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CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR ST ALBANS

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of St Albans. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs. St Albans East Primary School is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $7.92 million investment will renovate the school’s buildings including the Main Block. Not only will this give our students great learning spaces, it'll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs. Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget also invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools. $94 million will be invested in the Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including nine-car VLocity trains. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50 per cent during peak periods. Development work will also be undertaken for a new commuter train as a future replacement for the existing classic fleet operating on regional lines. Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. Under this year's Budget, suburbs in Melbourne's west – including in St Albans – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community. This Budget will also see victim-survivors of family violence receive improved support, with the expansion of our network of specialist family violence courts, to include Sunshine. These courts are specially designed to make attending court a less daunting and confronting experience for victim-survivors, including separate entrances and exits, safe waiting areas and dedicated space for children. This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers. It’s why this Budget delivers $264 million in local support, providing a 'front door' for care, with the first 20 of between 50 to 60 new local services to be delivered across Victoria. These services will focus on early intervention, ensuring Victorians get the care they need much sooner and much closer to their families and communities. The first six of these 20 sites have been fast-tracked, including in Brimbank, opening in 2022. An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities. Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians.  To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses. With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the things that matter to our community, including better mental health care and creating more jobs.” "We want to give our students the best start in life. This vital upgrade to St Albans Primary School is about investing in our kids’ futures – and supporting new opportunities for local workers.”

CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR ST ALBANS

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of St Albans. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs. St Albans East Primary School is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year's Budget. This $7.92 million investment will renovate the school’s buildings including the Main Block. Not only will this give our students great learning spaces, it'll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs. Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget also invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools. $94 million will be invested in the Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including nine-car VLocity trains. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50 per cent during peak periods. Development work will also be undertaken for a new commuter train as a future replacement for the existing classic fleet operating on regional lines. Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. Under this year's Budget, suburbs in Melbourne's west – including in St Albans – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community. This Budget will also see victim-survivors of family violence receive improved support, with the expansion of our network of specialist family violence courts, to include Sunshine. These courts are specially designed to make attending court a less daunting and confronting experience for victim-survivors, including separate entrances and exits, safe waiting areas and dedicated space for children. This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers. It’s why this Budget delivers $264 million in local support, providing a 'front door' for care, with the first 20 of between 50 to 60 new local services to be delivered across Victoria. These services will focus on early intervention, ensuring Victorians get the care they need much sooner and much closer to their families and communities. The first six of these 20 sites have been fast-tracked, including in Brimbank, opening in 2022. An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities. Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians.  To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses. With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the things that matter to our community, including better mental health care and creating more jobs.” "We want to give our students the best start in life. This vital upgrade to St Albans Primary School is about investing in our kids’ futures – and supporting new opportunities for local workers.”

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.”

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