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DETAILED DESIGNS BRING NORTH EAST LINK TO LIFE

Residents in the northern suburbs will get their first look at detailed designs for the Andrews Labor Government’s North East Link from today. With the reference design for the $15.8 billion project now complete, procurement can start under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metro region Shaun Leane is encouraging locals to drop in to a community session or log on to the North East Link Authority website to learn more about the project. The Eastern Freeway overhaul as part of North East Link will slash travel times by 40 per cent, separate buses from other traffic and remove frustrating bottlenecks. The project is also going to include a new, tough noise standard of 63 decibels – this is fantastic news for communities living near the Eastern Freeway. With North East Link and the Eastern Freeway overhaul combined, people will be able to drive from the Springvale Road to the airport without hitting a single traffic light. In response to community feedback, the new design features more open space with new green bridges, a new noise standard and 25 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths. The twin three lane tunnels are now 5.3 kilometres long protecting homes and environmentally sensitive parkland above, while moving the ventilation structures as far away from homes as possible. The design features 1.2 kilometres of lowered road to minimise the visual impact and create more open spaces with green land bridges. North East Link will also be built to a noise standard of 63 decibels, with better noise walls – standing alongside the Labor Government’s West Gate Tunnel as the quietest motorways in the state. North East Link will give local roads back to local people, taking trucks off local streets, slashing travel times and easing congestion in the north eastern suburbs. North East Link will be put out to market within the first 100 days of a re-elected Andrews Labor Government so that construction can start in 2020. The road is expected to open in 2027. The North East Link Authority will be at Yarra Junior Football League in Bulleen on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September from 10am until 4pm. The team will also be at a shopping centre near you in the coming weeks– visit northeastlink.vic.gov.au for details. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “The benefits for Melbourne’s east are huge, with improved travel times, better connections and a new noise standard that will make this section of the Eastern Freeway the quietest freeway in the state.” “We’ve been listening to what the community has had to say and refining designs ahead of putting this project out to market within the first 100 days of a re-elected Andrews Labor Government

DETAILED DESIGNS BRING NORTH EAST LINK TO LIFE

Residents in the northern suburbs will get their first look at detailed designs for the Andrews Labor Government’s North East Link from today. With the reference design for the $15.8 billion project now complete, procurement can start under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metro region Shaun Leane is encouraging locals to drop in to a community session or log on to the North East Link Authority website to learn more about the project. The Eastern Freeway overhaul as part of North East Link will slash travel times by 40 per cent, separate buses from other traffic and remove frustrating bottlenecks. The project is also going to include a new, tough noise standard of 63 decibels – this is fantastic news for communities living near the Eastern Freeway. With North East Link and the Eastern Freeway overhaul combined, people will be able to drive from the Springvale Road to the airport without hitting a single traffic light. In response to community feedback, the new design features more open space with new green bridges, a new noise standard and 25 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths. The twin three lane tunnels are now 5.3 kilometres long protecting homes and environmentally sensitive parkland above, while moving the ventilation structures as far away from homes as possible. The design features 1.2 kilometres of lowered road to minimise the visual impact and create more open spaces with green land bridges. North East Link will also be built to a noise standard of 63 decibels, with better noise walls – standing alongside the Labor Government’s West Gate Tunnel as the quietest motorways in the state. North East Link will give local roads back to local people, taking trucks off local streets, slashing travel times and easing congestion in the north eastern suburbs. North East Link will be put out to market within the first 100 days of a re-elected Andrews Labor Government so that construction can start in 2020. The road is expected to open in 2027. The North East Link Authority will be at Yarra Junior Football League in Bulleen on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September from 10am until 4pm. The team will also be at a shopping centre near you in the coming weeks– visit northeastlink.vic.gov.au for details. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane “The benefits for Melbourne’s east are huge, with improved travel times, better connections and a new noise standard that will make this section of the Eastern Freeway the quietest freeway in the state.” “We’ve been listening to what the community has had to say and refining designs ahead of putting this project out to market within the first 100 days of a re-elected Andrews Labor Government

Victorian businesses awarded energy assessment grants

Arcare Knox in Wantirna South has recently been awarded a $9,900 grant to help reduce its energy usage under the $6.1 million Victorian Government’s Boosting Business Productivity Program. The program, delivered by Sustainability Victoria, supports businesses with three different efficiency grants, a sustainable finance service, training events, and information resources. Since the program was launched by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, grants have been awarded to more than 60 businesses across Victoria to co-fund energy efficiency assessments. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said, Arcare Knox has identified potential savings of up to $77,560 per year through an energy assessment of its business. Arcare Knox is now working with an experienced energy consultant to further identify potential energy efficiency improvements, review pricing tariffs, and suitable renewable energy options. The Energy Assessment Grants are open to businesses spending more than $20,000 a year on energy. For more information on the program, please contact Sustainability Victoria’s Sustainable Business advisors on 1300 363 744 or email grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to The Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “Energy assessments are a great opportunity for a business to improve their productivity while also reducing operating costs.” “This will make a real difference by helping local business to save on energy bills and reduce waste.”      

Victorian businesses awarded energy assessment grants

Arcare Knox in Wantirna South has recently been awarded a $9,900 grant to help reduce its energy usage under the $6.1 million Victorian Government’s Boosting Business Productivity Program. The program, delivered by Sustainability Victoria, supports businesses with three different efficiency grants, a sustainable finance service, training events, and information resources. Since the program was launched by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, grants have been awarded to more than 60 businesses across Victoria to co-fund energy efficiency assessments. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said, Arcare Knox has identified potential savings of up to $77,560 per year through an energy assessment of its business. Arcare Knox is now working with an experienced energy consultant to further identify potential energy efficiency improvements, review pricing tariffs, and suitable renewable energy options. The Energy Assessment Grants are open to businesses spending more than $20,000 a year on energy. For more information on the program, please contact Sustainability Victoria’s Sustainable Business advisors on 1300 363 744 or email grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to The Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane  “Energy assessments are a great opportunity for a business to improve their productivity while also reducing operating costs.” “This will make a real difference by helping local business to save on energy bills and reduce waste.”      

BUILDING ON THE MEN’S SHED COMMUNITY IN VERMONT

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men from Vermont and surrounding suburbs to work together and contribute to their local community. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced Vermont Men’s Shed will receive $29,974 to refurbish their existing shed, as part of the Labor Government 2018-19 Men’s Sheds funding round. The Vermont Men’s Shed is one of 29 men’s sheds to benefit as part of the funding round, with the money to be used to construct an additional men's shed on land owned by the Uniting Church Property Trust. In total, nine new men’s sheds will be built and 20 existing sheds refurbished. It adds to the tally of 70 men’s sheds the Labor Government has already built or upgraded since November 2014. Each year, the Labor Government provides $1 million to support men’s sheds in Victoria, which includes funding for the Victorian Men’s Shed Association. Today’s funding ads to the $75,000 that was recently announced to continue support for a dedicated Victorian Men’s Shed Association Field Officer and their work to improve the sustainability and governance of the state’s men’s shed network. Men’s sheds are safe and practical places for men to meet, make social connections and actively participate in their local communities. The Labor Government is a proud supporter of men’s sheds and recognises the important role they play in bringing communities together. For more information, visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos  “Men’s sheds are a wonderful part of the Victorian community – and we’re building and upgrading more of them so more Victorians can benefit.” “I am particularly pleased to see this funding will engage more men across Victoria so they have the chance to come together and catch up with mates.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Congratulations to all the members of the Vermont Men’s Shed who can now start work on their new project thanks to our support.”  Quote attributable to Victorian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer Ric Blackburn “It’s great news for shedders around Victoria and their local communities, and we’re grateful for the continued support from the Victorian Government.”  

BUILDING ON THE MEN’S SHED COMMUNITY IN VERMONT

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men from Vermont and surrounding suburbs to work together and contribute to their local community. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane today announced Vermont Men’s Shed will receive $29,974 to refurbish their existing shed, as part of the Labor Government 2018-19 Men’s Sheds funding round. The Vermont Men’s Shed is one of 29 men’s sheds to benefit as part of the funding round, with the money to be used to construct an additional men's shed on land owned by the Uniting Church Property Trust. In total, nine new men’s sheds will be built and 20 existing sheds refurbished. It adds to the tally of 70 men’s sheds the Labor Government has already built or upgraded since November 2014. Each year, the Labor Government provides $1 million to support men’s sheds in Victoria, which includes funding for the Victorian Men’s Shed Association. Today’s funding ads to the $75,000 that was recently announced to continue support for a dedicated Victorian Men’s Shed Association Field Officer and their work to improve the sustainability and governance of the state’s men’s shed network. Men’s sheds are safe and practical places for men to meet, make social connections and actively participate in their local communities. The Labor Government is a proud supporter of men’s sheds and recognises the important role they play in bringing communities together. For more information, visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos  “Men’s sheds are a wonderful part of the Victorian community – and we’re building and upgrading more of them so more Victorians can benefit.” “I am particularly pleased to see this funding will engage more men across Victoria so they have the chance to come together and catch up with mates.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane “Congratulations to all the members of the Vermont Men’s Shed who can now start work on their new project thanks to our support.”  Quote attributable to Victorian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer Ric Blackburn “It’s great news for shedders around Victoria and their local communities, and we’re grateful for the continued support from the Victorian Government.”  

UPDATED HOCKEY FIELD FOR KOONUNG SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Koonung Secondary College will soon have an updated sports ground thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to schools. Koonung Secondary College will receive $100,000 for the upgrade, which will involves resurfacing the existing hockey field. By making sure students have access to the best sporting facilities we can increase the proportion of kids staying active. By 2025, the Labor Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week. Koonung Secondary College is one of thousands of schools with upgrades now underway across Victoria thanks to the Government’s $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure as part of the Education State. This unprecedented investment has delivered 70 new school projects and more than 1,300 school upgrades, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re helping upgrade schools across Victoria so families can be assured that no matter where they live they’ll have access to a great local school with facilities that the whole community can be proud of.” “It is exciting to see Koonung Secondary College get the funding it needs to upgrade its hockey field – creating great new sports facilities for both students and the local community to use.” “This upgrade is about more than giving students the first-rate school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”  

UPDATED HOCKEY FIELD FOR KOONUNG SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Koonung Secondary College will soon have an updated sports ground thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to schools. Koonung Secondary College will receive $100,000 for the upgrade, which will involves resurfacing the existing hockey field. By making sure students have access to the best sporting facilities we can increase the proportion of kids staying active. By 2025, the Labor Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week. Koonung Secondary College is one of thousands of schools with upgrades now underway across Victoria thanks to the Government’s $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure as part of the Education State. This unprecedented investment has delivered 70 new school projects and more than 1,300 school upgrades, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re helping upgrade schools across Victoria so families can be assured that no matter where they live they’ll have access to a great local school with facilities that the whole community can be proud of.” “It is exciting to see Koonung Secondary College get the funding it needs to upgrade its hockey field – creating great new sports facilities for both students and the local community to use.” “This upgrade is about more than giving students the first-rate school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”  

MORE ROOM TO LEARN AT MILGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at Milgate Primary School will soon have important new works undertaken, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced that $947,000 funding has been allocated to provide a double storey relocatable for students to learn in. The Labor Government is working to strengthen community pride in schools and build the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. The project is part of a $3.8 billion investment by the Government to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools. The 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. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re upgrading schools across Victoria so families can know that no matter where they live they can access a great local school the whole community is proud of.” “This upgrade is about more than giving Milgate Primary School students the school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”  

MORE ROOM TO LEARN AT MILGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at Milgate Primary School will soon have important new works undertaken, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced that $947,000 funding has been allocated to provide a double storey relocatable for students to learn in. The Labor Government is working to strengthen community pride in schools and build the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. The project is part of a $3.8 billion investment by the Government to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools. The 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. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re upgrading schools across Victoria so families can know that no matter where they live they can access a great local school the whole community is proud of.” “This upgrade is about more than giving Milgate Primary School students the school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”  

MORE SHADE FOR YARRA HILLS SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Yarra Hills Secondary College will soon be even more sun smart with the addition of new shade cloths, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to schools. Yarra Hills Secondary College will receive $36,800 for the new shade cloths, allowing students to enjoy more time outside come rain, hail or shine. By making sure students have access to the best outdoor facilities we can increase the proportion of kids staying active. By 2025, the Labor Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week. Yarra Hills Secondary College is one of thousands of schools with upgrades now underway across Victoria thanks to the Government’s unprecedented $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure as part of the Education State. This investment has delivered 70 new school projects and more than 1,300 school upgrades, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re helping upgrade schools across Victoria so families can be assured that no matter where they live they’ll have access to a great local school with facilities that the whole community can be proud of.” “This upgrade is about more than giving students the first-rate school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”    

MORE SHADE FOR YARRA HILLS SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Yarra Hills Secondary College will soon be even more sun smart with the addition of new shade cloths, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced the upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to schools. Yarra Hills Secondary College will receive $36,800 for the new shade cloths, allowing students to enjoy more time outside come rain, hail or shine. By making sure students have access to the best outdoor facilities we can increase the proportion of kids staying active. By 2025, the Labor Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week. Yarra Hills Secondary College is one of thousands of schools with upgrades now underway across Victoria thanks to the Government’s unprecedented $3.8 billion investment in school infrastructure as part of the Education State. This investment has delivered 70 new school projects and more than 1,300 school upgrades, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs. For further information about the Andrews Labor Government’s record school construction and upgrade program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “We’re helping upgrade schools across Victoria so families can be assured that no matter where they live they’ll have access to a great local school with facilities that the whole community can be proud of.” “This upgrade is about more than giving students the first-rate school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”    

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.