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MAKING ACCESS TO LEGAL SERVICES FAIRER IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

Shaun Leane MP today announced Eastern Community Legal Centre will receive a $300,000 funding boost as part of a grants program under the Andrews Labor Government. The $300,000 of funding over two years will help the Eastern Community Legal Centre to provide vital legal assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Eastern Metropolitan region. Eastern Community Legal Centre will use the funding to: Continue the employment of a Community Lawyer at 0.4 FTE over two years to develop more integrated service partnerships, expand Community Legal Education, provide education and some legal advice for at-risk pregnant and parenting young women and partner with the Department of Justice and Regulation, specialist legal and other agencies to offer complementary outreach services from the Healesville office.   Employ a Community Lawyer with family violence expertise at 0.4 FTE over two years to attend the Ringwood Magistrates' Court as well as provide more holistic assistance. Continue the employment of a Community Lawyer at 0.4 FTE over two years to provide outreach services to the Dandenong Ranges, undertake additional legal casework for family violence clients identified through the Intervention Order Support Service or the Centre more broadly, provide additional Community Legal Education and partnership family violence work, and develop a proposal for Upper Yarra family violence pilot program. Eastern Community Legal Centre is one of 38 community legal centres across Victoria to successfully apply for a grant under the funding programs, including the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, and the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund. The grants – totaling $8.9 million – will help support more than 100,000 Victorians each year with free advice and support on a range of legal matters including family violence proceedings and family law disputes. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $24.8 million in new funding to help community legal centres across the state to deliver critical legal services and advice to Victorians. Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “We’re proud to be delivering this funding to Eastern Community Legal Centre because it will help to improve access to legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most.” “I congratulate Eastern Community Legal Centre on their successful application, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the Eastern Metropolitan community.” Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “The Andrews Labor Government is making access to justice easier and fairer by supporting community legal centres across the state.” “This funding will help community legal centres to deliver more family violence and legal support services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.”  

MAKING ACCESS TO LEGAL SERVICES FAIRER IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

Shaun Leane MP today announced Eastern Community Legal Centre will receive a $300,000 funding boost as part of a grants program under the Andrews Labor Government. The $300,000 of funding over two years will help the Eastern Community Legal Centre to provide vital legal assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Eastern Metropolitan region. Eastern Community Legal Centre will use the funding to: Continue the employment of a Community Lawyer at 0.4 FTE over two years to develop more integrated service partnerships, expand Community Legal Education, provide education and some legal advice for at-risk pregnant and parenting young women and partner with the Department of Justice and Regulation, specialist legal and other agencies to offer complementary outreach services from the Healesville office.   Employ a Community Lawyer with family violence expertise at 0.4 FTE over two years to attend the Ringwood Magistrates' Court as well as provide more holistic assistance. Continue the employment of a Community Lawyer at 0.4 FTE over two years to provide outreach services to the Dandenong Ranges, undertake additional legal casework for family violence clients identified through the Intervention Order Support Service or the Centre more broadly, provide additional Community Legal Education and partnership family violence work, and develop a proposal for Upper Yarra family violence pilot program. Eastern Community Legal Centre is one of 38 community legal centres across Victoria to successfully apply for a grant under the funding programs, including the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, and the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund. The grants – totaling $8.9 million – will help support more than 100,000 Victorians each year with free advice and support on a range of legal matters including family violence proceedings and family law disputes. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $24.8 million in new funding to help community legal centres across the state to deliver critical legal services and advice to Victorians. Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “We’re proud to be delivering this funding to Eastern Community Legal Centre because it will help to improve access to legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most.” “I congratulate Eastern Community Legal Centre on their successful application, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the Eastern Metropolitan community.” Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “The Andrews Labor Government is making access to justice easier and fairer by supporting community legal centres across the state.” “This funding will help community legal centres to deliver more family violence and legal support services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.”  

MATTHEW GUY’S RIDICULOUS RED-LIGHT RANT

Matthew Guy has announced that he wants to split communities across Nunawading and Vermont South, impacting homes and businesses and causing traffic chaos. Bereft of ideas and with his leadership under siege – the best Matthew Guy can come up with is a half-baked thought bubble to remove a handful of traffic lights - simply shifting traffic down to the next intersection His plan would ban right turns at the intersections of Whitehorse Road and Springvale Road as well as the intersections of Springvale Road and Burwood Hwy - pumping traffic into surrounding streets. Matthew Guy’s massive underpasses would make these intersections a no go zone for pedestrians. And the most embarrassing part – the “Traffic Light Removal program” doesn’t really remove any traffic lights – By his own admission he’d simply shift existing traffic lights onto off ramps and down the road to even more congestion. Drawn up on the back of an envelope, this hopeless impersonation of level crossing removals is likely to cost more than the $5.5 billion price tag Matthew Guy is currently spruiking. But the costs to our community would be much more severe. Homes and businesses would be impacted to build Matthew Guy’s spaghetti junctions –potentially including McDonalds Nunawading and the Coles Express as well as Dan Murphy’s in Vermont South. While the Liberals talk about infrastructure, we’re building it. We’re widening the Monash, the M80 Ring Road and the Tulla and upgrading the suburban roads that people rely on every day. We have removed 11 dangerous and congested level crossings, 17 more will be gone by 2019, with another 22 gone by 2022 And we’re building the congestion busting major road projects that will get trucks out of suburban streets – the West Gate Tunnel and North East Link. Quotes attributable to Member for Easter Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Matthew Guy’s latest notion just pushes the problem down the road.  Under his plan you’ll spend more time in a bigger traffic jam at the next set of lights.” “This is a poor imitation of our level crossings program. We all know you have to separate roads from rail lines, but the roads are a network - disconnect one and you affect the others”

MATTHEW GUY’S RIDICULOUS RED-LIGHT RANT

Matthew Guy has announced that he wants to split communities across Nunawading and Vermont South, impacting homes and businesses and causing traffic chaos. Bereft of ideas and with his leadership under siege – the best Matthew Guy can come up with is a half-baked thought bubble to remove a handful of traffic lights - simply shifting traffic down to the next intersection His plan would ban right turns at the intersections of Whitehorse Road and Springvale Road as well as the intersections of Springvale Road and Burwood Hwy - pumping traffic into surrounding streets. Matthew Guy’s massive underpasses would make these intersections a no go zone for pedestrians. And the most embarrassing part – the “Traffic Light Removal program” doesn’t really remove any traffic lights – By his own admission he’d simply shift existing traffic lights onto off ramps and down the road to even more congestion. Drawn up on the back of an envelope, this hopeless impersonation of level crossing removals is likely to cost more than the $5.5 billion price tag Matthew Guy is currently spruiking. But the costs to our community would be much more severe. Homes and businesses would be impacted to build Matthew Guy’s spaghetti junctions –potentially including McDonalds Nunawading and the Coles Express as well as Dan Murphy’s in Vermont South. While the Liberals talk about infrastructure, we’re building it. We’re widening the Monash, the M80 Ring Road and the Tulla and upgrading the suburban roads that people rely on every day. We have removed 11 dangerous and congested level crossings, 17 more will be gone by 2019, with another 22 gone by 2022 And we’re building the congestion busting major road projects that will get trucks out of suburban streets – the West Gate Tunnel and North East Link. Quotes attributable to Member for Easter Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Matthew Guy’s latest notion just pushes the problem down the road.  Under his plan you’ll spend more time in a bigger traffic jam at the next set of lights.” “This is a poor imitation of our level crossings program. We all know you have to separate roads from rail lines, but the roads are a network - disconnect one and you affect the others”

MATTHEW GUY’S RIDICULOUS RED-LIGHT RANT

MATTHEW GUY’S RIDICULOUS RED-LIGHT RANT Matthew Guy has announced that he wants to split communities in Templestowe causing traffic chaos. Bereft of ideas and with his leadership under siege – the best Matthew Guy can come up with is half baked thought bubble to remove a handful of traffic lights - simply shifting traffic down to the next intersection His plan would ban right turns at the intersections of: Fitzsimons Lane and Porter St, as well as Williamston’s Rd and Foote St - pumping traffic into surrounding streets. Matthew Guy’s massive underpass would make the intersection a no go zone for pedestrians. And the most embarrassing part – the “Traffic Light Removal program” doesn’t really remove any traffic lights – By his own admission he’d simply shift existing traffic lights onto off ramps and down the road to even more congestion. Drawn up on the back of an envelope, this hopeless impersonation of level crossing removals is likely to cost more than the $5.5 billion price tag Matthew Guy is currently spruiking. But the costs to our community would be much more severe. While the Liberals talk about infrastructure, we’re building it. We’re widening the Monash, the M80 Ring Road and the Tulla. We have removed 11 dangerous and congested level crossings, 17 more will be gone by 2019, with another 22 gone by 2022 And we’re building the congestion busting major road projects that will get trucks out of suburban streets – the West Gate Tunnel and North East Link. Quotes attributable to Member for Easter Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Matthew Guy’s latest notion just pushes the problem down the road.  Under his plan you’ll spend more time in a bigger traffic jam at the next set of lights.” “This is a poor imitation of our level crossings program. We all know you have to separate roads from rail lines, but the roads are a network - disconnect one and you affect the others.”  

MATTHEW GUY’S RIDICULOUS RED-LIGHT RANT

MATTHEW GUY’S RIDICULOUS RED-LIGHT RANT Matthew Guy has announced that he wants to split communities in Templestowe causing traffic chaos. Bereft of ideas and with his leadership under siege – the best Matthew Guy can come up with is half baked thought bubble to remove a handful of traffic lights - simply shifting traffic down to the next intersection His plan would ban right turns at the intersections of: Fitzsimons Lane and Porter St, as well as Williamston’s Rd and Foote St - pumping traffic into surrounding streets. Matthew Guy’s massive underpass would make the intersection a no go zone for pedestrians. And the most embarrassing part – the “Traffic Light Removal program” doesn’t really remove any traffic lights – By his own admission he’d simply shift existing traffic lights onto off ramps and down the road to even more congestion. Drawn up on the back of an envelope, this hopeless impersonation of level crossing removals is likely to cost more than the $5.5 billion price tag Matthew Guy is currently spruiking. But the costs to our community would be much more severe. While the Liberals talk about infrastructure, we’re building it. We’re widening the Monash, the M80 Ring Road and the Tulla. We have removed 11 dangerous and congested level crossings, 17 more will be gone by 2019, with another 22 gone by 2022 And we’re building the congestion busting major road projects that will get trucks out of suburban streets – the West Gate Tunnel and North East Link. Quotes attributable to Member for Easter Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Matthew Guy’s latest notion just pushes the problem down the road.  Under his plan you’ll spend more time in a bigger traffic jam at the next set of lights.” “This is a poor imitation of our level crossings program. We all know you have to separate roads from rail lines, but the roads are a network - disconnect one and you affect the others.”  

MELBOURNE’S BIGGER TRAINS BRINGS MOUNT WAVERLEY BENEFITS

The home of Melbourne’s high capacity trains is taking shape, with the first locally sourced steel structures now in place and support to boost the Mount Waverley economy. The Pakenham East site, which is almost as large as 60 MCGs, will eventually house maintenance facilities for the fleet of new trains, a stabling yard for 30 trains, and a high-tech driver-training simulator. More than 80 per cent of the earthworks have now been completed at the depot, with over 20 kilometres of rail track to be laid throughout the depot. The High Capacity Metro Trains Project will create around 1,100 jobs and using 60 per cent local content, meaning work across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The new train depot consists of 87 per cent local content. Hundreds of workers are already on site building the depot, with that number peaking at 400 next year. A further 100 long-term jobs will be required on the site to maintain the trains. The Andrews Labor Government today announced that this record investment will bring benefits to Mount Waverley based business Fire Protection Technologies, to design and deliver fire detection systems for Melbourne’s bigger and better trains. This contract supports the local economy with $850,000 worth of Victorian local content. Fire Protection Technologies will also train the site workers during the installation period. Fire Protection Technologies is an Australian owned company that has a proven track record, with 18 years’ experience delivering fire protection systems and training. It has delivered previous systems for transport projects in Melbourne and Sydney. The company’s headquarters is based in Mount Waverley with facilities in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland. The bigger, better trains will progressively enter service from mid-2019 on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and will eventually run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “I’m pleased that we are getting on with the job of providing bigger trains, built in Victoria and we are supporting Fire Protection Technologies bring more economic benefits to our community.” “Under this Labor Government we are investing to build a better transport system in Victoria – using local content, supporting local economies.”

MELBOURNE’S BIGGER TRAINS BRINGS MOUNT WAVERLEY BENEFITS

The home of Melbourne’s high capacity trains is taking shape, with the first locally sourced steel structures now in place and support to boost the Mount Waverley economy. The Pakenham East site, which is almost as large as 60 MCGs, will eventually house maintenance facilities for the fleet of new trains, a stabling yard for 30 trains, and a high-tech driver-training simulator. More than 80 per cent of the earthworks have now been completed at the depot, with over 20 kilometres of rail track to be laid throughout the depot. The High Capacity Metro Trains Project will create around 1,100 jobs and using 60 per cent local content, meaning work across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The new train depot consists of 87 per cent local content. Hundreds of workers are already on site building the depot, with that number peaking at 400 next year. A further 100 long-term jobs will be required on the site to maintain the trains. The Andrews Labor Government today announced that this record investment will bring benefits to Mount Waverley based business Fire Protection Technologies, to design and deliver fire detection systems for Melbourne’s bigger and better trains. This contract supports the local economy with $850,000 worth of Victorian local content. Fire Protection Technologies will also train the site workers during the installation period. Fire Protection Technologies is an Australian owned company that has a proven track record, with 18 years’ experience delivering fire protection systems and training. It has delivered previous systems for transport projects in Melbourne and Sydney. The company’s headquarters is based in Mount Waverley with facilities in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland. The bigger, better trains will progressively enter service from mid-2019 on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and will eventually run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “I’m pleased that we are getting on with the job of providing bigger trains, built in Victoria and we are supporting Fire Protection Technologies bring more economic benefits to our community.” “Under this Labor Government we are investing to build a better transport system in Victoria – using local content, supporting local economies.”

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North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

In December the Premier announced that the Andrews Labor Government would build the missing link in our road network - the North East Link. The North East Link will finally join-up our freeway network, connecting our growing suburbs in the north, east, and south-east, and providing a direct route from the east to the airport. It will carry 100,000 cars a day, relieving congested freeways, slashing traffic in the north and east, and taking thousands of trucks off local roads. This will mean less time in traffic, and more time with friends and family in the north, south, and east, while the Western Distributor busts congestion in the west. Planning will get underway immediately, with $35 million to kick-start work spearheaded by a new expert North East Link Authority. The business case, including determining the right route for the road, will be developed by 2018, and the planning and procurement processes will begin that year. Extensive technical, environmental and social investigations will determine the best route for the project, with a key focus on protecting existing urban areas and minimising environmental impacts. Unlike the previous-Liberal Government who rushed through a botched project, we won't sign contracts before the next election. We'll do the work properly, and ensure that the Victorian people can have a say on Victoria's biggest road project. Contracts will only be signed, and construction started, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government following the November 2018 election. The North East Link has been spoken about for decades, but always put in the too-hard basket. Infrastructure Victoria have identified it as the most important new project in our transport network. It's the logical next step in this Government's rebuilding of our road and rail network. The Andrews Labor Government will get it done. Project benefits • Completes the vital missing link in Melbourne’s metropolitan ring road. • Provides a safe and efficient freeway connection for more than 100,000 vehicles per day, slashing travel times and halting rat-runs through congested north-south links including Fitzsimmons Lane, Greensborough Highway, Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna Road, Doncaster Road, Springvale Road and through Warrandyte. • Provides quick and easy access for freight to move between industrial areas around Ringwood, Dandenong, Sunshine, East Werribee and Latrobe and Melbourne Airport. • Improves access for millions of people to jobs and services located in Melbourne’s north and south-east, including hospitals, education and sporting facilities. • Creates thousands of jobs during planning, construction and early operation. • Protects urban areas and environmental assets through tunnelling. For more information and to stay up to date visit www.northeastlink.vic.gov.au Map copyright to North East Link Authority.

North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

In December the Premier announced that the Andrews Labor Government would build the missing link in our road network - the North East Link. The North East Link will finally join-up our freeway network, connecting our growing suburbs in the north, east, and south-east, and providing a direct route from the east to the airport. It will carry 100,000 cars a day, relieving congested freeways, slashing traffic in the north and east, and taking thousands of trucks off local roads. This will mean less time in traffic, and more time with friends and family in the north, south, and east, while the Western Distributor busts congestion in the west. Planning will get underway immediately, with $35 million to kick-start work spearheaded by a new expert North East Link Authority. The business case, including determining the right route for the road, will be developed by 2018, and the planning and procurement processes will begin that year. Extensive technical, environmental and social investigations will determine the best route for the project, with a key focus on protecting existing urban areas and minimising environmental impacts. Unlike the previous-Liberal Government who rushed through a botched project, we won't sign contracts before the next election. We'll do the work properly, and ensure that the Victorian people can have a say on Victoria's biggest road project. Contracts will only be signed, and construction started, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government following the November 2018 election. The North East Link has been spoken about for decades, but always put in the too-hard basket. Infrastructure Victoria have identified it as the most important new project in our transport network. It's the logical next step in this Government's rebuilding of our road and rail network. The Andrews Labor Government will get it done. Project benefits • Completes the vital missing link in Melbourne’s metropolitan ring road. • Provides a safe and efficient freeway connection for more than 100,000 vehicles per day, slashing travel times and halting rat-runs through congested north-south links including Fitzsimmons Lane, Greensborough Highway, Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna Road, Doncaster Road, Springvale Road and through Warrandyte. • Provides quick and easy access for freight to move between industrial areas around Ringwood, Dandenong, Sunshine, East Werribee and Latrobe and Melbourne Airport. • Improves access for millions of people to jobs and services located in Melbourne’s north and south-east, including hospitals, education and sporting facilities. • Creates thousands of jobs during planning, construction and early operation. • Protects urban areas and environmental assets through tunnelling. For more information and to stay up to date visit www.northeastlink.vic.gov.au Map copyright to North East Link Authority.

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

On Monday 12 December Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan, was one of the first passengers to catch a train from the brand new Bayswater Station as it travelled UNDER Mountain Highway! The Mountain Highway bridge is also now open to traffic as works continue on landscaping, carparking etc for several more months. Full details of ongoing works and disruptions are available at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. This project is being delivered by an alliance consisting of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, together with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and Metro Trains. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2017 with carparking, landscaping and station works continuing once the crossing . The new Bayswater station and wider pedestrian footpath along Mountain Highway will help improve the way people move in and around these two busy roads and shopping strip. It will be safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The removal of the two level crossings and building the new station is a great opportunity to develop Bayswater, and I’d encourage the community to support local businesses during construction.

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

On Monday 12 December Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan, was one of the first passengers to catch a train from the brand new Bayswater Station as it travelled UNDER Mountain Highway! The Mountain Highway bridge is also now open to traffic as works continue on landscaping, carparking etc for several more months. Full details of ongoing works and disruptions are available at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. This project is being delivered by an alliance consisting of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, together with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and Metro Trains. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2017 with carparking, landscaping and station works continuing once the crossing . The new Bayswater station and wider pedestrian footpath along Mountain Highway will help improve the way people move in and around these two busy roads and shopping strip. It will be safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The removal of the two level crossings and building the new station is a great opportunity to develop Bayswater, and I’d encourage the community to support local businesses during construction.

Work Commences Building the New Maroondah Hospital Breast Cancer Centre

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with work now underway on a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening to be co-located at Maroondah Hospital. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Shaun to view the start of construction works at the Maroondah Hospital Breast Cancer Centre. Construction is due for completion in early 2018. The new Centre will feature: An additional mammography screening room, to see an extra 5520 women each year Allied health rooms providing for an extra 7200 patients each year Consulting rooms, where medical professionals can see an extra 12,800 patients each year A Breast Nurse consulting room that will support an additional 2400 patients each year The Centre will have two ultrasound rooms which will be able to conduct guided biopsies, and four medical imaging reading rooms – which will ensure that women will receive quicker diagnosis, and quicker treatment. Services and treatment will be better co-ordinated, with co-located multidisciplinary teams able to meet regularly at the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre to present patient cases and share best practices. “The Andrews Government promised the women of the eastern suburbs their own dedicated breast cancer centre, and we’re getting it done.” said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy. [caption id="attachment_4324" align="alignnone" width="337"] Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, Eastern Health's Matt Sharp & Eastern Health CEO David Plunkett in background[/caption]        

Work Commences Building the New Maroondah Hospital Breast Cancer Centre

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with work now underway on a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening to be co-located at Maroondah Hospital. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Shaun to view the start of construction works at the Maroondah Hospital Breast Cancer Centre. Construction is due for completion in early 2018. The new Centre will feature: An additional mammography screening room, to see an extra 5520 women each year Allied health rooms providing for an extra 7200 patients each year Consulting rooms, where medical professionals can see an extra 12,800 patients each year A Breast Nurse consulting room that will support an additional 2400 patients each year The Centre will have two ultrasound rooms which will be able to conduct guided biopsies, and four medical imaging reading rooms – which will ensure that women will receive quicker diagnosis, and quicker treatment. Services and treatment will be better co-ordinated, with co-located multidisciplinary teams able to meet regularly at the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre to present patient cases and share best practices. “The Andrews Government promised the women of the eastern suburbs their own dedicated breast cancer centre, and we’re getting it done.” said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy. [caption id="attachment_4324" align="alignnone" width="337"] Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, Eastern Health's Matt Sharp & Eastern Health CEO David Plunkett in background[/caption]        

Preserving the Healesville Freeway Reserve

In Feb 2014 Daniel Andrews stood on a stump and promised the residents of Vermont that an Andrews Labor Government would preserve the Healesville Freeway Reserve for the community - not sell it off for development. Recently the new community Stakeholder Reference Group has met to contribute to an Establishment Plan being developed over the next 6 months by the DELWP prior to the handover of the land to Parks Victoria. Included in the plan will be the community's aspirations for what may be developed in the parklands and preparations for a shared-use path for walkers and cyclists.

Preserving the Healesville Freeway Reserve

In Feb 2014 Daniel Andrews stood on a stump and promised the residents of Vermont that an Andrews Labor Government would preserve the Healesville Freeway Reserve for the community - not sell it off for development. Recently the new community Stakeholder Reference Group has met to contribute to an Establishment Plan being developed over the next 6 months by the DELWP prior to the handover of the land to Parks Victoria. Included in the plan will be the community's aspirations for what may be developed in the parklands and preparations for a shared-use path for walkers and cyclists.

Level Crossings Removed at Blackburn & Heatherdale Roads

[video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://www.shaunleanemp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/My-Movie-5.mp4"][/video] On Monday 6 February 2017 trains will travel under Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads for the first time with the dangerous and congested level crossings now gone. Following an intensive construction period over the Christmas holidays the main works to separate the rail lines from the roads is complete. All train services will resume as normal on Monday 6 February. Works will continue around both sites for several more months until all works are fully completed. To find up-to-date information about the ongoing works and how they may affect you, please visit regularly www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. During the 41-day construction blitz 800 staff excavated 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the line so trains can safely run under the road for the first time. Two new pedestrian bridges have been built at Purches Street in Mitcham and Cottage Street in Blackburn, and a third is under construction at King Street/Oliver Avenue in Blackburn, making it quicker and safer to cross the tracks. The Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads will also reopen to traffic on Monday, free from the boom gates that held motorists hostage for an hour every morning peak. However, as works progress, some night road closures will be required to complete the road works, landscaping, car parks and other finishing works at the stations which will continue until mid-year. For more detail about the Labor Government’s plan to reduce congestion, improve safety, run more trains and create 4,500 jobs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Level Crossings Removed at Blackburn & Heatherdale Roads

[video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://www.shaunleanemp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/My-Movie-5.mp4"][/video] On Monday 6 February 2017 trains will travel under Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads for the first time with the dangerous and congested level crossings now gone. Following an intensive construction period over the Christmas holidays the main works to separate the rail lines from the roads is complete. All train services will resume as normal on Monday 6 February. Works will continue around both sites for several more months until all works are fully completed. To find up-to-date information about the ongoing works and how they may affect you, please visit regularly www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. During the 41-day construction blitz 800 staff excavated 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the line so trains can safely run under the road for the first time. Two new pedestrian bridges have been built at Purches Street in Mitcham and Cottage Street in Blackburn, and a third is under construction at King Street/Oliver Avenue in Blackburn, making it quicker and safer to cross the tracks. The Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads will also reopen to traffic on Monday, free from the boom gates that held motorists hostage for an hour every morning peak. However, as works progress, some night road closures will be required to complete the road works, landscaping, car parks and other finishing works at the stations which will continue until mid-year. For more detail about the Labor Government’s plan to reduce congestion, improve safety, run more trains and create 4,500 jobs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.