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FUNDING BOOST TO COMPLETE ROMSEY ECOTHERAPY PARK 

Romsey locals will soon be able to enjoy a completed multipurpose nature park thanks to a third round of funding from the Andrews Labor Government.  Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Romsey to announce a grant of $615,000 from the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round, supporting a long held community vision.  The Romsey Ecotherapy Park is being delivered in three stages with the Labor Government already investing $718,000 for stage two through the Regional Development Priorities 2019/2020 Fund and $200,000 through Pick My Project for stage one, bringing the total Government investment to $1.53 million.  Stage three will add a Woodland Ramble and space to encourage nature play, including a hut building frame that will complement the climbing forest for older children and adults.  Other features of the park being delivered under stage two include a sensory space as well as an arts and culture area that will be accessible for the community to use. Construction on the project is due to begin in June this year and is expected to create 12 jobs.  The Labor Government is also investing another $3.5 million under the Regional Infrastructure Fund’s stimulus round for a new multipurpose community hub at the site of the Trentham Mechanics Institute and $500,000 for the first stage of the Wombat Hill Gardens Master Plan.  The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.  The stimulus round will boost local economies as they recover from the effects of the pandemic and create jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure.  The fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever.  The second round of the fund’s program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants.  Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas  “This has been one of my favourite projects in the Macedon Ranges and is all about ensuring Romsey locals have a beautiful public space to meet and connect in, as well as attracting visitors to Romsey from further afield.”  “Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers who have worked so hard to make this project a reality – it’s been wonderful to be on this journey with you and witness the dream come to fruition.” 

FUNDING BOOST TO COMPLETE ROMSEY ECOTHERAPY PARK 

Romsey locals will soon be able to enjoy a completed multipurpose nature park thanks to a third round of funding from the Andrews Labor Government.  Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Romsey to announce a grant of $615,000 from the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round, supporting a long held community vision.  The Romsey Ecotherapy Park is being delivered in three stages with the Labor Government already investing $718,000 for stage two through the Regional Development Priorities 2019/2020 Fund and $200,000 through Pick My Project for stage one, bringing the total Government investment to $1.53 million.  Stage three will add a Woodland Ramble and space to encourage nature play, including a hut building frame that will complement the climbing forest for older children and adults.  Other features of the park being delivered under stage two include a sensory space as well as an arts and culture area that will be accessible for the community to use. Construction on the project is due to begin in June this year and is expected to create 12 jobs.  The Labor Government is also investing another $3.5 million under the Regional Infrastructure Fund’s stimulus round for a new multipurpose community hub at the site of the Trentham Mechanics Institute and $500,000 for the first stage of the Wombat Hill Gardens Master Plan.  The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.  The stimulus round will boost local economies as they recover from the effects of the pandemic and create jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure.  The fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever.  The second round of the fund’s program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants.  Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas  “This has been one of my favourite projects in the Macedon Ranges and is all about ensuring Romsey locals have a beautiful public space to meet and connect in, as well as attracting visitors to Romsey from further afield.”  “Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers who have worked so hard to make this project a reality – it’s been wonderful to be on this journey with you and witness the dream come to fruition.” 

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SUPERCHARGE REGIONAL RECOVERY

Communities across regional and rural Victoria will benefit from new infrastructure projects as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in developments that help towns continue to thrive. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the historic Bullarto Train Station Tourist Precinct in central Victoria to announce a new suite of projects funded through the Regional Infrastructure Fund –Stimulus Round. Hepburn Shire has received a $500,000 grant to help redevelop the station. The project includes construction of a replica of the original 1930s station building, bringing to life the history of rail and providing an additional tourist destination for the region. Historic rail motors were used at Bullarto Station between the late 1920s and early 1990s. The redevelopment plan envisions rail motors bringing visitors to town from Daylesford through the Wombat State Forest. The restored platform and gardens at the station, along with new amenities, will welcome passengers as they disembark from the train. Detailed planning is underway between the Hepburn Shire and the Daylesford Country Spa Rail. Bullarto’s redevelopment is just one of a range of projects to be announced in coming weeks, as part of the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need. The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies as they recover from the global pandemic, and works to create more jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure. The fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever. The second round of the fund’s program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/about-rdv/regional-jobs-and-infrastructure-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund will support the recovery of communities across our state and ensure Victoria continues to have our nation’s most vibrant regional economies.” “The Bullarto Station Tourist Precinct is a drawcard that will contribute to the region’s visitor economy, creating more jobs for the region.” “We are delighted to support this important project as part of our commitment to make regional Victoria an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.”

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SUPERCHARGE REGIONAL RECOVERY

Communities across regional and rural Victoria will benefit from new infrastructure projects as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in developments that help towns continue to thrive. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the historic Bullarto Train Station Tourist Precinct in central Victoria to announce a new suite of projects funded through the Regional Infrastructure Fund –Stimulus Round. Hepburn Shire has received a $500,000 grant to help redevelop the station. The project includes construction of a replica of the original 1930s station building, bringing to life the history of rail and providing an additional tourist destination for the region. Historic rail motors were used at Bullarto Station between the late 1920s and early 1990s. The redevelopment plan envisions rail motors bringing visitors to town from Daylesford through the Wombat State Forest. The restored platform and gardens at the station, along with new amenities, will welcome passengers as they disembark from the train. Detailed planning is underway between the Hepburn Shire and the Daylesford Country Spa Rail. Bullarto’s redevelopment is just one of a range of projects to be announced in coming weeks, as part of the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round. The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need. The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies as they recover from the global pandemic, and works to create more jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure. The fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever. The second round of the fund’s program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/about-rdv/regional-jobs-and-infrastructure-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund will support the recovery of communities across our state and ensure Victoria continues to have our nation’s most vibrant regional economies.” “The Bullarto Station Tourist Precinct is a drawcard that will contribute to the region’s visitor economy, creating more jobs for the region.” “We are delighted to support this important project as part of our commitment to make regional Victoria an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.”

NEW PROJECTS BOOSTING TOURISM IN THE MACEDON RANGES 

The Macedon Ranges will be an even better place for locals and visitors to enjoy thanks to a new investment by the Andrews Labor Government to help the region continue to thrive.  Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Trentham to announce a grant of $3.5 million from the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round towards a new multipurpose community hub to be built at the site of the town’s Mechanics Institute.  The new hub will include the town’s library, visitor information centre, customer service, meeting and function rooms, and the Mechanics Institute’s original main hall.  The Labor Government is also investing another $500,000 under the Fund’s stimulus round for the first stage of the Wombat Hill Gardens Master Plan to transform the location into a tourism hotspot. The funding will help revitalise the historic Daylesford gardens which overlook the town and surrounding areas.  The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.  The stimulus round will boost local economies as they recover from the effects of the pandemic and create jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure.  The fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever.  The second round of the fund’s program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants.  Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas  “The Macedon Ranges is a stunning part of our state that locals love and visitors flock to – these investments will make the region an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.”  “These projects will deliver immediate benefits by creating jobs and increasing economic activity. This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund will ensure Victoria continues to have our nation’s most vibrant regional economies.” 

NEW PROJECTS BOOSTING TOURISM IN THE MACEDON RANGES 

The Macedon Ranges will be an even better place for locals and visitors to enjoy thanks to a new investment by the Andrews Labor Government to help the region continue to thrive.  Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Trentham to announce a grant of $3.5 million from the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round towards a new multipurpose community hub to be built at the site of the town’s Mechanics Institute.  The new hub will include the town’s library, visitor information centre, customer service, meeting and function rooms, and the Mechanics Institute’s original main hall.  The Labor Government is also investing another $500,000 under the Fund’s stimulus round for the first stage of the Wombat Hill Gardens Master Plan to transform the location into a tourism hotspot. The funding will help revitalise the historic Daylesford gardens which overlook the town and surrounding areas.  The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.  The stimulus round will boost local economies as they recover from the effects of the pandemic and create jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure.  The fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever.  The second round of the fund’s program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants.  Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas  “The Macedon Ranges is a stunning part of our state that locals love and visitors flock to – these investments will make the region an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.”  “These projects will deliver immediate benefits by creating jobs and increasing economic activity. This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund will ensure Victoria continues to have our nation’s most vibrant regional economies.” 

NEW ONLINE LEARNERS’ TEST ROLLING OUT STATEWIDE 

Thousands more young Victorians can now take their learner permit tests without waiting for an appointment date or travelling to a VicRoads Service Centre, as the roll-out of the Andrews Labor Government’s new online test scales up.  As the online test rolls out across the state, 1,000 extra prospective learners each week with existing test appointments will be invited to sign up and complete the test – with people booked at Mooroolbark, Sunbury and Colac invited last week, and Kyneton, Dromana and Sunshine coming online this week after the program started in Gippsland last month.  Next week will see the test roll out to people who have booked testing appointments at the VicRoads hub@exhibition in Melbourne’s CBD, Ballarat, and Hoppers Crossing – before all prospective learners across Victoria are able to sign up online by the end of June.  The new test takes learners through a course that includes a mix of theory, interactive videos and visual graphics before the final assessment, reinforcing key road safety messages with mini-quizzes to progressively test learners’ knowledge in modules like speed, drink and drug driving, seatbelts, fatigue, distractions and road rules.  To access the test, customers will need to create a myVicRoads personal account on a compatible device. The entire course and test will take between four and six hours to complete, with prospective learners having 12 months to sit and pass the online test once they’ve registered.  When the online course and assessment has been successfully completed, learner drivers need to attend a VicRoads Customer Service Centre to confirm their identity, have their photo taken and complete an eyesight check – but this process does not require an appointment, and can be done at a time that suits the learner.  While the new test is rolled out, people can still sit the Learner Permit Test in person at VicRoads Customer Service Centres if they prefer – and those requiring interpreter services support will still be supported to take the test in person at a Customer Service Centre.  For more information on how to access the Learner Permit Test Online, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll  “We’re excited to keep rolling out the new online learner test, helping the next generation of Victorian drivers boost their knowledge of key road safety rules before they get behind the wheel.”  “This innovative online platform is removing barriers that many prospective drivers across the state in starting their driving journey – and that means we’re giving all young Victorians the best chance of getting on the roads safely.”  Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas  “All young Victorians should have the rite of passage that is learning to drive – and our fantastic new online learners’ course and test is removing the barriers of getting to a testing centre that so many regional Victorians previously faced.” 

NEW ONLINE LEARNERS’ TEST ROLLING OUT STATEWIDE 

Thousands more young Victorians can now take their learner permit tests without waiting for an appointment date or travelling to a VicRoads Service Centre, as the roll-out of the Andrews Labor Government’s new online test scales up.  As the online test rolls out across the state, 1,000 extra prospective learners each week with existing test appointments will be invited to sign up and complete the test – with people booked at Mooroolbark, Sunbury and Colac invited last week, and Kyneton, Dromana and Sunshine coming online this week after the program started in Gippsland last month.  Next week will see the test roll out to people who have booked testing appointments at the VicRoads hub@exhibition in Melbourne’s CBD, Ballarat, and Hoppers Crossing – before all prospective learners across Victoria are able to sign up online by the end of June.  The new test takes learners through a course that includes a mix of theory, interactive videos and visual graphics before the final assessment, reinforcing key road safety messages with mini-quizzes to progressively test learners’ knowledge in modules like speed, drink and drug driving, seatbelts, fatigue, distractions and road rules.  To access the test, customers will need to create a myVicRoads personal account on a compatible device. The entire course and test will take between four and six hours to complete, with prospective learners having 12 months to sit and pass the online test once they’ve registered.  When the online course and assessment has been successfully completed, learner drivers need to attend a VicRoads Customer Service Centre to confirm their identity, have their photo taken and complete an eyesight check – but this process does not require an appointment, and can be done at a time that suits the learner.  While the new test is rolled out, people can still sit the Learner Permit Test in person at VicRoads Customer Service Centres if they prefer – and those requiring interpreter services support will still be supported to take the test in person at a Customer Service Centre.  For more information on how to access the Learner Permit Test Online, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll  “We’re excited to keep rolling out the new online learner test, helping the next generation of Victorian drivers boost their knowledge of key road safety rules before they get behind the wheel.”  “This innovative online platform is removing barriers that many prospective drivers across the state in starting their driving journey – and that means we’re giving all young Victorians the best chance of getting on the roads safely.”  Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas  “All young Victorians should have the rite of passage that is learning to drive – and our fantastic new online learners’ course and test is removing the barriers of getting to a testing centre that so many regional Victorians previously faced.” 

Campaigns

Mental Health

Mental health is something that affects every Victorian. From teenagers to retirees, mums and dads, and workers in all trades and professions. Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime. All of us will know someone who has experienced mental illness or mental health issues. We know many people do not seek treatment for their mental health issues, or do not receive the level of care they need. This is why the Andrews Government has established a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – the first of its kind in Australia. It’s an opportunity to repair and build the modern, contemporary mental health system Victorians deserve. Access the report here The Commission will continue to involve people with lived experience of mental illness in its work and in developing the final report. More information about ongoing engagement work, including the public hearings, will be published on the Commission’s website in coming months. Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley (pictured far left) was interviewed by the Macedon Youth Council members Laura Crozier and Miranda Johnson-Jones as part of a forum held at Gisborne Secondary College to discuss the findings of the interim report and its impact on the young people of our region. "For far too long, mental health hasn’t received the attention it deserves. But as a government and as a state, we’re are serious about this issue – and it’s going to save lives.  This is an issue that has deeply impacted our community and I look forward to working with each of you into the future to ensure that we get the best outcomes for our community."  Minister Foley Annie Rowland also spoke about the work that Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Action Group are doing in developing a community support model to better support people living with mental illness or suicidal ideation in the community. To keep informed about the fantastic work this group are doing visit their website here and follow them on Facebook. MENTAL HEALTH AND SERVICE GUIDE My Mental Health Contacts & Services Guide is updated annually and goes out to schools, local GP’s and community health services, and contains information about local services, support groups, specialist support, phone apps and more. If you’d like a hard copies of the booklet, give my office a call on (03) 5428 2138 [simplebooklet src="https://simplebooklet.com/embed.php?wpKey=EDeXcfNZ8Cfv7J1d52CAIA&source=wordpress" width="553" height="1167"]

Mental Health

Mental health is something that affects every Victorian. From teenagers to retirees, mums and dads, and workers in all trades and professions. Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime. All of us will know someone who has experienced mental illness or mental health issues. We know many people do not seek treatment for their mental health issues, or do not receive the level of care they need. This is why the Andrews Government has established a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – the first of its kind in Australia. It’s an opportunity to repair and build the modern, contemporary mental health system Victorians deserve. Access the report here The Commission will continue to involve people with lived experience of mental illness in its work and in developing the final report. More information about ongoing engagement work, including the public hearings, will be published on the Commission’s website in coming months. Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley (pictured far left) was interviewed by the Macedon Youth Council members Laura Crozier and Miranda Johnson-Jones as part of a forum held at Gisborne Secondary College to discuss the findings of the interim report and its impact on the young people of our region. "For far too long, mental health hasn’t received the attention it deserves. But as a government and as a state, we’re are serious about this issue – and it’s going to save lives.  This is an issue that has deeply impacted our community and I look forward to working with each of you into the future to ensure that we get the best outcomes for our community."  Minister Foley Annie Rowland also spoke about the work that Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Action Group are doing in developing a community support model to better support people living with mental illness or suicidal ideation in the community. To keep informed about the fantastic work this group are doing visit their website here and follow them on Facebook. MENTAL HEALTH AND SERVICE GUIDE My Mental Health Contacts & Services Guide is updated annually and goes out to schools, local GP’s and community health services, and contains information about local services, support groups, specialist support, phone apps and more. If you’d like a hard copies of the booklet, give my office a call on (03) 5428 2138 [simplebooklet src="https://simplebooklet.com/embed.php?wpKey=EDeXcfNZ8Cfv7J1d52CAIA&source=wordpress" width="553" height="1167"]

Victory! Speed Reduction for a safer Toolern Vale

The Toolern Vale community has been successful in their campaign for a speed reduction on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road.  Locals and residents from surrounding towns travelling through Toolern Vale will have a safer journey thanks to a speed limit change along on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road. The Andrews Labor Government has listened to locals and will now implement a speed limit reduction between Gisborne-Melton Road and O’Connell Avenue – from 80km/hour to 60km/hour. The change will come into effect when new speed limit signs are installed in mid-2020, with the impact on travel time expected to be minimal. Reducing the speed limit will improve safety for everyone driving through and living in Toolern Vale, especially pedestrians crossing the road to get around town. The Toolern Vale community have advocated tirelessly to see this important change made, and I want to acknowledge everyone who signed the petition to make it happen. For updates about the speed reduction visit Vic Roads

Victory! Speed Reduction for a safer Toolern Vale

The Toolern Vale community has been successful in their campaign for a speed reduction on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road.  Locals and residents from surrounding towns travelling through Toolern Vale will have a safer journey thanks to a speed limit change along on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road. The Andrews Labor Government has listened to locals and will now implement a speed limit reduction between Gisborne-Melton Road and O’Connell Avenue – from 80km/hour to 60km/hour. The change will come into effect when new speed limit signs are installed in mid-2020, with the impact on travel time expected to be minimal. Reducing the speed limit will improve safety for everyone driving through and living in Toolern Vale, especially pedestrians crossing the road to get around town. The Toolern Vale community have advocated tirelessly to see this important change made, and I want to acknowledge everyone who signed the petition to make it happen. For updates about the speed reduction visit Vic Roads

Fair funding for the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct

Sign our petition and tell Prime Minister Scott Morrison that we need $10 million from the federal government to make the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct a reality. The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct is an ambitious, community-initiated project that will deliver the indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities our community needs now and into the future. The facilities will be spread across two interconnected sites in New Gisborne at the corner of Barringo Rd and Hamilton Road and support a wide range of local sporting and community organisations and clubs; and also attract regional, state and other elite level competitions. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to this project and that's why we have delivered $14.8 million towards making the Precinct a reality - $11.6 million in the 2019/20 Budget and $3.2 million as part of the Growing Suburbs Fund. Macedon Ranges Shire Council are leading the development of the Precinct and have a planned contribution of $10 million and $100,000 in support from AFL Victoria. This project will only be delivered with all three levels of government paying their fair share. Macedon Ranges Shire Council have announced that the design services tender for the precinct has been awarded to City Collective Pty. Ltd - which means we're one step closer to giving our growing clubs the facilities they need. It's well past time this vital project was funded, so we need to take action together. I encourage players, coaches, volunteers, parents and friends to write to the Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck, to request the Federal Government contribute their fair share so we can get the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct underway. If you're uncertain on how to write a letter to the Minister, you can download a handy template here - Letter Template - Minister for Sport. Send your emails to senator.colbeck@aph.gov.au - and let's keep up the momentum until we see the funding secured! The Macedon Ranges Sports Precinct will comprise of the following: Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Hub The Regional Sports Hub concept is envisioned as a four-to-six court indoor stadium and community activity hub in New Gisborne and is set to feature: Change rooms and amenities Indoor sports courts Storage Show court Spectator seating Multipurpose rooms Car parking Sports administration area Café and social area Regional Sports Fields In addition to a new oval complex in New Gisborne, including a regional synthetic surface ground and associated buildings the regional sports fields project will also include recreational facilities such as walking tracks, cycling, passive recreation spaces and playgrounds. Natural grass sports field Synthetic surface sports field Activity area Car park Play space BBQ area Wet lands/detention basin Gym equipment Tennis courts Cricket nets Read more about the project developments here

Fair funding for the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct

Sign our petition and tell Prime Minister Scott Morrison that we need $10 million from the federal government to make the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct a reality. The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct is an ambitious, community-initiated project that will deliver the indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities our community needs now and into the future. The facilities will be spread across two interconnected sites in New Gisborne at the corner of Barringo Rd and Hamilton Road and support a wide range of local sporting and community organisations and clubs; and also attract regional, state and other elite level competitions. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to this project and that's why we have delivered $14.8 million towards making the Precinct a reality - $11.6 million in the 2019/20 Budget and $3.2 million as part of the Growing Suburbs Fund. Macedon Ranges Shire Council are leading the development of the Precinct and have a planned contribution of $10 million and $100,000 in support from AFL Victoria. This project will only be delivered with all three levels of government paying their fair share. Macedon Ranges Shire Council have announced that the design services tender for the precinct has been awarded to City Collective Pty. Ltd - which means we're one step closer to giving our growing clubs the facilities they need. It's well past time this vital project was funded, so we need to take action together. I encourage players, coaches, volunteers, parents and friends to write to the Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck, to request the Federal Government contribute their fair share so we can get the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct underway. If you're uncertain on how to write a letter to the Minister, you can download a handy template here - Letter Template - Minister for Sport. Send your emails to senator.colbeck@aph.gov.au - and let's keep up the momentum until we see the funding secured! The Macedon Ranges Sports Precinct will comprise of the following: Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Hub The Regional Sports Hub concept is envisioned as a four-to-six court indoor stadium and community activity hub in New Gisborne and is set to feature: Change rooms and amenities Indoor sports courts Storage Show court Spectator seating Multipurpose rooms Car parking Sports administration area Café and social area Regional Sports Fields In addition to a new oval complex in New Gisborne, including a regional synthetic surface ground and associated buildings the regional sports fields project will also include recreational facilities such as walking tracks, cycling, passive recreation spaces and playgrounds. Natural grass sports field Synthetic surface sports field Activity area Car park Play space BBQ area Wet lands/detention basin Gym equipment Tennis courts Cricket nets Read more about the project developments here

WE DID IT! Saunders Rd Intersection

Funding to upgrade the intersection at Saunders and Station roads has been delivered and works have begun.