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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY UPGRADES FOR RINGWOOD INTERSECTION

The Andrews Labor Government has fast-tracked improvements to pedestrian safety at the Ringwood intersection where a young woman tragically lost her life while crossing the road in May. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced a $250,000 safety upgrade package at Maroondah Highway, Heatherdale Road and Dampier Grove intersection. The safety improvements being considered as part of the package include new dedicated turning arrows, LED ‘Give way to pedestrians’ signs, changes to signalling and crossing times and realignment work on the pedestrian crossing across Maroondah Highway. These changes will ensure pedestrians are more visible to turning traffic and give warning to vehicles of turning sequences and pedestrians who are crossing the road. The works under consideration also include new signal mast arms, fresh line marking which will help to ensure the intersection is more accessible. These improvements will also ensure better safety for more people who are walking to the relocated Heatherdale Station on the eastern side of Heatherdale Road. VicRoads is working closely with Victoria Police while the investigation continues and has explored ways to improve safety at this intersection and other, similar locations. There has been strong community support for safety to be upgraded at this intersection and these improvements will help protect pedestrians and better manage traffic flow and accessibility. Quote attributable to Minister for Road and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “Any life lost on Victoria’s roads is one too many – we said we’d fix this intersection and with these safety upgrades we’re confident it will reduce the risk of a tragedy like this from happening again.” “It’s important we get this right. We’ll work with VicRoads and Victoria Police to make sure this intersection is as safe as it can be.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “The community wants this intersection upgraded, so we’re making the changes needed to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Maroondah Highway.”   Quote attributable to VicRoads Metro South East Regional Director Aidan McGann “We’ve spoken to the family of the young woman involved in this tragic event as well as the local community who’ve been pushing for this upgrade – and we will work with them to help improve this intersection.”

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY UPGRADES FOR RINGWOOD INTERSECTION

The Andrews Labor Government has fast-tracked improvements to pedestrian safety at the Ringwood intersection where a young woman tragically lost her life while crossing the road in May. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced a $250,000 safety upgrade package at Maroondah Highway, Heatherdale Road and Dampier Grove intersection. The safety improvements being considered as part of the package include new dedicated turning arrows, LED ‘Give way to pedestrians’ signs, changes to signalling and crossing times and realignment work on the pedestrian crossing across Maroondah Highway. These changes will ensure pedestrians are more visible to turning traffic and give warning to vehicles of turning sequences and pedestrians who are crossing the road. The works under consideration also include new signal mast arms, fresh line marking which will help to ensure the intersection is more accessible. These improvements will also ensure better safety for more people who are walking to the relocated Heatherdale Station on the eastern side of Heatherdale Road. VicRoads is working closely with Victoria Police while the investigation continues and has explored ways to improve safety at this intersection and other, similar locations. There has been strong community support for safety to be upgraded at this intersection and these improvements will help protect pedestrians and better manage traffic flow and accessibility. Quote attributable to Minister for Road and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “Any life lost on Victoria’s roads is one too many – we said we’d fix this intersection and with these safety upgrades we’re confident it will reduce the risk of a tragedy like this from happening again.” “It’s important we get this right. We’ll work with VicRoads and Victoria Police to make sure this intersection is as safe as it can be.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “The community wants this intersection upgraded, so we’re making the changes needed to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Maroondah Highway.”   Quote attributable to VicRoads Metro South East Regional Director Aidan McGann “We’ve spoken to the family of the young woman involved in this tragic event as well as the local community who’ve been pushing for this upgrade – and we will work with them to help improve this intersection.”

GIVING DONBURN PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS THE SCHOOL FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Students at Donburn Primary School will soon have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Shaun Leane MP today announced that Building Impressions has been awarded the construction contract, with work to get underway in the near future. The $1.306 million project includes refurbishment of foundation year classrooms and toilets, new outdoor learning space and upgrade of main entrance to meet DDA complianceThe Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This 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. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in Manningham visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “Donburn will finally have the modern facilities they deserve to better meet the needs of students and teachers.”    

GIVING DONBURN PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS THE SCHOOL FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Students at Donburn Primary School will soon have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Shaun Leane MP today announced that Building Impressions has been awarded the construction contract, with work to get underway in the near future. The $1.306 million project includes refurbishment of foundation year classrooms and toilets, new outdoor learning space and upgrade of main entrance to meet DDA complianceThe Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This 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. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in Manningham visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “Donburn will finally have the modern facilities they deserve to better meet the needs of students and teachers.”    

DELIVERING INCLUSIONARY HOUSING FOR ALL VICTORIANS

The Andrews Labor Government is moving ahead with a major social housing project, with planning changes to protect vegetation, ensure good traffic flow and maintain the character of local neighbourhoods. The Inclusionary Housing Pilot is set to deliver up to 100 new social housing dwellings across six sites as well as additional private homes in areas close to services, jobs and transport. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced amendments to local planning schemes across four sites – Boronia, Broadmeadows, Parkville and Wodonga – which will progress the pilot to next stages. The introduction of the new zones and overlays will preserve vegetation, ensure adequate traffic and parking management, provide public open space and ensure the proposed developments respond to the site and surrounding neighbourhood character. The Minister has approved Amendment C163 to the Knox Planning Scheme to change the planning provisions for 40 Mount View Road Boronia, the site of the former Boronia Heights Secondary College. In making his decision the Minster has ensured that the important habitat zones and established trees across the site are preserved in perpetuity and will not be disturbed. These habitat zones are clearly marked on the Develop Plan Overlay that has been approved for the site. The Labor Government is delivering more social housing in key areas across Victoria thanks to the Inclusionary Housing pilot program – fulfilling a key election commitment. The pilot is part of the Labor Government’s housing strategy Homes for Victorians and is a innovative way of developing social and affordable housing to ensure vulnerable Victorians aren’t left behind. The six sites, located in Boronia, Broadmeadows, Noble Park, Parkville, Reservoir and Wodonga, have been carefully selected and identified as surplus government land suitable for development. Proposals to develop the sites will be sought through an Expression of Interest process and evaluated to make sure they deliver a considered mix of social housing, affordable housing and private housing. The land will be developed in partnership with a community housing provider, in close consultation with government and the relevant local council. More information is available at vic.gov.au/affordablehousing. Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “We need to build and invest in liveable communities and make the most of land we already have, and this pilot will create up to 100 new social housing homes to support our most vulnerable.” “These planning changes address feedback received from local communities, and will ensure existing vegetation and local neighbourhood character is protected.”  

DELIVERING INCLUSIONARY HOUSING FOR ALL VICTORIANS

The Andrews Labor Government is moving ahead with a major social housing project, with planning changes to protect vegetation, ensure good traffic flow and maintain the character of local neighbourhoods. The Inclusionary Housing Pilot is set to deliver up to 100 new social housing dwellings across six sites as well as additional private homes in areas close to services, jobs and transport. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced amendments to local planning schemes across four sites – Boronia, Broadmeadows, Parkville and Wodonga – which will progress the pilot to next stages. The introduction of the new zones and overlays will preserve vegetation, ensure adequate traffic and parking management, provide public open space and ensure the proposed developments respond to the site and surrounding neighbourhood character. The Minister has approved Amendment C163 to the Knox Planning Scheme to change the planning provisions for 40 Mount View Road Boronia, the site of the former Boronia Heights Secondary College. In making his decision the Minster has ensured that the important habitat zones and established trees across the site are preserved in perpetuity and will not be disturbed. These habitat zones are clearly marked on the Develop Plan Overlay that has been approved for the site. The Labor Government is delivering more social housing in key areas across Victoria thanks to the Inclusionary Housing pilot program – fulfilling a key election commitment. The pilot is part of the Labor Government’s housing strategy Homes for Victorians and is a innovative way of developing social and affordable housing to ensure vulnerable Victorians aren’t left behind. The six sites, located in Boronia, Broadmeadows, Noble Park, Parkville, Reservoir and Wodonga, have been carefully selected and identified as surplus government land suitable for development. Proposals to develop the sites will be sought through an Expression of Interest process and evaluated to make sure they deliver a considered mix of social housing, affordable housing and private housing. The land will be developed in partnership with a community housing provider, in close consultation with government and the relevant local council. More information is available at vic.gov.au/affordablehousing. Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “We need to build and invest in liveable communities and make the most of land we already have, and this pilot will create up to 100 new social housing homes to support our most vulnerable.” “These planning changes address feedback received from local communities, and will ensure existing vegetation and local neighbourhood character is protected.”  

HERITAGE GRANTS TO HELP PRESERVE LOCAL ICON IN MITCHAM

HERITAGE GRANTS TO HELP PRESERVE LOCAL ICONS The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Mitcham’s much loved heritage assets, All Saints Mitcham. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced an $80,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Mitcham the resources we need to protect our treasured heritage. The grant will allow, All Saints Mitcham to undertake urgent repairs to the significant timber windows of the church building. Our heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride. The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state. This includes the highly intact nineteenth century Omeo Justice Precinct, the World War 1 searchlight emplacement at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Christ Church in St Kilda – one of the oldest buildings in Melbourne south of the Yarra River. Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open early 2019. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “These repairs and upgrades will ensure this treasured location will remain part of our identity for many decades to come.”  

HERITAGE GRANTS TO HELP PRESERVE LOCAL ICON IN MITCHAM

HERITAGE GRANTS TO HELP PRESERVE LOCAL ICONS The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Mitcham’s much loved heritage assets, All Saints Mitcham. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced an $80,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Mitcham the resources we need to protect our treasured heritage. The grant will allow, All Saints Mitcham to undertake urgent repairs to the significant timber windows of the church building. Our heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride. The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state. This includes the highly intact nineteenth century Omeo Justice Precinct, the World War 1 searchlight emplacement at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Christ Church in St Kilda – one of the oldest buildings in Melbourne south of the Yarra River. Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open early 2019. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “These repairs and upgrades will ensure this treasured location will remain part of our identity for many decades to come.”  

HERITAGE GRANTS TO HELP PRESERVE LOCAL ICON IN BOX HILL

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Box Hills much loved heritage assets, Box Hill Cemetery Columbarium. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced a $200.000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Box Hill the resources we need to protect our treasured heritage. The grant will allow Box Hill Cemetery Columbarium to conduct urgent high priority structural and external works as specified in the Box Hill Cemetery Columbarium Conditions Assessment and Recommendations Report.   Our heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride. The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state. This includes the highly intact nineteenth century Omeo Justice Precinct, the World War 1 searchlight emplacement at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Christ Church in St Kilda – one of the oldest buildings in Melbourne south of the Yarra River. Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open early 2019. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “These repairs and upgrades will ensure this treasured location will remain part of our identity for many decades to come.”  

HERITAGE GRANTS TO HELP PRESERVE LOCAL ICON IN BOX HILL

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Box Hills much loved heritage assets, Box Hill Cemetery Columbarium. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced a $200.000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Box Hill the resources we need to protect our treasured heritage. The grant will allow Box Hill Cemetery Columbarium to conduct urgent high priority structural and external works as specified in the Box Hill Cemetery Columbarium Conditions Assessment and Recommendations Report.   Our heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride. The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state. This includes the highly intact nineteenth century Omeo Justice Precinct, the World War 1 searchlight emplacement at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Christ Church in St Kilda – one of the oldest buildings in Melbourne south of the Yarra River. Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open early 2019. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “These repairs and upgrades will ensure this treasured location will remain part of our identity for many decades to come.”  

NEW GRANTS HELPING THE EAST BATTLE ICE ADDICTION

Metropolitan and regional community groups are playing their part to tackle ice abuse in Victoria, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government through the Community Ice Action Grants. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today launched the next round of grants, part of the Labor Government’s Ice Action Plan, to help curb ice abuse across Victoria, which affects everyone – from the breakdown of families and communities to increased hospital admissions and assaults on first responders. The Community Ice Action Grants provide recipients with up to $10,000 each to create initiatives that will help prevent and reduce ice related harm in their own communities. Over the past three years, 38 grants have gone to services across Victoria including health services, sporting clubs and local safety committees. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invested a record $259.9 million in alcohol and other drug services. This budget includes ongoing implementation of the $87 million Drug Rehabilitation Plan released last year, and builds on the Ice Action Plan to help save Victorian lives and help people access treatment when they need it, where they need it. As well as doubling the number of residential rehab beds in Victoria from the previous Liberal government, the Labor Government is cracking down on dodgy rehab providers, introducing new regulations which will require all private overnight residential withdrawal services to operate in a registered hospital. Applications for the next round of Community Ice Action Grants are now open, with groups across Victoria invited to apply for funding to tackle ice abuse. More information about the grants can be found at ice.vic.gov.au/safer-communities. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “The use of ice is taking a terrible toll on our communities. Initiatives like the Community Ice Action Grants will support community groups to come up with their own ways to educate people on the dangers of ice.”  “Every local community is different, and we’re proud to be supporting groups to respond to ice through strategies that they think will work for their area.”  “We’ll continue working with great community groups to take action and make a difference to people trying to tackle their ice addiction.”  

NEW GRANTS HELPING THE EAST BATTLE ICE ADDICTION

Metropolitan and regional community groups are playing their part to tackle ice abuse in Victoria, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government through the Community Ice Action Grants. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today launched the next round of grants, part of the Labor Government’s Ice Action Plan, to help curb ice abuse across Victoria, which affects everyone – from the breakdown of families and communities to increased hospital admissions and assaults on first responders. The Community Ice Action Grants provide recipients with up to $10,000 each to create initiatives that will help prevent and reduce ice related harm in their own communities. Over the past three years, 38 grants have gone to services across Victoria including health services, sporting clubs and local safety committees. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invested a record $259.9 million in alcohol and other drug services. This budget includes ongoing implementation of the $87 million Drug Rehabilitation Plan released last year, and builds on the Ice Action Plan to help save Victorian lives and help people access treatment when they need it, where they need it. As well as doubling the number of residential rehab beds in Victoria from the previous Liberal government, the Labor Government is cracking down on dodgy rehab providers, introducing new regulations which will require all private overnight residential withdrawal services to operate in a registered hospital. Applications for the next round of Community Ice Action Grants are now open, with groups across Victoria invited to apply for funding to tackle ice abuse. More information about the grants can be found at ice.vic.gov.au/safer-communities. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “The use of ice is taking a terrible toll on our communities. Initiatives like the Community Ice Action Grants will support community groups to come up with their own ways to educate people on the dangers of ice.”  “Every local community is different, and we’re proud to be supporting groups to respond to ice through strategies that they think will work for their area.”  “We’ll continue working with great community groups to take action and make a difference to people trying to tackle their ice addiction.”  

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.