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PROTECTING THE HELMETED HONEYEATER

The Helmeted Honeyeater are big winners in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 with $400,000 to help protect and grow populations of Victoria’s bird emblem. The funding will be used to purchase land for new habitat.   The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Group have explored several suitable land sites that are ideally suited to support and nurture the species’ small but growing population. Helmeted Honeyeaters, endemic to Victoria, have been quietly making a comeback from near-extinction in Melbourne's eastern outskirts through a decades-long program of initiatives to protect habitat and boost population numbers. Last year the Andrews Labor Government released 18 captive-bred birds into the wild, the largest such release in Victoria’s history, and also provided $175,000 for the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program to extend a supplementary feeding program. The feeding program has been crucial in allowing the birds to fight back from near-extinction and is a major reason for the recent upswing in numbers, which are currently in excess of 150 and represent the biggest known population in decades. DELWP and Zoos Victoria work closely with other government agencies, the local community and groups such as Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, to help bring Victoria's threatened bird emblem back from the brink of extinction. The Honeyeater, (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix) is listed as threatened species in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act. The funding is part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17 which provides $33.3 million over four years to tackle weeds and pests and for targeted on-ground actions to protect Victoria's threatened species. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We are helping to protect this iconic species and this investment will help further boost numbers of Victoria’s bird emblem, the Helmeted Honeyeater.” “The hard work of volunteers, staff at DELWP and the efforts from organisations like Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater mean this species enjoys a bigger population today than we’ve seen in decades.”

PROTECTING THE HELMETED HONEYEATER

The Helmeted Honeyeater are big winners in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 with $400,000 to help protect and grow populations of Victoria’s bird emblem. The funding will be used to purchase land for new habitat.   The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Group have explored several suitable land sites that are ideally suited to support and nurture the species’ small but growing population. Helmeted Honeyeaters, endemic to Victoria, have been quietly making a comeback from near-extinction in Melbourne's eastern outskirts through a decades-long program of initiatives to protect habitat and boost population numbers. Last year the Andrews Labor Government released 18 captive-bred birds into the wild, the largest such release in Victoria’s history, and also provided $175,000 for the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program to extend a supplementary feeding program. The feeding program has been crucial in allowing the birds to fight back from near-extinction and is a major reason for the recent upswing in numbers, which are currently in excess of 150 and represent the biggest known population in decades. DELWP and Zoos Victoria work closely with other government agencies, the local community and groups such as Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, to help bring Victoria's threatened bird emblem back from the brink of extinction. The Honeyeater, (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix) is listed as threatened species in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act. The funding is part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17 which provides $33.3 million over four years to tackle weeds and pests and for targeted on-ground actions to protect Victoria's threatened species. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We are helping to protect this iconic species and this investment will help further boost numbers of Victoria’s bird emblem, the Helmeted Honeyeater.” “The hard work of volunteers, staff at DELWP and the efforts from organisations like Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater mean this species enjoys a bigger population today than we’ve seen in decades.”

Planning Work To Begin At Valkstone Primary School

Planning will now get underway at Valkstone Primary School following the announcement that it is one of 35 schools to share in a $12 million school planning fund. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today visited Valkstone Primary School in Bentleigh East to meet students and staff, and discuss plans for upgrading the school’s buildings. Altogether, the Victorian Budget 2016/17 invests a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure. $287.4 million of this is to plan, acquire land for and build 23 new schools. $375 million will go to upgrading 147 schools across the state, including 20 specialist schools. It also includes $200 million to maintain schools. Quotes attributable to Education Minister James Merlino “I know the community has grand plans for Valkstone Primary School, this is the first step towards an exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with the school and families to ensure Valkstone Primary School goes from strength to strength.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos “It has been a pleasure working with the Valkstone community to get planning for Stage Two of the school rebuild underway.” “Valkstone is a growing school and its students deserve the best possible learning environment Download the Media Release (330 kB)

Planning Work To Begin At Valkstone Primary School

Planning will now get underway at Valkstone Primary School following the announcement that it is one of 35 schools to share in a $12 million school planning fund. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today visited Valkstone Primary School in Bentleigh East to meet students and staff, and discuss plans for upgrading the school’s buildings. Altogether, the Victorian Budget 2016/17 invests a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure. $287.4 million of this is to plan, acquire land for and build 23 new schools. $375 million will go to upgrading 147 schools across the state, including 20 specialist schools. It also includes $200 million to maintain schools. Quotes attributable to Education Minister James Merlino “I know the community has grand plans for Valkstone Primary School, this is the first step towards an exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with the school and families to ensure Valkstone Primary School goes from strength to strength.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos “It has been a pleasure working with the Valkstone community to get planning for Stage Two of the school rebuild underway.” “Valkstone is a growing school and its students deserve the best possible learning environment Download the Media Release (330 kB)

Celebrating Sister Acts At The Premier’s VCE Awards

The Premier’s VCE Awards were a sister act this year, with hearing-impaired sisters and guitar-strumming identical twins recognised for their outstanding achievements. A total of 289 Victorian students received 312 awards across 83 subjects today, including 283 Study Awards, 26 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards and three Top International Student Awards. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino presented the awards to the high-achieving students at a special ceremony today. The winners included sisters Olivia and Anabelle who are being recognised for perfect scores in Auslan, and twins Yasmin and Yolanda who are being recognised for perfect scores in music. Olivia and Anabelle, aged 17 and 18, are hearing-impaired students who studied Auslan at night school at the Victorian College for the Deaf with ambitions to become an occupational therapist and graphic designer. Yasmin and Yolanda are identical 18-year-old twins who completed music studies at Wallan Secondary College, and have been performing together since the age of 5 including being contestants on X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent and Young Talent Time. The Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise those students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher (out of a possible 50) in five or more VCE subjects, while Study Awards recognise the very best performers in individual VCE subjects. The top three international students were also recognised. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity for a great education. This means ensuring every community has access to great schools, teachers and principals are supported to be their best, and every student experiences the chance to succeed in both learning and in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity to thrive – like those recognised today.” “These students deserve to be immensely proud of their achievement, I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support provided by their parents, teachers and friends.” “The 26 All-Round Award recipients exemplify the importance of a balanced approach to life and study – many have pursued a range of interests together with their studies including music, sport and fundraising.” “These well-rounded students are terrific role models and show what Victorian students can achieve.” Download the Media Release (285 kB)

Celebrating Sister Acts At The Premier’s VCE Awards

The Premier’s VCE Awards were a sister act this year, with hearing-impaired sisters and guitar-strumming identical twins recognised for their outstanding achievements. A total of 289 Victorian students received 312 awards across 83 subjects today, including 283 Study Awards, 26 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards and three Top International Student Awards. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino presented the awards to the high-achieving students at a special ceremony today. The winners included sisters Olivia and Anabelle who are being recognised for perfect scores in Auslan, and twins Yasmin and Yolanda who are being recognised for perfect scores in music. Olivia and Anabelle, aged 17 and 18, are hearing-impaired students who studied Auslan at night school at the Victorian College for the Deaf with ambitions to become an occupational therapist and graphic designer. Yasmin and Yolanda are identical 18-year-old twins who completed music studies at Wallan Secondary College, and have been performing together since the age of 5 including being contestants on X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent and Young Talent Time. The Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise those students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher (out of a possible 50) in five or more VCE subjects, while Study Awards recognise the very best performers in individual VCE subjects. The top three international students were also recognised. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity for a great education. This means ensuring every community has access to great schools, teachers and principals are supported to be their best, and every student experiences the chance to succeed in both learning and in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity to thrive – like those recognised today.” “These students deserve to be immensely proud of their achievement, I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support provided by their parents, teachers and friends.” “The 26 All-Round Award recipients exemplify the importance of a balanced approach to life and study – many have pursued a range of interests together with their studies including music, sport and fundraising.” “These well-rounded students are terrific role models and show what Victorian students can achieve.” Download the Media Release (285 kB)

Building Blitz To Upgrade Schools, Help Students, And Create Jobs

New buildings, new upgrades and entirely new schools will be delivered under the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17. Education is the cornerstone to ensuring every Victorian child can meet their potential. Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms. That’s why the Budget invests over $924 million to build new schools and upgrade classrooms – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure. This building blitz will take place across our state, in the inner city, in outer-suburban growth areas, and in regional Victoria, where all secondary schools assessed as being in the worst condition will be upgraded to meet modern standards. The Victorian School Building Authority will be established to deliver this construction boom that will not just benefit students, but also create jobs for construction workers and local tradies. The Education Package includes: $287 million to acquire land to build or complete 23 new schools, many in Melbourne’s growth areas, where they are needed most $92 million to establish 10 cutting-edge Tech Schools at TAFEs and universities across Victoria, including four in regional Victoria, because every child should have the chance to get the skills they need for the jobs they want, wherever they live. $68.5 million to upgrade 20 specialist schools in the poorest condition, including a $10 million boost to the Inclusive Schools Fund for students with a disability, because every child deserves the same opportunities no matter their background or circumstances $63.6 million for more modern relocatable classrooms to ease the pressure on growing Victorian schools $50 million for the new Shared Facilities Fund to help more schools become thriving community hubs $28 million to continue removing asbestos from school buildings $16 million for the new School Pride and Sports Fund to help strengthen community pride in schools and build sporting facilities for students $12 million to plan upgrades at 35 existing schools to accommodate growth and update old facilities. The Government is also spending $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. This means an additional $1.1 billion is being spent to build, upgrade and maintain Victorian schools in this Budget. The Andrews Labor Government has delivered more for schools in our first two budgets than the previous Liberal Government did in four. Quotes from Minister for Education James Merlino “Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate class rooms. This funding goes to fixing the schools most in need – particularly those in regional Victoria.” “Victoria is growing, and we need to start planning the schools of the future now. This is an outstanding Budget for students and will create jobs for local tradies.” “We’re not just talking about making Victoria the Education State, we’re getting it done.” Download the Media Release (376 kB)

Building Blitz To Upgrade Schools, Help Students, And Create Jobs

New buildings, new upgrades and entirely new schools will be delivered under the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17. Education is the cornerstone to ensuring every Victorian child can meet their potential. Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms. That’s why the Budget invests over $924 million to build new schools and upgrade classrooms – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure. This building blitz will take place across our state, in the inner city, in outer-suburban growth areas, and in regional Victoria, where all secondary schools assessed as being in the worst condition will be upgraded to meet modern standards. The Victorian School Building Authority will be established to deliver this construction boom that will not just benefit students, but also create jobs for construction workers and local tradies. The Education Package includes: $287 million to acquire land to build or complete 23 new schools, many in Melbourne’s growth areas, where they are needed most $92 million to establish 10 cutting-edge Tech Schools at TAFEs and universities across Victoria, including four in regional Victoria, because every child should have the chance to get the skills they need for the jobs they want, wherever they live. $68.5 million to upgrade 20 specialist schools in the poorest condition, including a $10 million boost to the Inclusive Schools Fund for students with a disability, because every child deserves the same opportunities no matter their background or circumstances $63.6 million for more modern relocatable classrooms to ease the pressure on growing Victorian schools $50 million for the new Shared Facilities Fund to help more schools become thriving community hubs $28 million to continue removing asbestos from school buildings $16 million for the new School Pride and Sports Fund to help strengthen community pride in schools and build sporting facilities for students $12 million to plan upgrades at 35 existing schools to accommodate growth and update old facilities. The Government is also spending $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. This means an additional $1.1 billion is being spent to build, upgrade and maintain Victorian schools in this Budget. The Andrews Labor Government has delivered more for schools in our first two budgets than the previous Liberal Government did in four. Quotes from Minister for Education James Merlino “Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate class rooms. This funding goes to fixing the schools most in need – particularly those in regional Victoria.” “Victoria is growing, and we need to start planning the schools of the future now. This is an outstanding Budget for students and will create jobs for local tradies.” “We’re not just talking about making Victoria the Education State, we’re getting it done.” Download the Media Release (376 kB)

Rural And Regional Schools Finally Get The Funding They Deserve

The  Andrews Labor Government is ending the neglect of secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria. As part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17, every single secondary school classified as being in the worst condition will receive funding for a much needed upgrade. Across regional and rural Victoria 61 projects will receive funding for upgrades, planning and land acquisition to finally give students the modern facilities they deserve. The Budget invests over $200 million in regional schools, including: $151 million for modernising, upgrading, and regenerating 39 schools, including Red Cliffs Secondary College, Drouin Secondary College, Brauer Secondary College, Broadford Secondary College, and Mansfield Secondary College Planning for a further six schools, including Baimbridge College and Wonthaggi Secondary College 15 other regional schools will receive a share of the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund, including Natimuk Primary School, Harston Primary School, and Undera Primary School Land acquisition in Armstrong Creek for a new primary school in the future In addition to the 61 school projects funded in this Budget, hundreds more schools will receive help through special maintenance funding, Inclusive School grants, asbestos removal, Shared Facilities Grants or the Doctors in Schools program. The Labor Government is delivering $924 million to build and upgrade schools – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure. The Government is also spending $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities across the state. This means an additional $1.1 billion is being spent to build, upgrade and maintain Victorian schools in this Budget. Projects will be delivered by the new Victorian School Building Authority, which will manage this billion dollar education and construction investment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This education Budget will bring the secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria that need it most up to the standard their students deserve.” “Students can’t be expected to do well if their classrooms are falling apart. This funding will fix the schools most in need.” “We are getting on with making Victoria the Education State, delivering more school funding in our first two Budgets than the previous four Budgets of the former Liberal government combined.” Download the Media Release (374 kB)

Rural And Regional Schools Finally Get The Funding They Deserve

The  Andrews Labor Government is ending the neglect of secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria. As part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17, every single secondary school classified as being in the worst condition will receive funding for a much needed upgrade. Across regional and rural Victoria 61 projects will receive funding for upgrades, planning and land acquisition to finally give students the modern facilities they deserve. The Budget invests over $200 million in regional schools, including: $151 million for modernising, upgrading, and regenerating 39 schools, including Red Cliffs Secondary College, Drouin Secondary College, Brauer Secondary College, Broadford Secondary College, and Mansfield Secondary College Planning for a further six schools, including Baimbridge College and Wonthaggi Secondary College 15 other regional schools will receive a share of the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund, including Natimuk Primary School, Harston Primary School, and Undera Primary School Land acquisition in Armstrong Creek for a new primary school in the future In addition to the 61 school projects funded in this Budget, hundreds more schools will receive help through special maintenance funding, Inclusive School grants, asbestos removal, Shared Facilities Grants or the Doctors in Schools program. The Labor Government is delivering $924 million to build and upgrade schools – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure. The Government is also spending $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities across the state. This means an additional $1.1 billion is being spent to build, upgrade and maintain Victorian schools in this Budget. Projects will be delivered by the new Victorian School Building Authority, which will manage this billion dollar education and construction investment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This education Budget will bring the secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria that need it most up to the standard their students deserve.” “Students can’t be expected to do well if their classrooms are falling apart. This funding will fix the schools most in need.” “We are getting on with making Victoria the Education State, delivering more school funding in our first two Budgets than the previous four Budgets of the former Liberal government combined.” Download the Media Release (374 kB)

Students, Teachers And Specialist Schools Get An Overdue Boost In Support

The students who need it most are getting extra support, teachers are getting more training, and students with special needs are finally getting the opportunities they deserve, as part the Victorian Budget 2016-17. All students, no matter their background or circumstances, are entitled to have every chance to fulfil their potential. It’s the responsibility of every fair government to ensure support is provided where it’s needed most. That’s why the Budget includes more assistance for students with special needs, additional support for vocational training, and more teacher training. It also provides funding to roll out the Doctors in Secondary Schools program to ensure that students get the healthcare they need. The education funding measures include: $87.3 million to support an extra 1750 students who are expected to be eligible for the Program for Students with Disability in 2017, and to increase the number of speech pathologists, language programs and language screener tools for students with autism and dyslexia. It will also help students with disabilities travelling between home and school, including the replacement of up to 56 older buses $43.8 million for the Doctors in Secondary School program so that students can get the healthcare they need at school if and when required $21.3 million to support vocational education and training to prepare students for their future careers $9.3 million over two years to provide the latest digital education software for secondary students and teachers, covering both school computers and devices brought to school by students $35.7 million for English as an Additional Language (EAL) services to ensure that around 64,000 Victorian students get the most out of their education $4 million towards Community Language Schools who provide after-hours language education to students across Victoria $2.5 million to expand education programs for approximately 9000 refugee and asylum seeker students and their parents $1.5 million towards the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, putting fresh produce and healthy eating on the table for Victorian students Too many students with disabilities and learning difficulties, including dyslexia and autism, still face being left out or left behind. Making Victoria the Education State means helping all kids achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are making Victoria the Education State by upgrading classrooms, investing in our teachers and making sure every student has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.” “All Victorian students should have access to a quality education, no matter their background or circumstances.” Download the Media Release (374 kB)

Students, Teachers And Specialist Schools Get An Overdue Boost In Support

The students who need it most are getting extra support, teachers are getting more training, and students with special needs are finally getting the opportunities they deserve, as part the Victorian Budget 2016-17. All students, no matter their background or circumstances, are entitled to have every chance to fulfil their potential. It’s the responsibility of every fair government to ensure support is provided where it’s needed most. That’s why the Budget includes more assistance for students with special needs, additional support for vocational training, and more teacher training. It also provides funding to roll out the Doctors in Secondary Schools program to ensure that students get the healthcare they need. The education funding measures include: $87.3 million to support an extra 1750 students who are expected to be eligible for the Program for Students with Disability in 2017, and to increase the number of speech pathologists, language programs and language screener tools for students with autism and dyslexia. It will also help students with disabilities travelling between home and school, including the replacement of up to 56 older buses $43.8 million for the Doctors in Secondary School program so that students can get the healthcare they need at school if and when required $21.3 million to support vocational education and training to prepare students for their future careers $9.3 million over two years to provide the latest digital education software for secondary students and teachers, covering both school computers and devices brought to school by students $35.7 million for English as an Additional Language (EAL) services to ensure that around 64,000 Victorian students get the most out of their education $4 million towards Community Language Schools who provide after-hours language education to students across Victoria $2.5 million to expand education programs for approximately 9000 refugee and asylum seeker students and their parents $1.5 million towards the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, putting fresh produce and healthy eating on the table for Victorian students Too many students with disabilities and learning difficulties, including dyslexia and autism, still face being left out or left behind. Making Victoria the Education State means helping all kids achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are making Victoria the Education State by upgrading classrooms, investing in our teachers and making sure every student has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.” “All Victorian students should have access to a quality education, no matter their background or circumstances.” Download the Media Release (374 kB)

Tech Schools: Delivering The Future Of Education For Victorian Students

The locations of 10 state-of-the-art Tech Schools have been announced today, with $116 million allocated to build the new facilities. The Victorian Budget 2016/2017  includes $24 million over four years for running costs. Unlike the tech schools of the past, these new training opportunities will be offered alongside regular schooling, so students don’t have to choose between the two. The modern Tech Schools will be hosted by TAFEs and universities, with input from local businesses and industry in designing the courses. The host TAFEs and universities for each new Tech School are: Ballarat                 Federation University, Ballarat campus Banyule                Melbourne Polytechnic, Greensborough campus Bendigo               La Trobe University, Flora Hill campus Casey                    Chisholm Institute, Berwick campus Geelong               Gordon Institute, Geelong City campus Gippsland            Federation Training, Morwell campus Monash               Monash University, Clayton campus and John Monash Science School Whittlesea          Melbourne Polytechnic, Epping campus Wyndham           Victoria University, Werribee campus Yarra Ranges      Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside campus These 10 Tech Schools will open throughout 2017 and 2018 and will use leading edge technology to deliver applied STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education, as well as critical employment skills. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino “We promised 10 Tech Schools across Victoria, and we’re delivering them. This will give thousands of kids the best possible opportunity to get the skills they need for the jobs they want. “We are making Victoria the Education State and ensuring that students get the vital STEM skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “Our Tech Schools will allow students to get hands-on technical training while they continue their studies. Tech schools don’t replace a comprehensive education – they’re part of it.”  “These Tech Schools will become centres of excellence, bringing together TAFE, universities, industry and local businesses.” Download the Media Release (466 kB)

Tech Schools: Delivering The Future Of Education For Victorian Students

The locations of 10 state-of-the-art Tech Schools have been announced today, with $116 million allocated to build the new facilities. The Victorian Budget 2016/2017  includes $24 million over four years for running costs. Unlike the tech schools of the past, these new training opportunities will be offered alongside regular schooling, so students don’t have to choose between the two. The modern Tech Schools will be hosted by TAFEs and universities, with input from local businesses and industry in designing the courses. The host TAFEs and universities for each new Tech School are: Ballarat                 Federation University, Ballarat campus Banyule                Melbourne Polytechnic, Greensborough campus Bendigo               La Trobe University, Flora Hill campus Casey                    Chisholm Institute, Berwick campus Geelong               Gordon Institute, Geelong City campus Gippsland            Federation Training, Morwell campus Monash               Monash University, Clayton campus and John Monash Science School Whittlesea          Melbourne Polytechnic, Epping campus Wyndham           Victoria University, Werribee campus Yarra Ranges      Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside campus These 10 Tech Schools will open throughout 2017 and 2018 and will use leading edge technology to deliver applied STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education, as well as critical employment skills. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino “We promised 10 Tech Schools across Victoria, and we’re delivering them. This will give thousands of kids the best possible opportunity to get the skills they need for the jobs they want. “We are making Victoria the Education State and ensuring that students get the vital STEM skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “Our Tech Schools will allow students to get hands-on technical training while they continue their studies. Tech schools don’t replace a comprehensive education – they’re part of it.”  “These Tech Schools will become centres of excellence, bringing together TAFE, universities, industry and local businesses.” Download the Media Release (466 kB)

MODERN BUILDINGS ON THE WAY FOR MOOROOLBARK EAST PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at Mooroolbark East Primary School will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. The Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced $2.4 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go towards an upgrade to the school’s aging facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. The funding will go towards the next stage of the modernisation including the gymnasium and classroom facilities, to complete the vision of the school. It’s the latest step in making Victoria the Education State, where every student gets the chance to fulfil their potential and can access a school with great facilities. Building, fixing, upgrading, and modernising Victoria’s schools gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best. Throughout the state, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are underway, just like the one about to start at Mooroolbark East Primary School. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Better facilities will mean better outcomes for students at Mooroolbark East Primary School.” “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” “I know Mooroolbark East Primary School is doing great work – and this funding will help it become even better.”

MODERN BUILDINGS ON THE WAY FOR MOOROOLBARK EAST PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at Mooroolbark East Primary School will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. The Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced $2.4 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go towards an upgrade to the school’s aging facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. The funding will go towards the next stage of the modernisation including the gymnasium and classroom facilities, to complete the vision of the school. It’s the latest step in making Victoria the Education State, where every student gets the chance to fulfil their potential and can access a school with great facilities. Building, fixing, upgrading, and modernising Victoria’s schools gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best. Throughout the state, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are underway, just like the one about to start at Mooroolbark East Primary School. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Better facilities will mean better outcomes for students at Mooroolbark East Primary School.” “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” “I know Mooroolbark East Primary School is doing great work – and this funding will help it become even better.”

 

PLANNING AN EXCITING FUTURE FOR UPWEY HIGH SCHOOL

Upwey High School will be able to get on and plan a more exciting future, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk and Minister for Education James Merlino MP today announced that the school will now be able to get started on the planning necessary to upgrade and modernise its school buildings. This includes upgrading and modernising school buildings, additional basketball courts, a new performing arts centre and home for the Dandenong Ranges Music Council, and relocating the schools administration facilities. The additional basketball courts will deliver a new home base for local clubs. Detailed planning work is the first step towards future upgrades at Upwey High School. By funding more planning, more upgrades and building more schools, the Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes $12 million for school planning across our state, with Upwey High School one of 34 schools to receive funding. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Upwey High School is a great school and I know it’s planning an even more exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with parents and families to ensure Upwey High School continues to go from strength to strength.” "This is a wonderful opportunity to support Upwey High students, local sports clubs and the Dandenong Ranges Music Council by creating a unique education, arts and sporting hub."  

PLANNING AN EXCITING FUTURE FOR UPWEY HIGH SCHOOL

Upwey High School will be able to get on and plan a more exciting future, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk and Minister for Education James Merlino MP today announced that the school will now be able to get started on the planning necessary to upgrade and modernise its school buildings. This includes upgrading and modernising school buildings, additional basketball courts, a new performing arts centre and home for the Dandenong Ranges Music Council, and relocating the schools administration facilities. The additional basketball courts will deliver a new home base for local clubs. Detailed planning work is the first step towards future upgrades at Upwey High School. By funding more planning, more upgrades and building more schools, the Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes $12 million for school planning across our state, with Upwey High School one of 34 schools to receive funding. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Upwey High School is a great school and I know it’s planning an even more exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with parents and families to ensure Upwey High School continues to go from strength to strength.” "This is a wonderful opportunity to support Upwey High students, local sports clubs and the Dandenong Ranges Music Council by creating a unique education, arts and sporting hub."  

Planning An Exciting Future For Abbotsford Primary School

Abbotsford Primary School will be able to plan a more exciting future, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today announced that the school will now be able to get on with the planning necessary to upgrade and modernise its school buildings. Detailed planning work is the first step towards future upgrades at Abbotsford Primary School. By funding more planning, more upgrades and building more schools, the Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes $12 million for school planning across our state, with Abbotsford Primary School one of 34 schools to receive funding. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “Abbotsford Primary School is a great school and I know it’s planning an even more exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with parents and families to ensure Abbotsford Primary School continues to go from strength to strength.” Download the Media Release (154 kB)

Planning An Exciting Future For Abbotsford Primary School

Abbotsford Primary School will be able to plan a more exciting future, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today announced that the school will now be able to get on with the planning necessary to upgrade and modernise its school buildings. Detailed planning work is the first step towards future upgrades at Abbotsford Primary School. By funding more planning, more upgrades and building more schools, the Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes $12 million for school planning across our state, with Abbotsford Primary School one of 34 schools to receive funding. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “Abbotsford Primary School is a great school and I know it’s planning an even more exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with parents and families to ensure Abbotsford Primary School continues to go from strength to strength.” Download the Media Release (154 kB)

Modern Buildings On The Way For Parktone Primary School

Students at Parktone Primary School will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson MP today announced $4 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go towards a new multi-purpose hall and classrooms, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. It’s the latest step in making Victoria the Education State, where every student gets the chance to fulfil their potential and can access a school with great facilities. Building, fixing, upgrading, and modernising Victoria’s schools gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best. Throughout the state, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are underway, just like the one about to start at Parktone Primary School. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson “I know Parktone Primary School is doing great work and this funding will support its wonderful school community, helping it to become even better.” “In recent years Parktone Primary has grown from just over 100 students a few years back, to over 500 students in 2016. Student enrolments have increased by 500%, placing significant pressures on the existing buildings, facilities and grounds. This funding will ensure they have the fantastic learning spaces they deserve for the future. Download the Media Release (331 kB)

Modern Buildings On The Way For Parktone Primary School

Students at Parktone Primary School will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson MP today announced $4 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go towards a new multi-purpose hall and classrooms, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. It’s the latest step in making Victoria the Education State, where every student gets the chance to fulfil their potential and can access a school with great facilities. Building, fixing, upgrading, and modernising Victoria’s schools gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best. Throughout the state, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are underway, just like the one about to start at Parktone Primary School. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson “I know Parktone Primary School is doing great work and this funding will support its wonderful school community, helping it to become even better.” “In recent years Parktone Primary has grown from just over 100 students a few years back, to over 500 students in 2016. Student enrolments have increased by 500%, placing significant pressures on the existing buildings, facilities and grounds. This funding will ensure they have the fantastic learning spaces they deserve for the future. Download the Media Release (331 kB)

Better Buildings Thanks To School Pride At Skye Primary School

Students and teachers at Skye Primary School will soon be able to enjoy upgraded buildings and other facilities after receiving a School Pride grant from the Andrews Labor Government. The funding, worth $60,000, was announced today by Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny. Better classrooms and improved school grounds make a huge difference for students. This is in addition to $747 million in funding for Victorian schools already announced in September 2015 as part of the Labor Government’s plan to make Victoria the Education State. In making Victoria the Education State, the Labor Government wants to ensure that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Supporting students is vital for our state, as is building pride and confidence in our schools. Future rounds of School Pride Funding will roll out through the 2016-17 year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny “The pride the school community has in Skye Primary School is clear and I’m proud to be part of a Labor Government that is investing in our students and teachers.”   Download the Media Release (326 kB)

Better Buildings Thanks To School Pride At Skye Primary School

Students and teachers at Skye Primary School will soon be able to enjoy upgraded buildings and other facilities after receiving a School Pride grant from the Andrews Labor Government. The funding, worth $60,000, was announced today by Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny. Better classrooms and improved school grounds make a huge difference for students. This is in addition to $747 million in funding for Victorian schools already announced in September 2015 as part of the Labor Government’s plan to make Victoria the Education State. In making Victoria the Education State, the Labor Government wants to ensure that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Supporting students is vital for our state, as is building pride and confidence in our schools. Future rounds of School Pride Funding will roll out through the 2016-17 year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny “The pride the school community has in Skye Primary School is clear and I’m proud to be part of a Labor Government that is investing in our students and teachers.”   Download the Media Release (326 kB)

Planning An Exciting Future For Seaford North Primary School

Seaford North Primary School will be able to get on and plan a more exciting future, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny today announced that the school will now be able to get on with the planning necessary to upgrade and modernise its school buildings. Detailed planning work is the first step towards future upgrades at Seaford North Primary School. By funding more planning, more upgrades and building more schools, the Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes $12 million for school planning across our state, with Seaford North Primary School one of 34 schools to receive funding. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny “Seaford North Primary School is a great school and I know it’s planning an even more exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with parents and families to ensure Seaford North Primary School continues to go from strength to strength.” Download the Media Release (135 kB)

Planning An Exciting Future For Seaford North Primary School

Seaford North Primary School will be able to get on and plan a more exciting future, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny today announced that the school will now be able to get on with the planning necessary to upgrade and modernise its school buildings. Detailed planning work is the first step towards future upgrades at Seaford North Primary School. By funding more planning, more upgrades and building more schools, the Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes $12 million for school planning across our state, with Seaford North Primary School one of 34 schools to receive funding. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny “Seaford North Primary School is a great school and I know it’s planning an even more exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with parents and families to ensure Seaford North Primary School continues to go from strength to strength.” Download the Media Release (135 kB)

Modern Facilities For McClelland Secondary College

Students, teachers and parents at McClelland Secondary College are celebrating with news that modern buildings are on the way. The Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke MP yesterday announced $5.8 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go towards an upgrade to the school’s ageing facilities, including a new school hall.  Ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny visited the school today to join in the celebrations. It’s the latest step in making Victoria the Education State, where every student gets the chance to fulfil their potential and can access a school with great facilities. Building, fixing, upgrading, and modernising Victoria’s schools gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best. Throughout the state, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are underway, just like the one set to start at McClelland Secondary College. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “McClelland Secondary College will finally have the facilities it deserves thanks to this funding. It was great to see that school community is so excited for the future.” “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Download the Media Release (328 kB)

Modern Facilities For McClelland Secondary College

Students, teachers and parents at McClelland Secondary College are celebrating with news that modern buildings are on the way. The Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke MP yesterday announced $5.8 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go towards an upgrade to the school’s ageing facilities, including a new school hall.  Ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny visited the school today to join in the celebrations. It’s the latest step in making Victoria the Education State, where every student gets the chance to fulfil their potential and can access a school with great facilities. Building, fixing, upgrading, and modernising Victoria’s schools gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best. Throughout the state, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are underway, just like the one set to start at McClelland Secondary College. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “McClelland Secondary College will finally have the facilities it deserves thanks to this funding. It was great to see that school community is so excited for the future.” “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Download the Media Release (328 kB)

LABOR GOVERNMENT UPGRADING MONBULK SPORTS FIELD LIGHT

The Andrews Labor Government is improving the Monbulk Sports Field, giving local players and their families the great facilities they deserve. James Merlino MP, Sate Member for Monbulk today announced a $80,000 Country Football Netball Grant, which gives Monbulk Football and Netball club opportunities to update tired grounds and build the bases they need. The Monbulk Sports Field Lighting Project will upgrade football lighting to 100 lux, providing more opportunities for night matches and training sessions.] The Labor Government is teaming up with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to support country football and netball clubs all over the state attract more members and grow, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live. In total, the Labor Government’s latest round of Country Football Netball Program funding is investing $2.19 million at 23 sites across the state. Since 2005, the program has upgraded 425 venues throughout Victoria. Sport is the fabric of Victoria’s suburbs and towns. Local clubs are where communities connect, kids make friends and young players become stars. The Labor Government promised Monbulk communities the best facilities, and that’s what we’re delivering. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP, Sate Member for Monbulk “Our upgrade of Monbulk Sports Field will give local players and their families the best facilities, and clubs the best opportunity to grow.” “Everyone deserves equal facilities to get out on the field and give their all. We promised them, and we’re delivering them.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren “The Country Football Netball Program gives local clubs all over Victoria the facilities to attract more members and thrive, no matter where they’re based.”

LABOR GOVERNMENT UPGRADING MONBULK SPORTS FIELD LIGHT

The Andrews Labor Government is improving the Monbulk Sports Field, giving local players and their families the great facilities they deserve. James Merlino MP, Sate Member for Monbulk today announced a $80,000 Country Football Netball Grant, which gives Monbulk Football and Netball club opportunities to update tired grounds and build the bases they need. The Monbulk Sports Field Lighting Project will upgrade football lighting to 100 lux, providing more opportunities for night matches and training sessions.] The Labor Government is teaming up with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to support country football and netball clubs all over the state attract more members and grow, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live. In total, the Labor Government’s latest round of Country Football Netball Program funding is investing $2.19 million at 23 sites across the state. Since 2005, the program has upgraded 425 venues throughout Victoria. Sport is the fabric of Victoria’s suburbs and towns. Local clubs are where communities connect, kids make friends and young players become stars. The Labor Government promised Monbulk communities the best facilities, and that’s what we’re delivering. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP, Sate Member for Monbulk “Our upgrade of Monbulk Sports Field will give local players and their families the best facilities, and clubs the best opportunity to grow.” “Everyone deserves equal facilities to get out on the field and give their all. We promised them, and we’re delivering them.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren “The Country Football Netball Program gives local clubs all over Victoria the facilities to attract more members and thrive, no matter where they’re based.”

Special Needs Boost: Your Kids Deserve Exactly The Same Opportunities

Twenty specialist schools, including seven in regional Victoria, will have their classrooms upgraded and there will be more support for students with special needs, as part of a package of measures announced today. The 2016-17 Victorian Budget provides a $155.8 million boost to ensure special needs students get the opportunities they deserve. The funding includes: An unprecedented investment of $68.5 million to upgrade 20 specialist schools, including seven in regional Victoria, and to make mainstream schools inclusive by doubling the Inclusive Schools Fund, which helps schools meet the learning requirements of all students. $49.7 million to support an extra 1,750 students who are expected to be eligible for the Program for Students with Disability in 2017. $22 million to help students with autism and dyslexia by increasing the number of speech pathologists, reading intervention programs, language screener tools, providing extra teacher training, as well as developing and delivering Victoria’s first dedicated strategy to help students with learning difficulties like dyslexia. $15.6 million to help students with disabilities travelling between home and school, which includes the replacement of up to 56 older buses. Too many students with disabilities and learning difficulties, including dyslexia and autism, still face being left out or left behind. Inclusive schools are stronger schools. The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State for all students – no matter what their background or circumstances. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Students with special needs are entitled to exactly the same opportunities as every other student in Victoria.” “I want to say to every parent of a child with special needs, your kids are not out of sight and out of mind – we want to make sure they have every chance to fulfil their potential.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re getting on with providing the support that has been missing for far too long by building schools, supporting teachers and helping all kids achieve their best.” “Staff and carers already go above and beyond to give their students the best opportunities, now they’ll also have the first-rate facilities these schools deserve.” Download the Media Release (369 kB)

Special Needs Boost: Your Kids Deserve Exactly The Same Opportunities

Twenty specialist schools, including seven in regional Victoria, will have their classrooms upgraded and there will be more support for students with special needs, as part of a package of measures announced today. The 2016-17 Victorian Budget provides a $155.8 million boost to ensure special needs students get the opportunities they deserve. The funding includes: An unprecedented investment of $68.5 million to upgrade 20 specialist schools, including seven in regional Victoria, and to make mainstream schools inclusive by doubling the Inclusive Schools Fund, which helps schools meet the learning requirements of all students. $49.7 million to support an extra 1,750 students who are expected to be eligible for the Program for Students with Disability in 2017. $22 million to help students with autism and dyslexia by increasing the number of speech pathologists, reading intervention programs, language screener tools, providing extra teacher training, as well as developing and delivering Victoria’s first dedicated strategy to help students with learning difficulties like dyslexia. $15.6 million to help students with disabilities travelling between home and school, which includes the replacement of up to 56 older buses. Too many students with disabilities and learning difficulties, including dyslexia and autism, still face being left out or left behind. Inclusive schools are stronger schools. The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State for all students – no matter what their background or circumstances. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Students with special needs are entitled to exactly the same opportunities as every other student in Victoria.” “I want to say to every parent of a child with special needs, your kids are not out of sight and out of mind – we want to make sure they have every chance to fulfil their potential.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re getting on with providing the support that has been missing for far too long by building schools, supporting teachers and helping all kids achieve their best.” “Staff and carers already go above and beyond to give their students the best opportunities, now they’ll also have the first-rate facilities these schools deserve.” Download the Media Release (369 kB)