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UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR NEWHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Newham students now have the facilities they need with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Newham Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced works are now complete on Newham Primary School’s $18,120 upgrade to deliver landscaping works at the front of the school. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. More than 300 Victorian government schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local students can now enjoy the great new look entrance with the fantastic landscape upgrades at Newham Primary.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR NEWHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Newham students now have the facilities they need with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Newham Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced works are now complete on Newham Primary School’s $18,120 upgrade to deliver landscaping works at the front of the school. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. More than 300 Victorian government schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local students can now enjoy the great new look entrance with the fantastic landscape upgrades at Newham Primary.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR TARADALE PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Taradale students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Taradale Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced works are now complete on Taradale Primary School to deliver an upgrade the existing playground equipment. The Labor Government provided $62,120 for this project. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. More than 300 Victorian government schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Our local kids can now enjoy great upgraded playground at Taradale Primary School’.

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR TARADALE PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Taradale students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Taradale Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced works are now complete on Taradale Primary School to deliver an upgrade the existing playground equipment. The Labor Government provided $62,120 for this project. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. More than 300 Victorian government schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Our local kids can now enjoy great upgraded playground at Taradale Primary School’.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTION GRANTS ANNOUNCED

The Upper Campaspe Landcare community group in Macedon, have received $24,000 in funding as part of the Community Volunteer Action Grants program, aimed at supporting communities and community organisations and volunteers across Victoria and in Macedon. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas announced the successful grant recipient today. The Community Volunteer Action Grants program provides funding to a variety of local community and volunteer groups including local Landcare groups and networks, Committees of Management and Traditional Owners. The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network’s Pollinator Corridor Project is designed to engage and empower the community within the Upper Campaspe Catchment in a cooperative and interactive ongoing program that encourages participation in the enhancement, establishment, and preservation of native pollinator habitat through the creation of Pollinator Corridors on private and public land. The grants offer a range of positive biodiversity outcomes across the Macedon and across the state by assisting communities to conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s native flora, fauna and vegetation and supporting community groups to increase and build their capacity to act for the environment. Previous funding has assisted community groups across Victoria to engage a total of 992 community members in conservation or improved land management, with a contribution from community members of approximately 23,515 volunteer hours. The grants are spread across a range of geographic locations to align with the goals and targets identified in the Victorian Government’s plan to improve our natural environment, Biodiversity 2037. This is part of the $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package funded by the Victorian Government to support small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving AREAS. Quotes attributable to member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “Volunteers and community organisations play a critical role in Macedon, this grant supports the Upper Campaspe Landcare group to build capacity, expand and diversify the volunteer base and increase inclusivity.” “This project will assist in conserving, rehabilitating, restoring and protecting Victoria’s native flora, fauna and native vegetation while addressing threats to biodiversity.” “It is fantastic to see this wonderful project receive funding, the Upper Campaspe Landcare community group in Macedon."

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTION GRANTS ANNOUNCED

The Upper Campaspe Landcare community group in Macedon, have received $24,000 in funding as part of the Community Volunteer Action Grants program, aimed at supporting communities and community organisations and volunteers across Victoria and in Macedon. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas announced the successful grant recipient today. The Community Volunteer Action Grants program provides funding to a variety of local community and volunteer groups including local Landcare groups and networks, Committees of Management and Traditional Owners. The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network’s Pollinator Corridor Project is designed to engage and empower the community within the Upper Campaspe Catchment in a cooperative and interactive ongoing program that encourages participation in the enhancement, establishment, and preservation of native pollinator habitat through the creation of Pollinator Corridors on private and public land. The grants offer a range of positive biodiversity outcomes across the Macedon and across the state by assisting communities to conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s native flora, fauna and vegetation and supporting community groups to increase and build their capacity to act for the environment. Previous funding has assisted community groups across Victoria to engage a total of 992 community members in conservation or improved land management, with a contribution from community members of approximately 23,515 volunteer hours. The grants are spread across a range of geographic locations to align with the goals and targets identified in the Victorian Government’s plan to improve our natural environment, Biodiversity 2037. This is part of the $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package funded by the Victorian Government to support small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving AREAS. Quotes attributable to member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “Volunteers and community organisations play a critical role in Macedon, this grant supports the Upper Campaspe Landcare group to build capacity, expand and diversify the volunteer base and increase inclusivity.” “This project will assist in conserving, rehabilitating, restoring and protecting Victoria’s native flora, fauna and native vegetation while addressing threats to biodiversity.” “It is fantastic to see this wonderful project receive funding, the Upper Campaspe Landcare community group in Macedon."

DELIVERING $4.5M FOR DAYLESFORD HOSPITAL & STRONGER HEALTH SERVICES FOR HEPBURN

The Victorian Government is ensuring people living in Hepburn will have access to the world-class care they deserve close to home. Nearly 80 rural and regional hospitals, community health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations will share in $120 million from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) – creating hundreds of jobs. The $4,548,214 for the Daylesford Operating Suite Redevelopment means that the Daylesford Hospital's theatre will be able to service more people so they can get the surgery they need, close to home. With 105 projects located across 40 rural and regional council areas across Victoria, the program is ensuring communities continue to be able to access high quality care across regional Victoria. The program will deliver a variety of projects including operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms, expansions projects and equipment upgrades. With this latest round of RHIF projects the Government has now invested $490 million in more than 470 regional healthcare projects across the state - the largest program of its type in Victoria. More information at projects funded by the RHIF at: vhba.vic.gov.au/health/regional-facilities/regional-health-infrastructure-fund. Quotes for Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “Everyone deserves access to quality health care facilities and services – we’re ensuring the Hepburn community has an upgraded operating theatre at the Daylesford Hospital.” “We’re delivering better health outcomes for the Hepburn community with modern services and facilities while creating local jobs.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “We’re continuing to invest in our local hospitals and health services – and the health of all Victorians no matter where they live.”

DELIVERING $4.5M FOR DAYLESFORD HOSPITAL & STRONGER HEALTH SERVICES FOR HEPBURN

The Victorian Government is ensuring people living in Hepburn will have access to the world-class care they deserve close to home. Nearly 80 rural and regional hospitals, community health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations will share in $120 million from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) – creating hundreds of jobs. The $4,548,214 for the Daylesford Operating Suite Redevelopment means that the Daylesford Hospital's theatre will be able to service more people so they can get the surgery they need, close to home. With 105 projects located across 40 rural and regional council areas across Victoria, the program is ensuring communities continue to be able to access high quality care across regional Victoria. The program will deliver a variety of projects including operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms, expansions projects and equipment upgrades. With this latest round of RHIF projects the Government has now invested $490 million in more than 470 regional healthcare projects across the state - the largest program of its type in Victoria. More information at projects funded by the RHIF at: vhba.vic.gov.au/health/regional-facilities/regional-health-infrastructure-fund. Quotes for Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “Everyone deserves access to quality health care facilities and services – we’re ensuring the Hepburn community has an upgraded operating theatre at the Daylesford Hospital.” “We’re delivering better health outcomes for the Hepburn community with modern services and facilities while creating local jobs.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “We’re continuing to invest in our local hospitals and health services – and the health of all Victorians no matter where they live.”

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.