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Haddon Stadium Upgrade

WORK COMMENCES ON HADDON STADIUM UPGRADE Michaela Settle MP is delivering on a key election commitment. Residents in Haddon are a step closer to seeing the Sports Stadium they love upgraded with a new playing surface, with work commenced on the upgrade project. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today announced that Craftsmen Flooring has been appointed to remove and replace the old floor which was no longer fit for purpose due to its age and its many patchy repairs. This upgrade had been called for by the Haddon community. Michaela Settle made a commitment during her election campaign that if elected, she would ensure that this important local sporting and recreational facility would be upgraded. Michaela Settle was able to secure funding of $220,000 from the Andrews Labor Government to deliver the upgrade of Haddon Recreation Reserve Stadium. This upgrade will provide a level and even playing surface that is both safer, and easier to maintain. It will also provide excellent health benefits for those in the region, particularly the regions youth. The stadium had once been a site for school holiday basketball programs and leisure activities for local groups, however, conditions at the stadium did not allow those activities to continue. This upgrade will see these events and activities able to recommence and allow the stadium to be utilised by the whole community. The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading sports fields and sporting venues across regional Victoria and recognises sport is an important part of life in regional Victoria.            Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “It is exciting to see work commencing on the Haddon Stadium upgrade as I know how much it means to this community to see this project being delivered.” “Our regional communities deserve the best facilities and we’re making sure we deliver them. The upgraded Haddon Stadium will revive indoor sports in the community and provide health benefits for years to come.  

Haddon Stadium Upgrade

WORK COMMENCES ON HADDON STADIUM UPGRADE Michaela Settle MP is delivering on a key election commitment. Residents in Haddon are a step closer to seeing the Sports Stadium they love upgraded with a new playing surface, with work commenced on the upgrade project. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today announced that Craftsmen Flooring has been appointed to remove and replace the old floor which was no longer fit for purpose due to its age and its many patchy repairs. This upgrade had been called for by the Haddon community. Michaela Settle made a commitment during her election campaign that if elected, she would ensure that this important local sporting and recreational facility would be upgraded. Michaela Settle was able to secure funding of $220,000 from the Andrews Labor Government to deliver the upgrade of Haddon Recreation Reserve Stadium. This upgrade will provide a level and even playing surface that is both safer, and easier to maintain. It will also provide excellent health benefits for those in the region, particularly the regions youth. The stadium had once been a site for school holiday basketball programs and leisure activities for local groups, however, conditions at the stadium did not allow those activities to continue. This upgrade will see these events and activities able to recommence and allow the stadium to be utilised by the whole community. The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading sports fields and sporting venues across regional Victoria and recognises sport is an important part of life in regional Victoria.            Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “It is exciting to see work commencing on the Haddon Stadium upgrade as I know how much it means to this community to see this project being delivered.” “Our regional communities deserve the best facilities and we’re making sure we deliver them. The upgraded Haddon Stadium will revive indoor sports in the community and provide health benefits for years to come.  

$2 Million Upgrade For St Francis Xavier Primary

$2 MILLION FOR ST FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL UPGRADE   St Francis Xavier School students will soon be learning in new facilities, thanks to a $2 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government.   Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle today visited St Francis Xavier School to announce the $2 million investment toward Stage 2BA of the school’s Master plan.   The project will upgrade facilities in this growing regional school. It will see construction of six new general purpose classrooms, a staff work area, student amenities, and circulation. It will accommodate 144 students across 2-year levels. The new classrooms will provide regional students with first-class educational facilities, improved disability access, as well as accommodating the growth in enrolment at the school. The project will also ensure that St Francis Xavier School teachers have first-class facilities to give their students the 21st century education they deserve.   The school is one of dozens that will share in more than $70 million to build and upgrade facilities, giving students better schools and the best start in life. Victoria is growing faster than any other state, with 115,000 extra students expected to enter the education system over the next five years. With more than one-third of students in Victoria attending non-government schools, the Labor Government is ensuring these sectors are also capable of helping the state meet this demand. The Labor Government’s $402 million Non-Government Schools Capital Fund will be distributed over four years and is for building new schools as well as increasing capacity or upgrading facilities at existing schools. It also supports the removal of asbestos and cladding in these schools. The Labor Government has also introduced a streamlined planning permit process for non-government schools that receive funding under the fund. The process will boost the capacity of the education sector to effectively manage current and forecast demand for school infrastructure in the state. The announcement today is part of a record $1.82 billion investment in Victoria’s education infrastructure in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 – delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities and with more than a third of Victorian students attending non-government schools, they’ll be sharing in our record investment.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “This $2 million funding for St Francis Xavier School is an exciting announcement and means more children in our region will have access to excellent school facilities to give them the best start in life.”

$2 Million Upgrade For St Francis Xavier Primary

$2 MILLION FOR ST FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL UPGRADE   St Francis Xavier School students will soon be learning in new facilities, thanks to a $2 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government.   Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle today visited St Francis Xavier School to announce the $2 million investment toward Stage 2BA of the school’s Master plan.   The project will upgrade facilities in this growing regional school. It will see construction of six new general purpose classrooms, a staff work area, student amenities, and circulation. It will accommodate 144 students across 2-year levels. The new classrooms will provide regional students with first-class educational facilities, improved disability access, as well as accommodating the growth in enrolment at the school. The project will also ensure that St Francis Xavier School teachers have first-class facilities to give their students the 21st century education they deserve.   The school is one of dozens that will share in more than $70 million to build and upgrade facilities, giving students better schools and the best start in life. Victoria is growing faster than any other state, with 115,000 extra students expected to enter the education system over the next five years. With more than one-third of students in Victoria attending non-government schools, the Labor Government is ensuring these sectors are also capable of helping the state meet this demand. The Labor Government’s $402 million Non-Government Schools Capital Fund will be distributed over four years and is for building new schools as well as increasing capacity or upgrading facilities at existing schools. It also supports the removal of asbestos and cladding in these schools. The Labor Government has also introduced a streamlined planning permit process for non-government schools that receive funding under the fund. The process will boost the capacity of the education sector to effectively manage current and forecast demand for school infrastructure in the state. The announcement today is part of a record $1.82 billion investment in Victoria’s education infrastructure in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 – delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities and with more than a third of Victorian students attending non-government schools, they’ll be sharing in our record investment.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “This $2 million funding for St Francis Xavier School is an exciting announcement and means more children in our region will have access to excellent school facilities to give them the best start in life.”

Ballarat Gambling Harm Project Funded

FUNDING FOR BALLARAT REGION GAMBLING HARM PROJECT The Andrews Labor Government is providing $100,000 for a project that will focus on preventing gambling harm in the Ballarat region. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle congratulated Ballarat Community Health on their successful proposal to look at ways of preventing gambling harm in their community. Ballarat Community Health will receive the funding over two years for their All-in -Ballarat’s Collective Impact Gambling Harm Awareness Campaign. This project will recruit stakeholders from at least 10 key organisations in Ballarat to support the co-design of local initiatives and the development of marketing, engagement and communications plan, identifying key messages and opportunities. In the Ballarat region this will help to reduce the stigma associated with gambling harm, and improve messaging to encourage people to be more open, talk to their friends and family, and be more comfortable in seeking the support they may require. 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 the Ballarat region have support from people within their community.” “Gambling harm is often hidden because people feel uncomfortable talking about it. I commend Ballarat Community Health for tackling this through their innovative project/s. Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “I want to congratulate Ballarat Community Health on their commitment to preventing gambling harm in the Ballarat region.” “I have experienced the impact of gambling harm and understand all too well the stigma that can come with it. It is vital we break down the barriers to people receiving treatment and this project is designed to do that.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “Sadly, the impact of gambling harm in our community is widespread. We’re working to ensure that those in our region, including those in our justice system, receive the mental health support they need, now.” 

Ballarat Gambling Harm Project Funded

FUNDING FOR BALLARAT REGION GAMBLING HARM PROJECT The Andrews Labor Government is providing $100,000 for a project that will focus on preventing gambling harm in the Ballarat region. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle congratulated Ballarat Community Health on their successful proposal to look at ways of preventing gambling harm in their community. Ballarat Community Health will receive the funding over two years for their All-in -Ballarat’s Collective Impact Gambling Harm Awareness Campaign. This project will recruit stakeholders from at least 10 key organisations in Ballarat to support the co-design of local initiatives and the development of marketing, engagement and communications plan, identifying key messages and opportunities. In the Ballarat region this will help to reduce the stigma associated with gambling harm, and improve messaging to encourage people to be more open, talk to their friends and family, and be more comfortable in seeking the support they may require. 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 the Ballarat region have support from people within their community.” “Gambling harm is often hidden because people feel uncomfortable talking about it. I commend Ballarat Community Health for tackling this through their innovative project/s. Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “I want to congratulate Ballarat Community Health on their commitment to preventing gambling harm in the Ballarat region.” “I have experienced the impact of gambling harm and understand all too well the stigma that can come with it. It is vital we break down the barriers to people receiving treatment and this project is designed to do that.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “Sadly, the impact of gambling harm in our community is widespread. We’re working to ensure that those in our region, including those in our justice system, receive the mental health support they need, now.” 

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.  

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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