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  • Queens Birthday Honours - Nominate a Lalor Local

    I would like to congratulate the former Member for Lalor, Barry Jones for his Queens Birthday Honour in receiving the Campion of the Order of Australia. I would also like to congratulate Seabrook resident, John Ballestrino for his award, Member of the Order of Australia.

    It’s great to see those who make a significant contribution to our community being recognised. We have a fantastic local community with some very worthy residents.

    However, it is disappointing that so few locals are recognised through National awards like these. It’s particularly disappointing how few women are recognised.

    I know our community has many who make a vital contribution in their line of work or as volunteers, I have seen locals recognised at the local level, through Wyndham Council and by the former Member for Lalor, Julia Gillard’s Above and Beyond awards. There is only one thing our community lacks, a culture of nomination for National Awards.

    I am determined to turn that around. I’m making the call to nominate locals. If you know of someone who does seems deserving, please consider nominating them for an award.

    These nominations are sometimes time consuming but are usually not difficult once you have gathered the necessary information. If you would like assistance to make a nomination please do not hesitate to contact my office for assistance.

    Let’s change our culture and make nominating worthy community members for their exceptional service our business.

  • Health Provision for Lalor

    The impact of this year’s Federal Budget on health provision in Lalor will be dramatic. Our community has a bulk billing rate of 92%, one of the highest in the country. This means local families and pensioners will need to find an additional $11million per annum to pay for the GP co-payment and associated health costs.

    The previous Labor Government invested in health, across Australia and in this area. We funded a $15million GP super clinic in Wyndham Vale, a Headspace centre , approximately 1000 new aged care beds and over half a million for healthy communities funding.

    The Werribee Mercy hospital received additional operational money, $11million to establish a clinical school & teaching facility and $28million to build the new sub-acute and rehab centre.

    The Mercy Hospital delivers great service to our local community. They have a strong vision for the future of Health provision in our area.

    Wyndham’s population is about to reach 200,000. The number of households is expected to double by 2030. The Werribee Mercy was established when the population was estimated to reach around 80,000-90,000. At the time the local community hospital was the correct service for the area and despite this huge growth in population, it serves us well …. But for how much longer?

    Mercy Health in Werribee has an extremely well trained and dedicated staff; some of the top experts in Victoria choose to work at this service.

    But this Budget makes their task so much harder. Not only is there no new money to fund for growth, it cuts expected operation funding. This will have an immediate impact. This reduction in funding has the potential to put the our brand new sub-acute and rehab facility under threat of closure.

    How can the Government be so short sighted? Labor was committed to improving health outcomes, this current government only wants to deliver cuts.

    Mercy Health has undertaken detailed planning for carefully staged masterplan. They take the provision of health care very seriously and their plans are based on sensible well targeted needs. In the past the Labor Government has worked with this service to fund growth.

    I plan to work closely with Mercy Health to ensure the Abbott Government hears loud and clear what the health services needs are for my electorate.

  • Shadow Minister for Education meets with Wyndham Principals

    Joanne Ryan, Federal Member for Lalor and Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, meet with Wyndham School Principals today to discuss the impact of the Federal Budget on local schools.

    As a former principal, I was keen for Kate to hear directly from the principals in this area and hear firsthand about the impact on our schools.

    This time last year, schools were excited about the future for education. The education funding debate had been deep. The National Partnerships had made a difference, student outcomes were improving. The focus was on every student, in every school achieving their potential and this great work would continue.

    Principals today expressed concerned for their schools;

    • what will the future hold for the school budget?
    • Will they be able to continue employing a literacy or numeracy specialist?
    • will there be additional funding for students with a learning disability,
    • will they need to axe programs,
    • do they need the lose teachers and support staff?
    • can the parents contribute more,
    • how many fundraisers can we have?

    The Gonski funding review was undertaken in a deep and measured way.

    It was sector blind and student focused.

    It showed a way forward. This year’s Victorian budget was silent on Gonski funding, this week’s Federal Budget just rips money away.

    It’s all bad news and worse still, there is absolutely no certainty. This is a Budget of broken dreams and twisted priorities. Our students deserve better.

  • Trade Training Centre opens at Emmanuel College -Notre Dame -Point Cook campus

    The  Emmanuel College, Notre Dame campus, Trade Training Centre was formally opened by Joanne Ryan, Federal Member for Lalor on Tuesday April 29th.

    ‘It was great to attend the formal opening of the Emanuel college, Notre Dame campus Trade Training Centre.  I commend Emmanuel College and particularly Chris Stock the team from the Notre Dame Campus, for all your efforts in delivering this marvellous facility’ said Ms Ryan

    I would also like to acknowledge Bobby Evans for his ongoing work in the VET/VCAL area ensuring that this building comes alive as an effective learning space with the right courses, the right teachers and a positive culture.

    The Trades Training Centre program, particularly this building here, is providing access to the VET system, in partnership with Kangan TAFE, for students in Years 9 to 12 to improve outcomes for young people through increasing retention rates and providing a pathway to a vocational career.

    The Trade Training Centres program in schools was designed to address skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries by equipping schools with the state-of-the-art, industry standard, facilities they need. 

    ‘As a former principal I know that research shows that student’s pride in their learning environment leads to increased self-esteem, manifesting in improved student outcomes’ said Ms Ryan.

    Six years ago, when this program started, schools struggled to offer meaningful VET programs.  Today, here at Notre Dame, we see fifty students are already benefitting from the electro-technology courses offered at this facility. This facility is also being utlilised by the students in the VCAL program.

    These new Trade Training Centres are concrete evidence of Federal Labor’s determination to ensure every young Australian can get the skills they need to succeed, no matter what field they want to build a career in.  We all know the longer students remain engaged in education, the better their long term employment outcomes will be. 

    The Trade Training Centres in Schools program goes beyond building facilities, it encourages schools to work with local businesses.  This investment is a win for businesses because Trades Training Centres help ensure students get the skills which local employers need. Schools are encouraged to work with local employers who can support the schools with expertise, equipment and provide on the job placements, school based apprenticeships and traineeships for students.

    This center is part of the Hobsons Bay cluster, meaning students are coming not just from Emmanuel College, they are coming from across the region including from Laverton College, Mt St Joseph’s, Point Cook Senior School and Williamstown High School.  A great example in regional cooperation.

    Investing in education sends a strong message to students, their families and the community about the high value of education. The Federal Government’s contribution of $1.5million for this center is part of 6 years of funding of over $1.4 billion for more than 510 Trade Training Centres benefitting more than 1,290 secondary schools across Australia. Hundreds of thousands of students are actively participating in training, from agricultural and aeronautical studies, to hospitality and engineering studies, across Australia.

    It is a great disappointment that the Abbott Government has cancelled further investment in this program, meaning hundreds of school across Australia will now not benefit in the same way.

    ‘Once again I congratulate all of those involved in getting this facility delivered and wish all the current and future students, who study here, all the best for the future’ concluded Ms Ryan.

  • Wyndham Vale GP Super Clinic Opens

    Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King and Member for Lalor, Joanne Ryan today welcomed the official opening of the new Wyndham Vale GP Super Clinic.

    Labor recognised the need to plug the gap between local GPs and hospitals when in government. This super clinic is being delivered thanks to a commitment by Labor to provide access to after-hours services and ensure high quality healthcare is available in growth areas.

    This super clinic will co-locate multidisciplinary primary care, provide bulk billed and after hours services and reduce the load on local hospitals.

    The super clinic will cut waiting times and work in tandem with private practice and the South Western Melbourne Medicare Local to make seeing a doctor easier and quicker and to provide high quality primary care.

    ‘This is great news for the community of Wyndham Vale. It’s great news for the region and a much needed facility in this area of high growth. With approximately 70 babies born each week, 15,000 new residents in the last two years and a population of 200,000 expected by the end of this financial year’ said Joanne Ryan.

    ‘Labor invested $15 million towards establishing the Wyndham Vale GP Super Clinic, which is now providing bulk-billed primary care services to people of this community, encouraging them to seek care when they need it’.

    ‘None of these services would have been delivered by the Liberal Party and are all services that are at risk thanks to Tony Abbott’s plans to introduce a GP Tax and abolish Medicare Locals’ said Catherine King.

    Ms Ryan said “ISIS Primary Care has driven this project locally, taken on the challenge and excelled. The building is beautiful, functional and has plenty of room for future expansion as the needs of our community evolve”.

  • Joanne Ryan Launches new Website On-line Tarneit Library petition

    Joanne Ryan, Member for Lalor, has launched her new website. This website is the best central point for information about Joanne and the Lalor electorate.

    ‘I’m pleased to be able to provide this resource for the community. I’m looking forward to the community providing feedback through the website too’ said Joanne Ryan.

    People will be able to access

    • press releases, 
    • speeches - with video links via YouTube to Parliamentary speeches, 
    • a school student, friendly blog about current events and life in Canberra, with a link to the Parliamentary Education office, and 
    • On-line surveys and petitions

    The website provides options for feedback and access to Joanne’s Facebook and twitter accounts. You can also watch Joanne’s parliamentary speeches via YouTube.

    The website also has the ability to host online petitions and surveys.

    The first petition hosted on the website calls for the Abbott Government to reinstate $1.05 million of Federal funds to the Tarneit Library.

    Hard copies of the petition are also available at the office.

    Please encourage friends and family to get online and sign up so we can ensure construction of the Library can go ahead as planned.

  • GP tax to cost local families $7.5 million

    Local families will be among the hardest hit by the Abbott Government’s GP Tax, new Medicare analysis has shown, Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan said today.

    “Families in our region could be forced to pay $6 every time they visit their doctor if the Abbott Government breaks yet another election promise and introduces a GP Tax,” Ms Ryan said.

    “In our community, with a bulk billing rate of nearly 91%, $6 a visit would cost local residents more than $7.5 million every year.”

    Ms Ryan said that this was an unprecedented attack on Medicare and would hurt those who could least afford it.

    “Medicare has always been about ensuring that every Australian can access the healthcare they need, regardless of how much they have in their pocket.”

    “With a GP Tax, local families who are already struggling to make ends meet simply won’t be able to afford to take their sick child or an elderly relative to their local doctor.”

    “And if the Abbott Government wants to charge $6 now, there is no guarantee the price won’t keep going up and up.”

    Ms Ryan said that Tony Abbott was breaking promise after promise to the Australian people.

    “Mr Abbott said prior to the election that he wouldn’t bring in any new taxes, but yet again he’s done a backflip.”

    “As the Member for Lalor, I will continue to fight any attempt by this government to hurt the health of our local community.”

  • Abbott cuts funding for Tarneit Library

    Joanne Ryan, Member for Lalor, has condemned the Abbott Government's decision to cut more than $1.05 million in Federal funding for the Tarneit Community Learning Centre Library.

    Ms Ryan raised the issue in Parliament, saying the Coalition Government had failed to recognise the local community’s need for additional infrastructure.

    “This funding was to be used to construct a library designed to meet the needs of our rapidly growing region and the very new community of Tarneit,” Ms Ryan said.

    “It would have meant the City of Wyndham could continue to demonstrate to every family the value of literacy. And it would have meant a place to come together, particularly for some of our more isolated residents.”

    “But because of the callous and heartless attitude of the Abbott Government, funding for this project had been cut.”

    Ms Ryan said the funding was announced as part of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) Round 5 in June last year, despite the Government's claims it was an election promise

    “This funding was announced months before the election and was included in the 2013-14 Budget.”

    “The Liberal and National Government is just trying to shirk their responsibility in taking away this funding from communities in need.”

    "I call on the Abbott Government needs to come clean and explain to our community why they are denying Tarneit this important community facility."

    Funding for the project was to construct a new 1,465m2 extension to the existing Tarneit Community Centre, providing a functional and integrated library for the local community.

  • Local Labor MPs Line up for Fun Run

    Local Labor MPs are getting behind the Wyndham Rotary Club Fun Run/Walk to raise vital funds for the Royal Children’s Good Friday Appeal.

    Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan MP, Member for Tarneit Tim Pallas MP and Member for Derrimut Telmo Languiller MP will all participate in the event to be held on 2 March 2014.

    "This is a fantastic opportunity to come together as a community and raise funds for the Good Friday Appeal," Ms Ryan said.

    "The Royal Children's Hospital do such important work and I'm so pleased we're able to support such a worthwhile cause."

    Ms Ryan, Mr Pallas and Mr Languiller urged local residents to sign up for the event.

    "You can enter as an individual, with friends and family or even as a corporate team," Mr Languiller said.

    "I am looking forward to getting out and about, supporting this new community event and meeting local residents."

    "I'd like to commend the Wyndham Rotary Club for their work in organising such a great event," Mr Pallas said.

    "We're looking forward to getting our running shoes on and raising as much money as we can for the Good Friday Appeal."

    Residents wanting to register as a participant can do so at

  • Abbott Attacks Community Group with Cruel Cuts

    The Abbott Government has cruelly cut a fully-budgeted and approved grant awarded to a not-for-profit group in Werribee, Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan said today.

    Ms Ryan said the Abbott Government’s decision to cut the Building Multicultural Communities Program grant to Wyndham Community and Education Centre was heartless and short-sighted.

    “The Abbott Government’s disgraceful decision to claw back $26,587 will prevent the Centre from providing important services to the local community,” Ms Ryan said.

    “The funding was to be used to purchase computers and refit an existing shed in order to create a cultural arts and crafts facility for the community.”

    Ms Ryan said community groups around Australia were receiving letters advising the Abbott Government had decided to withdraw their funding.

    “It’s plain and simple, the Abbott Government doesn’t believe in community. These are small grants going to small organisations already running off the goodwill of good people and the smell of an oily rag.”

    Ms Ryan said it was yet another example of a government that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

    “ Mr Abbott needs to look these community organisations in the eye and tell them why he is ripping away their funding,” she said.