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UPGRADING KYNETON HIGH SCHOOL BRICK BY BRICK

This year, Kyneton families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Labor Government has built and upgraded more schools than any government in our state’s history, and the Victorian Budget 2020/21 continues that record of investment. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced Kyneton High School will receive a $10.991 million upgrade as part of the upcoming Victorian Budget 2020-2021. The Victorian Government is providing $10.991 million to Kyneton High School to upgrade and modernise the school, including Block J, Block I and the Science Block. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package announced earlier this year, which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs. Across Victoria, the Labor Government is delivering 1,460 school upgrades – investing in new classrooms, fixing old buildings and delivering the learning spaces our kids deserve. The Labor Government’s unprecedented $7.2 billion investment in Victorian school infrastructure is not only creating 7,500 jobs – it is ensuring that ensuring every child has a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an investment in our kids and their future. Because every child, no matter where they go to school, deserves access to state-of-the-art facilities.” “Schools are the heart of our communities, so it makes sense that we’re investing in upgrades to support local jobs to drive our economic recovery.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas MP "Families in Kyneton have done a phenomenal job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Kyneton High School better than before.” “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”

UPGRADING KYNETON HIGH SCHOOL BRICK BY BRICK

This year, Kyneton families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Labor Government has built and upgraded more schools than any government in our state’s history, and the Victorian Budget 2020/21 continues that record of investment. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced Kyneton High School will receive a $10.991 million upgrade as part of the upcoming Victorian Budget 2020-2021. The Victorian Government is providing $10.991 million to Kyneton High School to upgrade and modernise the school, including Block J, Block I and the Science Block. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package announced earlier this year, which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs. Across Victoria, the Labor Government is delivering 1,460 school upgrades – investing in new classrooms, fixing old buildings and delivering the learning spaces our kids deserve. The Labor Government’s unprecedented $7.2 billion investment in Victorian school infrastructure is not only creating 7,500 jobs – it is ensuring that ensuring every child has a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is an investment in our kids and their future. Because every child, no matter where they go to school, deserves access to state-of-the-art facilities.” “Schools are the heart of our communities, so it makes sense that we’re investing in upgrades to support local jobs to drive our economic recovery.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas MP "Families in Kyneton have done a phenomenal job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids return to their classrooms, we want to make Kyneton High School better than before.” “Not only will this make sure our kids are getting a great education – it’ll create new local jobs.”

FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG MACEDON RANGES RESIDENTS TO CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

Schools and kindergartens in the Macedon Ranges will share in $409,500 for biodiversity projects and learning activities from the Victorian Government. Hesket Primary School, Candlebark School and Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten are three of 113 recipients across Victoria to receive 2020 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. Hesket Primary School will use the grant to create an indigenous edible garden, including nest boxes and rocks, logs and ground-level habitat for local fauna. It will be an important focal point for science education, sustainability and celebration of using indigenous plants to create a landscape feature. As Victorian children and young adults return to face-to-face learning across the state, the projects will engage students in outdoor, hands-on projects and environmental learning activities. The projects and activities are designed to provide both environmental and educational outcomes, as well as health and wellbeing benefits. The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning through its Victorian Landcare Program. The grants are delivered by Landcare Australia as part of its Junior Landcare program. The government has allocated over $1.2 million for 350 projects through the grants program since 2018. This program contributes to Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment. For more information on the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants and a full list of recipients, visit: juniorlandcare.org.au/grant/2020-victorian-junior-landcare-and-biodiversity-grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “These fantastic landcare projects will benefit our young Macedon Ranges residents by providing fun and interactive learning experiences to encourage appreciation and understanding of our beautiful natural environment.” “Hesket Primary School’s indigenous edible garden is a fantastic way for students to connect with and celebrate the indigenous history of our region.” Quote attributable to Hesket Primary School Principal, Seona Aulich “With Junior Landcare, we’ll be revegetating a beautiful part of our school that the students affectionately refer to as ‘Hesket Hill’. Students will learn about and create an environment that welcomes local indigenous flora and fauna – what a wonderful learning opportunity!”

FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG MACEDON RANGES RESIDENTS TO CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

Schools and kindergartens in the Macedon Ranges will share in $409,500 for biodiversity projects and learning activities from the Victorian Government. Hesket Primary School, Candlebark School and Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten are three of 113 recipients across Victoria to receive 2020 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. Hesket Primary School will use the grant to create an indigenous edible garden, including nest boxes and rocks, logs and ground-level habitat for local fauna. It will be an important focal point for science education, sustainability and celebration of using indigenous plants to create a landscape feature. As Victorian children and young adults return to face-to-face learning across the state, the projects will engage students in outdoor, hands-on projects and environmental learning activities. The projects and activities are designed to provide both environmental and educational outcomes, as well as health and wellbeing benefits. The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning through its Victorian Landcare Program. The grants are delivered by Landcare Australia as part of its Junior Landcare program. The government has allocated over $1.2 million for 350 projects through the grants program since 2018. This program contributes to Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment. For more information on the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants and a full list of recipients, visit: juniorlandcare.org.au/grant/2020-victorian-junior-landcare-and-biodiversity-grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “These fantastic landcare projects will benefit our young Macedon Ranges residents by providing fun and interactive learning experiences to encourage appreciation and understanding of our beautiful natural environment.” “Hesket Primary School’s indigenous edible garden is a fantastic way for students to connect with and celebrate the indigenous history of our region.” Quote attributable to Hesket Primary School Principal, Seona Aulich “With Junior Landcare, we’ll be revegetating a beautiful part of our school that the students affectionately refer to as ‘Hesket Hill’. Students will learn about and create an environment that welcomes local indigenous flora and fauna – what a wonderful learning opportunity!”

LAND LOCKED IN FOR NEW SCHOOL AS NAME CONSULTATION BEGINS

Families living in the south of Gisborne are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art education facilities they deserve, with a site secured to build a new primary school. Minister for Education James Merlino, Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt and State Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that land near Willowbank Road, Gisborne had been purchased for the future school, which will also include an on-site kindergarten. Consultation for the naming of the new school is also now open, with the Victorian Government seeking the community’s input to help find a name that reflects the school’s unique identity, inspires local pride and that makes the school easily locatable. The three options for the community to vote on are: • Bunjil Primary School: Bunjil (the eagle) is a Woi-Wurrung word and an important part of Wurundjeri culture. It is seen as the creator of country and men. Bunjil creek is also located nearby. • Garrong Primary School: The Woi–Wurrung word for wattle, which is native to the Macedon Ranges. • Willowbank Primary School: The new primary school is located nearby to Willowbank Road and Willowbank Estate. The consultation period will run until Friday 13th November. To have their say, community members can visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/south-of-gisborne-primary-school-naming-engagement. The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new government schools by 2026. The new primary school will open in 2022 and cater for 475 students once completed. The on-site two-room 66 place kindergarten, with associated administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces is also due to open in 2022, in time for Three-Year-Old Kinder to start in the Macedon Ranges, giving children in Gisborne access to five hours of funded kindergarten. Every new Victorian primary school opening in 2021 and 2022 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, ditching the dreaded double drop-off burden for parents. This is part of the Government’s $5 billion program to provide access to a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kinder to every Victorian child by 2029. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so every community can access a great local school and great local kindergarten where students are supported to achieve their best. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Securing land for a new primary school in Gisborne delivers on our promise to build 100 new schools over the next seven years and to make drop offs for families a little easier by also having a kindergarten on site.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We are ensuring that children living in Gisborne are getting the best start to life with funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, quality kindergarten programs and a smoother transition from kindergarten to school." Quote attributable to the Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “This new school alongside a new kindergarten delivers great facilities for our kids and gives every child the opportunity to succeed. We also invite the community to work with us to find a name for the new school and urge every Gisborne resident to head to the website and let us

LAND LOCKED IN FOR NEW SCHOOL AS NAME CONSULTATION BEGINS

Families living in the south of Gisborne are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art education facilities they deserve, with a site secured to build a new primary school. Minister for Education James Merlino, Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt and State Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that land near Willowbank Road, Gisborne had been purchased for the future school, which will also include an on-site kindergarten. Consultation for the naming of the new school is also now open, with the Victorian Government seeking the community’s input to help find a name that reflects the school’s unique identity, inspires local pride and that makes the school easily locatable. The three options for the community to vote on are: • Bunjil Primary School: Bunjil (the eagle) is a Woi-Wurrung word and an important part of Wurundjeri culture. It is seen as the creator of country and men. Bunjil creek is also located nearby. • Garrong Primary School: The Woi–Wurrung word for wattle, which is native to the Macedon Ranges. • Willowbank Primary School: The new primary school is located nearby to Willowbank Road and Willowbank Estate. The consultation period will run until Friday 13th November. To have their say, community members can visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/south-of-gisborne-primary-school-naming-engagement. The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new government schools by 2026. The new primary school will open in 2022 and cater for 475 students once completed. The on-site two-room 66 place kindergarten, with associated administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces is also due to open in 2022, in time for Three-Year-Old Kinder to start in the Macedon Ranges, giving children in Gisborne access to five hours of funded kindergarten. Every new Victorian primary school opening in 2021 and 2022 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, ditching the dreaded double drop-off burden for parents. This is part of the Government’s $5 billion program to provide access to a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kinder to every Victorian child by 2029. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so every community can access a great local school and great local kindergarten where students are supported to achieve their best. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Securing land for a new primary school in Gisborne delivers on our promise to build 100 new schools over the next seven years and to make drop offs for families a little easier by also having a kindergarten on site.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We are ensuring that children living in Gisborne are getting the best start to life with funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, quality kindergarten programs and a smoother transition from kindergarten to school." Quote attributable to the Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “This new school alongside a new kindergarten delivers great facilities for our kids and gives every child the opportunity to succeed. We also invite the community to work with us to find a name for the new school and urge every Gisborne resident to head to the website and let us

VICTORIAN TAFE BEHIND AUSTRALIA’S BEST PIE SUCCESS

A Kyneton pie master behind Australia’s Best Pie for the past three years has credited his culinary success to the skills he learned at TAFE. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney and Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP today visited Country Cob Bakery owner Chan Khun in Kyneton to congratulate him on his success and share how a Victorian TAFE course provided the springboard to his award-winning career. Khun, who came to Australia from Cambodia in 2004, found his passion for baking when he enrolled and completed a Certificate III in Patisserie course at Holmesglen at its Moorabbin campus. He then studied hospitality management. Khun started Country Cob Bakery with his brother, Ryan, in 2016 and now has stores in Kyneton and Boronia. His culinary talent has seen the bakery claim more than 200 medals for its pies and pastries, including the title of Australia’s Best Pie for three years’ running at the Baking Association of Australia – Australia’s Best Pie Awards. Khun credits his success to the skills he had learnt from Holmesglen for helping build his professional communica-tion and leaderships skills. The popularity of his pies has also seen him grow the business, creating new jobs for locals. The success of the Country Cob Bakery is just one of the many ways that the Victorian Government’s TAFE and training sector is creating real jobs and careers for Victorians. This Holmesglen Certificate III in Patisserie course is designed to give people the skills and knowledge to become a qualified cook, specialising in patisserie. It is just one of the many TAFE courses available in cooking and hospitality across Victoria. There are also more than 40 different free TAFE courses on offer as part of the Victorian Government’s 2020 Free TAFE list, including Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and Certificate III in Hospitality. Since 2015, the Victorian Government has committed more than $1.5 billion to rebuild our TAFE system and ensure students can get the skills they need for the jobs they want. Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney “The Country Cob Bakery is a shining example of how TAFES are equipping Victorians with the skills they need to follow their career dreams.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “Country Cob Bakery’s pies and pastries are not only delicious; their success is helping create and grow job oppor-tunities for more Victorians.”

VICTORIAN TAFE BEHIND AUSTRALIA’S BEST PIE SUCCESS

A Kyneton pie master behind Australia’s Best Pie for the past three years has credited his culinary success to the skills he learned at TAFE. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney and Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP today visited Country Cob Bakery owner Chan Khun in Kyneton to congratulate him on his success and share how a Victorian TAFE course provided the springboard to his award-winning career. Khun, who came to Australia from Cambodia in 2004, found his passion for baking when he enrolled and completed a Certificate III in Patisserie course at Holmesglen at its Moorabbin campus. He then studied hospitality management. Khun started Country Cob Bakery with his brother, Ryan, in 2016 and now has stores in Kyneton and Boronia. His culinary talent has seen the bakery claim more than 200 medals for its pies and pastries, including the title of Australia’s Best Pie for three years’ running at the Baking Association of Australia – Australia’s Best Pie Awards. Khun credits his success to the skills he had learnt from Holmesglen for helping build his professional communica-tion and leaderships skills. The popularity of his pies has also seen him grow the business, creating new jobs for locals. The success of the Country Cob Bakery is just one of the many ways that the Victorian Government’s TAFE and training sector is creating real jobs and careers for Victorians. This Holmesglen Certificate III in Patisserie course is designed to give people the skills and knowledge to become a qualified cook, specialising in patisserie. It is just one of the many TAFE courses available in cooking and hospitality across Victoria. There are also more than 40 different free TAFE courses on offer as part of the Victorian Government’s 2020 Free TAFE list, including Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and Certificate III in Hospitality. Since 2015, the Victorian Government has committed more than $1.5 billion to rebuild our TAFE system and ensure students can get the skills they need for the jobs they want. Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney “The Country Cob Bakery is a shining example of how TAFES are equipping Victorians with the skills they need to follow their career dreams.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “Country Cob Bakery’s pies and pastries are not only delicious; their success is helping create and grow job oppor-tunities for more Victorians.”

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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