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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.”

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.”

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.”

HART Awards 2021 Showcase Reconciliation

The Victorian Government is acknowledging the efforts of local communities to advance reconciliation in Victoria. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane announced the Highly Commended recipient and the winner in the Local Government category at the annual Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together (HART) Awards. The HART Awards recognise initiatives by local governments and community organisations that advance and promote reconciliation in Victoria. Recipients are chosen across three categories: Local Government, Community Organisation/Group and Schools and Early Years. Glen Eira City Council received the Local Government award for hosting Koorie Day Out, a ceremony and culture day and Hepburn Shire Council received the Highly Commended Award for four short films that visit three significant sites in Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Our Songlines, a 100 per cent aboriginal ownedcharity, won the Community category for their Our Survival Day event in Mornington Peninsula, showcasing First Nations musical performances, culturally safe spaces and cultural workshops. Yuille Park Community College in Wendouree received the schools award for its education initiative Thankful & Proud, which champions shared culture and inclusivity in the classroom. The HART awards are a partnership between Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA). The Labor Government has funded the awards since their inception in 2014. Now in their eighth year, the awards have grown to showcase the best Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities working together to build relationships, respect and understanding, as well commitment to Aboriginal self-determination. Winners each received a handcrafted HART Award and winners of the Community Category and the Schools/Early Years Category also received $1000 each to support their future reconciliation work. For more information on the awards visit reconciliationvic.org.au/act/hart-awards. Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “It’s important to celebrate the partnerships between local government, community groups and Aboriginal people to make progress towards reconciliation in Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams “These awards highlight the importance of communities coming together to recognise Victorian initiatives that contribute to reconciliation.”

HART Awards 2021 Showcase Reconciliation

The Victorian Government is acknowledging the efforts of local communities to advance reconciliation in Victoria. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane announced the Highly Commended recipient and the winner in the Local Government category at the annual Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together (HART) Awards. The HART Awards recognise initiatives by local governments and community organisations that advance and promote reconciliation in Victoria. Recipients are chosen across three categories: Local Government, Community Organisation/Group and Schools and Early Years. Glen Eira City Council received the Local Government award for hosting Koorie Day Out, a ceremony and culture day and Hepburn Shire Council received the Highly Commended Award for four short films that visit three significant sites in Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Our Songlines, a 100 per cent aboriginal ownedcharity, won the Community category for their Our Survival Day event in Mornington Peninsula, showcasing First Nations musical performances, culturally safe spaces and cultural workshops. Yuille Park Community College in Wendouree received the schools award for its education initiative Thankful & Proud, which champions shared culture and inclusivity in the classroom. The HART awards are a partnership between Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA). The Labor Government has funded the awards since their inception in 2014. Now in their eighth year, the awards have grown to showcase the best Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities working together to build relationships, respect and understanding, as well commitment to Aboriginal self-determination. Winners each received a handcrafted HART Award and winners of the Community Category and the Schools/Early Years Category also received $1000 each to support their future reconciliation work. For more information on the awards visit reconciliationvic.org.au/act/hart-awards. Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “It’s important to celebrate the partnerships between local government, community groups and Aboriginal people to make progress towards reconciliation in Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams “These awards highlight the importance of communities coming together to recognise Victorian initiatives that contribute to reconciliation.”

Supporting And Honouring Victorian Veterans

The Andrews Labor Government is improving support for veterans and their families, and ensuring their service and sacrifices are remembered by future generations. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will deliver $6 million to upgrade the Shrine of Remembrance – our iconic landmark dedicated to honoring our veterans and their service. Opened in 1934, this investment will help secure the long‑term future of the Shrine so future generations of Victorians can continue to learn more about our nation’s wartime history. Funding will also go towards improving accessibility at the Shrine, including ramps and additional lighting, making sure veterans and the wider community of all abilities can visit this sacred space. This Budget also recognises the considerable contributions our veterans can make to our state. Funding of $1.3 million will continue the Public Sector Veterans Employment Strategy, supporting veterans to use their considerable skills in Victoria’s public sector workforce and helps them transition back into civilian life. Since its launch in 2017, the strategy has helped more than 600 veterans find work in a broad range of roles across the Victorian public sector – whether it be as Victoria Police officers, Corrections and Youth Justice workers and a variety of positions across public sector departments and agencies. This builds on our dedicated efforts to ensure veterans are finding new opportunity as part of our Big Build, working on our massive road and rail projects across Victoria. The Budget also includes $950,000 to support our calendar of commemorations, anniversaries and events, including an ex‑service organisation summit on veterans’ welfare, which will ensure we continue to honour the brave Victorians who have served our nation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Veterans have served our country and it’s our turn to support them – including helping them transition into their civilian life.” “Men and women leaving the Australian Defence Force are highly skilled, highly motivated and bring a wealth of experience to any workplace. We’re channelling that expertise, by hiring more veterans in our state’s workforce.” “Delivering vital upgrades of the Shrine of Remembrance will ensure its future for many years to come and mean all Victorians are able to honour those who have served.”

Supporting And Honouring Victorian Veterans

The Andrews Labor Government is improving support for veterans and their families, and ensuring their service and sacrifices are remembered by future generations. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will deliver $6 million to upgrade the Shrine of Remembrance – our iconic landmark dedicated to honoring our veterans and their service. Opened in 1934, this investment will help secure the long‑term future of the Shrine so future generations of Victorians can continue to learn more about our nation’s wartime history. Funding will also go towards improving accessibility at the Shrine, including ramps and additional lighting, making sure veterans and the wider community of all abilities can visit this sacred space. This Budget also recognises the considerable contributions our veterans can make to our state. Funding of $1.3 million will continue the Public Sector Veterans Employment Strategy, supporting veterans to use their considerable skills in Victoria’s public sector workforce and helps them transition back into civilian life. Since its launch in 2017, the strategy has helped more than 600 veterans find work in a broad range of roles across the Victorian public sector – whether it be as Victoria Police officers, Corrections and Youth Justice workers and a variety of positions across public sector departments and agencies. This builds on our dedicated efforts to ensure veterans are finding new opportunity as part of our Big Build, working on our massive road and rail projects across Victoria. The Budget also includes $950,000 to support our calendar of commemorations, anniversaries and events, including an ex‑service organisation summit on veterans’ welfare, which will ensure we continue to honour the brave Victorians who have served our nation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Veterans have served our country and it’s our turn to support them – including helping them transition into their civilian life.” “Men and women leaving the Australian Defence Force are highly skilled, highly motivated and bring a wealth of experience to any workplace. We’re channelling that expertise, by hiring more veterans in our state’s workforce.” “Delivering vital upgrades of the Shrine of Remembrance will ensure its future for many years to come and mean all Victorians are able to honour those who have served.”

Building Strong Local Communities For All Victorians

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 supports strong communities and suburbs with funding for vital local projects and policies – while also driving the creation of new local jobs. With $87.6 million in new funding for local infrastructure and programs – from playgrounds to libraries – the Budget invests in the projects that matter to local residents, while contributing to Victoria’s continuing recovery. The investment includes $50 million for the Growing Suburbs Fund to continue to deliver hundreds of local infrastructure projects and community facilities in Melbourne's fastest-growing areas. Since being established in 2015, the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund has delivered more than $325 million towards 253 projects, creating 8,800 jobs. Recent investments include $4.3 million for a youth mental health support centre in Rosebud and $2 million for a new community centre in Mickleham, including kinder and maternal child health consulting rooms. Applications for the next round of funding will open in the second half of 2021. The Budget also includes almost $11 million for our six Metropolitan Partnerships to continue to bring together community and business voices in driving and delivering local projects. Last year’s Budget invested $20 million for suburban revitalisation work in Boronia, Frankston, Lilydale, Noble Park, Reservoir, Tarneit and Altona. This year’s Budget builds on that investment, including $900,000 for the revitalisation of the Springvale Boulevard shopping strip – boosting local businesses and supporting local jobs. A new $1.8 million Leadership for Women in Local Government program will be developed by the Gender Equality Advisory Committee to offer leadership training opportunities for women to improve diversity and inclusion in councils, and achieve the Government’s target of 50 per cent female mayors and councillors by 2025. Support for rural roads will also be strengthened with $1.4 million to improve management, alongside $11.5 million to continue the Roadside Weeds and Pests control program. The Labor Government’s strong record of investment in local libraries continues, with $9.3 million for the Public Libraries Resource Program to enable our libraries to buy new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs. A review of council emergency management capability – the Councils and Emergencies project – will receive $280,000 to complete the third and final phase, with a report expected to be completed by the end of the year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government and Suburban Development Shaun Leane “Our local government and suburban programs are about people and communities. Across Victoria, we’re delivering the local projects that matter – and driving the local jobs that will secure our recovery.” “Metropolitan Partnerships play an essential role in placing local voices at the heart of government decision-making – giving local people a say on what happens in their local community.” “It’s important that councils truly represent the communities they serve. This investment will give more women the chance to develop careers in local government and shape their communities.”

Building Strong Local Communities For All Victorians

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 supports strong communities and suburbs with funding for vital local projects and policies – while also driving the creation of new local jobs. With $87.6 million in new funding for local infrastructure and programs – from playgrounds to libraries – the Budget invests in the projects that matter to local residents, while contributing to Victoria’s continuing recovery. The investment includes $50 million for the Growing Suburbs Fund to continue to deliver hundreds of local infrastructure projects and community facilities in Melbourne's fastest-growing areas. Since being established in 2015, the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund has delivered more than $325 million towards 253 projects, creating 8,800 jobs. Recent investments include $4.3 million for a youth mental health support centre in Rosebud and $2 million for a new community centre in Mickleham, including kinder and maternal child health consulting rooms. Applications for the next round of funding will open in the second half of 2021. The Budget also includes almost $11 million for our six Metropolitan Partnerships to continue to bring together community and business voices in driving and delivering local projects. Last year’s Budget invested $20 million for suburban revitalisation work in Boronia, Frankston, Lilydale, Noble Park, Reservoir, Tarneit and Altona. This year’s Budget builds on that investment, including $900,000 for the revitalisation of the Springvale Boulevard shopping strip – boosting local businesses and supporting local jobs. A new $1.8 million Leadership for Women in Local Government program will be developed by the Gender Equality Advisory Committee to offer leadership training opportunities for women to improve diversity and inclusion in councils, and achieve the Government’s target of 50 per cent female mayors and councillors by 2025. Support for rural roads will also be strengthened with $1.4 million to improve management, alongside $11.5 million to continue the Roadside Weeds and Pests control program. The Labor Government’s strong record of investment in local libraries continues, with $9.3 million for the Public Libraries Resource Program to enable our libraries to buy new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs. A review of council emergency management capability – the Councils and Emergencies project – will receive $280,000 to complete the third and final phase, with a report expected to be completed by the end of the year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government and Suburban Development Shaun Leane “Our local government and suburban programs are about people and communities. Across Victoria, we’re delivering the local projects that matter – and driving the local jobs that will secure our recovery.” “Metropolitan Partnerships play an essential role in placing local voices at the heart of government decision-making – giving local people a say on what happens in their local community.” “It’s important that councils truly represent the communities they serve. This investment will give more women the chance to develop careers in local government and shape their communities.”

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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

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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.