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WWII Anglesea Lookout Post Makes Heritage Register

Anglesea’s Loveridge Lookout has been added to the Victorian Heritage Register, as part of commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. Built in 1938 for local woman Bertha Loveridge, the Loveridge Lookout was commandeered in 1942 to be used as an aircraft monitoring post. It’s one of the last two known remaining Volunteer Air Observers Corps (VAOC) posts in Victoria, with many other WWII observation posts having been demolished. The VAOC was the civilian arm of the Royal Australian Air Force. The site is now protected under the Heritage Act 2017, along with VAOC logbooks and rosters held by the Anglesea and District Historical Society. These tell the story of the 56 local residents who kept the Loveridge Lookout open 24 hours a day between 1942 and 1945, recording aircraft movements and relaying the information by phone to Geelong. By the end of WWII, there were 24,000 civilian VAOC volunteers across Australia – most of whom were women. The heritage listing comes as Victorians prepare to commemorate 75 years since the end of WWII on Saturday, 15 August through a series of online and virtual experiences. To explore the 75th anniversary commemorative program, visit vic.gov.au/world-war-2-75th-anniversary. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “The story of Anglesea’s Loveridge Lookout is an example of how a small community came together during World War Two to assist in the war effort and it is right that it should be protected.” “As we commemorate 75 years on from the end of WWII it is important that we remember the sacrifice and dedication of all those who served.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “While there were many volunteer lookout posts used during WWII, this is one of the few that are still standing – this makes Loveridge Lookout’s addition to the Heritage Register such a special one.”

WWII Anglesea Lookout Post Makes Heritage Register

Anglesea’s Loveridge Lookout has been added to the Victorian Heritage Register, as part of commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. Built in 1938 for local woman Bertha Loveridge, the Loveridge Lookout was commandeered in 1942 to be used as an aircraft monitoring post. It’s one of the last two known remaining Volunteer Air Observers Corps (VAOC) posts in Victoria, with many other WWII observation posts having been demolished. The VAOC was the civilian arm of the Royal Australian Air Force. The site is now protected under the Heritage Act 2017, along with VAOC logbooks and rosters held by the Anglesea and District Historical Society. These tell the story of the 56 local residents who kept the Loveridge Lookout open 24 hours a day between 1942 and 1945, recording aircraft movements and relaying the information by phone to Geelong. By the end of WWII, there were 24,000 civilian VAOC volunteers across Australia – most of whom were women. The heritage listing comes as Victorians prepare to commemorate 75 years since the end of WWII on Saturday, 15 August through a series of online and virtual experiences. To explore the 75th anniversary commemorative program, visit vic.gov.au/world-war-2-75th-anniversary. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “The story of Anglesea’s Loveridge Lookout is an example of how a small community came together during World War Two to assist in the war effort and it is right that it should be protected.” “As we commemorate 75 years on from the end of WWII it is important that we remember the sacrifice and dedication of all those who served.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “While there were many volunteer lookout posts used during WWII, this is one of the few that are still standing – this makes Loveridge Lookout’s addition to the Heritage Register such a special one.”

Supporting Melbourne Communities, Shopping Strips And Jobs

Communities in Melbourne will benefit from improved suburban activity centres and shopping strips through works backed by the Victorian Government that will create jobs and boost local businesses. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane today announced a $6 million investment to support local communities in Metropolitan Partnership regions, covering more than 30 council areas. This includes $3 million for the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund to provide grants of up to $100,000 to stimulate business activity, support local economies and improve public amenity and accessibility during the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will involve partnerships with local government, businesses and the community sector and is open to 31 councils in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire. Eligible projects include pop-up parks, public art installations and enhanced walking and bike paths. Councils are encouraged to put forward projects that are ready to launch. A second $3 million allocation will be invested in much-needed revitalisation work in six suburban activity centres: Melton, Tarneit, Reservoir, Lilydale, Boronia and Noble Park. The grants will be used to leverage co-investment in improving the local areas through on-ground works including upgrades to parks and other public spaces, increased lighting, public art installations and new footpaths and bike paths. The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s Building Works package providing $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. Applications for the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund close on 21 August 2020. For more information visit suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/neighbourhood-activity-centre-renewal-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “Shopping strips are the heart and soul of our suburbs and these grants will provide critical support for local communities and businesses across Melbourne.” “We encourage people to get in contact with their councils and tell them about the projects and initiatives that they want to see supported – it’s important that everyone gets a say in how we live as a community.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment and Small Business Jaala Pulford “Many people love to work where they live and that’s why we support initiatives like this – backing the community, businesses and jobs.” “Improving local infrastructure gets shovels in the ground now, provides tremendous ongoing benefits in improved amenity and encourages people to spend time and money in the local community.”

Supporting Melbourne Communities, Shopping Strips And Jobs

Communities in Melbourne will benefit from improved suburban activity centres and shopping strips through works backed by the Victorian Government that will create jobs and boost local businesses. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane today announced a $6 million investment to support local communities in Metropolitan Partnership regions, covering more than 30 council areas. This includes $3 million for the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund to provide grants of up to $100,000 to stimulate business activity, support local economies and improve public amenity and accessibility during the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will involve partnerships with local government, businesses and the community sector and is open to 31 councils in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire. Eligible projects include pop-up parks, public art installations and enhanced walking and bike paths. Councils are encouraged to put forward projects that are ready to launch. A second $3 million allocation will be invested in much-needed revitalisation work in six suburban activity centres: Melton, Tarneit, Reservoir, Lilydale, Boronia and Noble Park. The grants will be used to leverage co-investment in improving the local areas through on-ground works including upgrades to parks and other public spaces, increased lighting, public art installations and new footpaths and bike paths. The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s Building Works package providing $2.7 billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. Applications for the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund close on 21 August 2020. For more information visit suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/neighbourhood-activity-centre-renewal-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “Shopping strips are the heart and soul of our suburbs and these grants will provide critical support for local communities and businesses across Melbourne.” “We encourage people to get in contact with their councils and tell them about the projects and initiatives that they want to see supported – it’s important that everyone gets a say in how we live as a community.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment and Small Business Jaala Pulford “Many people love to work where they live and that’s why we support initiatives like this – backing the community, businesses and jobs.” “Improving local infrastructure gets shovels in the ground now, provides tremendous ongoing benefits in improved amenity and encourages people to spend time and money in the local community.”

Victoria Remembers: 75 Years On From The End Of WWII

The Victorian Government is helping stage a series of virtual exhibitions, augmented reality experiences and a special online ceremony so that Victorians can mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II from home. On 15 August, it will be 75 years since Japan surrendered and brought about the end of WWII for Australians – marking what’s now known as Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day). Victorians – including those living in areas subject to Stage 3 restrictions – are encouraged to commemorate the day and pay tribute to the service of WWII veterans at home and abroad, from the comfort of their own homes. An online ceremony will be hosted by RSL Victoria and the Shrine of Remembrance on their Facebook pages from 11.20am on VP Day, while that weekend, Victorians can also take part in an interactive digital exhibition WWII at Home: Response, Reflection & Rejuvenation. Curated by the National Trust of Australia in conjunction with Open House Melbourne and the Centre for Architecture Victoria, the exhibition will profile 18 of Victoria’s most significant WWII sites, highlight veterans’ stories and the impact of the war on the home front. Some of Melbourne’s iconic buildings and institutions, as well as local and regional community organisations and museums, will also take part in the anniversary by holding online exhibitions, such as: The Shrine of Remembrance’s Imagining Centaur: 31 July 2020 – April 2022 The Old Treasury Building’s Women Working for Victory: 12 August – 27 June 2021 Museums Victoria’s RAAF in the Royal Exhibition Building: 15 August – 30 December 2020 Among the many local and regional projects across the state are Through Childhood Eyes, which will tell forgotten stories of young people during the war and an interview series with veterans now living in Torquay. To mark the day, Victorians are encouraged to write a letter to a veteran, share their message for veterans on social media using #victoriaremembers or #VPDay75, or download bunting to place in their window, fence or door. For bunting, tips and information on exhibitions, visit: vic.gov.au/world-war-2-7th-anniversary. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Seventy-five years ago on this day, there was dancing in the streets and mass celebrations in Melbourne to mark the end of WWII. Sadly, the 75th anniversary will look very different.” “While we’re honouring this moment differently to how we’d planned, there are still many ways we can connect with and thank our veterans while staying at home, ensuring we slow the spread of coronavirus and keep each other safe.”

Victoria Remembers: 75 Years On From The End Of WWII

The Victorian Government is helping stage a series of virtual exhibitions, augmented reality experiences and a special online ceremony so that Victorians can mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II from home. On 15 August, it will be 75 years since Japan surrendered and brought about the end of WWII for Australians – marking what’s now known as Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day). Victorians – including those living in areas subject to Stage 3 restrictions – are encouraged to commemorate the day and pay tribute to the service of WWII veterans at home and abroad, from the comfort of their own homes. An online ceremony will be hosted by RSL Victoria and the Shrine of Remembrance on their Facebook pages from 11.20am on VP Day, while that weekend, Victorians can also take part in an interactive digital exhibition WWII at Home: Response, Reflection & Rejuvenation. Curated by the National Trust of Australia in conjunction with Open House Melbourne and the Centre for Architecture Victoria, the exhibition will profile 18 of Victoria’s most significant WWII sites, highlight veterans’ stories and the impact of the war on the home front. Some of Melbourne’s iconic buildings and institutions, as well as local and regional community organisations and museums, will also take part in the anniversary by holding online exhibitions, such as: The Shrine of Remembrance’s Imagining Centaur: 31 July 2020 – April 2022 The Old Treasury Building’s Women Working for Victory: 12 August – 27 June 2021 Museums Victoria’s RAAF in the Royal Exhibition Building: 15 August – 30 December 2020 Among the many local and regional projects across the state are Through Childhood Eyes, which will tell forgotten stories of young people during the war and an interview series with veterans now living in Torquay. To mark the day, Victorians are encouraged to write a letter to a veteran, share their message for veterans on social media using #victoriaremembers or #VPDay75, or download bunting to place in their window, fence or door. For bunting, tips and information on exhibitions, visit: vic.gov.au/world-war-2-7th-anniversary. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Seventy-five years ago on this day, there was dancing in the streets and mass celebrations in Melbourne to mark the end of WWII. Sadly, the 75th anniversary will look very different.” “While we’re honouring this moment differently to how we’d planned, there are still many ways we can connect with and thank our veterans while staying at home, ensuring we slow the spread of coronavirus and keep each other safe.”

It’s Our Time: Backing Women To Stand For Council

A drive by the Victorian Government to inspire a new generation of women on councils is gathering pace ahead of the October local government elections. Opening the LGPro Women’s Professional Development Series today, Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane announced that social impact marketing firm Ellis Jones had received a $50,000 grant to encourage and support more women to stand for election. Expected to launch in mid-August, the It’s Our Time campaign aims to inspire women to get involved in local government and nominate for election. The push will include the provision of online resources including webinars. It’s Our Time will draw on the experience and expertise of a range of partners including LGPro (Local Government Professionals), the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, the Victorian Local Governance Association, the YWCA and the Ethnic Communities Council. A century on from the election of the state’s first woman councillor, Mary Rogers, Victoria now boasts the highest number of female mayors in history with 32 in place across the state. However, 13 of Victoria’s 79 councils have just one female councillor while overall, women account for just 38 per cent of elected representatives. The new grant brings the Victorian Government’s investment in promoting pathways for a more diverse range of candidates standing for local government in 2020 to $137,000. This has included backing the Victorian Local Governance Association’s Your Community, Country and Council campaign to Aboriginal communities. Minister Leane has also announced the launch of a new Gender Equality Advisory Panel which will focus on achieving the 50 per cent representation target set by Victoria’s gender equality strategy Safe and Strong and delivering the reforms of the state’s new Gender Equality Act 2020. The panel will include members from across the sector including LGPro and councillor representatives. The Local Government Act 2020 also promotes gender diversity with stronger action on sexual harassment and rules for councils to measure gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness in their workforce plans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Gender equality makes communities, councils and Victoria stronger. That’s why we’re making support available to encourage women to run for council and support safe campaigning.” “The new Gender Equality Advisory Panel will be full of experience and know-how. It’s an important step towards achieving gender equity in councils by 2025 and one that will inspire a new generation of councillors.” Quote attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams “Victoria is leading the country when it comes to improving gender equality. We want people of all genders to enjoy equal rights, opportunities, responsibilities and outcomes – and programs like this help us make it happen.”

It’s Our Time: Backing Women To Stand For Council

A drive by the Victorian Government to inspire a new generation of women on councils is gathering pace ahead of the October local government elections. Opening the LGPro Women’s Professional Development Series today, Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane announced that social impact marketing firm Ellis Jones had received a $50,000 grant to encourage and support more women to stand for election. Expected to launch in mid-August, the It’s Our Time campaign aims to inspire women to get involved in local government and nominate for election. The push will include the provision of online resources including webinars. It’s Our Time will draw on the experience and expertise of a range of partners including LGPro (Local Government Professionals), the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, the Victorian Local Governance Association, the YWCA and the Ethnic Communities Council. A century on from the election of the state’s first woman councillor, Mary Rogers, Victoria now boasts the highest number of female mayors in history with 32 in place across the state. However, 13 of Victoria’s 79 councils have just one female councillor while overall, women account for just 38 per cent of elected representatives. The new grant brings the Victorian Government’s investment in promoting pathways for a more diverse range of candidates standing for local government in 2020 to $137,000. This has included backing the Victorian Local Governance Association’s Your Community, Country and Council campaign to Aboriginal communities. Minister Leane has also announced the launch of a new Gender Equality Advisory Panel which will focus on achieving the 50 per cent representation target set by Victoria’s gender equality strategy Safe and Strong and delivering the reforms of the state’s new Gender Equality Act 2020. The panel will include members from across the sector including LGPro and councillor representatives. The Local Government Act 2020 also promotes gender diversity with stronger action on sexual harassment and rules for councils to measure gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness in their workforce plans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Gender equality makes communities, councils and Victoria stronger. That’s why we’re making support available to encourage women to run for council and support safe campaigning.” “The new Gender Equality Advisory Panel will be full of experience and know-how. It’s an important step towards achieving gender equity in councils by 2025 and one that will inspire a new generation of councillors.” Quote attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams “Victoria is leading the country when it comes to improving gender equality. We want people of all genders to enjoy equal rights, opportunities, responsibilities and outcomes – and programs like this help us make it happen.”

RECOGNISING AND SUPPORTING VETERANS ACROSS VICTORIA

The Victorian Government is making sure veterans get the support they need and that their stories and sacrifice are remembered for future generations. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today opened three funding streams that are aimed at improving the lives of veterans and ensuring their legacy lives on, with more than $1 million to be provided to successful recipients. Ex-service organisations, councils and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding under the three streams which include: The Anzac Day Proceeds Fund to assist with direct welfare support, such as living expenses, health and wellbeing, education and school expenses, transport costs and social activities. The Restoring Community War Memorials Program to restore or improve memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour around the state. The Victoria Remembers Program, which supports projects that honour or commemorate the service of veterans as well as educate Victorians about their contribution. The Anzac Day Proceeds Fund has been bolstered this year to ensure RSLs and veterans impacted by coronavirus are supported. In April, the Government pledged an extra $1.5 million to the Anzac Appeal’s fundraising target, which was significantly down on previous years due to coronavirus restrictions. Applications for the Anzac Day Proceeds Fund and the Victoria Remembers program will close on Friday, 31 August 2020, while the Restoring Community War Memorials program will close on Friday, 7 September 2020. Ex-service organisations, local governments, educational institutions and not-for-profit organisations are all encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, visit vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Veterans gave so much for this state and for this country – they deserve our ongoing admiration and respect.” “We want to ensure that they are supported in every facet of their civilian life – and that their stories, their legacies live on for generations to come.”

RECOGNISING AND SUPPORTING VETERANS ACROSS VICTORIA

The Victorian Government is making sure veterans get the support they need and that their stories and sacrifice are remembered for future generations. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today opened three funding streams that are aimed at improving the lives of veterans and ensuring their legacy lives on, with more than $1 million to be provided to successful recipients. Ex-service organisations, councils and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding under the three streams which include: The Anzac Day Proceeds Fund to assist with direct welfare support, such as living expenses, health and wellbeing, education and school expenses, transport costs and social activities. The Restoring Community War Memorials Program to restore or improve memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour around the state. The Victoria Remembers Program, which supports projects that honour or commemorate the service of veterans as well as educate Victorians about their contribution. The Anzac Day Proceeds Fund has been bolstered this year to ensure RSLs and veterans impacted by coronavirus are supported. In April, the Government pledged an extra $1.5 million to the Anzac Appeal’s fundraising target, which was significantly down on previous years due to coronavirus restrictions. Applications for the Anzac Day Proceeds Fund and the Victoria Remembers program will close on Friday, 31 August 2020, while the Restoring Community War Memorials program will close on Friday, 7 September 2020. Ex-service organisations, local governments, educational institutions and not-for-profit organisations are all encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, visit vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Veterans gave so much for this state and for this country – they deserve our ongoing admiration and respect.” “We want to ensure that they are supported in every facet of their civilian life – and that their stories, their legacies live on for generations to come.”

New Support For Victorian Communities To Stay Connected

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic through a new grants program to support local initiatives. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane and Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the opening of applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund, with grants available for community organisations, local government bodies, incorporated not-for-profits and industry groups. Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 are available to support innovative, community-based initiatives that build connection, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and that can be implemented quickly – providing much-needed support across the state. The $1.3 million fund could potentially help community groups continue to operate by adapting the way they deliver programs or events, including through online forums. Other possibilities include support for communities to improve their digital skills and access online communication channels, or new ways for people to continue volunteering within their communities while maintaining physical distancing requirements. The fund responds to advice from the Government’s Regional and Metropolitan Partnerships highlighting the link between social connection and community wellbeing and complements existing measures including the Victoria Together online portal that showcases the best of the state from live music and comedy to interactive exhibitions. Victoria Together offers a vast range of resources, also including children’s activities, live streaming from the Melbourne Zoo, exercise advice and recipes. Applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund are open until 31 August and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible at djpr.vic.gov.au/lets-stay-connected. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “We’re making sure that our communities, particularly our most vulnerable Victorians, get the support they need through to the other side of this pandemic.” “This program will enable Victorians to back things that are already working well in their communities and support them to develop new ideas that will help people to stay connected with each other.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “This new program goes right to the heart of our communities – giving local organisations the boost they need to make an immediate impact.” “The way our regional communities are experiencing the effects of coronavirus is different from those in Melbourne and it’s important that we tailor support to local needs guided by the people who understand them best.”

New Support For Victorian Communities To Stay Connected

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic through a new grants program to support local initiatives. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane and Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the opening of applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund, with grants available for community organisations, local government bodies, incorporated not-for-profits and industry groups. Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 are available to support innovative, community-based initiatives that build connection, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and that can be implemented quickly – providing much-needed support across the state. The $1.3 million fund could potentially help community groups continue to operate by adapting the way they deliver programs or events, including through online forums. Other possibilities include support for communities to improve their digital skills and access online communication channels, or new ways for people to continue volunteering within their communities while maintaining physical distancing requirements. The fund responds to advice from the Government’s Regional and Metropolitan Partnerships highlighting the link between social connection and community wellbeing and complements existing measures including the Victoria Together online portal that showcases the best of the state from live music and comedy to interactive exhibitions. Victoria Together offers a vast range of resources, also including children’s activities, live streaming from the Melbourne Zoo, exercise advice and recipes. Applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund are open until 31 August and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible at djpr.vic.gov.au/lets-stay-connected. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “We’re making sure that our communities, particularly our most vulnerable Victorians, get the support they need through to the other side of this pandemic.” “This program will enable Victorians to back things that are already working well in their communities and support them to develop new ideas that will help people to stay connected with each other.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “This new program goes right to the heart of our communities – giving local organisations the boost they need to make an immediate impact.” “The way our regional communities are experiencing the effects of coronavirus is different from those in Melbourne and it’s important that we tailor support to local needs guided by the people who understand them best.”

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NEW 24 HOUR AMBULANCE SITE IN MOUNT WAVERLEY

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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’.

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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.