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SUPPORTING STRONG MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring multicultural Victorians can share and celebrate culture and traditions in accessible and safe environments. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced North East Multicultural Association Inc has been awarded a $58,822 towards their office relocation upgrade and Da Vinci Social Club has been successful with $18,388 to install heating and cooling to their main hall area. This round of grants is providing more than $4.5 million to be shared by 30 community organisations to build and upgrade facilities. The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund offers grants of up to $500,000 to organisations to help upgrade, renovate and maintain community infrastructure. Having safe and secure places to celebrate and share cultural history and traditions ensures Victoria's multicultural communities continue to build connections and celebrate diversity. The Labor Government is committed to fostering an inclusive society – the community infrastructure funding ensures communities across Victoria have dedicated, accessible and safe spaces for community connection, and to ensure the sense of belonging that is essential to the wellbeing and unity of our state. Full details of the latest round of Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund grant recipients will be available on Friday 13 May at vic.gov.au/multicultural-community-infrastructure-fund Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Accessible and safe community facilities are essential for all Victorians as we recover from the pandemic – and we are investing to support multicultural communities to build connections and share diversity.” Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “We are committed to providing multicultural and multifaith Victorian’s access to modern facilities where culture and traditions are celebrated and preserved.”

SUPPORTING STRONG MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring multicultural Victorians can share and celebrate culture and traditions in accessible and safe environments. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced North East Multicultural Association Inc has been awarded a $58,822 towards their office relocation upgrade and Da Vinci Social Club has been successful with $18,388 to install heating and cooling to their main hall area. This round of grants is providing more than $4.5 million to be shared by 30 community organisations to build and upgrade facilities. The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund offers grants of up to $500,000 to organisations to help upgrade, renovate and maintain community infrastructure. Having safe and secure places to celebrate and share cultural history and traditions ensures Victoria's multicultural communities continue to build connections and celebrate diversity. The Labor Government is committed to fostering an inclusive society – the community infrastructure funding ensures communities across Victoria have dedicated, accessible and safe spaces for community connection, and to ensure the sense of belonging that is essential to the wellbeing and unity of our state. Full details of the latest round of Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund grant recipients will be available on Friday 13 May at vic.gov.au/multicultural-community-infrastructure-fund Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Accessible and safe community facilities are essential for all Victorians as we recover from the pandemic – and we are investing to support multicultural communities to build connections and share diversity.” Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “We are committed to providing multicultural and multifaith Victorian’s access to modern facilities where culture and traditions are celebrated and preserved.”

IMPROVING BUS CONNECTIONS IN KILMORE

The Andrews Labor Government is improving connectivity and accessibility in Kilmore with the introduction of Sunday bus services. The Victorian Budget 2022-23 allocates more than $600,000 to introduce the extra services, providing locals with seven-days-a-week travel options and more freedom and flexibility to work, shop and play. The Sunday services, which are expected to begin running next year, will be coordinated to link up to train services at Kilmore East station, enabling easier access to and from Melbourne on Sundays to enjoy the football and other sporting and cultural activities. The new Kilmore bus services have been added to the network based on community feedback and understanding travel needs of the booming Kilmore region. Kilmore’s population is increasing rapidly, and this investment will keep pace with this growth and unlock the continued improvements to the Shepparton Line. These upgrades are supported by $108.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to deliver Victoria’s Bus Plan which will improve Victoria’s suburban and regional bus services and bus stops.  The investment in improving Kilmore’s bus network comes on top of a $9.4 million upgrade already underway to the train signalling system between Craigieburn and Seymour to enable trains to run closer together – meaning more trains, more often. More than $7 million in track improvement works are currently underway, including replacing more than 20 kilometres of rail between Wallan and Broadford, to ensure V/Line can continue to offer safe, comfortable and reliable services to passengers. As part of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, improved detection technology at eight level crossings between Donnybrook and Seymour will enable modern VLocity trains to travel to Shepparton for the first time after works are complete in late 2022. Planning and consultation for the new Sunday bus services will begin in the coming months. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Kilmore is booming, which is why we’re introducing Sunday services to give everyone more options and flexibility to get out and around town.” “The extra services will deliver a daily bus service for Kilmore – something we know people have been wanting for a long time.” “I look forward to working with everyone in the community to ensure the new services are planned to meet everyone’s needs and to see the first bus take passengers next year.”

IMPROVING BUS CONNECTIONS IN KILMORE

The Andrews Labor Government is improving connectivity and accessibility in Kilmore with the introduction of Sunday bus services. The Victorian Budget 2022-23 allocates more than $600,000 to introduce the extra services, providing locals with seven-days-a-week travel options and more freedom and flexibility to work, shop and play. The Sunday services, which are expected to begin running next year, will be coordinated to link up to train services at Kilmore East station, enabling easier access to and from Melbourne on Sundays to enjoy the football and other sporting and cultural activities. The new Kilmore bus services have been added to the network based on community feedback and understanding travel needs of the booming Kilmore region. Kilmore’s population is increasing rapidly, and this investment will keep pace with this growth and unlock the continued improvements to the Shepparton Line. These upgrades are supported by $108.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to deliver Victoria’s Bus Plan which will improve Victoria’s suburban and regional bus services and bus stops.  The investment in improving Kilmore’s bus network comes on top of a $9.4 million upgrade already underway to the train signalling system between Craigieburn and Seymour to enable trains to run closer together – meaning more trains, more often. More than $7 million in track improvement works are currently underway, including replacing more than 20 kilometres of rail between Wallan and Broadford, to ensure V/Line can continue to offer safe, comfortable and reliable services to passengers. As part of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, improved detection technology at eight level crossings between Donnybrook and Seymour will enable modern VLocity trains to travel to Shepparton for the first time after works are complete in late 2022. Planning and consultation for the new Sunday bus services will begin in the coming months. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Kilmore is booming, which is why we’re introducing Sunday services to give everyone more options and flexibility to get out and around town.” “The extra services will deliver a daily bus service for Kilmore – something we know people have been wanting for a long time.” “I look forward to working with everyone in the community to ensure the new services are planned to meet everyone’s needs and to see the first bus take passengers next year.”

DISCOVER HIGH COUNTRY SMALL-SCALE PRODUCERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to put Victoria’s innovative small-scale and craft producers on the foodie map and showcasing the exceptional food and drink they have to offer. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced Swiftcrest Distillery have been awarded $100,000 for their Tasting Pod project as part of Stream Three of the Labor Government’s Small scale and Craft Program. Swiftcrest Distillery will create a unique tourism experience that showcases their and local agribusinesses produce. Three pods will be constructed on the scenic hill of their Mansfield property. The Tasting Pod experience will be a private dining space with panoramic views for all four seasons. There will be a space for making memories with family and friends while immersed in the natural vistas of Mansfield and the high country. The pods will be stocked with local produce and staff will be on hand to explain where the unique produce comes from, talk about each producer’s story and why their local produce is so special. Stream Three of the program provided grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses to support projects that created a unique visitor experience, engaging multiple small-scale and craft producers, and putting their regions on the map. The Government’s Small-Scale and Craft Program has awarded grants to over 300 businesses and invested $6.6 million into the sector. The Small-Scale and Craft Program supports the 10-year agriculture strategy to create a sector that is strong, innovative, and sustainable. To find out more about the Small-Scale and Craft Program visit: agriculture.vic.gov.au/smallscaleandcraftprogram Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We are proud to support hardworking and resilient small-scale and craft producers like Swiftcrest to create unique experiences which have the potential to attract visitors to the area and deliver flow-on benefits for jobs and tourism.”  

DISCOVER HIGH COUNTRY SMALL-SCALE PRODUCERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to put Victoria’s innovative small-scale and craft producers on the foodie map and showcasing the exceptional food and drink they have to offer. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced Swiftcrest Distillery have been awarded $100,000 for their Tasting Pod project as part of Stream Three of the Labor Government’s Small scale and Craft Program. Swiftcrest Distillery will create a unique tourism experience that showcases their and local agribusinesses produce. Three pods will be constructed on the scenic hill of their Mansfield property. The Tasting Pod experience will be a private dining space with panoramic views for all four seasons. There will be a space for making memories with family and friends while immersed in the natural vistas of Mansfield and the high country. The pods will be stocked with local produce and staff will be on hand to explain where the unique produce comes from, talk about each producer’s story and why their local produce is so special. Stream Three of the program provided grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses to support projects that created a unique visitor experience, engaging multiple small-scale and craft producers, and putting their regions on the map. The Government’s Small-Scale and Craft Program has awarded grants to over 300 businesses and invested $6.6 million into the sector. The Small-Scale and Craft Program supports the 10-year agriculture strategy to create a sector that is strong, innovative, and sustainable. To find out more about the Small-Scale and Craft Program visit: agriculture.vic.gov.au/smallscaleandcraftprogram Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We are proud to support hardworking and resilient small-scale and craft producers like Swiftcrest to create unique experiences which have the potential to attract visitors to the area and deliver flow-on benefits for jobs and tourism.”  

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR BENALLA P-12 COLLEGE

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Benalla P-12 College have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $14.3 million to deliver the next stage of upgrades in new food technology, a canteen, staffing and junior school buildings. This builds on the $12 million allocated to the school in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 and $3.5 million allocated to the school in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. Major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home. Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities. Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Alongside upgrading mainstream schools like Benalla P-12 College, this Budget will upgrade 36 special schools. That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “There are close to 900 students enrolled in Benalla P-12 – by investing in their school we are investing in those students’ futures.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Benalla P-12 College and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.” “Since being elected I’ve worked hard to deliver for my former high school and its fantastic to complete this vital final stage.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.”

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR BENALLA P-12 COLLEGE

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Benalla P-12 College have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $14.3 million to deliver the next stage of upgrades in new food technology, a canteen, staffing and junior school buildings. This builds on the $12 million allocated to the school in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 and $3.5 million allocated to the school in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. Major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home. Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities. Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Alongside upgrading mainstream schools like Benalla P-12 College, this Budget will upgrade 36 special schools. That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “There are close to 900 students enrolled in Benalla P-12 – by investing in their school we are investing in those students’ futures.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Benalla P-12 College and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.” “Since being elected I’ve worked hard to deliver for my former high school and its fantastic to complete this vital final stage.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.”

 

DELIVERING BETTER PUBLIC AGED CARE FACILITIES IN MANSFIELD

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with ensuring older Victorians in the High Country get the high-quality aged care they deserve, with a modern redevelopment of two public aged care facilities in Mansfield. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver the redevelopment of Buckland House and the Bindaree Retirement Centre at Mansfield District Hospital. The project will completely transform the ageing 30-bed Buckland House and refurbish the Bindaree Retirement Centre’s 42 beds – delivering a bigger, better and safer home for residents. The improved facilities in Mansfield will provide an environment that is dementia friendly and better suited to supporting mental health and the complex care needs of older Victorians. Residents will be accommodated in single bedrooms with a private ensuite, in settings that promote dignity, privacy and independence. The design includes using ‘small households’ with their own dedicated kitchen, dining, lounge and break-out sitting areas. The project is part of the Regional and Rural Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services Revitalisation Strategy, to modernise ageing facilities which are home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians. Regional public sector residential aged care services play a vital role in supporting access to appropriate services, including for vulnerable older Victorians with complex support needs. We’re investing more than $146 million in the Budget to redevelop and upgrade public sector residential aged care services including new and refurbished aged care facilities at Camperdown Hospital and Orbost Regional Health, as well as detailed design and planning work to redevelop Hawthorn Village in Bright and the Heywood Nursing Home in the state’s south-west. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Mansfield community has been calling for the upgrade of the town’s aged care facilities and I’m delighted to say that, with this announcement, the Andrews Labor Government is delivering.” “This is a major upgrade which will benefit dozens of residents and give peace of mind to families in and around Mansfield that their loved ones have the best living conditions possible.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines “The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to deliver much-needed high-quality residential aged care services that will benefit communities across Victoria’s High Country.”

DELIVERING BETTER PUBLIC AGED CARE FACILITIES IN MANSFIELD

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with ensuring older Victorians in the High Country get the high-quality aged care they deserve, with a modern redevelopment of two public aged care facilities in Mansfield. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver the redevelopment of Buckland House and the Bindaree Retirement Centre at Mansfield District Hospital. The project will completely transform the ageing 30-bed Buckland House and refurbish the Bindaree Retirement Centre’s 42 beds – delivering a bigger, better and safer home for residents. The improved facilities in Mansfield will provide an environment that is dementia friendly and better suited to supporting mental health and the complex care needs of older Victorians. Residents will be accommodated in single bedrooms with a private ensuite, in settings that promote dignity, privacy and independence. The design includes using ‘small households’ with their own dedicated kitchen, dining, lounge and break-out sitting areas. The project is part of the Regional and Rural Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services Revitalisation Strategy, to modernise ageing facilities which are home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians. Regional public sector residential aged care services play a vital role in supporting access to appropriate services, including for vulnerable older Victorians with complex support needs. We’re investing more than $146 million in the Budget to redevelop and upgrade public sector residential aged care services including new and refurbished aged care facilities at Camperdown Hospital and Orbost Regional Health, as well as detailed design and planning work to redevelop Hawthorn Village in Bright and the Heywood Nursing Home in the state’s south-west. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Mansfield community has been calling for the upgrade of the town’s aged care facilities and I’m delighted to say that, with this announcement, the Andrews Labor Government is delivering.” “This is a major upgrade which will benefit dozens of residents and give peace of mind to families in and around Mansfield that their loved ones have the best living conditions possible.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines “The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to deliver much-needed high-quality residential aged care services that will benefit communities across Victoria’s High Country.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH BEDS FOR WANGARATTA

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the mental health services Victorians need, no matter where they live – with new acute mental health beds to give Wangaratta locals the care they need, as soon as they need it. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited Northeast Health Wangaratta to announce the hospital will share in an investment of $35.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to plan for and design a major redevelopment of its acute mental health unit, which will soon be able to care for 36 people at a time – an uplift of 16 beds. Delivering on key recommendations of the Royal Commission, these new beds form part of the Labor Government’s investment in delivering or planning for 64 additional acute mental health beds in Shepparton and Ballarat alongside Wangaratta – so people can be treated and begin their recovery close to home with local support services. Victorians with lived experience of the mental health system will be part of the design process for the new facilities – sharing their thoughts in design workshops to make sure the new services meet the needs of the people they serve – like the provision of safe, separate areas for women and other vulnerable consumers. On top of this critical planning work, the Labor Government has invested heavily in the state’s north-east as part of the biggest ever reform to the state’s mental health system. Walk-in mental health hubs are available for the whole community to get immediate – and free – care, support and referrals to other mental health services in Wangaratta, Wodonga and Shepparton. By the end of 2022, the Labor Government will also deliver a Local Adult and Older Adult mental health service in Benalla, providing early intervention care to support the whole community, addressing mental health and wellbeing concerns before they become more serious and cutting waiting lists to see a mental health professional. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 also delivered ongoing funding to the critical Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) services in Shepparton and Wangaratta – helping them deliver life-saving care, treatment and wraparound support to people in the region who have attempted suicide or experienced a mental health crisis. Last year’s Budget also supported a brand-new HOPE service to expand this support to people living in and around Wodonga – ensuring no one in crisis in Victoria’s north-east is left behind. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes Planning for these new mental health beds will make sure Wangaratta Hospital’s doors are open for anyone in crisis – slashing waiting times and making sure people get support and help as soon as they need it.” “Our nation-leading reform of our state’s mental health system is well underway – with a consistent stream of new services, Victorians are starting to see our profound investments paying off in our state’s mental health.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “For too long, regional Victorians have had to travel away from their family, friends and support networks to get mental health care. That stops with us – we’re investing to give people the care they need in their own communities.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH BEDS FOR WANGARATTA

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the mental health services Victorians need, no matter where they live – with new acute mental health beds to give Wangaratta locals the care they need, as soon as they need it. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited Northeast Health Wangaratta to announce the hospital will share in an investment of $35.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to plan for and design a major redevelopment of its acute mental health unit, which will soon be able to care for 36 people at a time – an uplift of 16 beds. Delivering on key recommendations of the Royal Commission, these new beds form part of the Labor Government’s investment in delivering or planning for 64 additional acute mental health beds in Shepparton and Ballarat alongside Wangaratta – so people can be treated and begin their recovery close to home with local support services. Victorians with lived experience of the mental health system will be part of the design process for the new facilities – sharing their thoughts in design workshops to make sure the new services meet the needs of the people they serve – like the provision of safe, separate areas for women and other vulnerable consumers. On top of this critical planning work, the Labor Government has invested heavily in the state’s north-east as part of the biggest ever reform to the state’s mental health system. Walk-in mental health hubs are available for the whole community to get immediate – and free – care, support and referrals to other mental health services in Wangaratta, Wodonga and Shepparton. By the end of 2022, the Labor Government will also deliver a Local Adult and Older Adult mental health service in Benalla, providing early intervention care to support the whole community, addressing mental health and wellbeing concerns before they become more serious and cutting waiting lists to see a mental health professional. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 also delivered ongoing funding to the critical Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) services in Shepparton and Wangaratta – helping them deliver life-saving care, treatment and wraparound support to people in the region who have attempted suicide or experienced a mental health crisis. Last year’s Budget also supported a brand-new HOPE service to expand this support to people living in and around Wodonga – ensuring no one in crisis in Victoria’s north-east is left behind. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes Planning for these new mental health beds will make sure Wangaratta Hospital’s doors are open for anyone in crisis – slashing waiting times and making sure people get support and help as soon as they need it.” “Our nation-leading reform of our state’s mental health system is well underway – with a consistent stream of new services, Victorians are starting to see our profound investments paying off in our state’s mental health.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “For too long, regional Victorians have had to travel away from their family, friends and support networks to get mental health care. That stops with us – we’re investing to give people the care they need in their own communities.”

BETTER PUBLIC AGED CARE FACILITIES IN BRIGHT

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring older Victorians get the high-quality aged care and comfort they deserve, with planning underway for a modern redevelopment of a public aged care facility in Bright. Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp was in Bright today to  announce that the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver $1.52 million to design and plan for the redevelopment of Alpine Health’s Hawthorn Village. The process will map how the current 40-bed Hawthorn Village aged care facility will be transformed into a bigger, better and safer home for residents. The facility being planned at Alpine Health will provide an environment that is dementia friendly and better suited to supporting mental health and the complex care needs of older Victorians. Residents will be accommodated in single bedrooms with a private ensuite, in settings that promote dignity, privacy and independence. The project is part of the Regional and Rural Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services Revitalisation Strategy, to modernise ageing facilities which are home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians. The strategy aims to progressively replace dated public sector facilities with purpose-built facilities that better meet community expectations and enable modern models of aged care that are focused on residents and delivered in a home-like setting. We are investing more than $146 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to redevelop and upgrade public sector residential aged care services, including new and refurbished aged care facilities at locations including Mansfield District Hospital and Orbost Regional Health. Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “This is great news for local families. We’ll be planning for facilities that will cater to residents’ needs, meaning they can stay connected to their local community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “I’ve listened to the Bright community about how important this project is to them and this funding is the next step towards delivering these much needed upgrades.” “No matter where you live in Victoria, people should be able to access aged care services which provide the best and most modern care and support.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines “We’re continuing to support our regional aged care services to ensure they deliver the care older Victorians deserve.” Media contact: Lela Bell 0430 290 500 | lela.bell3@parliament.vic.gov.au

BETTER PUBLIC AGED CARE FACILITIES IN BRIGHT

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring older Victorians get the high-quality aged care and comfort they deserve, with planning underway for a modern redevelopment of a public aged care facility in Bright. Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp was in Bright today to  announce that the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver $1.52 million to design and plan for the redevelopment of Alpine Health’s Hawthorn Village. The process will map how the current 40-bed Hawthorn Village aged care facility will be transformed into a bigger, better and safer home for residents. The facility being planned at Alpine Health will provide an environment that is dementia friendly and better suited to supporting mental health and the complex care needs of older Victorians. Residents will be accommodated in single bedrooms with a private ensuite, in settings that promote dignity, privacy and independence. The project is part of the Regional and Rural Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services Revitalisation Strategy, to modernise ageing facilities which are home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians. The strategy aims to progressively replace dated public sector facilities with purpose-built facilities that better meet community expectations and enable modern models of aged care that are focused on residents and delivered in a home-like setting. We are investing more than $146 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to redevelop and upgrade public sector residential aged care services, including new and refurbished aged care facilities at locations including Mansfield District Hospital and Orbost Regional Health. Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “This is great news for local families. We’ll be planning for facilities that will cater to residents’ needs, meaning they can stay connected to their local community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “I’ve listened to the Bright community about how important this project is to them and this funding is the next step towards delivering these much needed upgrades.” “No matter where you live in Victoria, people should be able to access aged care services which provide the best and most modern care and support.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines “We’re continuing to support our regional aged care services to ensure they deliver the care older Victorians deserve.” Media contact: Lela Bell 0430 290 500 | lela.bell3@parliament.vic.gov.au

BUILDING CONNECTIONS WITH NEW MEN’S SHEDS GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting wellbeing in communities across the state with further funding to establish, expand or improve men’s sheds. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced applications have opened for grants through the $1 million men’s sheds program. Men's sheds provide a place for people to get together, work on common projects and contribute to their community. In the 2022-23 grant round, men’s shed groups can again apply for a grant of up to $80,000 for the construction of a new shed or the extension or refurbishment of an existing shed. There are currently more than 360 communities with men’s sheds throughout Victoria. For information about the 2022-23 Men’s Shed Funding Program and how to apply, visit providers.dffh.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines “Men’s sheds play such an important role, providing a place to learn new skills and share interests, as well as the opportunity to make friends and contribute to the community.” “This investment will support upgrades for men’s sheds throughout the state, delivering more opportunities for Victorians to reconnect after a difficult couple of years.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “These grants will help men’s sheds grow and welcome new members, providing a place for people across our community to connect and supporting their wellbeing.”

BUILDING CONNECTIONS WITH NEW MEN’S SHEDS GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting wellbeing in communities across the state with further funding to establish, expand or improve men’s sheds. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced applications have opened for grants through the $1 million men’s sheds program. Men's sheds provide a place for people to get together, work on common projects and contribute to their community. In the 2022-23 grant round, men’s shed groups can again apply for a grant of up to $80,000 for the construction of a new shed or the extension or refurbishment of an existing shed. There are currently more than 360 communities with men’s sheds throughout Victoria. For information about the 2022-23 Men’s Shed Funding Program and how to apply, visit providers.dffh.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines “Men’s sheds play such an important role, providing a place to learn new skills and share interests, as well as the opportunity to make friends and contribute to the community.” “This investment will support upgrades for men’s sheds throughout the state, delivering more opportunities for Victorians to reconnect after a difficult couple of years.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “These grants will help men’s sheds grow and welcome new members, providing a place for people across our community to connect and supporting their wellbeing.”