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SUNBURY COMMUNITY TO WIN THROUGH SPORTS GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is providing greater opportunities for more people to get active more often with the announcement today of a new $22 million...

New Sunbury BMX Club Pavilion ON SITE!

Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury joined Hume Mayor Cr Carly Moore and Jacksons Creek Ward Councillors Ann Potter, Leigh Johnson and Jack Medcraft to...

HELPING TO CELEBRATE TULLAMARINE CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Tullamarine community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Josh Bull today announced the Tullamarine Community House was among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host an activity or event during Children’s Week, which runs from 19-27 October. The week-long national celebration recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families. The Tullamarine Community House will hold a free Children's Week celebration where the community will explore healthy food and safe lifestyle activities in a happy and fun way. Families can now view a calendar and map of activities that will be held across the state as part of Children’s Week by visiting: www.education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek Children’s Week events are free-of-charge to Victorian families with children aged 0-12 years and are a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun, engaging and educational experience. The theme for Children’s Week 2019 celebrates the right of all children to be healthy, safe and happy, based on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The grant recipients will share almost $100,000 worth of funding to help celebrate the national week. The Victorian Government provided grants to not-for-profit organisations and councils across the state to help cover costs associated with running an event such as hiring entertainment, purchasing craft materials, providing food and children’s prizes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Children’s Week is a fantastic national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of our children.” Quotes attributable to Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury “Children’s Week is a great opportunity for families to enjoy free and fun local events that celebrate our children and young people and showcase their achievements.”

HELPING TO CELEBRATE TULLAMARINE CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Tullamarine community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Josh Bull today announced the Tullamarine Community House was among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host an activity or event during Children’s Week, which runs from 19-27 October. The week-long national celebration recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families. The Tullamarine Community House will hold a free Children's Week celebration where the community will explore healthy food and safe lifestyle activities in a happy and fun way. Families can now view a calendar and map of activities that will be held across the state as part of Children’s Week by visiting: www.education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek Children’s Week events are free-of-charge to Victorian families with children aged 0-12 years and are a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun, engaging and educational experience. The theme for Children’s Week 2019 celebrates the right of all children to be healthy, safe and happy, based on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The grant recipients will share almost $100,000 worth of funding to help celebrate the national week. The Victorian Government provided grants to not-for-profit organisations and councils across the state to help cover costs associated with running an event such as hiring entertainment, purchasing craft materials, providing food and children’s prizes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Children’s Week is a fantastic national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of our children.” Quotes attributable to Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury “Children’s Week is a great opportunity for families to enjoy free and fun local events that celebrate our children and young people and showcase their achievements.”

SCHOOL’S NEARLY OUT, GO CATCH A TROUT

Spavin Drive Lake will be stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout for the September school holidays, helping more Sunbury families to get outdoors and wet a line. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull joined local fishers and the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) to release 600 catchable-size rainbow trout into Spavin Dr Lake today. Rainbow trout are a fantastic species for inexperienced fishers as they are easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures. They also taste great, meaning families can take home a few for the dinner table. Spavin Drive Lake, and nearby Kismet Creek Linear Reserve, will be stocked for the first time this coming summer with ready to catch silver perch and golden perch. The combination of stocked trout, which bite best in the cooler months, and native fish like golden perch that bite best in the warmer months, will mean Spavin Drive Lake becomes a year-round fishery and destination for beginners to try their hand at fishing. Some of the other waters to be stocked with catchable size trout for these school holidays include Albert Park Lake, Lilydale Lake, Casey Fields Lake, Emerald Lake, Pakenham Lake and Ferntree Gully Quarry. Most of these waters feature improved access with access platforms, walking tracks, picnic areas and other family-friendly facilities, creating a safe and convenient environment for people to wet a line. The stocking is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the Andrews Labor Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often. A daily bag limit of 5 trout applies to family fishing lakes, of which only 2 trout can exceed 35cm. For the full state-wide list of stocked waters visit vfa.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout   Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Hundreds of children will get the chance to catch their first ever fish these school holidays thanks to these stockings.” “The creation of a year-round fishery at Spavin Drive Lake will be terrific for Sunbury kids, encouraging them to get outside with their mates and enjoy the great outdoors.”

SCHOOL’S NEARLY OUT, GO CATCH A TROUT

Spavin Drive Lake will be stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout for the September school holidays, helping more Sunbury families to get outdoors and wet a line. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull joined local fishers and the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) to release 600 catchable-size rainbow trout into Spavin Dr Lake today. Rainbow trout are a fantastic species for inexperienced fishers as they are easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures. They also taste great, meaning families can take home a few for the dinner table. Spavin Drive Lake, and nearby Kismet Creek Linear Reserve, will be stocked for the first time this coming summer with ready to catch silver perch and golden perch. The combination of stocked trout, which bite best in the cooler months, and native fish like golden perch that bite best in the warmer months, will mean Spavin Drive Lake becomes a year-round fishery and destination for beginners to try their hand at fishing. Some of the other waters to be stocked with catchable size trout for these school holidays include Albert Park Lake, Lilydale Lake, Casey Fields Lake, Emerald Lake, Pakenham Lake and Ferntree Gully Quarry. Most of these waters feature improved access with access platforms, walking tracks, picnic areas and other family-friendly facilities, creating a safe and convenient environment for people to wet a line. The stocking is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the Andrews Labor Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often. A daily bag limit of 5 trout applies to family fishing lakes, of which only 2 trout can exceed 35cm. For the full state-wide list of stocked waters visit vfa.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout   Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Hundreds of children will get the chance to catch their first ever fish these school holidays thanks to these stockings.” “The creation of a year-round fishery at Spavin Drive Lake will be terrific for Sunbury kids, encouraging them to get outside with their mates and enjoy the great outdoors.”

 

Getting your period shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a great education. We know that students who do not have access to sanitary products often cannot concentrate in class, may not feel comfortable doing physical activity, or may miss out on school altogether. Its why Victorian schools will be the first in Australia to give students free pads and tampons. This Australian-first initiative will ensure that 131,700 students a year across government primary, secondary and special schools have access to free sanitary items at school. The free sanitary items in schools initiative will contribute to the Education State targets to encourage happy, healthy and resilient kids and break the link of disadvantage by addressing the stigma of period poverty and easing the cost of living pressure on families.

Getting your period shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a great education. We know that students who do not have access to sanitary products often cannot concentrate in class, may not feel comfortable doing physical activity, or may miss out on school altogether. Its why Victorian schools will be the first in Australia to give students free pads and tampons. This Australian-first initiative will ensure that 131,700 students a year across government primary, secondary and special schools have access to free sanitary items at school. The free sanitary items in schools initiative will contribute to the Education State targets to encourage happy, healthy and resilient kids and break the link of disadvantage by addressing the stigma of period poverty and easing the cost of living pressure on families.

UPGRADED CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES FOR SUNBURY COLLEGE

Sunbury students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

SUNBURY, TULLA AND GLADSTONE PARK SCHOOLS TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

Sunbury, Tullamarine and Gladstone Park schools will share in a $515 million in the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Josh Bull MP said this funding would support 14 across the electorate to ensure every student can attend a great local government primary, secondary or specialist school by tackling maintenance issues proactively. The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21. It will enable Sunbury electorate schools to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services. This increased investment will enable principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years. The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school. The Labor Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage, and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as storms, fire or flooding. Schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas will also have access to more funds to ensure they are ‘bushfire ready’, thanks to $44.2 million over five years for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull “We know students get the most out of their education when they have safe, modern classrooms to learn in, and first-rate facilities the school community can feel proud of.” “The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure Sunbury’s students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”  

SUNBURY, TULLA AND GLADSTONE PARK SCHOOLS TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

Sunbury, Tullamarine and Gladstone Park schools will share in a $515 million in the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken, thanks to an unprecedented investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Josh Bull MP said this funding would support 14 across the electorate to ensure every student can attend a great local government primary, secondary or specialist school by tackling maintenance issues proactively. The investment will more than double funding for maintenance at Victoria’s state schools over the next two financial years, with more than $300 million to be invested in 2019/20 and $290 million in 2020/21. It will enable Sunbury electorate schools to do essential works such as painting, replacing carpet and windows, landscaping, tree inspections and maintenance of infrastructure like septic systems and water services. This increased investment will enable principals to get on with the job of leading Victoria’s schools, by providing more funds to maintain the state’s 36,000 school buildings, while supporting schools to cater to the 115,000 additional students who are expected to enter the education system over the next five years. The package complements the Labor Government’s recent initiatives to support schools to manage and maintain their facilities, including the Rolling Facilities Evaluation and the rollout of maintenance plans for each school. The Labor Government is investing $170.5 million in emergency and incident response over five years, including an extra $57.8 million to address issues such as septic system failure, termite damage, mould, roof and floor damage, and $76.4 million to respond to unforeseen incidents and events such as storms, fire or flooding. Schools in some of the state’s highest-risk bushfire areas will also have access to more funds to ensure they are ‘bushfire ready’, thanks to $44.2 million over five years for fire preparedness activities like vegetation removal. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull “We know students get the most out of their education when they have safe, modern classrooms to learn in, and first-rate facilities the school community can feel proud of.” “The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure Sunbury’s students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”  

GRANT ROUND OPEN FOR LOCAL CRIME AND SAFETY SOLUTIONS

Local community groups and organisations will have the chance to design local crime prevention projects and increase public safety as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $25 million investment in the Community Crime Prevention Program. Applications are now open for the latest round of Community Safety Fund grants, which provide funding for communities to design practical solutions to local crime and safety issues. Victorian councils and not-for-profit groups can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for stream 1 projects and up to $25,000 for stream 2 projects. Stream 1 projects are aimed at helping to prevent crime relating to community facilities and in public spaces. Projects can include the installation of security equipment, locks, vandal-proof security lighting, as well as small-scale improvements to streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage greater use. Stream 2 projects are aimed at education and awareness initiatives focussing on home safety, theft from businesses, personal property theft in public places and theft of and from motor vehicles. Applicants can also apply for stream 2 grants for projects that help to boost understanding of the Victorian justice system, as part of an expanded awareness and education grant focus this year Since 2015, the Andrews government has provided almost $3 million in Community Safety Fund grants to help support 460 crime prevention projects across Victoria. Applications for this latest grant round will close at 4pm on Friday 18 October 2019. Further information about the grants is available at www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/safetygrants. Quotes attributable to Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury “Local communities are best placed to identify crime problems and develop solutions that are unique and targeted.” “These grants ensure that crime prevention projects draw from local knowledge and expertise to generate practical solutions that work for everyone in our community.”  

GRANT ROUND OPEN FOR LOCAL CRIME AND SAFETY SOLUTIONS

Local community groups and organisations will have the chance to design local crime prevention projects and increase public safety as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $25 million investment in the Community Crime Prevention Program. Applications are now open for the latest round of Community Safety Fund grants, which provide funding for communities to design practical solutions to local crime and safety issues. Victorian councils and not-for-profit groups can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for stream 1 projects and up to $25,000 for stream 2 projects. Stream 1 projects are aimed at helping to prevent crime relating to community facilities and in public spaces. Projects can include the installation of security equipment, locks, vandal-proof security lighting, as well as small-scale improvements to streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage greater use. Stream 2 projects are aimed at education and awareness initiatives focussing on home safety, theft from businesses, personal property theft in public places and theft of and from motor vehicles. Applicants can also apply for stream 2 grants for projects that help to boost understanding of the Victorian justice system, as part of an expanded awareness and education grant focus this year Since 2015, the Andrews government has provided almost $3 million in Community Safety Fund grants to help support 460 crime prevention projects across Victoria. Applications for this latest grant round will close at 4pm on Friday 18 October 2019. Further information about the grants is available at www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/safetygrants. Quotes attributable to Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury “Local communities are best placed to identify crime problems and develop solutions that are unique and targeted.” “These grants ensure that crime prevention projects draw from local knowledge and expertise to generate practical solutions that work for everyone in our community.”