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BUILDING WORKS START AT FURLONG PARK SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHILDREN

Students at the Furlong Park School for Deaf Children are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP, today announced that 3iD Studios has been appointed to design the school’s $9.43 million upgrade. The upgrade will see better facilities and buildings at the school, as part of the next stage of the school’s master plan. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman 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.” “Local families are a step closer to getting the great school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

BUILDING WORKS START AT FURLONG PARK SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHILDREN

Students at the Furlong Park School for Deaf Children are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP, today announced that 3iD Studios has been appointed to design the school’s $9.43 million upgrade. The upgrade will see better facilities and buildings at the school, as part of the next stage of the school’s master plan. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman 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.” “Local families are a step closer to getting the great school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

SUNSHINE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION INC AND ST ALBANS BUSINESS GROUP ASSOCIATION TO RECEIVE $50,000 EACH

Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association will receive $50,000 each through the Andrews Labor Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP said the funding will help both of these business associations to provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in the electorate of St Albans and support their members’ transition to COVID Normal. The program has provided $4.15 million in support through grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to support their local business community’s recovery and restart. Grant recipients will use the funding for business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, ‘buy local’ campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association were two of 182 local organisations that has so far received grant funding through the initiative. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of more than $7 billion in direct economic support provided by the Labor Government to Victorian businesses and workers to help them weather the storm of the pandemic. Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund while $87.5 million has been provided to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association are fantastic advocates for the business community in St Albans, and this funding will help local business recover and prepare for COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the leading role Victorian business chambers and trader groups play in helping local businesses rebound and recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” Quote attributable to Natalie Suleyman “We’re committed to assisting local businesses throughout the electorate of St Albans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association will be a key part of this recovery.” “I thank them for their advocacy and good work for our businesses throughout the pandemic.”

SUNSHINE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION INC AND ST ALBANS BUSINESS GROUP ASSOCIATION TO RECEIVE $50,000 EACH

Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association will receive $50,000 each through the Andrews Labor Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP said the funding will help both of these business associations to provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in the electorate of St Albans and support their members’ transition to COVID Normal. The program has provided $4.15 million in support through grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to support their local business community’s recovery and restart. Grant recipients will use the funding for business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, ‘buy local’ campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association were two of 182 local organisations that has so far received grant funding through the initiative. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of more than $7 billion in direct economic support provided by the Labor Government to Victorian businesses and workers to help them weather the storm of the pandemic. Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund while $87.5 million has been provided to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association are fantastic advocates for the business community in St Albans, and this funding will help local business recover and prepare for COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the leading role Victorian business chambers and trader groups play in helping local businesses rebound and recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” Quote attributable to Natalie Suleyman “We’re committed to assisting local businesses throughout the electorate of St Albans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association will be a key part of this recovery.” “I thank them for their advocacy and good work for our businesses throughout the pandemic.”

MORE SERVICES FOR THE GROWING SUNBURY LINE

Sunbury line passengers will have more travel options with 15 extra services a week, with a redesigned timetable to take effect from early next year as Victorians get back onto the public transport network. Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP today announced details of the Victorian Government’s new train timetable, which will add 10 new services during the busiest times of the day and five new off-peak services a week from 31 January 2021. The extra services mean that trains will arrive at least every 10 minutes for longer during the busy morning and afternoon periods, helping people stagger their travel and stay safe. These additional trains come on top of the 10 extra services the Government added in July– giving passengers more space on trains and platforms, making it easier to practise good physical distancing. The new timetable prepares the network for the introduction of Melbourne’s bigger, better trains – which will run from Sunbury all the way through to Cranbourne and Pakenham when the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025. The Government is making massive investments to maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel for Sunbury Line passengers, with the $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade paving the way for the new high capacity trains and making room for 113,000 more passengers every week. To make it easier for metropolitan passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, off-peak fares will be discounted for three months. From 31 January 2021, anyone using myki money between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30 per cent discount. To make sure Victorians can better access their local train stations, local bus services will gradually be brought in line with the new trains in February and April next year – with new timetables for 320 bus routes across the city. To keep passengers safe, extra cleaning of all public transport facilities will continue across the network and hand sanitising facilities will stay at key stations and stops. Victorians are reminded to play their part in keeping our state safe by always wearing a mask on public transport, practising  good hygiene and never travelling when unwell. The new timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au from 8 January 2021. Quotes attributable to Natalie Suleyman MP: “Our new train timetable will improve reliability and flexibility – delivering a train at least every 10 minutes for Sunbury line passengers during peak times.” “This is just the first step in delivering a huge boost to Sunbury line services – with works on our $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade underway so passengers can see the benefits of the Metro Tunnel right through to Sunbury.”

MORE SERVICES FOR THE GROWING SUNBURY LINE

Sunbury line passengers will have more travel options with 15 extra services a week, with a redesigned timetable to take effect from early next year as Victorians get back onto the public transport network. Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP today announced details of the Victorian Government’s new train timetable, which will add 10 new services during the busiest times of the day and five new off-peak services a week from 31 January 2021. The extra services mean that trains will arrive at least every 10 minutes for longer during the busy morning and afternoon periods, helping people stagger their travel and stay safe. These additional trains come on top of the 10 extra services the Government added in July– giving passengers more space on trains and platforms, making it easier to practise good physical distancing. The new timetable prepares the network for the introduction of Melbourne’s bigger, better trains – which will run from Sunbury all the way through to Cranbourne and Pakenham when the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025. The Government is making massive investments to maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel for Sunbury Line passengers, with the $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade paving the way for the new high capacity trains and making room for 113,000 more passengers every week. To make it easier for metropolitan passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, off-peak fares will be discounted for three months. From 31 January 2021, anyone using myki money between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30 per cent discount. To make sure Victorians can better access their local train stations, local bus services will gradually be brought in line with the new trains in February and April next year – with new timetables for 320 bus routes across the city. To keep passengers safe, extra cleaning of all public transport facilities will continue across the network and hand sanitising facilities will stay at key stations and stops. Victorians are reminded to play their part in keeping our state safe by always wearing a mask on public transport, practising  good hygiene and never travelling when unwell. The new timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au from 8 January 2021. Quotes attributable to Natalie Suleyman MP: “Our new train timetable will improve reliability and flexibility – delivering a train at least every 10 minutes for Sunbury line passengers during peak times.” “This is just the first step in delivering a huge boost to Sunbury line services – with works on our $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade underway so passengers can see the benefits of the Metro Tunnel right through to Sunbury.”

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN ST ALBANS

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover – and come back even stronger. As kids get back into the classroom, this Budget delivers the single biggest investment ever in our schools – making sure students have the classrooms, libraries and learning spaces they deserve. This includes a $6.93 million upgrade for Monmia Primary School, with students to benefit from an upgrade including the creation of a brand-new STEM space. A further $10 million will benefit students at Jackson School, with an upgrade including new additional permanent buildings. The kids at Furlong Park School for Deaf Children are also set to benefit, with $9.43 million to deliver the next stage of the school's master plan. The Government's investment will also support local jobs, with our school infrastructure build expected to create more than 6,400 jobs across the state. A further $1.6 billion will transform support for students with disability, doubling the number of students receiving extra support to 55,000, and creating up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. This Budget also invests in the expansion of the Sunshine Law Courts, making the justice system more accessible and efficient for those who need it, while creating local construction jobs. This year we’ve come to appreciate our local parks and playgrounds more than ever. As Victorians spend more time outdoors with the people they love, this Budget invests in our community spaces including Brimbank Park. This investment will deliver upgraded facilities and improvements to make the park more accessible and inclusive. This Budget will ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system.  Close to $870 million will be invested in mental health, including implementing the Royal Commission into Mental Health’s interim report findings and recommendations. This includes 52 new acute mental health beds for Sunshine Hospital – delivering vital care for local families. We’re also getting on with delivering the Airport Rail Link, a vital project for the West, which will connect travelers and commuters to their destinations with far greater efficiency. Sunshine station will transform into a super-hub, forming the home of the Airport Rail Link, and creating 8,000 jobs with works to begin this year. The Link will see 10-minute turn-up-and-go services, running from the Melbourne Airport through the heart of the city. This $5 billion investment will see Sunshine become a gateway to Victoria, and the world. To help get more Victorians back into work, the Labor Government is setting itself an ambitious target – creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025, half of them by 2022. Our new Jobs for Victoria initiative will help locals find a new job – and with it, security, stability and certainty. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers. These positions will be for Victorians hardest hit by this pandemic, including women, young people, retrenched workers and people who have been long-term unemployed. This investment will also deliver targeted and tailored support for those who need it – such as mentoring, career counselling or more intensive support. And because we know too many Victorians are having to choose between going to work sick and losing wages, the Labor Government will invest $5 million to develop a new Secure Work Pilot Scheme. Once in place, the two-year pilot will provide up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries. This year’s Budget will help nearly one million families save hundreds on their power bill. Concession card holders, such as Victorians receiving JobSeeker payments, will be eligible for a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of their energy bills. An extra 250,000 low-income households will benefit from new more efficient heating and cooling, while heating, cooling or hot water systems will be upgraded across an extra 35,000 social housing homes – reducing bills for tenants and making winter and summer more comfortable. The Labor Government’s Solar Homes will also be expanded to an extra 42,000 rooftop solar rebates plus 14,500 solar batteries, cutting power bills for local families. And for the very first time, small businesses will also be eligible. We’re also delivering the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia, ever. This investment will build more than 12,000 new homes – making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Brimbank is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straight away to build new homes. Even with kids back at school, the balancing act that many families know all too well isn’t easy. That’s why this Budget will make kinder free in 2021 and deliver outside school hours care at up to 400 extra schools, saving parents money and giving them greater flexibility when it comes to work and care. We’re also investing more than $1 billion for children and families at risk, including targeted support to help families stay together. A further $235 million will build our Recovery Workforce, creating 500 new jobs across mental health, family violence, health and child protection with hundreds more new training opportunities, so Victorians have the support they need as we recover from this pandemic. We’ll also strengthen and expand virtual care technology, making it easier for busy families to access support. This is a Budget to repair, recover and make us stronger than before.  This is a Budget, and a Government, that puts people first.   Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “This Budget will help locals reskill and find new opportunity, giving them security and certainty about their future." “Upgrades at Monmia Primary School, Jackson School and Furlong Park School for Deaf Children will ensure our kids have great local schools, while also creating new local jobs."  

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN ST ALBANS

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover – and come back even stronger. As kids get back into the classroom, this Budget delivers the single biggest investment ever in our schools – making sure students have the classrooms, libraries and learning spaces they deserve. This includes a $6.93 million upgrade for Monmia Primary School, with students to benefit from an upgrade including the creation of a brand-new STEM space. A further $10 million will benefit students at Jackson School, with an upgrade including new additional permanent buildings. The kids at Furlong Park School for Deaf Children are also set to benefit, with $9.43 million to deliver the next stage of the school's master plan. The Government's investment will also support local jobs, with our school infrastructure build expected to create more than 6,400 jobs across the state. A further $1.6 billion will transform support for students with disability, doubling the number of students receiving extra support to 55,000, and creating up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. This Budget also invests in the expansion of the Sunshine Law Courts, making the justice system more accessible and efficient for those who need it, while creating local construction jobs. This year we’ve come to appreciate our local parks and playgrounds more than ever. As Victorians spend more time outdoors with the people they love, this Budget invests in our community spaces including Brimbank Park. This investment will deliver upgraded facilities and improvements to make the park more accessible and inclusive. This Budget will ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system.  Close to $870 million will be invested in mental health, including implementing the Royal Commission into Mental Health’s interim report findings and recommendations. This includes 52 new acute mental health beds for Sunshine Hospital – delivering vital care for local families. We’re also getting on with delivering the Airport Rail Link, a vital project for the West, which will connect travelers and commuters to their destinations with far greater efficiency. Sunshine station will transform into a super-hub, forming the home of the Airport Rail Link, and creating 8,000 jobs with works to begin this year. The Link will see 10-minute turn-up-and-go services, running from the Melbourne Airport through the heart of the city. This $5 billion investment will see Sunshine become a gateway to Victoria, and the world. To help get more Victorians back into work, the Labor Government is setting itself an ambitious target – creating 400,000 new jobs by 2025, half of them by 2022. Our new Jobs for Victoria initiative will help locals find a new job – and with it, security, stability and certainty. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers. These positions will be for Victorians hardest hit by this pandemic, including women, young people, retrenched workers and people who have been long-term unemployed. This investment will also deliver targeted and tailored support for those who need it – such as mentoring, career counselling or more intensive support. And because we know too many Victorians are having to choose between going to work sick and losing wages, the Labor Government will invest $5 million to develop a new Secure Work Pilot Scheme. Once in place, the two-year pilot will provide up to five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries. This year’s Budget will help nearly one million families save hundreds on their power bill. Concession card holders, such as Victorians receiving JobSeeker payments, will be eligible for a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of their energy bills. An extra 250,000 low-income households will benefit from new more efficient heating and cooling, while heating, cooling or hot water systems will be upgraded across an extra 35,000 social housing homes – reducing bills for tenants and making winter and summer more comfortable. The Labor Government’s Solar Homes will also be expanded to an extra 42,000 rooftop solar rebates plus 14,500 solar batteries, cutting power bills for local families. And for the very first time, small businesses will also be eligible. We’re also delivering the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia, ever. This investment will build more than 12,000 new homes – making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Brimbank is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straight away to build new homes. Even with kids back at school, the balancing act that many families know all too well isn’t easy. That’s why this Budget will make kinder free in 2021 and deliver outside school hours care at up to 400 extra schools, saving parents money and giving them greater flexibility when it comes to work and care. We’re also investing more than $1 billion for children and families at risk, including targeted support to help families stay together. A further $235 million will build our Recovery Workforce, creating 500 new jobs across mental health, family violence, health and child protection with hundreds more new training opportunities, so Victorians have the support they need as we recover from this pandemic. We’ll also strengthen and expand virtual care technology, making it easier for busy families to access support. This is a Budget to repair, recover and make us stronger than before.  This is a Budget, and a Government, that puts people first.   Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “This Budget will help locals reskill and find new opportunity, giving them security and certainty about their future." “Upgrades at Monmia Primary School, Jackson School and Furlong Park School for Deaf Children will ensure our kids have great local schools, while also creating new local jobs."  

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