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New Family Centre For Officer South

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

New Family Centre For Officer South

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

Forty New Jobs For Women Building Surveyors

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring new career opportunities for forty women who will soon begin training as municipal building surveyors thanks to funding from the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today joined the Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous, Darebin City Council Mayor Cr Lina Messina and Darebin City Council CEO Sue Wilkinson to meet with Grace Tan one of the 40 women who will receive funding to train to become a municipal building surveyor. The $6.3 million Women Building Surveyors Program attracted widespread interest from councils and council staff. Of the successful applications, 28 councils have already identified a female staff member to take up the opportunity, while another 12 will recruit in coming months. Of the successful councils, 17 are rural, five are regional cities and 18 are in metropolitan Melbourne. The candidates will begin an Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying or Bachelor of Building Surveying this year, and gain work experience with their councils as well as attending professional development events and opportunities through program partner LGPro. The Women Building Surveyors program has been established to improve the gender balance in the construction industry, fill a skills shortage and drive construction stimulus projects as a key part of the state’s economic recovery. Employed by councils, municipal building surveyors issue permits that allow construction work to commence and ensure that work complies with legal requirements and building codes. They also carry out inspections to ensure work is completed correctly and issue occupancy permits or certificates of final inspection. For more information on the program, including a list of the successful councils, go to localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “This is all about offering women career opportunities, boosting gender equality in the construction sector and helping support Victoria’s economic recovery.”  “It’s great to see such a strong uptake for the program from councils across the state and I look forward to meeting some of the successful candidates in the next few weeks.” Quote attributable to Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous “Congratulations to Grace at Darebin City Council for being selected to participate in the Women Building Surveyors Program. Greater gender balance across the workforce benefits everyone – it makes our councils and communities stronger.”

Forty New Jobs For Women Building Surveyors

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring new career opportunities for forty women who will soon begin training as municipal building surveyors thanks to funding from the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today joined the Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous, Darebin City Council Mayor Cr Lina Messina and Darebin City Council CEO Sue Wilkinson to meet with Grace Tan one of the 40 women who will receive funding to train to become a municipal building surveyor. The $6.3 million Women Building Surveyors Program attracted widespread interest from councils and council staff. Of the successful applications, 28 councils have already identified a female staff member to take up the opportunity, while another 12 will recruit in coming months. Of the successful councils, 17 are rural, five are regional cities and 18 are in metropolitan Melbourne. The candidates will begin an Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying or Bachelor of Building Surveying this year, and gain work experience with their councils as well as attending professional development events and opportunities through program partner LGPro. The Women Building Surveyors program has been established to improve the gender balance in the construction industry, fill a skills shortage and drive construction stimulus projects as a key part of the state’s economic recovery. Employed by councils, municipal building surveyors issue permits that allow construction work to commence and ensure that work complies with legal requirements and building codes. They also carry out inspections to ensure work is completed correctly and issue occupancy permits or certificates of final inspection. For more information on the program, including a list of the successful councils, go to localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “This is all about offering women career opportunities, boosting gender equality in the construction sector and helping support Victoria’s economic recovery.”  “It’s great to see such a strong uptake for the program from councils across the state and I look forward to meeting some of the successful candidates in the next few weeks.” Quote attributable to Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous “Congratulations to Grace at Darebin City Council for being selected to participate in the Women Building Surveyors Program. Greater gender balance across the workforce benefits everyone – it makes our councils and communities stronger.”

Helping Councils Keep Local Communities Safe

Councils across Victoria this week received increased funding allocations to help them prepare for emergencies, with support made available for planning, education, COVIDSafe initiatives and the hiring of specialist personnel. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 allocated an extra $1 million to the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program, taking total program funding for Victoria’s 64 rural, regional and outer-metropolitan councils this financial year to $5.56 million. The program pays for planning, communication and co-ordination work to make sure communities are well prepared and resilient. Funding can be used for a variety of emergency planning work, including education for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in at-risk areas. Councils have been allocated between $73,200 and $146,400 based on factors including environmental risk. Councils routinely use the funding to appoint an emergency management specialist, with some councils collaborating with neighbours to fund a specialist position across their areas. This year, grants can also be used to ensure that emergency work can be done in a COVIDSafe environment. Councils’ extensive local knowledge and close connection to communities makes them a vital part of Victoria’s response to emergency events. Before, during and after emergencies, council responsibilities include support for vulnerable people, running relief centres and enabling economic and social recovery, while ensuring that important services continue to be provided. The Andrews Labor Government is undertaking a ‘Councils and Emergencies’ review to enhance councils’ ability to perform their emergency management role. The review is considering all aspects of council emergency capability. Work on the third phase was delayed due to the 2019-20 bushfire season and the coronavirus pandemic and is expected to be completed in 2021. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils did amazing things to support their communities and keep people safe during last summer’s devastating bushfires.” “We’ve now provided even more support to make sure councils have the staff, resources and tools they need in times of crisis.” “Councils also play a vital role in community recovery and that’s been clearly demonstrated across the state over the past 12 months.”

Helping Councils Keep Local Communities Safe

Councils across Victoria this week received increased funding allocations to help them prepare for emergencies, with support made available for planning, education, COVIDSafe initiatives and the hiring of specialist personnel. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 allocated an extra $1 million to the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program, taking total program funding for Victoria’s 64 rural, regional and outer-metropolitan councils this financial year to $5.56 million. The program pays for planning, communication and co-ordination work to make sure communities are well prepared and resilient. Funding can be used for a variety of emergency planning work, including education for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in at-risk areas. Councils have been allocated between $73,200 and $146,400 based on factors including environmental risk. Councils routinely use the funding to appoint an emergency management specialist, with some councils collaborating with neighbours to fund a specialist position across their areas. This year, grants can also be used to ensure that emergency work can be done in a COVIDSafe environment. Councils’ extensive local knowledge and close connection to communities makes them a vital part of Victoria’s response to emergency events. Before, during and after emergencies, council responsibilities include support for vulnerable people, running relief centres and enabling economic and social recovery, while ensuring that important services continue to be provided. The Andrews Labor Government is undertaking a ‘Councils and Emergencies’ review to enhance councils’ ability to perform their emergency management role. The review is considering all aspects of council emergency capability. Work on the third phase was delayed due to the 2019-20 bushfire season and the coronavirus pandemic and is expected to be completed in 2021. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils did amazing things to support their communities and keep people safe during last summer’s devastating bushfires.” “We’ve now provided even more support to make sure councils have the staff, resources and tools they need in times of crisis.” “Councils also play a vital role in community recovery and that’s been clearly demonstrated across the state over the past 12 months.”

Improving Hardship Support In Response To Rates Review

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce reforms to improve the local government rates system in response to a major review. The Local Government Rating System Review, released today, provides an in-depth analysis of Victoria’s rates system. A 2018 election commitment, the review assessed the fairness and equity of the current system and recommends improvements. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane has backed the comprehensive examination delivered by the three-member panel, which concluded the rating system aligns with many of the principles that underpin sound revenue management and highlights more can be done to help people who are struggling. The Labor Government response will support ratepayers in financial hardship, improve transparency and consistent decision-making across councils, and build a fairer system. The Government will adopt 36 of the review’s 56 recommendations in full, in part or in principle. Among the most significant measures, the Government will improve how the system can better support ratepayers who are struggling to pay their rates and will examine the merits of a valuation averaging mechanism to lessen the impact of sudden property value movements that particularly affect farmers. The Government will also pursue reforms to system administration and give councils improved tools for waste charges, special rate and charge schemes and more flexible rate concessions. Enhanced transparency and community engagement requirements in the Local Government Act 2020 will support the implementation of the reforms. As Victoria’s focus shifts to economic recovery from the pandemic, the Government will not support substantial change to how general rates, exemptions and alternative rating arrangements work, which would risk creating financial uncertainty during the recovery period. Consistent with previous years, Minister Leane has also announced the Fair Go Rates Cap for 2021-22 will be set at 1.5 per cent – the forecast Consumer Price Index for the period. The rate cap places a limit on the increase in the total amount of revenue raised by councils through rates each year. This is the lowest the rate cap has been set since it was introduced in 2016. The rate cap mechanism was excluded from the rating system review and will be separately reviewed by the end of 2021, after its first five years of operation. The report and Government response can be read at engage.vic.gov.au/rating-review. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “This review has produced the first in-depth look for many years at how rates work in Victoria. I thank the Panel Members for their work and their recommendations for a stronger rating system.” “Our response prioritises reforms that support ratepayers in financial hardship, enhance transparency and consistent decision-making and lay the foundations for greater equity and fairness in the rating system.”

Improving Hardship Support In Response To Rates Review

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce reforms to improve the local government rates system in response to a major review. The Local Government Rating System Review, released today, provides an in-depth analysis of Victoria’s rates system. A 2018 election commitment, the review assessed the fairness and equity of the current system and recommends improvements. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane has backed the comprehensive examination delivered by the three-member panel, which concluded the rating system aligns with many of the principles that underpin sound revenue management and highlights more can be done to help people who are struggling. The Labor Government response will support ratepayers in financial hardship, improve transparency and consistent decision-making across councils, and build a fairer system. The Government will adopt 36 of the review’s 56 recommendations in full, in part or in principle. Among the most significant measures, the Government will improve how the system can better support ratepayers who are struggling to pay their rates and will examine the merits of a valuation averaging mechanism to lessen the impact of sudden property value movements that particularly affect farmers. The Government will also pursue reforms to system administration and give councils improved tools for waste charges, special rate and charge schemes and more flexible rate concessions. Enhanced transparency and community engagement requirements in the Local Government Act 2020 will support the implementation of the reforms. As Victoria’s focus shifts to economic recovery from the pandemic, the Government will not support substantial change to how general rates, exemptions and alternative rating arrangements work, which would risk creating financial uncertainty during the recovery period. Consistent with previous years, Minister Leane has also announced the Fair Go Rates Cap for 2021-22 will be set at 1.5 per cent – the forecast Consumer Price Index for the period. The rate cap places a limit on the increase in the total amount of revenue raised by councils through rates each year. This is the lowest the rate cap has been set since it was introduced in 2016. The rate cap mechanism was excluded from the rating system review and will be separately reviewed by the end of 2021, after its first five years of operation. The report and Government response can be read at engage.vic.gov.au/rating-review. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “This review has produced the first in-depth look for many years at how rates work in Victoria. I thank the Panel Members for their work and their recommendations for a stronger rating system.” “Our response prioritises reforms that support ratepayers in financial hardship, enhance transparency and consistent decision-making and lay the foundations for greater equity and fairness in the rating system.”

Backing New Generation Of Women Building Surveyors

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring new career opportunities for women in local government, with applications open for the Women Building Surveyors Program. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane unveiled the $6.3 million program which will create 40 positions for women looking to re-train as municipal building surveyors at councils. Delivered in partnership with LGPro, the program announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21 offers a way for women to take up jobs supporting Victoria’s building sector with councils or a group of councils able to put forward a candidate for one of the program places. Construction has long been a male-dominated industry, but programs like these are improving the gender balance, filling a skills shortage and contributing to a key part of the state’s economic recovery. The program will fund successful candidates to begin the Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying or the Bachelor of Building Surveying and gain work experience with their council. LGPro will also run complementary professional development opportunities and events. Municipal building surveyors are a crucial cog in the construction industry. Employed by councils, they issue permits that allow work to commence and ensure that works comply with legal requirements. They also carry out inspections to ensure work is done correctly and issue occupancy permits or certificates of final inspection. All 79 councils in Victoria are able to nominate one of their female staff members or recruit a female staff member to participate in the program commencing in late January 2021. Further information on the program, go to localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “This is about giving women who are interested in the construction industry an opportunity to develop their careers. Greater diversity makes our workplaces stronger and a greater representation of women in construction will benefit everyone in the industry.” “This program is creating opportunities for women to build a new career while providing an important service for their local council and community.”

Backing New Generation Of Women Building Surveyors

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring new career opportunities for women in local government, with applications open for the Women Building Surveyors Program. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane unveiled the $6.3 million program which will create 40 positions for women looking to re-train as municipal building surveyors at councils. Delivered in partnership with LGPro, the program announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21 offers a way for women to take up jobs supporting Victoria’s building sector with councils or a group of councils able to put forward a candidate for one of the program places. Construction has long been a male-dominated industry, but programs like these are improving the gender balance, filling a skills shortage and contributing to a key part of the state’s economic recovery. The program will fund successful candidates to begin the Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying or the Bachelor of Building Surveying and gain work experience with their council. LGPro will also run complementary professional development opportunities and events. Municipal building surveyors are a crucial cog in the construction industry. Employed by councils, they issue permits that allow work to commence and ensure that works comply with legal requirements. They also carry out inspections to ensure work is done correctly and issue occupancy permits or certificates of final inspection. All 79 councils in Victoria are able to nominate one of their female staff members or recruit a female staff member to participate in the program commencing in late January 2021. Further information on the program, go to localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “This is about giving women who are interested in the construction industry an opportunity to develop their careers. Greater diversity makes our workplaces stronger and a greater representation of women in construction will benefit everyone in the industry.” “This program is creating opportunities for women to build a new career while providing an important service for their local council and community.”

Backing Victorian Libraries To Change Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in public libraries across Victoria with a record level of funding. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced $45.8 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs. Libraries provided tremendous support to their communities through the coronavirus pandemic. From virtual story times for kids and check-in phone calls for members, to book delivery and partnerships with Meals on Wheels, libraries have made a real impact during a challenging year. Minister Leane made the announcement at an event to launch a new website and mobile app for the Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation. The corporation serves the Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges councils and will receive $2.8 million from the funding package. The funding represents a 2.5 per cent increase on last year’s allocation from the Public Libraries Funding Program and is part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/21. This is in addition to $1.1 million from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, which provides an annual allocation for books and materials to support the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. The Labor Government also funds the expansion, redevelopment and modernisation of libraries through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which received an additional $11.1 million over two years in the Budget. Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. The new Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation website is now live at yourlibrary.com.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Thousands of Victorians have joined libraries during the coronavirus pandemic and libraries have displayed ingenuity, resilience and commitment to their communities through their work.” “This record level of funding ensures libraries have the resources they need to keep up the amazing work they’ve been doing. Libraries really do change lives and they are about so much more than books.”

Backing Victorian Libraries To Change Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in public libraries across Victoria with a record level of funding. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced $45.8 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs. Libraries provided tremendous support to their communities through the coronavirus pandemic. From virtual story times for kids and check-in phone calls for members, to book delivery and partnerships with Meals on Wheels, libraries have made a real impact during a challenging year. Minister Leane made the announcement at an event to launch a new website and mobile app for the Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation. The corporation serves the Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges councils and will receive $2.8 million from the funding package. The funding represents a 2.5 per cent increase on last year’s allocation from the Public Libraries Funding Program and is part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/21. This is in addition to $1.1 million from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, which provides an annual allocation for books and materials to support the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. The Labor Government also funds the expansion, redevelopment and modernisation of libraries through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, which received an additional $11.1 million over two years in the Budget. Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches, 31 mobile library services and 71 other library outlets, with more than 2.1 million library members registered in the state. The new Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation website is now live at yourlibrary.com.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Thousands of Victorians have joined libraries during the coronavirus pandemic and libraries have displayed ingenuity, resilience and commitment to their communities through their work.” “This record level of funding ensures libraries have the resources they need to keep up the amazing work they’ve been doing. Libraries really do change lives and they are about so much more than books.”

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NEW 24 HOUR AMBULANCE SITE IN MOUNT WAVERLEY

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

The Andrews Labor Government is Upgrading Jubilee Park in Ringwood

Jubilee Park in Ringwood will share in the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history with a substantial extension and upgrade to the Pavilion overlooking the Russell Lucas Oval. The Andrews Labor Government will contribute $ 2 million towards the Maroondah City Council’s upgrade of the pavilion, including two new change rooms, refurbishment of the existing change rooms, umpires rooms and a new first aid rooms, providing first class facilities for players and spectators. The facility is home to the Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Football Club, and the Ringwood Spiders All Abilities Sports Club and is the premier cricket ground in the region. The project will see a first floor extension will be added to the pavilion with designated office space for each of the three clubs and for Cricket Victoria’s Eastern Metro Zone headquarters. Cricket Victoria CEO, Andrew Ingleton  “Cricket Victoria welcomes the $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to get work underway on the latest stage of the redevelopment of Jubilee Park.” “The new pavilion will cement the precinct as an important centre for cricket in Melbourne’s east, hosting men’s and women’s Premier Cricket, junior boys and girls and cricketers of all-abilities, supporting our vision to truly be a ‘sport for all’.

The Andrews Labor Government is Upgrading Jubilee Park in Ringwood

Jubilee Park in Ringwood will share in the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history with a substantial extension and upgrade to the Pavilion overlooking the Russell Lucas Oval. The Andrews Labor Government will contribute $ 2 million towards the Maroondah City Council’s upgrade of the pavilion, including two new change rooms, refurbishment of the existing change rooms, umpires rooms and a new first aid rooms, providing first class facilities for players and spectators. The facility is home to the Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Football Club, and the Ringwood Spiders All Abilities Sports Club and is the premier cricket ground in the region. The project will see a first floor extension will be added to the pavilion with designated office space for each of the three clubs and for Cricket Victoria’s Eastern Metro Zone headquarters. Cricket Victoria CEO, Andrew Ingleton  “Cricket Victoria welcomes the $2 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to get work underway on the latest stage of the redevelopment of Jubilee Park.” “The new pavilion will cement the precinct as an important centre for cricket in Melbourne’s east, hosting men’s and women’s Premier Cricket, junior boys and girls and cricketers of all-abilities, supporting our vision to truly be a ‘sport for all’.

Eastern Metro Says NO To Family Violence

Do you want to join the campaign that is saying no to family violence in the Eastern Metropolitan Region?

North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

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

North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

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

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

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

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

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

The Eastern Health Breast & Cancer Centre Is Now Taking Patients At Maroondah Hospital

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening and treatment co-located at Maroondah Hospital. The new Centre features: An additional mammography screening room, to see an extra 5520 women each year Allied health rooms providing for an extra 7200 patients each year Consulting rooms, where medical professionals can see an extra 12,800 patients each year A Breast Nurse consulting room that will support an additional 2400 patients each year The Centre has two ultrasound rooms which will be able to conduct guided biopsies, and four medical imaging reading rooms – which will ensure that women will receive quicker diagnosis, and quicker treatment. Services and treatment will be better co-ordinated, with co-located multidisciplinary teams able to meet regularly at the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre to present patient cases and share best practices. “The Andrews Government promised the women of the eastern suburbs their own dedicated breast cancer centre, and we’re getting it done.” said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy.  

The Eastern Health Breast & Cancer Centre Is Now Taking Patients At Maroondah Hospital

Around 25,000 women will be able to receive breast cancer treatment closer to home with a new one-stop shop for breast cancer screening and treatment co-located at Maroondah Hospital. The new Centre features: An additional mammography screening room, to see an extra 5520 women each year Allied health rooms providing for an extra 7200 patients each year Consulting rooms, where medical professionals can see an extra 12,800 patients each year A Breast Nurse consulting room that will support an additional 2400 patients each year The Centre has two ultrasound rooms which will be able to conduct guided biopsies, and four medical imaging reading rooms – which will ensure that women will receive quicker diagnosis, and quicker treatment. Services and treatment will be better co-ordinated, with co-located multidisciplinary teams able to meet regularly at the Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre to present patient cases and share best practices. “The Andrews Government promised the women of the eastern suburbs their own dedicated breast cancer centre, and we’re getting it done.” said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy.