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Boosting Active Options For Warrnambool Veterans

The Andrews Labor Government is helping veterans in Warrnambool stay active and socially connected with funding for increased welfare support services. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane visited Warrnambool RSL today and announced more than $46,000 their Veteran Support Centre RSL Active Program. The RSL Active program includes fitness activities similar to military physical training, yoga, and community support events to assist veterans and their families to reintegrate back into civilian life and develop genuine connections to their local community. The Warrnambool RSL delivers one of the most popular RSL Active programs in Victoria, with over 200 veterans and family members participating. This new funding is part of the Labor Government’s 2021 ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund program. The grants program has provided over $992,000 to organisations that support veterans to assists with direct welfare support, such as living expenses, health and wellbeing, education and school expenses, transport costs and social activities. This funding is in addition to the Labor Government’s $4.9 million investment in the 2020/21 Victorian Budget supporting the wellbeing of veterans and ensure their service and sacrifice is remembered. The Warrnambool RSL has been supporting Warrnambool and district veterans and their families since it was established on 27 January 1917. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Victoria’s RSLs do an incredible job delivering vital welfare support to our veterans.”  “Over the past year we have seen just how vital welfare assistance for our veterans is – that’s why I’m so proud to be providing this funding to Warrnambool RSL.” “The Warrnambool RSL should be immensely proud of the role they play in supporting veterans and their families in staying engaged with their community as they transition to civilian life.” Quote attributable to Warrnambool RSL President John Miles, “We are grateful for this funding from the Victorian Government, which allows us to continue this valuable program helping maintain important connections with local veterans and support their transition.”

Boosting Active Options For Warrnambool Veterans

The Andrews Labor Government is helping veterans in Warrnambool stay active and socially connected with funding for increased welfare support services. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane visited Warrnambool RSL today and announced more than $46,000 their Veteran Support Centre RSL Active Program. The RSL Active program includes fitness activities similar to military physical training, yoga, and community support events to assist veterans and their families to reintegrate back into civilian life and develop genuine connections to their local community. The Warrnambool RSL delivers one of the most popular RSL Active programs in Victoria, with over 200 veterans and family members participating. This new funding is part of the Labor Government’s 2021 ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund program. The grants program has provided over $992,000 to organisations that support veterans to assists with direct welfare support, such as living expenses, health and wellbeing, education and school expenses, transport costs and social activities. This funding is in addition to the Labor Government’s $4.9 million investment in the 2020/21 Victorian Budget supporting the wellbeing of veterans and ensure their service and sacrifice is remembered. The Warrnambool RSL has been supporting Warrnambool and district veterans and their families since it was established on 27 January 1917. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Victoria’s RSLs do an incredible job delivering vital welfare support to our veterans.”  “Over the past year we have seen just how vital welfare assistance for our veterans is – that’s why I’m so proud to be providing this funding to Warrnambool RSL.” “The Warrnambool RSL should be immensely proud of the role they play in supporting veterans and their families in staying engaged with their community as they transition to civilian life.” Quote attributable to Warrnambool RSL President John Miles, “We are grateful for this funding from the Victorian Government, which allows us to continue this valuable program helping maintain important connections with local veterans and support their transition.”

New Mayoral Advisory Panel Named

Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has unveiled the makeup of the 2021 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. Fifteen Mayors have been selected for the panel and will meet with Minister Leane four times this year to provide advice on a range of matters that impact local government. Chaired by the Minister for Local Government, this year’s panel will present ideas and initiatives to benefit the local government sector and aid in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The members of the 2021 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel are: Rt Hon Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Cr Kris Bolam, Mayor of Frankston Cr Louise Crawford, Mayor of Port Phillip Cr Kate Hely, Mayor of Stonnington Cr Joseph Haweil, Mayor of Hume Cr Adele Hegedich, Mayor of Wyndham Cr Despi O’Connor, Mayor of Mornington Cr Kim O’Keeffe, Mayor of Greater Shepparton Cr Daniel Moloney, Mayor of Ballarat Cr Mendy Urie, Mayor of East Gippsland Cr Libby Stapleton, Mayor of Surf Coast Cr Jennifer Anderson, Mayor of Macedon Ranges Cr Jenny O’Connor, Mayor of Indigo Cr David Wortmann, Mayor of Towong Cr Jo Armstrong, Mayor of Ararat. The panel will meet for the first time on 21 April via videoconference. Four regular meetings of the Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel were held in 2020 and panel discussions included recovery from the 2019-20 bushfires, responding to the pandemic, implementation of the Local Government Act 2020, state and local government approaches to homelessness, dealing with the effect of the pandemic on tourism and harnessing the Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panelwill provide important advice on how local and state governments can work together to produce real results for the Victorian community.” “I look forward to chairing this year’s panel meetings and hearing the diverse range of perspectives its members will provide.”

New Mayoral Advisory Panel Named

Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has unveiled the makeup of the 2021 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. Fifteen Mayors have been selected for the panel and will meet with Minister Leane four times this year to provide advice on a range of matters that impact local government. Chaired by the Minister for Local Government, this year’s panel will present ideas and initiatives to benefit the local government sector and aid in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The members of the 2021 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel are: Rt Hon Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Cr Kris Bolam, Mayor of Frankston Cr Louise Crawford, Mayor of Port Phillip Cr Kate Hely, Mayor of Stonnington Cr Joseph Haweil, Mayor of Hume Cr Adele Hegedich, Mayor of Wyndham Cr Despi O’Connor, Mayor of Mornington Cr Kim O’Keeffe, Mayor of Greater Shepparton Cr Daniel Moloney, Mayor of Ballarat Cr Mendy Urie, Mayor of East Gippsland Cr Libby Stapleton, Mayor of Surf Coast Cr Jennifer Anderson, Mayor of Macedon Ranges Cr Jenny O’Connor, Mayor of Indigo Cr David Wortmann, Mayor of Towong Cr Jo Armstrong, Mayor of Ararat. The panel will meet for the first time on 21 April via videoconference. Four regular meetings of the Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel were held in 2020 and panel discussions included recovery from the 2019-20 bushfires, responding to the pandemic, implementation of the Local Government Act 2020, state and local government approaches to homelessness, dealing with the effect of the pandemic on tourism and harnessing the Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panelwill provide important advice on how local and state governments can work together to produce real results for the Victorian community.” “I look forward to chairing this year’s panel meetings and hearing the diverse range of perspectives its members will provide.”

Staying Local To Honour Their Service This ANZAC Day

Victorians will be able to honour the sacrifice of our service men and women in person this year, with hundreds of local services expected at RSLs across the state and limited attendance at the traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service and March. The Victorian Government has worked closely with RSL Victoria to ensure veterans and their families could march this year, but encourages Victorians to stay local on ANZAC Day. RSL sub-branch, local government and community services are being planned for ANZAC Day – so finding a service close to home is an easy, meaningful and COVIDSafe way to remember those who served. The traditional Dawn Service and Commemorative Services will also be held with smaller numbers in partnership with the Shrine of Remembrance, and live streamed for all Victorians to watch at facebook.com/rslvic. Victorians can also share their show of remembrance from home by taking part in #lightupthedawn on social media while observing the traditional minute’s silence from their driveways, front yards or balconies. The Government provides annual funding of $80,000 to RSL Victoria to support ANZAC Day commemorations and will increase that amount to $330,000 this year to ensure the safety of participants. Anzac Day – one of our most important national days – began as a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War One. It has grown to become a reflection on the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in conflict or on peacekeeping operations. On ANZAC DAY donations to the Anzac Appeal are encouraged through  anzacappeal.com.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “We’ve worked closely with RSL Victoria to ensure the march and dawn service could go ahead this year – but there are many ways to honour the hard work and sacrifice of our returned service men and women closer to home.” “With hundreds of local services across Melbourne and Regional Victoria, I encourage people to stay local this ANZAC Day.” Quote attributable to Chief Executive Officer of RSL Victoria Jamie Twidale Quote attributable to Chief Executive Office of The Shrine Dean Lee “As the home of commemoration in Victoria, we are delighted to host the State Anzac Day Dawn Service and encourage all Victorians to join us online from 5.40am.”

Staying Local To Honour Their Service This ANZAC Day

Victorians will be able to honour the sacrifice of our service men and women in person this year, with hundreds of local services expected at RSLs across the state and limited attendance at the traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service and March. The Victorian Government has worked closely with RSL Victoria to ensure veterans and their families could march this year, but encourages Victorians to stay local on ANZAC Day. RSL sub-branch, local government and community services are being planned for ANZAC Day – so finding a service close to home is an easy, meaningful and COVIDSafe way to remember those who served. The traditional Dawn Service and Commemorative Services will also be held with smaller numbers in partnership with the Shrine of Remembrance, and live streamed for all Victorians to watch at facebook.com/rslvic. Victorians can also share their show of remembrance from home by taking part in #lightupthedawn on social media while observing the traditional minute’s silence from their driveways, front yards or balconies. The Government provides annual funding of $80,000 to RSL Victoria to support ANZAC Day commemorations and will increase that amount to $330,000 this year to ensure the safety of participants. Anzac Day – one of our most important national days – began as a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War One. It has grown to become a reflection on the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in conflict or on peacekeeping operations. On ANZAC DAY donations to the Anzac Appeal are encouraged through  anzacappeal.com.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “We’ve worked closely with RSL Victoria to ensure the march and dawn service could go ahead this year – but there are many ways to honour the hard work and sacrifice of our returned service men and women closer to home.” “With hundreds of local services across Melbourne and Regional Victoria, I encourage people to stay local this ANZAC Day.” Quote attributable to Chief Executive Officer of RSL Victoria Jamie Twidale Quote attributable to Chief Executive Office of The Shrine Dean Lee “As the home of commemoration in Victoria, we are delighted to host the State Anzac Day Dawn Service and encourage all Victorians to join us online from 5.40am.”

STATEMENT FROM THE VICTORIAN MINISTER FOR VETERANS

ANZAC Day is a solemn occasion where we remember and give our thanks to those who served our country, and those who did not return. But veterans and their families live their service, and the impacts of it, every day. That was the point I was making on Wednesday. We, as a community and a Parliament, should support veterans and their families every day of the year — not just on ANZAC Day. Having reflected on the contribution I made on Wednesday, I know the manner in which I made that point – as valuable as I continue to believe it is – was poor. It was over the top and caused offence where it needn't have – and certainly was not intended to. For that – I apologise. Every single day since I was given the honour of serving as Minister for Veterans I have devoted to improving the lives of veterans – in areas such as employment, housing and mental health. I continue to believe firmly that we need a Federal Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide – a silent crisis that we must face and fix. And I am proud that after a very difficult 2020, Victorians will get to commemorate in person at events across the state this ANZAC Day. I am forever appreciative to the veteran community for their contribution to our country – and will continue to work as hard as I can, every day to honour and improve their lives.

STATEMENT FROM THE VICTORIAN MINISTER FOR VETERANS

ANZAC Day is a solemn occasion where we remember and give our thanks to those who served our country, and those who did not return. But veterans and their families live their service, and the impacts of it, every day. That was the point I was making on Wednesday. We, as a community and a Parliament, should support veterans and their families every day of the year — not just on ANZAC Day. Having reflected on the contribution I made on Wednesday, I know the manner in which I made that point – as valuable as I continue to believe it is – was poor. It was over the top and caused offence where it needn't have – and certainly was not intended to. For that – I apologise. Every single day since I was given the honour of serving as Minister for Veterans I have devoted to improving the lives of veterans – in areas such as employment, housing and mental health. I continue to believe firmly that we need a Federal Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide – a silent crisis that we must face and fix. And I am proud that after a very difficult 2020, Victorians will get to commemorate in person at events across the state this ANZAC Day. I am forever appreciative to the veteran community for their contribution to our country – and will continue to work as hard as I can, every day to honour and improve their lives.

More Funding For Outdoor Dining Across Victoria

Popular outdoor dining areas for restaurants, pubs and cafes across the state will continue through a COVIDSafe autumn thanks to further support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced 22 councils will receive a share of $5 million in funding to continue and expand outdoor dining areas and pocket parks, as well as waiving permit fees and cutting red tape for businesses looking to set up outdoor dining. Among the councils receiving funding is Maribyrnong, which will use $250,000 to expand a successful program of 24 parklets across suburbs including Footscray and Yarraville and to areas that have not previously benefited. Another council to benefit is Monash, which will use a $500,000 grant to continue outdoor dining at Pinewood Shopping Village and Hamilton Place in Mount Waverley, in Glen Waverley and at Haughton Road in Clayton. The new funding for councils is part of the $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package released in September, which provided a share of $29.5 million to councils across the state. Of the 22 councils receiving funding, 13 are in metropolitan Melbourne, 5 are interface or peri-urban and 4 are regional. The funding was prioritised to the councils experiencing high demand for outdoor dining infrastructure following an increase in patronage to local businesses. The Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package also funded grants of up to $5,000 for businesses to pay for umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment needed for outdoor dining. For a full list of funding for the 22 successful councils, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Victorians have loved the outdoor dining areas we funded across the state this summer, and it’s great that we can continue that support through a COVIDSafe autumn.” “Councils have put our support for outdoor dining to good use over the last few months and this expansion will allow popular programs to continue across the state, giving our world-class hospitality industry a much-needed boost.” “Councils are key contributors to local economies and we’re giving them the support they need to create jobs and help drive our economic recovery.”

More Funding For Outdoor Dining Across Victoria

Popular outdoor dining areas for restaurants, pubs and cafes across the state will continue through a COVIDSafe autumn thanks to further support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced 22 councils will receive a share of $5 million in funding to continue and expand outdoor dining areas and pocket parks, as well as waiving permit fees and cutting red tape for businesses looking to set up outdoor dining. Among the councils receiving funding is Maribyrnong, which will use $250,000 to expand a successful program of 24 parklets across suburbs including Footscray and Yarraville and to areas that have not previously benefited. Another council to benefit is Monash, which will use a $500,000 grant to continue outdoor dining at Pinewood Shopping Village and Hamilton Place in Mount Waverley, in Glen Waverley and at Haughton Road in Clayton. The new funding for councils is part of the $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package released in September, which provided a share of $29.5 million to councils across the state. Of the 22 councils receiving funding, 13 are in metropolitan Melbourne, 5 are interface or peri-urban and 4 are regional. The funding was prioritised to the councils experiencing high demand for outdoor dining infrastructure following an increase in patronage to local businesses. The Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package also funded grants of up to $5,000 for businesses to pay for umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment needed for outdoor dining. For a full list of funding for the 22 successful councils, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Victorians have loved the outdoor dining areas we funded across the state this summer, and it’s great that we can continue that support through a COVIDSafe autumn.” “Councils have put our support for outdoor dining to good use over the last few months and this expansion will allow popular programs to continue across the state, giving our world-class hospitality industry a much-needed boost.” “Councils are key contributors to local economies and we’re giving them the support they need to create jobs and help drive our economic recovery.”

Support For Next Generation Of Women On Councils

Women elected to their first term on council will have the chance to develop skills and learn from experienced and capable mentors over the next three years, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane this week welcomed participants to the launch of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association – Victoria (ALGWA Victoria) mentorship program. The Labor Government has provided $29,000 to ALGWA Victoria to continue and expand the mentoring program after a successful first term from 2016-20, which was also supported with Government funding. The program has paired 43 newly elected female councillors with experienced mentors from across the state. The mentors – all current or former councillors – will share advice, support, guidance and coaching to help the new councillors develop governance skills, grow in the role and make a difference in their communities. The 43 mentees are among the 272 women elected to council at the 2020 local government elections – representing 43.8 per cent of councillors, a record high for Australia. The program is part of the Labor Government’s work to reach its target of 50 per cent female mayors and councillors by 2025. The newly established Gender Equality Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Labor MPs Juliana Addison and Kat Theophanous, will focus on achieving the 50-50 target and improving gender equality across the sector, including implementation of the Australian-first Gender Equality Act 2020. ALGWA Victoria is a standing member of the new committee and the Government will continue to support its leadership role for women in the sector. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “It’s fitting the mentor program begins in the week of International Women’s Day. The Government supports this program because we know it makes a real difference for the next generation of female leaders in local government.” “It’s important to have more women on councils, but to also support women once they get there. This program helps to develop the skills of newly elected councillors, helping them to deliver for their communities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams “Gender equality benefits everyone and makes councils, communities and Victoria stronger. That’s why the Government has a target of 50-50 representation by 2025.”

Support For Next Generation Of Women On Councils

Women elected to their first term on council will have the chance to develop skills and learn from experienced and capable mentors over the next three years, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane this week welcomed participants to the launch of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association – Victoria (ALGWA Victoria) mentorship program. The Labor Government has provided $29,000 to ALGWA Victoria to continue and expand the mentoring program after a successful first term from 2016-20, which was also supported with Government funding. The program has paired 43 newly elected female councillors with experienced mentors from across the state. The mentors – all current or former councillors – will share advice, support, guidance and coaching to help the new councillors develop governance skills, grow in the role and make a difference in their communities. The 43 mentees are among the 272 women elected to council at the 2020 local government elections – representing 43.8 per cent of councillors, a record high for Australia. The program is part of the Labor Government’s work to reach its target of 50 per cent female mayors and councillors by 2025. The newly established Gender Equality Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Labor MPs Juliana Addison and Kat Theophanous, will focus on achieving the 50-50 target and improving gender equality across the sector, including implementation of the Australian-first Gender Equality Act 2020. ALGWA Victoria is a standing member of the new committee and the Government will continue to support its leadership role for women in the sector. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “It’s fitting the mentor program begins in the week of International Women’s Day. The Government supports this program because we know it makes a real difference for the next generation of female leaders in local government.” “It’s important to have more women on councils, but to also support women once they get there. This program helps to develop the skills of newly elected councillors, helping them to deliver for their communities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams “Gender equality benefits everyone and makes councils, communities and Victoria stronger. That’s why the Government has a target of 50-50 representation by 2025.”

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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

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North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

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

North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

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

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

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

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

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

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.