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Pascoe Vale South Primary School

Very proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government with its huge investment in schools! We believe all children deserve quality education in a supportive environment. That is why Pascoe Vale South Primary School in my electorate is receiving $3.5 million in this year's budget for much needed building upgrades. We are getting it done!

Pascoe Vale South Primary School

Very proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government with its huge investment in schools! We believe all children deserve quality education in a supportive environment. That is why Pascoe Vale South Primary School in my electorate is receiving $3.5 million in this year's budget for much needed building upgrades. We are getting it done!

$228 Million For Victoria’s Emergency Services

Emergency services workers will receive the new facilities, resources and skills they need to protect lives and property as part of a $228 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. The Budget responds to the closure of CFA Fiskville by providing $46.2 million to establish a new firefighting training centre in the Central Highlands, and upgrade the training facility at Huntly. An additional $80.7 million will be invested over four years to decommission and remediate the site of the former Fiskville training facility and conduct environmental audits and upgrades at six other operational emergency management training centres located across regional Victoria. We are also investing $37.1 million over four years to continue and expand the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) program so firefighters have the training they need to help save lives during medical emergencies. $58 million in vital funding will help the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) to respond to more than 2.4 million calls annually – an average of one call every 13 seconds. The Budget provides $6 million to redevelop surf life-saving clubhouses at Edithvale, Anglesea, Portsea and Cape Paterson. This funding will give the volunteers who patrol our waterways the modern facilities they need to keep the community safe. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “From fire to flood, we’re giving our emergency services the resources they need to keep Victoria safe.” “We closed the Fiskville training facility because it posed a health risk to our firefighters. We’re decommissioning the site, while establishing a new training centre in the Central Highlands.” “We are helping out local life-saving clubs that play such an important in their communities.”  

$228 Million For Victoria’s Emergency Services

Emergency services workers will receive the new facilities, resources and skills they need to protect lives and property as part of a $228 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. The Budget responds to the closure of CFA Fiskville by providing $46.2 million to establish a new firefighting training centre in the Central Highlands, and upgrade the training facility at Huntly. An additional $80.7 million will be invested over four years to decommission and remediate the site of the former Fiskville training facility and conduct environmental audits and upgrades at six other operational emergency management training centres located across regional Victoria. We are also investing $37.1 million over four years to continue and expand the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) program so firefighters have the training they need to help save lives during medical emergencies. $58 million in vital funding will help the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) to respond to more than 2.4 million calls annually – an average of one call every 13 seconds. The Budget provides $6 million to redevelop surf life-saving clubhouses at Edithvale, Anglesea, Portsea and Cape Paterson. This funding will give the volunteers who patrol our waterways the modern facilities they need to keep the community safe. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “From fire to flood, we’re giving our emergency services the resources they need to keep Victoria safe.” “We closed the Fiskville training facility because it posed a health risk to our firefighters. We’re decommissioning the site, while establishing a new training centre in the Central Highlands.” “We are helping out local life-saving clubs that play such an important in their communities.”  

New Station For Pakenham Upper Fire Brigade

Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett has officially opened a new $500,000 fire station at Pakenham Upper to help keep the community safe. The new modern base replaces the brigade’s previous 70-year-old facility and gives firefighters more room to conduct brigade meetings and house their vehicles. The additional space will also allow the brigade to target new members and grow its member base. The new station includes a new tank which will provide water to the station and be used to refill the tankers. The Pakenham Upper Fire Brigade has 27 members who respond to about 50 incidents a year. Members also respond to incidents across Victoria and interstate when required. The station was funded by the CFA’s Rural Fire Stations Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “The Andrews Labor Government recognises the vital work of firefighters who put their lives on the line to keep the community safe.” “Pakenham Upper firefighters do a great job protecting the community and this new station will give them the resources and space they need.” “Victoria’s emergency services provide a vital service and we are committed to giving them the support they need into the future.”

New Station For Pakenham Upper Fire Brigade

Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett has officially opened a new $500,000 fire station at Pakenham Upper to help keep the community safe. The new modern base replaces the brigade’s previous 70-year-old facility and gives firefighters more room to conduct brigade meetings and house their vehicles. The additional space will also allow the brigade to target new members and grow its member base. The new station includes a new tank which will provide water to the station and be used to refill the tankers. The Pakenham Upper Fire Brigade has 27 members who respond to about 50 incidents a year. Members also respond to incidents across Victoria and interstate when required. The station was funded by the CFA’s Rural Fire Stations Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “The Andrews Labor Government recognises the vital work of firefighters who put their lives on the line to keep the community safe.” “Pakenham Upper firefighters do a great job protecting the community and this new station will give them the resources and space they need.” “Victoria’s emergency services provide a vital service and we are committed to giving them the support they need into the future.”

CFA Volunteers Put Firefighting Skills To The Test

CFA volunteers from across Victoria will showcase their elite fire fighting skills this weekend as teams battle it out for the trophy at the State Rural Fire Brigade Championships in Colac. The Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) competition, officially opened today by the Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll, is designed to enhance firefighter skills and strengthen teamwork. Representing the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett, Mr Carroll said the annual championships were an important part of CFA culture and helping to build team spirit and promote camaraderie. Held in Colac for the third time, the games will see more than 1000 competitors, or 76 senior and 66 junior teams, from across Victoria compete in a variety of events designed to test the competitors’ fire fighting skills. The team-orientated events use tanks, pumps, hoses and ladders to simulate many of the tasks firefighters undertake. The CFA is one of the world’s largest volunteer organisations, with almost 60,000 members, more than 97 per cent of whom are volunteers. Brigades are dispersed all across regional Victoria, as well as outer metropolitan Melbourne. The CFA serves more than 3.3 million Victorians and help to protect more than one million homes and properties across the state. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll  “This competition is a fantastic chance for members to put their skills to the test and build on their professional and social networks with other brigades.” “The CFA is made up of thousands of people who voluntarily put their lives on the line to protect their community.” “These championships are like the Commonwealth Games for volunteer firefighters, allowing them to come together to compete against their colleagues and strengthen teamwork.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “The championships are a great opportunity for the community to see the skills and commitment required to be a volunteer firefighter.” “This is a fantastic event which will draw thousands of dedicated volunteers and visitors from all over the state.”

CFA Volunteers Put Firefighting Skills To The Test

CFA volunteers from across Victoria will showcase their elite fire fighting skills this weekend as teams battle it out for the trophy at the State Rural Fire Brigade Championships in Colac. The Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) competition, officially opened today by the Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll, is designed to enhance firefighter skills and strengthen teamwork. Representing the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett, Mr Carroll said the annual championships were an important part of CFA culture and helping to build team spirit and promote camaraderie. Held in Colac for the third time, the games will see more than 1000 competitors, or 76 senior and 66 junior teams, from across Victoria compete in a variety of events designed to test the competitors’ fire fighting skills. The team-orientated events use tanks, pumps, hoses and ladders to simulate many of the tasks firefighters undertake. The CFA is one of the world’s largest volunteer organisations, with almost 60,000 members, more than 97 per cent of whom are volunteers. Brigades are dispersed all across regional Victoria, as well as outer metropolitan Melbourne. The CFA serves more than 3.3 million Victorians and help to protect more than one million homes and properties across the state. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll  “This competition is a fantastic chance for members to put their skills to the test and build on their professional and social networks with other brigades.” “The CFA is made up of thousands of people who voluntarily put their lives on the line to protect their community.” “These championships are like the Commonwealth Games for volunteer firefighters, allowing them to come together to compete against their colleagues and strengthen teamwork.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “The championships are a great opportunity for the community to see the skills and commitment required to be a volunteer firefighter.” “This is a fantastic event which will draw thousands of dedicated volunteers and visitors from all over the state.”

 

Labor Government To Deliver $12.8m Boost To Volunteer Groups

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $12.8 million to help fund equipment for volunteer emergency services organisations across the state. Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett today announced applications have opened for the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). VESEP offers grants up to a maximum of $100,000 for emergency service volunteer groups to assist them when responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, heatwaves, storms, water rescues or related incidents. The grants are used to purchase additional operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers and to support minor facility improvements. The Government will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer groups. The program is open to: Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Country Fire Authority Life Saving Victoria Victoria State Emergency Service Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria The Government’s $12.8 million towards the program is almost $300,000 more than the previous year. For further information on the program, visit www.emv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “Our local emergency service volunteers are dedicated to keeping Victorians safe. We rely on them to protect our communities from fires, floods, storms and water emergencies.” “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers by providing access to funds for vital equipment so they can carry out their roles safely and efficiently.” “I strongly encourage all eligible groups to apply for Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding, particularly local volunteer groups who would benefit from a boost to their resources.”

Labor Government To Deliver $12.8m Boost To Volunteer Groups

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $12.8 million to help fund equipment for volunteer emergency services organisations across the state. Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett today announced applications have opened for the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). VESEP offers grants up to a maximum of $100,000 for emergency service volunteer groups to assist them when responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, heatwaves, storms, water rescues or related incidents. The grants are used to purchase additional operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers and to support minor facility improvements. The Government will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer groups. The program is open to: Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Country Fire Authority Life Saving Victoria Victoria State Emergency Service Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria The Government’s $12.8 million towards the program is almost $300,000 more than the previous year. For further information on the program, visit www.emv.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “Our local emergency service volunteers are dedicated to keeping Victorians safe. We rely on them to protect our communities from fires, floods, storms and water emergencies.” “The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers by providing access to funds for vital equipment so they can carry out their roles safely and efficiently.” “I strongly encourage all eligible groups to apply for Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding, particularly local volunteer groups who would benefit from a boost to their resources.”

Emergency services staff and volunteers

Ms GARRETT (Minister for Emergency Services) — As the longest fire season in modern times comes to a cool conclusion, I would like to put on the record our thanks to the state's firefighters and the agencies that lead them. During this tough season, which started in October and ran for five hot and windy months, we saw a massive contribution to community safety from an estimated 32 000 firefighters. Paid and volunteer firefighters from the Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water answered the call when our state needed them. Across Victoria there were 16 major fires in which a total of 148 houses and 68 sheds were destroyed. Behind those raw numbers sit stories of trauma and heartache. Most importantly, no lives were lost, which is a tremendous credit to the work done by the agencies to change community behaviour though technology and better warnings. I visited all the major fire sites this season and was struck by the sense of spirit and courage in those affected communities — how when things are tough people come together to help each other in times of need. To help people get back on their feet, the Victorian government provided 282 emergency relief payments totalling over a quarter of a million dollars and a further 41 emergency re-establishment payments totalling almost $285 000. It is not just fires that we faced over this long hot summer; there were five severe weather events. We saw the devastation in January at Geelong when rain belted down and damaged almost 40 homes. Fantastic volunteers from the State Emergency Service were on the front line, with thousands turning out to help those in need, and our incredible volunteer coastguard also did amazing work.

Emergency services staff and volunteers

Ms GARRETT (Minister for Emergency Services) — As the longest fire season in modern times comes to a cool conclusion, I would like to put on the record our thanks to the state's firefighters and the agencies that lead them. During this tough season, which started in October and ran for five hot and windy months, we saw a massive contribution to community safety from an estimated 32 000 firefighters. Paid and volunteer firefighters from the Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water answered the call when our state needed them. Across Victoria there were 16 major fires in which a total of 148 houses and 68 sheds were destroyed. Behind those raw numbers sit stories of trauma and heartache. Most importantly, no lives were lost, which is a tremendous credit to the work done by the agencies to change community behaviour though technology and better warnings. I visited all the major fire sites this season and was struck by the sense of spirit and courage in those affected communities — how when things are tough people come together to help each other in times of need. To help people get back on their feet, the Victorian government provided 282 emergency relief payments totalling over a quarter of a million dollars and a further 41 emergency re-establishment payments totalling almost $285 000. It is not just fires that we faced over this long hot summer; there were five severe weather events. We saw the devastation in January at Geelong when rain belted down and damaged almost 40 homes. Fantastic volunteers from the State Emergency Service were on the front line, with thousands turning out to help those in need, and our incredible volunteer coastguard also did amazing work.

Holiday Homework A Must This Easter

Victorians are being warned to be wary of online scams when booking last minute accommodation this Easter. Consumer Affairs Victoria received more than 2530 complaints about travel and accommodation in 2014-15, with non-supply of services and refund/return rights the top issues. Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett urged holidaymakers to be particularly careful with online bookings as many con artists go to extreme lengths to make their advertisements look real. Consumers who book directly with an online provider should research the business or individual first to make sure it is a legitimate business and look for a physical address including a search on Google Maps. International student Jambay was scammed out of almost $2,500 after she booked accommodation through an online website. When she arrived in Melbourne, Jambay discovered the address did not exist. To avoid accommodation booking scams: research the accommodation first. Read reviews and comments on travel websites be wary of providers which want you to pay directly (such as via money transfer) make sure the site has security features, such as a padlock symbol or ‘https://’ consider paying by credit card so you can get a chargeback if things go wrong check the accommodation’s website for contact details, such as phone numbers and email If you are in any doubt, consider booking accommodation through a reputable hotel chain to reduce the risk of fraud. Remember, your Australian Consumer Law rights may also apply when you buy from an online business overseas, but it may be difficult to get a refund from international providers. For more information and tips on how to spot a scam, visit consumer.vic.gov.au/ScamSavvy

Holiday Homework A Must This Easter

Victorians are being warned to be wary of online scams when booking last minute accommodation this Easter. Consumer Affairs Victoria received more than 2530 complaints about travel and accommodation in 2014-15, with non-supply of services and refund/return rights the top issues. Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett urged holidaymakers to be particularly careful with online bookings as many con artists go to extreme lengths to make their advertisements look real. Consumers who book directly with an online provider should research the business or individual first to make sure it is a legitimate business and look for a physical address including a search on Google Maps. International student Jambay was scammed out of almost $2,500 after she booked accommodation through an online website. When she arrived in Melbourne, Jambay discovered the address did not exist. To avoid accommodation booking scams: research the accommodation first. Read reviews and comments on travel websites be wary of providers which want you to pay directly (such as via money transfer) make sure the site has security features, such as a padlock symbol or ‘https://’ consider paying by credit card so you can get a chargeback if things go wrong check the accommodation’s website for contact details, such as phone numbers and email If you are in any doubt, consider booking accommodation through a reputable hotel chain to reduce the risk of fraud. Remember, your Australian Consumer Law rights may also apply when you buy from an online business overseas, but it may be difficult to get a refund from international providers. For more information and tips on how to spot a scam, visit consumer.vic.gov.au/ScamSavvy

Grants To Support Culturally Diverse LGBTI Victorians

Great news - the Andrews Labor Government has committed a $500,000 for LGBTI Multicultural Grants to support culturally diverse LGBTI Victorians! I encourage community groups and organisations in Brunswick to apply for a grant under this new program. For more information: www.multicultural.vic.gov.au

Grants To Support Culturally Diverse LGBTI Victorians

Great news - the Andrews Labor Government has committed a $500,000 for LGBTI Multicultural Grants to support culturally diverse LGBTI Victorians! I encourage community groups and organisations in Brunswick to apply for a grant under this new program. For more information: www.multicultural.vic.gov.au