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25th Feb 2021 Flying The Veteran Flag In Beaufort

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local veterans and the Beaufort RSL preserve their past through the careful restoration of a decades-old Union Flag. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane was at the Beaufort RSL today to formally unveil the flag – a historical and emotional record of local wartime service, having been signed by many World War Two servicemen and women as they returned home to the area or passed through. The 2m-wide flag has been reframed to conservation standards thanks to a $5,000 Labor Government grant, provided through last year’s 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII Grant Program. The funding will also be used to support the Beaufort RSL and Beaufort Historical Society in putting together an exhibition telling stories of wartime service by Beaufort locals, overseas and on the home front. The flag and exhibition will serve as a powerful historical record and educational tool to show the contributions of residents of Beaufort and surrounding areas during WWII. It is one of 31 projects funded through the Program, which was set up last year to commemorate 75 years since the end of WWII. Up to $30,000 for activities or projects that marked the occasion or increased awareness of Victoria’s WWII history were available. For the full list of last year’s successful applicants, visit vic.gov.au/75th-anniversary-end-world-war-two-grant-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Preserving the Beaufort Union Flag for future generations means we can continue to inspire and educate others – and preserve a legacy so many Victorians fought for – this is a wonderful piece of our history.” “It’s just one of many projects across the state that rightly recognises and commemorates the service of servicemen and women during World War Two – it’s a sacrifice we will not forget.”

25th Feb 2021 Flying The Veteran Flag In Beaufort

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local veterans and the Beaufort RSL preserve their past through the careful restoration of a decades-old Union Flag. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane was at the Beaufort RSL today to formally unveil the flag – a historical and emotional record of local wartime service, having been signed by many World War Two servicemen and women as they returned home to the area or passed through. The 2m-wide flag has been reframed to conservation standards thanks to a $5,000 Labor Government grant, provided through last year’s 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII Grant Program. The funding will also be used to support the Beaufort RSL and Beaufort Historical Society in putting together an exhibition telling stories of wartime service by Beaufort locals, overseas and on the home front. The flag and exhibition will serve as a powerful historical record and educational tool to show the contributions of residents of Beaufort and surrounding areas during WWII. It is one of 31 projects funded through the Program, which was set up last year to commemorate 75 years since the end of WWII. Up to $30,000 for activities or projects that marked the occasion or increased awareness of Victoria’s WWII history were available. For the full list of last year’s successful applicants, visit vic.gov.au/75th-anniversary-end-world-war-two-grant-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Preserving the Beaufort Union Flag for future generations means we can continue to inspire and educate others – and preserve a legacy so many Victorians fought for – this is a wonderful piece of our history.” “It’s just one of many projects across the state that rightly recognises and commemorates the service of servicemen and women during World War Two – it’s a sacrifice we will not forget.”

New Shrine Of Remembrance Chair Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the appointment of naval veteran Stephen Bowater as incoming Chairperson of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees. A veteran of more than 40 years’ service, Captain Bowater was most recently the Executive Director of the Royal Australian Navy’s Commander Shore Force and takes over from Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence who is stepping down after a nine-year term. The Chairperson’s role is to lead the Trustees in the care, management, maintenance and preservation of the Shrine of Remembrance and Shrine Reserve land. With the Commander Shore Force, Captain Bowater oversaw Australia’s 14 naval bases and 3,000 staff, as well as operational responses to the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires and the Coronavirus outbreak in Australia. He has served in Iraq and Kuwait and has experience on nine operational deployments. Air Vice-Marshal Spence leaves a significant legacy at the Shrine, having overseen the development and strategic direction that has grown the Shrine’s reputation as the pre-eminent site of Victorian and national commemoration. He also spearheaded the Galleries of Remembrance project, a $45 million development of gallery space in the Shrine’s undercroft, which attracted new visitors and universal acclaim as the single most important addition to the Shrine since its establishment in 1934. Captain Bowater commences his term on Sunday, 14 February 2021. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “As Chairperson, Captain Bowater will be responsible for one of our nation’s most prized and revered monuments, honouring the service and sacrifice of our veterans and our rich military history.” “He brings a wealth of knowledge from his extensive military service in Australia and abroad and I look forward to working closely with him throughout his tenure.” “I thank Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence for his hard work over nine years in making the Shrine a fitting and appropriate dedication to the work and sacrifice of Victorian and Australian service personnel.”

New Shrine Of Remembrance Chair Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the appointment of naval veteran Stephen Bowater as incoming Chairperson of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees. A veteran of more than 40 years’ service, Captain Bowater was most recently the Executive Director of the Royal Australian Navy’s Commander Shore Force and takes over from Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence who is stepping down after a nine-year term. The Chairperson’s role is to lead the Trustees in the care, management, maintenance and preservation of the Shrine of Remembrance and Shrine Reserve land. With the Commander Shore Force, Captain Bowater oversaw Australia’s 14 naval bases and 3,000 staff, as well as operational responses to the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires and the Coronavirus outbreak in Australia. He has served in Iraq and Kuwait and has experience on nine operational deployments. Air Vice-Marshal Spence leaves a significant legacy at the Shrine, having overseen the development and strategic direction that has grown the Shrine’s reputation as the pre-eminent site of Victorian and national commemoration. He also spearheaded the Galleries of Remembrance project, a $45 million development of gallery space in the Shrine’s undercroft, which attracted new visitors and universal acclaim as the single most important addition to the Shrine since its establishment in 1934. Captain Bowater commences his term on Sunday, 14 February 2021. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “As Chairperson, Captain Bowater will be responsible for one of our nation’s most prized and revered monuments, honouring the service and sacrifice of our veterans and our rich military history.” “He brings a wealth of knowledge from his extensive military service in Australia and abroad and I look forward to working closely with him throughout his tenure.” “I thank Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence for his hard work over nine years in making the Shrine a fitting and appropriate dedication to the work and sacrifice of Victorian and Australian service personnel.”

Building Up Our Veteran Community

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting organisations that support veterans to apply now for grants of up to $50,000 to spruce up their buildings and facilities. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today opened the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program, which helps eligible organisations fund facility upgrades, so they can provide better support and services to their members. Any organisation that supports veterans and their families are welcome to apply, such as ex-service organisations, councils and not-for-profit groups. The funding can be used for renovation or maintenance projects such as providing all abilities access, installing more environmentally sustainable features, improving community access or upgrading memorial halls. Interested organisations can apply now for grants from $5,000 and up to $50,000, for projects that can be completed within a year. Grant applications close on Monday, 12 April 2021. For more information or to apply, visit vic.gov.au/veterans-capital-works-grant-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Victoria’s veterans have served us - and it is now our responsibility to serve them and ensure they have the support they need to live happy, safe and well.” “This funding is about ensuring the places they use to seek support or simply come together are fit-for-purpose, accessible to all and environmentally sustainable as well.”

Building Up Our Veteran Community

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting organisations that support veterans to apply now for grants of up to $50,000 to spruce up their buildings and facilities. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today opened the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program, which helps eligible organisations fund facility upgrades, so they can provide better support and services to their members. Any organisation that supports veterans and their families are welcome to apply, such as ex-service organisations, councils and not-for-profit groups. The funding can be used for renovation or maintenance projects such as providing all abilities access, installing more environmentally sustainable features, improving community access or upgrading memorial halls. Interested organisations can apply now for grants from $5,000 and up to $50,000, for projects that can be completed within a year. Grant applications close on Monday, 12 April 2021. For more information or to apply, visit vic.gov.au/veterans-capital-works-grant-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Victoria’s veterans have served us - and it is now our responsibility to serve them and ensure they have the support they need to live happy, safe and well.” “This funding is about ensuring the places they use to seek support or simply come together are fit-for-purpose, accessible to all and environmentally sustainable as well.”

New Year Of Investment In Local Government Begins

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in Victoria’s fastest-growing communities, with applications open for the highly successful Growing Suburbs Fund. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today visited Moorabool Shire Council with Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Melton Steve McGhie to announce the opening of the Growing Suburbs Fund. This funding round will make $50 million available for more childcare and health centres, playgrounds, libraries, and paths and streetscape upgrades in growing communities. The funding was announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to help deliver a wide range of council infrastructure projects to ensure residents in high growth areas get access to the best possible facilities. More than 2.7 million Victorians live in these interface and peri urban council areas, representing 30 per cent of the state’s population. This is forecast to grow to almost 4 million by 2031. Projects made possible through the fund include the $19 million Cowes Cultural and Community Centre in Bass Coast Shire, the $8 million Hills Hub community centre in Cardinia Shire and the $6 million Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre in Wyndham. As Victoria’s economy recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Growing Suburbs Fund projects will continue to provide a valuable boost for local economies. Since it was established in 2015, the fund has facilitated $755 million worth of projects and created more than 7,500 jobs. More than 125 projects are now complete and open to the public. For more information on the Growing Suburbs Fund, including the 2020-21 guidelines, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “I am incredibly excited to see how this year’s projects will make a difference to Victoria’s fastest-growing communities.” “Every Growing Suburbs Fund investment we make helps to employ local people, get tradies working and the economy moving.” “2020 was a challenging year, but we know that councils will be at the centre of Victoria’s recovery, creating jobs and building stronger communities. The Growing Suburbs Fund is one of the best ways that the government can support councils in that vital role.”

New Year Of Investment In Local Government Begins

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in Victoria’s fastest-growing communities, with applications open for the highly successful Growing Suburbs Fund. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today visited Moorabool Shire Council with Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Melton Steve McGhie to announce the opening of the Growing Suburbs Fund. This funding round will make $50 million available for more childcare and health centres, playgrounds, libraries, and paths and streetscape upgrades in growing communities. The funding was announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to help deliver a wide range of council infrastructure projects to ensure residents in high growth areas get access to the best possible facilities. More than 2.7 million Victorians live in these interface and peri urban council areas, representing 30 per cent of the state’s population. This is forecast to grow to almost 4 million by 2031. Projects made possible through the fund include the $19 million Cowes Cultural and Community Centre in Bass Coast Shire, the $8 million Hills Hub community centre in Cardinia Shire and the $6 million Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre in Wyndham. As Victoria’s economy recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Growing Suburbs Fund projects will continue to provide a valuable boost for local economies. Since it was established in 2015, the fund has facilitated $755 million worth of projects and created more than 7,500 jobs. More than 125 projects are now complete and open to the public. For more information on the Growing Suburbs Fund, including the 2020-21 guidelines, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “I am incredibly excited to see how this year’s projects will make a difference to Victoria’s fastest-growing communities.” “Every Growing Suburbs Fund investment we make helps to employ local people, get tradies working and the economy moving.” “2020 was a challenging year, but we know that councils will be at the centre of Victoria’s recovery, creating jobs and building stronger communities. The Growing Suburbs Fund is one of the best ways that the government can support councils in that vital role.”

Expanded Living Libraries Program Launched

The Andrews Labor Government is modernising and upgrading libraries across the state, with councils now able to apply for dedicated new funding. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced applications for this year’s round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program were open. The $10 million round was funded in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 and is be the biggest in the program’s history – more than double the $4.5 million available in 2020. Increased funding for the Living Libraries program is part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries in the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Under the program, councils can apply for grants of up to $1 million to expand and modernise existing libraries, build new libraries or buy new mobile library vans. Minister Leane opened the fund on a visit to the Ballarat Library, which received a $500,000 Living Libraries grant towards a major upgrade and expansion in 2019. Since 2015 the Victorian Government has invested more than $22.5 million into Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $170 million. Thousands of Victorians joined libraries during 2020 and they proved a valuable source of support, entertainment and education during a challenging year. Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s application guidelines visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/living-libraries-infrastructure-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane  “The Living Libraries program has delivered a legacy of high-quality investment in libraries across Victoria. Its projects create local jobs and deliver fantastic facilities and programs for our communities.” “This fund delivers new libraries, library expansions and modern upgrades and mobile libraries for remote communities, ensuring that all Victorian have access to a public library.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “The redevelopment of Ballarat Library will deliver a new Digital Hub and Children’s Discovery Zone, making the library a welcoming a modern place for young families, students, job seekers and workers.”  Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “With more funding available than ever before, the Living Libraries program will continue to ensure that libraries like the Ballarat Library can provide access to digital resources, IT and children’s programs that encourage lifelong learning.

Expanded Living Libraries Program Launched

The Andrews Labor Government is modernising and upgrading libraries across the state, with councils now able to apply for dedicated new funding. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced applications for this year’s round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program were open. The $10 million round was funded in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 and is be the biggest in the program’s history – more than double the $4.5 million available in 2020. Increased funding for the Living Libraries program is part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries in the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Under the program, councils can apply for grants of up to $1 million to expand and modernise existing libraries, build new libraries or buy new mobile library vans. Minister Leane opened the fund on a visit to the Ballarat Library, which received a $500,000 Living Libraries grant towards a major upgrade and expansion in 2019. Since 2015 the Victorian Government has invested more than $22.5 million into Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $170 million. Thousands of Victorians joined libraries during 2020 and they proved a valuable source of support, entertainment and education during a challenging year. Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s application guidelines visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/living-libraries-infrastructure-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane  “The Living Libraries program has delivered a legacy of high-quality investment in libraries across Victoria. Its projects create local jobs and deliver fantastic facilities and programs for our communities.” “This fund delivers new libraries, library expansions and modern upgrades and mobile libraries for remote communities, ensuring that all Victorian have access to a public library.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “The redevelopment of Ballarat Library will deliver a new Digital Hub and Children’s Discovery Zone, making the library a welcoming a modern place for young families, students, job seekers and workers.”  Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “With more funding available than ever before, the Living Libraries program will continue to ensure that libraries like the Ballarat Library can provide access to digital resources, IT and children’s programs that encourage lifelong learning.

New Family Centre For Officer South

A brand-new childcare and family centre will soon be constructed in Officer South, providing more kindergarten places for children in the fast-growing suburb. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane joined local MPs Harriet Shing and Jordan Crugnale today to turn the first sod on the $7.7 million Officer South Integrated Child and Family Centre. When complete, the new centre will provide more than 130 kindergarten places for families in Officer South and the surrounding area, alongside five consulting rooms for maternal and child health services and two community rooms for events and classes. The centre is joint funded by $1.5 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund and $2 million from the Training Facilities and Capital Funding. Cardinia Shire Council has also committed $4.2 million. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $325 million investment over six years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Cardinia Shire Council has received over $26 million in funding to support the delivery of 14 priority projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: localgovernmentvic.gov.au/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides vital community infrastructure and continues to deliver results for Melbourne’s fast-growing suburbs.” “The Officer South Integrated Child and Family Centre will be a great benefit for children growing up in this fast-growing community and I'm pleased the Growing Suburbs Fund has helped to make it happen.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “More and more young families are moving into Officer South and this new centre will ensure there’s kindergarten space nearby for everyone who needs it.” Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “It’s great to see continued investment for young families in Cardinia Shire from across the State Government. This new centre will be an important asset for the community and I can’t wait to see it up and running.”

New Family Centre For Officer South

A brand-new childcare and family centre will soon be constructed in Officer South, providing more kindergarten places for children in the fast-growing suburb. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane joined local MPs Harriet Shing and Jordan Crugnale today to turn the first sod on the $7.7 million Officer South Integrated Child and Family Centre. When complete, the new centre will provide more than 130 kindergarten places for families in Officer South and the surrounding area, alongside five consulting rooms for maternal and child health services and two community rooms for events and classes. The centre is joint funded by $1.5 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund and $2 million from the Training Facilities and Capital Funding. Cardinia Shire Council has also committed $4.2 million. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $325 million investment over six years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. Since 2015, Cardinia Shire Council has received over $26 million in funding to support the delivery of 14 priority projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: localgovernmentvic.gov.au/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides vital community infrastructure and continues to deliver results for Melbourne’s fast-growing suburbs.” “The Officer South Integrated Child and Family Centre will be a great benefit for children growing up in this fast-growing community and I'm pleased the Growing Suburbs Fund has helped to make it happen.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “More and more young families are moving into Officer South and this new centre will ensure there’s kindergarten space nearby for everyone who needs it.” Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “It’s great to see continued investment for young families in Cardinia Shire from across the State Government. This new centre will be an important asset for the community and I can’t wait to see it up and running.”

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NEW 24 HOUR AMBULANCE SITE IN MOUNT WAVERLEY

The Andrews Labor Government is currently building a brand new, cutting edge ambulance station in Mount Waverley.

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.