ACHIEVEMENTS: Footscray

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The Andrews Labor Government’s achievements in Footscray  – 2014 / 2018

* Not a complete list

Health:

  • $50 million has been provided to plan the new Footscray Hospital development as well as perform urgent works at the existing hospital; Western Health has received funding to expand its critical care capacity at Footscray and Sunshine Hospitals by four new critical care beds which will treat an additional 484 patients each year.
  • $30,000 to Cohealth Health Works and $30,000 to Cohealth Braybrook Community Centre to expand the Needle and Syringe Program as part of Victoria’s Ice Action Plan
  • $150,000 funding over four years to Cohealth Braybrook Community Centre for additional part time staff
  • Western Health 2015/16 Medical Equipment replacement program – $2,848,880 total received in funding
  • School Shade Grants Program Round 2: Braybrook College ($2,136.20)
  • $200 million for the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Sunshine. Includes 237 beds in total and will create 600 jobs.

Roads:

  • Continuing to roll out the $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel Project, creating around 6,000 jobs during construction. The project will deliver a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River providing a second river crossing, a new 2.5km veloway above Footscray Road, completing the Federation Trail and a 24/7 truck ban on Buckley Street and Moore Street upon completion
  • $757,000 to realign the protection barriers on Napier Street Bridge
  • Expanded truck curfew along Moore Street
  • Contributed $1.85 million towards sealing Bunting and Jones roads

Education:

  • Invested $15 million in the first stage of the new education precinct in Footscray to make sure local families can access first-class education facilities from early childhood through to university. The new Footscray Learning Precinct will link and upgrade local education facilities to increase school capacity and provide better learning opportunities for students. It will bring together early childhood education providers, Footscray City Primary School, Footscray City College and Victoria University in one precinct that will span three hubs between Farnsworth Avenue, Hyde Street and Nicholson Street.
  • An extra $10.6 million was announced for the second stage of the Footscray Learning Precinct which includes an upgrade to Gilmore Girls College, upgrades Footscray City Primary School – including an adjacent early learning centre – and a new secondary school campus for Seddon.
  • Victoria University received $500,000 from the $15 million Skills and Jobs Centre Fund to establish its Skills and Jobs Centre in Footscray
  • Let’s Count program eligible kinders: Cherry Crescent Preschool, Little Champs Braybrook and Fairbairn Road Kindergarten
  • Doctors in Secondary Schools: Braybrook College to participate from term 3, 2017 and Footscray City College from term 1, 2018
  • School capital funding: Dinjerra Primary School ($133,000)
  • School maintenance: Ardeer South Primary School ($132,000), Braybrook College ($667,000), Footscray West Primary School ($17,000), Sunshine Primary School ($132,000), Western English Language School ($21,000)
  • School Breakfast Club Program participating schools: Glengala/Sunshine West Primary School, Sunshine Primary School
  • Camps, Uniforms and Excursions Fund 2015-2016: Parents supported (6,193), students supported (8,104), total amount paid ($1,460,700)

Public Safety:

  • Approved $205,000 funding for Maribyrnong City Council to improve the design of Braybrook Park. This includes measures to improve sight lines and provide new community gathering spaces and park amenities.

Emergency Services:

  • Set to receive a new and upgraded 24-hour ambulance station that will feature 14 full-time paramedics, new ambulance vehicles, drive in-and-out garage bays for vehicles, rest and recline areas, training rooms, bedrooms, modern amenities and a fully-fitted out kitchen

TAFE:

  • Victoria University received $2.4 million from the TAFE Rescue Fund Community Service funding for its TAFE division, Victoria Polytechnic

Sport:

  • Aboriginal Participation – Sporting Club Grants 2017: Westend Tiddas ($1,000)
  • VicHealth Active Club grants 2016: Melbourne Eagles Basketball Incorporated ($2,933)
  • Sporting Club Grants 2016: Footscray United Cricket Club ($1,000), Golden Fish Synchronised Swimming Inc ($965), Maribyrnong Park Tennis Club Inc ($1,000), Parkside Football Club ($1,000), Western Region Football League ($1,000), Footscray Hockey Club Inc ($2,000), Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club Inc ($2,000), Western Region Football League ($4,090)
  • Sporting Club Grants 2017: Sunshine YCW Cricket Club ($1,000), Western Crusaders Gridiron Club Inc ($1,000)

Youth:

  • Children’s Week 2017 grants: Brimbank City Council – Playgroup Picnic ($500)
  • Empower Youth Grants 2017: South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria ($250,000)
  • Freeza Grants 2016-18: City of Maribyrnong – Phoenix Productions ($72,000)

Housing:

  • 57 new affordable homes will be built on nine vacant VicRoads’ sites on Ballarat Road in Footscray, allowing low-income adults and families access to reasonably priced rental properties.
  • A major residential precinct in Melbourne’s booming west, Rockbank, has been approved, which will include more than 8,000 homes and be home to more than 22,000 people.

Family Violence:

  • Men’s Family Violence Funding: Djerriwarrh Health ($208,706), Relationships Australia ($359,289) and Lifeworks Relationship Counselling and Education Services ($359,875)
  • Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault allocated $69,000 in additional funding
  • The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre awarded $47,577 to provide more family violence support services for the community

Community:

  • $44,000 new Western Suburbs Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Men’s Shed
  • Graffiti Prevention Grants 2015: $25,000 for GreenWORKS! Green Pathways. The project will provide opportunities for young people who engage in illegal graffiti to create living green art and landscapes that help to beautify an area and prevent graffiti.
  • Community Grants Program: Australia Light Foundation Incorporated ($9,000), Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria ($2,000), Ethiopian Association in Victoria ($1,500), and Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc. ($8,000)
  • Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Grant: Australia Light Foundation Incorporated ($85,000) The Anglican Parish of Footscray ($16,000)
  • Victorian Litter Innovation Fund Round 1: Brimbank City Council ($13,000) and City of Maribyrnong ($20,000)
  • Community Shade Grants round 1: Western Crusaders Gridiron Club ($3,200) and Western Radio Broadcasters Inc ($3,103.29)
  • Community Shade Grants round 2: Australia Light Foundation Incorporated ($43,636.36), Saltwater Child Care Centre ($4,545.45), Sunshine Heights Junior Soccer Club ($1,975), Western Suburbs Soccer Club ($3,250)

Jobs:

  • Boost to the Jobs Victoria Employment Network: Australian Multicultural Community Services and Westgate Community Initiative Group approved to receive a share of $6.4 million in funding
  • Back to Work Scheme providing financial incentives of up to $11,000 per worker for businesses that hire ex-automotive workers
  • Established a Skills and Job Centre at Victoria Polytechnic, Metrowest. The hub acts as a first point-of-call for students looking to start training, workers needing to re-skill, unemployed workers needing support for retraining and work placement and for employers looking to hire

Industry:

  • Established the Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program, offering support to supply chain companies to develop new business plans
  • Established the Local Industry Fund for Transition which has funded 33 projects, generated over $160 million in investments and created 864 jobs

Veterans:

  • Victoria’s first Korean War Memorial will be built in Maribyrnong’s Quarry Park