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NEW EDUCATION PATH FOR AT-RISK YOUTH A VICTORIAN FIRST

Young people who face barriers to engagement in mainstream education due to family violence, financial hardship, mental health, learning difficulties and homelessness will receive additional care and mental health support to complete their schooling under a new flagship program backed by the Andrews Labor Government. Living Learning is a ground-breaking program providing education and support for young people aged 15 to 21 who are disengaged from employment, education and training and who have a mental health condition. The program started in Term 1, 2021 and provides three years of education and wraparound supports to 144 Victorian young people who face complex challenges to completing their education. Visiting the program on Wednesday, Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman said it would make a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged young Victorians. Based at the Hester Hornbrook Academy, the program now runs across three campuses and is supported by the Labor Government as part of its ground-breaking Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage initiative. In addition to the Melbourne’s CBD and Prahran campuses, the new Sunshine campus features state of the art facilities to accommodate up to 120 students. Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage bring together the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to address deep-seated disadvantage through a social impact investment model. The Government has committed up to $15 million for this initiative with the final level of investment to be based on results achieved. Further support has been provided by five of Australia’s leading philanthropic organisations, which have collectively invested $4 million in the Living Learning program – Gandel Philanthropy, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, Paul Ramsey Foundation, Helen Macpherson Smith Foundation and RE Ross Trust. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “Quality education programs tailored to the needs of young people living with mental health conditions, like Living Learning, give more young Victorians a genuine chance to forge a bright future.” “Any opportunity we have to invest in a young person's education is worth pursuing – particularly when they are facing challenging and complex circumstances as these young people are.”

NEW EDUCATION PATH FOR AT-RISK YOUTH A VICTORIAN FIRST

Young people who face barriers to engagement in mainstream education due to family violence, financial hardship, mental health, learning difficulties and homelessness will receive additional care and mental health support to complete their schooling under a new flagship program backed by the Andrews Labor Government. Living Learning is a ground-breaking program providing education and support for young people aged 15 to 21 who are disengaged from employment, education and training and who have a mental health condition. The program started in Term 1, 2021 and provides three years of education and wraparound supports to 144 Victorian young people who face complex challenges to completing their education. Visiting the program on Wednesday, Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman said it would make a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged young Victorians. Based at the Hester Hornbrook Academy, the program now runs across three campuses and is supported by the Labor Government as part of its ground-breaking Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage initiative. In addition to the Melbourne’s CBD and Prahran campuses, the new Sunshine campus features state of the art facilities to accommodate up to 120 students. Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage bring together the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to address deep-seated disadvantage through a social impact investment model. The Government has committed up to $15 million for this initiative with the final level of investment to be based on results achieved. Further support has been provided by five of Australia’s leading philanthropic organisations, which have collectively invested $4 million in the Living Learning program – Gandel Philanthropy, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, Paul Ramsey Foundation, Helen Macpherson Smith Foundation and RE Ross Trust. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “Quality education programs tailored to the needs of young people living with mental health conditions, like Living Learning, give more young Victorians a genuine chance to forge a bright future.” “Any opportunity we have to invest in a young person's education is worth pursuing – particularly when they are facing challenging and complex circumstances as these young people are.”

WORKS START AT ALBION PRIMARY SCHOOL

Better facilities are on their way for students at Albion Primary School with the appointment of an architect to design the school’s important upgrade thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP today announced James Deans & Associates would design works to be undertaken at Albion Primary School to deliver a new basketball court roof, and synthetic turf. The Labor Government has provided $454,165 to go towards installing a roof over the basketball court, and adding synthetic turf to create a multifunctional undercover outdoor space, giving students better spaces to be active. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $70 million in the new Minor Capital Works Fund, which includes $20 million as previously announced as part of the Building Works Package. 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 five years, the Victorian 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. 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 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.” “Albion families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of James Deans & Associates.”

WORKS START AT ALBION PRIMARY SCHOOL

Better facilities are on their way for students at Albion Primary School with the appointment of an architect to design the school’s important upgrade thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP today announced James Deans & Associates would design works to be undertaken at Albion Primary School to deliver a new basketball court roof, and synthetic turf. The Labor Government has provided $454,165 to go towards installing a roof over the basketball court, and adding synthetic turf to create a multifunctional undercover outdoor space, giving students better spaces to be active. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $70 million in the new Minor Capital Works Fund, which includes $20 million as previously announced as part of the Building Works Package. 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 five years, the Victorian 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. 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 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.” “Albion families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of James Deans & Associates.”

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.”

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