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Supporting Community Revitalisation In Noble Park

Noble Park residents can look forward to improved streetscapes and a new local playground, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $500,000 investment in the Noble Park Revitalisation Project. The work will see improvements to amenities on Douglas Street and the development of an all-abilities playground, which will allow children and people with disabilities to play in a safe new space. The Labor Government is investing $310,000 in the streetscape upgrades, and $190,000 in works for the new playground. Greater Dandenong City Council has also made contributions of $585,000 and $180,000 respectively. Works have started and will be completed in July. The development of Douglas Street and the construction of the playground will attract visitors to the Noble Park Activity Centre, supporting increased business activity. The playground will have space for nature play, sensory play and open grass areas – making it ideal for all children and adults, including those with disabilities. The improvements add to $3 million that the Government has previously invested in facilities at the Ross Reserve precinct. The projects are part of the Suburban Revitalisation Program, which supports projects across eight areas in metropolitan Melbourne – Boronia, Noble Park, Lilydale, Tarneit, Reservoir, Melton, Broadmeadows and Frankston. Funding of $21 million is being provided to the eight revitalisation boards through the Building Works stimulus program and the Victorian Budget 2020-21. The Suburban Revitalisation Program engages local councils and community groups to deliver key economic initiatives and community development projects which improve social and economic outcomes for residents. For more information, go to suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “By upgrading the streetscape and building a new playground, we’re investing in projects that will directly benefit Noble Park residents and businesses.” “Revitalisation projects right across Melbourne are improving livability, bringing communities together and boosting local economies.” Quote attributable to Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Lee Tarlamis “Projects like the Douglas Street revitalisation project and the all-abilities playground put the needs of Noble Park people front and centre – it’s an important step in the community’s steady recovery from the effects of the pandemic.”

Supporting Community Revitalisation In Noble Park

Noble Park residents can look forward to improved streetscapes and a new local playground, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $500,000 investment in the Noble Park Revitalisation Project. The work will see improvements to amenities on Douglas Street and the development of an all-abilities playground, which will allow children and people with disabilities to play in a safe new space. The Labor Government is investing $310,000 in the streetscape upgrades, and $190,000 in works for the new playground. Greater Dandenong City Council has also made contributions of $585,000 and $180,000 respectively. Works have started and will be completed in July. The development of Douglas Street and the construction of the playground will attract visitors to the Noble Park Activity Centre, supporting increased business activity. The playground will have space for nature play, sensory play and open grass areas – making it ideal for all children and adults, including those with disabilities. The improvements add to $3 million that the Government has previously invested in facilities at the Ross Reserve precinct. The projects are part of the Suburban Revitalisation Program, which supports projects across eight areas in metropolitan Melbourne – Boronia, Noble Park, Lilydale, Tarneit, Reservoir, Melton, Broadmeadows and Frankston. Funding of $21 million is being provided to the eight revitalisation boards through the Building Works stimulus program and the Victorian Budget 2020-21. The Suburban Revitalisation Program engages local councils and community groups to deliver key economic initiatives and community development projects which improve social and economic outcomes for residents. For more information, go to suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “By upgrading the streetscape and building a new playground, we’re investing in projects that will directly benefit Noble Park residents and businesses.” “Revitalisation projects right across Melbourne are improving livability, bringing communities together and boosting local economies.” Quote attributable to Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Lee Tarlamis “Projects like the Douglas Street revitalisation project and the all-abilities playground put the needs of Noble Park people front and centre – it’s an important step in the community’s steady recovery from the effects of the pandemic.”

Helping Councils Keep Victorian Communities COVIDSafe

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering new funding for Victorian councils to help local businesses and communities stay safe and open through 2021. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced more than $7 million for councils across the state to establish the Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program. The funding will be used to employ more than 230 workers to proactively promote COVIDSafe practices through direct engagement with businesses. Councils can use the funding to employ up to four COVID Business Support Officers who will help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips comply with COVIDSafe requirements such as checking in, physical distancing and cleaning. They will work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – including hairdressers, butchers and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community. The 40 metropolitan and regional city councils will each receive funding for four support officers, while 38 rural councils will receive funding for two new staff, with a total of 236 positions to be created to help business across the state. Funding will also support councils with high numbers of residents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to help CALD businesses. For more information on local government funding support visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils are crucial to Victoria’s recovery from the pandemic and this funding enables them to support businesses and communities with COVIDSafe best practice and keep local economies open.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “This is about making sure Victorian business – and every community in our state – has the support and information they need to stay safe and open through 2021.”

Helping Councils Keep Victorian Communities COVIDSafe

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering new funding for Victorian councils to help local businesses and communities stay safe and open through 2021. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced more than $7 million for councils across the state to establish the Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program. The funding will be used to employ more than 230 workers to proactively promote COVIDSafe practices through direct engagement with businesses. Councils can use the funding to employ up to four COVID Business Support Officers who will help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips comply with COVIDSafe requirements such as checking in, physical distancing and cleaning. They will work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – including hairdressers, butchers and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community. The 40 metropolitan and regional city councils will each receive funding for four support officers, while 38 rural councils will receive funding for two new staff, with a total of 236 positions to be created to help business across the state. Funding will also support councils with high numbers of residents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to help CALD businesses. For more information on local government funding support visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Councils are crucial to Victoria’s recovery from the pandemic and this funding enables them to support businesses and communities with COVIDSafe best practice and keep local economies open.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “This is about making sure Victorian business – and every community in our state – has the support and information they need to stay safe and open through 2021.”

New Local Library Services For The Goulburn Valley

New local library services are coming to Avenel and Murchison thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Goulburn Valley Libraries will receive over $120,000 from the 2021 round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help pay for new library kiosks in Murchison and Avenel to complement regular visits by Goulburn Valley’s mobile library vans. The kiosks will allow residents access to library services seven days a week, not only when the van is in town. Since 2015, the Labor Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans. The 2021 round of the program is the biggest in its history, part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/21. 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. For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s successful applications visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Living Libraries program is making a real difference for communities across the state, delivering high-quality facilities and ensuring that all Victorians have access to a public library.” “Investments like this help create local jobs and ongoing library staff. We’re investing in communities and local neighbourhoods because we understand the difference projects like these can make.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s great to see this this investment to bring new Library Kiosks for the Avenel and Murchison Communities.” “Libraries are a much-loved part of the community and they are about so much more than books. Through this project even more local people will be able to access all the great services they provide.”

New Local Library Services For The Goulburn Valley

New local library services are coming to Avenel and Murchison thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced Goulburn Valley Libraries will receive over $120,000 from the 2021 round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help pay for new library kiosks in Murchison and Avenel to complement regular visits by Goulburn Valley’s mobile library vans. The kiosks will allow residents access to library services seven days a week, not only when the van is in town. Since 2015, the Labor Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans. The 2021 round of the program is the biggest in its history, part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/21. 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. For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s successful applications visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Living Libraries program is making a real difference for communities across the state, delivering high-quality facilities and ensuring that all Victorians have access to a public library.” “Investments like this help create local jobs and ongoing library staff. We’re investing in communities and local neighbourhoods because we understand the difference projects like these can make.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s great to see this this investment to bring new Library Kiosks for the Avenel and Murchison Communities.” “Libraries are a much-loved part of the community and they are about so much more than books. Through this project even more local people will be able to access all the great services they provide.”

Funding To Transform Mansfield Library

The Mansfield library is set for a major transformation, including new dedicated children’s and quiet study spaces thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced Mansfield Shire Council will receive more than $540,000 from the 2021 round of the Labor Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help expand the library to make room for collections, as well as create new entranceway and meeting rooms. The refurbishment will allow for expansion of community programs, events and classes, including popular children’s story times, the University of the Third Age classes and other community groups. Since 2015 the Labor Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans. The 2021 round of the program is the biggest in its history, part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/2021. 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. For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s successful applications visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Living Libraries program is making a real difference for communities across the state, delivering high-quality facilities and ensuring that all Victorians have access to a public library.” “Investments like this help create local jobs for tradies and ongoing library staff. We’re investing in communities and local neighbourhoods because we understand the difference projects like these can make.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s great to see this investment for Mansfield, it’s going to transform our popular library and make it an even better place for everyone to enjoy.”

Funding To Transform Mansfield Library

The Mansfield library is set for a major transformation, including new dedicated children’s and quiet study spaces thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced Mansfield Shire Council will receive more than $540,000 from the 2021 round of the Labor Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The funding will help expand the library to make room for collections, as well as create new entranceway and meeting rooms. The refurbishment will allow for expansion of community programs, events and classes, including popular children’s story times, the University of the Third Age classes and other community groups. Since 2015 the Labor Government has invested more than $32.5 million into 95 Living Libraries projects, allowing a total investment of $236.8 million for new libraries, upgrades to existing facilities and library vans. The 2021 round of the program is the biggest in its history, part of a record $56.9 million commitment to libraries from the Victorian Budget 2020/2021. 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. For more information on Living Libraries and this year’s successful applications visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The Living Libraries program is making a real difference for communities across the state, delivering high-quality facilities and ensuring that all Victorians have access to a public library.” “Investments like this help create local jobs for tradies and ongoing library staff. We’re investing in communities and local neighbourhoods because we understand the difference projects like these can make.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s great to see this investment for Mansfield, it’s going to transform our popular library and make it an even better place for everyone to enjoy.”

Reflecting On How Victorians Got Through, Together

Stories of how Melbourne’s suburban communities coped during the unprecedented events of the past year will be shared in a new online digital exhibition. One year on: Stories of COVID-19 in Melbourne's Suburbs was officially launchedat the Melbourne Museum today. The digital display features a collection of stories and illustrations about how people across Melbourne adapted and supported each other in 2020. The display includes the story of Elder Aunty Jennine Armistead, who spread joy to her neighbourhood by offering traditional handwoven baskets and native cuttings from her garden in Frankston. Some of Aunty Jennine’s baskets have been donated to the Melbourne Museum as part of the display and will be able to be viewed online. To assemble exhibits, last year Melburnians were encouraged to document and share how their lives changed at home and in their local communities – to capture and reflect on stories of resilience, community and ingenuity. These stories, and artifacts donated to Melbourne Museum, will form part of the historical narrative around the Melbourne experience of the pandemic. The digital display can be viewed at museumsvictoria.com.au/one-year-on. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “Melburnians are resilient and over the past 12 months we have seen local communities unite like never before.” “The exhibition allows us all to look back on the extraordinary year 2020 was and how far we have come.” Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson “This exhibition celebrates the strength and generosity of Victorians, and how we banded together to get through.” Quotes attributable to Museums Victoria chief executive Lynley Crosswell “It’s been a great honour and privilege to collect the stories of Melburnians and their experience of the pandemic for ‘One Year On’.” “These are accounts of the incredible generosity, warmth and resilience of our communities, as well as the terrible hardships experienced by so many people. Every story will be preserved in the State Collection as a record of this extraordinary time.”

Reflecting On How Victorians Got Through, Together

Stories of how Melbourne’s suburban communities coped during the unprecedented events of the past year will be shared in a new online digital exhibition. One year on: Stories of COVID-19 in Melbourne's Suburbs was officially launchedat the Melbourne Museum today. The digital display features a collection of stories and illustrations about how people across Melbourne adapted and supported each other in 2020. The display includes the story of Elder Aunty Jennine Armistead, who spread joy to her neighbourhood by offering traditional handwoven baskets and native cuttings from her garden in Frankston. Some of Aunty Jennine’s baskets have been donated to the Melbourne Museum as part of the display and will be able to be viewed online. To assemble exhibits, last year Melburnians were encouraged to document and share how their lives changed at home and in their local communities – to capture and reflect on stories of resilience, community and ingenuity. These stories, and artifacts donated to Melbourne Museum, will form part of the historical narrative around the Melbourne experience of the pandemic. The digital display can be viewed at museumsvictoria.com.au/one-year-on. Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “Melburnians are resilient and over the past 12 months we have seen local communities unite like never before.” “The exhibition allows us all to look back on the extraordinary year 2020 was and how far we have come.” Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson “This exhibition celebrates the strength and generosity of Victorians, and how we banded together to get through.” Quotes attributable to Museums Victoria chief executive Lynley Crosswell “It’s been a great honour and privilege to collect the stories of Melburnians and their experience of the pandemic for ‘One Year On’.” “These are accounts of the incredible generosity, warmth and resilience of our communities, as well as the terrible hardships experienced by so many people. Every story will be preserved in the State Collection as a record of this extraordinary time.”

Helping Veterans Shape The Federal Royal Commission

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide – but is calling on the Commonwealth to give Veterans and their families more time to have their say. Minister for Veterans Affairs Shaun Leane today opened consultation on Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission, which will provide a vital and long-overdue opportunity to hear from the Veteran community and to reflect on their wishes in fixing a broken system. A dedicated email address – commonwealthroyalcommission.tor@dffh.vic.gov.au – has been established to canvas the views of Veterans, their families and the broader public. The Victorian Government will consult the Victorian Veterans Council and other key stakeholders, and relevant departments such as Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Department of Health will be involved. While encouraging to have their say, the Victorian Government is also calling on the Morrison Government to provide more time for people to contribute through the consultation process. The Federal Government is seeking to finalise consultation on the Terms of Reference by 21 May, and is asking states and territories to consult with the Veterans sector and provide input before then. Given the breadth of consultation required and how central these terms of reference will be to guiding the work of the royal commission and ultimately, saving lives – Minister Leane has written to the Federal Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester calling for this consultation time to be extended to 18 June 2021. This will allow the Veteran community to properly consider what it believes needs to be in the Terms of Reference, and put those views and expectations into writing. The Victorian Government is also seeking clarification from the Commonwealth on the role of the states and territories in the royal commission. The Victorian Government is continuing to support Veteran’s mental health and wellbeing through its response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “The Terms of Reference will be vital to shaping this Royal Commission and I encourage Veterans, their families and anyone interested in the wellbeing of our returned service men and women to have their say.” “We have been calling for a royal commission into this crucial issue for a long time, and welcomed the decision to establish one – but to give people less than a month to have their say isn’t good enough.” “We will only get one chance to get this right. Veterans and their families have waited a long time for this and deserve a proper chance to shape the terms of reference for the Royal Commission.”

Helping Veterans Shape The Federal Royal Commission

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide – but is calling on the Commonwealth to give Veterans and their families more time to have their say. Minister for Veterans Affairs Shaun Leane today opened consultation on Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission, which will provide a vital and long-overdue opportunity to hear from the Veteran community and to reflect on their wishes in fixing a broken system. A dedicated email address – commonwealthroyalcommission.tor@dffh.vic.gov.au – has been established to canvas the views of Veterans, their families and the broader public. The Victorian Government will consult the Victorian Veterans Council and other key stakeholders, and relevant departments such as Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Department of Health will be involved. While encouraging to have their say, the Victorian Government is also calling on the Morrison Government to provide more time for people to contribute through the consultation process. The Federal Government is seeking to finalise consultation on the Terms of Reference by 21 May, and is asking states and territories to consult with the Veterans sector and provide input before then. Given the breadth of consultation required and how central these terms of reference will be to guiding the work of the royal commission and ultimately, saving lives – Minister Leane has written to the Federal Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester calling for this consultation time to be extended to 18 June 2021. This will allow the Veteran community to properly consider what it believes needs to be in the Terms of Reference, and put those views and expectations into writing. The Victorian Government is also seeking clarification from the Commonwealth on the role of the states and territories in the royal commission. The Victorian Government is continuing to support Veteran’s mental health and wellbeing through its response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “The Terms of Reference will be vital to shaping this Royal Commission and I encourage Veterans, their families and anyone interested in the wellbeing of our returned service men and women to have their say.” “We have been calling for a royal commission into this crucial issue for a long time, and welcomed the decision to establish one – but to give people less than a month to have their say isn’t good enough.” “We will only get one chance to get this right. Veterans and their families have waited a long time for this and deserve a proper chance to shape the terms of reference for the Royal Commission.”

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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.