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DON’T BE SIDELINED – GET ACTIVE THIS APRIL

DON’T BE SIDELINED – GET ACTIVE THIS APRIL The Andrews Labor Government has opened registrations for the 11th annual Premier’s Active April campaign. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP today encouraged Eastern Metropolitan residents of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. The event has gone from strength to strength since the Labor Government introduced it in 2008, with a record 124,913 Victorians taking the pledge last year, including more than 5000 teams and 2000 families. This year’s challenge is encouraging parents to get active while they are on the sidelines supporting their children, setting a good example and kickstarting healthier habits for the whole family. Registration for Premier’s Active April is free and everyone who signs up will receive 10 free YMCA gym passes or access to a participating local government facility, as well as plenty of fitness incentives and discounts. Participants this year will also have access to the ‘Get Active Workouts’ video series through an app, which features 30 different 10-minute workout ideas to inspire and motivate participants of all ages and abilities. High-profile Victorians supporting the campaign this year include AFLW stars Katie Brennan and Darcy Vescio, The Western Bulldogs’ Liam Picken and wife Annie Nolan, netballer Kate Moloney, Paralympian Jess Gallagher, and news personality and Premier’s Active April legend Peter Hitchener. For further information and to register, please visit www.activeapril.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Active April is a great opportunity to discover exercise that we can fit into our daily routines - whether it’s making the most of your time on the sidelines or getting off the bus, tram or train early to walk the rest of the way.” “I’m challenging everyone in Eastern Metropolitan Region to step it up this April – and get involved no matter their age, ability or fitness level.”    

DON’T BE SIDELINED – GET ACTIVE THIS APRIL

DON’T BE SIDELINED – GET ACTIVE THIS APRIL The Andrews Labor Government has opened registrations for the 11th annual Premier’s Active April campaign. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP today encouraged Eastern Metropolitan residents of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. The event has gone from strength to strength since the Labor Government introduced it in 2008, with a record 124,913 Victorians taking the pledge last year, including more than 5000 teams and 2000 families. This year’s challenge is encouraging parents to get active while they are on the sidelines supporting their children, setting a good example and kickstarting healthier habits for the whole family. Registration for Premier’s Active April is free and everyone who signs up will receive 10 free YMCA gym passes or access to a participating local government facility, as well as plenty of fitness incentives and discounts. Participants this year will also have access to the ‘Get Active Workouts’ video series through an app, which features 30 different 10-minute workout ideas to inspire and motivate participants of all ages and abilities. High-profile Victorians supporting the campaign this year include AFLW stars Katie Brennan and Darcy Vescio, The Western Bulldogs’ Liam Picken and wife Annie Nolan, netballer Kate Moloney, Paralympian Jess Gallagher, and news personality and Premier’s Active April legend Peter Hitchener. For further information and to register, please visit www.activeapril.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Active April is a great opportunity to discover exercise that we can fit into our daily routines - whether it’s making the most of your time on the sidelines or getting off the bus, tram or train early to walk the rest of the way.” “I’m challenging everyone in Eastern Metropolitan Region to step it up this April – and get involved no matter their age, ability or fitness level.”    

NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SPORTS CLUBS IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SPORTS CLUBS IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION Sports clubs in Eastern Metropolitan Region are encouraged to apply for $500,000 in VicHealth grants now up for grabs. The latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, open today, provides grants of up to $3,000 or $10,000 to community sporting clubs to help get people moving. Shaun Leane MP encouraged local clubs to apply for the funding to help them create more opportunities for Eastern Metropolitan residents to become more active and improve their health. Clubs applying for Active Club Grants funding can indicate if they would like to be considered for an additional $2,000 grant to promote This Girl Can – Victoria, to encourage women in their local community to get active. This year’s Active Club Grants make it simpler and easier to apply, with a new process to ensure club administrators can spend less time on administration. To apply or learn more, visit the VicHealth website at vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub before round two closes at 4:00pm on Friday, 8 March. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “This is about making grassroots sports in Eastern Metro more accessible, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love.” “I urge local sporting groups to take the opportunity and have a go at getting these funds to help more people get moving.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “Grassroots sports clubs give people of all ages the chance to get active and feel socially connected.” “Playing sport is a great way to boost physical and mental health. These grants will empower sports clubs to get even more Victorians involved.”  

NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SPORTS CLUBS IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SPORTS CLUBS IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION Sports clubs in Eastern Metropolitan Region are encouraged to apply for $500,000 in VicHealth grants now up for grabs. The latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, open today, provides grants of up to $3,000 or $10,000 to community sporting clubs to help get people moving. Shaun Leane MP encouraged local clubs to apply for the funding to help them create more opportunities for Eastern Metropolitan residents to become more active and improve their health. Clubs applying for Active Club Grants funding can indicate if they would like to be considered for an additional $2,000 grant to promote This Girl Can – Victoria, to encourage women in their local community to get active. This year’s Active Club Grants make it simpler and easier to apply, with a new process to ensure club administrators can spend less time on administration. To apply or learn more, visit the VicHealth website at vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub before round two closes at 4:00pm on Friday, 8 March. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “This is about making grassroots sports in Eastern Metro more accessible, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love.” “I urge local sporting groups to take the opportunity and have a go at getting these funds to help more people get moving.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “Grassroots sports clubs give people of all ages the chance to get active and feel socially connected.” “Playing sport is a great way to boost physical and mental health. These grants will empower sports clubs to get even more Victorians involved.”  

Get screened to reduce the impact of cancer in Eastern Metropolitan Region

Get screened to reduce the impact of cancer in Eastern Metropolitan Region To mark World Cancer Day, 4 February 2019, the Andrews Labor Government is encouraging all Victorians to make a commitment to themselves and their loved ones and get screened. More than one third of cancer cases can be prevented and another third can be cured if detected and treated early. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP is asking all local residents to become more aware of what they can do to reduce their cancer risk. In Victoria, the most common cancers are prostate, breast, bowel and skin. Finding breast cancer early before any symptoms are noticed, and when treatment is more likely to be successful, gives women the best chance of survival. The latest statistics for cancer screening in Eastern Metro reveal the following percentage of women have had a breast screen between 2015 and 2017. Bayswater-55%                    Box Hill-56%         Bulleen-56%           Burwood-55%      Croydon-58%       Ferntree Gully-55% Forest Hill-56%                    Mount Waverley-58%        Oakleigh-51%       Ringwood-55%     Warrandyte-57% For bowel cancer, early detection provides the best chance of a positive prognosis, and 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if found early. Everyone aged 50-74 should be screened every two years. In Eastern Metro, no. per cent have returned the at home bowel cancer screening kit. Bayswater-42%                    Box Hill-44%         Bulleen-43%           Burwood-43%      Croydon-43%       Ferntree Gully-41% Forest Hill-44%                    Mount Waverley-42%           Oakleigh-40%        Ringwood-44%                  Warrandyte-44% In 2017 3,910 Victorians were diagnosed with bowel cancer and 1,310 people died from the disease. Around 75 per cent of women diagnosed with cervical cancer have either never had a Pap test or had not had them regularly before diagnosis – not getting tested is just not worth the risk. Cervical cancer is preventable with regular cervical screening and HPV vaccination. The 2-yearly pap test has now been replaced with the 5-yearly cervical screening test which looks for the types of HPV (human papillomavirus) that can cause the lesions that may develop into cervical cancer if not treated. You still need regular screening even if you’ve had the HPV vaccine. Men who are concerned about prostate cancer should speak to their doctor to help them decide whether testing is right for them. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so being familiar with your skin and being SunSmart is an important way to reduce your risk of skin cancer. If you notice any changes to your skin, including new spots or changes in shape, colour or size of a spot, make an appointment to speak with your GP. You can reduce your risk by not smoking, maintaining a healthy diet and weight and by being physically active, limiting alcohol consumption and being SunSmart. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “We know that a cancer diagnosis can be devastating not only for the person, but for friends and loved ones – that’s why the Andrews Labor Government is committed to cancer prevention and early detection.” “Everyone has the power to reduce the impact of cancer for themselves and their families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Screening and early diagnosis is key to surviving many types of cancer. That’s why it is so important to keep up regular screening and to talk to your GP if you have any concerns. “Your chance of reducing your cancer risk is in your hands. I encourage you and your family to prioritise cancer screening and take action to prevent cancer.”

Get screened to reduce the impact of cancer in Eastern Metropolitan Region

Get screened to reduce the impact of cancer in Eastern Metropolitan Region To mark World Cancer Day, 4 February 2019, the Andrews Labor Government is encouraging all Victorians to make a commitment to themselves and their loved ones and get screened. More than one third of cancer cases can be prevented and another third can be cured if detected and treated early. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP is asking all local residents to become more aware of what they can do to reduce their cancer risk. In Victoria, the most common cancers are prostate, breast, bowel and skin. Finding breast cancer early before any symptoms are noticed, and when treatment is more likely to be successful, gives women the best chance of survival. The latest statistics for cancer screening in Eastern Metro reveal the following percentage of women have had a breast screen between 2015 and 2017. Bayswater-55%                    Box Hill-56%         Bulleen-56%           Burwood-55%      Croydon-58%       Ferntree Gully-55% Forest Hill-56%                    Mount Waverley-58%        Oakleigh-51%       Ringwood-55%     Warrandyte-57% For bowel cancer, early detection provides the best chance of a positive prognosis, and 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if found early. Everyone aged 50-74 should be screened every two years. In Eastern Metro, no. per cent have returned the at home bowel cancer screening kit. Bayswater-42%                    Box Hill-44%         Bulleen-43%           Burwood-43%      Croydon-43%       Ferntree Gully-41% Forest Hill-44%                    Mount Waverley-42%           Oakleigh-40%        Ringwood-44%                  Warrandyte-44% In 2017 3,910 Victorians were diagnosed with bowel cancer and 1,310 people died from the disease. Around 75 per cent of women diagnosed with cervical cancer have either never had a Pap test or had not had them regularly before diagnosis – not getting tested is just not worth the risk. Cervical cancer is preventable with regular cervical screening and HPV vaccination. The 2-yearly pap test has now been replaced with the 5-yearly cervical screening test which looks for the types of HPV (human papillomavirus) that can cause the lesions that may develop into cervical cancer if not treated. You still need regular screening even if you’ve had the HPV vaccine. Men who are concerned about prostate cancer should speak to their doctor to help them decide whether testing is right for them. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so being familiar with your skin and being SunSmart is an important way to reduce your risk of skin cancer. If you notice any changes to your skin, including new spots or changes in shape, colour or size of a spot, make an appointment to speak with your GP. You can reduce your risk by not smoking, maintaining a healthy diet and weight and by being physically active, limiting alcohol consumption and being SunSmart. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “We know that a cancer diagnosis can be devastating not only for the person, but for friends and loved ones – that’s why the Andrews Labor Government is committed to cancer prevention and early detection.” “Everyone has the power to reduce the impact of cancer for themselves and their families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane MP “Screening and early diagnosis is key to surviving many types of cancer. That’s why it is so important to keep up regular screening and to talk to your GP if you have any concerns. “Your chance of reducing your cancer risk is in your hands. I encourage you and your family to prioritise cancer screening and take action to prevent cancer.”

Election as President of the Legislative Council

When the 59th Parliament of Victoria was sworn in on Wednesday 19 December 2018, Shaun was elected by the Chamber to be President of the Legislative Council. As one of the Presiding Officers, Shaun will be responsible for the operation of the Legislative Council Chamber and oversee the operation of the Parliament as a whole. Attached is a video of his acceptance speech following his election.

Election as President of the Legislative Council

When the 59th Parliament of Victoria was sworn in on Wednesday 19 December 2018, Shaun was elected by the Chamber to be President of the Legislative Council. As one of the Presiding Officers, Shaun will be responsible for the operation of the Legislative Council Chamber and oversee the operation of the Parliament as a whole. Attached is a video of his acceptance speech following his election.

RECYCLING MORE E-WASTE AND KEEPING IT OUT OF LANDFILL

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded 76 councils with $16.5 million to help them manage Victoria’s e-waste and keep it out of landfill. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced Whitehorse City Council would receive $100,000 to fund the upgrade of their e-waste collection and storage sites and help council to safely store and collect the increasing volumes of e-waste. The statewide funding will result in 98 per cent of Victorians having reasonable access to drop off facilities, ahead of the Labor Government’s ban on e-waste coming in to effect in July next year. Councils will be equipped to receive discarded electronics, which will be stripped of components for reprocessing into new technology or sold on the second-hand goods market. To help residents prepare for the ban, the Labor Government is also providing councils with $790,000 to deliver local education campaigns. Applications will open in November for councils to apply for up to $10,000 in funding. E-waste can be described as anything with a plug or a battery that is at the end of its useful life. It includes everything from old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair dryers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners. The amount of e-waste generated in Victoria is projected to increase from 109,000 tonnes in 2015 to approximately 256,000 tonnes in 2035. The upgrades will ensure 98 per cent of Victorians in metropolitan areas will be within a 20-minute drive of an e-waste disposal point, and 98 per cent of Victorians in regional areas will be within a 30-minute drive of an e-waste disposal point. For more information visit: sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste/About-the-ewaste-program Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “The more valuable e-waste we can keep out of landfill, the better and this funding will help us do that.” “We’re giving our local council the support it needs to recycle the growing volumes of e-waste materials.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This funding will ensure Victoria has one of best e-waste collection infrastructure networks in the country.” “We’re delivering on our promise to maximise recycling and minimise the damage e-waste has on our environment.”  

RECYCLING MORE E-WASTE AND KEEPING IT OUT OF LANDFILL

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded 76 councils with $16.5 million to help them manage Victoria’s e-waste and keep it out of landfill. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced Whitehorse City Council would receive $100,000 to fund the upgrade of their e-waste collection and storage sites and help council to safely store and collect the increasing volumes of e-waste. The statewide funding will result in 98 per cent of Victorians having reasonable access to drop off facilities, ahead of the Labor Government’s ban on e-waste coming in to effect in July next year. Councils will be equipped to receive discarded electronics, which will be stripped of components for reprocessing into new technology or sold on the second-hand goods market. To help residents prepare for the ban, the Labor Government is also providing councils with $790,000 to deliver local education campaigns. Applications will open in November for councils to apply for up to $10,000 in funding. E-waste can be described as anything with a plug or a battery that is at the end of its useful life. It includes everything from old mobile phones, computers, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair dryers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners. The amount of e-waste generated in Victoria is projected to increase from 109,000 tonnes in 2015 to approximately 256,000 tonnes in 2035. The upgrades will ensure 98 per cent of Victorians in metropolitan areas will be within a 20-minute drive of an e-waste disposal point, and 98 per cent of Victorians in regional areas will be within a 30-minute drive of an e-waste disposal point. For more information visit: sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste/About-the-ewaste-program Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “The more valuable e-waste we can keep out of landfill, the better and this funding will help us do that.” “We’re giving our local council the support it needs to recycle the growing volumes of e-waste materials.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This funding will ensure Victoria has one of best e-waste collection infrastructure networks in the country.” “We’re delivering on our promise to maximise recycling and minimise the damage e-waste has on our environment.”  

HEALESVILLE FWY RESERVE NOW PROTECTED PUBLIC OPEN SPACE

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on its promise to keep the Healesville Freeway Reserve as a public open space to be enjoyed by everyone in the community. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today celebrated the milestone, following the final transfer of parcels of land to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) earlier this month. The Healesville Freeway Reserve consists of around 35 hectares of undeveloped VicRoads land that runs for 3.5 kilometres from Springvale Road in Forest Hill to Boronia Road in Vermont. After VicRoads determined it no longer needed the land for road development, the Labor Government announced it would preserve the land as public open space for all the community to enjoy. DELWP has been working with VicRoads, Whitehorse Council and local residents to ensure the smooth transfer of land and is now working with the community to rename the park. Previous community consultation led to the creation of a concept plan for a multi-use park including shared walking and bike paths, nature trails, community gathering and activity spaces and dedicated conservation areas. There will be opportunities for local community and groups to have a role in managing some areas of the park. Funds obtained by the sale of Government owned land adjoining the new reserve have been placed in a trust, which will be used to develop and manage the park into the future. To find out more about the process to rename the park, visit engage.vic.gov.au/healesville-freeway-reserve. Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Amborosio “This is a win for the local community, including the Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve, who have worked so hard to ensure this space is kept for the community.” “We’re keeping this as a public space that will enjoyed by residents for generations to come.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We said we would reserve this land for the community and that’s exactly what we have done.” “Residents can look forward to enjoying a new park that will be open to everyone and that will stay out of the hands of private developers.”    

HEALESVILLE FWY RESERVE NOW PROTECTED PUBLIC OPEN SPACE

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on its promise to keep the Healesville Freeway Reserve as a public open space to be enjoyed by everyone in the community. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today celebrated the milestone, following the final transfer of parcels of land to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) earlier this month. The Healesville Freeway Reserve consists of around 35 hectares of undeveloped VicRoads land that runs for 3.5 kilometres from Springvale Road in Forest Hill to Boronia Road in Vermont. After VicRoads determined it no longer needed the land for road development, the Labor Government announced it would preserve the land as public open space for all the community to enjoy. DELWP has been working with VicRoads, Whitehorse Council and local residents to ensure the smooth transfer of land and is now working with the community to rename the park. Previous community consultation led to the creation of a concept plan for a multi-use park including shared walking and bike paths, nature trails, community gathering and activity spaces and dedicated conservation areas. There will be opportunities for local community and groups to have a role in managing some areas of the park. Funds obtained by the sale of Government owned land adjoining the new reserve have been placed in a trust, which will be used to develop and manage the park into the future. To find out more about the process to rename the park, visit engage.vic.gov.au/healesville-freeway-reserve. Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Amborosio “This is a win for the local community, including the Friends of the Healesville Freeway Reserve, who have worked so hard to ensure this space is kept for the community.” “We’re keeping this as a public space that will enjoyed by residents for generations to come.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We said we would reserve this land for the community and that’s exactly what we have done.” “Residents can look forward to enjoying a new park that will be open to everyone and that will stay out of the hands of private developers.”    

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.