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Sovereign Hill Blazes Trail For Regional Recovery

The Andrews Labor Government is accelerating regional Victoria’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in dozens of projects that create jobs, encourage visitors and support local communities.Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today announced support of $500,000 for acclaimed tourist attraction Sovereign Hill in Ballarat – to back its Winter Wonderlights campaign to encourage more visitors.

Nation’s First Wind Turbine Training Tower In Ballarat

Federation University will build the nation’s first wind turbine training tower to prepare Victorian students for jobs in the booming renewable energy sector.Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today turned the first sod at the Mount Helen campus, the gateway to wind farms across Western Victoria.

Boosting Learning And Research At ACU

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $8.7 million into a raft of initiatives at Australian Catholic University to expand courses, improve the student experience and to spearhead health research projects.Headlining the funding package is the $1.9 million construction of a new nurse training ward and the refurbishment of existing facilities at the Ballarat campus. It will double the capacity of nursing simulation beds and accommodate hands-on training to help students be job-ready for the health sector.

New Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub for Ballarat

A new and expanded mental health and well-being support hub has opened in Ballarat, giving locals the care and support they need on their doorstep, thanks to the Victorian Government.Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health Steve Dimopoulos today opened the new Cooinda Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, which will provide an array of health and social services including children’s assessments, counselling, and family violence support.

Backing Communities to Tackle Racism in our Region

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting multicultural and multifaith communities in our community to tackle racism through funding for anti-racism initiatives in our region and the establishment of a new state-wide Anti-Racism Taskforce. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison visited..

Delivering More Homes For Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the largest ever investment in housing across regional Victoria, ensuring our most vulnerable have a safe and secure place to call home in their local community.Minister for Housing Richard Wynne today announced at least 150 social housing homes will be built in Ballarat creating 100 direct and 350 indirect local jobs.

Apprenticeships Put Hundreds On Path To Jobs Success

More than 300 young Victorians have joined the workforce through a Victorian Government program that provides apprenticeship and trainee roles across the state.Launched last September, the Victorian Apprenticeship Recovery Package supports people aged 15 to 24 into fully funded, 12-month apprenticeships or traineeships with government departments and agencies, and local councils.

Bid to Secure Vital Invermay Playground Space

Playtimes for students at Invermay Primary School are being shored up, with the Victorian Government looking to secure a vital piece of playground space.Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison MP, today announced that the Victorian Government is seeking to purchase a parcel of land adjoining the school at 187A Swinglers Road, Invermay from the City of Ballarat.

Delivering the Mental Health Support Ballarat Deserves

Today, Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle welcomed the announcement that Victorians will get the mental health support and care they need, with the Andrews Labor Government to provide additional funding as demand for services increases during current restrictions.

Vaccination Blitz To Keep Vulnerable Settings Safe

The Victorian Government is taking immediate action to keep people who live in residential disability settings, private aged care residents and staff safe with a vaccination blitz to ensure workers in these vulnerable settings are protected against coronavirus.

Creating Jobs and Caring for Wendouree

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Wendouree.  The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs. 

Saving Lives – And Creating Jobs

Innovation today creates the life‑saving medical treatments of tomorrow – and the Andrews Labor Government is backing our world‑leading scientists and researchers to do just that.

Supporting Our Kids To Be Healthy And Happy

Media Release from Minister for Education James Merlino Our kids deserve to grow up healthy and happy. And after their family and friends, our schools are one of the biggest supports in a young person’s life. As we build our mental health system from the..

Funding for Ballarat Tramway Museum

The much-loved Ballarat Tramway Museum has received $1,200,000 under the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announced funding for the project, which is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to build the things that matter..

Brand-New Trains To Improve Travel And Back Victorian Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver a new fleet of more accessible, reliable and energy efficient trains built locally to create a better public transport network and support jobs in Victoria’s world-class manufacturing sector. The Victorian Budget 2021/2022 will invest $986 million to build 25..