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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.”    

ANDREWS LABOR GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES GRANT FOR CROYDON WAR MEMORIAL

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced $15,600 for the Croydon War Memorial as part of the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program. The grant will fund the restoration of the war memorial by removing damage and lichen, regilding, reinstating missing badges and repairing chipped stone. The Andrews Labor Government has announced 12 projects totalling $177,634 in this round of the grant program. The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Quotes attributable to John Eren Minister for Veterans “We’re restoring and maintaining our proud war time heritage all around Victoria so future generations can continue to honour our service men and women.” Quotes attributable to Shaun Leane, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region “Croydon has many people who have served our country and it is important that we ensure their stories are maintained in a fitting manner” “Everyone in Maroondah should take the time to visit the Croydon War Memorial to honour the legacy of our local heroes”

ANDREWS LABOR GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES GRANT FOR CROYDON WAR MEMORIAL

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced $15,600 for the Croydon War Memorial as part of the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program. The grant will fund the restoration of the war memorial by removing damage and lichen, regilding, reinstating missing badges and repairing chipped stone. The Andrews Labor Government has announced 12 projects totalling $177,634 in this round of the grant program. The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program supports communities in Victoria to ensure local war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour are restored to their original condition or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Quotes attributable to John Eren Minister for Veterans “We’re restoring and maintaining our proud war time heritage all around Victoria so future generations can continue to honour our service men and women.” Quotes attributable to Shaun Leane, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region “Croydon has many people who have served our country and it is important that we ensure their stories are maintained in a fitting manner” “Everyone in Maroondah should take the time to visit the Croydon War Memorial to honour the legacy of our local heroes”

MORE HOMELESSNESS SUPPORT FOR MAROONDAH

Wellways is set to receive more than $800,000 in funding to help those experiencing homelessness in Maroondah. Announcing the funding today, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said the homelessness service provider would establish an assertive outreach team to offer personalised assistance and help some of the Maroondah’s most vulnerable people. Under the Victorian Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan released in January this year, $17 million was allocated to establish assertive outreach and supportive housing teams, as well as 20 new modular homes in areas of high need across the state. After a competitive tender process, seven successful service providers across Victoria have now been chosen to roll out the initiatives over two years. Workers in the assertive outreach team will actively seek out and engage with people experiencing homelessness in the Maroondah area and connect them with emergency accommodation, health services and ongoing support. The Andrews Labor Government has made a record investment of $1 billion in additional homeless and housing support, including Victoria’s $45 million Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We want to break the cycle of homelessness in Victoria – this funding means organisations can intervene early and connect rough sleepers with the services they need to turn their lives around.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “The assertive outreach teams will see workers on the ground in Maroondah and the surrounding area, actively seek out and help people who are experiencing homelessness to access heath and housing services.” “We are proud of the work we’re doing to end homelessness and will continue to invest initiatives that work towards seeing every Victorian access safe and secure housing.”      

MORE HOMELESSNESS SUPPORT FOR MAROONDAH

Wellways is set to receive more than $800,000 in funding to help those experiencing homelessness in Maroondah. Announcing the funding today, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said the homelessness service provider would establish an assertive outreach team to offer personalised assistance and help some of the Maroondah’s most vulnerable people. Under the Victorian Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan released in January this year, $17 million was allocated to establish assertive outreach and supportive housing teams, as well as 20 new modular homes in areas of high need across the state. After a competitive tender process, seven successful service providers across Victoria have now been chosen to roll out the initiatives over two years. Workers in the assertive outreach team will actively seek out and engage with people experiencing homelessness in the Maroondah area and connect them with emergency accommodation, health services and ongoing support. The Andrews Labor Government has made a record investment of $1 billion in additional homeless and housing support, including Victoria’s $45 million Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We want to break the cycle of homelessness in Victoria – this funding means organisations can intervene early and connect rough sleepers with the services they need to turn their lives around.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “The assertive outreach teams will see workers on the ground in Maroondah and the surrounding area, actively seek out and help people who are experiencing homelessness to access heath and housing services.” “We are proud of the work we’re doing to end homelessness and will continue to invest initiatives that work towards seeing every Victorian access safe and secure housing.”      

BETTER LINKS FOR CYCLISTS IN MELBOURNE’S SOUTH EAST

The Andrews Labor Government is building better connections and improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians across Melbourne’s south east. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane today announced the start of works on a $593,000 project to improve safety for cyclists between Box Hill and Ashburton. New traffic lights will be installed on High Street, west of Winbirra Parade, and there will be safety improvements to several intersections including Riversdale Road, Station Street and Burwood Highway. The project  is a part of the Labor Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrian Fund to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The  Safe Cyclists and Pedestrian Fund is designed to encourage cycling and make it safer for riders to travel to and around major activity areas, such as shopping centres. The safety upgrades are part of the Labor Government’s $1.1 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, delivered in partnership between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads. The Towards Zero Action Plan aims to reduce the number of lives lost to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020. Works on the nearby Box Hill to Ringwood shared user path are also gathering pace with traffic lights at the New and Albert streets intersection and pedestrian lights at Molan Street now switched on. The Box Hill to Ringwood shared user path will be a continuous 10-kilometre link for connecting Box Hill and Ringwood for cyclists and pedestrians. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “We know that cyclists and pedestrians are among our most vulnerable road users – that’s why we’re delivering these important safety upgrades.” “These projects is not only about linking cyclists and pedestrians, it’s about connecting communities and encouraging more people to consider walking or travelling by bike.  

BETTER LINKS FOR CYCLISTS IN MELBOURNE’S SOUTH EAST

The Andrews Labor Government is building better connections and improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians across Melbourne’s south east. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane today announced the start of works on a $593,000 project to improve safety for cyclists between Box Hill and Ashburton. New traffic lights will be installed on High Street, west of Winbirra Parade, and there will be safety improvements to several intersections including Riversdale Road, Station Street and Burwood Highway. The project  is a part of the Labor Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrian Fund to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The  Safe Cyclists and Pedestrian Fund is designed to encourage cycling and make it safer for riders to travel to and around major activity areas, such as shopping centres. The safety upgrades are part of the Labor Government’s $1.1 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, delivered in partnership between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads. The Towards Zero Action Plan aims to reduce the number of lives lost to 200 or fewer and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020. Works on the nearby Box Hill to Ringwood shared user path are also gathering pace with traffic lights at the New and Albert streets intersection and pedestrian lights at Molan Street now switched on. The Box Hill to Ringwood shared user path will be a continuous 10-kilometre link for connecting Box Hill and Ringwood for cyclists and pedestrians. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “We know that cyclists and pedestrians are among our most vulnerable road users – that’s why we’re delivering these important safety upgrades.” “These projects is not only about linking cyclists and pedestrians, it’s about connecting communities and encouraging more people to consider walking or travelling by bike.  

GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS WARRANDYTE BUSINESS TO CUT ENERGY COSTS

The latest round of Victorian Government grants to help commercial building owners reduce their energy costs is helping Warrandyte company, Stockland Property Management Pty Ltd. Stockland Property Management Pty Ltd will receive $30,000 through the State Government’s $1.76 million Better Commercial Buildings program, which helps building owners and tenants make their buildings more energy efficient. The money will be used to target a 1 star improvement (10-15% energy saving). Key initiatives vary across the sites however the Service Provider engaged will utilise their ‘pyramid approach’ to identify, implement and achieve energy savings initiatives.. The member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said the Better Commercial Buildings program is helping many other local businesses reduce one of their most fundamental operating costs. “The Better Commercial Buildings grants can help businesses identify and implement improvements, measure their success, gain access to further finance options and pre-approved service providers,” Mr Leane said. “It’s a system that takes the guess work out of choosing suppliers, when you carry out energy improvement work,” Mr Leane said. Common changes have included replacing out-dated heating and cooling systems, upgrading lighting and installing timer or movement switches, supplementing energy from the grid with solar panels. Apart from helping to cut one of the most fundamental business operating costs, energy upgrades have been found to improve staff comfort and reduce complaints about hot and cold spots in offices. The program can help improve a building’s rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) system by one star, on average. The program is now fully subscribed. Further information about the program can be found at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/grants. Find out more about how Sustainability Victoria can help your business at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Business.  

GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS WARRANDYTE BUSINESS TO CUT ENERGY COSTS

The latest round of Victorian Government grants to help commercial building owners reduce their energy costs is helping Warrandyte company, Stockland Property Management Pty Ltd. Stockland Property Management Pty Ltd will receive $30,000 through the State Government’s $1.76 million Better Commercial Buildings program, which helps building owners and tenants make their buildings more energy efficient. The money will be used to target a 1 star improvement (10-15% energy saving). Key initiatives vary across the sites however the Service Provider engaged will utilise their ‘pyramid approach’ to identify, implement and achieve energy savings initiatives.. The member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said the Better Commercial Buildings program is helping many other local businesses reduce one of their most fundamental operating costs. “The Better Commercial Buildings grants can help businesses identify and implement improvements, measure their success, gain access to further finance options and pre-approved service providers,” Mr Leane said. “It’s a system that takes the guess work out of choosing suppliers, when you carry out energy improvement work,” Mr Leane said. Common changes have included replacing out-dated heating and cooling systems, upgrading lighting and installing timer or movement switches, supplementing energy from the grid with solar panels. Apart from helping to cut one of the most fundamental business operating costs, energy upgrades have been found to improve staff comfort and reduce complaints about hot and cold spots in offices. The program can help improve a building’s rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) system by one star, on average. The program is now fully subscribed. Further information about the program can be found at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/grants. Find out more about how Sustainability Victoria can help your business at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Business.  

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.