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Aboriginal Organisations To Lead Child Protection Support

Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) will lead the response to child protection reports from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, as part of an Australian-first pilot led by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan announced at today’s Aboriginal Children’s..

$478,805 of Solar Panels for Government Schools

Eight Government schools in the Ballarat region are set to become greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing their electricity costs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announced that eight schools in the..

Vaccine Rollout Continues To Ramp Up Across Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is working with the Commonwealth to ramp up its coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination program across regional Victoria with the launch of hospital vaccination hubs in Bendigo and Ballarat. Minister for Health Martin Foley today visited Bendigo Health to thank local frontline health..

Free Public Transport For Senior And Carer Card Holders

Senior Victorians and Carer Card holders will be able to enjoy free public transport from 21 to 28 March 2021. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan and Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll today visited Southern Cross Station to announce the eight days..

Helping Parents Choose The Best Kinder

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for parents and carers to find quality kindergarten programs. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today visited Federation Children’s Centre in Ballarat to launch the Kinder Tick initiative. The new initiative being rolled out across Victoria makes..

High-Risk Workers To Receive First Vaccine In Victoria

Workers most likely to come into direct contact with a suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) case will be the first Victorians vaccinated under the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Following arrival of the vaccine, from Monday, trained Victorian health professionals will start delivering doses of the Pfizer vaccine..

More housing and job support for women leaving prison

Women leaving prison will now have more support for housing security, financial independence and improved employment prospects. The Andrews Labor Government has expanded the services provided by registered housing provider Women’s Housing Limited at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre to include a $2.8 million program..

Big Boost For Victorian Health Infrastructure

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian hospitals, community health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations with $320 million in funding to upgrade vital health infrastructure. Minister for Health Martin Foley today announced submissions for the new $200 million Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund (MHIF)..

Creating more jobs to benefit local communities

The Andrews Labor Government is creating new jobs in 13 key community organisations which will help people most affected by the pandemic, including women, young people, people with disability and Aboriginal Victorians. As part of the Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria fund, a further..

Advancing gender equality in local government

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new effort to drive gender equality across Victoria’s 79 councils. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced the formation of the Gender Equality Advisory Committee, which will be co-chaired by Labor MPs Juliana Addison and Kat Theophanous…

Traffic lights boosting Ballarat school safety

Hundreds of students and families will have a safer journey to and from school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in new pedestrian lights at a busy intersection on Sturt Street. Works have started on the installation of new pedestrian-operated traffic lights at the..

More Choices For Victorian Train Passengers

Victorians now have 450 extra train services every week, as the biggest timetable change since the opening of the City Loop comes into place from today. The Andrews Labor Government has added 280 metropolitan and 170 regional services to the network every week, alongside new..

New Federation business centre of excellence in Ballarat

Ballarat will be the home of a new state-of-the-art business centre, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund. Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney today visited the site of the new Federation University Business Centre of Excellence on Lydiard Street,..

Hundreds of train drivers prepare for more Ballarat line services

More than 300 V/Line train drivers are learning to drive on new infrastructure, in preparation for dozens of extra services to run on the Ballarat line. Drivers are familiarising themselves with key improvements delivered as part of the Ballarat Line Upgrade, including additional tracks, updated..

Helping Ballarat veterans stay connected

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to back veterans and ensure they have the support they need to live happy and healthy lives. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison welcomed Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane at the Ballarat Veterans Assistance..

Expanded Living Libraries Program Launched

The Andrews Labor Government is modernising and upgrading libraries across the state, with councils now able to apply for dedicated new funding. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced applications for this year’s round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program were open. The $10..

Trial lights up at Lake Wendouree over summer

Ballarat residents now have the chance to see firsthand the improvements the new Lake Wendouree lighting system will have on their lives, thanks to an investment from the Victorian Government. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today viewed two trial lights installed at the Steve Moneghetti..

Traditional Owners name public space at Ballarat GovHub

The Ballarat GovHub is the region’s first building to officially recognise one of its most important Traditional Owners, naming a key part of the project after esteemed Wadawurrung Ancestor, Catobeen. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today toured the soon-to-be-completed..