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Backing Veterans To Join Victoria’s Public Sector

Hundreds of Victorian veterans transitioning to civilian life will receive support to bring their extensive skills and experience to the public sector, with the Victorian Government setting a new employment target. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today announced the Government has exceeded its existing goal to employ veterans in 750 Victorian public sector positions between June 2017 and June 2021, with veterans landing 767 roles in the timeframe. The Government has now set a target to support veterans to secure an additional 750 roles in the public sector by June 2025, which would bring the total number of veterans taking up positions to 1,500. These efforts are underpinned by the Public Sector Veteran Employment Strategy, which includes a range of initiatives supporting veterans to land jobs across the public sector, including with Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and other departments and agencies. While many veterans successfully transition out of the Australian Defence Force to civilian life, some experience challenges such as finding employment, in part because of the need to navigate new systems and processes. The Employment Strategy aims to address these barriers while allowing the public sector to tap into the valuable skills, capabilities and experience of veterans. Supports include the Veteran Mentor Program, which connects veterans already in the public sector with those interested in joining, and a Veteran Employee Network, which allows veterans working in the public sector to connect with each other, support newcomers and share insights and experiences. Online resources and workshops offer advice for veterans on finding vacancies, applying for roles, and effectively communicating the skills and knowledge they’ve gained in military service. The Victorian Government has provided more than $2.7 million to date for the Strategy, including a $1.3 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. The Government is also working to employ more veterans on major Government infrastructure projects and continues to promote the value veterans can offer to the private sector, informed by experts across industry, education and training providers, Defence, ex-service organisations and Government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “We want as many veterans as possible to join Victoria’s public sector because we know the enormous value they offer, including skills in leadership, innovation, project management and excellent communication.” “Employing veterans in at least 1,500 public sector roles by 2025 will be a great win for our state.” Quote attributable to Veterans Employment Advocate Major General David McLachlan AO “We have been incredibly successful in supporting veterans to transition to civilian life through meaningful employment, and the public sector is benefiting from their exceptional skills and experience. It’s a win-win.”

Backing Veterans To Join Victoria’s Public Sector

Hundreds of Victorian veterans transitioning to civilian life will receive support to bring their extensive skills and experience to the public sector, with the Victorian Government setting a new employment target. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today announced the Government has exceeded its existing goal to employ veterans in 750 Victorian public sector positions between June 2017 and June 2021, with veterans landing 767 roles in the timeframe. The Government has now set a target to support veterans to secure an additional 750 roles in the public sector by June 2025, which would bring the total number of veterans taking up positions to 1,500. These efforts are underpinned by the Public Sector Veteran Employment Strategy, which includes a range of initiatives supporting veterans to land jobs across the public sector, including with Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and other departments and agencies. While many veterans successfully transition out of the Australian Defence Force to civilian life, some experience challenges such as finding employment, in part because of the need to navigate new systems and processes. The Employment Strategy aims to address these barriers while allowing the public sector to tap into the valuable skills, capabilities and experience of veterans. Supports include the Veteran Mentor Program, which connects veterans already in the public sector with those interested in joining, and a Veteran Employee Network, which allows veterans working in the public sector to connect with each other, support newcomers and share insights and experiences. Online resources and workshops offer advice for veterans on finding vacancies, applying for roles, and effectively communicating the skills and knowledge they’ve gained in military service. The Victorian Government has provided more than $2.7 million to date for the Strategy, including a $1.3 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. The Government is also working to employ more veterans on major Government infrastructure projects and continues to promote the value veterans can offer to the private sector, informed by experts across industry, education and training providers, Defence, ex-service organisations and Government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “We want as many veterans as possible to join Victoria’s public sector because we know the enormous value they offer, including skills in leadership, innovation, project management and excellent communication.” “Employing veterans in at least 1,500 public sector roles by 2025 will be a great win for our state.” Quote attributable to Veterans Employment Advocate Major General David McLachlan AO “We have been incredibly successful in supporting veterans to transition to civilian life through meaningful employment, and the public sector is benefiting from their exceptional skills and experience. It’s a win-win.”

Helping Rural Councils Deliver For Their Communities

The Victorian Government is supporting Victoria’s 38 rural councils to deliver exciting projects that improve services and provide value for money for local communities. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced the opening of a $8 million second round of the ground-breaking Rural Councils Transformation Program. Improving rural councils’ financial sustainability is a priority for the Government. The first initiative of its kind in Victoria, the program was launched in 2018 to enable rural councils to work with other councils to improve services and reduce costs. Round one focused on large-scale projects including the Rural Councils Corporate Collaboration, led by Horsham Rural City Council. Horsham joined forces with three other councils — Hindmarsh, Loddon and West Wimmera — to adopt integrated systems to manage their business processes, including finance, payroll and procurement. This project received $5 million from the program and is now in the tender phase. Round two is focused on smaller projects that include new and ongoing collaboration and resource sharing such as shared workforce planning and asset management systems. Projects will be funded up to $1 million, with a maximum rate of $250,000 for each rural council involved. While funding is not awarded for metropolitan or regional council involvement, all Victorian councils can participate in the program – a minimum of two rural councils must be involved and projects will have to be completed within two years. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 also allocated $1.4 million over two years for the Rural Roads Support Package, which will improve the road asset management practices of 11 rural councils that have responsibility for the longest lengths of local roads on a per capita basis. Applications for the Rural Councils Transformation Program close on 10 December 2021. For more details and funding guidelines visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Rural councils play a vital role in supporting country Victorians and this funding will improve the capacity of councils to meet the needs of their local communities.” “I encourage councils to be innovative and bold as they consider the opportunities this program provides to do things differently and better.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “By working together, rural councils can take their operations to the next level – and local families, businesses  and community groups will be the winners.”

Helping Rural Councils Deliver For Their Communities

The Victorian Government is supporting Victoria’s 38 rural councils to deliver exciting projects that improve services and provide value for money for local communities. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced the opening of a $8 million second round of the ground-breaking Rural Councils Transformation Program. Improving rural councils’ financial sustainability is a priority for the Government. The first initiative of its kind in Victoria, the program was launched in 2018 to enable rural councils to work with other councils to improve services and reduce costs. Round one focused on large-scale projects including the Rural Councils Corporate Collaboration, led by Horsham Rural City Council. Horsham joined forces with three other councils — Hindmarsh, Loddon and West Wimmera — to adopt integrated systems to manage their business processes, including finance, payroll and procurement. This project received $5 million from the program and is now in the tender phase. Round two is focused on smaller projects that include new and ongoing collaboration and resource sharing such as shared workforce planning and asset management systems. Projects will be funded up to $1 million, with a maximum rate of $250,000 for each rural council involved. While funding is not awarded for metropolitan or regional council involvement, all Victorian councils can participate in the program – a minimum of two rural councils must be involved and projects will have to be completed within two years. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 also allocated $1.4 million over two years for the Rural Roads Support Package, which will improve the road asset management practices of 11 rural councils that have responsibility for the longest lengths of local roads on a per capita basis. Applications for the Rural Councils Transformation Program close on 10 December 2021. For more details and funding guidelines visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “Rural councils play a vital role in supporting country Victorians and this funding will improve the capacity of councils to meet the needs of their local communities.” “I encourage councils to be innovative and bold as they consider the opportunities this program provides to do things differently and better.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “By working together, rural councils can take their operations to the next level – and local families, businesses  and community groups will be the winners.”

Monitor To Guide South Gippsland’s New Council

Local government elections will be held next month to elect a council for South Gippsland Shire, following more than two years under administration. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced a municipal monitor will be appointed to the Council following the election in late October, to support good governance and democracy during the Council’s first year. The monitor will support the Shire's transition back to elected representation and assist councillors to take ownership of a positive and inclusive culture that will improve systems and build public trust. Following the council’s dismissal in June 2019, South Gippsland Shire Administrators Julie Eisenbise, Christian Zahra and Rick Brown have been overseeing the council and working with the community to restore confidence. In addition to appointing a monitor, the Victorian Government has supported the participation of women in local democracy in South Gippsland with three grants, including $50,000 to help the council develop an extensive community leadership development program. A grant of $29,500 was provided to the Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) to continue and expand its mentoring program, pairing newly-elected female councillors with experienced mentors from across the state. Five places in this program are reserved for women elected to the South Gippsland Shire Council. A grant of $7,500 went to the Victorian Local Governance Association's (VLGA) Local Women Leading Change Program to support women candidates in the Shire elections. With candidate nominations opening on 16 September, eligible candidates are encouraged to stand for election to represent their communities. Elections will be held on October 23 and the Victorian Electoral Commission expects results to be declared by November 5. A Mayor will be elected by the councillors after the new council is sworn in. All candidates must complete the Local Government Candidate Training Course before they nominate – localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-governance/candidate-training. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “The municipal monitor will support the return of elected representation at South Gippsland Shire – I expect the next council will continue the good governance that the Administrators have put in place and the community deserves.” “Serving on council is an opportunity to represent your community and deliver changes that can make a real difference, so I'd encourage anyone in South Gippsland interested to nominate."

Monitor To Guide South Gippsland’s New Council

Local government elections will be held next month to elect a council for South Gippsland Shire, following more than two years under administration. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced a municipal monitor will be appointed to the Council following the election in late October, to support good governance and democracy during the Council’s first year. The monitor will support the Shire's transition back to elected representation and assist councillors to take ownership of a positive and inclusive culture that will improve systems and build public trust. Following the council’s dismissal in June 2019, South Gippsland Shire Administrators Julie Eisenbise, Christian Zahra and Rick Brown have been overseeing the council and working with the community to restore confidence. In addition to appointing a monitor, the Victorian Government has supported the participation of women in local democracy in South Gippsland with three grants, including $50,000 to help the council develop an extensive community leadership development program. A grant of $29,500 was provided to the Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) to continue and expand its mentoring program, pairing newly-elected female councillors with experienced mentors from across the state. Five places in this program are reserved for women elected to the South Gippsland Shire Council. A grant of $7,500 went to the Victorian Local Governance Association's (VLGA) Local Women Leading Change Program to support women candidates in the Shire elections. With candidate nominations opening on 16 September, eligible candidates are encouraged to stand for election to represent their communities. Elections will be held on October 23 and the Victorian Electoral Commission expects results to be declared by November 5. A Mayor will be elected by the councillors after the new council is sworn in. All candidates must complete the Local Government Candidate Training Course before they nominate – localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-governance/candidate-training. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “The municipal monitor will support the return of elected representation at South Gippsland Shire – I expect the next council will continue the good governance that the Administrators have put in place and the community deserves.” “Serving on council is an opportunity to represent your community and deliver changes that can make a real difference, so I'd encourage anyone in South Gippsland interested to nominate."

Record Investment On The Books For Public Libraries

The Victorian Government is supporting public libraries to expand and adapt their services for local communities, providing connection and learning opportunities during the pandemic. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that public libraries and Vision Australia will receive a 3.5 per cent increase to their funding from last year, to grow their library collections, boost online services and increase library programs. The funding boost is thanks to record funding of $47.4 million under the Government’s Public Libraries Funding Program.  Public libraries are vibrant community hubs that offer a safe space for social interaction, digital connection, lifelong learning and rich cultural experiences. As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries have demonstrated dedication to their communities by delivering online programs, adopting a book delivery partnership with Meals on Wheels, offering a click and collect model as well as checking in with members over the phone. Maribyrnong City Council has introduced the Book Bundle initiative, currently being rolled out across its libraries. From a short survey, Maribyrnong library staff will curate a personalised reading and viewing collection unique to each library member to enjoy from home. Students who are members of Glen Eira libraries can access free homework and study help 24/7 via an online portal while Brimbank libraries offers “Stay at home” trivia – with registrations open to individuals and groups. Casey Cardinia library members can access a digital library portal where users can download books and kids’ entertainment, stream music and watch movies. The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to support a range of activities and library services across 277 branches. This funding contributes to the purchase of physical and electronic collection items, information technology, library and outreach programs, and other services provided by Victorian public libraries. Since 2015, the Government has invested more than $306 million through the Public Libraries Program. For more information, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “Our public libraries provide endless access to knowledge, social connection and entertainment, and this record investment ensures they can continue to deliver for all Victorians.” “Victorians have embraced libraries during the pandemic, and I commend library staff for continually looking for ways to connect with their communities and give people access to books, resources and support networks.”

Record Investment On The Books For Public Libraries

The Victorian Government is supporting public libraries to expand and adapt their services for local communities, providing connection and learning opportunities during the pandemic. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that public libraries and Vision Australia will receive a 3.5 per cent increase to their funding from last year, to grow their library collections, boost online services and increase library programs. The funding boost is thanks to record funding of $47.4 million under the Government’s Public Libraries Funding Program.  Public libraries are vibrant community hubs that offer a safe space for social interaction, digital connection, lifelong learning and rich cultural experiences. As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries have demonstrated dedication to their communities by delivering online programs, adopting a book delivery partnership with Meals on Wheels, offering a click and collect model as well as checking in with members over the phone. Maribyrnong City Council has introduced the Book Bundle initiative, currently being rolled out across its libraries. From a short survey, Maribyrnong library staff will curate a personalised reading and viewing collection unique to each library member to enjoy from home. Students who are members of Glen Eira libraries can access free homework and study help 24/7 via an online portal while Brimbank libraries offers “Stay at home” trivia – with registrations open to individuals and groups. Casey Cardinia library members can access a digital library portal where users can download books and kids’ entertainment, stream music and watch movies. The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to support a range of activities and library services across 277 branches. This funding contributes to the purchase of physical and electronic collection items, information technology, library and outreach programs, and other services provided by Victorian public libraries. Since 2015, the Government has invested more than $306 million through the Public Libraries Program. For more information, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “Our public libraries provide endless access to knowledge, social connection and entertainment, and this record investment ensures they can continue to deliver for all Victorians.” “Victorians have embraced libraries during the pandemic, and I commend library staff for continually looking for ways to connect with their communities and give people access to books, resources and support networks.”

Municipal Monitor To Guide Strathbogie Shire Council

A municipal monitor has been appointed to the Strathbogie Shire Council to help guide good governance. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the appointment of Janet Dore as monitor for Strathbogie Shire Council for a term of six months. The appointment was made at the request of the council’s Mayor and Chief Executive Officer to help guide the council as they serve their community. Ms Dore will work closely with the council to improve governance practices and help councillors understand their roles and responsibilities under the Local Government Act. Ms Dore has senior executive experience dealing with changing environments at local and state government organisations, as well as on boards in government and the not-for-profit sector. Most recently she served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Ballarat City Council, she was a municipal monitor at Ararat City Council from 2017 to 2019 and is a previous interim Chief Executive at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Authority. Ms Dore will work closely with the council’s Chief Executive Officer and Mayor to assist them in implementing good governance processes and will report back to the Minister on the council’s progress at the end of her term. The Government is supporting and improving council culture throughout the state, recently announcing a wide-ranging review into what influences council culture as part of the Local Government Culture Project. The project is being delivered by PwC in partnership with eminent academics Professor Graham Sansom, Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and Professor Anona Armstrong AM, Emeritus Professor at the Victoria University College of Law and Justice. The review will provide a platform for the sector to identify and take ownership of a positive and inclusive culture that will improve governance and build public trust. The Local Government Culture Project will include broader engagement with local government early next year, with key themes and advice to be provided to the Minister for consideration. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas "I wish Janet Dore all the best as she works closely with Strathbogie Council and helps guide them to best serve the local community.” “I expect the council to act as role models and maintain a standard of good governance that the people of Strathbogie rightfully expect from their elected representatives.” “I look forward to Ms Dore assisting the council to promote best practices and behaviours, for the benefit of all.”

Municipal Monitor To Guide Strathbogie Shire Council

A municipal monitor has been appointed to the Strathbogie Shire Council to help guide good governance. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the appointment of Janet Dore as monitor for Strathbogie Shire Council for a term of six months. The appointment was made at the request of the council’s Mayor and Chief Executive Officer to help guide the council as they serve their community. Ms Dore will work closely with the council to improve governance practices and help councillors understand their roles and responsibilities under the Local Government Act. Ms Dore has senior executive experience dealing with changing environments at local and state government organisations, as well as on boards in government and the not-for-profit sector. Most recently she served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Ballarat City Council, she was a municipal monitor at Ararat City Council from 2017 to 2019 and is a previous interim Chief Executive at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Authority. Ms Dore will work closely with the council’s Chief Executive Officer and Mayor to assist them in implementing good governance processes and will report back to the Minister on the council’s progress at the end of her term. The Government is supporting and improving council culture throughout the state, recently announcing a wide-ranging review into what influences council culture as part of the Local Government Culture Project. The project is being delivered by PwC in partnership with eminent academics Professor Graham Sansom, Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and Professor Anona Armstrong AM, Emeritus Professor at the Victoria University College of Law and Justice. The review will provide a platform for the sector to identify and take ownership of a positive and inclusive culture that will improve governance and build public trust. The Local Government Culture Project will include broader engagement with local government early next year, with key themes and advice to be provided to the Minister for consideration. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas "I wish Janet Dore all the best as she works closely with Strathbogie Council and helps guide them to best serve the local community.” “I expect the council to act as role models and maintain a standard of good governance that the people of Strathbogie rightfully expect from their elected representatives.” “I look forward to Ms Dore assisting the council to promote best practices and behaviours, for the benefit of all.”

Loans For Councils To Improve Services, Infrastructure

Victorian councils will now have improved access to low-interest loans to support the development of key infrastructure and other projects, to make local communities even better places to live. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the new Local Council Lending Framework, giving councils access to lower interest rates financed through the Treasury Corporation of Victoria (TCV). Victoria’s strong credit rating means the Victorian Government can borrow and lend money at cheaper rates than those commercially available to councils. Being able to borrow directly from the TCV will help councils to fund general working capital needs as well as project-specific infrastructure. The Local Government Act 2020 requires councils to disclose total planned new borrowings in their annual budget. Councils will have to meet credit criteria to be approved for a loan, including a credit assessment by the Department of Treasury and Finance. Councils may then apply for loans up to a borrowing limit set by the DTF. This new framework builds on the Government’s Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme, established in 2019-20 to develop or upgrade crucial community facilities, like the Maribyrnong City Council’s Town Hall and Community Redevelopment Hub in Footscray, through subsidised interest loans. The $30 million Footscray project is supported with a $10 million loan and will deliver a refurbished Town Hall building and community hub including a park, community meeting and function rooms. Where this new framework differs is that councils will now be able to access borrowings from TCV for general working capital requirements, in addition to project-specific infrastructure investment purposes. To find out more, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “I encourage councils to take advantage of the low-interest loans because access to affordable finance can make a world of difference when providing their communities with the best services and facilities.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Low-interest loans help councils deliver projects, like the transformed Footscray Town Hall, that cater to the needs of our community well into the future.” Quotes attributable to Maribyrnong City Council Mayor Michael Clarke “Maribyrnong City Council is planning to take Footscray Town Hall into its next chapter and provide more opportunities for our community to utilise this much treasured space.” “We are able to kick start this project and reduce the impost on our ratepayers, by accessing a low interest loan from the Government, this will help us provide the best outcome for our community, now and into the future.” 

Loans For Councils To Improve Services, Infrastructure

Victorian councils will now have improved access to low-interest loans to support the development of key infrastructure and other projects, to make local communities even better places to live. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the new Local Council Lending Framework, giving councils access to lower interest rates financed through the Treasury Corporation of Victoria (TCV). Victoria’s strong credit rating means the Victorian Government can borrow and lend money at cheaper rates than those commercially available to councils. Being able to borrow directly from the TCV will help councils to fund general working capital needs as well as project-specific infrastructure. The Local Government Act 2020 requires councils to disclose total planned new borrowings in their annual budget. Councils will have to meet credit criteria to be approved for a loan, including a credit assessment by the Department of Treasury and Finance. Councils may then apply for loans up to a borrowing limit set by the DTF. This new framework builds on the Government’s Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme, established in 2019-20 to develop or upgrade crucial community facilities, like the Maribyrnong City Council’s Town Hall and Community Redevelopment Hub in Footscray, through subsidised interest loans. The $30 million Footscray project is supported with a $10 million loan and will deliver a refurbished Town Hall building and community hub including a park, community meeting and function rooms. Where this new framework differs is that councils will now be able to access borrowings from TCV for general working capital requirements, in addition to project-specific infrastructure investment purposes. To find out more, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “I encourage councils to take advantage of the low-interest loans because access to affordable finance can make a world of difference when providing their communities with the best services and facilities.” Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall “Low-interest loans help councils deliver projects, like the transformed Footscray Town Hall, that cater to the needs of our community well into the future.” Quotes attributable to Maribyrnong City Council Mayor Michael Clarke “Maribyrnong City Council is planning to take Footscray Town Hall into its next chapter and provide more opportunities for our community to utilise this much treasured space.” “We are able to kick start this project and reduce the impost on our ratepayers, by accessing a low interest loan from the Government, this will help us provide the best outcome for our community, now and into the future.” 

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The Andrews Labor Government is Upgrading Jubilee Park in Ringwood

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

The Andrews Labor Government is Upgrading Jubilee Park in Ringwood

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

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North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

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

North East Link – Planning Commences in Earnest

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

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

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

Bayswater Level Crossings GONE!!!

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

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

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

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

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