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REMEMBERING VICTORIA’S VETERANS AT ICONIC MT MACEDON SITE

The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading one of Victoria’s most significant war memorials to ensure the incredible service and sacrifice of veterans and their families will be remembered for many years to come. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane announced today that $810,000 will be provided through the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to upgrade the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve, located at the summit of Mount Macedon, north-west of Melbourne. The investment in this program forms part of $4.8 million from the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to provide dedicated support for Victoria’s veterans and their families and commemorate their contributions. The budget package includes $2.8 million to continue the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program, which helps organisations that serve the veteran community to upgrade and improve accessibility at their buildings, so veterans and their families have better access to modern facilities. The 21-metre high cross at the site commemorates those who have served in all wars and conflicts Australia has been involved with and is considered the second most significant war memorial in Victoria after the Shrine of Remembrance. The landmark hosts an ANZAC Day dawn service and is an increasingly popular tourism destination, with the number of visitors in 2019 exceeding 266,500, with visitor numbers expected to grow significantly in the years to come. The site offers a range of recreation and tourism experiences, including historical, cultural, walking trails, tea rooms, barbeque areas and opportunities for picnicking. This investment will protect the heritage and cultural significance of the cross and its surrounds so more Victorians can experience the ANZAC Day dawn service at the iconic site. The funding for the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve also builds on Victoria’s proud tradition of commemorating the contributions of veterans following an almost $6 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2021-22 for repairs and improvements at the Shrine of Remembrance. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “The people of Macedon Ranges are so proud of this iconic and historic site that honours our veterans - that’s why we are ensuring this site is upgraded so the service of our veterans is remembered for years to come.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Every year, the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross has thousands of Victorians come to reflect and express their gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our veteran community.” “This investment will ensure this important site is best placed to continue being an iconic spot for commemoration for many years to come.”  

REMEMBERING VICTORIA’S VETERANS AT ICONIC MT MACEDON SITE

The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading one of Victoria’s most significant war memorials to ensure the incredible service and sacrifice of veterans and their families will be remembered for many years to come. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane announced today that $810,000 will be provided through the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to upgrade the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve, located at the summit of Mount Macedon, north-west of Melbourne. The investment in this program forms part of $4.8 million from the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to provide dedicated support for Victoria’s veterans and their families and commemorate their contributions. The budget package includes $2.8 million to continue the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program, which helps organisations that serve the veteran community to upgrade and improve accessibility at their buildings, so veterans and their families have better access to modern facilities. The 21-metre high cross at the site commemorates those who have served in all wars and conflicts Australia has been involved with and is considered the second most significant war memorial in Victoria after the Shrine of Remembrance. The landmark hosts an ANZAC Day dawn service and is an increasingly popular tourism destination, with the number of visitors in 2019 exceeding 266,500, with visitor numbers expected to grow significantly in the years to come. The site offers a range of recreation and tourism experiences, including historical, cultural, walking trails, tea rooms, barbeque areas and opportunities for picnicking. This investment will protect the heritage and cultural significance of the cross and its surrounds so more Victorians can experience the ANZAC Day dawn service at the iconic site. The funding for the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve also builds on Victoria’s proud tradition of commemorating the contributions of veterans following an almost $6 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2021-22 for repairs and improvements at the Shrine of Remembrance. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “The people of Macedon Ranges are so proud of this iconic and historic site that honours our veterans - that’s why we are ensuring this site is upgraded so the service of our veterans is remembered for years to come.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane “Every year, the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross has thousands of Victorians come to reflect and express their gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our veteran community.” “This investment will ensure this important site is best placed to continue being an iconic spot for commemoration for many years to come.”  

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN MACEDON

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Macedon. Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around. When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care. Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes.   But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government. And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state. This Budget invests in regional health – because regional Victorians deserve the same level of care as people in Melbourne. At the centre of the plan is a $300m injection to upgrade regional hospitals and healthcare facilities in every corner of our state, the largest Regional Health and Infrastructure Fund boost since it was created by the Andrews Labor Government. We’re also providing $9 million to regional women’s health services and a further $11.5 million to deliver group parenting sessions to support families with children struggling with their mental health. Because no matter where you live, every Victorian and their family deserves great healthcare. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Macedon get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. Thousands of Victorians rely on their local bus to get them to work, school and around their community. Now, thanks to the investment in this Budget, Victorians will get a smarter, faster and more reliable bus network including two new town routes in Gisborne and a new school town bus service for local kids – so Victorians spend less time waiting at the bus stop and more time at home with family and friends. We're also building the roads we need now, as well as future proofing our road network by investing in planning for our transport needs. In Woodend, the Budget kicks off work to improve the High Street and Urquhart Street intersection with $500,000 for planning and development. The Andrews Labor Government will keep delivering improvements to our public transport network, with $1.6 million to upgrade Woodend Station and add in a new heated waiting area to keep locals warm on cold winter mornings. To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. Every parent worries whether their child will be ready for school – but with an extra year of kinder, and all the learning and play that brings – we’ll make sure they are. Under the Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child can get a good quality early education in the early years that prepares them for a strong and successful future, with up to 15 hours of free three-year-old kinder. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs. With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “This Budget includes the biggest ever boost to funding to upgrade local hospitals and health services – because every regional Victorian deserves the same level of care as people in the city.” “We’re making it easier for locals to get around across Macedon, investing in new bus services for Gisborne and improving safety and comfort on locals’ daily commute.” “There has never been a better time to join the heathcare sector. This budget will support our nurses, midwives and ambos locally and across the state. This is a budget that is putting patients first.”

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN MACEDON

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Macedon. Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around. When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care. Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes.   But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government. And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state. This Budget invests in regional health – because regional Victorians deserve the same level of care as people in Melbourne. At the centre of the plan is a $300m injection to upgrade regional hospitals and healthcare facilities in every corner of our state, the largest Regional Health and Infrastructure Fund boost since it was created by the Andrews Labor Government. We’re also providing $9 million to regional women’s health services and a further $11.5 million to deliver group parenting sessions to support families with children struggling with their mental health. Because no matter where you live, every Victorian and their family deserves great healthcare. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Macedon get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. Thousands of Victorians rely on their local bus to get them to work, school and around their community. Now, thanks to the investment in this Budget, Victorians will get a smarter, faster and more reliable bus network including two new town routes in Gisborne and a new school town bus service for local kids – so Victorians spend less time waiting at the bus stop and more time at home with family and friends. We're also building the roads we need now, as well as future proofing our road network by investing in planning for our transport needs. In Woodend, the Budget kicks off work to improve the High Street and Urquhart Street intersection with $500,000 for planning and development. The Andrews Labor Government will keep delivering improvements to our public transport network, with $1.6 million to upgrade Woodend Station and add in a new heated waiting area to keep locals warm on cold winter mornings. To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. Every parent worries whether their child will be ready for school – but with an extra year of kinder, and all the learning and play that brings – we’ll make sure they are. Under the Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child can get a good quality early education in the early years that prepares them for a strong and successful future, with up to 15 hours of free three-year-old kinder. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs. With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “This Budget includes the biggest ever boost to funding to upgrade local hospitals and health services – because every regional Victorian deserves the same level of care as people in the city.” “We’re making it easier for locals to get around across Macedon, investing in new bus services for Gisborne and improving safety and comfort on locals’ daily commute.” “There has never been a better time to join the heathcare sector. This budget will support our nurses, midwives and ambos locally and across the state. This is a budget that is putting patients first.”

IMPROVING TRANSPORT ACCESSIBILITY FOR WOODEND

The Andrews Labor Government is improving accessibility, safety and comfort across the public transport network to ensure every Victorian can get to where they need to go – particularly people with disability. Train stations, bus stops, and tram stops across Victoria will be upgraded through a $157.8 million package of works included in the Victorian Budget 2022/23, giving Victorians better access to transport. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas was with the Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll MP in Woodend today to announce that the station will receive a share of this funding for upgrades. Comfort and accessibility at Woodend station will be improved through upgraded CCTV, toilets, a PA system and other safety and accessibility improvements. Other facility upgrades across the state include Glen Waverley and Jacana, these upgrades will improve the comfort and safety of passengers by delivering upgrades including waiting rooms, toilets, and CCTV. Along the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, $24.6 million in accessibility upgrades will enable passengers with wheelchairs, prams or other accessibility needs unassisted boarding on the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT’s) at 14 stations. Nineteen modern and accessible HCMTs are already running on the lines, with each train featuring 28 allocated spaces for wheelchairs or mobility devices. Since 2014, the Labor Government has delivered significant accessibility improvements to Victoria’s public transport network through the construction of 44 new or upgraded train stations, 41 level access tram stops, and hundreds of new and accessible trains, trams and buses. These improvements will deliver increased economic activity across the state and continue to support local recovery efforts and keep Victoria moving. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “We have listened to the community and are thrilled to be delivering a more accessible and comfortable station in Woodend for locals and visitors to enjoy for years to come.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “We are improving accessibility across the entire transport network to ensure every Victorian can travel confidently, comfortably and safely.”

IMPROVING TRANSPORT ACCESSIBILITY FOR WOODEND

The Andrews Labor Government is improving accessibility, safety and comfort across the public transport network to ensure every Victorian can get to where they need to go – particularly people with disability. Train stations, bus stops, and tram stops across Victoria will be upgraded through a $157.8 million package of works included in the Victorian Budget 2022/23, giving Victorians better access to transport. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas was with the Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll MP in Woodend today to announce that the station will receive a share of this funding for upgrades. Comfort and accessibility at Woodend station will be improved through upgraded CCTV, toilets, a PA system and other safety and accessibility improvements. Other facility upgrades across the state include Glen Waverley and Jacana, these upgrades will improve the comfort and safety of passengers by delivering upgrades including waiting rooms, toilets, and CCTV. Along the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, $24.6 million in accessibility upgrades will enable passengers with wheelchairs, prams or other accessibility needs unassisted boarding on the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT’s) at 14 stations. Nineteen modern and accessible HCMTs are already running on the lines, with each train featuring 28 allocated spaces for wheelchairs or mobility devices. Since 2014, the Labor Government has delivered significant accessibility improvements to Victoria’s public transport network through the construction of 44 new or upgraded train stations, 41 level access tram stops, and hundreds of new and accessible trains, trams and buses. These improvements will deliver increased economic activity across the state and continue to support local recovery efforts and keep Victoria moving. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “We have listened to the community and are thrilled to be delivering a more accessible and comfortable station in Woodend for locals and visitors to enjoy for years to come.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “We are improving accessibility across the entire transport network to ensure every Victorian can travel confidently, comfortably and safely.”

COMMUNITY ACCESS HUB OFFICIALLY OPENS

Residents in the Macedon Ranges and surrounding communities now have better access to a range of vital health, family and community services under one roof, after the opening of the Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health Hub in Kyneton. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today officially opened the $9.7 million hub, which will serve as a specialised health and wellbeing precinct for the Macedon Ranges community. Located next to the Kyneton District Hospital, the Hub provides a purpose-built ‘one‐stop‐shop’, which brings together a range of health and wellbeing services coordinated by Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health. The Hub includes 14 consult rooms for allied health, counselling, paediatric and family services as well as new e-health technology to provide clients in remote areas with the health care they need, when they need it. The site also provides dedicated areas for youth and children’s services and meeting spaces for the community to use. The contemporary building was designed with significant input from local community representatives and reflects the natural and built environments of the Macedon Ranges. Its design also focused on staff safety and amenity, with secure work and reception spaces plus additional car parking spaces. The work was funded as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $490 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF), which provides investments in regional health services so they can continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas  “This hub is a welcome addition to the region’s infrastructure and will mean our local community has access to the health and wellbeing services they need, closer to home.”  “Patients and staff will benefit hugely from the improved infrastructure and equipment, which will boost services and make access easier.”

COMMUNITY ACCESS HUB OFFICIALLY OPENS

Residents in the Macedon Ranges and surrounding communities now have better access to a range of vital health, family and community services under one roof, after the opening of the Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health Hub in Kyneton. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today officially opened the $9.7 million hub, which will serve as a specialised health and wellbeing precinct for the Macedon Ranges community. Located next to the Kyneton District Hospital, the Hub provides a purpose-built ‘one‐stop‐shop’, which brings together a range of health and wellbeing services coordinated by Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health. The Hub includes 14 consult rooms for allied health, counselling, paediatric and family services as well as new e-health technology to provide clients in remote areas with the health care they need, when they need it. The site also provides dedicated areas for youth and children’s services and meeting spaces for the community to use. The contemporary building was designed with significant input from local community representatives and reflects the natural and built environments of the Macedon Ranges. Its design also focused on staff safety and amenity, with secure work and reception spaces plus additional car parking spaces. The work was funded as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $490 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF), which provides investments in regional health services so they can continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas  “This hub is a welcome addition to the region’s infrastructure and will mean our local community has access to the health and wellbeing services they need, closer to home.”  “Patients and staff will benefit hugely from the improved infrastructure and equipment, which will boost services and make access easier.”

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.