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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.

Expanded free TAFE for a stronger post-COVID Victoria

23 September 2021 EXPANDED FREE TAFE FOR A STRONGER POST-COVID VICTORIA The free TAFE initiative will be growing to over 60 courses next year - giving local people access to training for more well-paying and meaningful jobs as the state moves through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy today announced that the Certificate III in Information Technology and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment will both be added to the Free TAFE list at VU Polytechnic, and The Gordon will offer the Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at its Werribee campus next year. These certificates are among seven new courses being added next year, giving jobseekers access to world-class training and boosting the veterinary industry by alleviating workforce demands in metropolitan and regional Victoria. The new additions are part of a regular review of the Free TAFE list, ensuring training meets key government priority areas and skills demands while also boosting the Victorian economy. Other new courses include the Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership, supporting the recreational and tourism industry, and the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, funnelling more experts into the health and aged care system. The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety will also join the free courses, ensuring every Victorian has a safe experience in their workplace, as well as the Certificate III in Information Technology, Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The Labor Government’s Free TAFE program began in 2019 to remove barriers to training by allowing eligible students to apply for fully subsidised courses that directly lead to jobs now and into the future. Ninety-three thousand students have started courses – saving $150 million in the first two years. Last year, the Government announced an investment of $631.4 million to drive economic recovery and increase access to training, which includes $163 million for a Skills for Economic Recovery package announced in July 2020. This investment will create up to 60,000 new training places over four years in Free TAFE courses and builds on the additional 10,000 Free TAFE places announced in July 2020 as part of the Skills for Economic Recovery Package. The Government has made a record $3.2 billion investment in TAFE and training to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career pathways. Explore your options with Free TAFE at freetafe.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “Melbourne’s west is blessed with some brilliant training institutions and with some big investments in booming industries to boot so whether you have your sights set on health care, IT, teaching others or even outdoor leadership, the training and the pathways to jobs are available.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “Free TAFE provides high-quality training to get Victorians into some of the state’s most rewarding and in-demand jobs. We heard the calls for veterinary nursing to be added to the Free TAFE list – and we listened.” “We’ve made a record investment in TAFE and training – including expanding the Free TAFE list to more than 60 courses – which means there’s never been a better time to explore your new career pathway.”

Expanded free TAFE for a stronger post-COVID Victoria

23 September 2021 EXPANDED FREE TAFE FOR A STRONGER POST-COVID VICTORIA The free TAFE initiative will be growing to over 60 courses next year - giving local people access to training for more well-paying and meaningful jobs as the state moves through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy today announced that the Certificate III in Information Technology and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment will both be added to the Free TAFE list at VU Polytechnic, and The Gordon will offer the Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at its Werribee campus next year. These certificates are among seven new courses being added next year, giving jobseekers access to world-class training and boosting the veterinary industry by alleviating workforce demands in metropolitan and regional Victoria. The new additions are part of a regular review of the Free TAFE list, ensuring training meets key government priority areas and skills demands while also boosting the Victorian economy. Other new courses include the Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership, supporting the recreational and tourism industry, and the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, funnelling more experts into the health and aged care system. The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety will also join the free courses, ensuring every Victorian has a safe experience in their workplace, as well as the Certificate III in Information Technology, Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The Labor Government’s Free TAFE program began in 2019 to remove barriers to training by allowing eligible students to apply for fully subsidised courses that directly lead to jobs now and into the future. Ninety-three thousand students have started courses – saving $150 million in the first two years. Last year, the Government announced an investment of $631.4 million to drive economic recovery and increase access to training, which includes $163 million for a Skills for Economic Recovery package announced in July 2020. This investment will create up to 60,000 new training places over four years in Free TAFE courses and builds on the additional 10,000 Free TAFE places announced in July 2020 as part of the Skills for Economic Recovery Package. The Government has made a record $3.2 billion investment in TAFE and training to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career pathways. Explore your options with Free TAFE at freetafe.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “Melbourne’s west is blessed with some brilliant training institutions and with some big investments in booming industries to boot so whether you have your sights set on health care, IT, teaching others or even outdoor leadership, the training and the pathways to jobs are available.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “Free TAFE provides high-quality training to get Victorians into some of the state’s most rewarding and in-demand jobs. We heard the calls for veterinary nursing to be added to the Free TAFE list – and we listened.” “We’ve made a record investment in TAFE and training – including expanding the Free TAFE list to more than 60 courses – which means there’s never been a better time to explore your new career pathway.”

Wyndham to have more mental health support, close to home

Tuesday 14 September 2021 WYNDHAM TO HAVE MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, CLOSE TO HOME As the serious Delta outbreak continues across the state, the Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians struggling during this difficult period have access to the mental health and wellbeing support they need. On top of the $225 million the Government has already provided to support Victorians’ mental health throughout the pandemic, a further investment of $22 million will deliver fast-tracked, tailored care to those who need it, reducing the burden on emergency departments as the number of coronavirus patients grows. This pandemic has shown us all the important role our local communities play – and this new package will establish local, accessible services to support the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of Victorians, close to home. An investment of $13.3 million will deliver 20 pop-up community mental health services – with around 90 dedicated clinicians providing 93,000 additional hours of wellbeing checks and counselling to many thousands of Victorians needing support. The pop-up centres, to be delivered by trusted community health providers like Mind, cohealth and EACH, will open progressively from the end of September across Melbourne and regional Victoria, with a dedicated triage and referral hotline and website to be established in the coming days so people can start booking appointments. This investment in the wellbeing of every Victorian also includes dedicated support for specific groups who may be at higher risk of isolation or mental health concerns as a result of the pandemic. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are less likely to engage early with mainstream mental health services, will receive $4 million in support for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to self- determine the best, most culturally appropriate response to the mental health and wellbeing needs of their local communities. An investment of $1 million will expand the Triple P parenting programs, supporting more than 20,000 Victorian families whose children are experiencing anxiety, while $1.2 million will boost the capacity of peak LGBTIQ+ community organisations including Switchboard, Thorne Harbour Health and Drummond Street Family Services. A further $1 million will support the mental health workforce to better respond to patients presenting with trauma, and $1.5 million will allow the Royal Children’s Hospital, Vichealth and key partners to better support the most vulnerable groups of children and young people, both now and into the future. Alongside this extra support, an investment of more than $300 million from the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has started rolling out this week to deliver 14 critical new Infant, Child and Youth Area Mental Health Services – a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. This year alone, this unprecedented investment will support an extra 1,149 infants, children and young people as well as their families with the tailored support they need – expanding our youth services’ capacity by 14 per cent. Media Contact: Somhita Chatterjee | 9741 1133 | somhita.chatterjee@parliament.vic.gov.au Based in hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, the services provide specialist care for high-risk cases and help with early intervention treatment for children and young people experiencing mild and moderate mental health concerns. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “We’re not wasting a moment delivering the huge reforms the Royal Commission recommended for our state’s mental health services – but we know the pandemic has increased immediate demand, so we’re investing to make sure more Victorians have access to the support they need right now.” “Our local communities have been so vital in supporting us over the past 18 months – and these innovative local pop-up mental health services will deliver the support people need, close to home.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Creating community care starts within local communities ─ we look forward to rebuilding our mental health system with local services that meet the needs and support that Wyndham deserves” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “No part of this pandemic has been easy, and I know how tough lockdowns are on families, kids and people who live alone. These pop-ups will help more people reach local mental health services more quickly.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This is about building a mental health system that is fit for purpose – providing the care we need, when we need it, close to home.”

Wyndham to have more mental health support, close to home

Tuesday 14 September 2021 WYNDHAM TO HAVE MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, CLOSE TO HOME As the serious Delta outbreak continues across the state, the Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians struggling during this difficult period have access to the mental health and wellbeing support they need. On top of the $225 million the Government has already provided to support Victorians’ mental health throughout the pandemic, a further investment of $22 million will deliver fast-tracked, tailored care to those who need it, reducing the burden on emergency departments as the number of coronavirus patients grows. This pandemic has shown us all the important role our local communities play – and this new package will establish local, accessible services to support the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of Victorians, close to home. An investment of $13.3 million will deliver 20 pop-up community mental health services – with around 90 dedicated clinicians providing 93,000 additional hours of wellbeing checks and counselling to many thousands of Victorians needing support. The pop-up centres, to be delivered by trusted community health providers like Mind, cohealth and EACH, will open progressively from the end of September across Melbourne and regional Victoria, with a dedicated triage and referral hotline and website to be established in the coming days so people can start booking appointments. This investment in the wellbeing of every Victorian also includes dedicated support for specific groups who may be at higher risk of isolation or mental health concerns as a result of the pandemic. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are less likely to engage early with mainstream mental health services, will receive $4 million in support for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to self- determine the best, most culturally appropriate response to the mental health and wellbeing needs of their local communities. An investment of $1 million will expand the Triple P parenting programs, supporting more than 20,000 Victorian families whose children are experiencing anxiety, while $1.2 million will boost the capacity of peak LGBTIQ+ community organisations including Switchboard, Thorne Harbour Health and Drummond Street Family Services. A further $1 million will support the mental health workforce to better respond to patients presenting with trauma, and $1.5 million will allow the Royal Children’s Hospital, Vichealth and key partners to better support the most vulnerable groups of children and young people, both now and into the future. Alongside this extra support, an investment of more than $300 million from the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has started rolling out this week to deliver 14 critical new Infant, Child and Youth Area Mental Health Services – a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. This year alone, this unprecedented investment will support an extra 1,149 infants, children and young people as well as their families with the tailored support they need – expanding our youth services’ capacity by 14 per cent. Media Contact: Somhita Chatterjee | 9741 1133 | somhita.chatterjee@parliament.vic.gov.au Based in hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, the services provide specialist care for high-risk cases and help with early intervention treatment for children and young people experiencing mild and moderate mental health concerns. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “We’re not wasting a moment delivering the huge reforms the Royal Commission recommended for our state’s mental health services – but we know the pandemic has increased immediate demand, so we’re investing to make sure more Victorians have access to the support they need right now.” “Our local communities have been so vital in supporting us over the past 18 months – and these innovative local pop-up mental health services will deliver the support people need, close to home.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Creating community care starts within local communities ─ we look forward to rebuilding our mental health system with local services that meet the needs and support that Wyndham deserves” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “No part of this pandemic has been easy, and I know how tough lockdowns are on families, kids and people who live alone. These pop-ups will help more people reach local mental health services more quickly.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This is about building a mental health system that is fit for purpose – providing the care we need, when we need it, close to home.”

Hennessy – Upgraded classrooms and facilities for Altona College

The $4.746 million project to upgrade Altona College is now complete.