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Gerry Green Reserve

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, and the action I seek is for the minister to consider the Kingston City Council application under the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund for Gerry Green Reserve. Gerry Green Reserve is located in Parkdale and is the home of the Parkdale Vultures, an amateur football club in B grade in my electorate; the Parkdale cricket club; and also the Parkdale tennis club. It is a significant reserve for our local community. Parkdale is the biggest suburb in my electorate, home of almost 20 per cent of the constituents I have the pleasure of representing. The premises at Gerry Green Reserve are ageing. The community facilities there — the clubrooms — have been there well in excess of 50 years. They have been worn out; they have had their time. They have been of great use to the community, but the facilities need an extra boost, and the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is the vehicle for that. The City of Kingston in its submission has allocated $2.4 million towards the project, and it has an active application. It is fantastic to see the council prioritising this project. I would like to see it also prioritising Mentone Reserve in Brindisi Street, the home of the Mentone St Bede's football club and cricket club and of course the home of Luke Beveridge, who successfully took the Western Bulldogs to a premiership for Footscray. Those two projects in our region are of significant priority for two wonderful amateur football clubs, but works at Gerry Green Reserve are long overdue. I would like to pay tribute to the club and the representatives. Chris Liddell, the president of the football club, has been a fantastic advocate for that community. Sean Dougherty, the outgoing president of the Parkdale cricket club, has been a tireless advocate for that region. It is a pleasure to sponsor these sporting clubs and support them. I ask the Minister for Sport to consider funding for Gerry Green Reserve under the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Gerry Green Reserve

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, and the action I seek is for the minister to consider the Kingston City Council application under the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund for Gerry Green Reserve. Gerry Green Reserve is located in Parkdale and is the home of the Parkdale Vultures, an amateur football club in B grade in my electorate; the Parkdale cricket club; and also the Parkdale tennis club. It is a significant reserve for our local community. Parkdale is the biggest suburb in my electorate, home of almost 20 per cent of the constituents I have the pleasure of representing. The premises at Gerry Green Reserve are ageing. The community facilities there — the clubrooms — have been there well in excess of 50 years. They have been worn out; they have had their time. They have been of great use to the community, but the facilities need an extra boost, and the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is the vehicle for that. The City of Kingston in its submission has allocated $2.4 million towards the project, and it has an active application. It is fantastic to see the council prioritising this project. I would like to see it also prioritising Mentone Reserve in Brindisi Street, the home of the Mentone St Bede's football club and cricket club and of course the home of Luke Beveridge, who successfully took the Western Bulldogs to a premiership for Footscray. Those two projects in our region are of significant priority for two wonderful amateur football clubs, but works at Gerry Green Reserve are long overdue. I would like to pay tribute to the club and the representatives. Chris Liddell, the president of the football club, has been a fantastic advocate for that community. Sean Dougherty, the outgoing president of the Parkdale cricket club, has been a tireless advocate for that region. It is a pleasure to sponsor these sporting clubs and support them. I ask the Minister for Sport to consider funding for Gerry Green Reserve under the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Ambulance Services

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — Recently I had the pleasure of joining the Minister for Health, who is also the Minister for Ambulance Services, in my community to recognise the latest ambulance performance data. Our paramedics each and every day put themselves on the line to protect the community. It is a dangerous job. It is a high-demanding job, with hours worked of 14 hours on or 10 hours on. It really pushes our paramedics in our local community. You need a government that supports our paramedics and our health system, and that is exactly what this government is doing with record investments in supporting our paramedics. Seconds matter when it comes to saving lives. I can say to the house that a 37-second reduction in ambulance response times has been achieved in the City of Kingston, which means people will be safer in our community. At the same time we had some welcome data on elective surgery — and while I say 'elective surgery', some of this surgery is for hip replacements and knee replacements for people who have worked all their lives and who have contributed to our community and built up our community and are at a stage in their life where they need that urgent support. I am pleased to advise the house that a 10 000-person reduction in elective surgery waiting times has been achieved in the last four years. That matters to our community and our people. This is vitally important for our region, supporting Sandringham Hospital, Monash hospital and Frankston Hospital, which service our communities. We will continue to invest in health and ambulance services for the betterment of our local area.

Ambulance Services

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — Recently I had the pleasure of joining the Minister for Health, who is also the Minister for Ambulance Services, in my community to recognise the latest ambulance performance data. Our paramedics each and every day put themselves on the line to protect the community. It is a dangerous job. It is a high-demanding job, with hours worked of 14 hours on or 10 hours on. It really pushes our paramedics in our local community. You need a government that supports our paramedics and our health system, and that is exactly what this government is doing with record investments in supporting our paramedics. Seconds matter when it comes to saving lives. I can say to the house that a 37-second reduction in ambulance response times has been achieved in the City of Kingston, which means people will be safer in our community. At the same time we had some welcome data on elective surgery — and while I say 'elective surgery', some of this surgery is for hip replacements and knee replacements for people who have worked all their lives and who have contributed to our community and built up our community and are at a stage in their life where they need that urgent support. I am pleased to advise the house that a 10 000-person reduction in elective surgery waiting times has been achieved in the last four years. That matters to our community and our people. This is vitally important for our region, supporting Sandringham Hospital, Monash hospital and Frankston Hospital, which service our communities. We will continue to invest in health and ambulance services for the betterment of our local area.

More Ambulances Arriving Sooner in Kingston Thanks to Record Investment

More ambulances are arriving at emergencies sooner with Victoria’s ambulance response times the quickest they have been in five years. The latest Ambulance Victoria response time data, released today, shows ambulances are now arriving at Code One emergency cases faster than the same time last year, with 76.6 per cent of Code One incidents responded to within 15 minutes – an improvement of 2 per cent compared to the previous year. This is a further improvement on the 2015/16 result of 75.2 per cent released recently in the Ambulance Victoria annual report. Under the previous government, this figure fell to a record low of 73 per cent at the height of the ambulance crisis, earning them the unenviable title of having the worst ambulance response times on the Australian mainland. Ambulance performance in Kingston continues to improve, with the average Code One response time of 11:15 minutes in the September quarter an improvement on the 11:51 minute average Code One response time a year earlier. Ambulances attended 85.7% of Code One calls within the benchmark 15 minutes – up from 83% in the September 2015 quarter. They are also better than the September quarter 2013/14, in the last full year of the previous government – when ambulances in Kingston attended just 80.82% of Code One calls in the benchmark 15 minutes, and had an average Code One response time of 12:16 minutes. These improved response times come despite record demand for ambulances and in our emergency departments, and are a testament to the significant reforms undertaken and funded by the Labor Government to rebuild our ambulance services after four years of crisis and neglect under the former Government. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included a massive $144 million boost to repair the damage caused by the previous government and make sure Victorians in life threatening situations get the emergency ambulance care they need, sooner. The latest Victorian Health Services Performance data, also released today, shows the Labor Government’s record investment to tackle elective surgery waiting lists is paying immediate dividends. The number of patients waiting for surgery at the end of September was 40,508 – 1200 fewer than a year earlier - and well below the record 50,054 patients in March 2013 when waiting lists skyrocketed under the previous government. These strong results come despite hospitals continuing to treat more and more patients, with the 453,483 admissions in the September quarter the highest number ever reported. Locally, services at Monash Health’s Moorabbin Hospital continue to improve in a number of key areas including: Treated 2068 patients from the elective surgery waiting list in the September quarter, up on the 2003 waiting list admissions in the same period in 2015. Provided operations within the benchmark 30 days for 100% of the hospital’s 775 Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients in the September quarter. Provided operations within the benchmark 90 days for 87% of the hospital’s Category 2 urgent elective surgery patients in the September quarter – up from 79% a year earlier. Treated half of the hospital’s Category 1 elective surgery patients within 14 days – well under the 30-day benchmark. Provided a total of 10,683 bed-days to patients in the 3 months to the end of September – up from 10,287 bed-days for the previous year. Reduced the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list – from 1663 at the end of the September 2015 quarter to 1243 at the end of this September. We will continue to build on these improvements, with Victorian hospitals signing up to ambitious targets as part of their Statement of Priorities agreements for 2016/17 to perform even more surgeries and achieve even lower waiting list targets. Monash Health’s Statement of Priorities, which includes Moorabbin Hospital, has set an elective surgery admission target of 29,400 patients – an increase on last year’s target. The hospital has also been challenged to reduce its waiting list consistent with the previous year’s target. Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson MP “City of Kingston patients experiencing life threatening conditions can have every confidence they will receive faster responses from paramedics today than they did under the previous government. These improvements have occurred in conjunction with a growing demand for ambulances.” “People in the City of Kingston waiting for surgery can also be confident they will receive their operations sooner as a result of our record investment in our hospitals to bring down waiting times.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “With ambulance response times now the best they have been in five years, this shows what can be achieved by working together with our paramedics – instead of declaring war on them like the Liberals did.” “The latest hospital performance data confirms that despite record demand on our doctors, nurses and paramedics more patients are getting the treatment and surgeries they need sooner.”

More Ambulances Arriving Sooner in Kingston Thanks to Record Investment

More ambulances are arriving at emergencies sooner with Victoria’s ambulance response times the quickest they have been in five years. The latest Ambulance Victoria response time data, released today, shows ambulances are now arriving at Code One emergency cases faster than the same time last year, with 76.6 per cent of Code One incidents responded to within 15 minutes – an improvement of 2 per cent compared to the previous year. This is a further improvement on the 2015/16 result of 75.2 per cent released recently in the Ambulance Victoria annual report. Under the previous government, this figure fell to a record low of 73 per cent at the height of the ambulance crisis, earning them the unenviable title of having the worst ambulance response times on the Australian mainland. Ambulance performance in Kingston continues to improve, with the average Code One response time of 11:15 minutes in the September quarter an improvement on the 11:51 minute average Code One response time a year earlier. Ambulances attended 85.7% of Code One calls within the benchmark 15 minutes – up from 83% in the September 2015 quarter. They are also better than the September quarter 2013/14, in the last full year of the previous government – when ambulances in Kingston attended just 80.82% of Code One calls in the benchmark 15 minutes, and had an average Code One response time of 12:16 minutes. These improved response times come despite record demand for ambulances and in our emergency departments, and are a testament to the significant reforms undertaken and funded by the Labor Government to rebuild our ambulance services after four years of crisis and neglect under the former Government. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included a massive $144 million boost to repair the damage caused by the previous government and make sure Victorians in life threatening situations get the emergency ambulance care they need, sooner. The latest Victorian Health Services Performance data, also released today, shows the Labor Government’s record investment to tackle elective surgery waiting lists is paying immediate dividends. The number of patients waiting for surgery at the end of September was 40,508 – 1200 fewer than a year earlier - and well below the record 50,054 patients in March 2013 when waiting lists skyrocketed under the previous government. These strong results come despite hospitals continuing to treat more and more patients, with the 453,483 admissions in the September quarter the highest number ever reported. Locally, services at Monash Health’s Moorabbin Hospital continue to improve in a number of key areas including: Treated 2068 patients from the elective surgery waiting list in the September quarter, up on the 2003 waiting list admissions in the same period in 2015. Provided operations within the benchmark 30 days for 100% of the hospital’s 775 Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients in the September quarter. Provided operations within the benchmark 90 days for 87% of the hospital’s Category 2 urgent elective surgery patients in the September quarter – up from 79% a year earlier. Treated half of the hospital’s Category 1 elective surgery patients within 14 days – well under the 30-day benchmark. Provided a total of 10,683 bed-days to patients in the 3 months to the end of September – up from 10,287 bed-days for the previous year. Reduced the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list – from 1663 at the end of the September 2015 quarter to 1243 at the end of this September. We will continue to build on these improvements, with Victorian hospitals signing up to ambitious targets as part of their Statement of Priorities agreements for 2016/17 to perform even more surgeries and achieve even lower waiting list targets. Monash Health’s Statement of Priorities, which includes Moorabbin Hospital, has set an elective surgery admission target of 29,400 patients – an increase on last year’s target. The hospital has also been challenged to reduce its waiting list consistent with the previous year’s target. Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson MP “City of Kingston patients experiencing life threatening conditions can have every confidence they will receive faster responses from paramedics today than they did under the previous government. These improvements have occurred in conjunction with a growing demand for ambulances.” “People in the City of Kingston waiting for surgery can also be confident they will receive their operations sooner as a result of our record investment in our hospitals to bring down waiting times.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “With ambulance response times now the best they have been in five years, this shows what can be achieved by working together with our paramedics – instead of declaring war on them like the Liberals did.” “The latest hospital performance data confirms that despite record demand on our doctors, nurses and paramedics more patients are getting the treatment and surgeries they need sooner.”

St Louis De Montfort’s School

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education. The action I seek is for the minister to consider round 2 funding under the non-government school capital works program for St Louis de Montfort's School. St Louis de Montfort's School is an outstanding Catholic primary school in my electorate. More than 750 children now attend this school, and it has seen rapid growth over the past few years. Their successful approach to sustainability in everything they do makes them not only a leader in our community but a leader across the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. In fact for at least three years the school has been running a Steps to Sustainability conference that has not just Catholic but also independent sector and government schools come together across the south-eastern suburbs to collaborate, to break down the silo mentality in our school sectors and to work together to get the best outcomes for their students. They can be environmental policy, climate change and across the board outcomes. The success of this school and its community has placed substantial pressure on the school's current building works. The capital works program that was announced by the Andrews Labor government — an election commitment of $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools — is very important; it will be important for these schools that educate more than 22 per cent of Victorian students. The aim of this program is to upgrade schools and build new schools, thereby building that capacity. Some of the plans of St Louis de Montfort's School are absolutely outstanding. There is a plan for a centre of excellence to support grades 5 and 6 students with open learning environments. It will be an outstanding project. That collaboration between the sector and the state government will be all important. I acknowledge the outstanding work of principal Tom Lindeman, who has led the school fantastically for many years. He is an outstanding advocate for his community. I also acknowledge a teacher who has won awards on many occasions, Julie Wynne. She has won the ResourceSmart Primary Teacher of the Year award, she has led the school in its sustainability in every facet and she is one of the reasons why the school is consistently rewarded across the board. I will also give a plug to the school. It recently staged a musical, the Wizard of Oz. I had the chance of seeing the dress rehearsal of that fantastic production. It was an outstanding production for that school. It just shows all the different things the school is doing. In conclusion, I ask the minister to consider St Louis De Montfort's School in round 2 of the non-government school capital works funding program.

St Louis De Montfort’s School

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education. The action I seek is for the minister to consider round 2 funding under the non-government school capital works program for St Louis de Montfort's School. St Louis de Montfort's School is an outstanding Catholic primary school in my electorate. More than 750 children now attend this school, and it has seen rapid growth over the past few years. Their successful approach to sustainability in everything they do makes them not only a leader in our community but a leader across the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. In fact for at least three years the school has been running a Steps to Sustainability conference that has not just Catholic but also independent sector and government schools come together across the south-eastern suburbs to collaborate, to break down the silo mentality in our school sectors and to work together to get the best outcomes for their students. They can be environmental policy, climate change and across the board outcomes. The success of this school and its community has placed substantial pressure on the school's current building works. The capital works program that was announced by the Andrews Labor government — an election commitment of $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools — is very important; it will be important for these schools that educate more than 22 per cent of Victorian students. The aim of this program is to upgrade schools and build new schools, thereby building that capacity. Some of the plans of St Louis de Montfort's School are absolutely outstanding. There is a plan for a centre of excellence to support grades 5 and 6 students with open learning environments. It will be an outstanding project. That collaboration between the sector and the state government will be all important. I acknowledge the outstanding work of principal Tom Lindeman, who has led the school fantastically for many years. He is an outstanding advocate for his community. I also acknowledge a teacher who has won awards on many occasions, Julie Wynne. She has won the ResourceSmart Primary Teacher of the Year award, she has led the school in its sustainability in every facet and she is one of the reasons why the school is consistently rewarded across the board. I will also give a plug to the school. It recently staged a musical, the Wizard of Oz. I had the chance of seeing the dress rehearsal of that fantastic production. It was an outstanding production for that school. It just shows all the different things the school is doing. In conclusion, I ask the minister to consider St Louis De Montfort's School in round 2 of the non-government school capital works funding program.

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