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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW FIRE? GET READY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

A hard-hitting new advertising campaign has been launched that will reinforce the deadly risks of fire and the importance of planning and preparing for the fire season, as the state heads towards a long, hot and dry season. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett welcomed Victoria’s bold new approach to fire preparedness – one of the largest fire campaigns in the state’s history. Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world and everyone needs to understand just how devastating fire can be, no matter where they live—whether it’s the outer suburbs, the coast or the country. The ‘How well do you know fire?’ campaign will run across television, radio, print, digital, social, and outdoor media to highlight the deadly risk fire poses and the importance of planning and preparing for the season. Radiant heat from a bushfire can kill you from 300 metres away, and a single ember can start a new fire from 40 kilometres away. These facts will be combined with confronting imagery to ensure Victorians are prepared this bushfire season, after research found many people were becoming complacent about their personal bushfire risk. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the resources and support needed to protect the community this fire season, with all available emergency management staff and agencies ready to respond to incidents across the state. This includes thousands of our dedicated volunteer and career firefighters from across all agencies, as well as a record fleet of 50 aircraft, which will hit the skies to help fight fires and keep communities safe. Victorians and communities need to start preparing themselves for the fire season – visit www.vic.gov.au/knowfire to plan and prepare. People should also download the VicEmergency app now to in order to receive emergency information and warnings. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We simply can’t afford to be complacent – planning and preparing for your fire risk can be the difference between life and death.” “Our firefighters can’t do this alone. Every single one of us has a responsibility to plan and prepare for fire.” “Share the message with friends and family, and make sure you are ready for fire this summer.”

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW FIRE? GET READY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

A hard-hitting new advertising campaign has been launched that will reinforce the deadly risks of fire and the importance of planning and preparing for the fire season, as the state heads towards a long, hot and dry season. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett welcomed Victoria’s bold new approach to fire preparedness – one of the largest fire campaigns in the state’s history. Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world and everyone needs to understand just how devastating fire can be, no matter where they live—whether it’s the outer suburbs, the coast or the country. The ‘How well do you know fire?’ campaign will run across television, radio, print, digital, social, and outdoor media to highlight the deadly risk fire poses and the importance of planning and preparing for the season. Radiant heat from a bushfire can kill you from 300 metres away, and a single ember can start a new fire from 40 kilometres away. These facts will be combined with confronting imagery to ensure Victorians are prepared this bushfire season, after research found many people were becoming complacent about their personal bushfire risk. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the resources and support needed to protect the community this fire season, with all available emergency management staff and agencies ready to respond to incidents across the state. This includes thousands of our dedicated volunteer and career firefighters from across all agencies, as well as a record fleet of 50 aircraft, which will hit the skies to help fight fires and keep communities safe. Victorians and communities need to start preparing themselves for the fire season – visit www.vic.gov.au/knowfire to plan and prepare. People should also download the VicEmergency app now to in order to receive emergency information and warnings. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We simply can’t afford to be complacent – planning and preparing for your fire risk can be the difference between life and death.” “Our firefighters can’t do this alone. Every single one of us has a responsibility to plan and prepare for fire.” “Share the message with friends and family, and make sure you are ready for fire this summer.”

UPGRADING THE LAKES ENTRANCE EASTERN TRAINING

The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading the Lakes Entrance Eastern Training Wall to make it safer for locals and visitors, delivering vital repairs for important local port facilities across the state. Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne announced $780,000 for works to reinstate the breakwater to secure access through Lakes Entrance. The entrance channel between the training walls provide vital access for the offshore fishing fleet and recreational boats to the port of Gippsland Lakes. The training walls are also accessed by locals and visitors, including fishers, anglers and tourists. The Labor Government is also investing $29,340 for new public lighting at the Marlo Jetty, on top of Gippsland Ports $100,660 upgrade of the Marlo Jetty to ensure it is safe for public use into the future. Gippsland Ports is the port manager for five local ports in Gippsland as well as the waterway manager for two further waterways and manages port infrastructure, vessels, plant and equipment worth close to $190 million. The Training Wall upgrades build on the Labor Government’s investment in a new dredge, the Tommy Norton that has been operating around Lakes Entrance since 2017. The Tommy Norton is delivering safe and reliable ocean access for the thousands of recreational and commercial vessels that cross the Lakes Entrance bar every year. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne “We’re delivering this vital upgrade to the Lakes Entrance Eastern Training Wall to make sure it’s safe for locals and visitors now and into the future.” “By supporting and future-proofing access to the port of Gippsland Lakes, we’re backing our offshore fishers, local anglers and tourists who use the port every year.” Quotes attributable to the Member Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “These repairs will ensure Gippsland’s waterways are safe and accessible to locals whether you use them for work or recreation.”

UPGRADING THE LAKES ENTRANCE EASTERN TRAINING

The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading the Lakes Entrance Eastern Training Wall to make it safer for locals and visitors, delivering vital repairs for important local port facilities across the state. Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne announced $780,000 for works to reinstate the breakwater to secure access through Lakes Entrance. The entrance channel between the training walls provide vital access for the offshore fishing fleet and recreational boats to the port of Gippsland Lakes. The training walls are also accessed by locals and visitors, including fishers, anglers and tourists. The Labor Government is also investing $29,340 for new public lighting at the Marlo Jetty, on top of Gippsland Ports $100,660 upgrade of the Marlo Jetty to ensure it is safe for public use into the future. Gippsland Ports is the port manager for five local ports in Gippsland as well as the waterway manager for two further waterways and manages port infrastructure, vessels, plant and equipment worth close to $190 million. The Training Wall upgrades build on the Labor Government’s investment in a new dredge, the Tommy Norton that has been operating around Lakes Entrance since 2017. The Tommy Norton is delivering safe and reliable ocean access for the thousands of recreational and commercial vessels that cross the Lakes Entrance bar every year. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne “We’re delivering this vital upgrade to the Lakes Entrance Eastern Training Wall to make sure it’s safe for locals and visitors now and into the future.” “By supporting and future-proofing access to the port of Gippsland Lakes, we’re backing our offshore fishers, local anglers and tourists who use the port every year.” Quotes attributable to the Member Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “These repairs will ensure Gippsland’s waterways are safe and accessible to locals whether you use them for work or recreation.”

PRINCESS HIGHWAY ROAD REBUILDING KICKS OFF

Work is underway to rebuild five sections of the Princes Highway to provide a smoother, safer and more reliable journey for Gippsland drivers as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s maintenance blitz. More than 600 metres of the Princes Highway’s east-bound section is currently being rebuilt, which will be followed by further rebuilds over the spring and summer months at sites in Moe, Hernes Oak and Fernbank. More than 220 kilometres of Gippsland’s roads will be rebuilt, repaired or resurfaced this maintenance season to improve safety and reliability on the region’s arterial road network. Other Gippsland roads to be fixed include the South Gippsland Highway, the Bass Highway, Korumburra-Inverloch Road, Maryvale Road, Foster-Promontory Road and Rosedale-Longford Road. Across regional Victoria, crews will rebuild, repair and resurface around 1500 kilometres of the regional road network – supporting around 1100 construction jobs. During works, changed traffic conditions will be in place for the safety of workers and everyone travelling on our roads. On top of RRV’s road maintenance program, regional councils are delivering 133 improvement projects on their municipal roads across the state thanks to round two of the Victorian Government’s $100 million Fixing Country Roads program – including rebuilding sections of local roads, sealing gravel roads, and strengthening bridges. To learn more about road improvement works taking place in your area, head to regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing: “The Princes Highway is an important freight corridor and tourist route – and we’re making sure it’s smoother, safer and more reliable for the thousands of drivers who rely on it every day.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett: “We’re rebuilding, repairing and resurfacing more than 220 kilometres of Gippsland roads this year as part of our massive road maintenance blitz.”

PRINCESS HIGHWAY ROAD REBUILDING KICKS OFF

Work is underway to rebuild five sections of the Princes Highway to provide a smoother, safer and more reliable journey for Gippsland drivers as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s maintenance blitz. More than 600 metres of the Princes Highway’s east-bound section is currently being rebuilt, which will be followed by further rebuilds over the spring and summer months at sites in Moe, Hernes Oak and Fernbank. More than 220 kilometres of Gippsland’s roads will be rebuilt, repaired or resurfaced this maintenance season to improve safety and reliability on the region’s arterial road network. Other Gippsland roads to be fixed include the South Gippsland Highway, the Bass Highway, Korumburra-Inverloch Road, Maryvale Road, Foster-Promontory Road and Rosedale-Longford Road. Across regional Victoria, crews will rebuild, repair and resurface around 1500 kilometres of the regional road network – supporting around 1100 construction jobs. During works, changed traffic conditions will be in place for the safety of workers and everyone travelling on our roads. On top of RRV’s road maintenance program, regional councils are delivering 133 improvement projects on their municipal roads across the state thanks to round two of the Victorian Government’s $100 million Fixing Country Roads program – including rebuilding sections of local roads, sealing gravel roads, and strengthening bridges. To learn more about road improvement works taking place in your area, head to regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing: “The Princes Highway is an important freight corridor and tourist route – and we’re making sure it’s smoother, safer and more reliable for the thousands of drivers who rely on it every day.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett: “We’re rebuilding, repairing and resurfacing more than 220 kilometres of Gippsland roads this year as part of our massive road maintenance blitz.”

GETTING READY FOR KINDER IN SOUTH GIPPSLAND

South Gippsland families will have access to improved kindergarten facilities with work set to begin on upgrading Fish Creek Kindergarten, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The service will be among the first in Victoria to offer funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten and local families are receiving offers to enrol their child next year. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today visited Fish Creek Kindergarten to inspect the progress of works on the kindergarten’s $367,000 upgrade, which includes a bathroom upgrade, a new locker area, ramps for strollers and wheelchair access, a communal consulting room and a new sensory alcove to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. The Labor Government provided South Gippsland Shire Council with $148,000 towards the upgrade through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2020. Close to 250 families across South Gippsland have expressed an interest in enrolling their child in funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten for the first time in 2020, and are receiving letters of offer for kindergarten places. The roll-out of this reform in South Gippsland is part of the Victorian Government’s almost $5 billion commitment to delivering a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten to every Victorian child over the next decade. The Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program is starting in 2020 in six regional local government areas – South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack. The roll-out will continue progressively across the state, with families in a further 15 regional local government areas to benefit in 2021. This will be expanded in 2022 to give three-year-olds across the rest of the state access to five hours of funded kindergarten, before being scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. The state’s biggest early education build will also continue over the coming years, with the Government committing more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to co-invest in building or upgrading kindergarten facilities across the state. These investments are about ensuring South Gippsland families have access to stronger early childhood education services, ensuring every child has a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years, which is why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This upgrade will give Fish Creek families access to a first-rate early learning facility, and it’s so exciting that South Gippsland families are receiving Three-Year-Old Kindergarten enrolment offers for their children.”

GETTING READY FOR KINDER IN SOUTH GIPPSLAND

South Gippsland families will have access to improved kindergarten facilities with work set to begin on upgrading Fish Creek Kindergarten, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The service will be among the first in Victoria to offer funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten and local families are receiving offers to enrol their child next year. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today visited Fish Creek Kindergarten to inspect the progress of works on the kindergarten’s $367,000 upgrade, which includes a bathroom upgrade, a new locker area, ramps for strollers and wheelchair access, a communal consulting room and a new sensory alcove to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. The Labor Government provided South Gippsland Shire Council with $148,000 towards the upgrade through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2020. Close to 250 families across South Gippsland have expressed an interest in enrolling their child in funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten for the first time in 2020, and are receiving letters of offer for kindergarten places. The roll-out of this reform in South Gippsland is part of the Victorian Government’s almost $5 billion commitment to delivering a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten to every Victorian child over the next decade. The Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program is starting in 2020 in six regional local government areas – South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack. The roll-out will continue progressively across the state, with families in a further 15 regional local government areas to benefit in 2021. This will be expanded in 2022 to give three-year-olds across the rest of the state access to five hours of funded kindergarten, before being scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. The state’s biggest early education build will also continue over the coming years, with the Government committing more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to co-invest in building or upgrading kindergarten facilities across the state. These investments are about ensuring South Gippsland families have access to stronger early childhood education services, ensuring every child has a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years, which is why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “This upgrade will give Fish Creek families access to a first-rate early learning facility, and it’s so exciting that South Gippsland families are receiving Three-Year-Old Kindergarten enrolment offers for their children.”

 

DELIVERING FOR COUNTRY FOOTBALL AND NETBALL CLUBS

More Victorians will be enjoying upgraded sport facilities thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in country football and netball clubs. Crib Point Recreation Reserve Oval is one of 17 projects that is receiving funding in the latest round of Country Football and Netball Program grants. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today confirmed that the funding will deliver the demolition of the current oval at Crib Point Recreation Reserve and the construction of a new oval. The Labor Government launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005, and since then the Program has supported more than 500 projects valued at over $100 million. The program is a partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria and recognises that everybody deserves access to quality facilities, no matter where they live. The program backs clubs that often serve as the heartbeat of their country and outer-metropolitan communities, allowing them to replace and upgrades facilities so they can grow their sport and best meet the needs of local people. Grants from the latest round support upgrades including ground resurfacing, irrigation, lighting and new netball courts and pavilions. Support for local clubs is part of the Government’s commitment to community sport and active recreation, gender equality, and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, the Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett acknowledged Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Crib Point Football Netball Club for their contribution to the project. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Footy and netball clubs are the heart and soul of Crib Point and we’re proud to help out with funding for this important project.” “We want to encourage people to be active and healthy and engaged with their community – grassroots football and netball clubs play such an important role in this regard.”

DELIVERING FOR COUNTRY FOOTBALL AND NETBALL CLUBS

More Victorians will be enjoying upgraded sport facilities thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in country football and netball clubs. Crib Point Recreation Reserve Oval is one of 17 projects that is receiving funding in the latest round of Country Football and Netball Program grants. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today confirmed that the funding will deliver the demolition of the current oval at Crib Point Recreation Reserve and the construction of a new oval. The Labor Government launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005, and since then the Program has supported more than 500 projects valued at over $100 million. The program is a partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria and recognises that everybody deserves access to quality facilities, no matter where they live. The program backs clubs that often serve as the heartbeat of their country and outer-metropolitan communities, allowing them to replace and upgrades facilities so they can grow their sport and best meet the needs of local people. Grants from the latest round support upgrades including ground resurfacing, irrigation, lighting and new netball courts and pavilions. Support for local clubs is part of the Government’s commitment to community sport and active recreation, gender equality, and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, the Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett acknowledged Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Crib Point Football Netball Club for their contribution to the project. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Footy and netball clubs are the heart and soul of Crib Point and we’re proud to help out with funding for this important project.” “We want to encourage people to be active and healthy and engaged with their community – grassroots football and netball clubs play such an important role in this regard.”

EXTRA SUPPORT FOR THE HASTINGS COMMUNITY

YSAS in Hastings is one of 39 health services across the state earmarked for $10 million in facility upgrades. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced $97,217 funding to help improve the quality of care delivered to clients at YSAS in Hastings under the Andrews Labor Government’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants. The grants are designed to assist public mental health clinical services, alcohol and drug services and mental health community support services. The funding for YSAS would be used to upgrade the fire protection systems to achieve fire safety compliance in accordance to DHHS Capital Development Guidelines. The upgrade will occur at the YSAS Residential Program located in Hastings. The program facility has clients that reside on site and are provided with 24 hour monitoring and support from YSAS staff. The program facility is owned by DHHS. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by January 2020. The upgrades will provide greater comfort for patients and service workers and enable clinicians to deliver safer and more efficient care. While the Royal Commission continues its vital work, the Labor Government continues to trial mental health programs, and treatments and investigates new ways to reduce the devastating impact of alcohol and other drugs on our community. This is why Victoria’s record-level investment of $273.1 million in drug services - an increase of 65 per cent over the last five budgets - includes new funding in 2019-20 of $10.2 million to open more residential rehabilitation beds across the state. The Government is also building on last year’s record mental health investment with a further $172.8 million in the Victorian Budget 2019 - 20 to ensure Victorians with mental illness get better treatment and care, closer to home. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “These grants are helping us modernise the system of care for Victorians experiencing issues with addiction or mental health in Hastings and right across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “Whether it’s building works to improve the comfort, and safety of a facility or works to enhance recovery and rehabilitation opportunities – these grants are ensuring our service providers can deliver the best possible care.”

EXTRA SUPPORT FOR THE HASTINGS COMMUNITY

YSAS in Hastings is one of 39 health services across the state earmarked for $10 million in facility upgrades. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced $97,217 funding to help improve the quality of care delivered to clients at YSAS in Hastings under the Andrews Labor Government’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants. The grants are designed to assist public mental health clinical services, alcohol and drug services and mental health community support services. The funding for YSAS would be used to upgrade the fire protection systems to achieve fire safety compliance in accordance to DHHS Capital Development Guidelines. The upgrade will occur at the YSAS Residential Program located in Hastings. The program facility has clients that reside on site and are provided with 24 hour monitoring and support from YSAS staff. The program facility is owned by DHHS. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by January 2020. The upgrades will provide greater comfort for patients and service workers and enable clinicians to deliver safer and more efficient care. While the Royal Commission continues its vital work, the Labor Government continues to trial mental health programs, and treatments and investigates new ways to reduce the devastating impact of alcohol and other drugs on our community. This is why Victoria’s record-level investment of $273.1 million in drug services - an increase of 65 per cent over the last five budgets - includes new funding in 2019-20 of $10.2 million to open more residential rehabilitation beds across the state. The Government is also building on last year’s record mental health investment with a further $172.8 million in the Victorian Budget 2019 - 20 to ensure Victorians with mental illness get better treatment and care, closer to home. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “These grants are helping us modernise the system of care for Victorians experiencing issues with addiction or mental health in Hastings and right across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “Whether it’s building works to improve the comfort, and safety of a facility or works to enhance recovery and rehabilitation opportunities – these grants are ensuring our service providers can deliver the best possible care.”

EXTRA SUPPORT FOR THE BAIRNSDALE COMMUNITY

Wellways Australia is one of 39 health services across the state earmarked for $10 million in facility upgrades. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced $131,382 funding to help improve the quality of care delivered to clients at Wellways Australia in Bairnsdale under the Andrews Labor Government’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants. The grants are designed to assist public mental health clinical services, alcohol and drug services and mental health community support services. Over the last 3 years, Wellways Australia have implemented with Latrobe Regional Hospital a facility maintenance system to closely monitor the quality and delivery of service to participants of the residential recovery program. In this time, there have been regular minor repairs to essential services. During repairs, these issues have impacted our bed availability. Similarly, a change in participant profile: increase in mobility aids, increasing average weight of participants, and old furniture impacts on our ability to provide a comfortable residential experience. These issues have instigated a site audit for building infrastructure, electrical and plumbing systems and furnishings. This proposal is to support the infrastructure of the Bairnsdale PARC to enable a more comfortable, accessible and safe environment for participants. The upgrades will provide greater comfort for patients and service workers and enable clinicians to deliver safer and more efficient care. While the Royal Commission continues its vital work, the Labor Government continues to trial mental health programs, and treatments and investigates new ways to reduce the devastating impact of alcohol and other drugs on our community. This is why Victoria’s record-level investment of $273.1 million in drug services - an increase of 65 per cent over the last five budgets - includes new funding in 2019-20 of $10.2 million to open more residential rehabilitation beds across the state. The Government is also building on last year’s record mental health investment with a further $172.8 million in the Victorian Budget 2019 - 20 to ensure Victorians with mental illness get better treatment and care, closer to home. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “These grants are helping us modernise the system of care for Victorians experiencing issues with addiction or mental health in Bairnsdale and right across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “Whether it’s building works to improve the comfort, and safety of a facility or works to enhance recovery and rehabilitation opportunities – these grants are ensuring our service providers can deliver the best possible care.”

EXTRA SUPPORT FOR THE BAIRNSDALE COMMUNITY

Wellways Australia is one of 39 health services across the state earmarked for $10 million in facility upgrades. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced $131,382 funding to help improve the quality of care delivered to clients at Wellways Australia in Bairnsdale under the Andrews Labor Government’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants. The grants are designed to assist public mental health clinical services, alcohol and drug services and mental health community support services. Over the last 3 years, Wellways Australia have implemented with Latrobe Regional Hospital a facility maintenance system to closely monitor the quality and delivery of service to participants of the residential recovery program. In this time, there have been regular minor repairs to essential services. During repairs, these issues have impacted our bed availability. Similarly, a change in participant profile: increase in mobility aids, increasing average weight of participants, and old furniture impacts on our ability to provide a comfortable residential experience. These issues have instigated a site audit for building infrastructure, electrical and plumbing systems and furnishings. This proposal is to support the infrastructure of the Bairnsdale PARC to enable a more comfortable, accessible and safe environment for participants. The upgrades will provide greater comfort for patients and service workers and enable clinicians to deliver safer and more efficient care. While the Royal Commission continues its vital work, the Labor Government continues to trial mental health programs, and treatments and investigates new ways to reduce the devastating impact of alcohol and other drugs on our community. This is why Victoria’s record-level investment of $273.1 million in drug services - an increase of 65 per cent over the last five budgets - includes new funding in 2019-20 of $10.2 million to open more residential rehabilitation beds across the state. The Government is also building on last year’s record mental health investment with a further $172.8 million in the Victorian Budget 2019 - 20 to ensure Victorians with mental illness get better treatment and care, closer to home. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “These grants are helping us modernise the system of care for Victorians experiencing issues with addiction or mental health in Bairnsdale and right across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “Whether it’s building works to improve the comfort, and safety of a facility or works to enhance recovery and rehabilitation opportunities – these grants are ensuring our service providers can deliver the best possible care.”

funding for south gippsland gambling harm project

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $150,000 for a project that will focus on preventing gambling harm in South Gippsland. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett congratulated South Gippsland Shire Council on their successful proposal to look at ways of preventing gambling harm in their community. South Gippsland Shire Council will receive the funding over two years for them to put towards the project SHIFT. Fourteen community-based, not-for-profit organisations will receive a share of almost $2 million under the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 2019-21 Prevention Partnerships Program. The program supports community organisations to test new ideas and build evidence for effective practice in the prevention of gambling harm. The funded projects will help build social connection and resilience to prevent gambling harm, break down the stigma associated with harm and encourage people affected to seek advice and support. The grants were announced as part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October) during which communities are encouraged to talk about the issue of gambling harm, share their personal experiences and support those affected as part of the theme TALK. SHARE. SUPPORT. Around 550,000 Victorians experience harm from their own gambling each year, with up to six more affected as part of someone else’s gambling. To participate in a conversation about gambling harm on social media, use #GamblingHarm and/or #TalkShareSupport. For more information about the Prevention Partnerships Program and funded projects, visit responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz “This investment in local gambling harm prevention projects will ensure communities like South Gippsland have support from people within their community.” “Gambling harm is often hidden because people feel uncomfortable talking about it. I commend South Gippsland Shire Council for tackling this through their innovative project/s. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “I want to congratulate South Gippsland Shire Council on their commitment to preventing gambling harm in South Gippsland.”

funding for south gippsland gambling harm project

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $150,000 for a project that will focus on preventing gambling harm in South Gippsland. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett congratulated South Gippsland Shire Council on their successful proposal to look at ways of preventing gambling harm in their community. South Gippsland Shire Council will receive the funding over two years for them to put towards the project SHIFT. Fourteen community-based, not-for-profit organisations will receive a share of almost $2 million under the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s 2019-21 Prevention Partnerships Program. The program supports community organisations to test new ideas and build evidence for effective practice in the prevention of gambling harm. The funded projects will help build social connection and resilience to prevent gambling harm, break down the stigma associated with harm and encourage people affected to seek advice and support. The grants were announced as part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week (7–13 October) during which communities are encouraged to talk about the issue of gambling harm, share their personal experiences and support those affected as part of the theme TALK. SHARE. SUPPORT. Around 550,000 Victorians experience harm from their own gambling each year, with up to six more affected as part of someone else’s gambling. To participate in a conversation about gambling harm on social media, use #GamblingHarm and/or #TalkShareSupport. For more information about the Prevention Partnerships Program and funded projects, visit responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz “This investment in local gambling harm prevention projects will ensure communities like South Gippsland have support from people within their community.” “Gambling harm is often hidden because people feel uncomfortable talking about it. I commend South Gippsland Shire Council for tackling this through their innovative project/s. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “I want to congratulate South Gippsland Shire Council on their commitment to preventing gambling harm in South Gippsland.”