meet growing demand for modified versions of the game like Fast5 and Rock Up Netball. Students and teachers will benefit from new outdoor learning areas, a central plaza, a library, and specialist facilities for visual arts, graphics, materials technology and science. The Andrews Labor Government has delivered $31 million for the upgrade, with Bass Coast Shire Council contributing $1.5 million towards the costs of the new shared stadium. Gippsland schools benefited in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 Budget this week, including funding for Boisdale Consolidated School, Orbost North Primary, Orbost Secondary, Kongwak Primary, Tarwin Valley Primary and the Traralgon Education Regeneration Project. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We got on with the job of rebuilding and modernising Wonthaggi Secondary College so that families across South Gippsland can access the first-rate secondary school facilities they have been crying out for.” “We know that Wonthaggi Secondary College has some of the best teachers, students and staff going around and now they’ll have world-class classrooms, buildings and sporting facilities to match.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “This community has been calling for better facilities and we’ve listened. We’re building a new home local players can be proud of while making our clubs more competitive.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The start of construction of the new school is start of such an exciting new chapter for Wonthaggi. Once complete, the new secondary senior campus and indoor sports stadium will be a community resource to inspire and encourage students, teachers and the community for many years to come.”   Download the Media Release (573 KB)

Work Starts On New Wonthaggi Secondary College

South Gippsland secondary students are a step closer to getting a new school with world-class facilities, with construction now underway on the rebuild of Wonthaggi Secondary College. Minister for Education James Merlino today turned the sod on the $32.5 million project to completely rebuild the school’s ageing senior campus and deliver a new local sports stadium. The new senior campus will be located on a purpose-built site next to the Bass Coast Specialist School and will be a major step in achieving the community’s dream of a dedicated education and learning precinct. It has been designed by ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects, with builders SJ Higgins appointed to construct it. The new campus is expected to be completed in 2020 and will feature a multi-sport stadium that will be shared with the community, including three competition-grade basketball courts. The stadium will provide a much-needed home for the Wonthaggi Amateur Basketball Association, which has 400 members, no home facilities and has been campaigning for new facilities for years. It will also be used by local netball players and meet growing demand for modified versions of the game like Fast5 and Rock Up Netball. Students and teachers will benefit from new outdoor learning areas, a central plaza, a library, and specialist facilities for visual arts, graphics, materials technology and science. The Andrews Labor Government has delivered $31 million for the upgrade, with Bass Coast Shire Council contributing $1.5 million towards the costs of the new shared stadium. Gippsland schools benefited in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 Budget this week, including funding for Boisdale Consolidated School, Orbost North Primary, Orbost Secondary, Kongwak Primary, Tarwin Valley Primary and the Traralgon Education Regeneration Project. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We got on with the job of rebuilding and modernising Wonthaggi Secondary College so that families across South Gippsland can access the first-rate secondary school facilities they have been crying out for.” “We know that Wonthaggi Secondary College has some of the best teachers, students and staff going around and now they’ll have world-class classrooms, buildings and sporting facilities to match.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “This community has been calling for better facilities and we’ve listened. We’re building a new home local players can be proud of while making our clubs more competitive.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The start of construction of the new school is start of such an exciting new chapter for Wonthaggi. Once complete, the new secondary senior campus and indoor sports stadium will be a community resource to inspire and encourage students, teachers and the community for many years to come.”   Download the Media Release (573 KB)

Unprecedented Investment For Yarra Ranges Secondary Schools

Kids across the Yarra Ranges will get the world-class schools they deserve, as part of the biggest schools investment in the area’s history, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government has today announced that the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest almost $50 million across the Yarra Ranges to upgrade 6 secondary schools This investment includes a $20 million investment in the Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan, published today, with Lilydale High School, Lilydale Heights College and Upper Yarra Secondary College now set to develop complementary focuses – zoology, sustainability and outdoor environment respectively. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 investment across the Yarra Ranges includes: $5.8 million to rebuild Lilydale High School’s Zoology Learning Centre and provide new admin facilities $8 million for Lilydale Heights College for a new Sustainable Learning Hub, gym and to create a ‘town centre’ where students can meet, learn and discuss issues $6.2 million for an Outdoor Environment Centre, other outdoor learning spaces and further upgrades at Upper Yarra Secondary College $7 million for Mooroolbark College to deliver a major new upgrade $8.5 million for Monbulk College to deliver Stage 3 of the school’s upgrade $13.9 million for Upwey High School for the next stage of the school’s upgrade The record school infrastructure investment across the Yarra Ranges includes a further $11 million to upgrade Montrose Primary School, Don Valley Primary School, Hoddles Creek Primary School, Launching Place Primary School, and deliver a new campus of The Alpine School at Don Valley. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. There are now 70 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Labor Government’s record $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Education State is about making sure every young person has the opportunity to get a good education and reach their full potential.” “This Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan has been designed with the local community and it will help local schools work together with a new focus on subjects and issues that will help students get rewarding jobs and, ultimately, live rewarding lives.” “Together, the investment in new facilities across the Yarra Ranges and the Education Plan are an unprecedented boost to schools in the area.” Download the Media Release (588 KB)

Unprecedented Investment For Yarra Ranges Secondary Schools

Kids across the Yarra Ranges will get the world-class schools they deserve, as part of the biggest schools investment in the area’s history, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government has today announced that the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest almost $50 million across the Yarra Ranges to upgrade 6 secondary schools This investment includes a $20 million investment in the Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan, published today, with Lilydale High School, Lilydale Heights College and Upper Yarra Secondary College now set to develop complementary focuses – zoology, sustainability and outdoor environment respectively. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 investment across the Yarra Ranges includes: $5.8 million to rebuild Lilydale High School’s Zoology Learning Centre and provide new admin facilities $8 million for Lilydale Heights College for a new Sustainable Learning Hub, gym and to create a ‘town centre’ where students can meet, learn and discuss issues $6.2 million for an Outdoor Environment Centre, other outdoor learning spaces and further upgrades at Upper Yarra Secondary College $7 million for Mooroolbark College to deliver a major new upgrade $8.5 million for Monbulk College to deliver Stage 3 of the school’s upgrade $13.9 million for Upwey High School for the next stage of the school’s upgrade The record school infrastructure investment across the Yarra Ranges includes a further $11 million to upgrade Montrose Primary School, Don Valley Primary School, Hoddles Creek Primary School, Launching Place Primary School, and deliver a new campus of The Alpine School at Don Valley. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. There are now 70 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Labor Government’s record $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Education State is about making sure every young person has the opportunity to get a good education and reach their full potential.” “This Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan has been designed with the local community and it will help local schools work together with a new focus on subjects and issues that will help students get rewarding jobs and, ultimately, live rewarding lives.” “Together, the investment in new facilities across the Yarra Ranges and the Education Plan are an unprecedented boost to schools in the area.” Download the Media Release (588 KB)

Backing our state’s emergency services

Emergency services workers and volunteers will get the equipment and facilities they need to keep Victorians safe, as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. More than $43 million will go towards upgrading and building new Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES) and Life Saving Victoria facilities, giving our emergency workers and volunteers the modern facilities they deserve. A new $13 million integrated fire station will be built in Craigieburn to make sure residents in the growing northern suburbs are protected, and local firefighters have the facilities they need to keep the community safe. Funding will be provided to upgrade volunteer facilities including $2.5 million for Moe CFA, $1.6 million for Mount Macedon CFA, and $1.2 million for the Essendon SES unit. Land will be purchased for new builds, including at Armstrong Creek CFA and Cobram SES. The Andrews Labor Government will provide $11.5 million to Life Saving Victoria for upgrades at clubs including Bonbeach and Black Rock. The Labor Government will also invest more than $8.3 million in water safety programs to make sure more Victorians know how to swim and stay safe in the water, helping to reduce the number of drownings. This includes more lifeguards at our beaches, as well as more training and support for our volunteer lifeguards. The Nippers program will be expanded to include more inland regional towns and cities, with programs to be adapted so they can be run at public swimming pools, lakes and rivers. There will be more support for school swimming lessons and water safety programs, with standard teaching resources to be developed, and training and accreditation programs for teachers and staff in the aquatic industry. The Labor Government will also continue to fund the $10 million state-wide volunteer support package that provides training and development grants for volunteers in our emergency services organisations. These grants will provide local volunteers with the things they need to keep their local club, unit or brigade sustainable and to serve their communities, like equipment, facility improvements and training. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Our emergency services workers put themselves on the line to protect our state, and we’re proud to be backing them with millions of dollars in extra funding.” “Volunteers give up their own time to serve their communities, and they deserve the very best equipment and facilities. That’s exactly what this Budget delivers.” “Almost 400 Victorians have drowned in the past ten years. Many of these tragic deaths could have been avoided, which is why we’re helping more Victorians learn to swim and stay safe in the water.” Download the Media Release (533 KB)

Backing our state’s emergency services

Emergency services workers and volunteers will get the equipment and facilities they need to keep Victorians safe, as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. More than $43 million will go towards upgrading and building new Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES) and Life Saving Victoria facilities, giving our emergency workers and volunteers the modern facilities they deserve. A new $13 million integrated fire station will be built in Craigieburn to make sure residents in the growing northern suburbs are protected, and local firefighters have the facilities they need to keep the community safe. Funding will be provided to upgrade volunteer facilities including $2.5 million for Moe CFA, $1.6 million for Mount Macedon CFA, and $1.2 million for the Essendon SES unit. Land will be purchased for new builds, including at Armstrong Creek CFA and Cobram SES. The Andrews Labor Government will provide $11.5 million to Life Saving Victoria for upgrades at clubs including Bonbeach and Black Rock. The Labor Government will also invest more than $8.3 million in water safety programs to make sure more Victorians know how to swim and stay safe in the water, helping to reduce the number of drownings. This includes more lifeguards at our beaches, as well as more training and support for our volunteer lifeguards. The Nippers program will be expanded to include more inland regional towns and cities, with programs to be adapted so they can be run at public swimming pools, lakes and rivers. There will be more support for school swimming lessons and water safety programs, with standard teaching resources to be developed, and training and accreditation programs for teachers and staff in the aquatic industry. The Labor Government will also continue to fund the $10 million state-wide volunteer support package that provides training and development grants for volunteers in our emergency services organisations. These grants will provide local volunteers with the things they need to keep their local club, unit or brigade sustainable and to serve their communities, like equipment, facility improvements and training. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “Our emergency services workers put themselves on the line to protect our state, and we’re proud to be backing them with millions of dollars in extra funding.” “Volunteers give up their own time to serve their communities, and they deserve the very best equipment and facilities. That’s exactly what this Budget delivers.” “Almost 400 Victorians have drowned in the past ten years. Many of these tragic deaths could have been avoided, which is why we’re helping more Victorians learn to swim and stay safe in the water.” Download the Media Release (533 KB)

Better local schools for families

Students across Victoria will have better classrooms and new schools in our growing suburbs and towns, with the largest investment in school buildings in our state’s history. The Andrews Labor Government is investing a record $1.25 billion as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to build and upgrade schools across Victoria to make sure every child has a great local school. This includes $353.2 million to plan and build brand new schools across Victoria and $180.8 million to plan and upgrade schools across regional and rural parts of the state. A total of 12 new schools will be built to keep up with demand now and into the future: Armstrong Creek West Primary School Beveridge West Primary School Botanic Ridge Primary School Casey Fields (Five Ways) Primary School Clyde North East Primary School Craigieburn South Secondary School Davis Creek Primary School Footscray Learning Precinct – Seddon Secondary Campus Keysborough South Primary School Lucas Primary School Point Cook South Senior Secondary School Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School. Planning and early works will start on a further nine new schools to make sure we keep pace with population growth across the state, while schools with growing enrolments will be able to meet immediate demand thanks to $77.8 million for new relocatable classrooms to create more room for more students. Students at Victorian special schools will also get the facilities they deserve, thanks to a $55.6 million investment to upgrade 12 schools and undertake planning at a further three sites to make our education system fairer. The Budget also includes $10 million to boost school pride and sports participation, $45 million to remove asbestos from our classrooms and $10 million for the Inclusive Schools Fund, which is for projects that make schools more welcoming environments for kids with disabilities. Since coming to government, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals and Nationals who left our schools to crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from our education system. The Labor Government’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know our state is growing faster than any other and we need to invest now to meet the demand of the future. “That’s why we’re making the biggest investment in new schools, buildings and classrooms in Victoria’s history.” “This is about making sure every child has every chance to succeed. That means world-class buildings and classrooms to match world-class teaching.”   Download the Media Release (546 KB)

Better local schools for families

Students across Victoria will have better classrooms and new schools in our growing suburbs and towns, with the largest investment in school buildings in our state’s history. The Andrews Labor Government is investing a record $1.25 billion as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to build and upgrade schools across Victoria to make sure every child has a great local school. This includes $353.2 million to plan and build brand new schools across Victoria and $180.8 million to plan and upgrade schools across regional and rural parts of the state. A total of 12 new schools will be built to keep up with demand now and into the future: Armstrong Creek West Primary School Beveridge West Primary School Botanic Ridge Primary School Casey Fields (Five Ways) Primary School Clyde North East Primary School Craigieburn South Secondary School Davis Creek Primary School Footscray Learning Precinct – Seddon Secondary Campus Keysborough South Primary School Lucas Primary School Point Cook South Senior Secondary School Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School. Planning and early works will start on a further nine new schools to make sure we keep pace with population growth across the state, while schools with growing enrolments will be able to meet immediate demand thanks to $77.8 million for new relocatable classrooms to create more room for more students. Students at Victorian special schools will also get the facilities they deserve, thanks to a $55.6 million investment to upgrade 12 schools and undertake planning at a further three sites to make our education system fairer. The Budget also includes $10 million to boost school pride and sports participation, $45 million to remove asbestos from our classrooms and $10 million for the Inclusive Schools Fund, which is for projects that make schools more welcoming environments for kids with disabilities. Since coming to government, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals and Nationals who left our schools to crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from our education system. The Labor Government’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know our state is growing faster than any other and we need to invest now to meet the demand of the future. “That’s why we’re making the biggest investment in new schools, buildings and classrooms in Victoria’s history.” “This is about making sure every child has every chance to succeed. That means world-class buildings and classrooms to match world-class teaching.”   Download the Media Release (546 KB)

Investing in people to build our state

Victorians will get the skills they need for good, secure jobs building our state and caring for our community, with the biggest change to TAFE and skills training in Victoria’s history. The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in major road and rail projects, new schools and hospitals, support for Victorians living with disability and historic action to curb family violence has created a massive demand for skilled workers across Victoria. At the same time, there are still too many Victorians without the training they need for a secure job. More than ever, the skills required for these high-demand jobs are learned at TAFE. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will give Victorians every tool they need to undertake a quality, accredited TAFE qualification, and get these good, skilled jobs building our state. We know that the cost of training can act as a barrier to getting the right skills so this Budget breaks down that barrier. It invests $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses in these growth industries free. To make sure every Victorian who wants a job can get this free, quality training, the Budget also includes $303.8 million to create more than 30,000 new training places. Apprenticeships will be modernised with $43.8 million to revamp learning materials, ensure consistent industry standards with new independent assessments, and bring back trade papers to recognise these qualifications. TAFE campuses in regional Victoria will be upgraded to give Victorians the best facilities to learn their trade, with $35.5 million to transform Federation Training’s Morwell campus, $59.9 million for a new education precinct at the Bendigo Kangan Institute McCrae campus, and $25 million for a new Federation Training campus at Port of Sale in Gippsland. The Budget also invests in the skills we need earlier, with the introduction of apprenticeships that can be finished at school, so young Victorians can graduate qualified and ready to work. The new Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships program is a $49.8 million investment that will begin with 1,700 students at 100 Victorian government secondary schools. The program will give students the option to undertake an additional year of high school, and graduate with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready to work in a high demand or high growth industry. Career education in schools will also be overhauled with a $108.6 million investment to make sure students are getting expert advice to make the right choices earlier on. Starting a year earlier, every Year 9 student will receive Professional Career Planning Services so they get relevant advice from experts about their career options. Students will also have a Careers e-Portfolio that they can add their work to and use to help them get a job, or go on to further study or training. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will transform skills training in our schools and TAFEs to help more Victorians get good, skilled jobs building our state and caring for our community. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Across Victoria, TAFE-qualified Victorians are building our state, and caring for our loved ones. We’ll give every Victorian the opportunity to get new skills and secure a good job.” “Not only are we investing in the projects our state needs, we’re investing in the people we need to deliver them.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “This is the biggest overhaul of TAFE, skills and training in Victoria’s history – it will make sure all Victorians can get the training they need for a good job, building our state.” “We all know the Liberals slashed TAFE and closed campuses but this Budget continues Labor’s work to restore TAFE and make it stronger than ever.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Employers want more skilled young people – that’s why we’re giving Victorian students the chance to get an apprenticeship or traineeship at school so they can finish qualified and ready to work.” “We’re overhauling career education in schools to make sure our kids get expert advice earlier to help them make the right choices about their future.” Download the Media Release (627 KB)

Investing in people to build our state

Victorians will get the skills they need for good, secure jobs building our state and caring for our community, with the biggest change to TAFE and skills training in Victoria’s history. The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in major road and rail projects, new schools and hospitals, support for Victorians living with disability and historic action to curb family violence has created a massive demand for skilled workers across Victoria. At the same time, there are still too many Victorians without the training they need for a secure job. More than ever, the skills required for these high-demand jobs are learned at TAFE. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will give Victorians every tool they need to undertake a quality, accredited TAFE qualification, and get these good, skilled jobs building our state. We know that the cost of training can act as a barrier to getting the right skills so this Budget breaks down that barrier. It invests $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses in these growth industries free. To make sure every Victorian who wants a job can get this free, quality training, the Budget also includes $303.8 million to create more than 30,000 new training places. Apprenticeships will be modernised with $43.8 million to revamp learning materials, ensure consistent industry standards with new independent assessments, and bring back trade papers to recognise these qualifications. TAFE campuses in regional Victoria will be upgraded to give Victorians the best facilities to learn their trade, with $35.5 million to transform Federation Training’s Morwell campus, $59.9 million for a new education precinct at the Bendigo Kangan Institute McCrae campus, and $25 million for a new Federation Training campus at Port of Sale in Gippsland. The Budget also invests in the skills we need earlier, with the introduction of apprenticeships that can be finished at school, so young Victorians can graduate qualified and ready to work. The new Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships program is a $49.8 million investment that will begin with 1,700 students at 100 Victorian government secondary schools. The program will give students the option to undertake an additional year of high school, and graduate with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready to work in a high demand or high growth industry. Career education in schools will also be overhauled with a $108.6 million investment to make sure students are getting expert advice to make the right choices earlier on. Starting a year earlier, every Year 9 student will receive Professional Career Planning Services so they get relevant advice from experts about their career options. Students will also have a Careers e-Portfolio that they can add their work to and use to help them get a job, or go on to further study or training. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will transform skills training in our schools and TAFEs to help more Victorians get good, skilled jobs building our state and caring for our community. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Across Victoria, TAFE-qualified Victorians are building our state, and caring for our loved ones. We’ll give every Victorian the opportunity to get new skills and secure a good job.” “Not only are we investing in the projects our state needs, we’re investing in the people we need to deliver them.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “This is the biggest overhaul of TAFE, skills and training in Victoria’s history – it will make sure all Victorians can get the training they need for a good job, building our state.” “We all know the Liberals slashed TAFE and closed campuses but this Budget continues Labor’s work to restore TAFE and make it stronger than ever.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Employers want more skilled young people – that’s why we’re giving Victorian students the chance to get an apprenticeship or traineeship at school so they can finish qualified and ready to work.” “We’re overhauling career education in schools to make sure our kids get expert advice earlier to help them make the right choices about their future.” Download the Media Release (627 KB)

 

Giving every child the chance to succeed

All Victorian students will be supported to get a great education, stay in school and learn the skills they need for the future. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invests $26 million to enhance vocational education in schools and $50 million to deliver up to 1,700 Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships at 100 secondary schools, ensuring students can finish high school with an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification, ready to work in a high demand or high growth industry. To continue to improve student performance and recruit and train the very best teachers and principals, the Budget also invests $1.55 billion to deliver a package of education measures including: $22.1 million for workshops and teaching tools to improve literacy and numeracy teaching, including giving every child starting prep a free ‘prep bag’ which now includes books to keep and read at home $32.9 million to fund 200 additional Primary Maths and Science Specialists $44 million to cut the number of students dropping out of school with the state-wide rollout of the Navigator program $1 million for schools to purchase musical instruments and music professional development for teachers $9.8 million to contribute to the cost of swimming and water safety education programs $11.3 million to continue funding the Young Leaders to China Program $4.4 million to ensure schools have access to the very best principals, through a new program to prepare and assess those aspiring to be principals. The Budget also fully acquits Victoria’s obligations for the final year of the original Gonski agreement. It sets Victoria on a path to become a national leader in inclusive education, with $232.8 million for education initiatives for students with disability or additional learning needs, ensuring all children, wherever they go to school, get the individual attention they deserve. This is on top of an additional $55.6 million to plan and upgrade 15 special schools. This includes scholarships for teachers to undertake postgraduate courses in special education, and an extension of the Outside School Hours Care demonstration program, which provides after school and holiday programs to students with a disability. There is also additional support for students with language and learning disabilities, student transport, and equipment grants to ensure schools are inclusive for all children. The Budget overhauls secondary school career education, investing $109 million so students can get expert advice earlier, helping them make the right career choices to get the job they want. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every child, no matter where they live or their circumstance, deserves individual attention and support to succeed at school and that’s exactly what this Budget delivers.” “We want kids learning a trade to be able to get a good job, quickly. Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships will mean students graduate secondary school with a trade qualification and ready for work.” “Our kids need to be ready for the jobs of the future. That’s why we’re making record investments in the classroom so that every student can develop the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career and in life.”   Download the Media Release (553 KB)

Giving every child the chance to succeed

All Victorian students will be supported to get a great education, stay in school and learn the skills they need for the future. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invests $26 million to enhance vocational education in schools and $50 million to deliver up to 1,700 Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships at 100 secondary schools, ensuring students can finish high school with an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification, ready to work in a high demand or high growth industry. To continue to improve student performance and recruit and train the very best teachers and principals, the Budget also invests $1.55 billion to deliver a package of education measures including: $22.1 million for workshops and teaching tools to improve literacy and numeracy teaching, including giving every child starting prep a free ‘prep bag’ which now includes books to keep and read at home $32.9 million to fund 200 additional Primary Maths and Science Specialists $44 million to cut the number of students dropping out of school with the state-wide rollout of the Navigator program $1 million for schools to purchase musical instruments and music professional development for teachers $9.8 million to contribute to the cost of swimming and water safety education programs $11.3 million to continue funding the Young Leaders to China Program $4.4 million to ensure schools have access to the very best principals, through a new program to prepare and assess those aspiring to be principals. The Budget also fully acquits Victoria’s obligations for the final year of the original Gonski agreement. It sets Victoria on a path to become a national leader in inclusive education, with $232.8 million for education initiatives for students with disability or additional learning needs, ensuring all children, wherever they go to school, get the individual attention they deserve. This is on top of an additional $55.6 million to plan and upgrade 15 special schools. This includes scholarships for teachers to undertake postgraduate courses in special education, and an extension of the Outside School Hours Care demonstration program, which provides after school and holiday programs to students with a disability. There is also additional support for students with language and learning disabilities, student transport, and equipment grants to ensure schools are inclusive for all children. The Budget overhauls secondary school career education, investing $109 million so students can get expert advice earlier, helping them make the right career choices to get the job they want. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every child, no matter where they live or their circumstance, deserves individual attention and support to succeed at school and that’s exactly what this Budget delivers.” “We want kids learning a trade to be able to get a good job, quickly. Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships will mean students graduate secondary school with a trade qualification and ready for work.” “Our kids need to be ready for the jobs of the future. That’s why we’re making record investments in the classroom so that every student can develop the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career and in life.”   Download the Media Release (553 KB)

WANDIN RECREATION RESERVE TO SHARE IN RECORD SPORT INVESTMENT

Wandin Recreation Reserve will share in the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Wandin Recreation Reserve will receive $1 million to build a new multi-purpose sporting and community pavilion, which will cater for the growing numbers of locals signing up to play the sports they love. The pavilion will provide a massive boost for local clubs including Wandin Football Netball Club, Wandin Junior Football Club and Wandin Cricket Club. The funding will be provided through a $60 million Community Sports Fund announced by the Labor Government as part of a $241.7 million boost for community sport in the Victorian Budget 2018/19. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Places like Wandin Recreation Reserve are the cornerstone of local communities – that's why we're backing them with this record investment." "We're upgrading local grounds, change rooms and pavilions right across Victoria – so everyone has the facilities they need to play and watch the sport they love."

WANDIN RECREATION RESERVE TO SHARE IN RECORD SPORT INVESTMENT

Wandin Recreation Reserve will share in the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Wandin Recreation Reserve will receive $1 million to build a new multi-purpose sporting and community pavilion, which will cater for the growing numbers of locals signing up to play the sports they love. The pavilion will provide a massive boost for local clubs including Wandin Football Netball Club, Wandin Junior Football Club and Wandin Cricket Club. The funding will be provided through a $60 million Community Sports Fund announced by the Labor Government as part of a $241.7 million boost for community sport in the Victorian Budget 2018/19. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Places like Wandin Recreation Reserve are the cornerstone of local communities – that's why we're backing them with this record investment." "We're upgrading local grounds, change rooms and pavilions right across Victoria – so everyone has the facilities they need to play and watch the sport they love."

Emergency Volunteers To Share In $13.34m In Grants

Volunteer emergency-service groups can apply for Andrews Labor Government grants of up to $150,000 to help buy operational equipment and fund minor facility upgrades. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino announced today that applications are open for the 2018-19 round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding. Under the VESEP, the government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution, with the government this year increasing its maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000. Mr Merlino said more than $13.34 million in government contributions is available to volunteer organisations in 2018-19, including: almost $9.8 million for volunteer CFA brigades more than $2.1 million for Victoria State Emergency Service units more than $320,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard       Association almost $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs more than $350,000 for other volunteer agencies VESEP grants can be used to help fund operational equipment, including the purchase of new vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers. Volunteer groups can also put the money towards minor facility improvements. For more information about the VESEP and to find out how to apply for a grant, visit emv.vic.gov.au/vesep Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program helps provide our hard-working volunteers with the equipment they need to respond to emergencies and keep Victorians safe.” “Our volunteers deserve to be well supported and that is why we are increasing the maximum grant available to them this year.” Download the Media Release (574 KB)

Emergency Volunteers To Share In $13.34m In Grants

Volunteer emergency-service groups can apply for Andrews Labor Government grants of up to $150,000 to help buy operational equipment and fund minor facility upgrades. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino announced today that applications are open for the 2018-19 round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding. Under the VESEP, the government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution, with the government this year increasing its maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000. Mr Merlino said more than $13.34 million in government contributions is available to volunteer organisations in 2018-19, including: almost $9.8 million for volunteer CFA brigades more than $2.1 million for Victoria State Emergency Service units more than $320,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard       Association almost $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs more than $350,000 for other volunteer agencies VESEP grants can be used to help fund operational equipment, including the purchase of new vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers. Volunteer groups can also put the money towards minor facility improvements. For more information about the VESEP and to find out how to apply for a grant, visit emv.vic.gov.au/vesep Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program helps provide our hard-working volunteers with the equipment they need to respond to emergencies and keep Victorians safe.” “Our volunteers deserve to be well supported and that is why we are increasing the maximum grant available to them this year.” Download the Media Release (574 KB)

New Science Building And Stadium For Melba College

Students in Melbourne’s outer east will soon have the first-rate sports, science and arts facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.   Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Melba College in Croydon to announce the school will get $11.05 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to go towards Stage 2 of its rebuild, including a new basketball stadium and cutting-edge STEAM building.   The new stadium is being built in partnership with Kilsyth Basketball, and will have four indoor, competition-grade courts, and referee and change rooms.   The rebuild will also deliver a new STEAM – or science, technology, engineering, arts and maths – building, giving teachers the facilities they need to deliver a modern education. The new stadium will be shared with Kilsyth Basketball, with students using the courts during school hours and Kilsyth Basketball using it outside of school hours.   The Labor Government will also provide additional funding of $2.67 million to complete the stadium re-build, including $1.5 million through its Shared Facilities Fund and $1.17 million through the Better Indoor Stadiums Fund. Kilsyth Basketball is also providing $2 million towards the new stadium. Work will start on the upgrade in October.   Melba College is being completely rebuilt, including bringing the junior and senior campuses together on one site and upgrading the school’s facilities. It received $17.9 million for Stage 1 of the upgrade in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.   New facilities will include three double-storey buildings that will provide space for growing enrolments, new flexible modern learning spaces, admin offices, library and cafeteria.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino   “The Kilsyth Basketball Association is one of the biggest basketball clubs in Australia and facilities will ensure they are able to keep up with demand. We want to put schools at the centre of their communities and today’s announcement does just that.” “Our students need to be prepared for the jobs of the future and that is why we are making significant investments in science and technology facilities.”   Quote attributable to the Minister for Sport John Eren “We want more Victorians to be fit, happy and healthy – and building great facilities like Melba College’s new courts will help make that happen.”   Quote attributable to Member Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “This major upgrade will not only improve facilities for students but also allow the school to be used by the wider community which is a great result.”

New Science Building And Stadium For Melba College

Students in Melbourne’s outer east will soon have the first-rate sports, science and arts facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.   Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Melba College in Croydon to announce the school will get $11.05 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to go towards Stage 2 of its rebuild, including a new basketball stadium and cutting-edge STEAM building.   The new stadium is being built in partnership with Kilsyth Basketball, and will have four indoor, competition-grade courts, and referee and change rooms.   The rebuild will also deliver a new STEAM – or science, technology, engineering, arts and maths – building, giving teachers the facilities they need to deliver a modern education. The new stadium will be shared with Kilsyth Basketball, with students using the courts during school hours and Kilsyth Basketball using it outside of school hours.   The Labor Government will also provide additional funding of $2.67 million to complete the stadium re-build, including $1.5 million through its Shared Facilities Fund and $1.17 million through the Better Indoor Stadiums Fund. Kilsyth Basketball is also providing $2 million towards the new stadium. Work will start on the upgrade in October.   Melba College is being completely rebuilt, including bringing the junior and senior campuses together on one site and upgrading the school’s facilities. It received $17.9 million for Stage 1 of the upgrade in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.   New facilities will include three double-storey buildings that will provide space for growing enrolments, new flexible modern learning spaces, admin offices, library and cafeteria.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino   “The Kilsyth Basketball Association is one of the biggest basketball clubs in Australia and facilities will ensure they are able to keep up with demand. We want to put schools at the centre of their communities and today’s announcement does just that.” “Our students need to be prepared for the jobs of the future and that is why we are making significant investments in science and technology facilities.”   Quote attributable to the Minister for Sport John Eren “We want more Victorians to be fit, happy and healthy – and building great facilities like Melba College’s new courts will help make that happen.”   Quote attributable to Member Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “This major upgrade will not only improve facilities for students but also allow the school to be used by the wider community which is a great result.”

New Gippsland Tech School Opens

Students from eight secondary schools in Gippsland now have access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs, with the opening of the new Gippsland Tech School. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney to officially open the Gippsland Tech School – the fourth of 10 Tech Schools to open under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative. The new Gippsland Tech School includes a high-tech skills laboratory, a fabrication room and a maker space for students to get hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. The Tech School is located at Federation Training Morwell next to the upcoming Latrobe Valley’s $17 million Hi-Tech Precinct which will give local schools access to the latest technology to use as part of their classes – creating new opportunities for students. The high-tech hands on programs will be offered free to more than 5,000 students from the eight government, catholic and independent schools and the applied STEM skills align with the work of local industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth in the area, such as food and fibre, health, new energy and advanced manufacturing. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We need our students to be ready for the jobs of the future and that’s why we’re investing in Tech Schools so they can get the hands-on learning with technology they need.” “The Gippsland Tech School will form an important link between our schools, TAFEs, universities and industry.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “The Tech School will give students the opportunity to solve real-world problems in a real-world context while they are still at secondary school.”  Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The new Gippsland Tech School is a true community achievement that will focus on cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. Its direct links to Gippsland industry will drive employment pathways for people from all over our region and this is a huge vote of confidence in our future.” Download the Media Release (563 KB)

New Gippsland Tech School Opens

Students from eight secondary schools in Gippsland now have access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs, with the opening of the new Gippsland Tech School. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney to officially open the Gippsland Tech School – the fourth of 10 Tech Schools to open under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative. The new Gippsland Tech School includes a high-tech skills laboratory, a fabrication room and a maker space for students to get hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. The Tech School is located at Federation Training Morwell next to the upcoming Latrobe Valley’s $17 million Hi-Tech Precinct which will give local schools access to the latest technology to use as part of their classes – creating new opportunities for students. The high-tech hands on programs will be offered free to more than 5,000 students from the eight government, catholic and independent schools and the applied STEM skills align with the work of local industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth in the area, such as food and fibre, health, new energy and advanced manufacturing. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We need our students to be ready for the jobs of the future and that’s why we’re investing in Tech Schools so they can get the hands-on learning with technology they need.” “The Gippsland Tech School will form an important link between our schools, TAFEs, universities and industry.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “The Tech School will give students the opportunity to solve real-world problems in a real-world context while they are still at secondary school.”  Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The new Gippsland Tech School is a true community achievement that will focus on cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. Its direct links to Gippsland industry will drive employment pathways for people from all over our region and this is a huge vote of confidence in our future.” Download the Media Release (563 KB)

New Cutting-Edge Building For Latrobe Valley Kids

Students in Yallourn North have a modern state-of-the-art building, thanks an innovative new Andrews Labor Government school building program. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Yallourn North Primary School to officially open its new architect-designed modular building. Within 9 months of announcing funding, the new architect-designed modular building has replaced the ageing administration area, general office, staff toilets, sick bay, art room, classrooms and library. These facilities were delivered as part of the Labor Government’s Asbestos Removal Program. Using modular buildings is a fast and efficient way to help schools replace older buildings containing asbestos with brand new facilities. The buildings are made off-site and delivered to the school so teaching is not interrupted and on-site safety risks are reduced. The Victorian School Building Authority worked with Yallourn North Primary School on building details such as colour and location. The Labor Government is investing more than $2.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “We are improving school infrastructure across the Latrobe Valley so every student has the opportunity to get the most out of their education.” “The permanent modular buildings give schools more flexibility and means they get brand new facilities faster.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The new building at Yallourn North Primary will help this real gem of a school to use flexible learning spaces that help every single student to engage, thrive and reach their full potential.” Download the Media Release (561 KB)

New Cutting-Edge Building For Latrobe Valley Kids

Students in Yallourn North have a modern state-of-the-art building, thanks an innovative new Andrews Labor Government school building program. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Yallourn North Primary School to officially open its new architect-designed modular building. Within 9 months of announcing funding, the new architect-designed modular building has replaced the ageing administration area, general office, staff toilets, sick bay, art room, classrooms and library. These facilities were delivered as part of the Labor Government’s Asbestos Removal Program. Using modular buildings is a fast and efficient way to help schools replace older buildings containing asbestos with brand new facilities. The buildings are made off-site and delivered to the school so teaching is not interrupted and on-site safety risks are reduced. The Victorian School Building Authority worked with Yallourn North Primary School on building details such as colour and location. The Labor Government is investing more than $2.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “We are improving school infrastructure across the Latrobe Valley so every student has the opportunity to get the most out of their education.” “The permanent modular buildings give schools more flexibility and means they get brand new facilities faster.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The new building at Yallourn North Primary will help this real gem of a school to use flexible learning spaces that help every single student to engage, thrive and reach their full potential.” Download the Media Release (561 KB)

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO BELGRAVE

Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP, today announced that small business operators in the Belgrave area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. The Andrews Labor Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years. The bus service provides advice from small business mentoring specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2017 more than 1,180 small businesses accessed free on-board mentoring, while a further 4,980 received assistance from information officers. This year’s touring program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The two vehicles also play a vital role in providing business recovery support to communities in times of crisis, such as those that have been affected by bushfires. The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required. The Small Business Bus will be located in Hayes car park, 1634 Burwood Highway, Belgrave, VIC 3160 from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP: “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis:  “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we have experienced a fourth year of uninterrupted business growth.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO BELGRAVE

Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP, today announced that small business operators in the Belgrave area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. The Andrews Labor Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years. The bus service provides advice from small business mentoring specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2017 more than 1,180 small businesses accessed free on-board mentoring, while a further 4,980 received assistance from information officers. This year’s touring program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The two vehicles also play a vital role in providing business recovery support to communities in times of crisis, such as those that have been affected by bushfires. The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required. The Small Business Bus will be located in Hayes car park, 1634 Burwood Highway, Belgrave, VIC 3160 from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP: “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis:  “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we have experienced a fourth year of uninterrupted business growth.”

UPGRADES TO OLINDA PRECINCT PART OF RECORD INVESTMENT IN LOCAL SPORT

New facilities will be built at Olinda Precinct as part of a major $2.95 million upgrade of the former Olinda Golf Course announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $2.95 million for the next stage of the Olinda Precinct, so it can continue to be transformed into public parkland to deliver residents and visitors with better recreational and sporting facilities. This will further progress the 34 hectares of community parklands including: lighting for the sports oval, walking trails, picnic facilities and upgraded entry and car parking. As part of the $2.95 million, $850,000 will provide an additional netball court, new cricket nets and other upgrades. This is on top of the $4.7 million the Labor Government has already delivered for a wide range of new facilities including a regional playground, expansion of the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens, dog off lead area, tracks and trails, community BBQs, shelters, seating, gardens, landscaping, and car parking. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “This project is a once in a generation opportunity for our community. The transformation of the former golf course will deliver benefits for both active and passive recreation right across the 34 hectares of parkland. It is truly exciting.” “The Olinda Ferny Creek Football Netball Club have been crying out for an additional netball court and lights on the new oval so they can cater for junior demand. This funding will make a real difference for local netballers, cricketers, footballers and the community who will be able to better use the facility.”  

UPGRADES TO OLINDA PRECINCT PART OF RECORD INVESTMENT IN LOCAL SPORT

New facilities will be built at Olinda Precinct as part of a major $2.95 million upgrade of the former Olinda Golf Course announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $2.95 million for the next stage of the Olinda Precinct, so it can continue to be transformed into public parkland to deliver residents and visitors with better recreational and sporting facilities. This will further progress the 34 hectares of community parklands including: lighting for the sports oval, walking trails, picnic facilities and upgraded entry and car parking. As part of the $2.95 million, $850,000 will provide an additional netball court, new cricket nets and other upgrades. This is on top of the $4.7 million the Labor Government has already delivered for a wide range of new facilities including a regional playground, expansion of the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens, dog off lead area, tracks and trails, community BBQs, shelters, seating, gardens, landscaping, and car parking. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “This project is a once in a generation opportunity for our community. The transformation of the former golf course will deliver benefits for both active and passive recreation right across the 34 hectares of parkland. It is truly exciting.” “The Olinda Ferny Creek Football Netball Club have been crying out for an additional netball court and lights on the new oval so they can cater for junior demand. This funding will make a real difference for local netballers, cricketers, footballers and the community who will be able to better use the facility.”