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GETTING ON WITH REMOVING SOUTH GIPPSLAND HIGHWAY LEVEL CROSSING

The South Gippsland Highway level crossing removal is nearing completion as construction crews prepare to connect the new road bridge and Princes Highway intersection. A 22-day construction blitz will ensure the level crossing is gone for good, months ahead of schedule, providing one of Melbourne’s busiest manufacturing regions with free-flowing freight routes. As these works are carried out, the South Gippsland Highway will be closed between the Princes Highway and the Dandenong Bypass from 9pm Friday 16 July to 5am Friday 6 August. There will be detours in place via the Dandenong Bypass and Frankston-Dandenong Road and road users are asked to allow extra time for their journey. Removing the South Gippsland Highway level crossing will improve freight connections in the area, increase safety and reduce congestion for the 31,000 car and trucks that use it every day. Along with the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrades it will allow more trains to run on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines in the future, increasing services on one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors. The existing South Gippsland Highway and Princes Highway intersection was the site of one fatal incident, four crashes resulting in serious injury during the past 10 years, and 40 near misses between 2005 and 2015. Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings are already gone for good, and more than 50 will be removed by the end of 2021 – one year ahead of schedule. In 2021, one level crossing will be removed on average every four weeks. To find out if you’re affected by the road closure and to plan your journey visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Metropolitan Roads Program Alliance Project Director Andrew Pepplinkhouse: “We know closing the road can be an inconvenience, however these works are necessary to ensure the dangerous and congested South Gippsland Highway level crossing is gone for good.” “Once these works are complete the new road bridge will make the level crossing a thing of the past, easing congestion for road users and providing safer cycling and pedestrian links through the area and thousands of new trees and shrubs.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams: “We are getting on with the job of removing this dangerous and congested level crossing, months ahead of schedule, so drivers can have safer commutes and Dandenong South businesses can have better freight connections.” “This level crossing removal, the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrade will open up greater capacity on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines for an extra 121,000 commuters every week.”

GETTING ON WITH REMOVING SOUTH GIPPSLAND HIGHWAY LEVEL CROSSING

The South Gippsland Highway level crossing removal is nearing completion as construction crews prepare to connect the new road bridge and Princes Highway intersection. A 22-day construction blitz will ensure the level crossing is gone for good, months ahead of schedule, providing one of Melbourne’s busiest manufacturing regions with free-flowing freight routes. As these works are carried out, the South Gippsland Highway will be closed between the Princes Highway and the Dandenong Bypass from 9pm Friday 16 July to 5am Friday 6 August. There will be detours in place via the Dandenong Bypass and Frankston-Dandenong Road and road users are asked to allow extra time for their journey. Removing the South Gippsland Highway level crossing will improve freight connections in the area, increase safety and reduce congestion for the 31,000 car and trucks that use it every day. Along with the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrades it will allow more trains to run on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines in the future, increasing services on one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors. The existing South Gippsland Highway and Princes Highway intersection was the site of one fatal incident, four crashes resulting in serious injury during the past 10 years, and 40 near misses between 2005 and 2015. Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings are already gone for good, and more than 50 will be removed by the end of 2021 – one year ahead of schedule. In 2021, one level crossing will be removed on average every four weeks. To find out if you’re affected by the road closure and to plan your journey visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Metropolitan Roads Program Alliance Project Director Andrew Pepplinkhouse: “We know closing the road can be an inconvenience, however these works are necessary to ensure the dangerous and congested South Gippsland Highway level crossing is gone for good.” “Once these works are complete the new road bridge will make the level crossing a thing of the past, easing congestion for road users and providing safer cycling and pedestrian links through the area and thousands of new trees and shrubs.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams: “We are getting on with the job of removing this dangerous and congested level crossing, months ahead of schedule, so drivers can have safer commutes and Dandenong South businesses can have better freight connections.” “This level crossing removal, the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrade will open up greater capacity on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines for an extra 121,000 commuters every week.”

NEW SCHOOL NAMES REVEALED AHEAD OF 2022 LAUNCHES

The names of nine new 2022 Victorian government schools have been unveiled as more than 1 million students across the state returned to schools for the start of term 3. Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams and Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan today announced the final name for a new specialist school to open in 2022. The names were chosen in collaboration with the community and Geographic Names Victoria. Criteria included elements of public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local Indigenous languages. The new school name is Endeavour Hills Specialist School. Since 2015, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and upgrading existing campuses, creating about 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Labor Government ahead of schedule to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “I’m proud to announce the name for this new school, as we continue to deliver on our promise to build 100 new schools by 2026.” Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan “This announcement should signal to local families that they are yet another step closer to getting the great new local school – and the first-class education – they deserve.”

NEW SCHOOL NAMES REVEALED AHEAD OF 2022 LAUNCHES

The names of nine new 2022 Victorian government schools have been unveiled as more than 1 million students across the state returned to schools for the start of term 3. Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams and Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan today announced the final name for a new specialist school to open in 2022. The names were chosen in collaboration with the community and Geographic Names Victoria. Criteria included elements of public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local Indigenous languages. The new school name is Endeavour Hills Specialist School. Since 2015, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and upgrading existing campuses, creating about 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Labor Government ahead of schedule to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “I’m proud to announce the name for this new school, as we continue to deliver on our promise to build 100 new schools by 2026.” Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan “This announcement should signal to local families that they are yet another step closer to getting the great new local school – and the first-class education – they deserve.”

A BETTER STATION FOR DANDENONG, SUPPORTING ITS VIBRANT FUTURE

Planning for a future upgrade of Dandenong Station will soon get underway, supporting the Victorian Government’s $290 million vision to transform Central Dandenong into a thriving economic hub. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced $200,000 would go towards exploring options for accessibility and safety improvements at the station. An accessibility upgrade would cater to the needs of the community, while creating new jobs and supporting the vision of re-establishing Dandenong’s city centre as the capital of Melbourne’s growing South East. The next phase of the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative will be the redevelopment of five key sites adjacent to Dandenong Station. These works are expected to create 5,000 jobs, 470 new dwellings, and inject $600 million into the Dandenong economy when it kicks off in 2023. Victoria’s Big Build is already better connecting Dandenong residents by investing more than $23 billion in Melbourne’s south-east to improve transport connections, including upgrading the Cranbourne-Pakenham Line. Dandenong commuters and motorists will benefit from works to build a second track, as well as the removal of the last three level crossings between Cranbourne and the city. On the Pakenham line we are removing six level crossing in addition to the 13 already gone. By 2023 trains will be able to run every ten minutes on the Cranbourne line. When combined with the Metro Tunnel and bigger trains, these works will mean more frequent services and capacity for 121,000 extra peak hour passengers each week across the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams: “Improving accessibility and safety at Dandenong Station will support the redevelopment of the Central Dandenong precinct and help re-establish Dandenong as the capital of the South East.” “We are investing in vital projects – building a better transport system along the Cranbourne-Pakenham Line while creating thousands of jobs and injecting millions into the local economy.”

A BETTER STATION FOR DANDENONG, SUPPORTING ITS VIBRANT FUTURE

Planning for a future upgrade of Dandenong Station will soon get underway, supporting the Victorian Government’s $290 million vision to transform Central Dandenong into a thriving economic hub. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced $200,000 would go towards exploring options for accessibility and safety improvements at the station. An accessibility upgrade would cater to the needs of the community, while creating new jobs and supporting the vision of re-establishing Dandenong’s city centre as the capital of Melbourne’s growing South East. The next phase of the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative will be the redevelopment of five key sites adjacent to Dandenong Station. These works are expected to create 5,000 jobs, 470 new dwellings, and inject $600 million into the Dandenong economy when it kicks off in 2023. Victoria’s Big Build is already better connecting Dandenong residents by investing more than $23 billion in Melbourne’s south-east to improve transport connections, including upgrading the Cranbourne-Pakenham Line. Dandenong commuters and motorists will benefit from works to build a second track, as well as the removal of the last three level crossings between Cranbourne and the city. On the Pakenham line we are removing six level crossing in addition to the 13 already gone. By 2023 trains will be able to run every ten minutes on the Cranbourne line. When combined with the Metro Tunnel and bigger trains, these works will mean more frequent services and capacity for 121,000 extra peak hour passengers each week across the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams: “Improving accessibility and safety at Dandenong Station will support the redevelopment of the Central Dandenong precinct and help re-establish Dandenong as the capital of the South East.” “We are investing in vital projects – building a better transport system along the Cranbourne-Pakenham Line while creating thousands of jobs and injecting millions into the local economy.”

$219,000 AWARDED TO BOOST HEMMINGS STREET PRECINCT COMMUNITY SAFETY

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced $219,000 in funding to the City of Greater Dandenong to improve community safety in the Hemmings Street Precinct of Dandenong. The project will see a community-led infrastructure and activation project in the Hemmings Street Precinct, incorporating CCTV, improved lighting, landscaping, streetscape upgrades and community engagement events to improve safety and perceptions of safety. The Hemmings Street Precinct initiative is one of 16 projects sharing in almost $4.4 million as part of the first round of the Creating Safer Places and Crime Prevention Innovation Fund grants through the Building Safer Communities Program, a key initiative under the Crime Prevention Strategy. Empowering communities, businesses and key organisations to work together is the cornerstone of the new Crime Prevention Strategy recently launched by Minister Hutchins and backed by a $30 million investment. The Strategy complements the Andrews Labor Government’s work to support health, housing and employment to set out an evidence-based approach to address the causes of offending. For more information go to the Victorian Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy here: crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/strategy Applications for the next round of Building Safer Communities competitive grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close on Friday 11 February 2022.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins  “Communities have the knowledge, expertise and passion to reduce crime. This project is a fantastic example of how the State government can support the crime prevention projects that work for local communities”. “Stopping crime from happening in the first place is the best way to keep Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “The Hemmings Street Precinct Project will address local needs and engage the community to feel safer and more empowered. Congratulations to the City of Greater Dandenong on their successful funding application. I look forward to seeing the project and improvements rolled out in the months ahead.”

$219,000 AWARDED TO BOOST HEMMINGS STREET PRECINCT COMMUNITY SAFETY

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced $219,000 in funding to the City of Greater Dandenong to improve community safety in the Hemmings Street Precinct of Dandenong. The project will see a community-led infrastructure and activation project in the Hemmings Street Precinct, incorporating CCTV, improved lighting, landscaping, streetscape upgrades and community engagement events to improve safety and perceptions of safety. The Hemmings Street Precinct initiative is one of 16 projects sharing in almost $4.4 million as part of the first round of the Creating Safer Places and Crime Prevention Innovation Fund grants through the Building Safer Communities Program, a key initiative under the Crime Prevention Strategy. Empowering communities, businesses and key organisations to work together is the cornerstone of the new Crime Prevention Strategy recently launched by Minister Hutchins and backed by a $30 million investment. The Strategy complements the Andrews Labor Government’s work to support health, housing and employment to set out an evidence-based approach to address the causes of offending. For more information go to the Victorian Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy here: crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/strategy Applications for the next round of Building Safer Communities competitive grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close on Friday 11 February 2022.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins  “Communities have the knowledge, expertise and passion to reduce crime. This project is a fantastic example of how the State government can support the crime prevention projects that work for local communities”. “Stopping crime from happening in the first place is the best way to keep Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “The Hemmings Street Precinct Project will address local needs and engage the community to feel safer and more empowered. Congratulations to the City of Greater Dandenong on their successful funding application. I look forward to seeing the project and improvements rolled out in the months ahead.”

 

PRINCIPAL APPOINTED FOR NEW ENDEAVOUR HILLS SPECIALIST SCHOOL

Endeavour Hills families are one step closer to accessing the education they deserve with the appointment of Susan Coull as principal of Endeavour Hills Specialist School (interim name), which is set to open in 2022. Susan Coull has over 30 years of experience in working with children who have disabilities, most recently as the principal of the Currajong School in Malvern East. During her extensive experience in education she has successfully led three specialist schools and holds a Master’s degree in special education. She is also a trained music therapist. Susan has been appointed principal of Endeavour Hills Specialist School (interim name) following a thorough Department of Education process to select one of Victoria’s best and brightest educators to lead the school. Endeavour Hills Specialist School (interim name) is being built with flexibility to allow it to meet the diverse needs of students with autism or a range of intellectual disabilities and will accommodate 288 students from prep to Year 12. The state-of-the-art school will support the needs of the growing population in the local area and will include learning environments that acknowledge the developmental differences of students aged from 5-18 years by creating separate learning community buildings for early years, middle school and senior students. Specific areas within the buildings are also designed to support students with medium to high care needs by providing a separate kitchen, small learning space and fully assisted toilet. Each learning community building will also include two specialist spaces where students will take part in media and communications, drama and physical activities, art, science, home craft and technology studies, with middle and senior students also having a dedicated life skills space. 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 ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.   Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “I’m genuinely excited to announce that Susan Coull will lead the new specialist school in Endeavour Hills, ensuring a great leader for a fantastic new school that will meet the additional needs of students with disabilities in the area.”   Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren North, Luke Donnellan “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

PRINCIPAL APPOINTED FOR NEW ENDEAVOUR HILLS SPECIALIST SCHOOL

Endeavour Hills families are one step closer to accessing the education they deserve with the appointment of Susan Coull as principal of Endeavour Hills Specialist School (interim name), which is set to open in 2022. Susan Coull has over 30 years of experience in working with children who have disabilities, most recently as the principal of the Currajong School in Malvern East. During her extensive experience in education she has successfully led three specialist schools and holds a Master’s degree in special education. She is also a trained music therapist. Susan has been appointed principal of Endeavour Hills Specialist School (interim name) following a thorough Department of Education process to select one of Victoria’s best and brightest educators to lead the school. Endeavour Hills Specialist School (interim name) is being built with flexibility to allow it to meet the diverse needs of students with autism or a range of intellectual disabilities and will accommodate 288 students from prep to Year 12. The state-of-the-art school will support the needs of the growing population in the local area and will include learning environments that acknowledge the developmental differences of students aged from 5-18 years by creating separate learning community buildings for early years, middle school and senior students. Specific areas within the buildings are also designed to support students with medium to high care needs by providing a separate kitchen, small learning space and fully assisted toilet. Each learning community building will also include two specialist spaces where students will take part in media and communications, drama and physical activities, art, science, home craft and technology studies, with middle and senior students also having a dedicated life skills space. 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 ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.   Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “I’m genuinely excited to announce that Susan Coull will lead the new specialist school in Endeavour Hills, ensuring a great leader for a fantastic new school that will meet the additional needs of students with disabilities in the area.”   Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren North, Luke Donnellan “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

SUPPORTING LOCALS IN DANDENONG TO EAT WELL, MOVE MORE AND STAY CONNECTED

Eight local organisations, clubs and groups in Dandenong will share in $3 million of VicHealth funding to help their communities reconnect and improve their health following the impacts of coronavirus and the Victorian bushfires. The Small Sided Football Association, City of Greater Dandenong Council, Athletico Wolves FC, United Devils FC, the Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc, Enliven, Life Saving Victoria and Wellsprings for Women are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to provide greater opportunities for physical and help locals build better social connections with each other and the community. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, stands committed to supporting those in the community who need it most. “This much-needed funding from VicHealth aims to ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to get their health and wellbeing back on track in 2021 and beyond,” Ms Williams said. “Dandenong’s grassroots organisations understand our communities needs and can deliver locally-led solutions to empower Dandenong residents to improve their health and wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic.” VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role in helping Victorians hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Victorian bushfires to connect and take care of their wellbeing. “This funding is about empowering fantastic grassroots organisations so Victorians facing disadvantage can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active, eating healthy food and being socially connected,” Dr Demaio said. “Protecting our health and wellbeing is more important than ever, so we’re thrilled to be able to help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.” Grant recipients in Dandenong include: Small Sided Football Association - $9,660 City of Greater Dandenong Council - $10,000 Athletico Wolves FC - $3,000 United Devils FC - $3,000 Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc  - $3,000 Enliven - $46, 342 Life Saving Victoria - $50,000 Wellsprings for Women - $43,450   For further information, visit: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants

SUPPORTING LOCALS IN DANDENONG TO EAT WELL, MOVE MORE AND STAY CONNECTED

Eight local organisations, clubs and groups in Dandenong will share in $3 million of VicHealth funding to help their communities reconnect and improve their health following the impacts of coronavirus and the Victorian bushfires. The Small Sided Football Association, City of Greater Dandenong Council, Athletico Wolves FC, United Devils FC, the Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc, Enliven, Life Saving Victoria and Wellsprings for Women are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to provide greater opportunities for physical and help locals build better social connections with each other and the community. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, stands committed to supporting those in the community who need it most. “This much-needed funding from VicHealth aims to ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to get their health and wellbeing back on track in 2021 and beyond,” Ms Williams said. “Dandenong’s grassroots organisations understand our communities needs and can deliver locally-led solutions to empower Dandenong residents to improve their health and wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic.” VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role in helping Victorians hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Victorian bushfires to connect and take care of their wellbeing. “This funding is about empowering fantastic grassroots organisations so Victorians facing disadvantage can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active, eating healthy food and being socially connected,” Dr Demaio said. “Protecting our health and wellbeing is more important than ever, so we’re thrilled to be able to help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.” Grant recipients in Dandenong include: Small Sided Football Association - $9,660 City of Greater Dandenong Council - $10,000 Athletico Wolves FC - $3,000 United Devils FC - $3,000 Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc  - $3,000 Enliven - $46, 342 Life Saving Victoria - $50,000 Wellsprings for Women - $43,450   For further information, visit: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants

BACKING COMMUNITIES TO TACKLE RACISM

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting multicultural and multifaith communities to tackle racism through funding for local anti-racism initiatives and the establishment of a new Anti-Racism Taskforce. Across the state, 42 community organisations will share in $3.8 million to respond to local challenges to social cohesion and increase cross-cultural understanding. In Dandenong, this includes $45,000 for the Victorian Afghan Associations Network and $70,000 for Wellsprings for Women, to support projects that build community awareness and promote social cohesion in the local community. The Andrews Government will also establish a new Anti-Racism Taskforce to lead development of an Anti-Racism Strategy to proactively address race and faith-based discrimination in Victoria, considering issues such as unconscious bias, privilege, and the intersection of race and other forms of discrimination. Eleven community members with diverse experience will sit on the Taskforce, alongside representatives of the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. The Taskforce will be co-chaired by Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Member for Sunbury Josh Bull and Member for Northern Metropolitan Region and proud Yorta Yorta woman Sheena Watt. The Taskforce will also consult directly with communities to ensure a diversity of voices and perspectives. To find out more, visit https://www.vic.gov.au/anti-racism-taskforce

BACKING COMMUNITIES TO TACKLE RACISM

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting multicultural and multifaith communities to tackle racism through funding for local anti-racism initiatives and the establishment of a new Anti-Racism Taskforce. Across the state, 42 community organisations will share in $3.8 million to respond to local challenges to social cohesion and increase cross-cultural understanding. In Dandenong, this includes $45,000 for the Victorian Afghan Associations Network and $70,000 for Wellsprings for Women, to support projects that build community awareness and promote social cohesion in the local community. The Andrews Government will also establish a new Anti-Racism Taskforce to lead development of an Anti-Racism Strategy to proactively address race and faith-based discrimination in Victoria, considering issues such as unconscious bias, privilege, and the intersection of race and other forms of discrimination. Eleven community members with diverse experience will sit on the Taskforce, alongside representatives of the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. The Taskforce will be co-chaired by Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Member for Sunbury Josh Bull and Member for Northern Metropolitan Region and proud Yorta Yorta woman Sheena Watt. The Taskforce will also consult directly with communities to ensure a diversity of voices and perspectives. To find out more, visit https://www.vic.gov.au/anti-racism-taskforce

LOCAL COMMUNITY TO HAVE A SAY ON NEW SCHOOL NAME

The local community is being invited to have their say in naming the new specialist school opening in Endeavour Hills in 2022, as consultation on naming 11 government schools gets under way across the state. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, announced that the Victorian Government is seeking the community’s input to help find a name for the new school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable. The new school which is currently known by an interim name, Endeavour Hills Specialist School, is set to open in 2022. The two options for Endeavour Hills Specialist School are: Endeavour Hills Specialist School – proposed because the school is located in Endeavour Hills. Casey Specialist School – proposed because the school is located in the City of Casey People can vote for their preferred name, add alternative suggestions and provide feedback via an online survey on Engage Vic: https://engage.vic.gov.au/. To complete the online surveys, visit: 2022 New Schools naming: https://engage.vic.gov.au/2022-new-schools-school-naming The surveys close on June 25. The 11 schools being named, currently known by their interim names, are: Bridge Road (Melton) Primary School Grasslands (Deanside) Primary School Clyde North Station Primary School Clyde North Station Secondary College Endeavour Hills Specialist School Fishermans Bend Secondary School Greenvale Secondary School Kalkallo Common Primary School Wollert East Primary School Oberon South Primary School (existing school, rename) Niddrie Autistic School (existing school resulting from a de-merger)   The shortlisted names for each school were identified by a Regional Advisory Group, based on factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local indigenous languages.   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 “Right across the state we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.” Quote attributable to Gabrielle Williams, Member for Dandenong “This is an exciting step for our local community and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for this brand new state of the art specialist school.” Quote attributable to Luke Donnellan, Member for Narre Warren North “We want to give all communities the opportunity to play a meaningful role in shaping the identity and future of their local new school, and ensure each school reflects the unique character of its local community.”

LOCAL COMMUNITY TO HAVE A SAY ON NEW SCHOOL NAME

The local community is being invited to have their say in naming the new specialist school opening in Endeavour Hills in 2022, as consultation on naming 11 government schools gets under way across the state. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, announced that the Victorian Government is seeking the community’s input to help find a name for the new school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable. The new school which is currently known by an interim name, Endeavour Hills Specialist School, is set to open in 2022. The two options for Endeavour Hills Specialist School are: Endeavour Hills Specialist School – proposed because the school is located in Endeavour Hills. Casey Specialist School – proposed because the school is located in the City of Casey People can vote for their preferred name, add alternative suggestions and provide feedback via an online survey on Engage Vic: https://engage.vic.gov.au/. To complete the online surveys, visit: 2022 New Schools naming: https://engage.vic.gov.au/2022-new-schools-school-naming The surveys close on June 25. The 11 schools being named, currently known by their interim names, are: Bridge Road (Melton) Primary School Grasslands (Deanside) Primary School Clyde North Station Primary School Clyde North Station Secondary College Endeavour Hills Specialist School Fishermans Bend Secondary School Greenvale Secondary School Kalkallo Common Primary School Wollert East Primary School Oberon South Primary School (existing school, rename) Niddrie Autistic School (existing school resulting from a de-merger)   The shortlisted names for each school were identified by a Regional Advisory Group, based on factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and the consideration of local indigenous languages.   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 “Right across the state we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.” Quote attributable to Gabrielle Williams, Member for Dandenong “This is an exciting step for our local community and marks a milestone in establishing an identity for this brand new state of the art specialist school.” Quote attributable to Luke Donnellan, Member for Narre Warren North “We want to give all communities the opportunity to play a meaningful role in shaping the identity and future of their local new school, and ensure each school reflects the unique character of its local community.”