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DELIVERING NEW HOMES FOR VICTORIANS WHO NEED SUPPORT

More Victorians escaping family violence, homelessness and life on the streets will have a stable home thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announced the latest tranche of Social Housing Growth Fund funding announced by the Victorian Government will deliver more than 780 new social housing dwellings across Victoria, including in Ballarat. The Fund was established by the Government in 2018, has created an investment pipeline for new social housing – with the dedicated billion-dollar fund to ensure there are more affordable homes for Victorians year-after-year. Over the first five years of the fund, the Victorian Government will create up to 2,200 new dwellings and leases for people who need accommodation. Ballarat is set to receive 9 new social housing dwellings through the program to help ensure everyone the in the community has a safe and stable home. Eligible community housing organisations have access to low-interest loans in combination with the Social Housing Growth Fund, to help them deliver the big social housing developments Victoria needs. New homes in Werribee and Doveton delivered by Aboriginal Housing Victoria are the first to be completed under this funding round and tenants are now making themselves at home in their new communities. Construction of further social housing properties supported by the program are set to be completed throughout the year, including at Hampton Park, Grovedale, Mernda, Bundoora, and Thornbury. For more information on the Social Housing Growth Fund, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-social-housing-growth-fund. Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This fund is delivering much needed social and affordable housing for Victorians seeking to escape family violence, homelessness and life on the streets, including here in Ballarat. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “Everyone deserves the safety and security of a roof over their head. This program will deliver more than 780 units to make sure people sleeping rough, at risk of homelessness, and those escaping family violence.  Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Over the next five years, we will create up to 2,200 new dwellings and leases for people who need accommodation. This billion-dollar fund will help to ensure there are more affordable homes for Victorians.”

DELIVERING NEW HOMES FOR VICTORIANS WHO NEED SUPPORT

More Victorians escaping family violence, homelessness and life on the streets will have a stable home thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announced the latest tranche of Social Housing Growth Fund funding announced by the Victorian Government will deliver more than 780 new social housing dwellings across Victoria, including in Ballarat. The Fund was established by the Government in 2018, has created an investment pipeline for new social housing – with the dedicated billion-dollar fund to ensure there are more affordable homes for Victorians year-after-year. Over the first five years of the fund, the Victorian Government will create up to 2,200 new dwellings and leases for people who need accommodation. Ballarat is set to receive 9 new social housing dwellings through the program to help ensure everyone the in the community has a safe and stable home. Eligible community housing organisations have access to low-interest loans in combination with the Social Housing Growth Fund, to help them deliver the big social housing developments Victoria needs. New homes in Werribee and Doveton delivered by Aboriginal Housing Victoria are the first to be completed under this funding round and tenants are now making themselves at home in their new communities. Construction of further social housing properties supported by the program are set to be completed throughout the year, including at Hampton Park, Grovedale, Mernda, Bundoora, and Thornbury. For more information on the Social Housing Growth Fund, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-social-housing-growth-fund. Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This fund is delivering much needed social and affordable housing for Victorians seeking to escape family violence, homelessness and life on the streets, including here in Ballarat. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “Everyone deserves the safety and security of a roof over their head. This program will deliver more than 780 units to make sure people sleeping rough, at risk of homelessness, and those escaping family violence.  Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Over the next five years, we will create up to 2,200 new dwellings and leases for people who need accommodation. This billion-dollar fund will help to ensure there are more affordable homes for Victorians.”

BALLARAT SCHOOLS TO BENEFIT FROM EDUCATION BUILDING BLITZ

Four schools in Ballarat will benefit from of a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Ballarat High School will receive $7.2 million to upgrade major upgrade to the ground floor of the J. J. Sheehan Wing and the administration building, building on the $800,000 it received in the Victorian Budget 2019-20. Delacombe Primary School will receive $5.85 million to transform old and tired facilities and build a new indoor competition-grade gymnasium, on top of the $650,000 it received in the last Victorian Budget. Miners Rest Primary School will also get a new competition grade gymnasium and football oval as part of a $15.39 million investment that will also deliver extra land for the school to expand, new permanent classrooms and learning facilities.The gym and football oval will be accessible to the broader community after-hours. The major upgrade at Miners Rest Primary is in addition to the $6.2 million previously provided by the Government. Phoenix P-12 Community College will receive almost $10.6 million to build two new indoor competition grade courts and relocate existing tennis courts, in addition to the $1.18 million it received in the last Budget. These projects are part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment will upgrade Ballarat schools, create local jobs and help kickstart our economy.” “We’re investing more than a billion dollars in better schools and kinders as part of our record investment in education – so all Victorians, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.” Quote attributable to the Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “These projects at Ballarat schools are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” Quote attributable to the Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Making sure our students have access to a quality schools and modern facilities is vital to ensuring kids get the most out of their education.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Ballarat, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.”

BALLARAT SCHOOLS TO BENEFIT FROM EDUCATION BUILDING BLITZ

Four schools in Ballarat will benefit from of a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Ballarat High School will receive $7.2 million to upgrade major upgrade to the ground floor of the J. J. Sheehan Wing and the administration building, building on the $800,000 it received in the Victorian Budget 2019-20. Delacombe Primary School will receive $5.85 million to transform old and tired facilities and build a new indoor competition-grade gymnasium, on top of the $650,000 it received in the last Victorian Budget. Miners Rest Primary School will also get a new competition grade gymnasium and football oval as part of a $15.39 million investment that will also deliver extra land for the school to expand, new permanent classrooms and learning facilities.The gym and football oval will be accessible to the broader community after-hours. The major upgrade at Miners Rest Primary is in addition to the $6.2 million previously provided by the Government. Phoenix P-12 Community College will receive almost $10.6 million to build two new indoor competition grade courts and relocate existing tennis courts, in addition to the $1.18 million it received in the last Budget. These projects are part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment will upgrade Ballarat schools, create local jobs and help kickstart our economy.” “We’re investing more than a billion dollars in better schools and kinders as part of our record investment in education – so all Victorians, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.” Quote attributable to the Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “These projects at Ballarat schools are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” Quote attributable to the Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Making sure our students have access to a quality schools and modern facilities is vital to ensuring kids get the most out of their education.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Ballarat, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.”

BUILDING WORKS: MORE JOBS FOR WESTERN VICTORIANS

The Victorian Government will get shovels in the ground and thousands of people back to work, building the projects that matter to Victoria – and creating the jobs that matter to Victorians. As we face the biggest economic challenge in generations, and as industry and business find new and innovative ways to adapt, the Victorian Government is rolling up our sleeves and playing its part to drive new economic activity – and with it, creating thousands of new jobs across the state. Last month, the $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package was announced to help businesses through the worst of the coronavirus crisis – with tax refunds, grants for businesses and opportunities for workers to get back into jobs. Today, the Government launched the first part of our Building Works package, which will provide $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. The package will create 3,700 new jobs for construction workers, painters, plasterers, gardeners, engineers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, maintenance workers, administration staff and many others. Thousands more jobs will be created across our supply chains, including manufacturing, logistics, transportation, warehousing and retail – while also pumping extra dollars back into our economy. At the centre of the Building Works package is $1.18 billion in education infrastructure projects that will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs. We are building ten new schools, delivering a further four stages of new school projects, upgrading or modernising 57 schools, purchasing and refurbishing relocatable school buildings, making modifications for students with disability, as well as carrying out fast and job creating maintenance on schools and TAFEs across the state. Here in Ballarat, four schools will share in $39 million including Ballarat High School , Delacombe Primary School , Miners Rest Primary School, Phoenix P-12 Community College. Beyond school infrustructure, Building Works includes many other projects that have been selected because they can get underway as soon as possible, meaning shovels in the ground – and boots in the mud – within a matter of weeks and months. The key requirement for these projects is workers who are ready to get on the job and ability to get going right away, with companies required to find new employees through Working for Victoria in the first instance. While creating solid jobs, these sometimes small projects will also mean the world to those who will benefit from them. Now, more than ever, ‘home’ means security, stability – and staying safe. It’s why this package also includes a big boost for public and community housing, with half-a-billion dollars to maintain and upgrade 23,000 dwellings and build 168 new homes across the state, all while creating new jobs for Victorians. Travel and other restrictions have hit Victoria’s visitor economy hard. To help our tourism sector bounce back bigger and better than ever, the package includes $382 million in upgrades, maintenance and new experiences at tourism destinations across the state. From delivering 50 kilometres of mountain bike trails in the Ararat Hills to upgrades at the Gippsland Lakes, this investment will be particularly vital in creating and sustaining jobs in regional Victoria. The annual Maryborough EnergyBreakthrough will also get a $1.5 million boost to improve the experience for visitors and encourage more attendance. Funding is also included for local sports facility upgrades, work to improve our waterways and coastal areas, and revitalisation and maintenance projects from tree-planting to graffiti removal in communities across the state. The transport network also gets a big boost, with $328 million for resurfacing and patching roads, around 300 kilometres of regional track improvements, repairs at more than 15  train stations, more maintenance on our trains and trams, and local pier upgrades along the coast, adding to Victoria‘s $107 billion job-creating Big Build. The Government will also invest more than $100 million for the critical upgrades of CFA and SES stations, disability accommodation, mental health and aged care facilities across Victoria – ensuring that just as we're building our state, we're making it safer and fairer too. But we know this is just the start – as Victoria continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic over the coming months, there will be hundreds more big and small jobs to do that require the planning now so they can get under way as fast as possible. That's why the Government will also establish a $180 million planning and acceleration fund, to keep the momentum going as we continue to rebound from the crisis. Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’ve always said Victoria is the engine room of the nation – with this package, we’re cranking the engine and kickstarting our economy.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “We’re going to hit the ground running, with more projects creating more jobs for locals and more certainty.“ Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “We’re building on what was already a record-breaking infrastructure pipeline so all Victorians are supported. This is good news for Ballarat.”

BUILDING WORKS: MORE JOBS FOR WESTERN VICTORIANS

The Victorian Government will get shovels in the ground and thousands of people back to work, building the projects that matter to Victoria – and creating the jobs that matter to Victorians. As we face the biggest economic challenge in generations, and as industry and business find new and innovative ways to adapt, the Victorian Government is rolling up our sleeves and playing its part to drive new economic activity – and with it, creating thousands of new jobs across the state. Last month, the $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package was announced to help businesses through the worst of the coronavirus crisis – with tax refunds, grants for businesses and opportunities for workers to get back into jobs. Today, the Government launched the first part of our Building Works package, which will provide $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. The package will create 3,700 new jobs for construction workers, painters, plasterers, gardeners, engineers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, maintenance workers, administration staff and many others. Thousands more jobs will be created across our supply chains, including manufacturing, logistics, transportation, warehousing and retail – while also pumping extra dollars back into our economy. At the centre of the Building Works package is $1.18 billion in education infrastructure projects that will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs. We are building ten new schools, delivering a further four stages of new school projects, upgrading or modernising 57 schools, purchasing and refurbishing relocatable school buildings, making modifications for students with disability, as well as carrying out fast and job creating maintenance on schools and TAFEs across the state. Here in Ballarat, four schools will share in $39 million including Ballarat High School , Delacombe Primary School , Miners Rest Primary School, Phoenix P-12 Community College. Beyond school infrustructure, Building Works includes many other projects that have been selected because they can get underway as soon as possible, meaning shovels in the ground – and boots in the mud – within a matter of weeks and months. The key requirement for these projects is workers who are ready to get on the job and ability to get going right away, with companies required to find new employees through Working for Victoria in the first instance. While creating solid jobs, these sometimes small projects will also mean the world to those who will benefit from them. Now, more than ever, ‘home’ means security, stability – and staying safe. It’s why this package also includes a big boost for public and community housing, with half-a-billion dollars to maintain and upgrade 23,000 dwellings and build 168 new homes across the state, all while creating new jobs for Victorians. Travel and other restrictions have hit Victoria’s visitor economy hard. To help our tourism sector bounce back bigger and better than ever, the package includes $382 million in upgrades, maintenance and new experiences at tourism destinations across the state. From delivering 50 kilometres of mountain bike trails in the Ararat Hills to upgrades at the Gippsland Lakes, this investment will be particularly vital in creating and sustaining jobs in regional Victoria. The annual Maryborough EnergyBreakthrough will also get a $1.5 million boost to improve the experience for visitors and encourage more attendance. Funding is also included for local sports facility upgrades, work to improve our waterways and coastal areas, and revitalisation and maintenance projects from tree-planting to graffiti removal in communities across the state. The transport network also gets a big boost, with $328 million for resurfacing and patching roads, around 300 kilometres of regional track improvements, repairs at more than 15  train stations, more maintenance on our trains and trams, and local pier upgrades along the coast, adding to Victoria‘s $107 billion job-creating Big Build. The Government will also invest more than $100 million for the critical upgrades of CFA and SES stations, disability accommodation, mental health and aged care facilities across Victoria – ensuring that just as we're building our state, we're making it safer and fairer too. But we know this is just the start – as Victoria continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic over the coming months, there will be hundreds more big and small jobs to do that require the planning now so they can get under way as fast as possible. That's why the Government will also establish a $180 million planning and acceleration fund, to keep the momentum going as we continue to rebound from the crisis. Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’ve always said Victoria is the engine room of the nation – with this package, we’re cranking the engine and kickstarting our economy.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “We’re going to hit the ground running, with more projects creating more jobs for locals and more certainty.“ Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “We’re building on what was already a record-breaking infrastructure pipeline so all Victorians are supported. This is good news for Ballarat.”

$20.2 million boost providing critical help to victim survivors during pandemic

Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison has welcomed $484,019 in funding for local family violence services as part of a $20.2 State Government million funding package during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding of $329,050 will allow WRISC Family Violence Support to respond to the increase in demand for family violence support for women and children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding also includes $45,825 for Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) $22,501 for Ballarat Community Health $40,478 for Ballarat Health Services $46,165 for Child & Family Services Ballarat (CAFS) Overall, the funding package includes $5.1 million for more flexible support packages across the state, and about $5 million for new technology and protective protection equipment to help family violence and sexual assault organisations adapt their services and keep their staff safe, while protecting and supporting victim survivors and their families. The package also included targeted $2.2 million funding for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to meet additional demand for family violence case management and crisis support. The $20.2 million funding boost forms part of the Victorian Government investment of $40.2 million in crisis accommodation and specialist services for people suffering or at risk of family violence. This commitment includes an additional $6 million provided by the Commonwealth Government to help meet the needs of Victorians experience family violence during the coronavirus pandemic. For help and support, and to find out more, visit safe steps.org.au or call safe steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188. Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “Family violence is a national emergency, with one woman killed at the hands of a current or former partner every week. It is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44 years. We are supporting local services to protect families and prevent violence in our community.”  “Research shows that during times of crisis, like now with the coronavirus pandemic, family violence can increase. That is why this funding for family violence support services across Ballarat is so important. Additional funding means additional services and support.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “For some women, sudden unemployment, extended periods of isolation and having the family at home together can contribute to a heightened risk of family violence.” “No matter the situation, violence is never ok. This extra accommodation will mean women in Ballarat experiencing or at risk of family violence throughout this pandemic will have somewhere safe to stay when they need it most.” Quotes attributable to WRSIC Executive Officer Libby Jewson “The Central Highlands region is very pleased to receive this Covid-19 boost funding in relation to responding to Family Violence.” “As the Executive Officer of WRISC Family Violence support this Covid-19 boost funding is very welcomed and will be used to help keep women and children safe during this time as well as support WRISC to adjust to the changed working conditions so that we can all work together to continue to respond to family violence in the Central Highlands region.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “For some women, the biggest fear during this pandemic won’t be coronavirus – it will be the fear they can’t escape a violent partner. That’s why this funding is so important – it will give them and their children a safe place to go.” “We’ve worked with our specialist family violence services to identify and deliver exactly what they need to help Victorians escaping family violence throughout the coronavirus pandemic. No one will be left behind. “

$20.2 million boost providing critical help to victim survivors during pandemic

Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison has welcomed $484,019 in funding for local family violence services as part of a $20.2 State Government million funding package during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding of $329,050 will allow WRISC Family Violence Support to respond to the increase in demand for family violence support for women and children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding also includes $45,825 for Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) $22,501 for Ballarat Community Health $40,478 for Ballarat Health Services $46,165 for Child & Family Services Ballarat (CAFS) Overall, the funding package includes $5.1 million for more flexible support packages across the state, and about $5 million for new technology and protective protection equipment to help family violence and sexual assault organisations adapt their services and keep their staff safe, while protecting and supporting victim survivors and their families. The package also included targeted $2.2 million funding for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to meet additional demand for family violence case management and crisis support. The $20.2 million funding boost forms part of the Victorian Government investment of $40.2 million in crisis accommodation and specialist services for people suffering or at risk of family violence. This commitment includes an additional $6 million provided by the Commonwealth Government to help meet the needs of Victorians experience family violence during the coronavirus pandemic. For help and support, and to find out more, visit safe steps.org.au or call safe steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188. Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “Family violence is a national emergency, with one woman killed at the hands of a current or former partner every week. It is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44 years. We are supporting local services to protect families and prevent violence in our community.”  “Research shows that during times of crisis, like now with the coronavirus pandemic, family violence can increase. That is why this funding for family violence support services across Ballarat is so important. Additional funding means additional services and support.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “For some women, sudden unemployment, extended periods of isolation and having the family at home together can contribute to a heightened risk of family violence.” “No matter the situation, violence is never ok. This extra accommodation will mean women in Ballarat experiencing or at risk of family violence throughout this pandemic will have somewhere safe to stay when they need it most.” Quotes attributable to WRSIC Executive Officer Libby Jewson “The Central Highlands region is very pleased to receive this Covid-19 boost funding in relation to responding to Family Violence.” “As the Executive Officer of WRISC Family Violence support this Covid-19 boost funding is very welcomed and will be used to help keep women and children safe during this time as well as support WRISC to adjust to the changed working conditions so that we can all work together to continue to respond to family violence in the Central Highlands region.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “For some women, the biggest fear during this pandemic won’t be coronavirus – it will be the fear they can’t escape a violent partner. That’s why this funding is so important – it will give them and their children a safe place to go.” “We’ve worked with our specialist family violence services to identify and deliver exactly what they need to help Victorians escaping family violence throughout the coronavirus pandemic. No one will be left behind. “

 

BUILDING WORKS: JOBS AND BETTER SCHOOLS IN BALLARAT

The Victorian Government will get shovels in the ground and thousands of people back to work, building the projects that matter to Victoria – and creating the jobs that matter to Victorians. As we face the biggest economic challenge in generations, and as industry and business find new and innovative ways to adapt, the Victorian Government is rolling up our sleeves and playing its part to drive new economic activity – and with it, creating thousands of new jobs across the state. Today, the Government launched the first part of our Building Works package, which will provide $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. At the centre of the Building Works package is $1.18 billion in education infrastructure projects that will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs. We are building ten new schools, delivering a further four stages of new school projects, upgrading or modernising 57 schools, purchasing and refurbishing relocatable school buildings, making modifications for students with disability, as well as carrying out fast and job creating maintenance on schools and TAFEs across the state. Here in Ballarat, four schools will share in $39 million including Ballarat High School, Delacombe Primary School, Miners Rest Primary School, Phoenix P-12 Community College. Funding also includes local sports facility upgrades, improving waterways and coastal areas, and revitalisation and maintenance projects from tree-planting to graffiti removal in communities across the state. The transport network also gets a big boost, with $328 million for resurfacing and patching roads, around 300 kilometres of regional track improvements, repairs at more than 15 train stations, and more maintenance on our trains and trams, adding to Victoria‘s $107 billion job-creating Big Build. The Government will also invest more than $100 million for the critical upgrades of CFA and SES stations, disability accommodation, mental health and aged care facilities across Victoria – ensuring that just as we're building our state, we're making it safer and fairer too. Quotes attributable to the Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “These projects at Ballarat schools are part of the school building boom happening right across Victoria.” “We’re building on what was already a record-breaking infrastructure pipeline so all Victorians are supported.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Making sure Ballarat students have access to a quality schools and modern facilities is vital to ensuring kids get the most out of their education.” “We’re going to hit the ground running, with more projects creating more jobs for locals and more certainty.”

BUILDING WORKS: JOBS AND BETTER SCHOOLS IN BALLARAT

The Victorian Government will get shovels in the ground and thousands of people back to work, building the projects that matter to Victoria – and creating the jobs that matter to Victorians. As we face the biggest economic challenge in generations, and as industry and business find new and innovative ways to adapt, the Victorian Government is rolling up our sleeves and playing its part to drive new economic activity – and with it, creating thousands of new jobs across the state. Today, the Government launched the first part of our Building Works package, which will provide $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. At the centre of the Building Works package is $1.18 billion in education infrastructure projects that will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs. We are building ten new schools, delivering a further four stages of new school projects, upgrading or modernising 57 schools, purchasing and refurbishing relocatable school buildings, making modifications for students with disability, as well as carrying out fast and job creating maintenance on schools and TAFEs across the state. Here in Ballarat, four schools will share in $39 million including Ballarat High School, Delacombe Primary School, Miners Rest Primary School, Phoenix P-12 Community College. Funding also includes local sports facility upgrades, improving waterways and coastal areas, and revitalisation and maintenance projects from tree-planting to graffiti removal in communities across the state. The transport network also gets a big boost, with $328 million for resurfacing and patching roads, around 300 kilometres of regional track improvements, repairs at more than 15 train stations, and more maintenance on our trains and trams, adding to Victoria‘s $107 billion job-creating Big Build. The Government will also invest more than $100 million for the critical upgrades of CFA and SES stations, disability accommodation, mental health and aged care facilities across Victoria – ensuring that just as we're building our state, we're making it safer and fairer too. Quotes attributable to the Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “These projects at Ballarat schools are part of the school building boom happening right across Victoria.” “We’re building on what was already a record-breaking infrastructure pipeline so all Victorians are supported.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Making sure Ballarat students have access to a quality schools and modern facilities is vital to ensuring kids get the most out of their education.” “We’re going to hit the ground running, with more projects creating more jobs for locals and more certainty.”

GRAND DESIGNS TAKING SHAPE AT BALLARAT SPORTS EVENTS CENTRE

The multi-million-dollar expansion of Ballarat Sports Events Centre (B.SEC) is a step closer, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said final funding arrangements for the projects were now complete, and final design guidelines were being drawn up. It’s hoped construction will start early in 2021 and be completed early in 2022. The Labor Government delivered $5.2 million in the 2019 Victorian Budget to expand the Ballarat Sports Events Centre and following the funding agreement announced today the first stage of that funding ($2.08 million) will be handed over for the project to progress. Works will include a strength and conditioning centre, outdoor 3x3 basketball courts and a façade upgrade for the centre. This expansion builds on the $9 million already delivered to complete stage one of the centre: six new courts for multi-sport use including basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton, along with a 3,000-seat show court, learning rooms and sports medicine facilities. It's part of a major boost to the wider Eureka Sports Precinct by the Government, with $6.6 million committed for Mars Stadium to upgrade entrances and build new covered areas and toilets, plus additional accessible seating in the Western and Eastern stands. The works are part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, we’ve invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. The Government acknowledges the contribution of Ballarat City Council and Basketball Ballarat in progressing the Ballarat Sports Events Centre project. Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison This is what the thousands of local basketballers who play each week deserve. Students at Federation University, local athletes and grassroots sporting clubs will all benefit from these world class facilities, and the façade upgrade is the final piece in the project. Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “With commitments to build on great facilities at the Sports and Events Centre and Mars Stadium, the Eureka Sports Precinct will be reinforced as one of Victoria’s elite regional centres.” Quotes attributable to City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Ben Taylor “Ballarat people love their sport and I am sure these new facilities will be packed when the two new sites are open to the public.” Quotes attributable to Basketball Ballarat CEO Peter Eddy “We are indebted to the Andrews Labor Government for recognising the value of the Stage 2 project for the Ballarat Sports Events Centre and for allowing the full vision for B.SEC to be completed” “This Stage 2 grant allows B.SEC to continue to grow to meet the never growing needs of grassroots participants and developing athletes from Ballarat and throughout Western Victoria”. “This continues the excellent support the Ballarat Sports Events Centre has had from the Victorian Government, support that has been in place across our two venues from as far back as 2004. 

GRAND DESIGNS TAKING SHAPE AT BALLARAT SPORTS EVENTS CENTRE

The multi-million-dollar expansion of Ballarat Sports Events Centre (B.SEC) is a step closer, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said final funding arrangements for the projects were now complete, and final design guidelines were being drawn up. It’s hoped construction will start early in 2021 and be completed early in 2022. The Labor Government delivered $5.2 million in the 2019 Victorian Budget to expand the Ballarat Sports Events Centre and following the funding agreement announced today the first stage of that funding ($2.08 million) will be handed over for the project to progress. Works will include a strength and conditioning centre, outdoor 3x3 basketball courts and a façade upgrade for the centre. This expansion builds on the $9 million already delivered to complete stage one of the centre: six new courts for multi-sport use including basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton, along with a 3,000-seat show court, learning rooms and sports medicine facilities. It's part of a major boost to the wider Eureka Sports Precinct by the Government, with $6.6 million committed for Mars Stadium to upgrade entrances and build new covered areas and toilets, plus additional accessible seating in the Western and Eastern stands. The works are part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, we’ve invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. The Government acknowledges the contribution of Ballarat City Council and Basketball Ballarat in progressing the Ballarat Sports Events Centre project. Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison This is what the thousands of local basketballers who play each week deserve. Students at Federation University, local athletes and grassroots sporting clubs will all benefit from these world class facilities, and the façade upgrade is the final piece in the project. Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “With commitments to build on great facilities at the Sports and Events Centre and Mars Stadium, the Eureka Sports Precinct will be reinforced as one of Victoria’s elite regional centres.” Quotes attributable to City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Ben Taylor “Ballarat people love their sport and I am sure these new facilities will be packed when the two new sites are open to the public.” Quotes attributable to Basketball Ballarat CEO Peter Eddy “We are indebted to the Andrews Labor Government for recognising the value of the Stage 2 project for the Ballarat Sports Events Centre and for allowing the full vision for B.SEC to be completed” “This Stage 2 grant allows B.SEC to continue to grow to meet the never growing needs of grassroots participants and developing athletes from Ballarat and throughout Western Victoria”. “This continues the excellent support the Ballarat Sports Events Centre has had from the Victorian Government, support that has been in place across our two venues from as far back as 2004. 

LATEST VICTORIAN HEALTH PERFORMANCE DATA RELEASED FOR BALLARAT

Victoria’s health system performance data has been released for the first three months of the year – a period marked by fluctuations in activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic and wide-spread bushfires. Despite the significant interruptions caused by the pandemic, hospitals and ambulances continued to manage activity well, even as they quickly began preparations to increase capacity ahead of the predicted pandemic peak. Ballarat Base Hospital saw 15,655 patients in the busy emergency department, up by 433 on the March quarter last year. Doctors and nurses in the Ballarat emergency department continued to treat 100 per cent of the most serious Category 1 patients immediately upon arrival in the hospital. All of Ballarat’s Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients continued to receive their operations within the target 30 days, with half of them having their procedure within 12 days. Ambulance Victoria reached 87.9 per cent of Code 1 cases in the City of Ballarat within the benchmark 15 minutes, with an average response time of 10 minutes and 44 seconds – well under the 15-minute target. This is despite attending 1713 Code 1 emergencies in the three months to March – up from 1508 a year earlier. Across the state, the total number of emergency department presentations for the quarter was 469,488 – 3,400 more than the same quarter last year. Ambulance Victoria reached 81.8 per cent of cases state-wide within the benchmark 15 minutes, with an average response time of 11 minutes and 39 seconds – well under the 15 minute target. This is despite attending 77,380 Code 1 emergencies in the three months to March, 4,695 more than for the same period a year earlier. All Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients continued to receive their operations within the target 30 days, with half of them having their procedure within 10 days. The overall number of people waiting for surgery is expected to rise in the coming months due to the pause on non-urgent procedures, in line with a decision by the National Cabinet. The elective surgery blitz will resume again as soon as it is safe to do so, to help reduce any backlog caused by the pandemic. Coronavirus will continue to disrupt our health services over the coming months – with the full impact on Victoria’s health system expected to become clearer when data for the next quarter is collected and analysed. The Victorian Government’s $1.9 billion health injection has allowed the state’s hospitals to prepare and respond to the coronavirus pandemic - building more bed capacity, securing Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipment, staff and space to meet the expected surge in cases, bringing forward new paramedics and boosting access to and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “These are unprecedented times and I thank each and every one of our healthcare workers in Ballarat for their hard-work and continued dedication on the frontline of our pandemic response.”  Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Our healthcare workers are our heroes and they’ve done an incredible job giving the Ballarat community the very best treatment throughout this busy time.” Media contact: Nikki Mott 0416 311 214| nikki.mott@minstaff.vic.gov.au

LATEST VICTORIAN HEALTH PERFORMANCE DATA RELEASED FOR BALLARAT

Victoria’s health system performance data has been released for the first three months of the year – a period marked by fluctuations in activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic and wide-spread bushfires. Despite the significant interruptions caused by the pandemic, hospitals and ambulances continued to manage activity well, even as they quickly began preparations to increase capacity ahead of the predicted pandemic peak. Ballarat Base Hospital saw 15,655 patients in the busy emergency department, up by 433 on the March quarter last year. Doctors and nurses in the Ballarat emergency department continued to treat 100 per cent of the most serious Category 1 patients immediately upon arrival in the hospital. All of Ballarat’s Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients continued to receive their operations within the target 30 days, with half of them having their procedure within 12 days. Ambulance Victoria reached 87.9 per cent of Code 1 cases in the City of Ballarat within the benchmark 15 minutes, with an average response time of 10 minutes and 44 seconds – well under the 15-minute target. This is despite attending 1713 Code 1 emergencies in the three months to March – up from 1508 a year earlier. Across the state, the total number of emergency department presentations for the quarter was 469,488 – 3,400 more than the same quarter last year. Ambulance Victoria reached 81.8 per cent of cases state-wide within the benchmark 15 minutes, with an average response time of 11 minutes and 39 seconds – well under the 15 minute target. This is despite attending 77,380 Code 1 emergencies in the three months to March, 4,695 more than for the same period a year earlier. All Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients continued to receive their operations within the target 30 days, with half of them having their procedure within 10 days. The overall number of people waiting for surgery is expected to rise in the coming months due to the pause on non-urgent procedures, in line with a decision by the National Cabinet. The elective surgery blitz will resume again as soon as it is safe to do so, to help reduce any backlog caused by the pandemic. Coronavirus will continue to disrupt our health services over the coming months – with the full impact on Victoria’s health system expected to become clearer when data for the next quarter is collected and analysed. The Victorian Government’s $1.9 billion health injection has allowed the state’s hospitals to prepare and respond to the coronavirus pandemic - building more bed capacity, securing Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipment, staff and space to meet the expected surge in cases, bringing forward new paramedics and boosting access to and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “These are unprecedented times and I thank each and every one of our healthcare workers in Ballarat for their hard-work and continued dedication on the frontline of our pandemic response.”  Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Our healthcare workers are our heroes and they’ve done an incredible job giving the Ballarat community the very best treatment throughout this busy time.” Media contact: Nikki Mott 0416 311 214| nikki.mott@minstaff.vic.gov.au

HONOURING THE LEGACY OF OUR VETERANS IN BALLARAT

Just in time for ANZAC Day, Victorian communities are being given more opportunities to remember and honour veterans through various projects to build and repair memorials, preserve stories and ensure their wellbeing. Minister for Veterans Robin Scott today announced $700,000 for 63 projects across the state as part of four grant programs: Victoria Remembers, Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour, the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two. It includes $16,700 for the Buninyong RSL Sub-Branch for restoration works along the Cambrian Hill Avenue of Honour. The project will include installing individual plaques under each tree, installing interpretive signage and replanting two missing trees. Ballarat’s Child and Family Services (CAFS) also received $4,100 of funding to refurbish the current interpretative sign at the Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour which had been vandalised and impacted by harsh weather conditions Further support is being directed to organisations Carry On and Melbourne Legacy to provide on-going welfare support – including emergency food supplies and food vouchers – amid the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. The Victorian Government has worked to ensure all funded projects comply with coronavirus restrictions, such as physical distancing. Projects include: preservation work on the Buchan South Avenue of Honour War Memorial and the Heidelberg War Memorial a mural to be painted on a wall of the Charlton RSL to pay tribute to the Women’s Land Army construction of a gate and fence at the Yackandandah Memorial Gardens a public exhibition of wartime artist Napier Waller to be held by the National Trust of Australia a new display of four unique uniforms at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum For more information about the successful grants, visit vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans. Quote attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott “We owe it to our veterans to honour their legacy and preserve their stories for future generations – that’s even more important in these challenging times.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Forty names of men from Cambrian Hill are listed in war records, with thirteen killed. In 1917, the local community planted an Avenue of Honour on the road to Colac and it’s outstanding to see the Avenue now receive funding for its completion. Our veterans fought for our shared values as Victorians and these projects will ensure their memories live on.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This is fantastic news for our community and for these organisations which have done such great work in preserving the legacy of our veterans. These grants will help to teach future generations about how our veterans’ sacrifices have led to the freedoms we enjoy today.”

HONOURING THE LEGACY OF OUR VETERANS IN BALLARAT

Just in time for ANZAC Day, Victorian communities are being given more opportunities to remember and honour veterans through various projects to build and repair memorials, preserve stories and ensure their wellbeing. Minister for Veterans Robin Scott today announced $700,000 for 63 projects across the state as part of four grant programs: Victoria Remembers, Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour, the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two. It includes $16,700 for the Buninyong RSL Sub-Branch for restoration works along the Cambrian Hill Avenue of Honour. The project will include installing individual plaques under each tree, installing interpretive signage and replanting two missing trees. Ballarat’s Child and Family Services (CAFS) also received $4,100 of funding to refurbish the current interpretative sign at the Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour which had been vandalised and impacted by harsh weather conditions Further support is being directed to organisations Carry On and Melbourne Legacy to provide on-going welfare support – including emergency food supplies and food vouchers – amid the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. The Victorian Government has worked to ensure all funded projects comply with coronavirus restrictions, such as physical distancing. Projects include: preservation work on the Buchan South Avenue of Honour War Memorial and the Heidelberg War Memorial a mural to be painted on a wall of the Charlton RSL to pay tribute to the Women’s Land Army construction of a gate and fence at the Yackandandah Memorial Gardens a public exhibition of wartime artist Napier Waller to be held by the National Trust of Australia a new display of four unique uniforms at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum For more information about the successful grants, visit vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans. Quote attributable to Minister for Veterans Robin Scott “We owe it to our veterans to honour their legacy and preserve their stories for future generations – that’s even more important in these challenging times.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Forty names of men from Cambrian Hill are listed in war records, with thirteen killed. In 1917, the local community planted an Avenue of Honour on the road to Colac and it’s outstanding to see the Avenue now receive funding for its completion. Our veterans fought for our shared values as Victorians and these projects will ensure their memories live on.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This is fantastic news for our community and for these organisations which have done such great work in preserving the legacy of our veterans. These grants will help to teach future generations about how our veterans’ sacrifices have led to the freedoms we enjoy today.”