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RECOGNISING MILDURA’S LONG-SERVING TEACHERS

Teachers from Mildura were among hundreds from across Victoria today for long-serving dedication to students and families, at the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert congratulated those being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education at the awards, most of whom were teachers. The Recognition of Service awards are a chance to acknowledge dedication and hard work of the Department of Education and Training’s teachers and staff. Mary Campbell from Irymple Primary School and Richard Davis and Wilhemina Rogers from Mildura Senior College were recognised for 40 years of service. A total of 264 teacher and staff were recognised for 40 years of service, 98 were recognised for 45 years of service and 21 were recognised for 50 years of service. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity at a great education, no matter where they live or what their background. The 2016-17 State Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance. The Victorian Government has also provided $21.6 million to help all government school teachers implement the new Victorian Curriculum, which will help equip Victorian students for the jobs of tomorrow. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert  “I want to thank all of the hard working Mildura teachers and education staff, and pay particular tribute to those recognised today for their long-serving dedication to education excellence.”  “The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that local teachers and principals have the support they need to focus on helping Mildura students to be their best.”  

RECOGNISING MILDURA’S LONG-SERVING TEACHERS

Teachers from Mildura were among hundreds from across Victoria today for long-serving dedication to students and families, at the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert congratulated those being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education at the awards, most of whom were teachers. The Recognition of Service awards are a chance to acknowledge dedication and hard work of the Department of Education and Training’s teachers and staff. Mary Campbell from Irymple Primary School and Richard Davis and Wilhemina Rogers from Mildura Senior College were recognised for 40 years of service. A total of 264 teacher and staff were recognised for 40 years of service, 98 were recognised for 45 years of service and 21 were recognised for 50 years of service. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity at a great education, no matter where they live or what their background. The 2016-17 State Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance. The Victorian Government has also provided $21.6 million to help all government school teachers implement the new Victorian Curriculum, which will help equip Victorian students for the jobs of tomorrow. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert  “I want to thank all of the hard working Mildura teachers and education staff, and pay particular tribute to those recognised today for their long-serving dedication to education excellence.”  “The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that local teachers and principals have the support they need to focus on helping Mildura students to be their best.”  

RECOGNISING LONG-SERVING TEACHERS FROM MURRAY PLAINS

Teachers from Murray Plains were among hundreds from across Victoria today for long-serving dedication to students and families, at the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert congratulated those being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education at the awards, most of whom were teachers. The Recognition of Service awards are a chance to acknowledge dedication and hard work of the Department of Education and Training’s teachers and staff. Stewart Cheal from Echuca College, David Holmes from Echuca College, Glenys Mahler from Cohuna Secondary College and Anthea Hudson from Lake Boga were recognised for 40 years of service. Martin Halliday from Pyramid Hill College and Janet Jolliffe from Swan Hill Specialist School were recognised for 45 years of service. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity at a great education, no matter where they live or what their background. The 2016-17 State Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance. The Victorian Government has also provided $21.6 million to help all government school teachers implement the new Victorian Curriculum, which will help equip Victorian students for the jobs of tomorrow. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert  “I want to thank all of the hard working Murray Plains teachers and education staff, and pay particular tribute to those recognised today for their long-serving dedication to education excellence.”  “The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that local teachers and principals have the support they need to focus on helping Murray Plains students to be their best.”

RECOGNISING LONG-SERVING TEACHERS FROM MURRAY PLAINS

Teachers from Murray Plains were among hundreds from across Victoria today for long-serving dedication to students and families, at the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert congratulated those being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education at the awards, most of whom were teachers. The Recognition of Service awards are a chance to acknowledge dedication and hard work of the Department of Education and Training’s teachers and staff. Stewart Cheal from Echuca College, David Holmes from Echuca College, Glenys Mahler from Cohuna Secondary College and Anthea Hudson from Lake Boga were recognised for 40 years of service. Martin Halliday from Pyramid Hill College and Janet Jolliffe from Swan Hill Specialist School were recognised for 45 years of service. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity at a great education, no matter where they live or what their background. The 2016-17 State Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance. The Victorian Government has also provided $21.6 million to help all government school teachers implement the new Victorian Curriculum, which will help equip Victorian students for the jobs of tomorrow. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert  “I want to thank all of the hard working Murray Plains teachers and education staff, and pay particular tribute to those recognised today for their long-serving dedication to education excellence.”  “The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that local teachers and principals have the support they need to focus on helping Murray Plains students to be their best.”

SUNRAYSIA VOLUNTEERS HONOURED WITH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Sunraysia Information & Referral Service (SIRS) volunteers yesterday received an Improving the Patient Experience Award for their commitment to helping local patients travel long distances to medical appointments. Now in their eighth year, the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards honour the inspiring work of the dedicated volunteers who a make real difference, each and every day, caring for the most vulnerable at health services across Victoria. SIRS is a non-profit organisation run solely by volunteers which was established in 1972 and began assisting patients with travel arrangements in 1999. Over the last 17 years, SIRS volunteers have assisted more than 8200 patients to leave the Sunraysia district for medical appointments in Melbourne, Adelaide and country towns in between when specialists are not available locally. Feedback from local doctors suggests that without SIRS help and support, some patients simply would not go to appointments in capital cities. Latest figures show more than 160,000 people volunteer in health organisations across Victoria. In 2016, more than 800 volunteers from 43 organisations were nominated for a Minister for Health Volunteer Award. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert “I congratulate Sunraysia Information & Referral Service volunteers for their compassion, empathy and dedication in supporting the most vulnerable who are suffering an illness to arrange travel to vital medical appointments.” “Volunteers are the backbone of Victoria’s health system. They make an invaluable and life-changing contribution supporting some of the most frail, sick and vulnerable Victorians to access the care they need, when they need it.” “These awards celebrate the amazing contribution our health volunteers make to their communities and to the people of Victoria.”  

SUNRAYSIA VOLUNTEERS HONOURED WITH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Sunraysia Information & Referral Service (SIRS) volunteers yesterday received an Improving the Patient Experience Award for their commitment to helping local patients travel long distances to medical appointments. Now in their eighth year, the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards honour the inspiring work of the dedicated volunteers who a make real difference, each and every day, caring for the most vulnerable at health services across Victoria. SIRS is a non-profit organisation run solely by volunteers which was established in 1972 and began assisting patients with travel arrangements in 1999. Over the last 17 years, SIRS volunteers have assisted more than 8200 patients to leave the Sunraysia district for medical appointments in Melbourne, Adelaide and country towns in between when specialists are not available locally. Feedback from local doctors suggests that without SIRS help and support, some patients simply would not go to appointments in capital cities. Latest figures show more than 160,000 people volunteer in health organisations across Victoria. In 2016, more than 800 volunteers from 43 organisations were nominated for a Minister for Health Volunteer Award. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert “I congratulate Sunraysia Information & Referral Service volunteers for their compassion, empathy and dedication in supporting the most vulnerable who are suffering an illness to arrange travel to vital medical appointments.” “Volunteers are the backbone of Victoria’s health system. They make an invaluable and life-changing contribution supporting some of the most frail, sick and vulnerable Victorians to access the care they need, when they need it.” “These awards celebrate the amazing contribution our health volunteers make to their communities and to the people of Victoria.”  

COMMUNITY GRANTS TO RAMP UP CRIME PREVENTION IN MURRAY PLAINS

Murray Plains will have access to community grants to boost security and tackle local crime issues, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to crime prevention. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert today opened the latest round of Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants and encouraged councils and community groups to apply. The initiative provides up to $10,000 in funding for councils and not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects to help prevent crime, improve safety and strengthen community engagement. Examples of projects funded include: new security equipment and infrastructure (locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates) small-scale improvements and upgrades to public spaces including streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage more foot traffic education and awareness initiatives to help prevent motor vehicle theft and personal property theft, and prevent residential burglaries and retail burglaries. Applications are now open. Councils and community groups have until 4pm on Friday 1 July 2016 to apply. As part of the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, the Andrews Labor Government invested $19.4 million in community crime prevention. For further information about the grants, including guidelines for applicants, please visit: crimeprevention.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert: “The people of Murray Plains understand the local crime issues in their area, and I encourage council and local community groups to apply for the latest round of grants.” “By delivering local initiatives that help prevent crime we are continuing to build a safer Murray Plains community.”

COMMUNITY GRANTS TO RAMP UP CRIME PREVENTION IN MURRAY PLAINS

Murray Plains will have access to community grants to boost security and tackle local crime issues, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to crime prevention. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert today opened the latest round of Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants and encouraged councils and community groups to apply. The initiative provides up to $10,000 in funding for councils and not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects to help prevent crime, improve safety and strengthen community engagement. Examples of projects funded include: new security equipment and infrastructure (locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates) small-scale improvements and upgrades to public spaces including streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage more foot traffic education and awareness initiatives to help prevent motor vehicle theft and personal property theft, and prevent residential burglaries and retail burglaries. Applications are now open. Councils and community groups have until 4pm on Friday 1 July 2016 to apply. As part of the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, the Andrews Labor Government invested $19.4 million in community crime prevention. For further information about the grants, including guidelines for applicants, please visit: crimeprevention.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert: “The people of Murray Plains understand the local crime issues in their area, and I encourage council and local community groups to apply for the latest round of grants.” “By delivering local initiatives that help prevent crime we are continuing to build a safer Murray Plains community.”

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS TO RAMP UP CRIME PREVENTION IN MILDURA

Mildura will have access to community grants to boost security and tackle local crime issues, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to crime prevention. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert today opened the latest round of Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants and encouraged councils and community groups to apply. The initiative provides up to $10,000 in funding for councils and not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects to help prevent crime, improve safety and strengthen community engagement. Examples of projects funded include: new security equipment and infrastructure (locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates) small-scale improvements and upgrades to public spaces including streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage more foot traffic education and awareness initiatives to help prevent motor vehicle theft and personal property theft, and prevent residential burglaries and retail burglaries. Applications are now open. Councils and community groups have until 4pm on Friday 1 July 2016 to apply. As part of the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, the Andrews Labor Government invested $19.4 million in community crime prevention. For further information about the grants, including guidelines for applicants, please visit: crimeprevention.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert: “The people of Mildura understand the local crime issues in their area, and I encourage council and local community groups to apply for the latest round of grants.” “By delivering local initiatives that help prevent crime we are continuing to build a safer Mildura community.”

COMMUNITY GRANTS TO RAMP UP CRIME PREVENTION IN MILDURA

Mildura will have access to community grants to boost security and tackle local crime issues, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to crime prevention. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert today opened the latest round of Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants and encouraged councils and community groups to apply. The initiative provides up to $10,000 in funding for councils and not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects to help prevent crime, improve safety and strengthen community engagement. Examples of projects funded include: new security equipment and infrastructure (locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates) small-scale improvements and upgrades to public spaces including streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage more foot traffic education and awareness initiatives to help prevent motor vehicle theft and personal property theft, and prevent residential burglaries and retail burglaries. Applications are now open. Councils and community groups have until 4pm on Friday 1 July 2016 to apply. As part of the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, the Andrews Labor Government invested $19.4 million in community crime prevention. For further information about the grants, including guidelines for applicants, please visit: crimeprevention.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert: “The people of Mildura understand the local crime issues in their area, and I encourage council and local community groups to apply for the latest round of grants.” “By delivering local initiatives that help prevent crime we are continuing to build a safer Mildura community.”

Groundbreaking MoU Forging New Links With Malaysia

Victoria’s higher education sector is forging new partnerships in South East Asia with two of the state’s leading universities signing ground-breaking agreements with Malaysian institutions. Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, oversaw the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding between Swinburne University and University of Malaya, and RMIT and UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur this morning. The signings took place at the inaugural Victorian-ASEAN Higher Education Forum, launched by the Andrews Labor Government and the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities. The forum is driving sector collaboration, opening up new markets and building capacity and partnerships between Victorian and South-East Asian institutions. The deal between Swinburne and University Malaya will see the two collaborate on research, the supervision of PhD students and facilitate experts from both universities to work on projects and joint publications. The signing between RMIT and UCSI will create new vocational education qualifications in health-care and aging, delivery of non-award short courses and exploring jointly badged programs. Swinburne also signed an MoU with ICAN College in Malaysia which will see graduates further their study in Victoria in areas of business, business information systems and accounting. The agreements highlighted the great opportunities for Victoria’s world-leading education and training sector to link with partners in the South East Asian region to foster innovation into the future. Mr Herbert is visiting South East Asia to further Victoria’s reputation as a leading international education destination and to open up new markets. The Labor Government has identified international education as one of the six key priority growth sectors that it is supporting through its $200 million Future Industries Fund. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $32 million to drive continued growth in international education and to help implement the International Education Sector Strategy. International education is Victoria’s number one service export, generating $5.6 billion dollars for the local economy while supporting more than 30,000 jobs across the state. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s leading services export sector so we can strengthen partnerships with our neighbours in South-East Asia.” “I commend both Victorian universities for striking these deals that are invaluable to the future of higher education in the state.” “International education plays a crucial role in creating jobs, keeping our economy strong and driving the innovation that is pivotal to our success.”

Groundbreaking MoU Forging New Links With Malaysia

Victoria’s higher education sector is forging new partnerships in South East Asia with two of the state’s leading universities signing ground-breaking agreements with Malaysian institutions. Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, oversaw the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding between Swinburne University and University of Malaya, and RMIT and UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur this morning. The signings took place at the inaugural Victorian-ASEAN Higher Education Forum, launched by the Andrews Labor Government and the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities. The forum is driving sector collaboration, opening up new markets and building capacity and partnerships between Victorian and South-East Asian institutions. The deal between Swinburne and University Malaya will see the two collaborate on research, the supervision of PhD students and facilitate experts from both universities to work on projects and joint publications. The signing between RMIT and UCSI will create new vocational education qualifications in health-care and aging, delivery of non-award short courses and exploring jointly badged programs. Swinburne also signed an MoU with ICAN College in Malaysia which will see graduates further their study in Victoria in areas of business, business information systems and accounting. The agreements highlighted the great opportunities for Victoria’s world-leading education and training sector to link with partners in the South East Asian region to foster innovation into the future. Mr Herbert is visiting South East Asia to further Victoria’s reputation as a leading international education destination and to open up new markets. The Labor Government has identified international education as one of the six key priority growth sectors that it is supporting through its $200 million Future Industries Fund. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $32 million to drive continued growth in international education and to help implement the International Education Sector Strategy. International education is Victoria’s number one service export, generating $5.6 billion dollars for the local economy while supporting more than 30,000 jobs across the state. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s leading services export sector so we can strengthen partnerships with our neighbours in South-East Asia.” “I commend both Victorian universities for striking these deals that are invaluable to the future of higher education in the state.” “International education plays a crucial role in creating jobs, keeping our economy strong and driving the innovation that is pivotal to our success.”

$2.9 Million For SuniTAFE To Boost Learning Support

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring SuniTAFE’s Community Service funding, with a multi-million boost to support disadvantaged students. Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today announced $2.9 million in Community Service funding, part of the Labor Government’s $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund. The fund is a boost for vital programs that support locals in the North-West and Northern Mallee regions to access training and support. With this extra funding, SuniTAFE expects 17 programs to be expanded or improved. The institute will re-introduce its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts course which was cut due to a lack of funding from the previous Coalition Government. The area has the state’s largest indigenous population, but indigenous students are half as likely to finish year 12 compared with the rest of the population. The funding will help address issues of unemployment and education retention for indigenous students in the region. SuniTAFE also plan to reintroduce an aged care course at its Robinvale campus after it was stopped due to the high cost of delivery. There are skills shortages in the Robinvale area in the health care sector, and with an ageing population this money will mean locals can study the course close to home. Counselling and learning support services will also be strengthened to make sure students who need extra support to complete training get the help they need. Coalition funding cuts devastated TAFEs across the state, ripping away funding needed to provide vital student services and support for disadvantaged and vulnerable students. Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Member for Northern Victoria Steve Herbert “Often young people lack the confidence and skills to get into formal training, this extra funding will make sure there is support in place so vulnerable young people can improve their lives.” “SuniTAFE plays such an important role in training locals and we’re making sure it has the resources it needs to provide that quality training.”

$2.9 Million For SuniTAFE To Boost Learning Support

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring SuniTAFE’s Community Service funding, with a multi-million boost to support disadvantaged students. Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today announced $2.9 million in Community Service funding, part of the Labor Government’s $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund. The fund is a boost for vital programs that support locals in the North-West and Northern Mallee regions to access training and support. With this extra funding, SuniTAFE expects 17 programs to be expanded or improved. The institute will re-introduce its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts course which was cut due to a lack of funding from the previous Coalition Government. The area has the state’s largest indigenous population, but indigenous students are half as likely to finish year 12 compared with the rest of the population. The funding will help address issues of unemployment and education retention for indigenous students in the region. SuniTAFE also plan to reintroduce an aged care course at its Robinvale campus after it was stopped due to the high cost of delivery. There are skills shortages in the Robinvale area in the health care sector, and with an ageing population this money will mean locals can study the course close to home. Counselling and learning support services will also be strengthened to make sure students who need extra support to complete training get the help they need. Coalition funding cuts devastated TAFEs across the state, ripping away funding needed to provide vital student services and support for disadvantaged and vulnerable students. Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Member for Northern Victoria Steve Herbert “Often young people lack the confidence and skills to get into formal training, this extra funding will make sure there is support in place so vulnerable young people can improve their lives.” “SuniTAFE plays such an important role in training locals and we’re making sure it has the resources it needs to provide that quality training.”

FUND OPENS TO BUILD NEW KINDERS AND SUPPORT FAMILIES IN MURRAY PLAINS

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with building and upgrading kinder and early childhood facilities in Northern Victoria. Swan Hill Council, Gannawarra, Loddon and Campaspe kindergartens are being invited to apply for grants to build and significantly upgrade early childhood facilities. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert today said that these grants will be used to develop modern and flexible kindergartens and children’s centres that will help meet the needs of local families. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 is providing $10 million to fund major capital projects for kinders and children’s centres in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, including Murray Plains. This investment is on top of $50 million over four years from the Labor Government to fund new early childhood capital projects across Victoria. Grants available include: Up to $1.6 million to build children’s hubs for early years and family services, including Maternal and Child Health services, playgroups and parenting support Up to $650,000 to build brand-new early learning facilities Up to $350,000 for significant upgrades to existing facilities Applications for the 2016-17 Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant round close 12 August 2016 at 4pm. More information is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/capitalprogram.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert: “The Andrews Labor Government recognises that high-quality early years services are vital to giving every child the best start in life. That’s why we’re making Victoria the Education State.” “These grants give Murray Plains families flexible and affordable kindergarten and care services close to home.” “Young families living in Murray Plains, one of Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, need early years services and our funding will ensure they get them.”

FUND OPENS TO BUILD NEW KINDERS AND SUPPORT FAMILIES IN MURRAY PLAINS

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with building and upgrading kinder and early childhood facilities in Northern Victoria. Swan Hill Council, Gannawarra, Loddon and Campaspe kindergartens are being invited to apply for grants to build and significantly upgrade early childhood facilities. Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert today said that these grants will be used to develop modern and flexible kindergartens and children’s centres that will help meet the needs of local families. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 is providing $10 million to fund major capital projects for kinders and children’s centres in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, including Murray Plains. This investment is on top of $50 million over four years from the Labor Government to fund new early childhood capital projects across Victoria. Grants available include: Up to $1.6 million to build children’s hubs for early years and family services, including Maternal and Child Health services, playgroups and parenting support Up to $650,000 to build brand-new early learning facilities Up to $350,000 for significant upgrades to existing facilities Applications for the 2016-17 Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant round close 12 August 2016 at 4pm. More information is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/capitalprogram.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Steve Herbert: “The Andrews Labor Government recognises that high-quality early years services are vital to giving every child the best start in life. That’s why we’re making Victoria the Education State.” “These grants give Murray Plains families flexible and affordable kindergarten and care services close to home.” “Young families living in Murray Plains, one of Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, need early years services and our funding will ensure they get them.”