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  • MACEDON YOUTH COUNCIL

    Do you consider yourself a leader? Are you passionate about the issues facing young people today? Would you like to know how government works and decisions get made? If this is you, please read on!

  • ANOTHER YEAR OF DELIVERING FOR MACEDON

    Like we have done for the last five years, the Andrews Labor Government has been keeping its promises and delivering for Macedon.

  • SPEED REDUCTION FOR A SAFER TOOLERN VALE

    The Toolern Vale community is calling for a speed reduction on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road. Sign the petition to say that our community wants a speed reduction and road treatment to make it safe for pedestrians to cross Diggers Rest-Coimadai Rd.

  • 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.

  • MACEDON YOUTH COUNCIL

    Do you consider yourself a leader? Are you passionate about the issues facing young people today? Would you like to know how government works and decisions get made? If this is you, please read on!

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BOOST FOR MACEDON RANGES SMALL-SCALE AND CRAFT PRODUCERS

Seven agribusinesses in the Macedon Ranges have received grants through the Andrews Labor Government’s Small-Scale and Craft Program to support business growth, create jobs and attract more visitors to enjoy our locally made food, beer and spirits. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today visited Animus Distillery and Piper Street Food Company in Kyneton to celebrate the announcement. Grants of up to $25,000 have been awarded and will be used to assist businesses in scaling up, expand their operations and diversify their products. Animus Distillery will use their grant to support their increasing production and the development of two new gins, while Piper Street Food Company will use their grant to purchase a display fridge and freezer, allowing them to increase their product range and reduce waste. Other successful recipients in the region are involved in a variety of small-scale and craft agribusinesses, including Dreaming Goat Dairy, Hand to Ground, Big Tree Distillery, Olive’s Olive and Wondermazing Honeybees. The Macedon Ranges is renowned for its high-quality premium produce and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to support agricultural businesses that not only provide unique specialty produce, but create jobs, boost tourism and make regional communities vibrant destinations to live and visit. A total of 131 agribusinesses across the state have been awarded a Small-Scale and Craft Program Stream One grant as part of the $10.2 million program. The Small-Scale and Craft Program delivers on the Andrews Labor Government’s 2018 election commitment to support small-scale food, beer and spirit producers from around the state to increase production and promote their unique local produce. To find out more about the program, visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/ Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “Our Macedon Ranges small-scale enterprises bring an abundance of premium produce to the marketplace, and they also help to create jobs and make our region vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike.” “We are very proud of our family-run small artisanal producers in the Macedon Ranges, and I am thrilled to see them supported through this fantastic program.”

BOOST FOR MACEDON RANGES SMALL-SCALE AND CRAFT PRODUCERS

Seven agribusinesses in the Macedon Ranges have received grants through the Andrews Labor Government’s Small-Scale and Craft Program to support business growth, create jobs and attract more visitors to enjoy our locally made food, beer and spirits. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today visited Animus Distillery and Piper Street Food Company in Kyneton to celebrate the announcement. Grants of up to $25,000 have been awarded and will be used to assist businesses in scaling up, expand their operations and diversify their products. Animus Distillery will use their grant to support their increasing production and the development of two new gins, while Piper Street Food Company will use their grant to purchase a display fridge and freezer, allowing them to increase their product range and reduce waste. Other successful recipients in the region are involved in a variety of small-scale and craft agribusinesses, including Dreaming Goat Dairy, Hand to Ground, Big Tree Distillery, Olive’s Olive and Wondermazing Honeybees. The Macedon Ranges is renowned for its high-quality premium produce and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to support agricultural businesses that not only provide unique specialty produce, but create jobs, boost tourism and make regional communities vibrant destinations to live and visit. A total of 131 agribusinesses across the state have been awarded a Small-Scale and Craft Program Stream One grant as part of the $10.2 million program. The Small-Scale and Craft Program delivers on the Andrews Labor Government’s 2018 election commitment to support small-scale food, beer and spirit producers from around the state to increase production and promote their unique local produce. To find out more about the program, visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/ Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “Our Macedon Ranges small-scale enterprises bring an abundance of premium produce to the marketplace, and they also help to create jobs and make our region vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike.” “We are very proud of our family-run small artisanal producers in the Macedon Ranges, and I am thrilled to see them supported through this fantastic program.”

MORE POLICE FOR MACEDON RANGES TO SUPPORT SAFER COMMUNITIES

Residents in the Macedon Ranges will soon see more police on the streets, with an additional 9 officers allocated to the police division that services the local community as the Andrews Labor Government continues to deliver the biggest boost to police resources in history. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, welcomed the new police resources. The Labor Government’s record $3 billion investment has seen more than 1,900 of 3,135 new police deployed to communities across the state, and from May this year another 580 police officers will be progressively deployed to stations across Victoria. An additional 208 officers will go to specialist roles such as family violence, road policing, and state emergency support. By April next year, more than 2,700 new police will have been deployed across Victoria – a massive investment in community safety. Victoria Police is deploying new police when and where they are needed most, using the sophisticated Staffing Allocation Model. The model has been developed by Victoria Police in consultation with the Police Association of Victoria and is endorsed by the government. In their latest allocation, police are focusing on meeting minimum service levels for a growing population and making sure each Victorian community has the required resources to effectively respond to crime in their local area. All 788 police will be deployed by April 2021 and will address issues important to Victorians, like family violence, drug crime, road safety, and counter terrorism. The government will continue to work closely with Victoria Police to ensure they have the resources, powers and technology they need to keep Victorians safe and prevent harm. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “Our record investment is delivering more police officers out on the streets, helping police to relentlessly focus on driving down the crime rate across our state and continue to keep our communities safer for years to come.” “We’re investing in more police than ever before on the streets in Melbourne and across regional areas, in frontline duties and specialised roles to keep Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “This is another major boost for our community, with an extra 9 officers to serve the Macedon Ranges over the next year as part of our record funding for police.” “These police will be out in the community protecting and serving residents to reduce crime, backed by the resources they need to target and prevent burglaries, violent crime, and family violence.”

MORE POLICE FOR MACEDON RANGES TO SUPPORT SAFER COMMUNITIES

Residents in the Macedon Ranges will soon see more police on the streets, with an additional 9 officers allocated to the police division that services the local community as the Andrews Labor Government continues to deliver the biggest boost to police resources in history. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, welcomed the new police resources. The Labor Government’s record $3 billion investment has seen more than 1,900 of 3,135 new police deployed to communities across the state, and from May this year another 580 police officers will be progressively deployed to stations across Victoria. An additional 208 officers will go to specialist roles such as family violence, road policing, and state emergency support. By April next year, more than 2,700 new police will have been deployed across Victoria – a massive investment in community safety. Victoria Police is deploying new police when and where they are needed most, using the sophisticated Staffing Allocation Model. The model has been developed by Victoria Police in consultation with the Police Association of Victoria and is endorsed by the government. In their latest allocation, police are focusing on meeting minimum service levels for a growing population and making sure each Victorian community has the required resources to effectively respond to crime in their local area. All 788 police will be deployed by April 2021 and will address issues important to Victorians, like family violence, drug crime, road safety, and counter terrorism. The government will continue to work closely with Victoria Police to ensure they have the resources, powers and technology they need to keep Victorians safe and prevent harm. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “Our record investment is delivering more police officers out on the streets, helping police to relentlessly focus on driving down the crime rate across our state and continue to keep our communities safer for years to come.” “We’re investing in more police than ever before on the streets in Melbourne and across regional areas, in frontline duties and specialised roles to keep Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “This is another major boost for our community, with an extra 9 officers to serve the Macedon Ranges over the next year as part of our record funding for police.” “These police will be out in the community protecting and serving residents to reduce crime, backed by the resources they need to target and prevent burglaries, violent crime, and family violence.”

HEY GRANT AWARDED TO DAYLESFORD SECONDARY PRIDE BRIGADE

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) young people through the latest round of Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project Grants. Hepburn Shire Council was awarded a $10,000 grant to support Daylesford Secondary College’s Pride Brigade program. The grant will be used to deliver leadership training by Minus18, a trip to Melbourne for a tour JoyFM radio station, raising awareness of bullying at school, a Queer Formal in November and travelling to neighbouring HEY providers to learn about youth programs. The grant also assisted the program in holding a youth event at last weekend’s ChillOut festival. The $6 million program aims to raise awareness, promote diversity, eliminate stigma and discrimination, and improve the overall mental health of LGBTIQ+ young people in Victoria. This funding assists organisations to develop new and innovative approaches to address and support the mental health of young same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) people in their local communities. The mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ Victorians is a high priority in Victoria’s 10-year Mental Health Plan which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health and give consumers and their families the support they need. The program is administered and coordinated by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “The Daylesford Secondary College Pride Brigade is a brilliant program that gives our young LGBTIQ+ people a way to learn leadership skills while giving them a real sense of belonging.” “Daylesford leads the way on equality – and we want to give our young LGBTIQ community the chance to celebrate their diversity through programs like this.”

HEY GRANT AWARDED TO DAYLESFORD SECONDARY PRIDE BRIGADE

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) young people through the latest round of Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project Grants. Hepburn Shire Council was awarded a $10,000 grant to support Daylesford Secondary College’s Pride Brigade program. The grant will be used to deliver leadership training by Minus18, a trip to Melbourne for a tour JoyFM radio station, raising awareness of bullying at school, a Queer Formal in November and travelling to neighbouring HEY providers to learn about youth programs. The grant also assisted the program in holding a youth event at last weekend’s ChillOut festival. The $6 million program aims to raise awareness, promote diversity, eliminate stigma and discrimination, and improve the overall mental health of LGBTIQ+ young people in Victoria. This funding assists organisations to develop new and innovative approaches to address and support the mental health of young same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) people in their local communities. The mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ Victorians is a high priority in Victoria’s 10-year Mental Health Plan which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health and give consumers and their families the support they need. The program is administered and coordinated by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “The Daylesford Secondary College Pride Brigade is a brilliant program that gives our young LGBTIQ+ people a way to learn leadership skills while giving them a real sense of belonging.” “Daylesford leads the way on equality – and we want to give our young LGBTIQ community the chance to celebrate their diversity through programs like this.”

PHASE 1 WORKS ON TRACK AT KYNETON RECLAMATION PLANT

New aerators at the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant have been switched on today, signalling the practical completion of the first stage of the redevelopment at the site. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas inspected the facility, which is undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade to be able to serve the Kyneton region until 2040. The Phase One works included a series of improved treatment processes in the lagoons, as well as tanks for the storage of Class B water, to be used for irrigation at a nearby farm owned by Hardwick Meatworks. The remaining Phase One works at Hardwick Meatworks farm are on track for completion as scheduled this month. This involves the construction of approximately 200 megalitre storage and irrigation development. An improved wastewater treatment process at the Hardwick Meatworks processing site will improve the quality of water being sent to the plant for further treatment. The benefits of the treated water are already being seen at Hardwick Meatworks new irrigation site, with the first harvest cut and baled in recent weeks. Phase Two works are also on track to be complete by December 2020 and will deliver the construction of a Class C to B treatment plant for the Hardwicks irrigation scheme, additional storage of approximately 200 megalitres and additional irrigation areas including transfer pipework and irrigation infrastructure. More information is available at the Kyneton Solutions Project page of Coliban Water’s website. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “I am delighted to see works progressing quickly at the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant and I look forward to seeing the completed Phase Two later this year.” “The completion of Phase One works is an important milestone and a positive step towards meeting the needs of our growing community.”

PHASE 1 WORKS ON TRACK AT KYNETON RECLAMATION PLANT

New aerators at the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant have been switched on today, signalling the practical completion of the first stage of the redevelopment at the site. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas inspected the facility, which is undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade to be able to serve the Kyneton region until 2040. The Phase One works included a series of improved treatment processes in the lagoons, as well as tanks for the storage of Class B water, to be used for irrigation at a nearby farm owned by Hardwick Meatworks. The remaining Phase One works at Hardwick Meatworks farm are on track for completion as scheduled this month. This involves the construction of approximately 200 megalitre storage and irrigation development. An improved wastewater treatment process at the Hardwick Meatworks processing site will improve the quality of water being sent to the plant for further treatment. The benefits of the treated water are already being seen at Hardwick Meatworks new irrigation site, with the first harvest cut and baled in recent weeks. Phase Two works are also on track to be complete by December 2020 and will deliver the construction of a Class C to B treatment plant for the Hardwicks irrigation scheme, additional storage of approximately 200 megalitres and additional irrigation areas including transfer pipework and irrigation infrastructure. More information is available at the Kyneton Solutions Project page of Coliban Water’s website. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “I am delighted to see works progressing quickly at the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant and I look forward to seeing the completed Phase Two later this year.” “The completion of Phase One works is an important milestone and a positive step towards meeting the needs of our growing community.”

Campaigns

MACEDON YOUTH COUNCIL

  Do you consider yourself a leader? Are you passionate about the issues facing young people today? Would you like to know how government works and decisions get made? If this is you, please read on! Last year I was thrilled to convene the inaugural Youth Council with a group of young dynamic people who love where they live and have visions for its future! It was my privilege to work with a vibrant and diverse Council and I'm excited to be running the program again in 2020. The aims of the Youth Council are to provide a platform for the perspectives and priorities of young people across Macedon, to empower young people to take action, show leadership and learn about government and its processes. I want to hear from young people across the Macedon electorate about what matters to you.  Mary-Anne Thomas MP Who is it for? The Youth Council is for passionate and community-minded young people from across the Macedon electorate. Applicants should be between the ages of 16 – 22 inclusive and be committed to attending all sessions. What is the commitment? The Youth Council will meet five times over a year at various locations including at the Victorian Parliament. Why apply for the Youth Council? The Youth Council will bring together young people who are interested in taking a leadership role within our community. This unique program will provide participants with the opportunity to build their understanding of government and how decisions get made and the role and responsibilities of a Member of Parliament. Apply for the Youth Council below (it only takes a few minutes) Applications close at midnight Sunday March 29 (function() { var qs,js,q,s,d=document, gi=d.getElementById, ce=d.createElement, gt=d.getElementsByTagName, id="typef_orm", b="https://embed.typeform.com/"; if(!gi.call(d,id)) { js=ce.call(d,"script"); js.id=id; js.src=b+"embed.js"; q=gt.call(d,"script")[0]; q.parentNode.insertBefore(js,q) } })() powered by Typeform   For more information or any other questions, email bella.manson@parliament.vic.gov.au

MACEDON YOUTH COUNCIL

  Do you consider yourself a leader? Are you passionate about the issues facing young people today? Would you like to know how government works and decisions get made? If this is you, please read on! Last year I was thrilled to convene the inaugural Youth Council with a group of young dynamic people who love where they live and have visions for its future! It was my privilege to work with a vibrant and diverse Council and I'm excited to be running the program again in 2020. The aims of the Youth Council are to provide a platform for the perspectives and priorities of young people across Macedon, to empower young people to take action, show leadership and learn about government and its processes. I want to hear from young people across the Macedon electorate about what matters to you.  Mary-Anne Thomas MP Who is it for? The Youth Council is for passionate and community-minded young people from across the Macedon electorate. Applicants should be between the ages of 16 – 22 inclusive and be committed to attending all sessions. What is the commitment? The Youth Council will meet five times over a year at various locations including at the Victorian Parliament. Why apply for the Youth Council? The Youth Council will bring together young people who are interested in taking a leadership role within our community. This unique program will provide participants with the opportunity to build their understanding of government and how decisions get made and the role and responsibilities of a Member of Parliament. Apply for the Youth Council below (it only takes a few minutes) Applications close at midnight Sunday March 29 (function() { var qs,js,q,s,d=document, gi=d.getElementById, ce=d.createElement, gt=d.getElementsByTagName, id="typef_orm", b="https://embed.typeform.com/"; if(!gi.call(d,id)) { js=ce.call(d,"script"); js.id=id; js.src=b+"embed.js"; q=gt.call(d,"script")[0]; q.parentNode.insertBefore(js,q) } })() powered by Typeform   For more information or any other questions, email bella.manson@parliament.vic.gov.au

Speed Reduction for a safer Toolern Vale

The Toolern Vale community is calling for a speed reduction on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road. The road runs through the centre of the town with the school, general store and homes one on side, and the recreation reserve, an important community meeting place on the opposite side. The current speed limit of 80kms per hour does not allow families to cross the road from one side of the township to the other safely. Sign the petition to say that our community wants a speed reduction and road treatment to make it safe for pedestrians to cross Diggers Rest-Coimadai Rd.

Speed Reduction for a safer Toolern Vale

The Toolern Vale community is calling for a speed reduction on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road. The road runs through the centre of the town with the school, general store and homes one on side, and the recreation reserve, an important community meeting place on the opposite side. The current speed limit of 80kms per hour does not allow families to cross the road from one side of the township to the other safely. Sign the petition to say that our community wants a speed reduction and road treatment to make it safe for pedestrians to cross Diggers Rest-Coimadai Rd.

Fair funding for the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct

The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct is an ambitious, community-initiated project that will deliver the indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities our kids need now and into the future. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to this project and that's why we have delivered $11.6 million towards making the Precinct a reality. Macedon Ranges Shire Council are leading the development of the Precinct and have a planned contribution of $10 million. This project will only be delivered with all three levels of government paying their fair share. 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. 

Fair funding for the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct

The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct is an ambitious, community-initiated project that will deliver the indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities our kids need now and into the future. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to this project and that's why we have delivered $11.6 million towards making the Precinct a reality. Macedon Ranges Shire Council are leading the development of the Precinct and have a planned contribution of $10 million. This project will only be delivered with all three levels of government paying their fair share. 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. 

TIME FOR ACTION ON BARRY STREET

Join me in calling for action at the Barry Street and Main Street intersection.