My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Racing, Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, the Honourable Martin Pakula. Hundreds of extra cleaners have hit local streets across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne in a four-week blitz to help slow the spread of coronavirus and support jobs. The Victorian government has created short-term positions for 1500 cleaners, who are working across 10 regional and 26 suburban communities cleaning public infrastructure, retail centres and shopping strips to help build community confidence as the state’s lifting of restrictions begins.
More than 6500 Victorians have found positions through Working for Victoria since the program was launched in April providing a quick return to work and access to the training required. The government has now struck agreements with 43 councils across Victoria to support more than 3300 people into jobs that include land and asset management, community outreach, hardship relief delivery and crisis coordination. Council workers who have been stood down may be redeployed into these new roles. The cities of Melbourne, Maribyrnong, Yarra, Port Phillip and Stonnington have led the way in employing and training people to perform tasks including deep cleaning of public assets, such as drinking fountains, and disinfecting surfaces, such as handrails, street furniture, playgrounds, tram stops, traffic signal boxes and mailboxes. I have seen groups of young workers doing a fantastic job around streets in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region. The action I seek from the minister is to provide my office with an update on the benefits of the cleaning blitz and how it has supported local communities in the Western Metropolitan Region to feel safe during the coronavirus pandemic.