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Record Number Of Women Elected To Councils

The Andrews Labor Government is on track to reach gender parity in councils by 2025 with a record number of women elected in the 2020 Local Government elections. With results now confirmed by the Victorian Electoral Commission, 272 women will take their place on councils for this term – representing 43.8 per cent of councillors, a new high for both Victoria and the nation. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane said that Victoria is the first state in Australia to top 40 per cent women councillors and shows strong progress towards the 50 per cent target set by the Victorian Government’s gender equality strategy, Safe and Strong. A century on from Mary Rogers’ election to Richmond City Council as Victoria’s first female councillor, what is now known as Yarra City Council has elected women to six of its nine seats. In general, councillors are also younger and more diverse, with more than 300 councillors elected for the first time. There are at least 28 councillors from the LGBTIQ+ community, and six that identify as having an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. The Government invested to encourage a diverse range of candidates, through initiatives such as the It’s Our Time campaign for women and the Your Country, Community and Council program for the Aboriginal community. The new Gender Equality and Local Government Acts, passed into law earlier this year, put gender equality, diversity and inclusion as a key priority for local representation to ensure councillors reflect the communities that they serve. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “This is an absolutely outstanding result for the people of Victoria. Gender equality and diversity benefits all of us. It makes communities, councils and our state stronger.” “My congratulations to everyone elected. Being a councillor is a privilege and an honour. The State Government looks forward to working with our new councils to build thriving communities for all Victorians.” Quote attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams “Victoria is leading the way in pursuit of gender equality and more women on councils will mean councils more closely represent the communities they serve and make better decisions.”

Record Number Of Women Elected To Councils

The Andrews Labor Government is on track to reach gender parity in councils by 2025 with a record number of women elected in the 2020 Local Government elections. With results now confirmed by the Victorian Electoral Commission, 272 women will take their place on councils for this term – representing 43.8 per cent of councillors, a new high for both Victoria and the nation. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane said that Victoria is the first state in Australia to top 40 per cent women councillors and shows strong progress towards the 50 per cent target set by the Victorian Government’s gender equality strategy, Safe and Strong. A century on from Mary Rogers’ election to Richmond City Council as Victoria’s first female councillor, what is now known as Yarra City Council has elected women to six of its nine seats. In general, councillors are also younger and more diverse, with more than 300 councillors elected for the first time. There are at least 28 councillors from the LGBTIQ+ community, and six that identify as having an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. The Government invested to encourage a diverse range of candidates, through initiatives such as the It’s Our Time campaign for women and the Your Country, Community and Council program for the Aboriginal community. The new Gender Equality and Local Government Acts, passed into law earlier this year, put gender equality, diversity and inclusion as a key priority for local representation to ensure councillors reflect the communities that they serve. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “This is an absolutely outstanding result for the people of Victoria. Gender equality and diversity benefits all of us. It makes communities, councils and our state stronger.” “My congratulations to everyone elected. Being a councillor is a privilege and an honour. The State Government looks forward to working with our new councils to build thriving communities for all Victorians.” Quote attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams “Victoria is leading the way in pursuit of gender equality and more women on councils will mean councils more closely represent the communities they serve and make better decisions.”

Delivering Support For Victoria’s Veterans

The Victorian Government is continuing to support veterans and their families, with the latest round of grants injecting more than $1.1 million in mental health and welfare support. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today announced all the successful recipients from three separate veterans’ grants programs, delivering 62 projects to support the ex-service community. It includes projects that will preserve their legacy for future generations, as well as ongoing support to assist ex-service organisations impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. Through a $150,000 ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund grant, Carry On (Victoria) will deliver welfare, financial and education support to more than 300 ex-service men and women. Melbourne Legacy has received more than $145,000 for three projects, including one supporting elderly widows in their care, through safe travel options to social activities and health care. More than $46,000 has also been provided to the Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch to deliver preventative mental health programs, reconnecting veterans and supporting their transition back into the local community. Through the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program and in partnership with the Victorian Veterans Council, Yeungroon Country Fire Authority has received almost $14,000 to construct an obelisk as a tribute to the local community members who served their country. More than $16,000 has been provided to The Australian Commando Association of Victorian to create a digital oral history program, recording the experiences of Victorian veterans for the future. Ten memorials and avenues of honour around the state will also be restored and improved as part of the Restoring Community War Memorials Program, including $26,000 to recognise the Tintaldra Avenue of Honour destroyed in the January bushfires and more than $24,000 to restore the 1918 Wallan Avenue of Honour. For a full list of successful recipients in your area and information on other veteran grant opportunities, visit: vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Just as our veterans have served our country, it is our duty now to support them. The Victorian Government is proud to preserve their legacy for future generations.” “Victoria’s veterans have faced a different kind of battle this year. This funding will provide critical health and welfare support to our ex-service men and women and their families during these challenging times.” Quote attributable to Victorian Veterans Council Chair Roger Clifton “This support is particularly important this year, as are the continued opportunities for commemoration and remembrance that these grants provide.”

Delivering Support For Victoria’s Veterans

The Victorian Government is continuing to support veterans and their families, with the latest round of grants injecting more than $1.1 million in mental health and welfare support. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today announced all the successful recipients from three separate veterans’ grants programs, delivering 62 projects to support the ex-service community. It includes projects that will preserve their legacy for future generations, as well as ongoing support to assist ex-service organisations impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. Through a $150,000 ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund grant, Carry On (Victoria) will deliver welfare, financial and education support to more than 300 ex-service men and women. Melbourne Legacy has received more than $145,000 for three projects, including one supporting elderly widows in their care, through safe travel options to social activities and health care. More than $46,000 has also been provided to the Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch to deliver preventative mental health programs, reconnecting veterans and supporting their transition back into the local community. Through the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program and in partnership with the Victorian Veterans Council, Yeungroon Country Fire Authority has received almost $14,000 to construct an obelisk as a tribute to the local community members who served their country. More than $16,000 has been provided to The Australian Commando Association of Victorian to create a digital oral history program, recording the experiences of Victorian veterans for the future. Ten memorials and avenues of honour around the state will also be restored and improved as part of the Restoring Community War Memorials Program, including $26,000 to recognise the Tintaldra Avenue of Honour destroyed in the January bushfires and more than $24,000 to restore the 1918 Wallan Avenue of Honour. For a full list of successful recipients in your area and information on other veteran grant opportunities, visit: vic.gov.au/grants-support-and-commemorate-veterans. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Just as our veterans have served our country, it is our duty now to support them. The Victorian Government is proud to preserve their legacy for future generations.” “Victoria’s veterans have faced a different kind of battle this year. This funding will provide critical health and welfare support to our ex-service men and women and their families during these challenging times.” Quote attributable to Victorian Veterans Council Chair Roger Clifton “This support is particularly important this year, as are the continued opportunities for commemoration and remembrance that these grants provide.”

Shepparton’s WWII Italian Ossario Makes Heritage Register

Greater Shepparton’s Italian Ossario has been added to the Victorian Heritage Register, as part of commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. The site, also known as the Murchison Ossasio, is one of only two foreign war cemeteries in Victoria and the only Australian war cemetery dedicated to Italian civilian internees and Prisoners of War (POWs). It sits within the south-east corner of the Murchison Cemetery and is located close to the largest group of WWII POW and internment camps constructed in Australia, consisting of seven camps, which housed more than 8,000 civilians and POWs largely from Germany, Italy and Japan. The Italian Ossario, developed in stages from 1958 to 1974, was an initiative of the Italian Consulate working with an Italian returned servicemen’s organisation and a Kyabram man, Luigi Gigliotti. The Victorian Heritage Register noted its significant cultural values, evidenced by the Ossario itself and built in traditional Italian architectural style, the Murrchison POW camp memorial, a memorial avenue of Italian cypress trees and the entry gates with bronze bas-relief plaques. The mausoleum allowed for the reburial of 130 Italian internees and POWs (129 men and 1 woman) who died while detained in Australia during WWII. Murchison is a small community located 35 kilometres from Shepparton on the banks of the Goulburn River. The heritage listing forms part of this year’s commemorations to mark 75 years since the end of WWII. A series of online and virtual experiences are available at vic.gov.au/75th-anniversary-end-world-war-two-wwii. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Murchison’s Italian Ossario is symbolic of the relationship that developed between Italy and Victoria soon after the end of World War II.” “This sacred site is part of our war history and a place of great importance to our Italian community – we are proud to announce its addition to the Victorian Heritage Register.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “The Italian Ossario is a site of great importance to the Murchison and Greater Shepparton community. It holds so much of our local history and provides a place for remembrance and reflection.” “We are thrilled that it will now be preserved for future generations.”

Shepparton’s WWII Italian Ossario Makes Heritage Register

Greater Shepparton’s Italian Ossario has been added to the Victorian Heritage Register, as part of commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. The site, also known as the Murchison Ossasio, is one of only two foreign war cemeteries in Victoria and the only Australian war cemetery dedicated to Italian civilian internees and Prisoners of War (POWs). It sits within the south-east corner of the Murchison Cemetery and is located close to the largest group of WWII POW and internment camps constructed in Australia, consisting of seven camps, which housed more than 8,000 civilians and POWs largely from Germany, Italy and Japan. The Italian Ossario, developed in stages from 1958 to 1974, was an initiative of the Italian Consulate working with an Italian returned servicemen’s organisation and a Kyabram man, Luigi Gigliotti. The Victorian Heritage Register noted its significant cultural values, evidenced by the Ossario itself and built in traditional Italian architectural style, the Murrchison POW camp memorial, a memorial avenue of Italian cypress trees and the entry gates with bronze bas-relief plaques. The mausoleum allowed for the reburial of 130 Italian internees and POWs (129 men and 1 woman) who died while detained in Australia during WWII. Murchison is a small community located 35 kilometres from Shepparton on the banks of the Goulburn River. The heritage listing forms part of this year’s commemorations to mark 75 years since the end of WWII. A series of online and virtual experiences are available at vic.gov.au/75th-anniversary-end-world-war-two-wwii. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Murchison’s Italian Ossario is symbolic of the relationship that developed between Italy and Victoria soon after the end of World War II.” “This sacred site is part of our war history and a place of great importance to our Italian community – we are proud to announce its addition to the Victorian Heritage Register.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “The Italian Ossario is a site of great importance to the Murchison and Greater Shepparton community. It holds so much of our local history and provides a place for remembrance and reflection.” “We are thrilled that it will now be preserved for future generations.”

$675K PLAN FOR FUTURE WORKS AT VERMONT SECONDARY COLLEGE

The Victorian Government is investing $42 million into planning for school infrastructure projects to fast-track the state’s long-term economic recovery hit by the coronavirus pandemic.   Shaun Leane MP, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region announced Vermont Secondary College is one of 33 further schools given the green light to start planning for upgrades and new builds under the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund.   Vermont Secondary will receive $675 000 to plan for a new competition-grade gym at Vermont Secondary College.   The Victorian School Building Authority will work with school communities and provide principals and school leaders with ‘Bricks & Mortar’ training, which covers the process schools should follow to successfully manage their project.   Developing detailed designs now will mean these projects will be shovel-ready once capital funding is allocated in a future State Budget. The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.” “Planning for school upgrades in the future will provide a much needed boost to our economy as we get on with the post pandemic recover. Quotes attributable to Shaun Leane MP, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region “The Victorian Government is supporting schools in the Eastern Suburbs to help their students achieve their best results by planning for a future upgrade for their school community.”

$675K PLAN FOR FUTURE WORKS AT VERMONT SECONDARY COLLEGE

The Victorian Government is investing $42 million into planning for school infrastructure projects to fast-track the state’s long-term economic recovery hit by the coronavirus pandemic.   Shaun Leane MP, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region announced Vermont Secondary College is one of 33 further schools given the green light to start planning for upgrades and new builds under the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund.   Vermont Secondary will receive $675 000 to plan for a new competition-grade gym at Vermont Secondary College.   The Victorian School Building Authority will work with school communities and provide principals and school leaders with ‘Bricks & Mortar’ training, which covers the process schools should follow to successfully manage their project.   Developing detailed designs now will mean these projects will be shovel-ready once capital funding is allocated in a future State Budget. The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.” “Planning for school upgrades in the future will provide a much needed boost to our economy as we get on with the post pandemic recover. Quotes attributable to Shaun Leane MP, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region “The Victorian Government is supporting schools in the Eastern Suburbs to help their students achieve their best results by planning for a future upgrade for their school community.”

Veteran Support Now Just A Phone Call Away

An advice line backed by the Victorian Government for veterans in need of welfare support and advice on services has received thousands of enquiries since it was established in the response to the coronavirus pandemic in June. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane and RSL Victoria today officially launched Veteran Central – or VetCen. The initiative brings together ex-service organisations across Victoria to provide referrals and emergency relief for veterans in need. In its initial establishment phase it received more than 11,000 phone calls and emails in the three months to September. Enquiries included requests for compensation advocacy, accommodation, help with paying bills and buying white goods, emergency food relief, along with mental, physical and medical health support, employment opportunities and vocational training. The new VetCen number goes live today, meaning veterans and family members now have a single port of call to access aid across a broad range of areas. Government support for VetCen is in addition to the $2.2 million provided earlier this year for welfare support for veterans and their families, which included $1.5 million for the RSL’s Anzac Appeal and funding for Melbourne Legacy and the Victorian Veterans Council. Veterans and family seeking support can call 1300 MILVET (1300 645 838) during business hours or email veteranservices@rslvic.com.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Post-service life can be difficult and those who have given so much deserve our full support – that’s why we’re proud to be supporting VetCen as part of our continued commitment to veteran wellbeing.” “This is a vitally important collaboration between the Government, RSL Victoria and other ex-services organisations to provide broad-reaching wraparound services for the entire veteran community now and into the future.” Quote attributable to RSL Victoria President Robert Webster “RSL Victoria is grateful to the Victorian Government for its support – we are committed to changing the way that veterans are supported throughout Victoria and this is a significant step in that direction.” Quote attributable to RSL Victoria Veteran Services Chief Adam ‘Buzz’ Lawson “VetCen provides veterans and their families with holistic case management and a vital connection point to welfare and wellbeing supports that will, in turn, empower them to prosper in all life circumstances.”

Veteran Support Now Just A Phone Call Away

An advice line backed by the Victorian Government for veterans in need of welfare support and advice on services has received thousands of enquiries since it was established in the response to the coronavirus pandemic in June. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane and RSL Victoria today officially launched Veteran Central – or VetCen. The initiative brings together ex-service organisations across Victoria to provide referrals and emergency relief for veterans in need. In its initial establishment phase it received more than 11,000 phone calls and emails in the three months to September. Enquiries included requests for compensation advocacy, accommodation, help with paying bills and buying white goods, emergency food relief, along with mental, physical and medical health support, employment opportunities and vocational training. The new VetCen number goes live today, meaning veterans and family members now have a single port of call to access aid across a broad range of areas. Government support for VetCen is in addition to the $2.2 million provided earlier this year for welfare support for veterans and their families, which included $1.5 million for the RSL’s Anzac Appeal and funding for Melbourne Legacy and the Victorian Veterans Council. Veterans and family seeking support can call 1300 MILVET (1300 645 838) during business hours or email veteranservices@rslvic.com.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Post-service life can be difficult and those who have given so much deserve our full support – that’s why we’re proud to be supporting VetCen as part of our continued commitment to veteran wellbeing.” “This is a vitally important collaboration between the Government, RSL Victoria and other ex-services organisations to provide broad-reaching wraparound services for the entire veteran community now and into the future.” Quote attributable to RSL Victoria President Robert Webster “RSL Victoria is grateful to the Victorian Government for its support – we are committed to changing the way that veterans are supported throughout Victoria and this is a significant step in that direction.” Quote attributable to RSL Victoria Veteran Services Chief Adam ‘Buzz’ Lawson “VetCen provides veterans and their families with holistic case management and a vital connection point to welfare and wellbeing supports that will, in turn, empower them to prosper in all life circumstances.”

Record Number Of Victorian Women Stand For Council

A record number of women have nominated as candidates in Victoria’s local government elections, with ballots to be posted to millions of voters around the state next week. A century on from the election of Victoria’s first woman councillor, Mary Rogers in Richmond City Council, the rise of female representation in local government continues. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced that 2,186 Victorians had nominated for election to their local council and an estimated 851, or 39 per cent, of nominees were women. At the 2016 elections some 34 per cent of candidates were female, and 38 per cent were ultimately elected. The record number of female candidates is a sign that Victoria is making progress towards the 50 per cent representation target set by Victoria’s gender equality strategy, Safe and Strong. The elections will be conducted exclusively by postal vote and will be the largest ever undertaken in Victoria with more than 4.5 million voters enrolled. Ballot packs will be posted between Tuesday 6 October and Thursday 8 October, each containing a ballot paper, statements and photographs supplied by candidates, voting instructions and a reply-paid envelope. Votes must be posted by 6:00pm on Friday, 23 October. The Victorian Government has encouraged a diverse range of candidates to consider standing for election through initiatives such as the It’s Our Time campaign for women. The It’s Our Time campaign will continue to offer advice and support for women standing for council, including two recently published webinars with prominent Victorian female leaders. Visit itsourtime.com.au for more information. This year marks the first election where all candidates have completed a mandatory Local Government Candidate Training Course through Local Government Victoria. The online course about councillor roles and responsibilities introduced through the new Local Government Act was completed by more than 3,000 people. With campaigns now in full swing, candidates must continue to comply with coronavirus restrictions. Safe campaigning guidelines are available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-elections-2020/elections-2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “We know the value that women bring to leadership and it’s fantastic to see so many women standing for council.” “Local councils should truly represent their communities and I’m pleased to see so many people putting their hands up to serve.” “I wish all candidates the best of luck over the rest of the campaign and urge all Victorians to vote and have a say in who represents their local community.”

Record Number Of Victorian Women Stand For Council

A record number of women have nominated as candidates in Victoria’s local government elections, with ballots to be posted to millions of voters around the state next week. A century on from the election of Victoria’s first woman councillor, Mary Rogers in Richmond City Council, the rise of female representation in local government continues. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced that 2,186 Victorians had nominated for election to their local council and an estimated 851, or 39 per cent, of nominees were women. At the 2016 elections some 34 per cent of candidates were female, and 38 per cent were ultimately elected. The record number of female candidates is a sign that Victoria is making progress towards the 50 per cent representation target set by Victoria’s gender equality strategy, Safe and Strong. The elections will be conducted exclusively by postal vote and will be the largest ever undertaken in Victoria with more than 4.5 million voters enrolled. Ballot packs will be posted between Tuesday 6 October and Thursday 8 October, each containing a ballot paper, statements and photographs supplied by candidates, voting instructions and a reply-paid envelope. Votes must be posted by 6:00pm on Friday, 23 October. The Victorian Government has encouraged a diverse range of candidates to consider standing for election through initiatives such as the It’s Our Time campaign for women. The It’s Our Time campaign will continue to offer advice and support for women standing for council, including two recently published webinars with prominent Victorian female leaders. Visit itsourtime.com.au for more information. This year marks the first election where all candidates have completed a mandatory Local Government Candidate Training Course through Local Government Victoria. The online course about councillor roles and responsibilities introduced through the new Local Government Act was completed by more than 3,000 people. With campaigns now in full swing, candidates must continue to comply with coronavirus restrictions. Safe campaigning guidelines are available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-elections-2020/elections-2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “We know the value that women bring to leadership and it’s fantastic to see so many women standing for council.” “Local councils should truly represent their communities and I’m pleased to see so many people putting their hands up to serve.” “I wish all candidates the best of luck over the rest of the campaign and urge all Victorians to vote and have a say in who represents their local community.”

Campaigns

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.