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BAG BAN BEGINS IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

The Victorian Government has delivered on its promise to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria to reduce plastic pollution and help protect the environment. The ban will apply from 1 November bags being provided at point of sale by all retailers, including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores, and service stations and more. The ban includes all lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less and includes bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic. The Victorian Government has listened to the community and the overwhelming number of responses during community consultation relating to the impacts of plastic on our environment and in support for a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. Information about the bag ban has been made available for retailers, suppliers, local councils and community through media, websites, hotline services and visits to retail precincts across Victoria. The Victorian Government is taking action to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our environment and is including a plan to tackle plastic pollution within Victoria’s circular economy policy and action plan. Plastics in the environment break up into smaller and smaller pieces over time, becoming increasingly difficult to manage. They can end up in our waterways, lakes and oceans — contributing to litter and posing a significant hazard to our marine life and contaminating our recycling systems. For more information on the banning of lightweight plastic shopping bags visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/plastic-pollution Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “Plastic pollution is an urgent environmental problem - the actions we take now will ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future.” “Everyone can do their bit to help reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our local environment and remembering to take reusable bags when shopping is a small but important step in the right direction.” “We are working to clean up our environment and improve our recycling system.”

BAG BAN BEGINS IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

The Victorian Government has delivered on its promise to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria to reduce plastic pollution and help protect the environment. The ban will apply from 1 November bags being provided at point of sale by all retailers, including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores, and service stations and more. The ban includes all lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less and includes bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic. The Victorian Government has listened to the community and the overwhelming number of responses during community consultation relating to the impacts of plastic on our environment and in support for a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. Information about the bag ban has been made available for retailers, suppliers, local councils and community through media, websites, hotline services and visits to retail precincts across Victoria. The Victorian Government is taking action to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our environment and is including a plan to tackle plastic pollution within Victoria’s circular economy policy and action plan. Plastics in the environment break up into smaller and smaller pieces over time, becoming increasingly difficult to manage. They can end up in our waterways, lakes and oceans — contributing to litter and posing a significant hazard to our marine life and contaminating our recycling systems. For more information on the banning of lightweight plastic shopping bags visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/plastic-pollution Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “Plastic pollution is an urgent environmental problem - the actions we take now will ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future.” “Everyone can do their bit to help reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our local environment and remembering to take reusable bags when shopping is a small but important step in the right direction.” “We are working to clean up our environment and improve our recycling system.”

NEW GRANTS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging animal shelters, foster carers, not-for-profit organisations and community vet clinics to apply for grants that will improve the welfare of animals across Victoria. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP today welcomed the opening of applications for round eight of the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program, which will offer support to not-for-profit and community organisations who rehome pets or provide low-cost veterinary services to boost their important work looking after the state’s pets. Two new categories are available for applicants – with grants of up to $150,000 available to support the establishment of new, low-cost veterinary clinics in areas of need, and up to $50,000 for not-for-profit and community veterinary clinics to purchase equipment upgrades or expand their facilities and services. Small grants of up to $10,000 and large grants of up $50,000 will also still be available for animal shelters, foster carers and not-for-profits to buy new equipment and expand the care they provide to Victoria’s furry friends. The grants can be used for a range of services – from reuniting and rehoming companion animals to improving foster care services, providing not-for-profit veterinary services and education programs on responsible ownership of animals. The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program commenced in 2012 in recognition of the outstanding services delivered across Victoria by not-for-profit organisations, and the significant role animals play in the lives of Victorians. The fund is an important part of the Labor Government’s commitment to ensure volunteer organisations have the resources they need to assist and care for animals, wherever they are based – with $3 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to boost the grants program. Online applications for grant funding are now open and close Sunday 1 December. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Pets are an important part of the lives of so many people across my electorate, and we’re lucky to have volunteer organisations who are committed to improving the lives of animals and pet lovers across Eastern Metro.” “These grants recognise the significant part not-for-profit and community animal welfare organisations play in improving animal welfare outcomes in their communities.” “For the first time we’re offering grants to upgrade, expand or establish low-cost veterinary clinics – as we recognise these as a crucial community service supporting the welfare of animals.”

NEW GRANTS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging animal shelters, foster carers, not-for-profit organisations and community vet clinics to apply for grants that will improve the welfare of animals across Victoria. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP today welcomed the opening of applications for round eight of the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program, which will offer support to not-for-profit and community organisations who rehome pets or provide low-cost veterinary services to boost their important work looking after the state’s pets. Two new categories are available for applicants – with grants of up to $150,000 available to support the establishment of new, low-cost veterinary clinics in areas of need, and up to $50,000 for not-for-profit and community veterinary clinics to purchase equipment upgrades or expand their facilities and services. Small grants of up to $10,000 and large grants of up $50,000 will also still be available for animal shelters, foster carers and not-for-profits to buy new equipment and expand the care they provide to Victoria’s furry friends. The grants can be used for a range of services – from reuniting and rehoming companion animals to improving foster care services, providing not-for-profit veterinary services and education programs on responsible ownership of animals. The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program commenced in 2012 in recognition of the outstanding services delivered across Victoria by not-for-profit organisations, and the significant role animals play in the lives of Victorians. The fund is an important part of the Labor Government’s commitment to ensure volunteer organisations have the resources they need to assist and care for animals, wherever they are based – with $3 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to boost the grants program. Online applications for grant funding are now open and close Sunday 1 December. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Pets are an important part of the lives of so many people across my electorate, and we’re lucky to have volunteer organisations who are committed to improving the lives of animals and pet lovers across Eastern Metro.” “These grants recognise the significant part not-for-profit and community animal welfare organisations play in improving animal welfare outcomes in their communities.” “For the first time we’re offering grants to upgrade, expand or establish low-cost veterinary clinics – as we recognise these as a crucial community service supporting the welfare of animals.”

RISING STAR ATHLETES TRAVEL GRANTS APPLICATIONS OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is backing our rising sports stars with applications now open for travel grants to help them take their skills to the next level. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane said applications have opened for the latest round of the Labor Government’s 2019/20 Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program. The program helps emerging and high-performance Victorian athletes, teams, coaches and officials to realise their sporting potential through grants that remove the barrier of travel and accommodation costs. The program recognises that in a country as large as Australia, athletes often have to travel significant distances, often at significant cost, to pursue their sporting dreams. There are two categories of grants: Organisations recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria can apply for grants of up to $6000 for teams or up to $1500 for individuals to travel to compete as a state representative athlete.   Victorian sport and recreation clubs can apply for grants of up to $2000 for teams and $750 for individuals to travel to competitions or training that contribute to an athlete’s development within their sporting pathway. There is also funding available to assist coaches and officials to travel to events to carry out official duties. Since the grants were introduced by the Victorian Government, they have supported 1,321 teams and individual athletes to realise their sporting dreams. The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, and to encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. For further information on the program visit: www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/athlete-pathway-travel-grants-program Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane  “The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program is a great opportunity for our Eastern Metro athletes to progress from community to national representative level – it’s helping our future champions reach their goal.”  “The Victorian Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

RISING STAR ATHLETES TRAVEL GRANTS APPLICATIONS OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is backing our rising sports stars with applications now open for travel grants to help them take their skills to the next level. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane said applications have opened for the latest round of the Labor Government’s 2019/20 Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program. The program helps emerging and high-performance Victorian athletes, teams, coaches and officials to realise their sporting potential through grants that remove the barrier of travel and accommodation costs. The program recognises that in a country as large as Australia, athletes often have to travel significant distances, often at significant cost, to pursue their sporting dreams. There are two categories of grants: Organisations recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria can apply for grants of up to $6000 for teams or up to $1500 for individuals to travel to compete as a state representative athlete.   Victorian sport and recreation clubs can apply for grants of up to $2000 for teams and $750 for individuals to travel to competitions or training that contribute to an athlete’s development within their sporting pathway. There is also funding available to assist coaches and officials to travel to events to carry out official duties. Since the grants were introduced by the Victorian Government, they have supported 1,321 teams and individual athletes to realise their sporting dreams. The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, and to encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. For further information on the program visit: www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/athlete-pathway-travel-grants-program Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane  “The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program is a great opportunity for our Eastern Metro athletes to progress from community to national representative level – it’s helping our future champions reach their goal.”  “The Victorian Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

Kids across Eastern Metro encouraged to Walk to School

Families in Eastern Metropolitan Region are encouraged to hit the streets and walk, ride or scoot to school this October as part of VicHealth’s Walk to School program. Shaun Leane MP, local Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region said it was great to see many local schools had registered for the health promotion foundation’s annual program which kicked off on 7 October. “We love seeing how excited schools all over Eastern Metro are to take part in this amazing program. It’s a fun, free and easy way for kids to stay active and healthy,” Shaun Leane MP said. “As kids walk, ride or scoot to school, they gain all the health benefits of active travel. It helps to build their confidence, self-esteem and social skills. “It’s also a great way for parents and carers to spend quality time with their kids.” VicHealth has partnered with the AFL Players’ Association for Walk to School 2019 to encourage even more kids to get walking, riding and scooting to help them build healthy habits for life. Participating schools have the opportunity to win a footy clinic led by an AFL or AFLW player. “I encourage families across Eastern Metro to get involved in Walk to School 2019. The trip to and from school can be fun and active for the whole family,” Shaun Leane MP said. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said with less than one fifth of kids getting enough daily physical activity to be healthy it was critical parents were encouraged to help their kids be more active. “Walking, riding or scooting to and from school every day – even if it’s only part of the way – helps kids get some of the physical activity they need to be healthy and happy,” he said. “If parents are nervous about their kids walking by themselves another great tip is for kids to walk with friends or neighbours until they’re ready to travel independently. “We encourage parents and carers to support their kids and each other to take part in the Walk to School program – it’s a great way to teach them the benefits of being active and see their confidence and independence grow.” VicHealth’s Walk to School program encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school throughout October to build healthy habits for life. To find out more visit http://www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au.

Kids across Eastern Metro encouraged to Walk to School

Families in Eastern Metropolitan Region are encouraged to hit the streets and walk, ride or scoot to school this October as part of VicHealth’s Walk to School program. Shaun Leane MP, local Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region said it was great to see many local schools had registered for the health promotion foundation’s annual program which kicked off on 7 October. “We love seeing how excited schools all over Eastern Metro are to take part in this amazing program. It’s a fun, free and easy way for kids to stay active and healthy,” Shaun Leane MP said. “As kids walk, ride or scoot to school, they gain all the health benefits of active travel. It helps to build their confidence, self-esteem and social skills. “It’s also a great way for parents and carers to spend quality time with their kids.” VicHealth has partnered with the AFL Players’ Association for Walk to School 2019 to encourage even more kids to get walking, riding and scooting to help them build healthy habits for life. Participating schools have the opportunity to win a footy clinic led by an AFL or AFLW player. “I encourage families across Eastern Metro to get involved in Walk to School 2019. The trip to and from school can be fun and active for the whole family,” Shaun Leane MP said. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said with less than one fifth of kids getting enough daily physical activity to be healthy it was critical parents were encouraged to help their kids be more active. “Walking, riding or scooting to and from school every day – even if it’s only part of the way – helps kids get some of the physical activity they need to be healthy and happy,” he said. “If parents are nervous about their kids walking by themselves another great tip is for kids to walk with friends or neighbours until they’re ready to travel independently. “We encourage parents and carers to support their kids and each other to take part in the Walk to School program – it’s a great way to teach them the benefits of being active and see their confidence and independence grow.” VicHealth’s Walk to School program encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school throughout October to build healthy habits for life. To find out more visit http://www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au.

SENIORS FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH WEEK OF FREE TRAVEL

The Victorian Seniors Festival returns this October with more than 2,500 free or low-cost events across the state and a week of free travel for seniors state-wide. Seniors Card holders will enjoy a week of free travel on all public transport across Victoria from 6–13 October, coinciding with the first week of the Festival. Seniors just need to tap on with their Seniors Myki Card to enjoy free travel on all Melbourne trains, trams and buses, as well as regional trains, coaches and buses (including V-Line and regional town bus services). This year’s Seniors Festival theme is “Get into it!”, with older Victorians encouraged to get out and get involved. From 10.30am on Sunday 6 October, Melbourne’s Federation Square will be filled with choirs, dance groups and performers for Celebration Day to launch the festival. Regional Victoria is hosting a huge range of events, including a country concert series featuring Nikki Nicholas’ Carole King tribute show and Colleen Hewett, as well as guided nature walks, creative workshops and more. More daring seniors can descend 61 metres underground to experience Bendigo’s Central Deborah gold mine, while film lovers can enjoy the annual Seniors Film Festival at ACMI, showcasing both classic and modern films. There’s something for everyone in this year’s Festival, so for a full rundown on events and activities, pick up a free Victorian Seniors Festival program at any Coles store, local library, council office or neighbourhood house, or visit: www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au Check in with your local Council for what’s on in your local area. Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan: “This wonderful festival is our chance to give something back to older Victorians who contribute so much to this state.”  Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane: “There’s lots happening in the local area and right around the state in this year’s Seniors Festival, so I encourage older Victorians to make the most of their free travel and get into it!”

SENIORS FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH WEEK OF FREE TRAVEL

The Victorian Seniors Festival returns this October with more than 2,500 free or low-cost events across the state and a week of free travel for seniors state-wide. Seniors Card holders will enjoy a week of free travel on all public transport across Victoria from 6–13 October, coinciding with the first week of the Festival. Seniors just need to tap on with their Seniors Myki Card to enjoy free travel on all Melbourne trains, trams and buses, as well as regional trains, coaches and buses (including V-Line and regional town bus services). This year’s Seniors Festival theme is “Get into it!”, with older Victorians encouraged to get out and get involved. From 10.30am on Sunday 6 October, Melbourne’s Federation Square will be filled with choirs, dance groups and performers for Celebration Day to launch the festival. Regional Victoria is hosting a huge range of events, including a country concert series featuring Nikki Nicholas’ Carole King tribute show and Colleen Hewett, as well as guided nature walks, creative workshops and more. More daring seniors can descend 61 metres underground to experience Bendigo’s Central Deborah gold mine, while film lovers can enjoy the annual Seniors Film Festival at ACMI, showcasing both classic and modern films. There’s something for everyone in this year’s Festival, so for a full rundown on events and activities, pick up a free Victorian Seniors Festival program at any Coles store, local library, council office or neighbourhood house, or visit: www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au Check in with your local Council for what’s on in your local area. Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan: “This wonderful festival is our chance to give something back to older Victorians who contribute so much to this state.”  Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane: “There’s lots happening in the local area and right around the state in this year’s Seniors Festival, so I encourage older Victorians to make the most of their free travel and get into it!”

A HELPING HAND TO BETTER MANAGE CHRONIC ILLNESSES

More people in Eastern Metropolitan Region living with a chronic illness will get support from their local peer-led support groups thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP today announced local support groups were among 69 to share in more than $313,000 of grants through the Health Condition Support Grants Program over two years. The Andrews Labor Government is improving the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, no matter where they live. Not-for-profit, peer-led support groups help people better manage a chronic health condition. In these groups, people with chronic diseases, their families and carers can meet, share their experience with peers with the same illness and learn first-hand how to best manage the condition and enjoy a better quality of life. In Eastern Metropolitan: Box Hill Prostate Cancer Support Group will receive $2,740.00 Ferntree Gully Family Support Group will receive $1,000.00 Ferntree Gully Support Group (GAD) will receive $1,097.00 Heartbeat Victoria Knox will receive $1,545.0 Ringwood Parkinsons Support Group will receive $1,325.00 Ringwood Prostate Cancer Support Group will receive $1,000.00 Maroondah Diabetes Support Group will receive $1,160.00 The grants will assist these peer-led support groups with administrative and operational costs over a two-year period. This means peer-led support groups can continue to support people to better manage their disease, to learn more about it, to make better decisions about their care and to help them to live well. Half of all Victorian adults report having at least one chronic disease, and one in five has two or more chronic diseases. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “Peer-led support groups can make a real difference for local people learning to cope after being diagnosed with a chronic illness”  “It’s a great chance to make friends, talk and share experiences with peers who are enjoying full and independent lives while living with a chronic illness.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “These grants for local organisations will support their invaluable work improving the lives of Victorians with a chronic health condition.”

A HELPING HAND TO BETTER MANAGE CHRONIC ILLNESSES

More people in Eastern Metropolitan Region living with a chronic illness will get support from their local peer-led support groups thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP today announced local support groups were among 69 to share in more than $313,000 of grants through the Health Condition Support Grants Program over two years. The Andrews Labor Government is improving the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, no matter where they live. Not-for-profit, peer-led support groups help people better manage a chronic health condition. In these groups, people with chronic diseases, their families and carers can meet, share their experience with peers with the same illness and learn first-hand how to best manage the condition and enjoy a better quality of life. In Eastern Metropolitan: Box Hill Prostate Cancer Support Group will receive $2,740.00 Ferntree Gully Family Support Group will receive $1,000.00 Ferntree Gully Support Group (GAD) will receive $1,097.00 Heartbeat Victoria Knox will receive $1,545.0 Ringwood Parkinsons Support Group will receive $1,325.00 Ringwood Prostate Cancer Support Group will receive $1,000.00 Maroondah Diabetes Support Group will receive $1,160.00 The grants will assist these peer-led support groups with administrative and operational costs over a two-year period. This means peer-led support groups can continue to support people to better manage their disease, to learn more about it, to make better decisions about their care and to help them to live well. Half of all Victorian adults report having at least one chronic disease, and one in five has two or more chronic diseases. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “Peer-led support groups can make a real difference for local people learning to cope after being diagnosed with a chronic illness”  “It’s a great chance to make friends, talk and share experiences with peers who are enjoying full and independent lives while living with a chronic illness.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “These grants for local organisations will support their invaluable work improving the lives of Victorians with a chronic health condition.”

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

Do you want to join the campaign that is saying no to family violence in the Eastern Metropolitan Region?

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.