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Addressing Parliament About Meredith Visit

On the 29th May 2019 I addressed parliament about my recent visit to Meredith where I caught up with the Meredith History Interest Group and the Meredith Primary School amongst others.  

Addressing Parliament About Meredith Visit

On the 29th May 2019 I addressed parliament about my recent visit to Meredith where I caught up with the Meredith History Interest Group and the Meredith Primary School amongst others.  

2019 Budget Delivers For Buninyong

Budget Day 2019 is a fantastic day for regional Victoria, and a fantastic day for Buninyong. A budget based on values  

New Skate Park For Smythesdale

SMYTHESDALE SKATERS CARVING UP NEW PARK Smythesdale’s skatepark has been re-designed and upgraded, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today officially opened the new skatepark, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The old skatepark was a popular destination for young people in the area, but it was limited in design and was in desperate need of an upgrade. The upgraded park features longer runs, quarter pipes, mogul, ledge and flat bar. There’s more space for skaters and riders to turn around and generate speed, and there’s also a basketball ring, seating, shade, and a water and charging station. The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, Labor has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. The Government also acknowledged project partners Golden Plains Shire Council for its commitment and financial contribution to the project.   Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “This project is a great example of how we’re working with the local community in making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all.”  “We’re giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can enjoy sport and active recreation.”  

New Skate Park For Smythesdale

SMYTHESDALE SKATERS CARVING UP NEW PARK Smythesdale’s skatepark has been re-designed and upgraded, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today officially opened the new skatepark, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The old skatepark was a popular destination for young people in the area, but it was limited in design and was in desperate need of an upgrade. The upgraded park features longer runs, quarter pipes, mogul, ledge and flat bar. There’s more space for skaters and riders to turn around and generate speed, and there’s also a basketball ring, seating, shade, and a water and charging station. The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, Labor has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. The Government also acknowledged project partners Golden Plains Shire Council for its commitment and financial contribution to the project.   Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “This project is a great example of how we’re working with the local community in making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all.”  “We’re giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can enjoy sport and active recreation.”  

2019 State Budget Delivers For Buninyong

27th May 2019 DELIVERING FOR BUNINYONG The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Buninyong, with major investments in our community, health, local schools, roads and sporting clubs in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. The Labor Government will invest $5 million to make Sebastopol an even better place to work and live. The project could include new community spaces, streetscaping works, tree planting and improved footpaths, and will be delivered in partnership with the community. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $5.5 million to make sure students at Mount Clear College have the learning spaces they deserve, transforming old classrooms and facilities with a major upgrade of Block A, housing the school’s art, music, drama, and science facilities. The Labor Government has already invested more than $5.4 million to build a new central technology hub at Mount Clear College. Funding of $1.18 million will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Phoenix P-12 College. This investment is the first step in delivering an additional two new indoor competition grade courts and relocate existing tennis courts. This builds on the $10.7 million already provided by the Labor Government to upgrade the school. A further $58 million will expand our School Breakfast Clubs and make sure more kids are learning on a full stomach. Building on the existing program, which provides free breakfasts in 500 schools across our state, this investment will see free breakfasts and lunches served up to students at 1000 primary and secondary schools every school day. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to a $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. Under this year’s Budget, Ballarat patients will benefit from an extra 25,000 dedicated appointments with medical specialists. Right now, many patients are required to travel to the city for appointments and treatment – or face big out-of-pocket costs for a local private appointment. With a $136 million investment to deliver an extra 500,000 appointments across regional communities, this will help ensure patients don’t have to spend hours away from loved ones to access specialist care. The Labor Government will also establish a new parenting centre in Ballarat, part of a $213.7 million Budget investment. One of nine across the state, the brand-new Ballarat parenting centre will help make sure new mums and dads can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. The Budget also delivers on our promised $60.8 million investment to keep the growing city of Ballarat moving, upgrading the city’s key intersections and reducing bottlenecks for local drivers. The hunt for a car park will also be easier for locals in Ballarat, with this year’s Budget providing $30 million for more free regional car parking. This investment will take the pressure off neighbouring streets and making it easier for residents to get in and out of Ballarat’s CBD with 1,000 extra free car parks. With our state’s biggest transport build underway, now we’re turning our attention to the next big projects, investing $100 million to begin work on the Western Rail Plan to begin planning for the full separation of regional and metro rail services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines – the first step in delivering real fast rail to these cities. Additional train services will be introduced across both regional and metropolitan rail networks following the completion of major projects including the Ballarat Line Upgrade. Our sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our community. With this Budget, the Labor Government is ensuring local sporting stars have the facilities they deserve, delivering: $3 million to deliver a major redevelopment of Ballan Recreation Reserve $220,000 to upgrade the playing surface at the Haddon Recreation Reserve Stadium This Budget also delivers an $11.8 million package to boost community participation in sport for Stage 2 of the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre, and ensure the Eureka Sports Precinct is a drawcard for competitions, tournaments and events. A new high-performance basketball hub will also be established in Ballarat to provide young athletes access to the best training programs close to home, with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball. Giving our kids great life skills and further connecting our community, this year’s Budget also includes $500,000 in funding for the 1st Ballan Scout Hall. This will provide a dedicated home for local scouts and a new youth hub for our local community. In last year’s Budget we cut payroll tax for regional business to 2.425 per cent, and as part of the Budget, we are going even further, reducing regional payroll tax to a quarter of the metro rate – down to 1.2125 per cent by 2022-23. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “The Labor Government isn’t just upgrading school buildings, we’re delivering three year old kinder and expanding breakfast clubs to make sure our kids get the best start to life.” “This Budget delivers on our commitment to fix congested intersections across Ballarat, cutting travel times and making Albert Street safer for Magpie’s students.”

2019 State Budget Delivers For Buninyong

27th May 2019 DELIVERING FOR BUNINYONG The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Buninyong, with major investments in our community, health, local schools, roads and sporting clubs in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. The Labor Government will invest $5 million to make Sebastopol an even better place to work and live. The project could include new community spaces, streetscaping works, tree planting and improved footpaths, and will be delivered in partnership with the community. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $5.5 million to make sure students at Mount Clear College have the learning spaces they deserve, transforming old classrooms and facilities with a major upgrade of Block A, housing the school’s art, music, drama, and science facilities. The Labor Government has already invested more than $5.4 million to build a new central technology hub at Mount Clear College. Funding of $1.18 million will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Phoenix P-12 College. This investment is the first step in delivering an additional two new indoor competition grade courts and relocate existing tennis courts. This builds on the $10.7 million already provided by the Labor Government to upgrade the school. A further $58 million will expand our School Breakfast Clubs and make sure more kids are learning on a full stomach. Building on the existing program, which provides free breakfasts in 500 schools across our state, this investment will see free breakfasts and lunches served up to students at 1000 primary and secondary schools every school day. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to a $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. Under this year’s Budget, Ballarat patients will benefit from an extra 25,000 dedicated appointments with medical specialists. Right now, many patients are required to travel to the city for appointments and treatment – or face big out-of-pocket costs for a local private appointment. With a $136 million investment to deliver an extra 500,000 appointments across regional communities, this will help ensure patients don’t have to spend hours away from loved ones to access specialist care. The Labor Government will also establish a new parenting centre in Ballarat, part of a $213.7 million Budget investment. One of nine across the state, the brand-new Ballarat parenting centre will help make sure new mums and dads can get the advice they need, including support with sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. The Budget also delivers on our promised $60.8 million investment to keep the growing city of Ballarat moving, upgrading the city’s key intersections and reducing bottlenecks for local drivers. The hunt for a car park will also be easier for locals in Ballarat, with this year’s Budget providing $30 million for more free regional car parking. This investment will take the pressure off neighbouring streets and making it easier for residents to get in and out of Ballarat’s CBD with 1,000 extra free car parks. With our state’s biggest transport build underway, now we’re turning our attention to the next big projects, investing $100 million to begin work on the Western Rail Plan to begin planning for the full separation of regional and metro rail services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines – the first step in delivering real fast rail to these cities. Additional train services will be introduced across both regional and metropolitan rail networks following the completion of major projects including the Ballarat Line Upgrade. Our sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our community. With this Budget, the Labor Government is ensuring local sporting stars have the facilities they deserve, delivering: $3 million to deliver a major redevelopment of Ballan Recreation Reserve $220,000 to upgrade the playing surface at the Haddon Recreation Reserve Stadium This Budget also delivers an $11.8 million package to boost community participation in sport for Stage 2 of the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre, and ensure the Eureka Sports Precinct is a drawcard for competitions, tournaments and events. A new high-performance basketball hub will also be established in Ballarat to provide young athletes access to the best training programs close to home, with a clear pathway to playing elite level basketball. Giving our kids great life skills and further connecting our community, this year’s Budget also includes $500,000 in funding for the 1st Ballan Scout Hall. This will provide a dedicated home for local scouts and a new youth hub for our local community. In last year’s Budget we cut payroll tax for regional business to 2.425 per cent, and as part of the Budget, we are going even further, reducing regional payroll tax to a quarter of the metro rate – down to 1.2125 per cent by 2022-23. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “The Labor Government isn’t just upgrading school buildings, we’re delivering three year old kinder and expanding breakfast clubs to make sure our kids get the best start to life.” “This Budget delivers on our commitment to fix congested intersections across Ballarat, cutting travel times and making Albert Street safer for Magpie’s students.”

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Ballan Recreation Reserve Set For Major Upgrade

The Andrews government's 2019 Budget has really delivered for Ballan residents. Preparations and planning are now commencing for the major redevelopment of the Ballan Recreational Reserve. Facilities like this are essential for a community, with huge health and leisure benefits, particularly for the regions youth. The redevelopment will include: A brand new sporting pavilion Female friendly change rooms An oval extension to bring it up to standard size Lux lighting to allow for games and training at night The Andrews government recognise the need for regional communities to have the same standard of facilities as those in the city. Ballan is a growing community and we are planning for the communities amenities to grow with it.

Ballan Recreation Reserve Set For Major Upgrade

The Andrews government's 2019 Budget has really delivered for Ballan residents. Preparations and planning are now commencing for the major redevelopment of the Ballan Recreational Reserve. Facilities like this are essential for a community, with huge health and leisure benefits, particularly for the regions youth. The redevelopment will include: A brand new sporting pavilion Female friendly change rooms An oval extension to bring it up to standard size Lux lighting to allow for games and training at night The Andrews government recognise the need for regional communities to have the same standard of facilities as those in the city. Ballan is a growing community and we are planning for the communities amenities to grow with it.

Haddon Stadium Upgrade

Great news for Haddon residents announced in the Andrews governments 2019 Budget. The Andrews government is providing a $220,000 investment for a major upgrade of the playing surface in the Haddon Stadium. Facilities like the Haddon Recreation Centre Stadium are essential for a community with all their health and leisure benefits, particularly for the regions youth. A new playing surface for the reserve will mean: A safer playing surface A level and even surface Easier maintenance No more patchy repairs The Andrews government recognises the need for regional communities to have the same standard of facilities as those in the city. The upgrade of the Stadium’s playing surface is something the community had been calling for, and I’m proud to be delivering it.  

Haddon Stadium Upgrade

Great news for Haddon residents announced in the Andrews governments 2019 Budget. The Andrews government is providing a $220,000 investment for a major upgrade of the playing surface in the Haddon Stadium. Facilities like the Haddon Recreation Centre Stadium are essential for a community with all their health and leisure benefits, particularly for the regions youth. A new playing surface for the reserve will mean: A safer playing surface A level and even surface Easier maintenance No more patchy repairs The Andrews government recognises the need for regional communities to have the same standard of facilities as those in the city. The upgrade of the Stadium’s playing surface is something the community had been calling for, and I’m proud to be delivering it.  

Sebastopol Revitalisation

As a member of the Andrews Government I am thrilled to announce that I have secured $5 Million in funding specifically for the purpose of revitalising Sebastopol. In the coming weeks I will be out and about knocking on people’s doors and talking to Sebastopol locals about how they would like to see this funding spent. I believe it is crucial that the people of Sebastopol determine what is best for their community. I will soon be running a survey for locals to provide feedback on community needs. There will be a Sebas Speak Out event in April for residents to give feedback and input into the projects they would like to see prioritised. Finally a Citizens Committee will be initiated comprised of Sebastopol residents, members of Ballarat City Council, and Regional Development Victoria. This committee will be responsible for the final decision making around project design and rollout. More details will be available soon. Delivering for Sebas

Sebastopol Revitalisation

As a member of the Andrews Government I am thrilled to announce that I have secured $5 Million in funding specifically for the purpose of revitalising Sebastopol. In the coming weeks I will be out and about knocking on people’s doors and talking to Sebastopol locals about how they would like to see this funding spent. I believe it is crucial that the people of Sebastopol determine what is best for their community. I will soon be running a survey for locals to provide feedback on community needs. There will be a Sebas Speak Out event in April for residents to give feedback and input into the projects they would like to see prioritised. Finally a Citizens Committee will be initiated comprised of Sebastopol residents, members of Ballarat City Council, and Regional Development Victoria. This committee will be responsible for the final decision making around project design and rollout. More details will be available soon. Delivering for Sebas