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Streetscape, Rail Station Boost For Lilydale

Lilydale residents can look forward to improved streetscapes and public artworks due to a new investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane made the announcement while opening the Lilydale Community Gardens with Member for Eastern Victoria and Chair of the Lilydale Suburban Revitalisation Board Harriet Shing and representatives of the Yarra Ranges Shire Council. Part of the Government’s Suburban Revitalisation Program, the $1.7 million redevelopment will take in upgrades to Castella Street, including seating, bike parking and the heritage rail station. There is also funding to plan a community space for meetings, performances and exhibitions. The Lilydale Community Gardens, the first of the projects delivered through the Lilydale Suburban Revitalisation Program, has transformed Main Street for the community to socialise, grow native plants and learn about sustainable gardening. The project received $55,000 from the Labor Government's Suburban Revitalisation Program, with Yarra Ranges Council contributing $30,000. The Suburban Revitalisation Program empowers local stakeholders to plan and deliver infrastructure and community development initiatives that improve the liveability of local areas. Building on the success of Suburban Revitalisation Boards in Broadmeadows and Frankston, recent projects are focused on six suburban areas supported by Suburban Revitalisation Boards in Lilydale, Melton, Boronia, Noble Park, Tarneit and Reservoir. Other areas that have also received significant support during the past 12 months include Altona, Thomastown, Lalor and Springvale. Project funding of $21.25 million over two years has been provided to the eight boards through the Building Works Fund and the Victorian Budget 2020-21. The Government is encouraging suburban revitalisation as a way of strengthening Melbourne’s liveability and driving economic opportunity and jobs growth where people live. For more information about Suburban Revitalisation go to suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “We are backing our suburbs and investing in projects like the new community garden in Lilydale to make much-loved areas even better places to live, stimulate business activity and jobs growth and bring people together.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The Lilydale Revitalisation Board is about local communities and advocates working together for positive and inclusive projects, and it’s already championing local initiatives that will improve community spaces and amenities and amplify the diversity and potential of the area.”

Streetscape, Rail Station Boost For Lilydale

Lilydale residents can look forward to improved streetscapes and public artworks due to a new investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane made the announcement while opening the Lilydale Community Gardens with Member for Eastern Victoria and Chair of the Lilydale Suburban Revitalisation Board Harriet Shing and representatives of the Yarra Ranges Shire Council. Part of the Government’s Suburban Revitalisation Program, the $1.7 million redevelopment will take in upgrades to Castella Street, including seating, bike parking and the heritage rail station. There is also funding to plan a community space for meetings, performances and exhibitions. The Lilydale Community Gardens, the first of the projects delivered through the Lilydale Suburban Revitalisation Program, has transformed Main Street for the community to socialise, grow native plants and learn about sustainable gardening. The project received $55,000 from the Labor Government's Suburban Revitalisation Program, with Yarra Ranges Council contributing $30,000. The Suburban Revitalisation Program empowers local stakeholders to plan and deliver infrastructure and community development initiatives that improve the liveability of local areas. Building on the success of Suburban Revitalisation Boards in Broadmeadows and Frankston, recent projects are focused on six suburban areas supported by Suburban Revitalisation Boards in Lilydale, Melton, Boronia, Noble Park, Tarneit and Reservoir. Other areas that have also received significant support during the past 12 months include Altona, Thomastown, Lalor and Springvale. Project funding of $21.25 million over two years has been provided to the eight boards through the Building Works Fund and the Victorian Budget 2020-21. The Government is encouraging suburban revitalisation as a way of strengthening Melbourne’s liveability and driving economic opportunity and jobs growth where people live. For more information about Suburban Revitalisation go to suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane “We are backing our suburbs and investing in projects like the new community garden in Lilydale to make much-loved areas even better places to live, stimulate business activity and jobs growth and bring people together.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The Lilydale Revitalisation Board is about local communities and advocates working together for positive and inclusive projects, and it’s already championing local initiatives that will improve community spaces and amenities and amplify the diversity and potential of the area.”

Backing Libraries And Learning Across Victoria

The Victorian Government is building on the central role that libraries play in communities across the state, backed by record investment in services and resources. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane joined representatives from the Victorian public library sector for the Libraries by Design Conference, highlighting the importance of libraries in Victoria. Co-hosted by Public Libraries Victoria and State Library Victoria, the virtual conference explored innovative library design themes and celebrated the role that libraries play in creating a thriving, equitable and sustainable world. Public libraries will receive record funding of $47.4 million in 2021-22 with the Public Libraries Program receiving an additional $9.3 million over four years in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to enable libraries to buy new books and collection items, run online services and expand their community programs. The Government is also investing in new and upgraded libraries with $10.1 million available in 2021-22 through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. Applications for this funding round will open in the second half of 2021. Public libraries also benefit from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, with $1.1 million available in 2021-22 for books and materials to support young readers. Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches and 28 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “With more funding than ever before, we’re supporting councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to provide public library services to encourage lifelong learning.” “Libraries are such an important resource – from big inner-city centres to smaller operations in regional and rural Victoria, they provide a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can expand their worlds.”

Backing Libraries And Learning Across Victoria

The Victorian Government is building on the central role that libraries play in communities across the state, backed by record investment in services and resources. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane joined representatives from the Victorian public library sector for the Libraries by Design Conference, highlighting the importance of libraries in Victoria. Co-hosted by Public Libraries Victoria and State Library Victoria, the virtual conference explored innovative library design themes and celebrated the role that libraries play in creating a thriving, equitable and sustainable world. Public libraries will receive record funding of $47.4 million in 2021-22 with the Public Libraries Program receiving an additional $9.3 million over four years in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to enable libraries to buy new books and collection items, run online services and expand their community programs. The Government is also investing in new and upgraded libraries with $10.1 million available in 2021-22 through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. Applications for this funding round will open in the second half of 2021. Public libraries also benefit from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, with $1.1 million available in 2021-22 for books and materials to support young readers. Victoria is home to 276 permanent library branches and 28 mobile library services, with more than 2.1 million library members across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “With more funding than ever before, we’re supporting councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to provide public library services to encourage lifelong learning.” “Libraries are such an important resource – from big inner-city centres to smaller operations in regional and rural Victoria, they provide a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can expand their worlds.”

Councils Supporting Communities To Get Through Crisis

The Victorian Government has lauded the efforts of local councils to support their communities in the wake of the storms that have devastated parts of the state. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane visited the Yarra Ranges today to meet with volunteers and council workers as the clean-up and recovery effort continues, after storms brought down trees and caused widespread damage. Minister Leane joined Yarra Ranges Mayor Fiona McAllister at the State Control Centre operation in Lilydale and the Kalorama Oval clubhouse, converted to a relief centre to support the local community. The Kalorama relief centre has provided support for more than 700 residents since last week. The centre has been staffed 12 hours a day by council staff, Red Cross volunteers, Ausnet personnel and CFA members, offering people food and essentials, shower facilities, phone-charging services, firewood and help finding emergency accommodation. Following the storms, Yarra Ranges Council has opened shower and power sites in Lilydale, Yarra Junction, Belgrave, Healesville, Olinda and Yarra Glen – each offering services to as many as 40 people a day. The Salvation Army is also providing hot meals each night to the shower and power sites, as well as the Kalorama relief hub and the Rhododendron Retirement Village in Kalorama. With assistance from the Yarra Ranges Council, more than 500 hot meals are being distributed across the affected areas each night. The Minister thanked the Yarra Ranges Council, emergency workers and local volunteers for their incredible efforts to support displaced members of the community. The storm brought down thousands of trees across the Yarra Ranges municipality and 3,000 people have been affected by prolonged power outages. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The people of the Yarra Ranges have rallied together to support each other – and the council has done an amazing job co-ordinating this community effort.” “This is what community is all about. From Upwey to Kalorama, people have demonstrated civic spirit and resilience. We thank the Yarra Ranges Council for its leadership and the tireless work of its staff.” Quotes attributable to Yarra Ranges Mayor Cr Fiona McAllister “This emergency has brought out the best in people, with people across the Yarra Ranges helping their neighbours and community.” “Emergency relief and government support has enabled us to focus on the large recovery effort ahead.”

Councils Supporting Communities To Get Through Crisis

The Victorian Government has lauded the efforts of local councils to support their communities in the wake of the storms that have devastated parts of the state. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane visited the Yarra Ranges today to meet with volunteers and council workers as the clean-up and recovery effort continues, after storms brought down trees and caused widespread damage. Minister Leane joined Yarra Ranges Mayor Fiona McAllister at the State Control Centre operation in Lilydale and the Kalorama Oval clubhouse, converted to a relief centre to support the local community. The Kalorama relief centre has provided support for more than 700 residents since last week. The centre has been staffed 12 hours a day by council staff, Red Cross volunteers, Ausnet personnel and CFA members, offering people food and essentials, shower facilities, phone-charging services, firewood and help finding emergency accommodation. Following the storms, Yarra Ranges Council has opened shower and power sites in Lilydale, Yarra Junction, Belgrave, Healesville, Olinda and Yarra Glen – each offering services to as many as 40 people a day. The Salvation Army is also providing hot meals each night to the shower and power sites, as well as the Kalorama relief hub and the Rhododendron Retirement Village in Kalorama. With assistance from the Yarra Ranges Council, more than 500 hot meals are being distributed across the affected areas each night. The Minister thanked the Yarra Ranges Council, emergency workers and local volunteers for their incredible efforts to support displaced members of the community. The storm brought down thousands of trees across the Yarra Ranges municipality and 3,000 people have been affected by prolonged power outages. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “The people of the Yarra Ranges have rallied together to support each other – and the council has done an amazing job co-ordinating this community effort.” “This is what community is all about. From Upwey to Kalorama, people have demonstrated civic spirit and resilience. We thank the Yarra Ranges Council for its leadership and the tireless work of its staff.” Quotes attributable to Yarra Ranges Mayor Cr Fiona McAllister “This emergency has brought out the best in people, with people across the Yarra Ranges helping their neighbours and community.” “Emergency relief and government support has enabled us to focus on the large recovery effort ahead.”

Mechanics’ Institutes Serving Communities 180 Years On

The Victorian Government is helping Mechanics’ Institutes continue to serve hundreds of Victorian towns, cities and suburbs – more than 180 years after the first one was opened to the public. The Institutes were established to provide free education and a meeting place for the community, and 10 still provide free library services. These Institutes will now share in $100,000 from the Labor Government’s Public Libraries Funding Program to create public internet access, buy audiobooks, replace furniture and undertake renovations. The Melbourne Mechanics' Institute opened in 1839 and was later renamed the Melbourne Athenaeum. It continues to operate a library, theatres and shops in Collins Street and, along with the Ballarat, Berwick, Bonnie Doon, Footscray, Talbot, Stanley, Maldon, Little River and Prahran Institutes, will benefit from the new investment. The Melbourne Athenaeum will receive $10,000, towards the refurbishment of its library, including new Victorian-made timber tables that will replace old, donated and mis-matched furniture. The Little River Mechanics’ Institute, founded in 1910, will receive $12,000 for repairs to heritage collection books and to install audio-visual and theatrical lighting facilities. The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute, founded in 1854, will receive $11,400 to upgrade the library’s lighting, making it easier for people to access its wide-ranging collection. The Government is also providing $30,000 to the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria for IT upgrades, collection-building, cataloguing and a redesign of the magazine Useful Knowledge. Published three times a year, the magazine features scholarly articles and news from the Mechanics’ Institute movement both in Victoria and around the world. Mechanics’ Institutes began as a model for free education for workers in Scotland and were established throughout Britain’s colonies. Mechanics Institutes opened in Australia in the early 19th century and were extremely popular, with one in almost every town in Victoria. Today, 562 Mechanics’ Institutes remain in Victoria, providing a space for community groups, exhibitions, talks, events – and libraries. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “For nearly two centuries Mechanics’ Institutes have been there for Victorians – it’s an amazing record of service.” “We’re proud to help these local institutions maintain and expand their collections and do things like improve lighting and access. Let’s hope our Mechanics’ Institutes are around for many decades to come.” Quotes attributable to Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria acting president Steven Haby “This is a real boost for our confidence as we work to broaden the reach of Mechanics’ Institutes across Victoria and in people’s minds.” “We want people to see the Mechanics’ Institute halls when they visit a country town and be excited to learn more.”

Mechanics’ Institutes Serving Communities 180 Years On

The Victorian Government is helping Mechanics’ Institutes continue to serve hundreds of Victorian towns, cities and suburbs – more than 180 years after the first one was opened to the public. The Institutes were established to provide free education and a meeting place for the community, and 10 still provide free library services. These Institutes will now share in $100,000 from the Labor Government’s Public Libraries Funding Program to create public internet access, buy audiobooks, replace furniture and undertake renovations. The Melbourne Mechanics' Institute opened in 1839 and was later renamed the Melbourne Athenaeum. It continues to operate a library, theatres and shops in Collins Street and, along with the Ballarat, Berwick, Bonnie Doon, Footscray, Talbot, Stanley, Maldon, Little River and Prahran Institutes, will benefit from the new investment. The Melbourne Athenaeum will receive $10,000, towards the refurbishment of its library, including new Victorian-made timber tables that will replace old, donated and mis-matched furniture. The Little River Mechanics’ Institute, founded in 1910, will receive $12,000 for repairs to heritage collection books and to install audio-visual and theatrical lighting facilities. The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute, founded in 1854, will receive $11,400 to upgrade the library’s lighting, making it easier for people to access its wide-ranging collection. The Government is also providing $30,000 to the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria for IT upgrades, collection-building, cataloguing and a redesign of the magazine Useful Knowledge. Published three times a year, the magazine features scholarly articles and news from the Mechanics’ Institute movement both in Victoria and around the world. Mechanics’ Institutes began as a model for free education for workers in Scotland and were established throughout Britain’s colonies. Mechanics Institutes opened in Australia in the early 19th century and were extremely popular, with one in almost every town in Victoria. Today, 562 Mechanics’ Institutes remain in Victoria, providing a space for community groups, exhibitions, talks, events – and libraries. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “For nearly two centuries Mechanics’ Institutes have been there for Victorians – it’s an amazing record of service.” “We’re proud to help these local institutions maintain and expand their collections and do things like improve lighting and access. Let’s hope our Mechanics’ Institutes are around for many decades to come.” Quotes attributable to Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria acting president Steven Haby “This is a real boost for our confidence as we work to broaden the reach of Mechanics’ Institutes across Victoria and in people’s minds.” “We want people to see the Mechanics’ Institute halls when they visit a country town and be excited to learn more.”

A SAFER, MORE RELIABLE JOURNEY FOR BLACKBURN SOUTH

Motorists in the city’s east will soon enjoy smoother, safer journeys thanks to essential road maintenance in Blackburn South. Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane said the works are underway to resurface sections of Canterbury Road and Blackburn Road to ensure these busy routes remain robust and reliable for all drivers. Works are already complete on one section of Canterbury Road outbound between Sheehans Road and Blackburn Road. Throughout June, crews will continue on site at night from Sunday to Thursday between 8:00pm and 5:00am to minimise disruptions to traffic. There are staged road closures on Blackburn Road and Canterbury Road, with signed detours in place. Motorists are encouraged to plan their journey and allow extra travel time to reach their destination and reminded to drive to the reduced speed limit in place around the work zone. For more information, visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au and search ‘Canterbury Road and Blackburn Road’. Quotes attributable to Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane  “We are thankful to motorists and the local community for their patience while we complete these essential works. “Local roads in Blackburn South are used by thousands of drivers daily – and it is important maintenance is undertaken to ensure they remain strong and safe.”

A SAFER, MORE RELIABLE JOURNEY FOR BLACKBURN SOUTH

Motorists in the city’s east will soon enjoy smoother, safer journeys thanks to essential road maintenance in Blackburn South. Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane said the works are underway to resurface sections of Canterbury Road and Blackburn Road to ensure these busy routes remain robust and reliable for all drivers. Works are already complete on one section of Canterbury Road outbound between Sheehans Road and Blackburn Road. Throughout June, crews will continue on site at night from Sunday to Thursday between 8:00pm and 5:00am to minimise disruptions to traffic. There are staged road closures on Blackburn Road and Canterbury Road, with signed detours in place. Motorists are encouraged to plan their journey and allow extra travel time to reach their destination and reminded to drive to the reduced speed limit in place around the work zone. For more information, visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au and search ‘Canterbury Road and Blackburn Road’. Quotes attributable to Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane  “We are thankful to motorists and the local community for their patience while we complete these essential works. “Local roads in Blackburn South are used by thousands of drivers daily – and it is important maintenance is undertaken to ensure they remain strong and safe.”

Building Better Facilities For Victoria’s Veterans

The Victorian Government is ensuring veterans and their families have access to energy efficient, modern and accessible facilities, helping them connect with the community and enjoy civilian life. Almost 30 projects across Victoria are sharing $800,000 thanks to the latest round of the Government’s Veterans Capital Works Grant Program. The grants enable facility upgrades and accessibility improvements, with funding between $5,000 and $50,000 being awarded to 29 organisations across Victoria – including RSL Sub-Branches. Recipients include Oakleigh Carnegie RSL which has received over $27,000 to install new solar panels, reducing their energy costs. Energy is one of the biggest costs faced by the RSL Sub-Branch, the solar panels will enable them to invest more money in supporting the veteran community. The new solar panels will also allow Oakleigh Carnegie RSL to reduce its carbon footprint, contributing to a sustainable future for its members, their children and grandchildren. Carry On Victoria is also receiving $50,000 to upgrade old heating and cooling units at 31 independent living units it provides to veterans and their families across Victoria. In addition, several RSL Sub-Branches are receiving grants to improve building accessibility by removing steps, building ramps and installing doors and bathrooms to make them easier for the whole community to use. This includes Leongatha RSL Sub-Branch, which has received $50,000 to replace steep steps with a ramp at the main entrance of their club. Grants will also support a range of exterior and interior works, including over $42,000 to replace the 40-year-old steel roof at the Mrytleford RSL. For more information, including recipients, visit vic.gov.au/veterans-capital-works-grant-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Victoria’s veterans have made enormous sacrifices so all Australians can enjoy safety, freedom and peace, and we are supporting them in return.” “These building projects will help the organisations who provide services to our veteran community continue to operate at their full potential, which has so many benefits for the Victorians they support.” Quote attributable to Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos “The Oakleigh Carnegie RSL is an important part of our community providing vital support for veterans and their families.”

Building Better Facilities For Victoria’s Veterans

The Victorian Government is ensuring veterans and their families have access to energy efficient, modern and accessible facilities, helping them connect with the community and enjoy civilian life. Almost 30 projects across Victoria are sharing $800,000 thanks to the latest round of the Government’s Veterans Capital Works Grant Program. The grants enable facility upgrades and accessibility improvements, with funding between $5,000 and $50,000 being awarded to 29 organisations across Victoria – including RSL Sub-Branches. Recipients include Oakleigh Carnegie RSL which has received over $27,000 to install new solar panels, reducing their energy costs. Energy is one of the biggest costs faced by the RSL Sub-Branch, the solar panels will enable them to invest more money in supporting the veteran community. The new solar panels will also allow Oakleigh Carnegie RSL to reduce its carbon footprint, contributing to a sustainable future for its members, their children and grandchildren. Carry On Victoria is also receiving $50,000 to upgrade old heating and cooling units at 31 independent living units it provides to veterans and their families across Victoria. In addition, several RSL Sub-Branches are receiving grants to improve building accessibility by removing steps, building ramps and installing doors and bathrooms to make them easier for the whole community to use. This includes Leongatha RSL Sub-Branch, which has received $50,000 to replace steep steps with a ramp at the main entrance of their club. Grants will also support a range of exterior and interior works, including over $42,000 to replace the 40-year-old steel roof at the Mrytleford RSL. For more information, including recipients, visit vic.gov.au/veterans-capital-works-grant-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Victoria’s veterans have made enormous sacrifices so all Australians can enjoy safety, freedom and peace, and we are supporting them in return.” “These building projects will help the organisations who provide services to our veteran community continue to operate at their full potential, which has so many benefits for the Victorians they support.” Quote attributable to Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos “The Oakleigh Carnegie RSL is an important part of our community providing vital support for veterans and their families.”

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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.