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RAY OF SUNSHINE ON THE WAY FOR SOFTBALL AT MORE PARK

Ardeer’s More Park is one step closer to becoming a new centre for softball with works underway to transform the old softball facilities at the ground, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence joined Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman, members of the Sunshine Softball Association and Brimbank City Council Councillors this week to view the redevelopment, made possible by $4 million from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. The project will overhaul the facilities, delivering a new softball batting cage, multipurpose training area, path network and lighting. It also includes construction of an accessible sports pavilion complete with four new female friendly change room facilities, along with umpire, office, kitchen, first aid, social areas and storerooms. Othersports including football and rugby are also set to benefit with realignment of the softball diamonds, allowing for construction of two new rectangular pitches including irrigation, lighting and supporting facilities. Once complete, the new facilities will allow the association to expand on its program, training, competitions and events. Construction of the new softball hub is employing more than 100 people and is due to be complete by February 2022. This project is one of 27 to benefit from a share of $68 million from the first round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program with the Labor Government injecting a further $110 million into the program in the recent budget. This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure across Victoria and is part of the Government’s $1.05 billion investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available, visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “This project is a great example of how we’re making sport and active recreation more accessible and giving communities like Sunshine the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.” Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “This is great news for More Park and Sunshine Softball Association. With $4 million for new facilities, More Park will support a range of activities and ensure all members of our community can get involved and be active in sports.”

RAY OF SUNSHINE ON THE WAY FOR SOFTBALL AT MORE PARK

Ardeer’s More Park is one step closer to becoming a new centre for softball with works underway to transform the old softball facilities at the ground, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence joined Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman, members of the Sunshine Softball Association and Brimbank City Council Councillors this week to view the redevelopment, made possible by $4 million from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. The project will overhaul the facilities, delivering a new softball batting cage, multipurpose training area, path network and lighting. It also includes construction of an accessible sports pavilion complete with four new female friendly change room facilities, along with umpire, office, kitchen, first aid, social areas and storerooms. Othersports including football and rugby are also set to benefit with realignment of the softball diamonds, allowing for construction of two new rectangular pitches including irrigation, lighting and supporting facilities. Once complete, the new facilities will allow the association to expand on its program, training, competitions and events. Construction of the new softball hub is employing more than 100 people and is due to be complete by February 2022. This project is one of 27 to benefit from a share of $68 million from the first round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program with the Labor Government injecting a further $110 million into the program in the recent budget. This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure across Victoria and is part of the Government’s $1.05 billion investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available, visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “This project is a great example of how we’re making sport and active recreation more accessible and giving communities like Sunshine the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.” Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “This is great news for More Park and Sunshine Softball Association. With $4 million for new facilities, More Park will support a range of activities and ensure all members of our community can get involved and be active in sports.”

WORKS START ON SUNSHINE NORTH STORMWATER OASIS

Work has started on the $2.05 million Dempster Park ‘Oasis’ Stormwater Harvesting Scheme in Sunshine North which will harvest, treat and reuse up to 11 million litres of stormwater each year for the sustainable irrigation of the much-loved public recreation space. Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman said capturing more than four Olympic sized swimming pools of stormwater each year for irrigation of the Dempster Park sports fields and recreation areas, will save precious drinking water and help protect down-stream waterways. The Dempster Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme is being funded by the Andrews Government, Melbourne Water and City West Water – which are contributing a total of $1.55 million and Brimbank City Council $500,000. The harvesting system will boast a 485 square meter habitat raingarden with native plants, and a 1.2 million litre underground water storage tank. This initiative demonstrates the Victorian Government’s commitment to funding projects that seek to establish alternative water sources to keep our parks and gardens green and improve the health of our waterways support biodiversity and urban habitat creation. The Dempster Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme is a result of the Andrews Government’s Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria at work, bringing together the water sector and community to better plan, manage and deliver innovative water solutions for Victoria’s towns and cities. This new system adds to Brimbank’s growing number of stormwater harvesting sites already in place at Cairnlea, Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Recreation Reserve, Keilor Golf Course and the most recently completed Balmoral Park Oasis in Derrimut. This asset is being designed and constructed by Brimbank City Council and will be handed to City West Water to operate once complete. The project is expected to be finished by July 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “With our growing population, it’s important we look for smarter and more sustainable opportunities to water our state’s parks and gardens and sporting fields.” “The Dempster Park project is an outstanding example of stormwater harvesting to improve the health of our waterways and maintain a great community asset where nature can thrive and families in Melbourne’s west can enjoy the outdoors.” Quotes attributable to Brimbank Mayor, Cr Ranka Rasic “Like never before, our local open spaces have become increasingly important to the physical and mental health of our community, especially during these challenging times. “I’d like to thank our project partners for helping us deliver this very exciting project, and look forward to celebrating the completion with you later this year.”

WORKS START ON SUNSHINE NORTH STORMWATER OASIS

Work has started on the $2.05 million Dempster Park ‘Oasis’ Stormwater Harvesting Scheme in Sunshine North which will harvest, treat and reuse up to 11 million litres of stormwater each year for the sustainable irrigation of the much-loved public recreation space. Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman said capturing more than four Olympic sized swimming pools of stormwater each year for irrigation of the Dempster Park sports fields and recreation areas, will save precious drinking water and help protect down-stream waterways. The Dempster Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme is being funded by the Andrews Government, Melbourne Water and City West Water – which are contributing a total of $1.55 million and Brimbank City Council $500,000. The harvesting system will boast a 485 square meter habitat raingarden with native plants, and a 1.2 million litre underground water storage tank. This initiative demonstrates the Victorian Government’s commitment to funding projects that seek to establish alternative water sources to keep our parks and gardens green and improve the health of our waterways support biodiversity and urban habitat creation. The Dempster Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme is a result of the Andrews Government’s Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria at work, bringing together the water sector and community to better plan, manage and deliver innovative water solutions for Victoria’s towns and cities. This new system adds to Brimbank’s growing number of stormwater harvesting sites already in place at Cairnlea, Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Recreation Reserve, Keilor Golf Course and the most recently completed Balmoral Park Oasis in Derrimut. This asset is being designed and constructed by Brimbank City Council and will be handed to City West Water to operate once complete. The project is expected to be finished by July 2021. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “With our growing population, it’s important we look for smarter and more sustainable opportunities to water our state’s parks and gardens and sporting fields.” “The Dempster Park project is an outstanding example of stormwater harvesting to improve the health of our waterways and maintain a great community asset where nature can thrive and families in Melbourne’s west can enjoy the outdoors.” Quotes attributable to Brimbank Mayor, Cr Ranka Rasic “Like never before, our local open spaces have become increasingly important to the physical and mental health of our community, especially during these challenging times. “I’d like to thank our project partners for helping us deliver this very exciting project, and look forward to celebrating the completion with you later this year.”

SUPPORTING TEACHERS TO STAY SAFE AND WELL IN BRIMBANK

Teachers and school staff in Brimbank will benefit from targeted preventive programs designed to safeguard their mental health and wellbeing, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP, today announced that St Albans Secondary College are among 17 schools across Victoria that will share in $700,000 as part of the Safe and Well Initiative. St Albans Secondary College will spend their grant money on a Building Resilience project to improve the mental health, safety and wellbeing of their staff. The Safe and Well Initiative is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to safeguard the mental health and wellbeing of school staff across the state. The wellbeing of school staff is central to creating a positive school culture for teaching and learning. Schools thrive when principals, teachers and education support staff thrive. This is part of the Labor Government’s $51 million investment over four years to deliver a range of reforms that support staff safety, employee wellbeing and reforms to health and safety. The Safe and Well in Education Strategy 2019-2024 puts the health, safety and wellbeing of all school employees first and recognises that mental health is just as important as physical health. A key priority in the strategy is to improve mental health and wellbeing which is being achieved by providing improving mental health supports for school staff. The Andrews Labor Government established a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and its final report will be tabled in the Victorian Parliament in early March 2021. The Labor Government has committed to implementing every single recommendation so we can rebuild the mental health system that Victorians deserve. Quotes attributable to the Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP “This investment is about ensuring that St Albans school staff have preventive mental health programs to help them achieve their very best at work and in life.” “We’re committed to ensuring our school staff are happy and healthy, so they can focus on giving students the best opportunity to succeed in education and in life.”

SUPPORTING TEACHERS TO STAY SAFE AND WELL IN BRIMBANK

Teachers and school staff in Brimbank will benefit from targeted preventive programs designed to safeguard their mental health and wellbeing, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP, today announced that St Albans Secondary College are among 17 schools across Victoria that will share in $700,000 as part of the Safe and Well Initiative. St Albans Secondary College will spend their grant money on a Building Resilience project to improve the mental health, safety and wellbeing of their staff. The Safe and Well Initiative is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to safeguard the mental health and wellbeing of school staff across the state. The wellbeing of school staff is central to creating a positive school culture for teaching and learning. Schools thrive when principals, teachers and education support staff thrive. This is part of the Labor Government’s $51 million investment over four years to deliver a range of reforms that support staff safety, employee wellbeing and reforms to health and safety. The Safe and Well in Education Strategy 2019-2024 puts the health, safety and wellbeing of all school employees first and recognises that mental health is just as important as physical health. A key priority in the strategy is to improve mental health and wellbeing which is being achieved by providing improving mental health supports for school staff. The Andrews Labor Government established a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and its final report will be tabled in the Victorian Parliament in early March 2021. The Labor Government has committed to implementing every single recommendation so we can rebuild the mental health system that Victorians deserve. Quotes attributable to the Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP “This investment is about ensuring that St Albans school staff have preventive mental health programs to help them achieve their very best at work and in life.” “We’re committed to ensuring our school staff are happy and healthy, so they can focus on giving students the best opportunity to succeed in education and in life.”

WORKS START AT MONMIA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at Monmia Primary School 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 AOA Christopher Peck has been appointed to design the school’s $6.93 million upgrade. These works will upgrade and modernise the school, and include the creation of a new STEM space. 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.” “Keilor Downs families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

WORKS START AT MONMIA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at Monmia Primary School 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 AOA Christopher Peck has been appointed to design the school’s $6.93 million upgrade. These works will upgrade and modernise the school, and include the creation of a new STEM space. 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.” “Keilor Downs families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

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