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GRANTS TO BOOST ANIMAL WELFARE ACROSS VICTORIA

Shaun Leane MP today announced that non-profit animal welfare organisations across Eastern Metropolitan Region could now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to turn their great ideas into reality. The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program is seeking grant applications that benefit creatures great and small. Consideration will be given to applications covering a range of areas including: Community education programs on responsible ownership of animals Animal relief services and facilities for emergencies Facilities to promote dog exercise and socialisation in parks Upgrades or extensions to facilities to improve the welfare of companion animals.   Previous successful applicants include emergency pet accommodation providers, animal rescue services, animal shelters and education groups. To be eligible for a grant, organisations must be not-for-profit and meet a range of criteria – including projects to support the improvement of companion animal welfare. There are small grants of up to $10,000 and large grants ranging from $10,001 to $50,000, up to a total of $250,000 in 2017/18. A second round of the program will be run in 2018/19 with a further $250,000 available. Grants will be assessed by Animal Welfare Victoria in line with the requirements of the Domestic Animals Act. For more information, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/animalwelfaregrants. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane     “Animal Welfare matters to all Victorians and I am excited to announce that our 2018 Animal Welfare Grants Program is officially open.” “This fund plays an important role in supporting the organisations that deliver animal welfare services to companion animals and the community, particularly during natural disasters.” “I look forward to supporting a range of organisations who will continue this work in 2018 and beyond.”  

GRANTS TO BOOST ANIMAL WELFARE ACROSS VICTORIA

Shaun Leane MP today announced that non-profit animal welfare organisations across Eastern Metropolitan Region could now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to turn their great ideas into reality. The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program is seeking grant applications that benefit creatures great and small. Consideration will be given to applications covering a range of areas including: Community education programs on responsible ownership of animals Animal relief services and facilities for emergencies Facilities to promote dog exercise and socialisation in parks Upgrades or extensions to facilities to improve the welfare of companion animals.   Previous successful applicants include emergency pet accommodation providers, animal rescue services, animal shelters and education groups. To be eligible for a grant, organisations must be not-for-profit and meet a range of criteria – including projects to support the improvement of companion animal welfare. There are small grants of up to $10,000 and large grants ranging from $10,001 to $50,000, up to a total of $250,000 in 2017/18. A second round of the program will be run in 2018/19 with a further $250,000 available. Grants will be assessed by Animal Welfare Victoria in line with the requirements of the Domestic Animals Act. For more information, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/animalwelfaregrants. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane     “Animal Welfare matters to all Victorians and I am excited to announce that our 2018 Animal Welfare Grants Program is officially open.” “This fund plays an important role in supporting the organisations that deliver animal welfare services to companion animals and the community, particularly during natural disasters.” “I look forward to supporting a range of organisations who will continue this work in 2018 and beyond.”  

PICK YOUR PROJECT GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY FUND NOW OPEN

Victorians everywhere now have the chance to pitch their ideas for community projects and to vote for them, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $30 million Pick My Project fund. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today called on Eastern Metropolitan Region community members to brainstorm and submit their ideas for projects they would like to get off the ground. Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 will be made available for ideas ranging from cultural events to community gardens – anything that will make our local communities better places to live. In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program and then vote for the projects they think are most important. All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project. Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there are no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs are now eligible for funding. A series of community workshops will now take place across the state to provide more information about the initiative and support interested applicants. Applications will remain open until Sunday, 24 June 2018, with winning projects to be announced in September 2018. To view the guidelines, find out more about the workshops and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio “Local communities can now imagine, submit and vote for the projects they want - and we’ll help make them happen.” “This idea will energise our state and help locals get the projects they want for their communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “There are many big ideas out there and Pick My Project will help bring them to life.” “Whether you’re a sporting club or a kindergarten, this fund is a chance to improve the community you live in.”

PICK YOUR PROJECT GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY FUND NOW OPEN

Victorians everywhere now have the chance to pitch their ideas for community projects and to vote for them, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $30 million Pick My Project fund. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today called on Eastern Metropolitan Region community members to brainstorm and submit their ideas for projects they would like to get off the ground. Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 will be made available for ideas ranging from cultural events to community gardens – anything that will make our local communities better places to live. In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program and then vote for the projects they think are most important. All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project. Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there are no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs are now eligible for funding. A series of community workshops will now take place across the state to provide more information about the initiative and support interested applicants. Applications will remain open until Sunday, 24 June 2018, with winning projects to be announced in September 2018. To view the guidelines, find out more about the workshops and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio “Local communities can now imagine, submit and vote for the projects they want - and we’ll help make them happen.” “This idea will energise our state and help locals get the projects they want for their communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “There are many big ideas out there and Pick My Project will help bring them to life.” “Whether you’re a sporting club or a kindergarten, this fund is a chance to improve the community you live in.”

BETTER, QUICKER BREAST CANCER CARE IN MELBOURNE’S EAST

Thousands more women in Melbourne’s east now have easier access to life saving breast cancer screening and care on their doorstep with the new Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre opening its doors, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today to officially open the state-of-the-art $10 million centre for breast cancer treatment and prevention services at Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood East. The centre is a ‘one stop shop’ giving women quicker and convenient access to the very best breast screening, breast cancer treatment and supportive care services under one roof. It will save lives by boosting staff collaboration, delivering better connected care for women and focusing on earlier diagnosis and treatment. The centre will deliver breast cancer services to more than 25,000 additional women in every year, closer to home in Melbourne’s east. It includes an extra 5,520 mammograms, an extra 7,200 allied health appointments, 12,800 more specialist consultations and a breast nurse supporting an extra 2,400 patient attendances each year. The modern facility brings together a range of services previously provided from different locations such as mammography, ultrasound, radiographers, medical image reading, allied health and clinical consulting services. The two ultrasound rooms can conduct guided biopsies, while the four medical imaging reading rooms will ensure women can receive quicker test results and quicker treatment. More Victorians than ever are surviving breast cancer. But we know we need to do more to continue to save more lives – in 2016, 4,334 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 745 died from the disease. Our Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 set an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer in the next 10 years. While we invest, the Turnbull Liberal Government continues to rip funding from our hospitals. This year’s Federal Budget locks in plans to short-change Victorians by $2.1 billion. The Federal Budget also fails to make any significant funding investments into health infrastructure projects for Victoria. Out of our massive investment into health and ambulance projects over the past four years, the Commonwealth has funded a negligible 0.3 per cent. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We are proud to have delivered on our election pledge to build a first-class facility to better support women from Melbourne’s east in their fight against breast cancer.” “With services co-located and better integrated, staff will be able to work effectively and efficiently together to share best practices and improve patient care.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “The new one-stop-shop will support women at all stages of their cancer journey. It is now easier for thousands of women in the east to get the care they need, when they need it – and all under the same roof.”

BETTER, QUICKER BREAST CANCER CARE IN MELBOURNE’S EAST

Thousands more women in Melbourne’s east now have easier access to life saving breast cancer screening and care on their doorstep with the new Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre opening its doors, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today to officially open the state-of-the-art $10 million centre for breast cancer treatment and prevention services at Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood East. The centre is a ‘one stop shop’ giving women quicker and convenient access to the very best breast screening, breast cancer treatment and supportive care services under one roof. It will save lives by boosting staff collaboration, delivering better connected care for women and focusing on earlier diagnosis and treatment. The centre will deliver breast cancer services to more than 25,000 additional women in every year, closer to home in Melbourne’s east. It includes an extra 5,520 mammograms, an extra 7,200 allied health appointments, 12,800 more specialist consultations and a breast nurse supporting an extra 2,400 patient attendances each year. The modern facility brings together a range of services previously provided from different locations such as mammography, ultrasound, radiographers, medical image reading, allied health and clinical consulting services. The two ultrasound rooms can conduct guided biopsies, while the four medical imaging reading rooms will ensure women can receive quicker test results and quicker treatment. More Victorians than ever are surviving breast cancer. But we know we need to do more to continue to save more lives – in 2016, 4,334 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 745 died from the disease. Our Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 set an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer in the next 10 years. While we invest, the Turnbull Liberal Government continues to rip funding from our hospitals. This year’s Federal Budget locks in plans to short-change Victorians by $2.1 billion. The Federal Budget also fails to make any significant funding investments into health infrastructure projects for Victoria. Out of our massive investment into health and ambulance projects over the past four years, the Commonwealth has funded a negligible 0.3 per cent. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We are proud to have delivered on our election pledge to build a first-class facility to better support women from Melbourne’s east in their fight against breast cancer.” “With services co-located and better integrated, staff will be able to work effectively and efficiently together to share best practices and improve patient care.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “The new one-stop-shop will support women at all stages of their cancer journey. It is now easier for thousands of women in the east to get the care they need, when they need it – and all under the same roof.”

BETTER CYCLING AND WALKING CONNECTIONS FOR KNOX

The Andrews Labor Government will build a new off-road cycling path to connect the Eastlink and Dandenong Creek Trails in Knox Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane today announced a $4 million project to build a new 800-metre long shared path as part of the 2018/19 Victorian State Budget. It will provide a safe connection for cyclists and pedestrians using the popular Eastlink and Dandenong Creek Trails. A new 45-metre long bridge over Dandenong Creek will be constructed on the south side of Burwood Highway. Currently, when the Dandenong Creek Trail north of Burwood Highway is closed during bad weather, cyclists have to ride on Burwood Highway which is an 80km/h speed environment, and there are no footpaths along this section of Burwood Highway for pedestrians. The new shared user path also provides a more direct link to the existing shared user path along Burwood Highway from Mountain Highway to the Knox Central activity centre which includes Knox Shopping Centre. The new section of shared user path is supported by Whitehorse and Knox councils and bicycle user groups. The project is part of the Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrian Fund which is aimed at protecting our most vulnerable road users and encouraging more use of active modes of transport. These vital safety improvement works are being funded through the $1.1 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, being delivered in partnership between VicRoads and the TAC to ensure nobody is killed or seriously injured on our roads. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane   “The current conditions for cyclists and pedestrians travelling along the Burwood Highway are unsafe and unacceptable and that’s we’re building this important missing link.”   “This new shared user path will keep cyclists and pedestrians safe as they travel around the community and to the nearby Knox Shopping Centre.”   “The cycling community, Knox City Council and Whitehorse City Council all have supported the project, including with a petition which I presented to Parliament recently.”  

BETTER CYCLING AND WALKING CONNECTIONS FOR KNOX

The Andrews Labor Government will build a new off-road cycling path to connect the Eastlink and Dandenong Creek Trails in Knox Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane today announced a $4 million project to build a new 800-metre long shared path as part of the 2018/19 Victorian State Budget. It will provide a safe connection for cyclists and pedestrians using the popular Eastlink and Dandenong Creek Trails. A new 45-metre long bridge over Dandenong Creek will be constructed on the south side of Burwood Highway. Currently, when the Dandenong Creek Trail north of Burwood Highway is closed during bad weather, cyclists have to ride on Burwood Highway which is an 80km/h speed environment, and there are no footpaths along this section of Burwood Highway for pedestrians. The new shared user path also provides a more direct link to the existing shared user path along Burwood Highway from Mountain Highway to the Knox Central activity centre which includes Knox Shopping Centre. The new section of shared user path is supported by Whitehorse and Knox councils and bicycle user groups. The project is part of the Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrian Fund which is aimed at protecting our most vulnerable road users and encouraging more use of active modes of transport. These vital safety improvement works are being funded through the $1.1 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, being delivered in partnership between VicRoads and the TAC to ensure nobody is killed or seriously injured on our roads. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane   “The current conditions for cyclists and pedestrians travelling along the Burwood Highway are unsafe and unacceptable and that’s we’re building this important missing link.”   “This new shared user path will keep cyclists and pedestrians safe as they travel around the community and to the nearby Knox Shopping Centre.”   “The cycling community, Knox City Council and Whitehorse City Council all have supported the project, including with a petition which I presented to Parliament recently.”  

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY BLITZ FOR CROYDON

A range of safety improvements are about to get underway in the bustling Croydon activity centre to boost safety for  pedestrians. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane today announced $624,000 to install a raised crossing at the roundabout at Coolstore Road and create a new median strip on Main Street between Devon Street and Lacey Street. The existing zebra crossings on Main Street, Devon Street and Hewish road will be converted to raised zebra crossings to encourage drivers to slow down and help pedestrians cross safely. There will also be improved line markings along Mt Dandenong Road between Main Street and Dorset Road to define traffic lanes more clearly. 52 crashes were recorded in the Croydon activity centre between 2011 and 2015, 14 of these crashes involved pedestrians. The City of Maroondah collected feedback from the local community and found there was broad support for the proposed safety improvements. The vital safety works are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund, created to keep some of our most vulnerable road users safer on our roads. The funding comes as part of Victoria’s $1.1 billion ‘Towards Zero’ strategy, a joint plan between VicRoads and the TAC to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020. Works are expected to begin later this month and be complete by the end of 2018. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “These vital upgrades will boost safety for some of our most vulnerable road users and help make Croydon a safer place to be.” “We’re investing in safety improvements in Croydon and across Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs so that pedestrians and cyclists feel safe sharing or crossing the road.” “These works in Croydon will significantly improve connections for pedestrians and cyclists, helping them safely get between activity centres and the wider transport network.”

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY BLITZ FOR CROYDON

A range of safety improvements are about to get underway in the bustling Croydon activity centre to boost safety for  pedestrians. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane today announced $624,000 to install a raised crossing at the roundabout at Coolstore Road and create a new median strip on Main Street between Devon Street and Lacey Street. The existing zebra crossings on Main Street, Devon Street and Hewish road will be converted to raised zebra crossings to encourage drivers to slow down and help pedestrians cross safely. There will also be improved line markings along Mt Dandenong Road between Main Street and Dorset Road to define traffic lanes more clearly. 52 crashes were recorded in the Croydon activity centre between 2011 and 2015, 14 of these crashes involved pedestrians. The City of Maroondah collected feedback from the local community and found there was broad support for the proposed safety improvements. The vital safety works are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund, created to keep some of our most vulnerable road users safer on our roads. The funding comes as part of Victoria’s $1.1 billion ‘Towards Zero’ strategy, a joint plan between VicRoads and the TAC to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020. Works are expected to begin later this month and be complete by the end of 2018. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “These vital upgrades will boost safety for some of our most vulnerable road users and help make Croydon a safer place to be.” “We’re investing in safety improvements in Croydon and across Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs so that pedestrians and cyclists feel safe sharing or crossing the road.” “These works in Croydon will significantly improve connections for pedestrians and cyclists, helping them safely get between activity centres and the wider transport network.”

NEW SCHOOL BUILDINGS FOR WHITEHORSE

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $53.1 million in brand new buildings for 21 schools across Victoria. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced that two Whitehorse schools would receive funding as part of the of the Labor Government’s Asbestos Removal Program. Mont Albert Primary School $2.09m to replace Classroom Vermont Secondary College $4.87m to replace Block C The projects will replace existing buildings with new permanent modular buildings. The project’s scope and size will be determined between the schools and the Victorian School Building Authority. Architect-designed permanent modular buildings offer a fast and efficient solution for schools needing to replace older buildings containing asbestos that may pose a risk in the future. They are built off-site and delivered to schools so teaching is not interrupted. The Victorian School Building Authority will work with schools on building details such as colour and location. 47 schools are now receiving major upgrades as part of the program. Since coming to government, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals and Nationals who left our schools to crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from our education system. The Labor Government’s 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. Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “We are improving school infrastructure across Victoria so every student has the opportunity to get the best education in great facilities.” “Using permanent modular buildings increases flexibility for schools and means they can get the buildings they need quicker.”

NEW SCHOOL BUILDINGS FOR WHITEHORSE

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $53.1 million in brand new buildings for 21 schools across Victoria. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced that two Whitehorse schools would receive funding as part of the of the Labor Government’s Asbestos Removal Program. Mont Albert Primary School $2.09m to replace Classroom Vermont Secondary College $4.87m to replace Block C The projects will replace existing buildings with new permanent modular buildings. The project’s scope and size will be determined between the schools and the Victorian School Building Authority. Architect-designed permanent modular buildings offer a fast and efficient solution for schools needing to replace older buildings containing asbestos that may pose a risk in the future. They are built off-site and delivered to schools so teaching is not interrupted. The Victorian School Building Authority will work with schools on building details such as colour and location. 47 schools are now receiving major upgrades as part of the program. Since coming to government, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals and Nationals who left our schools to crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from our education system. The Labor Government’s 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. Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “We are improving school infrastructure across Victoria so every student has the opportunity to get the best education in great facilities.” “Using permanent modular buildings increases flexibility for schools and means they can get the buildings they need quicker.”

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.