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MAKING MEN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is making Eastern Metropolitan Region safer by expanding programs that make men who have committed family violence take accountability for their actions and stop abusing women and children. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region announced over $1 million for family violence programs and referral services, encouraging men to acknowledge the impact of their violence and change their behaviour through group-based intervention. The investment will support local agencies to deliver men’s behavioural change programs and services across the state. It will also support the No to Violence and Men’s Referral Services to provide information and guidance on men’s family violence to perpetrators, frontline staff and the community. The funding supports a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that more men’s behavioural change programs be made available to meet the demands of the community and of court orders. The Labor Government is working to end family violence through its $1.9 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This record investment includes $49.4 million over four years for the Changing Perpetrator Behaviour initiative. The Government will provide further funding for this initiative following the completion of a co-design process with relevant agencies. Funding will also go to establishing 17 support and safety hubs across the state, delivering after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and developing a 10-year plan. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “We are breaking the cycle of family violence by making men accountable for their actions and helping them address their behaviours.” “We know the devastating impact that men who commit family violence has on their own families, as well as the wider community – this is about stamping out this behaviour.”

MAKING MEN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is making Eastern Metropolitan Region safer by expanding programs that make men who have committed family violence take accountability for their actions and stop abusing women and children. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region announced over $1 million for family violence programs and referral services, encouraging men to acknowledge the impact of their violence and change their behaviour through group-based intervention. The investment will support local agencies to deliver men’s behavioural change programs and services across the state. It will also support the No to Violence and Men’s Referral Services to provide information and guidance on men’s family violence to perpetrators, frontline staff and the community. The funding supports a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that more men’s behavioural change programs be made available to meet the demands of the community and of court orders. The Labor Government is working to end family violence through its $1.9 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This record investment includes $49.4 million over four years for the Changing Perpetrator Behaviour initiative. The Government will provide further funding for this initiative following the completion of a co-design process with relevant agencies. Funding will also go to establishing 17 support and safety hubs across the state, delivering after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and developing a 10-year plan. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “We are breaking the cycle of family violence by making men accountable for their actions and helping them address their behaviours.” “We know the devastating impact that men who commit family violence has on their own families, as well as the wider community – this is about stamping out this behaviour.”

IT’S TIME FOR MELBOURNE’S EAST TO HAVE IT’S SAY

Locals in Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region have an opportunity to join a conversation with the Andrews Labor Government, as community consultation kicks off in the lead-up to the first Eastern Metropolitan Partnership annual assembly. The inaugural assembly for the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership will take place in the region on 31 August 2017. The Metropolitan Partnerships are designed to give people across Melbourne’s regions the chance to come together as a community and advise the Government on regional priorities and opportunities. The assemblies are about giving the community an opportunity to directly weigh in on their future needs. They will also help all levels of government better understand the varied and unprecedented challenges facing Melbourne’s suburbs as they grow. The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership will work with their communities to identify opportunities for driving improved social, economic and environmental outcomes. The Partnership will then advise government on actions that can make a real difference to the liveability of the Eastern Metropolitan Region, which includes the local government areas of Yarra Ranges, Manningham, Maroondah, Knox, Whitehorse and Monash. The Metropolitan Partnership is a key part of the Victorian Government’s commitment that all of Melbourne’s residents should have reliable and affordable access to jobs, services and infrastructure, no matter where they live. The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership is one of six across Melbourne’s metro areas, with the Inner Metro, Inner South East, Western, Southern and Northern Partnerships also launched in June. Each Partnership includes eight business and community representatives, the CEO of each council in the region and a senior Victorian Government representative. Register interest in attending the assembly, or join the conversation online, by visiting www.engage.vic.gov.au/eastern-metropolitan-partnership. Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio “The Andrews Government recognises that local communities know exactly what their priorities are, that’s why we’ve committed to working with the Eastern Metro Partnership.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs are growing more quickly than ever before, that’s why it’s vital that we include community groups and all levels of government to keep our city liveable and sustainable.” Quote attributable to the Eastern Partnership Chair Robin Whyte “I encourage everyone living and working in the Eastern Region to take the opportunity to engage with this process and join the discussion. We want to know what you value about the East and what opportunities you think we should be seizing now to ensure our future success as a place to live, work and visit. ”

IT’S TIME FOR MELBOURNE’S EAST TO HAVE IT’S SAY

Locals in Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region have an opportunity to join a conversation with the Andrews Labor Government, as community consultation kicks off in the lead-up to the first Eastern Metropolitan Partnership annual assembly. The inaugural assembly for the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership will take place in the region on 31 August 2017. The Metropolitan Partnerships are designed to give people across Melbourne’s regions the chance to come together as a community and advise the Government on regional priorities and opportunities. The assemblies are about giving the community an opportunity to directly weigh in on their future needs. They will also help all levels of government better understand the varied and unprecedented challenges facing Melbourne’s suburbs as they grow. The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership will work with their communities to identify opportunities for driving improved social, economic and environmental outcomes. The Partnership will then advise government on actions that can make a real difference to the liveability of the Eastern Metropolitan Region, which includes the local government areas of Yarra Ranges, Manningham, Maroondah, Knox, Whitehorse and Monash. The Metropolitan Partnership is a key part of the Victorian Government’s commitment that all of Melbourne’s residents should have reliable and affordable access to jobs, services and infrastructure, no matter where they live. The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership is one of six across Melbourne’s metro areas, with the Inner Metro, Inner South East, Western, Southern and Northern Partnerships also launched in June. Each Partnership includes eight business and community representatives, the CEO of each council in the region and a senior Victorian Government representative. Register interest in attending the assembly, or join the conversation online, by visiting www.engage.vic.gov.au/eastern-metropolitan-partnership. Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio “The Andrews Government recognises that local communities know exactly what their priorities are, that’s why we’ve committed to working with the Eastern Metro Partnership.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs are growing more quickly than ever before, that’s why it’s vital that we include community groups and all levels of government to keep our city liveable and sustainable.” Quote attributable to the Eastern Partnership Chair Robin Whyte “I encourage everyone living and working in the Eastern Region to take the opportunity to engage with this process and join the discussion. We want to know what you value about the East and what opportunities you think we should be seizing now to ensure our future success as a place to live, work and visit. ”

FUNDING BOOST DELIVERS NEW LIGHTING AT NORTH RINGWOOD FOOTY CLUB

The Victorian Government is getting on with building the sports infrastructure our communities deserve. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane MP, today announced the North Ringwood Saints are a big winner from the 2017/18 Victorian Budget. As part of the Budget, the Victorian Government has kicked in $10,000 to help Maroondah City Council install lighting at Quambee Reserve – the home of Saints senior teams. Mr Leane thanked project partners North Ringwood Football Club and Maroondah City Council. Victorian sports clubs are the lifeblood of our local communities, and they deserve modern, safe and inclusive facilities. The new lighting allows the North Ringwood Football Club to better utilise Quambee Reserve, open its doors to more community members, and say goodbye to outdated facilities. Since being elected, the Andrews Labor Government has continually invested in initiatives to make sure our suburban and regional clubs have the modern facilities they need to grow. The 2017/18 Victorian Budget is investing $332.8 million to improve sports facilities to cement Victoria as the sporting capital of the world. It includes our $110 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to upgrade more local facilities across the state, of which $14 million has been dedicated to upgrade or build female-friendly facilities. Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Congratulations to the North Ringwood Football community on this great win. This new lighting will allow clubs to field more teams and train for longer to keep on top of their rivals.”        “Grassroots sport is at the heart of our community – that’s why we’re supporting local clubs and building the facilities they deserve.” 

FUNDING BOOST DELIVERS NEW LIGHTING AT NORTH RINGWOOD FOOTY CLUB

The Victorian Government is getting on with building the sports infrastructure our communities deserve. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane MP, today announced the North Ringwood Saints are a big winner from the 2017/18 Victorian Budget. As part of the Budget, the Victorian Government has kicked in $10,000 to help Maroondah City Council install lighting at Quambee Reserve – the home of Saints senior teams. Mr Leane thanked project partners North Ringwood Football Club and Maroondah City Council. Victorian sports clubs are the lifeblood of our local communities, and they deserve modern, safe and inclusive facilities. The new lighting allows the North Ringwood Football Club to better utilise Quambee Reserve, open its doors to more community members, and say goodbye to outdated facilities. Since being elected, the Andrews Labor Government has continually invested in initiatives to make sure our suburban and regional clubs have the modern facilities they need to grow. The 2017/18 Victorian Budget is investing $332.8 million to improve sports facilities to cement Victoria as the sporting capital of the world. It includes our $110 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to upgrade more local facilities across the state, of which $14 million has been dedicated to upgrade or build female-friendly facilities. Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Congratulations to the North Ringwood Football community on this great win. This new lighting will allow clubs to field more teams and train for longer to keep on top of their rivals.”        “Grassroots sport is at the heart of our community – that’s why we’re supporting local clubs and building the facilities they deserve.” 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 LEARN LOCAL AWARDS

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane MP has today congratulated Mountain District Learning Centre who have been named a finalist in the Learn Local Legends category at this year’s Victorian Learn Local Awards. The awards recognise the contribution of the more than 300 Learn Local organisations and the staff who work tirelessly to help others. Mountain District Learning Centre delivers the Back to Work Reconnect Program providing additional wrap around support services for young people who have found themselves outside education and employment. The unique customised approach aims to build confidence and explore pathways to education, TAFE or work. MDLC manages the "Community of practice" to support Learn Local organisations delivering VCAL/Youth programs and developed the Restart Program focussing on adults who did not achieve Year 10. It supports them to lift their numeracy and literacy skills to enhance their chances of better employment opportunities. This year, two acknowledgement categories, the Learn Local Legend and Learn Local Volunteer Champion, will be awarded in addition to the five traditional awards categories:  Pre-accredited Learners Outstanding Practitioner Outstanding Pathways Program Excellence in Creating Local Solutions AMES Australia Diversity Innovation. In total there is $66,000 to be won across the seven categories, with the winners announced at this year’s Learn Local Awards to be held on Thursday, 31 August. Mr Leane said the Andrews Labor Government is building a strong training system – ensuring all Victorians – regardless of age, postcode or background have access to high quality training. Learn Locals have also benefited from the Government’s $20 million Reconnect Program, which provides wrap around support to help Victoria’s most disadvantaged learners into training. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “We have so many locals giving back to the community and these awards are a chance for us to show them our apperception.” “Learn Locals make a huge difference in their community and it’s all thanks to organisations like Mountain District Learning Centre” Quotes attributable to Minister of Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “Every Victorian, no matter their background or circumstances should have access to high quality training and that’s what our 300 plus Learn Local organisations offer.”

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 LEARN LOCAL AWARDS

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane MP has today congratulated Mountain District Learning Centre who have been named a finalist in the Learn Local Legends category at this year’s Victorian Learn Local Awards. The awards recognise the contribution of the more than 300 Learn Local organisations and the staff who work tirelessly to help others. Mountain District Learning Centre delivers the Back to Work Reconnect Program providing additional wrap around support services for young people who have found themselves outside education and employment. The unique customised approach aims to build confidence and explore pathways to education, TAFE or work. MDLC manages the "Community of practice" to support Learn Local organisations delivering VCAL/Youth programs and developed the Restart Program focussing on adults who did not achieve Year 10. It supports them to lift their numeracy and literacy skills to enhance their chances of better employment opportunities. This year, two acknowledgement categories, the Learn Local Legend and Learn Local Volunteer Champion, will be awarded in addition to the five traditional awards categories:  Pre-accredited Learners Outstanding Practitioner Outstanding Pathways Program Excellence in Creating Local Solutions AMES Australia Diversity Innovation. In total there is $66,000 to be won across the seven categories, with the winners announced at this year’s Learn Local Awards to be held on Thursday, 31 August. Mr Leane said the Andrews Labor Government is building a strong training system – ensuring all Victorians – regardless of age, postcode or background have access to high quality training. Learn Locals have also benefited from the Government’s $20 million Reconnect Program, which provides wrap around support to help Victoria’s most disadvantaged learners into training. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “We have so many locals giving back to the community and these awards are a chance for us to show them our apperception.” “Learn Locals make a huge difference in their community and it’s all thanks to organisations like Mountain District Learning Centre” Quotes attributable to Minister of Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “Every Victorian, no matter their background or circumstances should have access to high quality training and that’s what our 300 plus Learn Local organisations offer.”

WANTIRNA PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SET FOR SAFETY UPGRADE

Thursday, 03 August, 2017 WANTIRNA PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SET FOR SAFETY UPGRADE The Andrews Labor Government’s vital safety upgrade of the pedestrian crossing at Mountain Highway and Boronia Road intersection has begun. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Victoria Shaun Leane announced the start of construction on the $280,000 project today, which will make the busy intersection safer for both drivers and pedestrians. The pedestrian crossing on the northern Boronia Road slip lane entering Mountain Highway will be replaced with traffic lights that will be activated by pedestrians. When the traffic lights are activated, an electronic warning sign on Boronia Road will give drivers advanced warning of the pedestrian crossing ahead. The Boronia Road slip lane will also be realigned to slow vehicles down and give drivers better visibility of pedestrians. Road users should take extra care travelling through the intersection, with reduced speed limits and road workers on site. The safety upgrades are set to be completed by late 2017. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “This pedestrian crossing is dangerous and has a history of accidents, which is why we’ve stepped in to make these important upgrades.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Victoria Shaun Leane “We’re working closely with locals, VicRoads, Victoria Police and Knox Council in order to make this pedestrian crossing and the overall intersection much safer and easier to use. Quotes attributable to Knox City Councillor Jackson Taylor “This crossing has been an issue for a long time, it’s great to see the State Government has listened to the community and are acting to make this crossing safer “

WANTIRNA PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SET FOR SAFETY UPGRADE

Thursday, 03 August, 2017 WANTIRNA PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SET FOR SAFETY UPGRADE The Andrews Labor Government’s vital safety upgrade of the pedestrian crossing at Mountain Highway and Boronia Road intersection has begun. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Victoria Shaun Leane announced the start of construction on the $280,000 project today, which will make the busy intersection safer for both drivers and pedestrians. The pedestrian crossing on the northern Boronia Road slip lane entering Mountain Highway will be replaced with traffic lights that will be activated by pedestrians. When the traffic lights are activated, an electronic warning sign on Boronia Road will give drivers advanced warning of the pedestrian crossing ahead. The Boronia Road slip lane will also be realigned to slow vehicles down and give drivers better visibility of pedestrians. Road users should take extra care travelling through the intersection, with reduced speed limits and road workers on site. The safety upgrades are set to be completed by late 2017. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “This pedestrian crossing is dangerous and has a history of accidents, which is why we’ve stepped in to make these important upgrades.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Victoria Shaun Leane “We’re working closely with locals, VicRoads, Victoria Police and Knox Council in order to make this pedestrian crossing and the overall intersection much safer and easier to use. Quotes attributable to Knox City Councillor Jackson Taylor “This crossing has been an issue for a long time, it’s great to see the State Government has listened to the community and are acting to make this crossing safer “

CONNECTING THE CARRUM-WARBURTON TRAIL

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with connecting the Carrum-Warburton Trail, with an information session on the new Bayswater – Lilydale section to be held this week. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane is encouraging locals to attend a VicRoads information session on Thursday 27 July between 5pm and 7pm at the Keystone Hall in Croydon. When complete, the $7.4 million trail will create 90km of connecting trails providing a safe route for both cyclists and pedestrians travelling between the Bayside suburbs and the Yarra Ranges. The next section of the trail to be constructed is within the Melbourne Water Pipe Track Reserve and the proposed Healesville Freeway Reservation. Work on this section, between Norton Road in Croydon to Hull Road in Mooroolbark, will start in October. The information session will give local residents a chance to get a better understanding of the project. Construction of the 10km missing link in the Carrum-Warburton Trail is being delivered in stages and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Works completed to date are the connection between the Taralla Creek Trail and Eastfield Park, which includes widening of the path on Bayswater Road, and four new pedestrian crossings. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Victoria Shaun Leane “By completing this path, we’re providing a safer route for both cyclists and pedestrians and giving commuters another travel option.” “When complete the path will be a massive boost to tourism for the region connecting Melbourne’s bayside suburbs with the iconic Warburton Trail.”  

CONNECTING THE CARRUM-WARBURTON TRAIL

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with connecting the Carrum-Warburton Trail, with an information session on the new Bayswater – Lilydale section to be held this week. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane is encouraging locals to attend a VicRoads information session on Thursday 27 July between 5pm and 7pm at the Keystone Hall in Croydon. When complete, the $7.4 million trail will create 90km of connecting trails providing a safe route for both cyclists and pedestrians travelling between the Bayside suburbs and the Yarra Ranges. The next section of the trail to be constructed is within the Melbourne Water Pipe Track Reserve and the proposed Healesville Freeway Reservation. Work on this section, between Norton Road in Croydon to Hull Road in Mooroolbark, will start in October. The information session will give local residents a chance to get a better understanding of the project. Construction of the 10km missing link in the Carrum-Warburton Trail is being delivered in stages and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Works completed to date are the connection between the Taralla Creek Trail and Eastfield Park, which includes widening of the path on Bayswater Road, and four new pedestrian crossings. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Victoria Shaun Leane “By completing this path, we’re providing a safer route for both cyclists and pedestrians and giving commuters another travel option.” “When complete the path will be a massive boost to tourism for the region connecting Melbourne’s bayside suburbs with the iconic Warburton Trail.”  

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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.

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.