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Archives for February, 2017

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Turnbull Government Confirms It’s Dudding Victoria On Infrastructure

The Turnbull Government last night confirmed that it’s dudding Victoria when it comes to funding vital infrastructure in our state. Giving testimony at a Senate Committee last night, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development confirmed that the Commonwealth would invest only $2.045 billion on..

Major Upgrades For Box Hill And Brighton Libraries

Two Melbourne libraries will undergo refurbishments thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. The Box Hill Library will benefit from a grant of $258,000 to help create new reading and study facilities and make the library easier to use including the provision..

Solar Feed-In Tariffs Double In Victoria

Victorian solar households will finally receive fair compensation for the power they provide to the grid  thanks to ground-breaking changes announced today. Solar households are set to receive a minimum feed-in tariff rate of 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the current five cents..

Unlocking New Communities And Affordable Housing

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to boost land supply and cut delays in approvals to make housing more affordable for Victorians. The rezoning of 100,000 lots within two years in key growth corridors spread in seven of Melbourne’s growth councils will help tackle..

Virtual Reality Training To Protect Paramedics From Violence

All Victorian paramedics will undertake new ‘virtual reality’ training to better protect themselves from violence when responding to real-life volatile medical emergencies. Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today launched Ambulance Victoria’s new Occupational Violence Prevention Education Program – which is the first of its..

Protecting The Yarra River For Generations To Come

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to protect our treasured Yarra River waterway and its parklands for decades to come. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Planning Richard Wynne and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio alongside Wurundjeri..

New Legislation Passes To Keep Victorian Children Safe

New legislation has passed Victoria’s Parliament today, introducing a Reportable Conduct Scheme to better protect children from harm. The scheme requires certain organisations providing services to children to report centrally on any abuse allegations, ensuring individuals who pose a risk to children can be excluded..

VICTORIA OPPOSES CUTS TO PENALTY RATES

The Andrews Labor Government has opposed the Fair Work Commission decision to cut Sunday and public holiday rates in the retail, hospitality and accommodation sectors. The decision affects award-reliant, low paid workers, including young workers and women who make up more than half the workforce..

MORE SOCIAL HOUSING SUPPORT FOR EASTERN METRO

Shaun Leane, Member for Eastern Metropolitan, has welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s new plan, which provides more support to social housing organisations to build, buy and rent more homes for vulnerable Victorians. For the first time ever, organisations will be able to utilise a $1..

Highest Possible Credit Rating Confirmed For Victoria

Victoria’s economy received another vote of confidence today, with international credit rating agency Moody’s confirming our triple-A stable credit rating. Giving Victoria the highest possible rating, Moody’s indicated our credit quality reflected ample financial flexibility and a diverse economic base, along with strong economic growth..

Better Support And Services For Permanent Carers

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in a new, state-wide permanent carer helpline to provide timely support services when they need it most. The not-for-profit association Permanent Care and Adoptive Families will manage the helpline, with qualified professionals to deliver phone advice and assistance. Permanent..

Reform, Growth And Better Outcomes For Social Housing

As waiting lists continue to grow, a bold new approach will give social housing organisations more power to build, buy and rent homes for vulnerable Victorians. For the first time ever, organisations will be able to utilise a $1 billion fund and access low interest..

Converting Waste To Energy For A Sustainable Future

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new $2 million program to support the development of waste to energy technologies, including anaerobic digestion and thermal treatment of waste. The Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund will boost sustainable energy production using organic and other materials and..

Works Start On Thomas Embling Expansion

The Andrews Labor Government is providing more mental health support with a further $7 million to build 10 additional beds at Thomas Embling Hospital. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley made the announcement today while turning the sod for the new $9.5 million eight-bed Secure..

Medicinal Cannabis Takes Big Steps Forward In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with establishing a reliable, safe production pipeline for the supply of high quality medicinal cannabis for Victorian patients. The first cannabis crop grown by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has now been harvested. It..

Reforms Continue To Improve Jury Directions

The Andrews Labor Government introduced new laws in Parliament today to further simplify and improve the way information is provided to juries in criminal trials. The Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2017 will clarify that jury parades are not an essential part of..

Chandler Highway Bottlenecks To Go

Works to remove two notorious bottlenecks along the Chandler Highway will start within months, with Seymour Whyte Constructions announced today as the successful tenderer for the project. The $110 million Chandler Highway Upgrade will slash travel times, improve reliability and increase access for pedestrians and..

The Future Of Social Enterprise: More Jobs, Great Causes

Australia’s first-ever strategy for social enterprises has been unveiled by the Andrews Labor Government to strengthen the sector and create more employment opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan today launched the Social Enterprise Strategy while meeting workers at Yarra View..