Media Centre

Nomination Period Nears For Victorian Council Elections

Victorians from all backgrounds are being encouraged to stand as candidates when nominations for local government elections open next week. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane said that serving on council was an opportunity for people to represent their community, play a role in Victoria’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and deliver changes that can make a real difference to people’s lives. Candidate nominations will be open for six days – from Thursday, 17 September until midday on Tuesday, 22 September. The elections on Saturday, 24 October will be held by postal vote and are expected to be Victoria’s biggest ever, with more than 4.5 million voters enrolled and 2,000-plus candidates expected to contest. Updated Safe Campaigning Guidelines will permit letterboxing and billboarding with certain conditions in metropolitan Melbourne from 14 September. Candidates and campaign team members will be permitted to engage in these campaigning activities in the ward in which they are running for office for up to two hours a day, while following the directions of the Chief Health Officer. The guidelines, available at the Local Government Victoria website, contain directions for regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. The Victorian Government‘s It’s Our Time campaign is encouraging prospective female candidates to stand for election by offering support and advice on running a successful campaign, connecting with mentors and having an impact on council. The Government has also supported the Victorian Local Governance Association’s Your Community, Country and Council program which has delivered a series of online forums and podcasts to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to stand for council. All candidates for the 2020 elections must complete the Local Government Candidate Training Course before they nominate – the easy to follow online course will close at midday on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. More than 2,100 potential candidates have already completed the course. The Local Government Candidate Training Course and Safe Campaigning Guidelines are available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-elections-2020/elections-2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Local governments across Victoria make decisions that help to shape our future – we need a diverse range of voices on our councils and I encourage all Victorians to consider putting their hand up.” “Local government deals with issues that affect communities every day – serving on council is a great opportunity to deliver real change.”

Nomination Period Nears For Victorian Council Elections

Victorians from all backgrounds are being encouraged to stand as candidates when nominations for local government elections open next week. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane said that serving on council was an opportunity for people to represent their community, play a role in Victoria’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and deliver changes that can make a real difference to people’s lives. Candidate nominations will be open for six days – from Thursday, 17 September until midday on Tuesday, 22 September. The elections on Saturday, 24 October will be held by postal vote and are expected to be Victoria’s biggest ever, with more than 4.5 million voters enrolled and 2,000-plus candidates expected to contest. Updated Safe Campaigning Guidelines will permit letterboxing and billboarding with certain conditions in metropolitan Melbourne from 14 September. Candidates and campaign team members will be permitted to engage in these campaigning activities in the ward in which they are running for office for up to two hours a day, while following the directions of the Chief Health Officer. The guidelines, available at the Local Government Victoria website, contain directions for regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. The Victorian Government‘s It’s Our Time campaign is encouraging prospective female candidates to stand for election by offering support and advice on running a successful campaign, connecting with mentors and having an impact on council. The Government has also supported the Victorian Local Governance Association’s Your Community, Country and Council program which has delivered a series of online forums and podcasts to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to stand for council. All candidates for the 2020 elections must complete the Local Government Candidate Training Course before they nominate – the easy to follow online course will close at midday on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. More than 2,100 potential candidates have already completed the course. The Local Government Candidate Training Course and Safe Campaigning Guidelines are available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-elections-2020/elections-2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Local governments across Victoria make decisions that help to shape our future – we need a diverse range of voices on our councils and I encourage all Victorians to consider putting their hand up.” “Local government deals with issues that affect communities every day – serving on council is a great opportunity to deliver real change.”

Taking The Shrine Into The Future

The Victorian Government is calling for applications to be the next chair of Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the strategic direction of the Shrine – also known as Victoria’s National War Memorial – which honours the service and sacrifice of Victorians and Australians in war, conflict and peacekeeping. The call for applications comes as current chair Chris Spence looks to retire at the conclusion of his term early next year. He has been in the role since 2012. Under the Shrine of Remembrance Act 1978 (the Act), the chair must have engaged in service or duty as an officer or a member of the naval, military or air forces. Ten trustees, including the chair and a deputy chair, serve on the Shrine’s Board. Collectively they are responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of the Shrine and its surrounding reserve land in Melbourne’s inner-south. Building upon its function as a memorial, the Shrine offers school and community education and learning programs, holds over 200 commemorative ceremonies each year, and attracts more than 750,000 visitors annually from across the world. For more information, eligibility or to apply, go to getonboard.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “I thank Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence for all his work as the chair over the past eight years – he’s been a tireless advocate for veterans and in helping preserve their stories and legacy for generations to come.” “Veterans represent a broad cross section of cultures, ages, genders and walks of life – and with that in mind, we encourage ex-service men and women from all backgrounds to consider applying for the role as chair.”

Taking The Shrine Into The Future

The Victorian Government is calling for applications to be the next chair of Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the strategic direction of the Shrine – also known as Victoria’s National War Memorial – which honours the service and sacrifice of Victorians and Australians in war, conflict and peacekeeping. The call for applications comes as current chair Chris Spence looks to retire at the conclusion of his term early next year. He has been in the role since 2012. Under the Shrine of Remembrance Act 1978 (the Act), the chair must have engaged in service or duty as an officer or a member of the naval, military or air forces. Ten trustees, including the chair and a deputy chair, serve on the Shrine’s Board. Collectively they are responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of the Shrine and its surrounding reserve land in Melbourne’s inner-south. Building upon its function as a memorial, the Shrine offers school and community education and learning programs, holds over 200 commemorative ceremonies each year, and attracts more than 750,000 visitors annually from across the world. For more information, eligibility or to apply, go to getonboard.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “I thank Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence for all his work as the chair over the past eight years – he’s been a tireless advocate for veterans and in helping preserve their stories and legacy for generations to come.” “Veterans represent a broad cross section of cultures, ages, genders and walks of life – and with that in mind, we encourage ex-service men and women from all backgrounds to consider applying for the role as chair.”

Building Better Suburbs And Creating Local Jobs

The Victorian Government will upgrade and expand pavilions, playgrounds, community centres and other infrastructure in Melbourne‘s fastest growing suburbs – delivering the facilities that locals need and supporting jobs and business through the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced 28 projects will receive a share of $25 million from the newly expanded Growing Suburbs Fund. The investment will help deliver $90.3 million worth of new infrastructure with the investment expected to create more than 700 jobs – kickstarting our economy and supporting local tradespeople, businesses and suppliers. The projects include $2.5 million for a new Community Pavilion in Diggers Rest, $2.25 million for the Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment and nearly $1 million for the Princes Highway Trail in Cardinia Shire. The investment will also improve and expand childrens centres in Hampton Park, Thomastown and Kilmore, skate parks in Craigieburn and Upwey, and a range of other local projects that will be needed as these communities grow. Urban fringe councils were eligible to apply for the fund for the first time, with five grants awarded including $2.5 million for the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre, $2.5 million for the Darley Park Community and Sports Centre and $500,000 for the Longwarry Early Learning Centre. The investment complements the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package, which includes over $278 million in shovel-ready infrastructure projects across the state to be delivered through local councils. Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has facilitated $755 million worth of local infrastructure works, creating 7,500 jobs. For the full list of successful projects, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government and Suburban Development Shaun Leane “This will deliver the local infrastructure these communities need, and create work for local tradies and businesses as we rebuild from coronavirus.” “Councils will be at the forefront of recovery and we’re using the Growing Suburbs Fund to support that work – creating jobs and building stronger communities.” “Each of these projects will help make sure that rapidly-growing local communities get the facilities they deserve.”

Building Better Suburbs And Creating Local Jobs

The Victorian Government will upgrade and expand pavilions, playgrounds, community centres and other infrastructure in Melbourne‘s fastest growing suburbs – delivering the facilities that locals need and supporting jobs and business through the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced 28 projects will receive a share of $25 million from the newly expanded Growing Suburbs Fund. The investment will help deliver $90.3 million worth of new infrastructure with the investment expected to create more than 700 jobs – kickstarting our economy and supporting local tradespeople, businesses and suppliers. The projects include $2.5 million for a new Community Pavilion in Diggers Rest, $2.25 million for the Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment and nearly $1 million for the Princes Highway Trail in Cardinia Shire. The investment will also improve and expand childrens centres in Hampton Park, Thomastown and Kilmore, skate parks in Craigieburn and Upwey, and a range of other local projects that will be needed as these communities grow. Urban fringe councils were eligible to apply for the fund for the first time, with five grants awarded including $2.5 million for the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre, $2.5 million for the Darley Park Community and Sports Centre and $500,000 for the Longwarry Early Learning Centre. The investment complements the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package, which includes over $278 million in shovel-ready infrastructure projects across the state to be delivered through local councils. Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has facilitated $755 million worth of local infrastructure works, creating 7,500 jobs. For the full list of successful projects, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government and Suburban Development Shaun Leane “This will deliver the local infrastructure these communities need, and create work for local tradies and businesses as we rebuild from coronavirus.” “Councils will be at the forefront of recovery and we’re using the Growing Suburbs Fund to support that work – creating jobs and building stronger communities.” “Each of these projects will help make sure that rapidly-growing local communities get the facilities they deserve.”

Local Government Elections To Go Ahead In October

On advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, local government elections will go ahead as scheduled for Saturday, 24 October 2020. As Minister for Local Government, I sought advice from the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and Chief Health Officer as to how best to proceed while Victoria is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. I also engaged with the local government sector to fully understand concerns regarding the impact of current restrictions in Victoria on campaigning, and relayed that I would act on advice from the Chief Health Officer. The Chief Health Officer has advised that October represents a period when risk is likely to be substantially lower than at present, and there are no compelling public health grounds for the elections to be delayed. The Chief Health Officer has also worked closely with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) and is satisfied that appropriate physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene and workforce planning have all been considered and integrated into the VEC’s COVIDSafe plans. The VEC have advised that election preparations are already well underway and that there are no administrative or procedural barriers to the election being held on 24 October 2020. This decision was not made lightly and is based on the best public health advice available – but I am pleased Victorian communities can have their say on their local government representatives at democratic council general elections as planned. A set of Safe Campaigning Guidelines have been developed in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services to help candidates follow the Chief Health Officer’s directions and health advice during the campaign. The guidelines include advice on how to safely conduct permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, hygiene and physical distancing. The Government has also launched its candidate training course online, which all prospective candidates will need to complete. It covers how councils are run, support available to councillors, the councillor code of conduct, conflict of interest guidelines and election donation rules. The training course is one of a suite of reforms introduced through the new Local Government Act designed to enhance integrity and build community confidence in councils. All candidates will also be able to provide voters with a 300 word statement in their ballot packs to be sent to voters. In a first for Victoria, councils will be elected by state-wide postal voting. I wish prospective candidates all the best for the upcoming campaign period, and encourage all Victorians to make their vote count.

Local Government Elections To Go Ahead In October

On advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, local government elections will go ahead as scheduled for Saturday, 24 October 2020. As Minister for Local Government, I sought advice from the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and Chief Health Officer as to how best to proceed while Victoria is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. I also engaged with the local government sector to fully understand concerns regarding the impact of current restrictions in Victoria on campaigning, and relayed that I would act on advice from the Chief Health Officer. The Chief Health Officer has advised that October represents a period when risk is likely to be substantially lower than at present, and there are no compelling public health grounds for the elections to be delayed. The Chief Health Officer has also worked closely with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) and is satisfied that appropriate physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene and workforce planning have all been considered and integrated into the VEC’s COVIDSafe plans. The VEC have advised that election preparations are already well underway and that there are no administrative or procedural barriers to the election being held on 24 October 2020. This decision was not made lightly and is based on the best public health advice available – but I am pleased Victorian communities can have their say on their local government representatives at democratic council general elections as planned. A set of Safe Campaigning Guidelines have been developed in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services to help candidates follow the Chief Health Officer’s directions and health advice during the campaign. The guidelines include advice on how to safely conduct permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, hygiene and physical distancing. The Government has also launched its candidate training course online, which all prospective candidates will need to complete. It covers how councils are run, support available to councillors, the councillor code of conduct, conflict of interest guidelines and election donation rules. The training course is one of a suite of reforms introduced through the new Local Government Act designed to enhance integrity and build community confidence in councils. All candidates will also be able to provide voters with a 300 word statement in their ballot packs to be sent to voters. In a first for Victoria, councils will be elected by state-wide postal voting. I wish prospective candidates all the best for the upcoming campaign period, and encourage all Victorians to make their vote count.

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.”

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.