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WORKS UNDERWAY TO TRANSFORM NEW GISBORNE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students in New Gisborne will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading New Gisborne Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today turned the first sod to start construction on New Gisborne Primary’s $3.1 million upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The upgrade will see two new Music Pods for instrumental music, choir and as additional meeting space, the redevelopment of landscaping on Station Road and Ferrier Road, new seating and waiting areas, the conversion of lights around the school to LED, and the modernisation of storm water drainage around the school. The first phase of works - the installation of a new astra-turf oval, complete with drainage and line-markings, was completed over the summer break. The project is expected to be complete by early 2022. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State right here in Gisborne – with a new school, Willowbank Primary, opening in 2022, and upgrades also taking place at Gisborne Primary School, Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School in Bullengarook, and St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School. In the past five years, the Andrews Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “The exciting works at New Gisborne Primary School are going to modernise this much-loved school and give every student the opportunity to succeed.” “These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right here in Gisborne and across Victoria.”

WORKS UNDERWAY TO TRANSFORM NEW GISBORNE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students in New Gisborne will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading New Gisborne Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today turned the first sod to start construction on New Gisborne Primary’s $3.1 million upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. The upgrade will see two new Music Pods for instrumental music, choir and as additional meeting space, the redevelopment of landscaping on Station Road and Ferrier Road, new seating and waiting areas, the conversion of lights around the school to LED, and the modernisation of storm water drainage around the school. The first phase of works - the installation of a new astra-turf oval, complete with drainage and line-markings, was completed over the summer break. The project is expected to be complete by early 2022. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State right here in Gisborne – with a new school, Willowbank Primary, opening in 2022, and upgrades also taking place at Gisborne Primary School, Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School in Bullengarook, and St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School. In the past five years, the Andrews Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “The exciting works at New Gisborne Primary School are going to modernise this much-loved school and give every student the opportunity to succeed.” “These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right here in Gisborne and across Victoria.”

HISTORIC THREE-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN ROLLED-OUT IN THE HEPBURN SHIRE

The Andrews Labor Government’s landmark reform to early childhood education has arrived in the Hepburn Shire, with children attending funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today joined early childhood staff, children and Hepburn Shire Council representatives at Daylesford Community Child Care Centre to celebrate the start of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. It is part of the Labor Government’s almost $5 billion decade-long reform to make two years of universal funded kindergarten programs available for all children across the state – in an Australian-first. The reform is being implemented in stages, with the first stage of the roll-out beginning last year in the Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack Shires. The roll-out continues this term, with funded three-year-old kindergarten now available in the Alpine, Ararat, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Colac-Otway, Corangamite, East Gippsland, Glenelg,  Hepburn, Indigo, Loddon, Murrindindi, Southern Grampians, Towong and West Wimmera Shires. This will be expanded in 2022 to give three-year-olds across the rest of the state access to five hours of funded kindergarten, before being scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. At full roll-out, an estimated 90,000 children each year will be receiving this important educational boost. The Andrews Government has also committed $1.68 billion over the next decade to co-invest in the building and expansion of kindergarten facilities so that children have the right learning environments, no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “This is such an exciting time for families across the Hepburn Shire, with more of our littlest residents being given the opportunity to attend kindergarten and get the best possible start in life.” “Building the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why this landmark reform is so important.”

HISTORIC THREE-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN ROLLED-OUT IN THE HEPBURN SHIRE

The Andrews Labor Government’s landmark reform to early childhood education has arrived in the Hepburn Shire, with children attending funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today joined early childhood staff, children and Hepburn Shire Council representatives at Daylesford Community Child Care Centre to celebrate the start of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. It is part of the Labor Government’s almost $5 billion decade-long reform to make two years of universal funded kindergarten programs available for all children across the state – in an Australian-first. The reform is being implemented in stages, with the first stage of the roll-out beginning last year in the Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack Shires. The roll-out continues this term, with funded three-year-old kindergarten now available in the Alpine, Ararat, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Colac-Otway, Corangamite, East Gippsland, Glenelg,  Hepburn, Indigo, Loddon, Murrindindi, Southern Grampians, Towong and West Wimmera Shires. This will be expanded in 2022 to give three-year-olds across the rest of the state access to five hours of funded kindergarten, before being scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. At full roll-out, an estimated 90,000 children each year will be receiving this important educational boost. The Andrews Government has also committed $1.68 billion over the next decade to co-invest in the building and expansion of kindergarten facilities so that children have the right learning environments, no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “This is such an exciting time for families across the Hepburn Shire, with more of our littlest residents being given the opportunity to attend kindergarten and get the best possible start in life.” “Building the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why this landmark reform is so important.”

BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF IN KYNETON

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening food relief services across the state to ensure healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, announced Kyneton Community House have received a $60,560 grant as part of the $5 million Community Food Relief Fund grant program. Kyneton Community House will use the grant on their Food for Good Kyneton program, which aims to increase meal production and delivery capability at Kyneton Community House, with the specific intent of providing much needed food relief long-term to community members struggling to meet the needs of themselves and their families. The grant will allow staff and volunteers in the program to increase capacity by as much as 100 per cent. Kyneton Community House are one of 93 recipients of the Community Food Relief Fund grants, w hich will provide a massive 2 million meals and 180,000 food hampers to vunerable Victorians. In addition to the grants, the Labor Government is investing $3.5 million to build regional food hubs to increase the capacity of food relief storage and distribution services in regional Victoria. The hubs will ensure food gets to where it’s needed by strengthening the link between suppliers and those experiencing food insecurity. In partnership with Foodbank Victoria, the Government has selected Albury-Wodonga Regional Foodshare, Bendigo Foodshare, Geelong Relief Centre, Mildura Foodshare and Warrnambool and District Foodshare to provide the new hub services. The food relief hubs build on $10 million already being invested by the Labor Government for new distribution centres in Ballarat and Morwell. Once complete in late 2022, the new centres will enable a coordinated food relief response across the state. The Community Food Relief grants and regional food hubs are part of the more the $25 million in additional funding the Government has provided since February 2020 to expand food relief operations across Victoria. In addition, the Government provides Foodbank Victoria with over $3.6 million support each year – this vital funding provides 140,000 Victorians with food every month through more than 470 charity partners. For more information on the Community Food Relief Fund and to see all recipients, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-relief-coronavirus-covid-19. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP ”Kyneton Community House do incredible work for our community, and this grant means they can continue that vital support for those who may need a little extra support.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – which is why we’re boosting resources for community-based food relief services and ensuring all families can stay happy and healthy. Quote attrbutable to Claire Rawlinson, Director Kyneton Community House “Kyneton Community House could not be more grateful for the opportunity to make all this happen through the State Government Food Relief Grant awarded to us, it will really benefit vulnerable people in Kyneton well into the future.”

BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF IN KYNETON

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening food relief services across the state to ensure healthy food reaches Victorians in need. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, announced Kyneton Community House have received a $60,560 grant as part of the $5 million Community Food Relief Fund grant program. Kyneton Community House will use the grant on their Food for Good Kyneton program, which aims to increase meal production and delivery capability at Kyneton Community House, with the specific intent of providing much needed food relief long-term to community members struggling to meet the needs of themselves and their families. The grant will allow staff and volunteers in the program to increase capacity by as much as 100 per cent. Kyneton Community House are one of 93 recipients of the Community Food Relief Fund grants, w hich will provide a massive 2 million meals and 180,000 food hampers to vunerable Victorians. In addition to the grants, the Labor Government is investing $3.5 million to build regional food hubs to increase the capacity of food relief storage and distribution services in regional Victoria. The hubs will ensure food gets to where it’s needed by strengthening the link between suppliers and those experiencing food insecurity. In partnership with Foodbank Victoria, the Government has selected Albury-Wodonga Regional Foodshare, Bendigo Foodshare, Geelong Relief Centre, Mildura Foodshare and Warrnambool and District Foodshare to provide the new hub services. The food relief hubs build on $10 million already being invested by the Labor Government for new distribution centres in Ballarat and Morwell. Once complete in late 2022, the new centres will enable a coordinated food relief response across the state. The Community Food Relief grants and regional food hubs are part of the more the $25 million in additional funding the Government has provided since February 2020 to expand food relief operations across Victoria. In addition, the Government provides Foodbank Victoria with over $3.6 million support each year – this vital funding provides 140,000 Victorians with food every month through more than 470 charity partners. For more information on the Community Food Relief Fund and to see all recipients, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-relief-coronavirus-covid-19. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP ”Kyneton Community House do incredible work for our community, and this grant means they can continue that vital support for those who may need a little extra support.” Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – which is why we’re boosting resources for community-based food relief services and ensuring all families can stay happy and healthy. Quote attrbutable to Claire Rawlinson, Director Kyneton Community House “Kyneton Community House could not be more grateful for the opportunity to make all this happen through the State Government Food Relief Grant awarded to us, it will really benefit vulnerable people in Kyneton well into the future.”

BUILDER APPOINTED FOR NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL IN GISBORNE

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring families in Gisborne are one step closer to having a great local school, with works moving ahead on the new Willowbank Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, has welcomed the appointment of ADCO Group Pty Ltd to build Willowbank Primary as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026. Students and staff at Willowbank Primary School will have access to facilities including two Learning Neighbourhood buildings, a Performing Arts and Physical Education Building, an Administration and Resource Intensive Learning building, multipurpose hardcourts, playgrounds and a sports field. Works are expected to begin in early 2021 with the school to be open by Term 1, 2022. Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, to reduce the burden on parents and carers while continuing to build the Education State. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “The appointment of ADCO Group means we are one step closer to delivering on our promise to open Willowbank Primary in Term 1, 2022.” “The establishment of Willowbank Primary School means that every child in Gisborne will have the opportunity to attend school close to home.”

BUILDER APPOINTED FOR NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL IN GISBORNE

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring families in Gisborne are one step closer to having a great local school, with works moving ahead on the new Willowbank Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, has welcomed the appointment of ADCO Group Pty Ltd to build Willowbank Primary as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026. Students and staff at Willowbank Primary School will have access to facilities including two Learning Neighbourhood buildings, a Performing Arts and Physical Education Building, an Administration and Resource Intensive Learning building, multipurpose hardcourts, playgrounds and a sports field. Works are expected to begin in early 2021 with the school to be open by Term 1, 2022. Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, to reduce the burden on parents and carers while continuing to build the Education State. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “The appointment of ADCO Group means we are one step closer to delivering on our promise to open Willowbank Primary in Term 1, 2022.” “The establishment of Willowbank Primary School means that every child in Gisborne will have the opportunity to attend school close to home.”

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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 $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 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 $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 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