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UPDATED HOCKEY FIELD FOR KOONUNG SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Koonung Secondary College will soon have an updated sports ground thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to schools. Koonung Secondary College will receive $100,000 for the upgrade, which will involves resurfacing the existing hockey field. By making sure students have access to the best sporting facilities we can increase the proportion of kids staying active. By 2025, the Labor Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week. Koonung Secondary College is one of thousands of schools with upgrades now underway across Victoria thanks to the Government’s $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure as part of the Education State. This unprecedented investment has delivered 70 new school projects and more than 1,300 school upgrades, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re helping upgrade schools across Victoria so families can be assured that no matter where they live they’ll have access to a great local school with facilities that the whole community can be proud of.” “It is exciting to see Koonung Secondary College get the funding it needs to upgrade its hockey field – creating great new sports facilities for both students and the local community to use.” “This upgrade is about more than giving students the first-rate school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”  

UPDATED HOCKEY FIELD FOR KOONUNG SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Koonung Secondary College will soon have an updated sports ground thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to schools. Koonung Secondary College will receive $100,000 for the upgrade, which will involves resurfacing the existing hockey field. By making sure students have access to the best sporting facilities we can increase the proportion of kids staying active. By 2025, the Labor Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week. Koonung Secondary College is one of thousands of schools with upgrades now underway across Victoria thanks to the Government’s $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure as part of the Education State. This unprecedented investment has delivered 70 new school projects and more than 1,300 school upgrades, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re helping upgrade schools across Victoria so families can be assured that no matter where they live they’ll have access to a great local school with facilities that the whole community can be proud of.” “It is exciting to see Koonung Secondary College get the funding it needs to upgrade its hockey field – creating great new sports facilities for both students and the local community to use.” “This upgrade is about more than giving students the first-rate school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”  

MORE ROOM TO LEARN AT MILGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at Milgate Primary School will soon have important new works undertaken, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced that $947,000 funding has been allocated to provide a double storey relocatable for students to learn in. The Labor Government is working to strengthen community pride in schools and build the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. The project is part of a $3.8 billion investment by the Government to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools. The school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re upgrading schools across Victoria so families can know that no matter where they live they can access a great local school the whole community is proud of.” “This upgrade is about more than giving Milgate Primary School students the school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”  

MORE ROOM TO LEARN AT MILGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at Milgate Primary School will soon have important new works undertaken, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced that $947,000 funding has been allocated to provide a double storey relocatable for students to learn in. The Labor Government is working to strengthen community pride in schools and build the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. The project is part of a $3.8 billion investment by the Government to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools. The school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re upgrading schools across Victoria so families can know that no matter where they live they can access a great local school the whole community is proud of.” “This upgrade is about more than giving Milgate Primary School students the school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”  

MORE SHADE FOR YARRA HILLS SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Yarra Hills Secondary College will soon be even more sun smart with the addition of new shade cloths, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to schools. Yarra Hills Secondary College will receive $36,800 for the new shade cloths, allowing students to enjoy more time outside come rain, hail or shine. By making sure students have access to the best outdoor facilities we can increase the proportion of kids staying active. By 2025, the Labor Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week. Yarra Hills Secondary College is one of thousands of schools with upgrades now underway across Victoria thanks to the Government’s unprecedented $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure as part of the Education State. This investment has delivered 70 new school projects and more than 1,300 school upgrades, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re helping upgrade schools across Victoria so families can be assured that no matter where they live they’ll have access to a great local school with facilities that the whole community can be proud of.” “This upgrade is about more than giving students the first-rate school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”    

MORE SHADE FOR YARRA HILLS SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Yarra Hills Secondary College will soon be even more sun smart with the addition of new shade cloths, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to schools. Yarra Hills Secondary College will receive $36,800 for the new shade cloths, allowing students to enjoy more time outside come rain, hail or shine. By making sure students have access to the best outdoor facilities we can increase the proportion of kids staying active. By 2025, the Labor Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week. Yarra Hills Secondary College is one of thousands of schools with upgrades now underway across Victoria thanks to the Government’s unprecedented $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure as part of the Education State. This investment has delivered 70 new school projects and more than 1,300 school upgrades, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re helping upgrade schools across Victoria so families can be assured that no matter where they live they’ll have access to a great local school with facilities that the whole community can be proud of.” “This upgrade is about more than giving students the first-rate school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”    

GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS BOX HILL BUSINESS TO CUT ENERGY COSTS

The latest round of Victorian Government grants to help commercial building owners reduce their energy costs is helping Box Hill company, CBM Australia. CBM Australia will receive $30,000 through the State Government’s $1.76 million Better Commercial Buildings program, which helps building owners and tenants make their buildings more energy efficient. CBM is an international development organisation devoted to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the poorest places on earth. As a not-for profit owner occupier, a key focus of the project is to reduce energy operational costs and identify a pathway to improve energy efficiency on site. The money will be used to provide CMBA with a comprehensive audit to identify opportunities in addition to the proposed building management upgrades and existing solar array. The member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said the Better Commercial Buildings program could help many other local businesses reduce one of their most fundamental operating costs. “Applications for Better Commercial Buildings grants are now open from building owners, agents, commercial tenants and facilities managers,” Mr Leane said. “These grants can help businesses identify and implement improvements, measure their success, gain access to further finance options and pre-approved service providers. “It’s a system that takes the guess work out of choosing suppliers, when you carry out energy improvement work,” Mr Leane said. Common changes have included replacing out-dated heating and cooling systems, upgrading lighting and installing timer or movement switches, supplementing energy from the grid with solar panels. Apart from helping to cut one of the most fundamental business operating costs, energy upgrades have been found to improve staff comfort and reduce complaints about hot and cold spots in offices. The program can help improve a building’s rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) system by one star, on average. Information about how to apply for the Better Commercial Buildings grants and other programs to help businesses can be found at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/grants. Find out more about how Sustainability Victoria can help your business at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Business.  

GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS BOX HILL BUSINESS TO CUT ENERGY COSTS

The latest round of Victorian Government grants to help commercial building owners reduce their energy costs is helping Box Hill company, CBM Australia. CBM Australia will receive $30,000 through the State Government’s $1.76 million Better Commercial Buildings program, which helps building owners and tenants make their buildings more energy efficient. CBM is an international development organisation devoted to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the poorest places on earth. As a not-for profit owner occupier, a key focus of the project is to reduce energy operational costs and identify a pathway to improve energy efficiency on site. The money will be used to provide CMBA with a comprehensive audit to identify opportunities in addition to the proposed building management upgrades and existing solar array. The member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said the Better Commercial Buildings program could help many other local businesses reduce one of their most fundamental operating costs. “Applications for Better Commercial Buildings grants are now open from building owners, agents, commercial tenants and facilities managers,” Mr Leane said. “These grants can help businesses identify and implement improvements, measure their success, gain access to further finance options and pre-approved service providers. “It’s a system that takes the guess work out of choosing suppliers, when you carry out energy improvement work,” Mr Leane said. Common changes have included replacing out-dated heating and cooling systems, upgrading lighting and installing timer or movement switches, supplementing energy from the grid with solar panels. Apart from helping to cut one of the most fundamental business operating costs, energy upgrades have been found to improve staff comfort and reduce complaints about hot and cold spots in offices. The program can help improve a building’s rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) system by one star, on average. Information about how to apply for the Better Commercial Buildings grants and other programs to help businesses can be found at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/grants. Find out more about how Sustainability Victoria can help your business at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Business.  

EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE IN WHITEHORSE WITH FREEZA FUNDS

Young people in Whitehorse are getting a helping hand to build their confidence and explore creative careers thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced 77 local government and community organisations from across Victoria will receive funding as part of the $7.2 million FReeZA program, to be delivered over three years. Whitehorse Council was one of the selected organisations, and will soon receive a grant of $72,000 for 'Flying Pig Events, this will provide young people the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their creative ability in a safe and secure environment to promote and celebrate artistic and cultural pursuits. ‘Flying Pig Events’ are planned and facilitated by young people and highlight their creative abilities for the enjoyment of the Whitehorse community. 'Flying Pig Events' are inclusive of all, inspiring young people to get involved in their local community as either a volunteer, performer or as an attendee at an FReeZA event. More than 150,000 young people from across Victoria attend more than 400 FReeZA events every year. FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing opportunities for young Victorians aged 12 to 25 to enjoy musical, cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free. FReeZA also funds The Push – an independent youth music and event management organisation, which helps young people organise their own live events. Young people are encouraged to participate and perform in FReeZA events, but also to get involved behind the scenes to learn skills that may lead to employment in the arts and music industry. Organising FReeZA activities has given hundreds of young Victorians the opportunity to develop their skills development and workplace experience, so they can go on to gain further employment or education qualifications in similar fields. The FReeZA program is just one way that the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria is being actioned, providing an opportunity for young people to influence policy, services and programs that affect them. To find out more about the FReeZA program, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/freeza. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “FReeZA is a great way for young people to get hands-on experience in setting up events – whether it be live music shows, BMX expos or art and short film competitions – but also to celebrate their talent.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Programs like FReeZA open up opportunities for young Victorians in different ways – by building skills, creating jobs and supporting young musicians and artists perform in their local communities.” “Congratulations to Whitehorse Council for its successful application to this funding round of FReeZA –  I look forward to seeing the program come to life.” 

EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE IN WHITEHORSE WITH FREEZA FUNDS

Young people in Whitehorse are getting a helping hand to build their confidence and explore creative careers thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced 77 local government and community organisations from across Victoria will receive funding as part of the $7.2 million FReeZA program, to be delivered over three years. Whitehorse Council was one of the selected organisations, and will soon receive a grant of $72,000 for 'Flying Pig Events, this will provide young people the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their creative ability in a safe and secure environment to promote and celebrate artistic and cultural pursuits. ‘Flying Pig Events’ are planned and facilitated by young people and highlight their creative abilities for the enjoyment of the Whitehorse community. 'Flying Pig Events' are inclusive of all, inspiring young people to get involved in their local community as either a volunteer, performer or as an attendee at an FReeZA event. More than 150,000 young people from across Victoria attend more than 400 FReeZA events every year. FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing opportunities for young Victorians aged 12 to 25 to enjoy musical, cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free. FReeZA also funds The Push – an independent youth music and event management organisation, which helps young people organise their own live events. Young people are encouraged to participate and perform in FReeZA events, but also to get involved behind the scenes to learn skills that may lead to employment in the arts and music industry. Organising FReeZA activities has given hundreds of young Victorians the opportunity to develop their skills development and workplace experience, so they can go on to gain further employment or education qualifications in similar fields. The FReeZA program is just one way that the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria is being actioned, providing an opportunity for young people to influence policy, services and programs that affect them. To find out more about the FReeZA program, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/freeza. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “FReeZA is a great way for young people to get hands-on experience in setting up events – whether it be live music shows, BMX expos or art and short film competitions – but also to celebrate their talent.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Programs like FReeZA open up opportunities for young Victorians in different ways – by building skills, creating jobs and supporting young musicians and artists perform in their local communities.” “Congratulations to Whitehorse Council for its successful application to this funding round of FReeZA –  I look forward to seeing the program come to life.” 

EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE IN MAROONDAH WITH FREEZA FUNDS

Young people in Maroondah are getting a helping hand to build their confidence and explore creative careers thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced 77 local government and community organisations from across Victoria will receive funding as part of the $7.2 million FReeZA program, to be delivered over three years. Maroondah Council was one of the selected organisations, and will soon receive a grant of $72,000 for Bassline Productions, the program will empower young people through the planning, implementation and evaluation of diverse events including live music, dance parties, pool parties, art exhibitions, short film competitions and community festivals. Council will support FReeZA participants to build and strengthen meaningful connections with their community, give them a voice, and provide them with genuine interpersonal, technical and vocational skills that build upon their confidence and pathways to success. More than 150,000 young people from across Victoria attend more than 400 FReeZA events every year. FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing opportunities for young Victorians aged 12 to 25 to enjoy musical, cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free. FReeZA also funds The Push – an independent youth music and event management organisation, which helps young people organise their own live events. Young people are encouraged to participate and perform in FReeZA events, but also to get involved behind the scenes to learn skills that may lead to employment in the arts and music industry. Organising FReeZA activities has given hundreds of young Victorians the opportunity to develop their skills development and workplace experience, so they can go on to gain further employment or education qualifications in similar fields. The FReeZA program is just one way that the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria is being actioned, providing an opportunity for young people to influence policy, services and programs that affect them. To find out more about the FReeZA program, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/freeza. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “FReeZA is a great way for young people to get hands-on experience in setting up events – whether it be live music shows, BMX expos or art and short film competitions – but also to celebrate their talent.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Programs like FReeZA open up opportunities for young Victorians in different ways – by building skills, creating jobs and supporting young musicians and artists perform in their local communities.” “Congratulations to Maroondah Council for its successful application to this funding round of FReeZA –  I look forward to seeing the program come to life.” 

EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE IN MAROONDAH WITH FREEZA FUNDS

Young people in Maroondah are getting a helping hand to build their confidence and explore creative careers thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced 77 local government and community organisations from across Victoria will receive funding as part of the $7.2 million FReeZA program, to be delivered over three years. Maroondah Council was one of the selected organisations, and will soon receive a grant of $72,000 for Bassline Productions, the program will empower young people through the planning, implementation and evaluation of diverse events including live music, dance parties, pool parties, art exhibitions, short film competitions and community festivals. Council will support FReeZA participants to build and strengthen meaningful connections with their community, give them a voice, and provide them with genuine interpersonal, technical and vocational skills that build upon their confidence and pathways to success. More than 150,000 young people from across Victoria attend more than 400 FReeZA events every year. FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing opportunities for young Victorians aged 12 to 25 to enjoy musical, cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free. FReeZA also funds The Push – an independent youth music and event management organisation, which helps young people organise their own live events. Young people are encouraged to participate and perform in FReeZA events, but also to get involved behind the scenes to learn skills that may lead to employment in the arts and music industry. Organising FReeZA activities has given hundreds of young Victorians the opportunity to develop their skills development and workplace experience, so they can go on to gain further employment or education qualifications in similar fields. The FReeZA program is just one way that the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria is being actioned, providing an opportunity for young people to influence policy, services and programs that affect them. To find out more about the FReeZA program, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/freeza. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “FReeZA is a great way for young people to get hands-on experience in setting up events – whether it be live music shows, BMX expos or art and short film competitions – but also to celebrate their talent.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Programs like FReeZA open up opportunities for young Victorians in different ways – by building skills, creating jobs and supporting young musicians and artists perform in their local communities.” “Congratulations to Maroondah Council for its successful application to this funding round of FReeZA –  I look forward to seeing the program come to life.” 

Campaigns

The Andrews Labor Government is Upgrading Jubilee Park in Ringwood

Jubilee Park in Ringwood will share in the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history with a substantial extension and upgrade to the Pavilion overlooking the Russell Lucas Oval. The Andrews Labor Government will contribute $ 2 million towards the Maroondah City Council’s upgrade of the pavilion, including two new change rooms, refurbishment of the existing change rooms, umpires rooms and a new first aid rooms, providing first class facilities for players and spectators. The facility is home to the Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Football Club, and the Ringwood Spiders All Abilities Sports Club and is the premier cricket ground in the region. The project will see a first floor extension will be added to the pavilion with designated office space for each of the three clubs and for Cricket Victoria’s Eastern Metro Zone headquarters. Cricket Victoria CEO, Andrew Ingleton  “Cricket Victoria welcomes the $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to get work underway on the latest stage of the redevelopment of Jubilee Park.” “The new pavilion will cement the precinct as an important centre for cricket in Melbourne’s east, hosting men’s and women’s Premier Cricket, junior boys and girls and cricketers of all-abilities, supporting our vision to truly be a ‘sport for all’.

The Andrews Labor Government is Upgrading Jubilee Park in Ringwood

Jubilee Park in Ringwood will share in the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history with a substantial extension and upgrade to the Pavilion overlooking the Russell Lucas Oval. The Andrews Labor Government will contribute $ 2 million towards the Maroondah City Council’s upgrade of the pavilion, including two new change rooms, refurbishment of the existing change rooms, umpires rooms and a new first aid rooms, providing first class facilities for players and spectators. The facility is home to the Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Football Club, and the Ringwood Spiders All Abilities Sports Club and is the premier cricket ground in the region. The project will see a first floor extension will be added to the pavilion with designated office space for each of the three clubs and for Cricket Victoria’s Eastern Metro Zone headquarters. Cricket Victoria CEO, Andrew Ingleton  “Cricket Victoria welcomes the $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to get work underway on the latest stage of the redevelopment of Jubilee Park.” “The new pavilion will cement the precinct as an important centre for cricket in Melbourne’s east, hosting men’s and women’s Premier Cricket, junior boys and girls and cricketers of all-abilities, supporting our vision to truly be a ‘sport for all’.

Eastern Metro Says NO To Family Violence

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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.

The Eastern Health Breast & Cancer Centre Is Now Taking Patients At Maroondah Hospital

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening and treatment co-located at Maroondah Hospital. The new Centre features: 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 has 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.  

The Eastern Health Breast & Cancer Centre Is Now Taking Patients At Maroondah Hospital

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening and treatment co-located at Maroondah Hospital. The new Centre features: 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 has 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.  

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.