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BUILDING BETTER, SAFER LOCAL SCHOOLS

1 September 2020 BUILDING BETTER, SAFER LOCAL SCHOOLS The Victorian Government will deliver vital maintenance and bushfire readiness works at over 400 schools across Victoria, supporting jobs and local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and improving facilities for students and staff, with $15.3 million in funding announced today. Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle, today announced 13 schools in the Buninyong electorate will share in more than $450,000 in the Planned Maintenance Program and $188,000 in the Bushfire Preparedness Program. Five schools will share in $450,000 of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and steps. Mount Clear Primary School will receive $310,000 to address high priority maintenance, including ceiling repair, downpipe repair, surfacing work, floor repair, lighting repair, painting works, shade structure repair, stair repair, structural repair, table repair, wall repair and the school's Shelter In Place building. Phoenix P-12 Community College will receive $100,000 for high-priority maintenance identified for the school's roof and structural issues. Sebastopol Primary School will receive $20,000 for high-priority maintenance works identified for the school's roof issues. Canadian Lead Primary School will receive $15,000 to address high priority maintenance works, including ceiling repair, floor repair, painting works and wall repair. Mount Pleasant Primary School will receive $5,000 for high-priority maintenance works identified for the school's roof issues. Nine schools will share in over $188,000 of Bushfire Preparedness funding to clear vegetation and undertake other essential maintenance ahead of the upcoming bushfire season. Balliang East Primary School will receive $17,269 Buninyong Primary School will receive Scotsburn Primary School will receive $15,984 Glen Park Primary School will receive $14,929 Lal Lal Primary School will receive $16,953 Linton Primary School will receive $16,890 Mount Clear College will receive $47,867 Mount Clear Primary School will receive     $26,275 Mount Egerton Primary School will receive $14,945 Woady Yaloak Primary School, Scarsdale Campus will receive $17,426 Works with contractors will be carried out under COVID-19 advice guidelines to ensure the health and safety of staff and students. If works can’t start immediately due to Stage 3 restrictions, offsite planning of these works and any that are essential for school safety will continue. The Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These projects will create jobs, boost local businesses and create safer schools for kids across the state.” “Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and students.”  Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle “To see a big investment in our schools most in need of works is a fantastic result. We are ensuring that our schools are well maintained and safe so that every student can learn in the best possible environment.”

BUILDING BETTER, SAFER LOCAL SCHOOLS

1 September 2020 BUILDING BETTER, SAFER LOCAL SCHOOLS The Victorian Government will deliver vital maintenance and bushfire readiness works at over 400 schools across Victoria, supporting jobs and local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and improving facilities for students and staff, with $15.3 million in funding announced today. Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle, today announced 13 schools in the Buninyong electorate will share in more than $450,000 in the Planned Maintenance Program and $188,000 in the Bushfire Preparedness Program. Five schools will share in $450,000 of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and steps. Mount Clear Primary School will receive $310,000 to address high priority maintenance, including ceiling repair, downpipe repair, surfacing work, floor repair, lighting repair, painting works, shade structure repair, stair repair, structural repair, table repair, wall repair and the school's Shelter In Place building. Phoenix P-12 Community College will receive $100,000 for high-priority maintenance identified for the school's roof and structural issues. Sebastopol Primary School will receive $20,000 for high-priority maintenance works identified for the school's roof issues. Canadian Lead Primary School will receive $15,000 to address high priority maintenance works, including ceiling repair, floor repair, painting works and wall repair. Mount Pleasant Primary School will receive $5,000 for high-priority maintenance works identified for the school's roof issues. Nine schools will share in over $188,000 of Bushfire Preparedness funding to clear vegetation and undertake other essential maintenance ahead of the upcoming bushfire season. Balliang East Primary School will receive $17,269 Buninyong Primary School will receive Scotsburn Primary School will receive $15,984 Glen Park Primary School will receive $14,929 Lal Lal Primary School will receive $16,953 Linton Primary School will receive $16,890 Mount Clear College will receive $47,867 Mount Clear Primary School will receive     $26,275 Mount Egerton Primary School will receive $14,945 Woady Yaloak Primary School, Scarsdale Campus will receive $17,426 Works with contractors will be carried out under COVID-19 advice guidelines to ensure the health and safety of staff and students. If works can’t start immediately due to Stage 3 restrictions, offsite planning of these works and any that are essential for school safety will continue. The Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These projects will create jobs, boost local businesses and create safer schools for kids across the state.” “Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and students.”  Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle “To see a big investment in our schools most in need of works is a fantastic result. We are ensuring that our schools are well maintained and safe so that every student can learn in the best possible environment.”

Local dog lovers to lap up new Buninyong dog park

Dog owners and their best friends are set to benefit from a new dog park to be established at James Reserve, Buninyong thanks to a $40,000 investment from the Victorian Government. The funding boost comes at a time when the benefits of public open space are in sharp focus as locals stay home under Stage Three restrictions. The Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today announced the funding for a new off leash dog park in Buninyong giving dog lovers even more dedicated areas to socialise and exercise their pets. The Government will work in partnership with City of Ballarat to establish the new dog park who will now commence finalising the costings and tender process. This announcement was made part of a $2.5 million dollar investment from the Victorian Government to roll out 17 new dog parks across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The 17 dog parks funded under this stimulus package are in addition to the 16 already announced, bringing the total number of new dog parks to 33. The funding forms part of the Victorian Government’s Building Works package, providing $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. For information regarding this investment and the Suburban Parks Program visit: environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “It’s fantastic dog owners in Buninyong will have access to a designated area at James Reserve to socialise and exercise their pets.” “Now more than ever, we realise the value of having open green space close to where we live and I look forward to seeing this project commence as soon as possible.”  

Local dog lovers to lap up new Buninyong dog park

Dog owners and their best friends are set to benefit from a new dog park to be established at James Reserve, Buninyong thanks to a $40,000 investment from the Victorian Government. The funding boost comes at a time when the benefits of public open space are in sharp focus as locals stay home under Stage Three restrictions. The Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today announced the funding for a new off leash dog park in Buninyong giving dog lovers even more dedicated areas to socialise and exercise their pets. The Government will work in partnership with City of Ballarat to establish the new dog park who will now commence finalising the costings and tender process. This announcement was made part of a $2.5 million dollar investment from the Victorian Government to roll out 17 new dog parks across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The 17 dog parks funded under this stimulus package are in addition to the 16 already announced, bringing the total number of new dog parks to 33. The funding forms part of the Victorian Government’s Building Works package, providing $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. For information regarding this investment and the Suburban Parks Program visit: environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “It’s fantastic dog owners in Buninyong will have access to a designated area at James Reserve to socialise and exercise their pets.” “Now more than ever, we realise the value of having open green space close to where we live and I look forward to seeing this project commence as soon as possible.”  

Protecting our health care heros

A big program of work is already underway to drive down coronavirus infections in our healthcare workers as new research released today confirms that most cases are acquiring the virus at work. Every single health service in Victoria will be checked to make sure it is COVIDSafe, 'PPE spotters' will be introduced, potential aerosol hot spots will be studied and fit testing will be trialled for staff at highest risk – providing more protection to our dedicated healthcare workers who continue to keep us safe. Part of a strategy to further drive down infections among our healthcare heroes, these actions have been recommended on the advice of the newly established Healthcare Worker Infection Prevention and Wellbeing Taskforce, which brings together infection control experts and workforce representatives to examine what more can be done to stop the spread of coronavirus in our healthcare facilities. A detailed analysis of healthcare infections released today shows that healthcare workers in aged care settings account for around two in five infections, and hospital workers around one-third. Approximately 22 per cent of healthcare worker infections in the first wave were likely acquired at work, increasing in the second wave to at least 69 per cent. The research found the leading causes included cases being 'cohorted' in the same clinical space, contact between health workers in areas like tea and break rooms, gaps in putting on and taking off PPE, movement of staff between facilities and older ventilation systems being less effective at ensuring good air flow. Open the fact sheet below for all the information from the research. The Royal Melbourne Hospital has recently reduced its cohorting of positive cases in the same clinical space with good outcomes – challenging much of the previous international understanding around treating coronavirus. While it’s pleasing that the rate of healthcare worker infection is trending down, any healthcare worker contracting this virus at work is a concern. That’s why the Taskforce was established and will continue to undertake further work, making sure we delve further into what might be driving these numbers and what more needs to be done. As part of the Taskforce’s initial recommendations, the Government will work with relevant stakeholders to assess every single health service, aged care facility, Aboriginal health organisation and GP clinic to ensure that these workplaces are COVIDSafe, including additional random spot-checks. To help investigate the impact of fit testing on healthcare worker infection rates, a trial will be overseen by the Taskforce and will commence at Northern Health. The Taskforce will review the trial and provide recommendations on any further expansions. Recognising new and emerging evidence regarding aerosol spread, the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority will also undertake a COVID Aerosol Hot Spot Analysis Study to identify potential ‘hot spots’ in clinical spaces caused by aerosols coming to rest on surfaces. This study will model aerosol behaviour, tracking particles as they are carried via airstreams and onto surfaces – potentially uncovering new evidence and insights for our own healthcare settings and settings around the world. And recognising the complicated process and infectious nature of this virus, 'PPE spotters' will be deployed in hospitals to ensure accurate donning and doffing for workers entering and leaving COVID-19 environments. WorkCover claims are also being fast-tracked to ensure no healthcare worker who contracts the virus at work is left on their own, with all claims being assessed within an average of 48 hours. Guidance on using N95 respirators has been expanded to be the broadest in Australia,  increasing their usage from 50,000 to 800,000 per week. Further work will be undertaken on the use of N95 respirators and updated across non-hospital workforces. This is in addition to ongoing work being undertaken by Primary Health Networks (PHNs), Professional Colleges, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and the Commonwealth and Victorian governments to provide infection control advice and resources to GPs, including running webinars, online training videos, practice guides and health professional specific advice lines. For more information about the Victorian Government’s efforts to reduce coronavirus infections in healthcare workers visit wwww.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Protecting our health care heros

A big program of work is already underway to drive down coronavirus infections in our healthcare workers as new research released today confirms that most cases are acquiring the virus at work. Every single health service in Victoria will be checked to make sure it is COVIDSafe, 'PPE spotters' will be introduced, potential aerosol hot spots will be studied and fit testing will be trialled for staff at highest risk – providing more protection to our dedicated healthcare workers who continue to keep us safe. Part of a strategy to further drive down infections among our healthcare heroes, these actions have been recommended on the advice of the newly established Healthcare Worker Infection Prevention and Wellbeing Taskforce, which brings together infection control experts and workforce representatives to examine what more can be done to stop the spread of coronavirus in our healthcare facilities. A detailed analysis of healthcare infections released today shows that healthcare workers in aged care settings account for around two in five infections, and hospital workers around one-third. Approximately 22 per cent of healthcare worker infections in the first wave were likely acquired at work, increasing in the second wave to at least 69 per cent. The research found the leading causes included cases being 'cohorted' in the same clinical space, contact between health workers in areas like tea and break rooms, gaps in putting on and taking off PPE, movement of staff between facilities and older ventilation systems being less effective at ensuring good air flow. Open the fact sheet below for all the information from the research. The Royal Melbourne Hospital has recently reduced its cohorting of positive cases in the same clinical space with good outcomes – challenging much of the previous international understanding around treating coronavirus. While it’s pleasing that the rate of healthcare worker infection is trending down, any healthcare worker contracting this virus at work is a concern. That’s why the Taskforce was established and will continue to undertake further work, making sure we delve further into what might be driving these numbers and what more needs to be done. As part of the Taskforce’s initial recommendations, the Government will work with relevant stakeholders to assess every single health service, aged care facility, Aboriginal health organisation and GP clinic to ensure that these workplaces are COVIDSafe, including additional random spot-checks. To help investigate the impact of fit testing on healthcare worker infection rates, a trial will be overseen by the Taskforce and will commence at Northern Health. The Taskforce will review the trial and provide recommendations on any further expansions. Recognising new and emerging evidence regarding aerosol spread, the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority will also undertake a COVID Aerosol Hot Spot Analysis Study to identify potential ‘hot spots’ in clinical spaces caused by aerosols coming to rest on surfaces. This study will model aerosol behaviour, tracking particles as they are carried via airstreams and onto surfaces – potentially uncovering new evidence and insights for our own healthcare settings and settings around the world. And recognising the complicated process and infectious nature of this virus, 'PPE spotters' will be deployed in hospitals to ensure accurate donning and doffing for workers entering and leaving COVID-19 environments. WorkCover claims are also being fast-tracked to ensure no healthcare worker who contracts the virus at work is left on their own, with all claims being assessed within an average of 48 hours. Guidance on using N95 respirators has been expanded to be the broadest in Australia,  increasing their usage from 50,000 to 800,000 per week. Further work will be undertaken on the use of N95 respirators and updated across non-hospital workforces. This is in addition to ongoing work being undertaken by Primary Health Networks (PHNs), Professional Colleges, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and the Commonwealth and Victorian governments to provide infection control advice and resources to GPs, including running webinars, online training videos, practice guides and health professional specific advice lines. For more information about the Victorian Government’s efforts to reduce coronavirus infections in healthcare workers visit wwww.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Federation TAFE announced as finalist in 66th Victorian training awards

Federation TAFE has been named as a finalist for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said Federation TAFE was among 35 finalists for the awards statewide, which are now in their 66th year. The awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the Victorian TAFE and training sector. Finalists have been named across 13 award categories, which include awards for individuals, employers, industry collaboration and training providers. Among the finalists is Federation TAFE which is one of three training institutions shortlisted for the Industry Collaboration Award. This award recognises an exemplary skills development collaboration between an employer or industry body and a training organisation delivering nationally recognised training. Federation TAFE has been recognised for its innovative Pathways to Technology (P-TECH) program, now in its 4th year of operation in Ballarat, which is a collaborative industry program between Federation TAFE and IBM. P-TECH combines rigorous coursework with workplace experiences that include mentoring, worksite visits, paid internships and first–in–line for job considerations with IBM. It embeds industry needs at the heart of the program while allowing students to complete a Certificate III, Certificate IV and/or Diploma in an IT-related field. The Victorian Training Awards showcase and celebrate excellence in the Victorian vocational education and training (VET) sector and are held each year in National Skills Week. Winners in each category will receive $5000 in prize money. National Skills Week is an opportunity to promote the exciting career pathways that are available to all Victorians. The week allows the VET sector to showcase examples of the many pathways to success and is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning For further information visit education.vic.gov.au/vta     Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney: “The Victorian Training Awards bring together students, teachers, training providers, employers and industry representatives, sharing in a high-quality training system that meets the needs of all Victorians.”   Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle  “Federation TAFE has been a national trendsetter in building links with industry partners like IBM, which was one of the foundation members of Fed’s Tech Park back in 1995.” “The P-TECH program helps create a pathway to high paid tech jobs for locals and shows how TAFE can deliver work ready skills.”

Federation TAFE announced as finalist in 66th Victorian training awards

Federation TAFE has been named as a finalist for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said Federation TAFE was among 35 finalists for the awards statewide, which are now in their 66th year. The awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the Victorian TAFE and training sector. Finalists have been named across 13 award categories, which include awards for individuals, employers, industry collaboration and training providers. Among the finalists is Federation TAFE which is one of three training institutions shortlisted for the Industry Collaboration Award. This award recognises an exemplary skills development collaboration between an employer or industry body and a training organisation delivering nationally recognised training. Federation TAFE has been recognised for its innovative Pathways to Technology (P-TECH) program, now in its 4th year of operation in Ballarat, which is a collaborative industry program between Federation TAFE and IBM. P-TECH combines rigorous coursework with workplace experiences that include mentoring, worksite visits, paid internships and first–in–line for job considerations with IBM. It embeds industry needs at the heart of the program while allowing students to complete a Certificate III, Certificate IV and/or Diploma in an IT-related field. The Victorian Training Awards showcase and celebrate excellence in the Victorian vocational education and training (VET) sector and are held each year in National Skills Week. Winners in each category will receive $5000 in prize money. National Skills Week is an opportunity to promote the exciting career pathways that are available to all Victorians. The week allows the VET sector to showcase examples of the many pathways to success and is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning For further information visit education.vic.gov.au/vta     Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney: “The Victorian Training Awards bring together students, teachers, training providers, employers and industry representatives, sharing in a high-quality training system that meets the needs of all Victorians.”   Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle  “Federation TAFE has been a national trendsetter in building links with industry partners like IBM, which was one of the foundation members of Fed’s Tech Park back in 1995.” “The P-TECH program helps create a pathway to high paid tech jobs for locals and shows how TAFE can deliver work ready skills.”

Campaigns

Haddon Stadium Upgrade

Delivered, a new floor for Haddon stadium Haddon Stadium is the heart of the community. Home to the Haddon Badminton Club and other sports groups, the Stadium is a big part of Haddon life.  It’s a hub for the school and the whole community. This project was announced in the Andrews governments 2019 Budget. $220,000 investment for a major upgrade of the playing surface in the Haddon Stadium. The new stadium floor looks amazing and delivers a level and even playing surface that will be safer and easier to maintain. It’s now complete and open for use

Haddon Stadium Upgrade

Delivered, a new floor for Haddon stadium Haddon Stadium is the heart of the community. Home to the Haddon Badminton Club and other sports groups, the Stadium is a big part of Haddon life.  It’s a hub for the school and the whole community. This project was announced in the Andrews governments 2019 Budget. $220,000 investment for a major upgrade of the playing surface in the Haddon Stadium. The new stadium floor looks amazing and delivers a level and even playing surface that will be safer and easier to maintain. It’s now complete and open for use

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. 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. 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

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.