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More Support For Victorians With Eating Disorders

May 25, 2022 -

More Victorians living with an eating disorder will receive the support they need to recover and live happy, healthy lives, thanks to record investment from the Andrews Government. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests more than $20 million to deliver tailored support for people with an eating disorder,...

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Increasing The Auslan Teaching Workforce In Victoria

May 25, 2022 -

The Andrews Government has added courses in Auslan to the signature Free TAFE list, helping more Victorians become Auslan interpreters and creating a stronger and more diverse community. The Government has invested more than $4 million through the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to make the Diploma of...

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The 2022/23 State Budget delivers for Hawthorn

May 11, 2022 -

The Victorian Budget for 2022/23 delivers for Victoria and delivers for Hawthorn. Here are the local and state wide highlights. Contact my office if you have any questions. Hawthorn West Primary School: $5.731 million Funding for upgrade and modernisation of Block A, the schools main...

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Putting Patients First in Hawthorn

May 9, 2022 -

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Hawthorn.   Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last...

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State Budget Delivers Canterbury Sports Ground Upgrades

May 5, 2022 -

I’m pleased to announce that the 2022-23 Victorian State Budget has committed $1.25 million to upgrading the Canterbury Sports Ground clubrooms. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and added your voice of support. It was crucial in building momentum and making a strong...

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Supporting Families With Free RATs At School

April 11, 2022 -

The Victorian Government will continue to provide free rapid test kits to families through schools and early childhood settings for the start of term 2, with further deliveries rolling out this week. While Victoria’s surveillance testing system remains voluntary, we want parents to be confident...

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Victoria To Become Home Of mRNA Vaccine Manufacturing

March 30, 2022 -

Victoria will become the first place in the southern hemisphere to manufacture mRNA vaccines, after the Victorian Government reached an in-principle agreement with the Commonwealth Government and Moderna. Under the deal – announced by Acting Premier James Merlino and Prime Minister Scott Morrison – Moderna’s...

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Helping Kids Get Active And Saving Parents Money

March 30, 2022 -

Community sport is now more accessible for Victorian parents wanting their kids to get active as the Andrews Labor Government helps reduce out-of-pocket expenses for thousands of families. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today announced parents now only need to apply for a $200...

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Striking Design Revealed For New Global Arts Destination

March 16, 2022 -

The Victorian Government has revealed striking designs for Australia’s largest art gallery – NGV Contemporary – which will position Victoria as a global arts destination and deliver thousands of jobs to the state. The Australian-designed architectural statement at Southbank will include arched entries and an...

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Infrastructure in Hawthorn

March 16, 2022 -

Below are the ideas received for the $65 million allocated for infrastructure after the abandonment of commuter carparks by the Federal Government. A Hawthorn to Box Hill shared bike trail “Hawthorn to Box Hill shared trail. I’m not sure where the project is at, but...

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One year on: the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing System

March 2, 2022 -

On 2 March 2021, the report into Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing System was tabled in a historic joint sitting of Parliament. We’re only 12 months into a 10-year reform journey and already work is underway on more than 85 per cent of the Royal...

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Final Steps To Resume All Elective Surgery

February 21, 2022 -

All elective surgery across public and private hospitals can resume by the end of the month, as the impact of the Omicron wave continues to subside and stabilise. The Minister for Health has signed off on a plan that balances the health system response and...

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Help with energy bills through the $250 power saving bonus

February 7, 2022 -

The Victorian Government is encouraging households doing it tough with energy bills to apply for the one-off $250 Power Saving Bonus payment, as the 12-month program marks more than 320,000 payments to Victorians totalling $80 million. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio...

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Keeping Education Open And Safe In 2022

January 24, 2022 -

As students, staff and families across Victoria prepare for the beginning of the school year, the Victorian Government is making sure school and early childhood education is as safe as possible in 2022 – with a full suite of COVIDSafe measures to protect communities and...

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Millions More Rapid Tests On The Way

January 24, 2022 -

Tens of millions more Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will soon be available to Victorians, with the Victorian Government ordering a further 166 million tests, building on its initial bulk order of 44 million. It comes as more than 4.5 million extra tests have landed in...

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Keeping our promises: 50 level crossings gone for good

November 26, 2021 -

More than fifty of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested level crossings are officially gone for good, marking a golden milestone for the Victorian Government’s city-changing Level Crossing Removal Project – delivered 12 months ahead of schedule. In 2014 we promised to remove 50 dangerous and...

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Fund To Support New Creative Tourist Attractions

November 11, 2021 -

05 November 2021 The Victorian Government will help bring community spaces to life with ambitious new creative projects, providing new tourism drawcards through sculptures, murals and interactive art. Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson today opened applications for the latest round of the Creative Activation Fund grants,...

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Welcoming Veterans Into Civilian Life And Rewarding Work

November 11, 2021 -

Veterans making the transition from the Australian Defence Force to civilian life are being helped into the workforce through multiple Victorian Government wage subsidy and employment programs. As Australia prepares to mark Remembrance Day on 11 November and the sacrifices and contributions of our defence...

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New Parks and Wetlands as the North East Link Program takes shape

November 1, 2021 -

Designs for North East Link have been released outlining the next steps to deliver new parks and wetlands in the eastern suburbs, including a new cultural landscape precinct along the banks of the Yarra River in Bulleen. The design to fix the missing link in Melbourne’s...

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Splashing back into school swimming lessons

October 27, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is making sure all school students in Hawthorn have the opportunity to catch up on vital swimming and water safety skills, with vouchers for catch-up lessons missed during the pandemic. Swimming and water safety education has been part of the Victorian Curriculum...

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Helping new Victorians settle into school

October 27, 2021 -

Children arriving in Victoria with low levels of English will be supported to learn the language and integrate into mainstream schools, with the Victorian Government supporting English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers and multicultural education aides to help new arrivals feel at home. The...

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Supporting multicultural seniors in Hawthorn

October 25, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is continuing to support seniors from multicultural backgrounds to stay connected to culture and community through grants to help community groups keep activities running. The following local organisations are set to benefit with up to $2000 in funding each year, for the...

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Recognising Hawthorn’s outstanding volunteers

October 25, 2021 -

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Volunteering Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary efforts of Victoria’s hard-working volunteers. The awards are an opportunity to recognise the incredible support volunteers have given to others during a difficult year – whether it’s delivering essential food relief and...

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Taking it outdoors: Supporting Boroondara to reopen

October 18, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is helping businesses and the community breathe new life into local neighborhoods as vaccination progressively delivers greater freedoms across the state from Friday. With summer drawing near and Victorians warming to the promise of a return to bars, cafes and restaurants, the...

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More opportunities for women to Change the Game

October 13, 2021 -

The Government is continuing its commitment to levelling the playing field and increasing the number of women and girls participating in sport, from grassroots through to leadership roles. Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence announced last week that applications are now open for round two...

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Deloitte report into Victorian economy

October 12, 2021 -

The Deloitte report reinforces what we already know about our state’s growing economy – that we are in a strong position to recover from the global pandemic. Our job creation initiatives such as Working for Victoria and Jobs Victoria have helped thousands of people get...

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Acting Local: Support for Boroondara businesses top $81million

October 11, 2021 -

Boroondara businesses most affected by recent public health lockdowns have received millions of dollars in direct support from the Victorian Government. More than $10 billion in direct economic support has been delivered to businesses across Victoria over the course of the pandemic, including $4.2 billion...

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Vaccinated Economy at the Cup, the Bowl and the movies 

October 11, 2021 -

Crowds will return to the Melbourne Cup and concerts at the Sidney Myer Music bowl and smaller venues across the state, as preparations for Victoria’s safe reopening ramp up. Up to 10,000 racing fans will be at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November in...

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Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day

October 11, 2021 -

Imagine making a new friend, learning a new subject, or negotiating yourself out of a tough spot if your ability to use or understand language were a life-long challenge. On average 2 students in every class of 30 have a neurodevelopmental condition called Developmental Language...

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Helping more Hawthorn locals buy their own home

October 11, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is helping more locals in Hawthorn to buy their own home with the launch of the Victorian Homebuyer Fund (VHF). The Government announced the $500 million VHF today, which is expected to support more than 3,000 Victorians become homeowners. The VHF shared...

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