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Making a splash in Benalla in time for Summer

Friday, 18 September 2020 Benalla locals will have another place to enjoy and cool down in the warmer months, with the town’s new splash park completed in time for summer. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today officially opened the park, made possible with more than $900,000 from the Victorian Government delivered over two stages from the initial planning to completion. The splash park was originally identified as a priority in the Benalla Rural City Community Plan 2016-2036 and is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to support rural and regional Victoria become even better places to live, work and invest. Designed to suit children of all ages, the splash park is expected to become an ideal spot for locals and attracting even more visitors during Benalla’s hot summer months. Features at the splash park include fountains, water jets and a family-friendly area, along with shade spaces and new landscaping including tree planting for shade, tables and chairs and footpaths for easy access around the park. The new splash park has been built on the Lake Benalla foreshore, an area that will soon be revitalised thanks to additional funding from the Victorian Government. The new Benalla foreshore project, supported by a $2 million grant from the Building Works Package will consist of 17 individual development projects including the expansion of the foreshore boardwalk and improved streetscaping, an interpretative trail about the lake, the construction of a floating pontoon and a new playground. This is in addition to a grant to co-locate the cinema within the Visitor Information and Costume and Kelly Museum building, which will improve display space for the nationally significant Ned Kelly sash and cell, increasing visitor engagement and the Benalla Cinema experience for locals and visitors. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “This has been a project I’ve been so proud to see go from an idea to reality – now it’s ready for families to enjoy just in time for summer.” “The Benalla Splash Park is one particularly fun example of how the Victorian Government is backing community-led projects to make country towns even better places to live, work and visit.” Quote attributable to Mayor of Benalla Rural City Cr Danny Claridge “Everyone is excited to see the splash park near completion. The splash park will be a great community facility that will have many benefits for our town.”

Making a splash in Benalla in time for Summer

Friday, 18 September 2020 Benalla locals will have another place to enjoy and cool down in the warmer months, with the town’s new splash park completed in time for summer. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today officially opened the park, made possible with more than $900,000 from the Victorian Government delivered over two stages from the initial planning to completion. The splash park was originally identified as a priority in the Benalla Rural City Community Plan 2016-2036 and is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to support rural and regional Victoria become even better places to live, work and invest. Designed to suit children of all ages, the splash park is expected to become an ideal spot for locals and attracting even more visitors during Benalla’s hot summer months. Features at the splash park include fountains, water jets and a family-friendly area, along with shade spaces and new landscaping including tree planting for shade, tables and chairs and footpaths for easy access around the park. The new splash park has been built on the Lake Benalla foreshore, an area that will soon be revitalised thanks to additional funding from the Victorian Government. The new Benalla foreshore project, supported by a $2 million grant from the Building Works Package will consist of 17 individual development projects including the expansion of the foreshore boardwalk and improved streetscaping, an interpretative trail about the lake, the construction of a floating pontoon and a new playground. This is in addition to a grant to co-locate the cinema within the Visitor Information and Costume and Kelly Museum building, which will improve display space for the nationally significant Ned Kelly sash and cell, increasing visitor engagement and the Benalla Cinema experience for locals and visitors. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “This has been a project I’ve been so proud to see go from an idea to reality – now it’s ready for families to enjoy just in time for summer.” “The Benalla Splash Park is one particularly fun example of how the Victorian Government is backing community-led projects to make country towns even better places to live, work and visit.” Quote attributable to Mayor of Benalla Rural City Cr Danny Claridge “Everyone is excited to see the splash park near completion. The splash park will be a great community facility that will have many benefits for our town.”

NEW BOUNCE FOR BENALLA GYMNASTICS

Monday, 24 August 2020 Benalla Gymnastics has been given a boost with the Victorian Government announcing funding for new equipment. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $67,300 from the Community Support fund to install a new sprung floor at the Benalla Drill Hall. The current sprung floor was purchased approximately 30 years ago and had been damaged in the 1993, 2009 & 2010 floods that has caused the wooden boards to warp, the metal springs to rust and the foam backed carpet on top has started to break down. The project will replace the old sprung floor with a modern fit for purpose floor. It is expected that the modernisation of the floor will increase participation and support Benalla’s current and future gymnasts.   Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The club raised concerns about the ageing floor earlier this year and I’m delighted that the Treasurer agreed to approve this funding and the project can get underway immediately.”   “Gymnastics is growing in Victoria and we need to support country kids to have access to appropriate equipment to pursue their gymnastic dreams.” “Were working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

NEW BOUNCE FOR BENALLA GYMNASTICS

Monday, 24 August 2020 Benalla Gymnastics has been given a boost with the Victorian Government announcing funding for new equipment. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $67,300 from the Community Support fund to install a new sprung floor at the Benalla Drill Hall. The current sprung floor was purchased approximately 30 years ago and had been damaged in the 1993, 2009 & 2010 floods that has caused the wooden boards to warp, the metal springs to rust and the foam backed carpet on top has started to break down. The project will replace the old sprung floor with a modern fit for purpose floor. It is expected that the modernisation of the floor will increase participation and support Benalla’s current and future gymnasts.   Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The club raised concerns about the ageing floor earlier this year and I’m delighted that the Treasurer agreed to approve this funding and the project can get underway immediately.”   “Gymnastics is growing in Victoria and we need to support country kids to have access to appropriate equipment to pursue their gymnastic dreams.” “Were working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

REGIONAL VICTORIA TO TAKE THIRD STEP

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 From 11:59pm tomorrow, Northern Victoria and other regional communities across the state will take the third step along the roadmap to COVID Normal. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the announcement was a testament to the determination of regional communities to stay the course and drive numbers down. The 14-day average in regional Victoria is 3.6 and with no mystery cases. It means communities outside Metropolitan Melbourne can take another step along the reopening roadmap. In the Third Step you can from household bubbles. This will allow households across regional Victoria to choose one other household to be in a bubble. You can visit them in their home. They can visit you in your home – with up to a total of five visitors. If you are catching up with friends and family, we encourage you to do it outside. All the latest evidence says being outdoors reduces the risk. To that end, people will be able to gather in groups of ten in outdoor public places, without a limit on the number of households. Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for regional Victorians aged 18 and under, as well as outdoor non-contact sport for adults.  And there’ll be a staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in the first two weeks of Term Four. The numbers for weddings and funerals will increase, and religious gatherings can happen outdoors with up to ten people. Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit in place. Indoors, venues can open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule. Tables must be spaced at least 1.5m apart, cleaned after every customer and the details of all patrons must be kept. Beauty and personal care services will also be available with a face covering. Outdoor events like a play in the park or an open-air cinema can take place, in accordance with other restrictions. Regional real estate agents will be able to hold auctions outdoors with up to ten people. And travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria. All businesses across Victoria – regional and in Melbourne – will also be required to have a COVIDSafe Plan, enforceable from 28 September. For more details on the roadmap visit: vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-reopening-roadmap-regional-victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Today is testament to the determination of people in Northern Victoria and across regional Victoria to not only get these numbers low – but to keep them low.” “The hard work of Victorians is paying off and from 11:59pm tomorrow, Northern Victorians can take the Third Step towards a COVID Normal – where life looks close to how we remember it.”  

REGIONAL VICTORIA TO TAKE THIRD STEP

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 From 11:59pm tomorrow, Northern Victoria and other regional communities across the state will take the third step along the roadmap to COVID Normal. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the announcement was a testament to the determination of regional communities to stay the course and drive numbers down. The 14-day average in regional Victoria is 3.6 and with no mystery cases. It means communities outside Metropolitan Melbourne can take another step along the reopening roadmap. In the Third Step you can from household bubbles. This will allow households across regional Victoria to choose one other household to be in a bubble. You can visit them in their home. They can visit you in your home – with up to a total of five visitors. If you are catching up with friends and family, we encourage you to do it outside. All the latest evidence says being outdoors reduces the risk. To that end, people will be able to gather in groups of ten in outdoor public places, without a limit on the number of households. Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for regional Victorians aged 18 and under, as well as outdoor non-contact sport for adults.  And there’ll be a staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in the first two weeks of Term Four. The numbers for weddings and funerals will increase, and religious gatherings can happen outdoors with up to ten people. Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit in place. Indoors, venues can open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule. Tables must be spaced at least 1.5m apart, cleaned after every customer and the details of all patrons must be kept. Beauty and personal care services will also be available with a face covering. Outdoor events like a play in the park or an open-air cinema can take place, in accordance with other restrictions. Regional real estate agents will be able to hold auctions outdoors with up to ten people. And travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria. All businesses across Victoria – regional and in Melbourne – will also be required to have a COVIDSafe Plan, enforceable from 28 September. For more details on the roadmap visit: vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-reopening-roadmap-regional-victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Today is testament to the determination of people in Northern Victoria and across regional Victoria to not only get these numbers low – but to keep them low.” “The hard work of Victorians is paying off and from 11:59pm tomorrow, Northern Victorians can take the Third Step towards a COVID Normal – where life looks close to how we remember it.”  

FUNDING BOOST FOR RUSHWORTH COMMUNITY TAXI SERVICE

Tuesday, 1 September 2020 Rushworth residents will have easier access to vital local services like healthcare and education, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government that will deliver a new community vehicle. Member for Northern Victorian Jaclyn Symes announced through the Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program, a new eight seat van for Rushworth’s Community Taxi program will help vulnerable members of the community attend appointments and access important services. By providing transport solutions where services aren’t currently available, the Community Taxi program aims to support better health outcomes and reduce social isolation for residents who are unable to access a private car or use public transport. The Government’s investment of $64,850, in partnership with $11,940 from the Rushworth Community House, will expand this important transport service which currently sees volunteers use their own vehicles. The Community Taxi trial is also supporting regional employment by creating a new part-time program coordinator role to work closely with volunteers and the community. The Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure across regional Victoria – delivered by the Department of Transport which works with local transport forums, regional partnerships, local councils and community organisations to identify and deliver local transport opportunities. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We know local transport is vital for those living in regional and rural areas and we’re proud to be working with Rushworth Community House to support the Community Taxi program.” “The Flexible Local Transport Solutions program is keeping locals linked into vital services – it’s an investment in keeping our regional communities connected and healthy.”  

FUNDING BOOST FOR RUSHWORTH COMMUNITY TAXI SERVICE

Tuesday, 1 September 2020 Rushworth residents will have easier access to vital local services like healthcare and education, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government that will deliver a new community vehicle. Member for Northern Victorian Jaclyn Symes announced through the Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program, a new eight seat van for Rushworth’s Community Taxi program will help vulnerable members of the community attend appointments and access important services. By providing transport solutions where services aren’t currently available, the Community Taxi program aims to support better health outcomes and reduce social isolation for residents who are unable to access a private car or use public transport. The Government’s investment of $64,850, in partnership with $11,940 from the Rushworth Community House, will expand this important transport service which currently sees volunteers use their own vehicles. The Community Taxi trial is also supporting regional employment by creating a new part-time program coordinator role to work closely with volunteers and the community. The Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure across regional Victoria – delivered by the Department of Transport which works with local transport forums, regional partnerships, local councils and community organisations to identify and deliver local transport opportunities. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We know local transport is vital for those living in regional and rural areas and we’re proud to be working with Rushworth Community House to support the Community Taxi program.” “The Flexible Local Transport Solutions program is keeping locals linked into vital services – it’s an investment in keeping our regional communities connected and healthy.”  

 

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT DELIVERS WORLD GAME TO WODONGA

AUGUST 25, 2020 Football has been given a boost in Wodonga with the Victorian Government announcing funding to Wodonga City Council to upgrade to facilities at Kelly Park, Wodonga. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $240,000 towards the upgrade from the government’s 2019-20 The World Game Facilities Fund. The project is one of thirteen to share in $4.9 million in grants from the fund to develop and redevelop grassroots football facilities across the state. The world game is more popular than ever and with the recent announcement of Australia co-hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re expecting even more Victorians will sign up to play in record numbers. The reserve is home to the Twin City Wanderers Football Club and Belvoir Cricket Club – the Wanderers have seen growing interest in recent years. This upgrade will modernise their facilities so they can cater for growing demand, especially for women and girls. The funding will enable the Installation of new 100 lux LED sportsfield lighting on the two pitches and training area. Since 2018, the initiative has injected approximately $9.9 million to 38 game-changing infrastructure projects across Victoria, with a total project value of $25.5 million.  And I am pleased to announce that the 2020-21 World Game Facilities Fund will open in November 2020. This round of the fund ramps up that effort by providing grants of up to $500,000 to Councils and Alpine Resort Boards to improve facilities in their area including lighting, turf pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitches, and female friendly accessible change rooms. The fund is part of a more than $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014. Ms Symes acknowledged project partners Wodonga City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering the upgrade at Kelly Park, Wodonga. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Football is booming in Victoria and we’re expecting growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women to sign up to play at local clubs.” “The Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund is getting it done for the Twin City Wanderers Football Club, providing more opportunities for passionate football fans to play the sport they love.” “We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”  

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT DELIVERS WORLD GAME TO WODONGA

AUGUST 25, 2020 Football has been given a boost in Wodonga with the Victorian Government announcing funding to Wodonga City Council to upgrade to facilities at Kelly Park, Wodonga. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $240,000 towards the upgrade from the government’s 2019-20 The World Game Facilities Fund. The project is one of thirteen to share in $4.9 million in grants from the fund to develop and redevelop grassroots football facilities across the state. The world game is more popular than ever and with the recent announcement of Australia co-hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re expecting even more Victorians will sign up to play in record numbers. The reserve is home to the Twin City Wanderers Football Club and Belvoir Cricket Club – the Wanderers have seen growing interest in recent years. This upgrade will modernise their facilities so they can cater for growing demand, especially for women and girls. The funding will enable the Installation of new 100 lux LED sportsfield lighting on the two pitches and training area. Since 2018, the initiative has injected approximately $9.9 million to 38 game-changing infrastructure projects across Victoria, with a total project value of $25.5 million.  And I am pleased to announce that the 2020-21 World Game Facilities Fund will open in November 2020. This round of the fund ramps up that effort by providing grants of up to $500,000 to Councils and Alpine Resort Boards to improve facilities in their area including lighting, turf pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitches, and female friendly accessible change rooms. The fund is part of a more than $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014. Ms Symes acknowledged project partners Wodonga City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering the upgrade at Kelly Park, Wodonga. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Football is booming in Victoria and we’re expecting growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women to sign up to play at local clubs.” “The Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund is getting it done for the Twin City Wanderers Football Club, providing more opportunities for passionate football fans to play the sport they love.” “We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”  

Working Together To Open And Protect Regional Victoria

Tuesday, 1st September 2020 As part of its reopening plan, the Victorian Government will release a dedicated regional roadmap – providing greater certainty to communities, tourism operators and businesses alike that restrictions will be eased at a safe pace – based on localised health advice. Regional Victoria has done a fantastic job in following the rules and slowing the spread of coronavirus – and as Victoria slowly opens up, the Government will do everything we can to protect that. Regional Victorians have responded to the call to get tested with over 100,000 tests since Stage 3 restrictions began. Supporting this effort, the Government has also established six new COVID Regional Response Units (CRU) to rapidly respond to any potential outbreak, informed by local knowledge of how and where the virus is likely to spread in local communities. The CRUs are led by infectious disease and public health experts and work with DHHS Public Health staff to provide contact tracing, monitoring and support for people who test positive in the regions of Barwon Health, Bendigo Health, Ballarat Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Albury Wodonga Health and Latrobe Regional Hospital. Recognising there is no one size fits all solution, the Government will offer tailored guidance not only to different industries – but to different parts of our state, with dedicated roadmaps for both Melbourne and regional Victoria. Discussions are underway with a range of industry, unions and community organisations to inform the final work on Victoria’s roadmap to ‘COVID Normal’, including a separate roadmap to protect and support regional Victoria. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes will lead consultation with regional partnership committees, employers and unions to ensure we keep regional communities safe and help local businesses rebuild. The Government will also consult with community support organisations on the impacts of social isolation on Victorians. Consultation will continue today with advice to be provided to Victoria’s public health team who will consider feedback as work on the roadmap continues. For more information about consultations contact Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Regional Victoria and Melbourne are experiencing this virus in different ways. That’s why we need a dedicated regional roadmap to plan for – and protect – regional Victoria.” “We want to open up the whole of our state in a steady and safe way. Because no matter your postcode, we’re in this together.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “Our dedicated plan for regional Victoria will ensure we can continue to keep case numbers low – and support businesses along the way.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “I’ve been talking to country communities throughout this pandemic and will continue to do so – making sure we have local voices shaping how we respond and recover from this virus.”

Working Together To Open And Protect Regional Victoria

Tuesday, 1st September 2020 As part of its reopening plan, the Victorian Government will release a dedicated regional roadmap – providing greater certainty to communities, tourism operators and businesses alike that restrictions will be eased at a safe pace – based on localised health advice. Regional Victoria has done a fantastic job in following the rules and slowing the spread of coronavirus – and as Victoria slowly opens up, the Government will do everything we can to protect that. Regional Victorians have responded to the call to get tested with over 100,000 tests since Stage 3 restrictions began. Supporting this effort, the Government has also established six new COVID Regional Response Units (CRU) to rapidly respond to any potential outbreak, informed by local knowledge of how and where the virus is likely to spread in local communities. The CRUs are led by infectious disease and public health experts and work with DHHS Public Health staff to provide contact tracing, monitoring and support for people who test positive in the regions of Barwon Health, Bendigo Health, Ballarat Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Albury Wodonga Health and Latrobe Regional Hospital. Recognising there is no one size fits all solution, the Government will offer tailored guidance not only to different industries – but to different parts of our state, with dedicated roadmaps for both Melbourne and regional Victoria. Discussions are underway with a range of industry, unions and community organisations to inform the final work on Victoria’s roadmap to ‘COVID Normal’, including a separate roadmap to protect and support regional Victoria. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes will lead consultation with regional partnership committees, employers and unions to ensure we keep regional communities safe and help local businesses rebuild. The Government will also consult with community support organisations on the impacts of social isolation on Victorians. Consultation will continue today with advice to be provided to Victoria’s public health team who will consider feedback as work on the roadmap continues. For more information about consultations contact Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Regional Victoria and Melbourne are experiencing this virus in different ways. That’s why we need a dedicated regional roadmap to plan for – and protect – regional Victoria.” “We want to open up the whole of our state in a steady and safe way. Because no matter your postcode, we’re in this together.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “Our dedicated plan for regional Victoria will ensure we can continue to keep case numbers low – and support businesses along the way.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “I’ve been talking to country communities throughout this pandemic and will continue to do so – making sure we have local voices shaping how we respond and recover from this virus.”

KINDER UPGRADE FOR BRIGHT

Monday, 31 August 2020 The Andrews Labor Government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access Three-Year-Old kinder as the ground-breaking program rolls out across the state. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced that the Victorian Government would provide Alpine Shire Council $1,000,557 for an expansion of Alpine View Children’s Centre in Bright. The expansion will increase the total number of kindergarten places and long day care space. This project is part of 13 projects across Victoria that Minister for Education James Merlino announced will share in more than $13.8 million in first round of grants under the Building Blocks program. The funding will deliver an integrated children’s centre, three new early learning facilities, two modular buildings, and seven kindergarten expansions. Together the projects will create new kinder places, as well as boosting local jobs and local businesses as these areas rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus. The Building Blocks program creates additional places – well as improving facilities and access to technology – for Three and Four-Year-old Kinder providers across Victoria. Grants are available to local governments and not-for-profit organisations delivering a funded kindergarten program. This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion investment in funded universal Three-Year-Old Kinder for all Victorian children – in an Australian-first. The reform has started in six regional local government areas in 2020, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs – including Alpine Shire – to benefit in 2021. As part of the roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Applications for the Building Blocks capacity building stream are open year-round. To apply, visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These projects will not only ensure these kinders are ready for the roll out of Three-Year-Old kinder – they will boost regional jobs and local businesses as we rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus.” “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens and set them up for the future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This expansion of Alpine View Children’s Centre will help to boost local jobs and businesses and will help prepare Bright for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kinder.”    

KINDER UPGRADE FOR BRIGHT

Monday, 31 August 2020 The Andrews Labor Government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access Three-Year-Old kinder as the ground-breaking program rolls out across the state. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced that the Victorian Government would provide Alpine Shire Council $1,000,557 for an expansion of Alpine View Children’s Centre in Bright. The expansion will increase the total number of kindergarten places and long day care space. This project is part of 13 projects across Victoria that Minister for Education James Merlino announced will share in more than $13.8 million in first round of grants under the Building Blocks program. The funding will deliver an integrated children’s centre, three new early learning facilities, two modular buildings, and seven kindergarten expansions. Together the projects will create new kinder places, as well as boosting local jobs and local businesses as these areas rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus. The Building Blocks program creates additional places – well as improving facilities and access to technology – for Three and Four-Year-old Kinder providers across Victoria. Grants are available to local governments and not-for-profit organisations delivering a funded kindergarten program. This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion investment in funded universal Three-Year-Old Kinder for all Victorian children – in an Australian-first. The reform has started in six regional local government areas in 2020, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs – including Alpine Shire – to benefit in 2021. As part of the roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Applications for the Building Blocks capacity building stream are open year-round. To apply, visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These projects will not only ensure these kinders are ready for the roll out of Three-Year-Old kinder – they will boost regional jobs and local businesses as we rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus.” “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens and set them up for the future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This expansion of Alpine View Children’s Centre will help to boost local jobs and businesses and will help prepare Bright for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kinder.”    

MAJOR EXPANSION OF WANDONG KINDERGARTEN

Monday, 31 August 2020 The Andrews Labor Government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access Three-Year-Old kinder as the ground-breaking program rolls out across the state. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced that the Andrews Labor Government is providing Mitchell Shire Council with $498,000 for a major expansion of Wandong Kindergarten ahead of state-wide funded Three-Year-Old Kinder rolling-out in 2022. The facility will be expanded to create an additional 20 three-year-old places and is estimated to be complete mid-2021. This project is part of 13 projects across Victoria that Minister for Education James Merlino announced will share in more than $13.8 million in first round of grants under the Building Blocks program. The funding will deliver an integrated children’s centre, three new early learning facilities, two modular buildings, and seven kindergarten expansions. Together the projects will create new kinder places, as well as boosting local jobs and local businesses as these areas rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus. The Building Blocks program creates additional places – well as improving facilities and access to technology – for Three and Four-Year-old Kinder providers across Victoria. Grants are available to local governments and not-for-profit organisations delivering a funded kindergarten program. This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion investment in funded universal Three-Year-Old Kinder for all Victorian children – in an Australian-first. The reform has started in six regional local government areas in 2020, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs – including East Gippsland – to benefit in 2021. As part of the roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Applications for the Building Blocks capacity building stream are open year-round. To apply, visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These projects will not only ensure these kinders are ready for the roll out of Three-Year-Old kinder – they will boost regional jobs and local businesses as we rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus.” “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens and set them up for the future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This major expansion of Wandong Kindergarten will help to boost local jobs and businesses, and will help prepare Wandong for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kinder in 2022.”

MAJOR EXPANSION OF WANDONG KINDERGARTEN

Monday, 31 August 2020 The Andrews Labor Government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access Three-Year-Old kinder as the ground-breaking program rolls out across the state. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced that the Andrews Labor Government is providing Mitchell Shire Council with $498,000 for a major expansion of Wandong Kindergarten ahead of state-wide funded Three-Year-Old Kinder rolling-out in 2022. The facility will be expanded to create an additional 20 three-year-old places and is estimated to be complete mid-2021. This project is part of 13 projects across Victoria that Minister for Education James Merlino announced will share in more than $13.8 million in first round of grants under the Building Blocks program. The funding will deliver an integrated children’s centre, three new early learning facilities, two modular buildings, and seven kindergarten expansions. Together the projects will create new kinder places, as well as boosting local jobs and local businesses as these areas rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus. The Building Blocks program creates additional places – well as improving facilities and access to technology – for Three and Four-Year-old Kinder providers across Victoria. Grants are available to local governments and not-for-profit organisations delivering a funded kindergarten program. This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion investment in funded universal Three-Year-Old Kinder for all Victorian children – in an Australian-first. The reform has started in six regional local government areas in 2020, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs – including East Gippsland – to benefit in 2021. As part of the roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state. Applications for the Building Blocks capacity building stream are open year-round. To apply, visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These projects will not only ensure these kinders are ready for the roll out of Three-Year-Old kinder – they will boost regional jobs and local businesses as we rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus.” “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens and set them up for the future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This major expansion of Wandong Kindergarten will help to boost local jobs and businesses, and will help prepare Wandong for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kinder in 2022.”