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Women in Policing

I was delighted recently to join the Governor, the Chief Commissioner of Police and senior police at Government House to celebrate Victoria's 100 years of women in policing. We had hundreds of past and present women who have served Victoria Police there on that evening. It was a great opportunity to honour the contribution of women to the vital work of Victoria Police. In 1917 Madge Connor and Elizabeth Beers became the first female police agents, and a lot has changed since then. The recent rededication of Madge Connor's grave was a moving service that I was privileged to attend. Madge led the way, and her contribution was crucial for so many women, including me, in being able to hold the positions we do today. Women have now held every rank within Victoria Police. The pay at the time was half that of the male officers, and they had no arrest rights. They were working in conditions that seem unimaginable now. Through Madge's work, women in Victoria Police achieved equal pay for equal work, nearly half a century before this became law in Australia. Despite this, significant barriers continued for women. For example, until 1986 female officers had to carry their firearms in a police-issue handbag, and trousers took a few decades to become part of the uniform. In 1924 there were four female police officers. Now there are more than 4000 women in Victoria Police. There is more to be done to continue to attract increasing numbers of female recruits and achieve real equality for women within the force. I want to thank all those past and current women who serve or served in Victoria Police. You have helped to build a better organisation.

Women in Policing

I was delighted recently to join the Governor, the Chief Commissioner of Police and senior police at Government House to celebrate Victoria's 100 years of women in policing. We had hundreds of past and present women who have served Victoria Police there on that evening. It was a great opportunity to honour the contribution of women to the vital work of Victoria Police. In 1917 Madge Connor and Elizabeth Beers became the first female police agents, and a lot has changed since then. The recent rededication of Madge Connor's grave was a moving service that I was privileged to attend. Madge led the way, and her contribution was crucial for so many women, including me, in being able to hold the positions we do today. Women have now held every rank within Victoria Police. The pay at the time was half that of the male officers, and they had no arrest rights. They were working in conditions that seem unimaginable now. Through Madge's work, women in Victoria Police achieved equal pay for equal work, nearly half a century before this became law in Australia. Despite this, significant barriers continued for women. For example, until 1986 female officers had to carry their firearms in a police-issue handbag, and trousers took a few decades to become part of the uniform. In 1924 there were four female police officers. Now there are more than 4000 women in Victoria Police. There is more to be done to continue to attract increasing numbers of female recruits and achieve real equality for women within the force. I want to thank all those past and current women who serve or served in Victoria Police. You have helped to build a better organisation.

NEW MEMBERS FOR BARWON SOUTH WEST

Barwon South West coastal committees welcome new members The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has appointed 14 new members to coastal committees of management along Victoria’s south-west. The Andrews Labor Government-appointed committees manage sections of coastal Crown land between Portarlington and St Leonards (Bellarine Bayside Foreshore) and Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads (Barwon Coast). Lisa Neville, Member for Bellarine said “Applicants displayed strong connections to their local community and a passion for the environment.” “We look to appoint members with a variety of skills and experience to ensure committees are diverse and well-equipped to represent their local community.” “The newly appointed members bring new experiences and knowledge to the role, complementing the experience of existing committee members.” “I would like to thank those who submitted applications as well as outgoing committee members, who have demonstrated a significant commitment to managing these important coastlines on behalf of all Victorians.” Committee of management members:- Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management Dr Sandra Brizga Ms Helene Cameron Mr Christopher O’Neill Ms Jennifer Lilburn Mr Gregory Lewis Dr Kenneth Latta Mr John Hartigan Ms Melanie Rogers Barwon Coast Committee of Management Mr Phil Emery Mr Benjamin Carter Mr Graeme Hanel Ms Sharon Lewis Ms Sandra Gatehouse Mr Peter Rankin Ms Shelly Fanning Ms Elisa Zavadil Media Contact: Ian Trezise (03) 5250 1987 I ian.trezise@parliament.vic.gov.au

NEW MEMBERS FOR BARWON SOUTH WEST

Barwon South West coastal committees welcome new members The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has appointed 14 new members to coastal committees of management along Victoria’s south-west. The Andrews Labor Government-appointed committees manage sections of coastal Crown land between Portarlington and St Leonards (Bellarine Bayside Foreshore) and Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads (Barwon Coast). Lisa Neville, Member for Bellarine said “Applicants displayed strong connections to their local community and a passion for the environment.” “We look to appoint members with a variety of skills and experience to ensure committees are diverse and well-equipped to represent their local community.” “The newly appointed members bring new experiences and knowledge to the role, complementing the experience of existing committee members.” “I would like to thank those who submitted applications as well as outgoing committee members, who have demonstrated a significant commitment to managing these important coastlines on behalf of all Victorians.” Committee of management members:- Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management Dr Sandra Brizga Ms Helene Cameron Mr Christopher O’Neill Ms Jennifer Lilburn Mr Gregory Lewis Dr Kenneth Latta Mr John Hartigan Ms Melanie Rogers Barwon Coast Committee of Management Mr Phil Emery Mr Benjamin Carter Mr Graeme Hanel Ms Sharon Lewis Ms Sandra Gatehouse Mr Peter Rankin Ms Shelly Fanning Ms Elisa Zavadil Media Contact: Ian Trezise (03) 5250 1987 I ian.trezise@parliament.vic.gov.au

MOBILE OFFICE

As the Member for Bellarine, I am always interested in talking to local residents, and so have held regular mobile offices across the Bellarine. These are an important and effective way of meeting with and hearing the concerns of constituents. I have therefore arranged a mobile office for residents of Queenscliff, Pt Lonsdale and Barwon Heads to be held at the: Queenscliff & District Neighbourhood House 3 Tobin Drive QUEENSCLIFF and Barwon Heads Senior Citizens Hall, Clifford Parade, BARWON HEADS on Thursday 5th October 2017. Given the time available, it is important to make an appointment by contacting my office on 5250 1987. In the meantime, I encourage you to contact my office if you have any issues with which we may be able to assist you.

MOBILE OFFICE

As the Member for Bellarine, I am always interested in talking to local residents, and so have held regular mobile offices across the Bellarine. These are an important and effective way of meeting with and hearing the concerns of constituents. I have therefore arranged a mobile office for residents of Queenscliff, Pt Lonsdale and Barwon Heads to be held at the: Queenscliff & District Neighbourhood House 3 Tobin Drive QUEENSCLIFF and Barwon Heads Senior Citizens Hall, Clifford Parade, BARWON HEADS on Thursday 5th October 2017. Given the time available, it is important to make an appointment by contacting my office on 5250 1987. In the meantime, I encourage you to contact my office if you have any issues with which we may be able to assist you.

FORESHORE UPGRADES SET TO ATTRACT VISITORS BUT PROTECT NATURAL ASSETS

The Andrews Labor Government is funding two projects that protect and enhance the natural beauty of the foreshore in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale while supporting local jobs and boosting the local visitor economy. Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced $2.69 million for the ‘Destination Queenscliff’ project and $500,000 for the ‘Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve - Stage 1’ project. Ms Neville said “the Destination Queenscliff” project will deliver a visitor hub, viewing platform and landscape improvements at the Queenscliff Lighthouse Reserve, while also protecting the area’s rich natural and heritage assets including Shortland’s Bluff. Ms Neville said the “Borough of Queenscliffe’s original proposal included a funding request for four eco cabins to be built at Shortland’s Bluff. However this proposal was not acceptable to the local community and after my advocacy to the Minister for Regional Development we have approved the full funding of Destination Queenscliff subject to the eco cabins not being built on Shortland’s bluff, but at a more appropriate location.” “We will work with the council and the community to ensure that any cabins are constructed in an appropriate way and place. And I understand the Commonwealth Government funding for six cabins will also be altered to reflect this outcome and the community wishes”, Ms Neville added. It will activate the surrounds of Fort Queenscliff with a new walking track, lighting and projection displays; and will deliver new and upgraded camping facilities at the Queenscliff Recreation Reserve and Tourist Park. At Point Lonsdale, the foreshore reserve will be redeveloped to improve accessibility for people of all abilities while also protecting the area’s rich natural and heritage assets. Unused and unsafe building will be demolished, interpretive signage will be installed, and new pathways will be built to improve accessibility. The project will tidy up some parts of the foreshore that need extra care, including removal of weeds and landscaping. The end result will be a more attractive location that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors. The project will support nine construction jobs and is estimated to support a total economic impact of over $2.1 million to the local economy. Around 850,000 people travel through Queenscliff each year from the Sorrento ferry, and these enhanced tourist facilities will encourage more travellers to stay in town and support the local economy. I have been pleased to have been a strong voice within the State Government on behalf of the local community to achieve these important investments in revegetation and protection works at both Point Lonsdale and Shortland’s Bluff and in doing so guaranteeing both areas will be well protected for the enjoyment and appreciation of future generations to come, Ms Neville concluded.

FORESHORE UPGRADES SET TO ATTRACT VISITORS BUT PROTECT NATURAL ASSETS

The Andrews Labor Government is funding two projects that protect and enhance the natural beauty of the foreshore in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale while supporting local jobs and boosting the local visitor economy. Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced $2.69 million for the ‘Destination Queenscliff’ project and $500,000 for the ‘Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve - Stage 1’ project. Ms Neville said “the Destination Queenscliff” project will deliver a visitor hub, viewing platform and landscape improvements at the Queenscliff Lighthouse Reserve, while also protecting the area’s rich natural and heritage assets including Shortland’s Bluff. Ms Neville said the “Borough of Queenscliffe’s original proposal included a funding request for four eco cabins to be built at Shortland’s Bluff. However this proposal was not acceptable to the local community and after my advocacy to the Minister for Regional Development we have approved the full funding of Destination Queenscliff subject to the eco cabins not being built on Shortland’s bluff, but at a more appropriate location.” “We will work with the council and the community to ensure that any cabins are constructed in an appropriate way and place. And I understand the Commonwealth Government funding for six cabins will also be altered to reflect this outcome and the community wishes”, Ms Neville added. It will activate the surrounds of Fort Queenscliff with a new walking track, lighting and projection displays; and will deliver new and upgraded camping facilities at the Queenscliff Recreation Reserve and Tourist Park. At Point Lonsdale, the foreshore reserve will be redeveloped to improve accessibility for people of all abilities while also protecting the area’s rich natural and heritage assets. Unused and unsafe building will be demolished, interpretive signage will be installed, and new pathways will be built to improve accessibility. The project will tidy up some parts of the foreshore that need extra care, including removal of weeds and landscaping. The end result will be a more attractive location that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors. The project will support nine construction jobs and is estimated to support a total economic impact of over $2.1 million to the local economy. Around 850,000 people travel through Queenscliff each year from the Sorrento ferry, and these enhanced tourist facilities will encourage more travellers to stay in town and support the local economy. I have been pleased to have been a strong voice within the State Government on behalf of the local community to achieve these important investments in revegetation and protection works at both Point Lonsdale and Shortland’s Bluff and in doing so guaranteeing both areas will be well protected for the enjoyment and appreciation of future generations to come, Ms Neville concluded.

 

$4 MILLION UPGRADE FOR OCEAN GROVE PRIMARY COMMENCES

Work has now started on the $4 million upgrade of Ocean Grove Primary School. The Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction and upgrade of facilities. The funding was allocated in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget and will involve rebuilding the gymnasium, upgrading existing facilities including the administration buildings and toilets, and removing asbestos from the south wing. Ms Neville said, “This investment will ensure high quality teaching at Ocean Grove Primary is matched by a learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” “I have been pleased to work with the Ocean Grove Primary School on this upgrade and commend the school community including Council President David Kilpatrick and Principal Darryl Diment for their work.” The school will also receive three new modular buildings for use as classrooms, with the first expected to be on site by the end of 2017. “New and modernised school buildings at Ocean Grove Primary will contribute to school pride for students, staff, parents and the wider community.” The modular buildings will replace old relocatable classrooms that contained asbestos. The new and upgraded facilities are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2.5 billion investment in better classrooms, upgraded facilities and new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

$4 MILLION UPGRADE FOR OCEAN GROVE PRIMARY COMMENCES

Work has now started on the $4 million upgrade of Ocean Grove Primary School. The Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction and upgrade of facilities. The funding was allocated in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget and will involve rebuilding the gymnasium, upgrading existing facilities including the administration buildings and toilets, and removing asbestos from the south wing. Ms Neville said, “This investment will ensure high quality teaching at Ocean Grove Primary is matched by a learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.” “I have been pleased to work with the Ocean Grove Primary School on this upgrade and commend the school community including Council President David Kilpatrick and Principal Darryl Diment for their work.” The school will also receive three new modular buildings for use as classrooms, with the first expected to be on site by the end of 2017. “New and modernised school buildings at Ocean Grove Primary will contribute to school pride for students, staff, parents and the wider community.” The modular buildings will replace old relocatable classrooms that contained asbestos. The new and upgraded facilities are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2.5 billion investment in better classrooms, upgraded facilities and new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION WITH BARWON LOCALS

Barwon locals have a chance to continue their conversation with the Andrews Labor Government, with community consultation leading up to the next Barwon Regional Assembly well underway. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford encouraged local residents to engage with the Barwon Regional Partnership ahead of its 2017 Regional Assembly, which will be held in Geelong on 14 September. The Labor Government established nine Regional Partnerships last July, giving communities the opportunity to have their say on local matters and provide a direct voice into government decision-making. Top priorities for the Barwon Regional Partnership included revitalising central Geelong, the Great Ocean Road visitor economy and digital learning for children and young people . The Barwon Regional Partnership has already started seeing the results of its hard work, with the Labor Government announcing $11.7 million in upgrades for central Geelong and more than $500 million to improve regional roads, including the Great Ocean Road. The region will also share in the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives, while schools in the region will be the first to receive new virtual conferencing systems. The Barwon Regional Partnership includes the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Otway Shire and Surf Coast Shire. To register to attend or become part of the conversation online, visit engage.vic.gov.au/barwon.

CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION WITH BARWON LOCALS

Barwon locals have a chance to continue their conversation with the Andrews Labor Government, with community consultation leading up to the next Barwon Regional Assembly well underway. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford encouraged local residents to engage with the Barwon Regional Partnership ahead of its 2017 Regional Assembly, which will be held in Geelong on 14 September. The Labor Government established nine Regional Partnerships last July, giving communities the opportunity to have their say on local matters and provide a direct voice into government decision-making. Top priorities for the Barwon Regional Partnership included revitalising central Geelong, the Great Ocean Road visitor economy and digital learning for children and young people . The Barwon Regional Partnership has already started seeing the results of its hard work, with the Labor Government announcing $11.7 million in upgrades for central Geelong and more than $500 million to improve regional roads, including the Great Ocean Road. The region will also share in the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives, while schools in the region will be the first to receive new virtual conferencing systems. The Barwon Regional Partnership includes the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Otway Shire and Surf Coast Shire. To register to attend or become part of the conversation online, visit engage.vic.gov.au/barwon.

$2.4 Million for Bellarine Secondary College

Bellarine Secondary College is undergoing a substantial upgrade at its Ocean Grove and Drysdale campuses thanks to the hard work of its school community and funding from the State Government. Works were today inspected by the Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville where she also met with school leaders and students to discuss the upgrade. The College will have upgraded general purpose classrooms, IT activity areas, general science labs, metal and related materials activity area and staff and administration areas, with work due for completion in the first half of 2018. The State Government allocated funding of $1.246 million in the 2015-16 Budget and a further $1.18 million in 2016-17 for the program of works. The refurbishment work was designed by Henderson and Lodge Pty Ltd and Rendine Constructions are undertaking the upgrade. The project is part of a $2.5 billion investment by the State Government in its past three budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the State.

$2.4 Million for Bellarine Secondary College

Bellarine Secondary College is undergoing a substantial upgrade at its Ocean Grove and Drysdale campuses thanks to the hard work of its school community and funding from the State Government. Works were today inspected by the Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville where she also met with school leaders and students to discuss the upgrade. The College will have upgraded general purpose classrooms, IT activity areas, general science labs, metal and related materials activity area and staff and administration areas, with work due for completion in the first half of 2018. The State Government allocated funding of $1.246 million in the 2015-16 Budget and a further $1.18 million in 2016-17 for the program of works. The refurbishment work was designed by Henderson and Lodge Pty Ltd and Rendine Constructions are undertaking the upgrade. The project is part of a $2.5 billion investment by the State Government in its past three budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the State.

INDENTED HEAD BOAT CLUB FISHING WITH DISABILITY DAY

On Sunday, 5 March, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Indented Head Boat Club 'Fishing with disabilities' day. This initiative of the club and its members provides kids with a disability the opportunity to experience boating, fishing and — no doubt for many the highlight of the day — a trip to the local seal colony. Back on land the children received certificates, which I had the pleasure of presenting, and a DVD on fish in Port Phillip Bay, followed by a great barbecue lunch with music played by Charles Attard. My congratulations to all involved: Ray Allen, Mick Monaghan and Ken Kaylar-Thomson of the Indented Head Boat Club; and the disability workers, Jenny Schmidt and Juliet Ryan

INDENTED HEAD BOAT CLUB FISHING WITH DISABILITY DAY

On Sunday, 5 March, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Indented Head Boat Club 'Fishing with disabilities' day. This initiative of the club and its members provides kids with a disability the opportunity to experience boating, fishing and — no doubt for many the highlight of the day — a trip to the local seal colony. Back on land the children received certificates, which I had the pleasure of presenting, and a DVD on fish in Port Phillip Bay, followed by a great barbecue lunch with music played by Charles Attard. My congratulations to all involved: Ray Allen, Mick Monaghan and Ken Kaylar-Thomson of the Indented Head Boat Club; and the disability workers, Jenny Schmidt and Juliet Ryan