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FUNDING BOOST FOR SAFER ROADS IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Thursday, 24 March 2022 FUNDING BOOST FOR SAFER ROADS in Melbourne’s West Significant road safety upgrades will be fast-tracked to help reduce road trauma and save lives on Victorian roads, thanks to a major funding boost. The Australian and Victorian Governments are investing $1.08 million to improve the intersection of Point Cook Road and Central Avenue in Altona Meadows. This will see the installation of new Pedestrian Operated Signals across Central Avenue, raised safety platforms, pedestrian fencing, and upgrades to street lighting. With works anticipated to commence in May 2022 and completion by June 2022. The upgrades are jointly funded under the Road Safety Program, with the Australian Government contributing $112.46 million and the Victorian Government providing $45.11 million. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “Victoria has always been at the forefront of road safety with a track record in leading the introduction of lifesaving road safety initiatives.” “We’re investing in better and safer road infrastructure to drive down road trauma and ensure Victorians can make it home safely every day.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Hon Jill Hennessy MP “As the West continues to see significant growth, delivering these upgrades as soon as possible is crucial to protecting all road users while also boosting our economy on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.’

FUNDING BOOST FOR SAFER ROADS IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Thursday, 24 March 2022 FUNDING BOOST FOR SAFER ROADS in Melbourne’s West Significant road safety upgrades will be fast-tracked to help reduce road trauma and save lives on Victorian roads, thanks to a major funding boost. The Australian and Victorian Governments are investing $1.08 million to improve the intersection of Point Cook Road and Central Avenue in Altona Meadows. This will see the installation of new Pedestrian Operated Signals across Central Avenue, raised safety platforms, pedestrian fencing, and upgrades to street lighting. With works anticipated to commence in May 2022 and completion by June 2022. The upgrades are jointly funded under the Road Safety Program, with the Australian Government contributing $112.46 million and the Victorian Government providing $45.11 million. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “Victoria has always been at the forefront of road safety with a track record in leading the introduction of lifesaving road safety initiatives.” “We’re investing in better and safer road infrastructure to drive down road trauma and ensure Victorians can make it home safely every day.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Hon Jill Hennessy MP “As the West continues to see significant growth, delivering these upgrades as soon as possible is crucial to protecting all road users while also boosting our economy on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.’

WATER-SAVING STORMWATER PROJECT MEANS GREENER FIELDS

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 WATER-SAVING STORMWATER PROJECT MEANS GREENER FIELDS The Andrews Labor Government is drought proofing Melbourne Ballpark’s playing fields in Altona by using stormwater for irrigation. The project will save up to 10 million litres of drinking water each year and keep Melbourne Ballpark’s playing fields green all year round. The stormwater will be delivered through a 300-metre pipeline connecting the playing fields to the Laverton Stormwater Harvesting Scheme. The $328,000 stormwater harvesting project was led by the Labor Government in partnership with Greater Western Water, Melbourne Water, Hobsons Bay City Council and Melbourne Ballpark. Stormwater harvesting involves capturing and diverting stormwater runoff from urban areas during rainfall. The water, which would otherwise wash pollutants into Port Phillip Bay, is treated, stored and used to irrigate parks, gardens and public open spaces. The project forms part of the Laverton Stormwater Harvesting Scheme, a wetlands area that also supplies water to neighbouring AB Shaw Reserve. By re-using stormwater to irrigate local playing fields, the scheme is helping to future-proof both the community’s recreational spaces and premier sporting facilities. Melbourne Ballpark is home to Baseball Victoria and the Melbourne Aces – a professional Australian Baseball League team. Quote attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “As Melbourne’s population grows and the climate gets warmer and drier, we need to use more stormwater to irrigate places like sporting fields and help save more water for drinking.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “It’s great to see the Laverton Stormwater Harvesting Scheme irrigating Melbourne Ballpark, as this project will help improve liveability through greener open spaces, better sporting facilities and increased community access.” Quote attributable to Managing Director Greater Western Water Maree Lang “This is an example of Greater Western Water’s investment towards making communities more climate-resilient. With the support of our partners, we’ve delivered a project that highlights the benefits of integrated water management."

WATER-SAVING STORMWATER PROJECT MEANS GREENER FIELDS

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 WATER-SAVING STORMWATER PROJECT MEANS GREENER FIELDS The Andrews Labor Government is drought proofing Melbourne Ballpark’s playing fields in Altona by using stormwater for irrigation. The project will save up to 10 million litres of drinking water each year and keep Melbourne Ballpark’s playing fields green all year round. The stormwater will be delivered through a 300-metre pipeline connecting the playing fields to the Laverton Stormwater Harvesting Scheme. The $328,000 stormwater harvesting project was led by the Labor Government in partnership with Greater Western Water, Melbourne Water, Hobsons Bay City Council and Melbourne Ballpark. Stormwater harvesting involves capturing and diverting stormwater runoff from urban areas during rainfall. The water, which would otherwise wash pollutants into Port Phillip Bay, is treated, stored and used to irrigate parks, gardens and public open spaces. The project forms part of the Laverton Stormwater Harvesting Scheme, a wetlands area that also supplies water to neighbouring AB Shaw Reserve. By re-using stormwater to irrigate local playing fields, the scheme is helping to future-proof both the community’s recreational spaces and premier sporting facilities. Melbourne Ballpark is home to Baseball Victoria and the Melbourne Aces – a professional Australian Baseball League team. Quote attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “As Melbourne’s population grows and the climate gets warmer and drier, we need to use more stormwater to irrigate places like sporting fields and help save more water for drinking.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “It’s great to see the Laverton Stormwater Harvesting Scheme irrigating Melbourne Ballpark, as this project will help improve liveability through greener open spaces, better sporting facilities and increased community access.” Quote attributable to Managing Director Greater Western Water Maree Lang “This is an example of Greater Western Water’s investment towards making communities more climate-resilient. With the support of our partners, we’ve delivered a project that highlights the benefits of integrated water management."

A BIG BOOST FOR INCLUSION IN ALTONA

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 A BIG BOOST FOR INCLUSION IN ALTONA Sensory play equipment, outdoor learning spaces and kitchen gardens are among a number of innovative school building projects the Andrews Labor Government is supporting, making sure every Victorian student has the opportunity to fully participate and succeed. Hon Jill Hennessy MP today announced Altona Green Primary School has been successful through Round 7 of the Inclusive Schools Fund with a grant of $200,000 to build an inclusive playground including new play equipment. The fund supports small building projects that make a big difference to the educational and social needs of all children and young people, including those with a disability and additional needs, by increasing participation opportunities and improving learning outcomes. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invested $10 million into the Inclusive Schools Fund, building on a boost of $20 million in the Victorian Budget 2020/21. The Labor Government launched the Inclusive Schools Fund in 2015 to help Victorian schools cater for all students, and make sure all children and young people can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed. Since then, more than 340 projects have shared in $70 million in funding for inclusive projects. The next round of funding is expected to be launched in early 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Education State is all about ensuring every Victorian child has the best opportunities to succeed – regardless of differences – and small projects like these make a world of difference to students of all abilities.” “Congratulations to all the successful applicants, I look forward to seeing these wonderful projects come to life to support more students to fully participate and succeed during their school life.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy MP “I’m so thrilled students in Altona will have access to more inclusive spaces through the latest round of the Inclusive Schools Fund –and can’t wait to see the finished project.”

A BIG BOOST FOR INCLUSION IN ALTONA

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 A BIG BOOST FOR INCLUSION IN ALTONA Sensory play equipment, outdoor learning spaces and kitchen gardens are among a number of innovative school building projects the Andrews Labor Government is supporting, making sure every Victorian student has the opportunity to fully participate and succeed. Hon Jill Hennessy MP today announced Altona Green Primary School has been successful through Round 7 of the Inclusive Schools Fund with a grant of $200,000 to build an inclusive playground including new play equipment. The fund supports small building projects that make a big difference to the educational and social needs of all children and young people, including those with a disability and additional needs, by increasing participation opportunities and improving learning outcomes. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invested $10 million into the Inclusive Schools Fund, building on a boost of $20 million in the Victorian Budget 2020/21. The Labor Government launched the Inclusive Schools Fund in 2015 to help Victorian schools cater for all students, and make sure all children and young people can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed. Since then, more than 340 projects have shared in $70 million in funding for inclusive projects. The next round of funding is expected to be launched in early 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Education State is all about ensuring every Victorian child has the best opportunities to succeed – regardless of differences – and small projects like these make a world of difference to students of all abilities.” “Congratulations to all the successful applicants, I look forward to seeing these wonderful projects come to life to support more students to fully participate and succeed during their school life.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy MP “I’m so thrilled students in Altona will have access to more inclusive spaces through the latest round of the Inclusive Schools Fund –and can’t wait to see the finished project.”

Statement on 2022 State Election

24 November 2021 Statement on 2022 State Election Last year I stepped back from the Cabinet to spend more time with my daughters as they prepare for their final years of high school and as the adult world beckons.   The extra time has prompted me to be more ambitious for them, what they want and our family’s future. No matter how precious your family is, politics can blind you their needs if you’re not careful. And life is short. After some reflection, I came to the view that making the commitment to serve another four-year term was incompatible with the other important priorities in my life, especially if I wanted to give them all the best of me.    So, I have advised the Premier that I will not be seeking preselection to stand as a candidate at the 2022 Victorian State Election.    It has been one the great honours of my life to represent the District of Altona in the Victorian Parliament since 2010. I thank the many wonderful communities, leaders, organisations and people from Melbourne’s West I have worked with to represent and build a better quality of life for all. I will always be their ardent cheerleader.    Not every member of parliament gets to be a member of a government or a cabinet. I will be forever grateful to the Premier for the rare chance to do both, especially the privilege of serving as the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Attorney-General in the Andrews Labor Government. I’m so thankful to have been part of his wonderful team who have delivered life changing investments and reforms.   Much of what I was able to contribute is down to the friendship and support I received from our Premier. I have met no one more dedicated to governing in a way that improves people’s lives by creating jobs, fairness and dignity - and he’s still going!    History shows that it is only a rare leader that transcends the challenges of their time. Daniel Andrews is one of them. His leadership comes from a deep sense of fairness and a commitment to make progress even on the hard things- the harder the better. It was his leadership that sparked Victoria into action in 2014 and has kept it going with a big infrastructure build and a social justice program that has been just as transformative.   It was such a joy to be part of the hard-working team he assembled around the Cabinet table and in the Labor Caucus. Their friendship, kindness and good humour also gave me much sustenance.    My deep thanks to my staff, local branch members and volunteers who have worked so hard for our collective success over many years.    After watching Victorians work so hard to support and care for each other over the last year, I feel deeply optimistic for Victoria’s future. That has helped me feel optimism about my own life after politics. I look forward to making up for many years of absence by spending time with my gorgeous family and friends.    But my focus for the next year will be representing the communities of the Altona District. I will also be working hard to support the re-election of our Premier and the Labor team. Only Labor can make sure our collective recovery works for all Victorians, by creating quality jobs, and continuing to make those big investments in health, education and infrastructure projects that will transform people’s lives.

Statement on 2022 State Election

24 November 2021 Statement on 2022 State Election Last year I stepped back from the Cabinet to spend more time with my daughters as they prepare for their final years of high school and as the adult world beckons.   The extra time has prompted me to be more ambitious for them, what they want and our family’s future. No matter how precious your family is, politics can blind you their needs if you’re not careful. And life is short. After some reflection, I came to the view that making the commitment to serve another four-year term was incompatible with the other important priorities in my life, especially if I wanted to give them all the best of me.    So, I have advised the Premier that I will not be seeking preselection to stand as a candidate at the 2022 Victorian State Election.    It has been one the great honours of my life to represent the District of Altona in the Victorian Parliament since 2010. I thank the many wonderful communities, leaders, organisations and people from Melbourne’s West I have worked with to represent and build a better quality of life for all. I will always be their ardent cheerleader.    Not every member of parliament gets to be a member of a government or a cabinet. I will be forever grateful to the Premier for the rare chance to do both, especially the privilege of serving as the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Attorney-General in the Andrews Labor Government. I’m so thankful to have been part of his wonderful team who have delivered life changing investments and reforms.   Much of what I was able to contribute is down to the friendship and support I received from our Premier. I have met no one more dedicated to governing in a way that improves people’s lives by creating jobs, fairness and dignity - and he’s still going!    History shows that it is only a rare leader that transcends the challenges of their time. Daniel Andrews is one of them. His leadership comes from a deep sense of fairness and a commitment to make progress even on the hard things- the harder the better. It was his leadership that sparked Victoria into action in 2014 and has kept it going with a big infrastructure build and a social justice program that has been just as transformative.   It was such a joy to be part of the hard-working team he assembled around the Cabinet table and in the Labor Caucus. Their friendship, kindness and good humour also gave me much sustenance.    My deep thanks to my staff, local branch members and volunteers who have worked so hard for our collective success over many years.    After watching Victorians work so hard to support and care for each other over the last year, I feel deeply optimistic for Victoria’s future. That has helped me feel optimism about my own life after politics. I look forward to making up for many years of absence by spending time with my gorgeous family and friends.    But my focus for the next year will be representing the communities of the Altona District. I will also be working hard to support the re-election of our Premier and the Labor team. Only Labor can make sure our collective recovery works for all Victorians, by creating quality jobs, and continuing to make those big investments in health, education and infrastructure projects that will transform people’s lives.

 

Upgraded Classrooms and Facilities For Saltwater P-9 College

Saltwater students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Altona District Hon Jill Hennessy today announced the exciting news that the $13.06 million upgrade at Saltwater P-9 College has reached practical completion. The project includes a learning community, specialist buildings, a sports oval and multi-courts needed for secondary education. After opening its doors for Prep–Year 6 students in 2019, these new facilities will mean Saltwater College will be ready for Year 7 students in 2022, Years 7 and 8 in 2023 and Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2024. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education. Quotes attributable to the Member for Altona District, Hon. Jill Hennessy MP “We’re ensuring local students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “This is such a welcomed announcement for the whole community, local families can now enjoy great new facilities as their children approach their senior years of schooling at Saltwater P-9 College.”

Upgraded Classrooms and Facilities For Saltwater P-9 College

Saltwater students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Altona District Hon Jill Hennessy today announced the exciting news that the $13.06 million upgrade at Saltwater P-9 College has reached practical completion. The project includes a learning community, specialist buildings, a sports oval and multi-courts needed for secondary education. After opening its doors for Prep–Year 6 students in 2019, these new facilities will mean Saltwater College will be ready for Year 7 students in 2022, Years 7 and 8 in 2023 and Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2024. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education. Quotes attributable to the Member for Altona District, Hon. Jill Hennessy MP “We’re ensuring local students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “This is such a welcomed announcement for the whole community, local families can now enjoy great new facilities as their children approach their senior years of schooling at Saltwater P-9 College.”

BUILDER APPOINTED FOR ALTONA GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

Better facilities are on their way for students at Altona Green Primary with a builder having been appointed for an important upgrade thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Jill Hennessy today announced Raysett Constructions Australia has been appointed to Altona Green to deliver an upgrade to toilet blocks at the school. The Labor Government has provided $500,000 to go towards the important upgrade that will see students and teachers benefit from more modern and attractive facilities that the whole school can feel proud of. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, the Minor Capital Works fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. Projects through the Minor Capital Works Fund will be progressively delivered with all projects to be completed by the end of 2022. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. More than 300 Victorian government 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. 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 Altona District Jill Hennessy “Altona Green students and staff deserve modern facilities that they can feel proud of. I know that this upgrade will be a great boost to the school community, and I look forward to seeing the outcome of this project” “Altona Green has a long, proud history of taking this wonderful school from strength to strength. And this is another milestone that will do just that.”

BUILDER APPOINTED FOR ALTONA GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

Better facilities are on their way for students at Altona Green Primary with a builder having been appointed for an important upgrade thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Jill Hennessy today announced Raysett Constructions Australia has been appointed to Altona Green to deliver an upgrade to toilet blocks at the school. The Labor Government has provided $500,000 to go towards the important upgrade that will see students and teachers benefit from more modern and attractive facilities that the whole school can feel proud of. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, the Minor Capital Works fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. Projects through the Minor Capital Works Fund will be progressively delivered with all projects to be completed by the end of 2022. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. More than 300 Victorian government 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. 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 Altona District Jill Hennessy “Altona Green students and staff deserve modern facilities that they can feel proud of. I know that this upgrade will be a great boost to the school community, and I look forward to seeing the outcome of this project” “Altona Green has a long, proud history of taking this wonderful school from strength to strength. And this is another milestone that will do just that.”

RECOVERY GRANTS FOR LOCAL ALTONA DISTRICT SPORTING CLUBS

Great news for local community clubs in the Altona District: The Victorian Government is helping Altona City Soccer Club and Point Cook Cricket Club get back to their sport. Jill Hennessy today announced the clubs would receive funding from the Government’s Emergency Sporting Equipment Grants program. Altona City Soccer Club’s grant will go towards new nets, wheels, crossbars on portable soccer goals and Point Cook Cricket Club’s grant will go towards new cricket balls, stumps, bats, and a bowling machine for batting practice. 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 Altona District Jill Hennessy “The impact of vandalism and theft on community clubs can be devastating - the hard work that goes into securing and maintaining good quality equipment and club facilities can be undone by these sorts of circumstances, so we want to make up for that and help clubs recover.” “I’m happy that both these great clubs are being supported through this important initiative.”

RECOVERY GRANTS FOR LOCAL ALTONA DISTRICT SPORTING CLUBS

Great news for local community clubs in the Altona District: The Victorian Government is helping Altona City Soccer Club and Point Cook Cricket Club get back to their sport. Jill Hennessy today announced the clubs would receive funding from the Government’s Emergency Sporting Equipment Grants program. Altona City Soccer Club’s grant will go towards new nets, wheels, crossbars on portable soccer goals and Point Cook Cricket Club’s grant will go towards new cricket balls, stumps, bats, and a bowling machine for batting practice. 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 Altona District Jill Hennessy “The impact of vandalism and theft on community clubs can be devastating - the hard work that goes into securing and maintaining good quality equipment and club facilities can be undone by these sorts of circumstances, so we want to make up for that and help clubs recover.” “I’m happy that both these great clubs are being supported through this important initiative.”

Hennessy – Funding to reduce waste through design

New funding opportunities for innovative projects to decrease waste are now available.