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RECORD LIBRARY FUNDING FOR EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

RECORD LIBRARY FUNDING FOR EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries. The Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced library funding for Eastern Regional Libraries and Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corp to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids. The Libraries that operate over 5 Local Government Areas, Knox, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges, Manningham and Whitehorse received a total of $4,427,790 to continue to deliver the important library services the community needs. Eastern Regional Libraries Knox $969,389 Maroondah $719,059 Yarra Ranges $944,581 Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corp Manningham $759,355 Whitehorse $1,035,406 The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $42.5 million for the Public Libraries Funding Program -- a 2.5% increase from last year. The funding comes on top of the $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state. The Labor Government is also providing $4.4 million over four years for the Premiers' Reading Challenge Book Fund, so public libraries can purchase materials to get more kids reading. Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. On average, just under one in five Victorians visit their local library in Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “The Andrews Labor Government is giving our councils and public libraries the resources they need to continue delivering these important services for Victorian communities.” “We understand the importance of libraries to Victorians and that’s why we’re continuing to support them with record funding.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Our community relies on our public libraries, that is why this government is doing more than ever to help continue the many wonderful programs and services they provide.”  

RECORD LIBRARY FUNDING FOR EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

RECORD LIBRARY FUNDING FOR EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION The Andrews Labor Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries. The Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced library funding for Eastern Regional Libraries and Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corp to buy books, update computers and deliver programs for school kids. The Libraries that operate over 5 Local Government Areas, Knox, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges, Manningham and Whitehorse received a total of $4,427,790 to continue to deliver the important library services the community needs. Eastern Regional Libraries Knox $969,389 Maroondah $719,059 Yarra Ranges $944,581 Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corp Manningham $759,355 Whitehorse $1,035,406 The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $42.5 million for the Public Libraries Funding Program -- a 2.5% increase from last year. The funding comes on top of the $4.5 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to build, redevelop or refurbish libraries across the state. The Labor Government is also providing $4.4 million over four years for the Premiers' Reading Challenge Book Fund, so public libraries can purchase materials to get more kids reading. Victoria is home to 275 permanent library branches and 30 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. On average, just under one in five Victorians visit their local library in Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins “The Andrews Labor Government is giving our councils and public libraries the resources they need to continue delivering these important services for Victorian communities.” “We understand the importance of libraries to Victorians and that’s why we’re continuing to support them with record funding.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Our community relies on our public libraries, that is why this government is doing more than ever to help continue the many wonderful programs and services they provide.”  

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR WANTIRNA SOUTH

Friday, 23 June 2017   Small businesses in the Wantirna South area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at  workshops to be held on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 and Wednesday, 26 July 2017.   Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.   The targeted workshops are part of a successful and long-running program allowing established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.   All Small Business Victoria workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.   Small Business Victoria partners with over 50 host organisations to deliver the affordable events, with this workshop hosted by Knox City Council.   The Andrews Labor Government’s:   Setting Your Financial Strategy short workshop will be held at the Knox City Council office, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152 at 9.30 AM on Wednesday, 19 July 2017.   Build Your Business Resilience workshop will be held at the Knox City Council office, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152 at 9.30 AM on Wednesday, 26 July 2017.   For more information and updates on this event or other Small Business Victoria workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.     Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane   “The Small Business workshops provide a valuable opportunity for local business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts without travelling far and wide.”   “Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, looking for guidance with an existing business or wanting to expand, I encourage all Wantirna South locals to take advantage of this great program.”     Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis   “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR WANTIRNA SOUTH

Friday, 23 June 2017   Small businesses in the Wantirna South area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at  workshops to be held on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 and Wednesday, 26 July 2017.   Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.   The targeted workshops are part of a successful and long-running program allowing established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.   All Small Business Victoria workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.   Small Business Victoria partners with over 50 host organisations to deliver the affordable events, with this workshop hosted by Knox City Council.   The Andrews Labor Government’s:   Setting Your Financial Strategy short workshop will be held at the Knox City Council office, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152 at 9.30 AM on Wednesday, 19 July 2017.   Build Your Business Resilience workshop will be held at the Knox City Council office, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152 at 9.30 AM on Wednesday, 26 July 2017.   For more information and updates on this event or other Small Business Victoria workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.     Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane   “The Small Business workshops provide a valuable opportunity for local business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts without travelling far and wide.”   “Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, looking for guidance with an existing business or wanting to expand, I encourage all Wantirna South locals to take advantage of this great program.”     Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis   “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO MOUNT WAVERLEY

Small business operators in the Mount Waverley area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. The Andrews Labor Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years. In 2015-16 more than 1,500 small businesses benefited, while a further 6,200 received assistance from information officers. This year’s enhanced touring program will take more information and services to more towns across the state than ever before, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The two vehicles also play a vital role in providing business recovery support to communities in times of crisis, such as those that have been affected by bushfires. The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required. The Small Business Bus will be located outside Commonwealth Bank, 13 Hamilton Place, Mount Waverley, VIC 3149 from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. For more information, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis:  “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.” “We understand that our small business community is the backbone of our local economies right across the state and the Small Business Bus is a fantastic program that brings expert services right to your doorstep.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO MOUNT WAVERLEY

Small business operators in the Mount Waverley area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. The Andrews Labor Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years. In 2015-16 more than 1,500 small businesses benefited, while a further 6,200 received assistance from information officers. This year’s enhanced touring program will take more information and services to more towns across the state than ever before, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The two vehicles also play a vital role in providing business recovery support to communities in times of crisis, such as those that have been affected by bushfires. The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required. The Small Business Bus will be located outside Commonwealth Bank, 13 Hamilton Place, Mount Waverley, VIC 3149 from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. For more information, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis:  “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.” “We understand that our small business community is the backbone of our local economies right across the state and the Small Business Bus is a fantastic program that brings expert services right to your doorstep.”

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR DONCASTER

Friday, 23 June 2017   Small businesses in the Doncaster area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday, 26 July 2017.   Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.   The targeted workshops are part of a successful and long-running program allowing established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.   All Small Business Victoria workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.   Small Business Victoria partners with over 50 host organisations to deliver the affordable events, with this workshop hosted by Manningham City Council.   The Andrews Labor Government’s Marketing Your Business short workshop will be held at the Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster VIC 3108 at 6.00 PM on Wednesday, 26 July 2017.   For more information and updates on this event or other Small Business Victoria workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.     Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane   “The Small Business workshops provide a valuable opportunity for local business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts without travelling far and wide.”   “Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, looking for guidance with an existing business or wanting to expand, I encourage all Doncaster locals to take advantage of this great program.”     Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis   “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR DONCASTER

Friday, 23 June 2017   Small businesses in the Doncaster area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday, 26 July 2017.   Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.   The targeted workshops are part of a successful and long-running program allowing established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.   All Small Business Victoria workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.   Small Business Victoria partners with over 50 host organisations to deliver the affordable events, with this workshop hosted by Manningham City Council.   The Andrews Labor Government’s Marketing Your Business short workshop will be held at the Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster VIC 3108 at 6.00 PM on Wednesday, 26 July 2017.   For more information and updates on this event or other Small Business Victoria workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.     Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane   “The Small Business workshops provide a valuable opportunity for local business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts without travelling far and wide.”   “Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, looking for guidance with an existing business or wanting to expand, I encourage all Doncaster locals to take advantage of this great program.”     Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis   “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR RINGWOOD

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR RINGWOOD   Friday, 23 June 2017   Small businesses in the Ringwood area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday, 19 July 2017.   Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.   The targeted workshops are part of a successful and long-running program allowing established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.   All Small Business Victoria workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.   Small Business Victoria partners with over 50 host organisations to deliver the affordable events, with this workshop hosted by Maroondah City Council.   The Andrews Labor Government’s Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop will be held at Realm, 175 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood VIC 3134 at 5.30 PM on Wednesday, 19 July 2017.   For more information and updates on this event or other Small Business Victoria workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.     Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane   “The Small Business workshops provide a valuable opportunity for local business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts without travelling far and wide.”   “Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, looking for guidance with an existing business or wanting to expand, I encourage all Ringwood locals to take advantage of this great program.”     Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis   “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR RINGWOOD

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR RINGWOOD   Friday, 23 June 2017   Small businesses in the Ringwood area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Wednesday, 19 July 2017.   Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.   The targeted workshops are part of a successful and long-running program allowing established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.   All Small Business Victoria workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.   Small Business Victoria partners with over 50 host organisations to deliver the affordable events, with this workshop hosted by Maroondah City Council.   The Andrews Labor Government’s Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop will be held at Realm, 175 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood VIC 3134 at 5.30 PM on Wednesday, 19 July 2017.   For more information and updates on this event or other Small Business Victoria workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.     Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane   “The Small Business workshops provide a valuable opportunity for local business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts without travelling far and wide.”   “Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, looking for guidance with an existing business or wanting to expand, I encourage all Ringwood locals to take advantage of this great program.”     Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis   “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”

NEW PARAMEDICS FAST TRACKED TO SAVE MORE LIVES IN MANNINGHAM

NEW PARAMEDICS FAST TRACKED TO SAVE MORE LIVES IN MANNINGHAM The Andrews Labor Government has fast tracked two new paramedic teams in Manningham and new vehicles as part of its record $500 million plan to cut ambulance response times and employ 450 new paramedics across the state. Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy announced two new peak period ambulance services for Melbourne’s outer east, to hit the road on June 5. One of the new ambulance vehicles will be temporarily based in East Ringwood and then relocated to the new branch which is scheduled for construction by the end of 2018. It will be staffed by a team equivalent to seven extra full-time paramedics. A new purpose-built branch will feature a drive in-and-out garage bay for vehicles, rest and recline areas, training rooms, bedrooms, modern amenities and fully-fitted out kitchen. The other new ambulance will be based in an existing ambulance branch in Boronia and then relocate to a new branch which is scheduled for construction by the end of 2018. It will be staffed by a team equivalent to 14 extra full-time paramedics. It means that paramedics have the extra resources they need to respond even faster to life-threatening medical emergencies and save more lives. The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding our ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the Liberals with the biggest ever investment in Victoria’s ambulance services. Our record $500 million funding boost comes on top of the $144 million provided in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. And the Victorian Budget 2017/18 budget provided a further $26.5 million for our ambulance services, so Victorians will receive faster and better emergency care, wherever they are. After two years of investing in and reforming the ambulance system, more and more ambulances are arriving at emergencies sooner, with ambulance response times now the best in seven years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “We have ended the ambulance crisis. Templestowe families can have peace of mind that paramedics are now responding even faster to medical emergencies.” “In an emergency, every second counts. That’s why we fast-tracked these new resources to get more paramedics and ambulances on the road, and save more lives.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “The extra resources in Melbourne’s outer east will make a huge difference, allowing paramedics to respond quicker. That means more locals will get the life-saving care they need, when they need it.”

NEW PARAMEDICS FAST TRACKED TO SAVE MORE LIVES IN MANNINGHAM

NEW PARAMEDICS FAST TRACKED TO SAVE MORE LIVES IN MANNINGHAM The Andrews Labor Government has fast tracked two new paramedic teams in Manningham and new vehicles as part of its record $500 million plan to cut ambulance response times and employ 450 new paramedics across the state. Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy announced two new peak period ambulance services for Melbourne’s outer east, to hit the road on June 5. One of the new ambulance vehicles will be temporarily based in East Ringwood and then relocated to the new branch which is scheduled for construction by the end of 2018. It will be staffed by a team equivalent to seven extra full-time paramedics. A new purpose-built branch will feature a drive in-and-out garage bay for vehicles, rest and recline areas, training rooms, bedrooms, modern amenities and fully-fitted out kitchen. The other new ambulance will be based in an existing ambulance branch in Boronia and then relocate to a new branch which is scheduled for construction by the end of 2018. It will be staffed by a team equivalent to 14 extra full-time paramedics. It means that paramedics have the extra resources they need to respond even faster to life-threatening medical emergencies and save more lives. The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding our ambulance system after four years of crisis and neglect under the Liberals with the biggest ever investment in Victoria’s ambulance services. Our record $500 million funding boost comes on top of the $144 million provided in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. And the Victorian Budget 2017/18 budget provided a further $26.5 million for our ambulance services, so Victorians will receive faster and better emergency care, wherever they are. After two years of investing in and reforming the ambulance system, more and more ambulances are arriving at emergencies sooner, with ambulance response times now the best in seven years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “We have ended the ambulance crisis. Templestowe families can have peace of mind that paramedics are now responding even faster to medical emergencies.” “In an emergency, every second counts. That’s why we fast-tracked these new resources to get more paramedics and ambulances on the road, and save more lives.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “The extra resources in Melbourne’s outer east will make a huge difference, allowing paramedics to respond quicker. That means more locals will get the life-saving care they need, when they need it.”

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North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

In December the Premier announced that the Andrews Labor Government would build the missing link in our road network - the North East Link. The North East Link will finally join-up our freeway network, connecting our growing suburbs in the north, east, and south-east, and providing a direct route from the east to the airport. It will carry 100,000 cars a day, relieving congested freeways, slashing traffic in the north and east, and taking thousands of trucks off local roads. This will mean less time in traffic, and more time with friends and family in the north, south, and east, while the Western Distributor busts congestion in the west. Planning will get underway immediately, with $35 million to kick-start work spearheaded by a new expert North East Link Authority. The business case, including determining the right route for the road, will be developed by 2018, and the planning and procurement processes will begin that year. Extensive technical, environmental and social investigations will determine the best route for the project, with a key focus on protecting existing urban areas and minimising environmental impacts. Unlike the previous-Liberal Government who rushed through a botched project, we won't sign contracts before the next election. We'll do the work properly, and ensure that the Victorian people can have a say on Victoria's biggest road project. Contracts will only be signed, and construction started, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government following the November 2018 election. The North East Link has been spoken about for decades, but always put in the too-hard basket. Infrastructure Victoria have identified it as the most important new project in our transport network. It's the logical next step in this Government's rebuilding of our road and rail network. The Andrews Labor Government will get it done. Project benefits • Completes the vital missing link in Melbourne’s metropolitan ring road. • Provides a safe and efficient freeway connection for more than 100,000 vehicles per day, slashing travel times and halting rat-runs through congested north-south links including Fitzsimmons Lane, Greensborough Highway, Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna Road, Doncaster Road, Springvale Road and through Warrandyte. • Provides quick and easy access for freight to move between industrial areas around Ringwood, Dandenong, Sunshine, East Werribee and Latrobe and Melbourne Airport. • Improves access for millions of people to jobs and services located in Melbourne’s north and south-east, including hospitals, education and sporting facilities. • Creates thousands of jobs during planning, construction and early operation. • Protects urban areas and environmental assets through tunnelling. For more information and to stay up to date visit www.northeastlink.vic.gov.au Map copyright to North East Link Authority.

North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

In December the Premier announced that the Andrews Labor Government would build the missing link in our road network - the North East Link. The North East Link will finally join-up our freeway network, connecting our growing suburbs in the north, east, and south-east, and providing a direct route from the east to the airport. It will carry 100,000 cars a day, relieving congested freeways, slashing traffic in the north and east, and taking thousands of trucks off local roads. This will mean less time in traffic, and more time with friends and family in the north, south, and east, while the Western Distributor busts congestion in the west. Planning will get underway immediately, with $35 million to kick-start work spearheaded by a new expert North East Link Authority. The business case, including determining the right route for the road, will be developed by 2018, and the planning and procurement processes will begin that year. Extensive technical, environmental and social investigations will determine the best route for the project, with a key focus on protecting existing urban areas and minimising environmental impacts. Unlike the previous-Liberal Government who rushed through a botched project, we won't sign contracts before the next election. We'll do the work properly, and ensure that the Victorian people can have a say on Victoria's biggest road project. Contracts will only be signed, and construction started, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government following the November 2018 election. The North East Link has been spoken about for decades, but always put in the too-hard basket. Infrastructure Victoria have identified it as the most important new project in our transport network. It's the logical next step in this Government's rebuilding of our road and rail network. The Andrews Labor Government will get it done. Project benefits • Completes the vital missing link in Melbourne’s metropolitan ring road. • Provides a safe and efficient freeway connection for more than 100,000 vehicles per day, slashing travel times and halting rat-runs through congested north-south links including Fitzsimmons Lane, Greensborough Highway, Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna Road, Doncaster Road, Springvale Road and through Warrandyte. • Provides quick and easy access for freight to move between industrial areas around Ringwood, Dandenong, Sunshine, East Werribee and Latrobe and Melbourne Airport. • Improves access for millions of people to jobs and services located in Melbourne’s north and south-east, including hospitals, education and sporting facilities. • Creates thousands of jobs during planning, construction and early operation. • Protects urban areas and environmental assets through tunnelling. For more information and to stay up to date visit www.northeastlink.vic.gov.au Map copyright to North East Link Authority.

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

On Monday 12 December Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan, was one of the first passengers to catch a train from the brand new Bayswater Station as it travelled UNDER Mountain Highway! The Mountain Highway bridge is also now open to traffic as works continue on landscaping, carparking etc for several more months. Full details of ongoing works and disruptions are available at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. This project is being delivered by an alliance consisting of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, together with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and Metro Trains. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2017 with carparking, landscaping and station works continuing once the crossing . The new Bayswater station and wider pedestrian footpath along Mountain Highway will help improve the way people move in and around these two busy roads and shopping strip. It will be safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The removal of the two level crossings and building the new station is a great opportunity to develop Bayswater, and I’d encourage the community to support local businesses during construction.

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

On Monday 12 December Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan, was one of the first passengers to catch a train from the brand new Bayswater Station as it travelled UNDER Mountain Highway! The Mountain Highway bridge is also now open to traffic as works continue on landscaping, carparking etc for several more months. Full details of ongoing works and disruptions are available at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. This project is being delivered by an alliance consisting of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, together with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and Metro Trains. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2017 with carparking, landscaping and station works continuing once the crossing . The new Bayswater station and wider pedestrian footpath along Mountain Highway will help improve the way people move in and around these two busy roads and shopping strip. It will be safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The removal of the two level crossings and building the new station is a great opportunity to develop Bayswater, and I’d encourage the community to support local businesses during construction.

Work Commences Building the New Maroondah Hospital Breast Cancer Centre

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with work now underway on a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening to be co-located at Maroondah Hospital. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Shaun to view the start of construction works at the Maroondah Hospital Breast Cancer Centre. Construction is due for completion in early 2018. The new Centre will feature: An additional mammography screening room, to see an extra 5520 women each year Allied health rooms providing for an extra 7200 patients each year Consulting rooms, where medical professionals can see an extra 12,800 patients each year A Breast Nurse consulting room that will support an additional 2400 patients each year The Centre will have two ultrasound rooms which will be able to conduct guided biopsies, and four medical imaging reading rooms – which will ensure that women will receive quicker diagnosis, and quicker treatment. Services and treatment will be better co-ordinated, with co-located multidisciplinary teams able to meet regularly at the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre to present patient cases and share best practices. “The Andrews Government promised the women of the eastern suburbs their own dedicated breast cancer centre, and we’re getting it done.” said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy. [caption id="attachment_4324" align="alignnone" width="337"] Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, Eastern Health's Matt Sharp & Eastern Health CEO David Plunkett in background[/caption]        

Work Commences Building the New Maroondah Hospital Breast Cancer Centre

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with work now underway on a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening to be co-located at Maroondah Hospital. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Shaun to view the start of construction works at the Maroondah Hospital Breast Cancer Centre. Construction is due for completion in early 2018. The new Centre will feature: An additional mammography screening room, to see an extra 5520 women each year Allied health rooms providing for an extra 7200 patients each year Consulting rooms, where medical professionals can see an extra 12,800 patients each year A Breast Nurse consulting room that will support an additional 2400 patients each year The Centre will have two ultrasound rooms which will be able to conduct guided biopsies, and four medical imaging reading rooms – which will ensure that women will receive quicker diagnosis, and quicker treatment. Services and treatment will be better co-ordinated, with co-located multidisciplinary teams able to meet regularly at the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre to present patient cases and share best practices. “The Andrews Government promised the women of the eastern suburbs their own dedicated breast cancer centre, and we’re getting it done.” said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy. [caption id="attachment_4324" align="alignnone" width="337"] Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, Eastern Health's Matt Sharp & Eastern Health CEO David Plunkett in background[/caption]        

Preserving the Healesville Freeway Reserve

In Feb 2014 Daniel Andrews stood on a stump and promised the residents of Vermont that an Andrews Labor Government would preserve the Healesville Freeway Reserve for the community - not sell it off for development. Recently the new community Stakeholder Reference Group has met to contribute to an Establishment Plan being developed over the next 6 months by the DELWP prior to the handover of the land to Parks Victoria. Included in the plan will be the community's aspirations for what may be developed in the parklands and preparations for a shared-use path for walkers and cyclists.

Preserving the Healesville Freeway Reserve

In Feb 2014 Daniel Andrews stood on a stump and promised the residents of Vermont that an Andrews Labor Government would preserve the Healesville Freeway Reserve for the community - not sell it off for development. Recently the new community Stakeholder Reference Group has met to contribute to an Establishment Plan being developed over the next 6 months by the DELWP prior to the handover of the land to Parks Victoria. Included in the plan will be the community's aspirations for what may be developed in the parklands and preparations for a shared-use path for walkers and cyclists.

Level Crossings Removed at Blackburn & Heatherdale Roads

[video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://www.shaunleanemp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/My-Movie-5.mp4"][/video] On Monday 6 February 2017 trains will travel under Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads for the first time with the dangerous and congested level crossings now gone. Following an intensive construction period over the Christmas holidays the main works to separate the rail lines from the roads is complete. All train services will resume as normal on Monday 6 February. Works will continue around both sites for several more months until all works are fully completed. To find up-to-date information about the ongoing works and how they may affect you, please visit regularly www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. During the 41-day construction blitz 800 staff excavated 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the line so trains can safely run under the road for the first time. Two new pedestrian bridges have been built at Purches Street in Mitcham and Cottage Street in Blackburn, and a third is under construction at King Street/Oliver Avenue in Blackburn, making it quicker and safer to cross the tracks. The Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads will also reopen to traffic on Monday, free from the boom gates that held motorists hostage for an hour every morning peak. However, as works progress, some night road closures will be required to complete the road works, landscaping, car parks and other finishing works at the stations which will continue until mid-year. For more detail about the Labor Government’s plan to reduce congestion, improve safety, run more trains and create 4,500 jobs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Level Crossings Removed at Blackburn & Heatherdale Roads

[video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://www.shaunleanemp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/My-Movie-5.mp4"][/video] On Monday 6 February 2017 trains will travel under Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads for the first time with the dangerous and congested level crossings now gone. Following an intensive construction period over the Christmas holidays the main works to separate the rail lines from the roads is complete. All train services will resume as normal on Monday 6 February. Works will continue around both sites for several more months until all works are fully completed. To find up-to-date information about the ongoing works and how they may affect you, please visit regularly www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. During the 41-day construction blitz 800 staff excavated 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the line so trains can safely run under the road for the first time. Two new pedestrian bridges have been built at Purches Street in Mitcham and Cottage Street in Blackburn, and a third is under construction at King Street/Oliver Avenue in Blackburn, making it quicker and safer to cross the tracks. The Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads will also reopen to traffic on Monday, free from the boom gates that held motorists hostage for an hour every morning peak. However, as works progress, some night road closures will be required to complete the road works, landscaping, car parks and other finishing works at the stations which will continue until mid-year. For more detail about the Labor Government’s plan to reduce congestion, improve safety, run more trains and create 4,500 jobs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.