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MASSIVE BOOST FOR LOCAL SPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is ready to partner with the Sunbury electorate to build new and transform existing sport and active recreation facilities that result in enhanced participation opportunities for more Victorians. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull today announced that applications for the 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund are now open. Up to $27 million is available to deliver new and improved facilities across the state, with a particular focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls. With a number of clubs and communities doing it tough over the course of the pandemic, the fund will help to stimulate local economies and a return to sport by investing in critical community infrastructure. The fund supports projects across five funding streams including Indoor Stadiums / Aquatic Centres, Female Friendly Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Community Facilities, and Planning. Highlights of the 2021-22 round include a new maximum grant amount for Female Friendly Facilities of up to $800,000 to support more women and girls securing the benefits of participation in sport and active recreation. Further, the Planning Stream has been re-introduced to support municipal and regional planning projects that determine future sport and active recreation needs. Since 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has invested $1.1 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure. The Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of a suite of infrastructure programs including the World Game Facilities Fund, Community Motorsport Program and the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme. Interested clubs are advised to contact their local council to help with the application process. For more information or to apply online visit sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Sporting clubs are the lifeblood of our community, and they deserve modern, accessible and safe facilities.” “Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw in bigger crowds. This funding is a terrific opportunity for our community.”

MASSIVE BOOST FOR LOCAL SPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is ready to partner with the Sunbury electorate to build new and transform existing sport and active recreation facilities that result in enhanced participation opportunities for more Victorians. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull today announced that applications for the 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund are now open. Up to $27 million is available to deliver new and improved facilities across the state, with a particular focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls. With a number of clubs and communities doing it tough over the course of the pandemic, the fund will help to stimulate local economies and a return to sport by investing in critical community infrastructure. The fund supports projects across five funding streams including Indoor Stadiums / Aquatic Centres, Female Friendly Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Community Facilities, and Planning. Highlights of the 2021-22 round include a new maximum grant amount for Female Friendly Facilities of up to $800,000 to support more women and girls securing the benefits of participation in sport and active recreation. Further, the Planning Stream has been re-introduced to support municipal and regional planning projects that determine future sport and active recreation needs. Since 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has invested $1.1 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure. The Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of a suite of infrastructure programs including the World Game Facilities Fund, Community Motorsport Program and the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme. Interested clubs are advised to contact their local council to help with the application process. For more information or to apply online visit sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Sporting clubs are the lifeblood of our community, and they deserve modern, accessible and safe facilities.” “Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw in bigger crowds. This funding is a terrific opportunity for our community.”

BUILDING THE ENGINE ROOM OF OUR NEW MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

The Victorian Government has today introduced legislation which will lay the foundations to build a new mental health facility following a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The Royal Commission’s interim report recommended the establishment of the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing (the Collaborative Centre) ─ embodying a new approach to mental health and characterised by collaboration, responsiveness and continuous improvement. The Collaborative Centre will be the engine room for the transformed mental health and wellbeing system ─ bringing together people with lived experience, researchers and clinicians to establish best practice in mental health and wellbeing services. Located in Melbourne, this purpose-built facility will be the first of its kind in Australia ─ conducting research and providing a full suite of mental health services to adults and older adults, helping to translate cutting-edge research into real system improvement. Think of it as like the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre ─ a world-leading treatment and research facility in the heart of our city that is breaking new ground in research every day ─ but for mental health. The proposed legislation will ensure people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress are represented at every level of the Collaborative Centre, including on its Governance Board, as part of an innovative co-director model of executive leadership. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 allocated $3.8 million to establish the Collaborative Centre ─ building on funding of $2.2 million in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to commence early planning, including the examination of exemplar collaborative centres around both Australia and the world. A record $3.8 billion was allocated in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to support the start of this critical mental health and wellbeing reform and to support the system now ─ to ensure struggling Victorians get the treatment and care they need, when they need it. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino  “We’re building a new, more responsive, compassionate and connected mental health system for all Victorians and the Collaborative Centre will be at its core.” “This will be a facility for all Victorians and the benefits of its cutting edge research and world-class training will flow on to everyone across the state.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “As we rebuild our mental health system, the new Collaborative centre will help us achieve better experiences and outcomes for all Victorians with mental illness.”      

BUILDING THE ENGINE ROOM OF OUR NEW MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

The Victorian Government has today introduced legislation which will lay the foundations to build a new mental health facility following a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The Royal Commission’s interim report recommended the establishment of the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing (the Collaborative Centre) ─ embodying a new approach to mental health and characterised by collaboration, responsiveness and continuous improvement. The Collaborative Centre will be the engine room for the transformed mental health and wellbeing system ─ bringing together people with lived experience, researchers and clinicians to establish best practice in mental health and wellbeing services. Located in Melbourne, this purpose-built facility will be the first of its kind in Australia ─ conducting research and providing a full suite of mental health services to adults and older adults, helping to translate cutting-edge research into real system improvement. Think of it as like the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre ─ a world-leading treatment and research facility in the heart of our city that is breaking new ground in research every day ─ but for mental health. The proposed legislation will ensure people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress are represented at every level of the Collaborative Centre, including on its Governance Board, as part of an innovative co-director model of executive leadership. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 allocated $3.8 million to establish the Collaborative Centre ─ building on funding of $2.2 million in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to commence early planning, including the examination of exemplar collaborative centres around both Australia and the world. A record $3.8 billion was allocated in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to support the start of this critical mental health and wellbeing reform and to support the system now ─ to ensure struggling Victorians get the treatment and care they need, when they need it. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino  “We’re building a new, more responsive, compassionate and connected mental health system for all Victorians and the Collaborative Centre will be at its core.” “This will be a facility for all Victorians and the benefits of its cutting edge research and world-class training will flow on to everyone across the state.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “As we rebuild our mental health system, the new Collaborative centre will help us achieve better experiences and outcomes for all Victorians with mental illness.”      

ASSISTANCE FOR SUNBURY BMX CLUB

The Victorian Government is helping Sunbury BMX Club get back to their sport. Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP today announced the club would receive $2,000 from the Victorian Government’s Emergency Sporting Equipment Grants program. The grant will allow the club to replace stolen bikes and helmets owned by the club. Each year, the Victorian Government provides funding through the Emergency Sporting Equipment Grants program to help clubs get back to business after being affected by disaster or criminal activity. It provides swift, practical support to get clubs up and running again in their time of need. The Victorian Government is working hard to give all Victorians the opportunity to play the sports they love and embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle in a COVIDSafe way. Our Sporting Clubs Grants Program has provided more than 300 grants totalling $614,000 to clubs, leagues and associations and other community sport and active recreation organisations that had to cancel planned events affected by the lockdowns this year across the state. The Government has also allocated more than $39 million to clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations from the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package and invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014. For more information about the Emergency Sporting Equipment Grants visit sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP: “Unfortunately, our sporting clubs are sometimes targeted by vandals and thieves, who damage and steal vital sporting equipment.” “Our emergency grants provide the lifeline clubs need so that members can continue enjoying the sport they love.”

ASSISTANCE FOR SUNBURY BMX CLUB

The Victorian Government is helping Sunbury BMX Club get back to their sport. Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP today announced the club would receive $2,000 from the Victorian Government’s Emergency Sporting Equipment Grants program. The grant will allow the club to replace stolen bikes and helmets owned by the club. Each year, the Victorian Government provides funding through the Emergency Sporting Equipment Grants program to help clubs get back to business after being affected by disaster or criminal activity. It provides swift, practical support to get clubs up and running again in their time of need. The Victorian Government is working hard to give all Victorians the opportunity to play the sports they love and embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle in a COVIDSafe way. Our Sporting Clubs Grants Program has provided more than 300 grants totalling $614,000 to clubs, leagues and associations and other community sport and active recreation organisations that had to cancel planned events affected by the lockdowns this year across the state. The Government has also allocated more than $39 million to clubs, leagues, state associations and other organisations from the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package and invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014. For more information about the Emergency Sporting Equipment Grants visit sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP: “Unfortunately, our sporting clubs are sometimes targeted by vandals and thieves, who damage and steal vital sporting equipment.” “Our emergency grants provide the lifeline clubs need so that members can continue enjoying the sport they love.”

HELPING MORE SUNBURY SCHOOL KIDS STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

More students in Sunbury will be protected from the sun’s damaging rays thanks to a Victorian Government funding to provide more shade in school playgrounds and outdoor areas. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP today announced three schools in Sunbury will share in over $1.3 million of funding from the latest round of the School Shade Grants program. The program provides grants to build new shade structures, repair existing structures, or create natural shade by planting trees. Funding is also provided to purchase sun protective items including hats and sunscreen. The school community at Diggers Rest Primary School will receive $18,960.00 to install permanent shade over their table tennis tables where there is currently isn’t any. Sunbury College will also receive $20,916.00 to install permanent shade in a rest area near their soccer field, while Sunbury Heights Primary School will receive $550.72 for sun protective items including bucket hats and sunglasses. Through this initiative the Victorian Government is helping children to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while still embracing the outdoors and keeping fit, active and healthy. Childhood is a critical period during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life. Schools play an important role teaching effective sun smart behaviours from an early age. Shade alone can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent when used in combination with other sun protection strategies such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing. In 2018, melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria with 3,096 new cases diagnosed and sadly 291 deaths. The School Shade Grants program is complemented by the Community Shade Grants program, which provides shade for community organisations. The outcome of the current round of the Community Shade Grants program will be announced soon. So far, these programs have awarded 1715 grants totalling more than $16 million in funding across Victoria. It forms part of the Government’s ambitious Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 which sets out a target to halve the proportion of Victorians diagnosed with preventable cancers by 2040. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP: “It’s great for kids to spend time playing outdoors and keeping active. These grants mean students in Sunbury can still enjoy the outdoors while having the necessary shade to remain safe from the sun.” “Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer in Australia. It’s important we give Victorians the protection they need to stay sun smart.”

HELPING MORE SUNBURY SCHOOL KIDS STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

More students in Sunbury will be protected from the sun’s damaging rays thanks to a Victorian Government funding to provide more shade in school playgrounds and outdoor areas. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP today announced three schools in Sunbury will share in over $1.3 million of funding from the latest round of the School Shade Grants program. The program provides grants to build new shade structures, repair existing structures, or create natural shade by planting trees. Funding is also provided to purchase sun protective items including hats and sunscreen. The school community at Diggers Rest Primary School will receive $18,960.00 to install permanent shade over their table tennis tables where there is currently isn’t any. Sunbury College will also receive $20,916.00 to install permanent shade in a rest area near their soccer field, while Sunbury Heights Primary School will receive $550.72 for sun protective items including bucket hats and sunglasses. Through this initiative the Victorian Government is helping children to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while still embracing the outdoors and keeping fit, active and healthy. Childhood is a critical period during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life. Schools play an important role teaching effective sun smart behaviours from an early age. Shade alone can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent when used in combination with other sun protection strategies such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing. In 2018, melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria with 3,096 new cases diagnosed and sadly 291 deaths. The School Shade Grants program is complemented by the Community Shade Grants program, which provides shade for community organisations. The outcome of the current round of the Community Shade Grants program will be announced soon. So far, these programs have awarded 1715 grants totalling more than $16 million in funding across Victoria. It forms part of the Government’s ambitious Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 which sets out a target to halve the proportion of Victorians diagnosed with preventable cancers by 2040. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP: “It’s great for kids to spend time playing outdoors and keeping active. These grants mean students in Sunbury can still enjoy the outdoors while having the necessary shade to remain safe from the sun.” “Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer in Australia. It’s important we give Victorians the protection they need to stay sun smart.”

Campaigns

Sunbury Station Bus Interchange Redevelopment – Community Survey

As part of the 2021/22 Victorian State Budget $3.22 million has been allocated towards the Redevelopment of the Sunbury Station Bus Interchange. Now I’d like to hear from you on what you think that redevelopment should look like. Your feedback will be instrumental in deciding how this money is spent, and what improvements will be made. I’m incredibly proud to be part of a Government that is willing to invest in a public transport project that means so much to so many in our community. Thank you to my Youth Advisory Council for putting this survey together, and for all the work they have done in organising an online community campaign to better understand exactly what people in Sunbury along with surrounding suburbs and townships want in the redevelopment of the Sunbury Station Bus Interchange. For more information and to fill out my community survey, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQv1OCms26onx1sMUc9e2VIKCsqqvPMOiRdBPFX2FsdYU9gg/viewform *Residents have until Monday, 22 November 2021 to complete the survey

Sunbury Station Bus Interchange Redevelopment – Community Survey

As part of the 2021/22 Victorian State Budget $3.22 million has been allocated towards the Redevelopment of the Sunbury Station Bus Interchange. Now I’d like to hear from you on what you think that redevelopment should look like. Your feedback will be instrumental in deciding how this money is spent, and what improvements will be made. I’m incredibly proud to be part of a Government that is willing to invest in a public transport project that means so much to so many in our community. Thank you to my Youth Advisory Council for putting this survey together, and for all the work they have done in organising an online community campaign to better understand exactly what people in Sunbury along with surrounding suburbs and townships want in the redevelopment of the Sunbury Station Bus Interchange. For more information and to fill out my community survey, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQv1OCms26onx1sMUc9e2VIKCsqqvPMOiRdBPFX2FsdYU9gg/viewform *Residents have until Monday, 22 November 2021 to complete the survey