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IMPROVING COMMUNITY SAFETY IN GREATER DANDENONG

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering the Greater Dandenong community to address the causes of crime in the area. Local Members Gabrielle Williams, Martin Pakula and Meng Heang Tak, today announced $700,000 in crime prevention funding for the City of Greater Dandenong to deliver community-led projects to improve safety and tackle the drivers of crime in the area. The Empowering Communities grants are part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program and will support local communities to kickstart projects and programs to improve safety and address crime in their area. The City of Greater Dandenong will establish an action group that will develop and oversee community projects that keep people safe.  A community forum will be held with Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers Victoria, local community groups and Victoria Police to workshop ideas on the best way to tackle local crime and safety issues. Since 2015 the government has invested more than $4 million for 23 crime prevention projects in the Greater Dandenong local government area, including safety and security upgrades to the Hemmings Street Precinct, as well as $150,000 for a Youth Activating Youth program to support young people away from crime. The Victorian Government has invested over $85 million in crime prevention projects since 2015, including almost $20 million over four years through the 2021-22 State Budget. Over 860 projects to increase community safety and confidence across Victoria have been delivered. Today’s funding is part of the Building Safer Communities Program, which funds grants and community forums to support Victorian councils and community organisations to deliver innovative projects that address the causes of crime and improve community safety. Applications for the next round of grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close at 4pm on Friday 11 February 2022. For more information visit  Building Safer Communities Program | Community Crime Prevention Victoria Quote attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “This funding will give Greater Dandenong the resources and support to develop local crime prevention initiatives to tackle important safety issues identified by the community.” “I look forward to seeing the crime prevention projects brought to life in the Greater Dandenong community to improve safety for all.” Quotes attributable to Martin Pakula MP, Member for Keysborough “Our community has the passion and expertise to put together crime prevention projects that work. This funding will give the community the resources to support their work to keep Greater Dandenong safe.” Quotes attributable to Meng Heang Tak MP, Member for Clarinda “Local residents and councils understand their community better than anyone, so we’re investing in their expertise and knowledge to address the root causes of crime.” Quotes attributable to Gabrielle Williams MP, Member for Dandenong “We know tackling the root causes of crime is better than responding after it has occurred. This funding will help our community prevent crime and stop at-risk residents from falling into offending, which will benefit the whole community.”

IMPROVING COMMUNITY SAFETY IN GREATER DANDENONG

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering the Greater Dandenong community to address the causes of crime in the area. Local Members Gabrielle Williams, Martin Pakula and Meng Heang Tak, today announced $700,000 in crime prevention funding for the City of Greater Dandenong to deliver community-led projects to improve safety and tackle the drivers of crime in the area. The Empowering Communities grants are part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program and will support local communities to kickstart projects and programs to improve safety and address crime in their area. The City of Greater Dandenong will establish an action group that will develop and oversee community projects that keep people safe.  A community forum will be held with Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers Victoria, local community groups and Victoria Police to workshop ideas on the best way to tackle local crime and safety issues. Since 2015 the government has invested more than $4 million for 23 crime prevention projects in the Greater Dandenong local government area, including safety and security upgrades to the Hemmings Street Precinct, as well as $150,000 for a Youth Activating Youth program to support young people away from crime. The Victorian Government has invested over $85 million in crime prevention projects since 2015, including almost $20 million over four years through the 2021-22 State Budget. Over 860 projects to increase community safety and confidence across Victoria have been delivered. Today’s funding is part of the Building Safer Communities Program, which funds grants and community forums to support Victorian councils and community organisations to deliver innovative projects that address the causes of crime and improve community safety. Applications for the next round of grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close at 4pm on Friday 11 February 2022. For more information visit  Building Safer Communities Program | Community Crime Prevention Victoria Quote attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “This funding will give Greater Dandenong the resources and support to develop local crime prevention initiatives to tackle important safety issues identified by the community.” “I look forward to seeing the crime prevention projects brought to life in the Greater Dandenong community to improve safety for all.” Quotes attributable to Martin Pakula MP, Member for Keysborough “Our community has the passion and expertise to put together crime prevention projects that work. This funding will give the community the resources to support their work to keep Greater Dandenong safe.” Quotes attributable to Meng Heang Tak MP, Member for Clarinda “Local residents and councils understand their community better than anyone, so we’re investing in their expertise and knowledge to address the root causes of crime.” Quotes attributable to Gabrielle Williams MP, Member for Dandenong “We know tackling the root causes of crime is better than responding after it has occurred. This funding will help our community prevent crime and stop at-risk residents from falling into offending, which will benefit the whole community.”

BUILDING BOOM SET TO DELIVER NEW HOMES IN DOVETON AND ENDEAVOUR HILLS

The Victorian Government is ramping up delivery of the Big Housing Build across the state with the first allocation of funds to community housing projects – with more than $1 billion in projects to commence this year. The Government is investing $5,757,672 million in Doveton and Endeavour Hills, delivering 18 new social housing homes across the two suburbs and supporting local jobs. This investment provides $3,237,672 for ten homes in Doveton, delivered in partnership with Affordable Rentals Victoria. While $2,520,000 will be invested in Endeavour Hills to provide eight homes in partnership with Common Equity Housing Limited. The projects are part of almost $740 million the Labor Government is investing in 89 community housing projects across regional and metropolitan areas. This investment will deliver 2,352 homes across the state giving more Victorians the stability of a home while creating more than 9000 jobs – with shovels expected to be in the ground by the end of the year. The homes will be made available to those in the most need of housing including people living with mental illness or disability, people escaping family violence, Victoria’s First Peoples and individuals experiencing homelessness. The investment includes 62 new supported independent living homes for Victorians living with mental illness being built across four sites announced in June. The Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build is delivering more than 12,000 new homes – boosting Victoria’s social housing supply by 10 per cent – while generating 10,000 jobs each year over the four year program. Quote attributable to the Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “These Big Housing Build projects will stimulate our local economy while providing the stability and security of a home for those in our community that need it most “ “These projects will support more local jobs  – with construction expected to be underway this year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne “Our record investment in housing is not only providing a roof over the head of vulnerable Victorians who need it – it’s creating thousands of jobs and supporting the Victorian economy.”

BUILDING BOOM SET TO DELIVER NEW HOMES IN DOVETON AND ENDEAVOUR HILLS

The Victorian Government is ramping up delivery of the Big Housing Build across the state with the first allocation of funds to community housing projects – with more than $1 billion in projects to commence this year. The Government is investing $5,757,672 million in Doveton and Endeavour Hills, delivering 18 new social housing homes across the two suburbs and supporting local jobs. This investment provides $3,237,672 for ten homes in Doveton, delivered in partnership with Affordable Rentals Victoria. While $2,520,000 will be invested in Endeavour Hills to provide eight homes in partnership with Common Equity Housing Limited. The projects are part of almost $740 million the Labor Government is investing in 89 community housing projects across regional and metropolitan areas. This investment will deliver 2,352 homes across the state giving more Victorians the stability of a home while creating more than 9000 jobs – with shovels expected to be in the ground by the end of the year. The homes will be made available to those in the most need of housing including people living with mental illness or disability, people escaping family violence, Victoria’s First Peoples and individuals experiencing homelessness. The investment includes 62 new supported independent living homes for Victorians living with mental illness being built across four sites announced in June. The Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build is delivering more than 12,000 new homes – boosting Victoria’s social housing supply by 10 per cent – while generating 10,000 jobs each year over the four year program. Quote attributable to the Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “These Big Housing Build projects will stimulate our local economy while providing the stability and security of a home for those in our community that need it most “ “These projects will support more local jobs  – with construction expected to be underway this year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne “Our record investment in housing is not only providing a roof over the head of vulnerable Victorians who need it – it’s creating thousands of jobs and supporting the Victorian economy.”

DANDENONG SCHOOLS SUPPORTED TO TICK OFF MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Schools in Dandenong will receive a boost to undertake essential maintenance projects, with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of projects making the state’s schools better places to teach and learn. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced three schools in the area were among 207 to share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms, fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Lyndale Secondary College will receive $70,000 and $40,000 respectively, for works to address high priority roof and other structural issues. While Dandenong South Primary School will also receive $15,000 for priority maintenance tasks, including wall and window repainting and repairs. Essential maintenance works are decided by using up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of investment. More than $2.8 million of this vital funding will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 22 schools, which serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. This investment comes on top of more than $22 million already provided through Term 1 and Term 2 PMP allocations to make sure existing buildings at Victoria’s state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government’s work to 100 new schools by 2026 is well ahead of schedule – with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in these vital maintenance works gives our state schools the support they need to make sure every student and teacher in the state has access to safe and modern learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “This investment ensures students in Dandenong can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education provided by our teaching staff.” “I’m delighted to see Dandenong schools share in funding to get these much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”

DANDENONG SCHOOLS SUPPORTED TO TICK OFF MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Schools in Dandenong will receive a boost to undertake essential maintenance projects, with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of projects making the state’s schools better places to teach and learn. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced three schools in the area were among 207 to share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms, fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Lyndale Secondary College will receive $70,000 and $40,000 respectively, for works to address high priority roof and other structural issues. While Dandenong South Primary School will also receive $15,000 for priority maintenance tasks, including wall and window repainting and repairs. Essential maintenance works are decided by using up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of investment. More than $2.8 million of this vital funding will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 22 schools, which serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. This investment comes on top of more than $22 million already provided through Term 1 and Term 2 PMP allocations to make sure existing buildings at Victoria’s state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government’s work to 100 new schools by 2026 is well ahead of schedule – with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in these vital maintenance works gives our state schools the support they need to make sure every student and teacher in the state has access to safe and modern learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “This investment ensures students in Dandenong can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education provided by our teaching staff.” “I’m delighted to see Dandenong schools share in funding to get these much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”

BRINGING TOGETHER YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH SPORT

The Victorian Government is using the power of community sport to engage and support African-Australian young people to help them reach their potential. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced funding of $20,000 for Cleeland United Soccer Club through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention. Cleeland United Soccer Club is sharing in $110,000 provided to six African-Australian sports clubs. Sport can help create a sense of belonging and boost engagement, which can support young people to make positive life choices and connect with their community. This grant will support the club to create positive pathways for young people and give them the skills to manage challenges they may be facing. It includes providing soccer training and homework club to young people, and Zumba classes for their parents to engage in pro-social activities to develop, adapt, and maintain personal and interpersonal skills to reduce tendencies of risk taking and criminal behaviour. Since 2020, the Government has invested $1.5 million in activities through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention, which has helped more than 480 at-risk young people keep their lives on the right track. Working together to provide positive opportunities for at-risk young people forms part of the State Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which is backed by almost $30 million in investment. The Crime Prevention Strategy sets out a clear plan and a long-term, evidence-based approach to addressing the causes of offending to keep our communities safe. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/sportsalliance Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention, Natalie Hutchins “We know that African-Australian sports clubs have a unique role in bringing together families and communities, but they often need a little more support to build their teams.” “This funding will see communities benefit from the power of sport, which can help keep young people away from offending and create brighter futures for themselves.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “The work Cleeland United Soccer Club does to connect with new migrants and at-risk youth is so important, and I am proud we can support them in this work.”

BRINGING TOGETHER YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH SPORT

The Victorian Government is using the power of community sport to engage and support African-Australian young people to help them reach their potential. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced funding of $20,000 for Cleeland United Soccer Club through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention. Cleeland United Soccer Club is sharing in $110,000 provided to six African-Australian sports clubs. Sport can help create a sense of belonging and boost engagement, which can support young people to make positive life choices and connect with their community. This grant will support the club to create positive pathways for young people and give them the skills to manage challenges they may be facing. It includes providing soccer training and homework club to young people, and Zumba classes for their parents to engage in pro-social activities to develop, adapt, and maintain personal and interpersonal skills to reduce tendencies of risk taking and criminal behaviour. Since 2020, the Government has invested $1.5 million in activities through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention, which has helped more than 480 at-risk young people keep their lives on the right track. Working together to provide positive opportunities for at-risk young people forms part of the State Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which is backed by almost $30 million in investment. The Crime Prevention Strategy sets out a clear plan and a long-term, evidence-based approach to addressing the causes of offending to keep our communities safe. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/sportsalliance Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention, Natalie Hutchins “We know that African-Australian sports clubs have a unique role in bringing together families and communities, but they often need a little more support to build their teams.” “This funding will see communities benefit from the power of sport, which can help keep young people away from offending and create brighter futures for themselves.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “The work Cleeland United Soccer Club does to connect with new migrants and at-risk youth is so important, and I am proud we can support them in this work.”

 

NEW AND IMPROVED BUS SERVICES FOR THE SOUTH-EAST

Residents in Melbourne’s south-east will benefit from new and improved bus services to connect them to local shopping centres and schools. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment with a new bus route 816 from Keysborough South to Noble Park Station, providing additional public transport to the growing residential area south of Keysborough. The route 816 service will run seven days a week, at a frequency of every 30 minutes during the weekday peak and every 60 minutes off peak. On weekends, services will run at a frequency of 60 minutes. Commuters will be better connected to ongoing transport options with bus services coordinated with trains at Noble Park Station during peak hours. The new service also means new bus stops will be built along this route, including near Sirius College Keysborough Campus and Mount Hira College to provide students better public transport access to school. We’re also upgrading route 813 services from Dandenong to Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, benefitting residents who travel to Dandenong, Parkmore Shopping Centre, Springvale, and Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre where the demand for buses is high. The existing route 815 service from Dandenong to Noble Park will be removed and consolidated with route 813, providing more frequent services and an extended timetable every day of the week. The route 813 service will also be co-ordinated with trains at Dandenong Station during peak times. Information about the new timetable will be available on October 29 at ptv.vic.gov.au and on the PTV app. The new services will go live on November 28. The expansion of services is an initiative of the Andrews Labor Government’s Bus Plan and was boosted by $74 million in the 2021/22 State Budget to plan for bus reform and improve bus services in Melbourne’s growth suburbs. Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “Creating new and improved bus services in response to the growing residential population in the south-east makes it a viable transport option for the community.” “We have made changes to these services to give locals more choice about when they travel and better connections to ongoing transport options.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Parkmore and Waverley Garden’s shopping centres are popular destinations and I’m pleased we’re improving transport to these locations giving locals more transport options.” “The 813 service will also align better with train services at Dandenong Station, helping residents get to and from work and school.”

NEW AND IMPROVED BUS SERVICES FOR THE SOUTH-EAST

Residents in Melbourne’s south-east will benefit from new and improved bus services to connect them to local shopping centres and schools. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment with a new bus route 816 from Keysborough South to Noble Park Station, providing additional public transport to the growing residential area south of Keysborough. The route 816 service will run seven days a week, at a frequency of every 30 minutes during the weekday peak and every 60 minutes off peak. On weekends, services will run at a frequency of 60 minutes. Commuters will be better connected to ongoing transport options with bus services coordinated with trains at Noble Park Station during peak hours. The new service also means new bus stops will be built along this route, including near Sirius College Keysborough Campus and Mount Hira College to provide students better public transport access to school. We’re also upgrading route 813 services from Dandenong to Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, benefitting residents who travel to Dandenong, Parkmore Shopping Centre, Springvale, and Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre where the demand for buses is high. The existing route 815 service from Dandenong to Noble Park will be removed and consolidated with route 813, providing more frequent services and an extended timetable every day of the week. The route 813 service will also be co-ordinated with trains at Dandenong Station during peak times. Information about the new timetable will be available on October 29 at ptv.vic.gov.au and on the PTV app. The new services will go live on November 28. The expansion of services is an initiative of the Andrews Labor Government’s Bus Plan and was boosted by $74 million in the 2021/22 State Budget to plan for bus reform and improve bus services in Melbourne’s growth suburbs. Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “Creating new and improved bus services in response to the growing residential population in the south-east makes it a viable transport option for the community.” “We have made changes to these services to give locals more choice about when they travel and better connections to ongoing transport options.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Parkmore and Waverley Garden’s shopping centres are popular destinations and I’m pleased we’re improving transport to these locations giving locals more transport options.” “The 813 service will also align better with train services at Dandenong Station, helping residents get to and from work and school.”

DITCHING THE DOUBLE DROP-OFF WITH NEW KINDER FOR ROSEWOOD DOWNS

The Victorian Government is making kinder education more accessible for children and their families, investing in more kindergartens on school sites and helping parents ditch the dreaded “double drop-off.” Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that a new kindergarten will be built on site at Rosewood Downs Primary School in Dandenong North. The Victorian Government will fund two kindergarten rooms, as well as administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces – encouraging children to get active and enjoy nature. The new kindergarten, which will be delivered in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, will offer 66 licensed places when it opens in 2023. As part of the Three-Year-Old Kinder roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state, supporting local jobs in construction and across the supply chain in the process. Every new Victorian primary school set to open from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, making kindergarten programs easier to access, drop-off time simpler and more convenient for parents – and ensuring the transition from kindergarten to school is smoother for children. In an Australian-first, the Government is investing $5 billion this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Making Victoria the Education State starts in the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in the first years of our kids’ education.” “We’re already giving Victorian kids an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action to make sure kinders are more convenient and accessible for busy families.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Kindergartens on school sites are about delivering better facilities and education to children in early education by making the transition to school that much easier.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “I’m delighted that Rosewood Downs families are a step closer to getting the fantastic early years and school facilities they deserve – in one convenient location.”

DITCHING THE DOUBLE DROP-OFF WITH NEW KINDER FOR ROSEWOOD DOWNS

The Victorian Government is making kinder education more accessible for children and their families, investing in more kindergartens on school sites and helping parents ditch the dreaded “double drop-off.” Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that a new kindergarten will be built on site at Rosewood Downs Primary School in Dandenong North. The Victorian Government will fund two kindergarten rooms, as well as administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces – encouraging children to get active and enjoy nature. The new kindergarten, which will be delivered in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, will offer 66 licensed places when it opens in 2023. As part of the Three-Year-Old Kinder roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state, supporting local jobs in construction and across the supply chain in the process. Every new Victorian primary school set to open from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, making kindergarten programs easier to access, drop-off time simpler and more convenient for parents – and ensuring the transition from kindergarten to school is smoother for children. In an Australian-first, the Government is investing $5 billion this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Making Victoria the Education State starts in the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in the first years of our kids’ education.” “We’re already giving Victorian kids an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action to make sure kinders are more convenient and accessible for busy families.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Kindergartens on school sites are about delivering better facilities and education to children in early education by making the transition to school that much easier.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “I’m delighted that Rosewood Downs families are a step closer to getting the fantastic early years and school facilities they deserve – in one convenient location.”

Backing Multicultural Communities To Prevent Family Violence

The Victorian Government is working with multicultural and faith communities to promote equal, respectful relationships and stop family violence before it starts. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced 33 organisations would share in nearly $7 million to deliver family violence prevention programs under the Supporting Multicultural and Faith Communities to Prevent Family Violence: 2021 grants. At least 27 cultural and five faith groups will be supported to address the gendered drivers of violence by challenging stereotypes and strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships in culturally relevant settings. The grants are designed to build the capacity of community, faith and cultural organisations to deliver prevention programs and support organisations with existing experience to continue and expand successful work. The investment will support Geelong-based community organisation Diversitat to deliver its Safer and Stronger Families project, which engages recently arrived young people and new parents in the Barwon South West region on respectful relationships, parenting in a new culture, gender equality, human rights and Australian law. The grants will also support Jewish Care’s Equal for All: Supporting Primary Prevention in the Victorian Jewish Community – including peer-led active bystander training, healthy masculinity programs for men and boys, and respectful relationships training. While the Buddhist Council of Victoria will receive funds to scale-up a successful project that builds the capacity of Buddhist leaders to be outreach workers to deliver family violence education sessions at temples across Victoria and facilitate ‘meet and greet’ sessions with family violence services. Other grant recipients include Wellsprings for Women, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, the Board of Imams and the Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council. These programs are part of a broader effort to deliver prevention initiatives in the spaces where Victorians live, work and learn to maximise access and relevance to communities. Last month, the Labor Government announced an additional $1.5 million to expand five innovative prevention programs including a respectful relationships play group and a support program for new parents in rural Victoria. Victoria is leading the country in its work to combat family violence with $3 billion -- more than every other state combined, and more than the commonwealth-- invested in prevention and response initiatives to date. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “Community organisations and trusted multicultural and multifaith leaders know best how to lead the family violence prevention work in our diverse Victorian communities that can change and save lives.”  “We’re backing community organisations to deliver tailored family violence prevention initiatives because everyone should be free to live a life free from violence – regardless of their culture or faith.”

Backing Multicultural Communities To Prevent Family Violence

The Victorian Government is working with multicultural and faith communities to promote equal, respectful relationships and stop family violence before it starts. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced 33 organisations would share in nearly $7 million to deliver family violence prevention programs under the Supporting Multicultural and Faith Communities to Prevent Family Violence: 2021 grants. At least 27 cultural and five faith groups will be supported to address the gendered drivers of violence by challenging stereotypes and strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships in culturally relevant settings. The grants are designed to build the capacity of community, faith and cultural organisations to deliver prevention programs and support organisations with existing experience to continue and expand successful work. The investment will support Geelong-based community organisation Diversitat to deliver its Safer and Stronger Families project, which engages recently arrived young people and new parents in the Barwon South West region on respectful relationships, parenting in a new culture, gender equality, human rights and Australian law. The grants will also support Jewish Care’s Equal for All: Supporting Primary Prevention in the Victorian Jewish Community – including peer-led active bystander training, healthy masculinity programs for men and boys, and respectful relationships training. While the Buddhist Council of Victoria will receive funds to scale-up a successful project that builds the capacity of Buddhist leaders to be outreach workers to deliver family violence education sessions at temples across Victoria and facilitate ‘meet and greet’ sessions with family violence services. Other grant recipients include Wellsprings for Women, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, the Board of Imams and the Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council. These programs are part of a broader effort to deliver prevention initiatives in the spaces where Victorians live, work and learn to maximise access and relevance to communities. Last month, the Labor Government announced an additional $1.5 million to expand five innovative prevention programs including a respectful relationships play group and a support program for new parents in rural Victoria. Victoria is leading the country in its work to combat family violence with $3 billion -- more than every other state combined, and more than the commonwealth-- invested in prevention and response initiatives to date. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “Community organisations and trusted multicultural and multifaith leaders know best how to lead the family violence prevention work in our diverse Victorian communities that can change and save lives.”  “We’re backing community organisations to deliver tailored family violence prevention initiatives because everyone should be free to live a life free from violence – regardless of their culture or faith.”

ARCHITECTS APPOINTED FOR MORE DANDENONG SCHOOL UPGRADES

Better facilities are on their way for students at Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Yarraman Oaks Primary School, with the appointment of architects to design these schools’ important upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced Haskell Architects would design upgrades to be undertaken at Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Watson Young Architects Pty Ltd would design the works at Yarraman Oaks Primary School. The Labor Government has provided $351,665 to Chalcot Lodge Primary School to construct a series of covered walkways to provide protection against the weather. Yarraman Oaks Primary School has received $369,125 to make improvements to the Senior Building. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams MP “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Chalcot Lodge and Yarraman Oaks families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of architects for these important upgrades.”

ARCHITECTS APPOINTED FOR MORE DANDENONG SCHOOL UPGRADES

Better facilities are on their way for students at Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Yarraman Oaks Primary School, with the appointment of architects to design these schools’ important upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced Haskell Architects would design upgrades to be undertaken at Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Watson Young Architects Pty Ltd would design the works at Yarraman Oaks Primary School. The Labor Government has provided $351,665 to Chalcot Lodge Primary School to construct a series of covered walkways to provide protection against the weather. Yarraman Oaks Primary School has received $369,125 to make improvements to the Senior Building. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams MP “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Chalcot Lodge and Yarraman Oaks families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of architects for these important upgrades.”