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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.”

east and south gippsland road maintenance blitz to begin

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive road maintenance blitz is getting underway throughout East and South Gippsland to give drivers safer, smoother and stronger roads. It will kick off in October to coincide with the warmer spring and summer months. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said crews were gearing up to deliver thousands of maintenance jobs across the state during the warmer months including 15 upgrades across East and South Gippsland. Roads to benefit from this vital maintenance include Longford-Lochsport rd. Rosedale-Longford rd. Strzelecki HWY. Tarwin Lower rd. Meeniyan-Mirboo North rd. South Gippsland HWY. Foster Promontory rd. South Gippsland-Kardella South. Inverloch-Kongwak rd. Buffalo-Tarwin Lower rd. Bruthen-Nowa Nowas rd. and the Princess HWY. We know how important country roads are to country communities that why the Labor Government continues our record regional maintenance blitz that last year saw over 297,000 tonnes of asphalt laid and 145,000 potholes fixed. This year another 1,500 kilometres of roads will be repaired, rebuilt and resurfaced. The Labor Government has invested $425 million over two years into regional road maintenance in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget – on top of $87.2 million already committed for regional road rebuilds. This includes rebuilding more sections of major corridors such as the Princes Highway through Gippsland and the Hume Freeway in the north east, as well as rebuilds on other key roads including Stawell-Warracknabeal Road near Minyip, Echuca-Kyabram Road near Echuca, and the Glenelg Highway near Skipton and Coleraine. The maintenance program will also improve repair and replace damaged signs, safety barriers and fences, which all play an important role in road safety. Regional councils are also delivering 133 improvement projects on their municipal roads thanks to round two of the Labor Government’s $100 million Fixing Country Roads program – including rebuilding sections of local roads, sealing gravel roads and strengthening bridges. The full program of planned maintenance works is now live on Regional Roads Victoria’s online interactive map. For more information, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au to find out more. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re delivering another massive program of road maintenance to make sure drivers in East and South Gippsland can safely get to where they’re going, on smoother and more reliable roads.” “We know how important these roads are to families who are heading to work or dropping the kids off at school – that’s why we’re fixing them.”

east and south gippsland road maintenance blitz to begin

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive road maintenance blitz is getting underway throughout East and South Gippsland to give drivers safer, smoother and stronger roads. It will kick off in October to coincide with the warmer spring and summer months. Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said crews were gearing up to deliver thousands of maintenance jobs across the state during the warmer months including 15 upgrades across East and South Gippsland. Roads to benefit from this vital maintenance include Longford-Lochsport rd. Rosedale-Longford rd. Strzelecki HWY. Tarwin Lower rd. Meeniyan-Mirboo North rd. South Gippsland HWY. Foster Promontory rd. South Gippsland-Kardella South. Inverloch-Kongwak rd. Buffalo-Tarwin Lower rd. Bruthen-Nowa Nowas rd. and the Princess HWY. We know how important country roads are to country communities that why the Labor Government continues our record regional maintenance blitz that last year saw over 297,000 tonnes of asphalt laid and 145,000 potholes fixed. This year another 1,500 kilometres of roads will be repaired, rebuilt and resurfaced. The Labor Government has invested $425 million over two years into regional road maintenance in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget – on top of $87.2 million already committed for regional road rebuilds. This includes rebuilding more sections of major corridors such as the Princes Highway through Gippsland and the Hume Freeway in the north east, as well as rebuilds on other key roads including Stawell-Warracknabeal Road near Minyip, Echuca-Kyabram Road near Echuca, and the Glenelg Highway near Skipton and Coleraine. The maintenance program will also improve repair and replace damaged signs, safety barriers and fences, which all play an important role in road safety. Regional councils are also delivering 133 improvement projects on their municipal roads thanks to round two of the Labor Government’s $100 million Fixing Country Roads program – including rebuilding sections of local roads, sealing gravel roads and strengthening bridges. The full program of planned maintenance works is now live on Regional Roads Victoria’s online interactive map. For more information, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au to find out more. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re delivering another massive program of road maintenance to make sure drivers in East and South Gippsland can safely get to where they’re going, on smoother and more reliable roads.” “We know how important these roads are to families who are heading to work or dropping the kids off at school – that’s why we’re fixing them.”

 

hastings and mornington road maintenance blitz to begin

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive road maintenance blitz is getting underway throughout Hastings and Mornington to give drivers safer, smoother and stronger roads. It will kick off in October to coincide with the warmer spring and summer months. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said crews were gearing up to deliver thousands of maintenance jobs across the state during the warmer months including 10 upgrades across Hastings and Mornington. The Labor Government’s massive maintenance blitz includes $653.5 million to rebuild and resurface roads across the state over the next two years, on top of the Government’s annual investment in road maintenance – which will be $216 million this financial year. The blitz will improve more than 1800 kilometres of roads across Victoria, 150,000 potholes and trim more than 30,000 kilometres of roadside vegetation across Victoria in the next year alone. Roads to benefit in Hastings include Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Coolart Rd, Frankston-Flinders Rd and the South Gippsland hwy. Roads to Benefit in Mornington include Mornington-Tyabb Rd, delivering safer and more reliable journeys for drivers. The maintenance program will also improve repair and replace damaged signs, safety barriers and fences, which all play an important role in road safety. On any given night during the blitz, about 100 workers will be fixing roads across Melbourne, while 1,100 construction jobs are set to be created in the regions as part of this work. The full program of planned maintenance works is now live on vicroads.vic.gov.au/maintenance. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re delivering another massive program of road maintenance to make sure drivers in Hastings and Mornington can safely get to where they’re going, on smoother and more reliable roads.” “We know how important these roads are to families who are heading to work or dropping the kids off at school – that’s why we’re fixing them.”

hastings and mornington road maintenance blitz to begin

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive road maintenance blitz is getting underway throughout Hastings and Mornington to give drivers safer, smoother and stronger roads. It will kick off in October to coincide with the warmer spring and summer months. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said crews were gearing up to deliver thousands of maintenance jobs across the state during the warmer months including 10 upgrades across Hastings and Mornington. The Labor Government’s massive maintenance blitz includes $653.5 million to rebuild and resurface roads across the state over the next two years, on top of the Government’s annual investment in road maintenance – which will be $216 million this financial year. The blitz will improve more than 1800 kilometres of roads across Victoria, 150,000 potholes and trim more than 30,000 kilometres of roadside vegetation across Victoria in the next year alone. Roads to benefit in Hastings include Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Coolart Rd, Frankston-Flinders Rd and the South Gippsland hwy. Roads to Benefit in Mornington include Mornington-Tyabb Rd, delivering safer and more reliable journeys for drivers. The maintenance program will also improve repair and replace damaged signs, safety barriers and fences, which all play an important role in road safety. On any given night during the blitz, about 100 workers will be fixing roads across Melbourne, while 1,100 construction jobs are set to be created in the regions as part of this work. The full program of planned maintenance works is now live on vicroads.vic.gov.au/maintenance. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We’re delivering another massive program of road maintenance to make sure drivers in Hastings and Mornington can safely get to where they’re going, on smoother and more reliable roads.” “We know how important these roads are to families who are heading to work or dropping the kids off at school – that’s why we’re fixing them.”

helping to celebrate gippsland children

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Gippsland community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Jane Garrett today announced East Gippsland Shire Library, Orbost Regional Health, Wellington Shire Council – community and cultural and South Gippsland Shire Council were among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host an activity or event during Children’s Week, which runs from 19-27 October. The week-long national celebration recognizes the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families. Families can now view a calendar and map of activities that will be held across the state as part of Children’s Week by visiting: www.education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek Children’s Week events are free-of-charge to Victorian families with children aged 0-12 years and are a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun, engaging and educational experience. The theme for Children’s Week 2019 celebrates the right of all children to be healthy, safe and happy, based on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The grant recipients will share almost $100,000 worth of funding to help celebrate the national week. The Victorian Government provided grants to not-for-profit organisations and councils across the state to help cover costs associated with running an event such as hiring entertainment, purchasing craft materials, providing food and children’s prizes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Children’s Week is a fantastic national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of our children.” Quotes attributable to Member of Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Children’s Week is a great opportunity for families to enjoy free and fun local events that celebrate our children and young people and showcase their achievements.”

helping to celebrate gippsland children

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Gippsland community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Jane Garrett today announced East Gippsland Shire Library, Orbost Regional Health, Wellington Shire Council – community and cultural and South Gippsland Shire Council were among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host an activity or event during Children’s Week, which runs from 19-27 October. The week-long national celebration recognizes the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families. Families can now view a calendar and map of activities that will be held across the state as part of Children’s Week by visiting: www.education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek Children’s Week events are free-of-charge to Victorian families with children aged 0-12 years and are a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun, engaging and educational experience. The theme for Children’s Week 2019 celebrates the right of all children to be healthy, safe and happy, based on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The grant recipients will share almost $100,000 worth of funding to help celebrate the national week. The Victorian Government provided grants to not-for-profit organisations and councils across the state to help cover costs associated with running an event such as hiring entertainment, purchasing craft materials, providing food and children’s prizes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Children’s Week is a fantastic national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of our children.” Quotes attributable to Member of Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “Children’s Week is a great opportunity for families to enjoy free and fun local events that celebrate our children and young people and showcase their achievements.”

gippsland landcare projects receive funding

The Victorian Government is investing $55,212 into restoring and protecting the Gippsland natural environment. Member for Easter Victoria Jane Garrett congratulated the successful recipients of the 2019-20 Victorian Landcare Grants. The annual grants program delivers critical funding to Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups who make significant contributions to caring for the environment through on-ground works, education and capacity building projects. This year’s grants program is supporting four Landcare and environmental projects across the Gippsland region with an additional $1.0 million provided due to the exceptionally high number of quality applications received across the environmental volunteering sector. Projects that will receive funding in the 2019-20 round include: - $8,600 for Friends of the Upper Nicholson Catchment Inc (FUNCi) to provide additional nest boxes for the hollow-dependent fauna of the area where hollows are absent or in short supply. - $8,000 for Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group to address and improve the coordination, knowledge and delivery of management programs into new and emerging weeds in the Upper Tambo River Catchment. - $18,612 for East Gippsland Landcare Network Inc to trial six types of guards and collect information on their success in protecting revegetation seedlings against deer and rabbits. - $20,000 for Yarram Yarram Landcare Network to convert a former area of pine plantation into habitat for native animals. Over the past four years, the Victorian Government has provided more than $149 million to protect Victoria’s biodiversity, supporting native and threatened species through a range of on-ground initiatives and funding. The funding focuses on protecting and managing a range of native plants and animals, threatened species and habitats through collaborative planning, increased engagement and alignment of natural resources, scientific, educational and community sectors. Landcare is a key component of the Victorian Government’s plan Protecting Victoria’s Environment - Biodiversity 2037, which sets out the strategy to stop the decline of native plants and animals and ensure the environment is healthy, valued and cared for. This year’s grants program is supporting 208 Landcare and environmental projects across Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs). Landcare grants are delivered in partnership the CMAs, demonstrating the positive environmental outcomes that can be achieved when environment groups, local communities and the government work together. For the full list of successful grant recipients visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/landcare Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “I would like to congratulate the grant recipients, because it is projects like these make a significant contribution to both the environment and the economy.” “It’s great to see the Victorian Government invest in Landcare in the Gippsland region so that local communities can enjoy our precious natural environment for years to come.”

gippsland landcare projects receive funding

The Victorian Government is investing $55,212 into restoring and protecting the Gippsland natural environment. Member for Easter Victoria Jane Garrett congratulated the successful recipients of the 2019-20 Victorian Landcare Grants. The annual grants program delivers critical funding to Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups who make significant contributions to caring for the environment through on-ground works, education and capacity building projects. This year’s grants program is supporting four Landcare and environmental projects across the Gippsland region with an additional $1.0 million provided due to the exceptionally high number of quality applications received across the environmental volunteering sector. Projects that will receive funding in the 2019-20 round include: - $8,600 for Friends of the Upper Nicholson Catchment Inc (FUNCi) to provide additional nest boxes for the hollow-dependent fauna of the area where hollows are absent or in short supply. - $8,000 for Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group to address and improve the coordination, knowledge and delivery of management programs into new and emerging weeds in the Upper Tambo River Catchment. - $18,612 for East Gippsland Landcare Network Inc to trial six types of guards and collect information on their success in protecting revegetation seedlings against deer and rabbits. - $20,000 for Yarram Yarram Landcare Network to convert a former area of pine plantation into habitat for native animals. Over the past four years, the Victorian Government has provided more than $149 million to protect Victoria’s biodiversity, supporting native and threatened species through a range of on-ground initiatives and funding. The funding focuses on protecting and managing a range of native plants and animals, threatened species and habitats through collaborative planning, increased engagement and alignment of natural resources, scientific, educational and community sectors. Landcare is a key component of the Victorian Government’s plan Protecting Victoria’s Environment - Biodiversity 2037, which sets out the strategy to stop the decline of native plants and animals and ensure the environment is healthy, valued and cared for. This year’s grants program is supporting 208 Landcare and environmental projects across Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs). Landcare grants are delivered in partnership the CMAs, demonstrating the positive environmental outcomes that can be achieved when environment groups, local communities and the government work together. For the full list of successful grant recipients visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/landcare Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “I would like to congratulate the grant recipients, because it is projects like these make a significant contribution to both the environment and the economy.” “It’s great to see the Victorian Government invest in Landcare in the Gippsland region so that local communities can enjoy our precious natural environment for years to come.”

getting gippsland children ready for school and beyond

Children in Gippsland are among more than 28,000 across the state set to benefit from programs and additional resources in 2020, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $160 million School Readiness Funding initiative. Member of Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced all kindergarten services in Gippsland would receive extra funding next year, with about 51 services to share in more than $1.4 million of School Readiness Funding. The funding can be used on programs that will improve children’s language development, social and emotional resilience and support access and inclusion in kindergarten. Kindergarten services will be able to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists. The Australian-first initiative will be expanded to about 800 kindergartens in 32 local government areas in 2020 – with services in Hume, Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Moreland, Murrindindi and Strathbogie to receive School Readiness Funding for the first time. All kindergartens in the 25 local government areas that received School Readiness Funding this year, Gippsland will continue to benefit from the funding next year. The Labor Government is investing around $160 million over the next four years to deliver School Readiness Funding in all funded kindergarten programs for three and four-year-old children in both long day care and sessional kindergarten settings. Kindergartens in the six local government areas where funded three-year-old programs will be rolled out first in 2020, as part of the Labor Government’s landmark reform, will receive School Readiness Funding for both three and four-year-old children. School Readiness Funding is a permanent part of the kindergarten system that will be available to all Victorian funded kindergarten services by 2021 to address educational disadvantage. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included almost $1 billion investment in early education, including $881.6 million to start the Labor Government’s landmark roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Quotes attributable to the Member of Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We know the impact that a quality early learning program can have on a child’s future, which is why we’re giving more kindergarten services extra funding to support Victorian children.” “School Readiness Funding will provide kindergarten services in Gippsland access to things that will truly make a difference in their children’s lives.”

getting gippsland children ready for school and beyond

Children in Gippsland are among more than 28,000 across the state set to benefit from programs and additional resources in 2020, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $160 million School Readiness Funding initiative. Member of Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced all kindergarten services in Gippsland would receive extra funding next year, with about 51 services to share in more than $1.4 million of School Readiness Funding. The funding can be used on programs that will improve children’s language development, social and emotional resilience and support access and inclusion in kindergarten. Kindergarten services will be able to tap into the expertise of speech and occupational therapists, language and literacy professionals and child psychologists. The Australian-first initiative will be expanded to about 800 kindergartens in 32 local government areas in 2020 – with services in Hume, Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Moreland, Murrindindi and Strathbogie to receive School Readiness Funding for the first time. All kindergartens in the 25 local government areas that received School Readiness Funding this year, Gippsland will continue to benefit from the funding next year. The Labor Government is investing around $160 million over the next four years to deliver School Readiness Funding in all funded kindergarten programs for three and four-year-old children in both long day care and sessional kindergarten settings. Kindergartens in the six local government areas where funded three-year-old programs will be rolled out first in 2020, as part of the Labor Government’s landmark reform, will receive School Readiness Funding for both three and four-year-old children. School Readiness Funding is a permanent part of the kindergarten system that will be available to all Victorian funded kindergarten services by 2021 to address educational disadvantage. Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included almost $1 billion investment in early education, including $881.6 million to start the Labor Government’s landmark roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Quotes attributable to the Member of Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett “We know the impact that a quality early learning program can have on a child’s future, which is why we’re giving more kindergarten services extra funding to support Victorian children.” “School Readiness Funding will provide kindergarten services in Gippsland access to things that will truly make a difference in their children’s lives.”