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A CHANCE TO GET MORE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS IN MACEDON

The Victorian Government is calling for businesses, councils and community organisations to install electric vehicle charging stations across the state, with $5 million in funding to expand Victoria’s network of fast-chargers – including chargers that give electric vehicles enough power to drive 100km after ten minutes of charging. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the grants which will deliver more charging stations across Victoria to meet the surge in demand for zero emissions vehicles. Regional Victoria will receive 80 per cent of the funding, giving electric vehicle owners the confidence to travel across the state. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said the $5 million in funding will deliver around 100 charging stations across Victoria, so this is a great opportunity for Macedon to attract Zero Emissions Vehicle drivers to the area. The Government will work with successful applicants to maximise the number of chargers that can be delivered. The Government’s support for public charging infrastructure will help meet Victoria’s target that 50 per cent of all new car sales be zero emissions vehicles by 2030 and help meet Victoria’s goal of halving carbon emissions by 2030. The transport sector accounts for 25 per cent of Victoria’s total carbon emissions. Electric vehicles will reduce emissions, while also reducing the amount of air and noise pollution, making our cities and towns more liveable. This funding will expand the extensive existing network of chargers at locations like shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations. By expanding the locations, particularly in regional Victoria, we are giving electric vehicle owners confidence that they can charge their cars when they need and where they need. The grants program will also support jobs across supply chains and services – including technicians, mechanics, and electricians – which brings broader economic benefits across the state. The 100 new fast chargers will be located across Victoria and will range from 11kW to 100kW. This funding is on top of $644,000 to install chargers across 17 sites in the Loddon Mallee region and $3 million to install ultra-rapid chargers connecting Euroa, Moe, Torquay, Ballarat and Horsham. These chargers are part of a comprehensive $100 million plan to drive uptake of zero emissions vehicles, which includes over 20,000 subsidies starting at $3,000 to help Victorians purchase a zero emissions vehicle – the first subsidy of its kind in Australia – and funding to drive uptake across the Government and commercial fleet. Applications are open until 5:00pm on Friday, 23 July. For more information, visit energy.vic.gov.au/DCAV. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “This will make it easier for electric vehicle drivers to make the trips to our local community knowing that there will be a charging station here when they need one.” “I encourage businesses and tourist destinations throughout Macedon to take advantage of this great opportunity and apply for funding.” “Our support for electric vehicles will play a key role in halving our emissions by 2030.”

A CHANCE TO GET MORE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS IN MACEDON

The Victorian Government is calling for businesses, councils and community organisations to install electric vehicle charging stations across the state, with $5 million in funding to expand Victoria’s network of fast-chargers – including chargers that give electric vehicles enough power to drive 100km after ten minutes of charging. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the grants which will deliver more charging stations across Victoria to meet the surge in demand for zero emissions vehicles. Regional Victoria will receive 80 per cent of the funding, giving electric vehicle owners the confidence to travel across the state. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said the $5 million in funding will deliver around 100 charging stations across Victoria, so this is a great opportunity for Macedon to attract Zero Emissions Vehicle drivers to the area. The Government will work with successful applicants to maximise the number of chargers that can be delivered. The Government’s support for public charging infrastructure will help meet Victoria’s target that 50 per cent of all new car sales be zero emissions vehicles by 2030 and help meet Victoria’s goal of halving carbon emissions by 2030. The transport sector accounts for 25 per cent of Victoria’s total carbon emissions. Electric vehicles will reduce emissions, while also reducing the amount of air and noise pollution, making our cities and towns more liveable. This funding will expand the extensive existing network of chargers at locations like shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations. By expanding the locations, particularly in regional Victoria, we are giving electric vehicle owners confidence that they can charge their cars when they need and where they need. The grants program will also support jobs across supply chains and services – including technicians, mechanics, and electricians – which brings broader economic benefits across the state. The 100 new fast chargers will be located across Victoria and will range from 11kW to 100kW. This funding is on top of $644,000 to install chargers across 17 sites in the Loddon Mallee region and $3 million to install ultra-rapid chargers connecting Euroa, Moe, Torquay, Ballarat and Horsham. These chargers are part of a comprehensive $100 million plan to drive uptake of zero emissions vehicles, which includes over 20,000 subsidies starting at $3,000 to help Victorians purchase a zero emissions vehicle – the first subsidy of its kind in Australia – and funding to drive uptake across the Government and commercial fleet. Applications are open until 5:00pm on Friday, 23 July. For more information, visit energy.vic.gov.au/DCAV. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “This will make it easier for electric vehicle drivers to make the trips to our local community knowing that there will be a charging station here when they need one.” “I encourage businesses and tourist destinations throughout Macedon to take advantage of this great opportunity and apply for funding.” “Our support for electric vehicles will play a key role in halving our emissions by 2030.”

BOOST FOR DAYLESFORD AND MACEDON RANGES TOURISM

The Daylesford and broader Macedon Ranges communities are set to benefit from a new tourism campaign backed by the Andrews Labor Government to encourage more visitors to the region. Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the Wombat Botanical Gardens to announce $100,000 funding for Daylesford Macedon Tourism to deliver a marketing campaign. The campaign will support the region’s recovery from the pandemic through increased and sustained visitation, helping tourism and hospitality businesses bounce back. The initiative is among 54 new local priority projects worth nearly $10 million which have been funded through the Government’s Regional Recovery Fund announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21. The project aims to attract visitors from Melbourne and interstate to Daylesford and the wider Macedon Ranges region through tailored overnight itineraries that showcase the many world-class businesses, products and experiences on offer in the region. It comes as Daylesford is set to heat up this month with a series of intimate live performances as part of the newest feature on Victoria’s winter events calendar – Winter Sounds – supported by the Regional Events Fund. The three-day music series from 16-18 July will bring some of Australia’s finest artists to Daylesford and the surrounding hills with performances taking place in unique spaces and heritage buildings that dot the landscape. The Regional Recovery Fund is designed to kickstart recovery by investing in locally identified projects that address each region’s unique and immediate socio-economic challenges, with a strong focus on creating jobs. It ensures that communities can respond rapidly and flexibly to the impacts of the pandemic which have played out differently across Victoria. It also builds on the Government’s almost $30 billion record investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015. Successful projects were identified based on their ability to provide an immediate economic response and assist with recovery efforts while also laying the groundwork for future growth. For more information visit: rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-recovery-fund. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas: “This destination marketing campaign will help to accelerate recovery amongst Daylesford and the broader Macedon Ranges communities and build an even better and brighter future for the region.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula: “Investment and events like this provide a compelling reason to visit regional Victoria, boosting not only tourism businesses but the wider economy.”

BOOST FOR DAYLESFORD AND MACEDON RANGES TOURISM

The Daylesford and broader Macedon Ranges communities are set to benefit from a new tourism campaign backed by the Andrews Labor Government to encourage more visitors to the region. Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the Wombat Botanical Gardens to announce $100,000 funding for Daylesford Macedon Tourism to deliver a marketing campaign. The campaign will support the region’s recovery from the pandemic through increased and sustained visitation, helping tourism and hospitality businesses bounce back. The initiative is among 54 new local priority projects worth nearly $10 million which have been funded through the Government’s Regional Recovery Fund announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21. The project aims to attract visitors from Melbourne and interstate to Daylesford and the wider Macedon Ranges region through tailored overnight itineraries that showcase the many world-class businesses, products and experiences on offer in the region. It comes as Daylesford is set to heat up this month with a series of intimate live performances as part of the newest feature on Victoria’s winter events calendar – Winter Sounds – supported by the Regional Events Fund. The three-day music series from 16-18 July will bring some of Australia’s finest artists to Daylesford and the surrounding hills with performances taking place in unique spaces and heritage buildings that dot the landscape. The Regional Recovery Fund is designed to kickstart recovery by investing in locally identified projects that address each region’s unique and immediate socio-economic challenges, with a strong focus on creating jobs. It ensures that communities can respond rapidly and flexibly to the impacts of the pandemic which have played out differently across Victoria. It also builds on the Government’s almost $30 billion record investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015. Successful projects were identified based on their ability to provide an immediate economic response and assist with recovery efforts while also laying the groundwork for future growth. For more information visit: rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-recovery-fund. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas: “This destination marketing campaign will help to accelerate recovery amongst Daylesford and the broader Macedon Ranges communities and build an even better and brighter future for the region.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula: “Investment and events like this provide a compelling reason to visit regional Victoria, boosting not only tourism businesses but the wider economy.”

SUPPORTING THE HEPBURN SWISS ITALIAN FESTA 2021

The Victorian Government is celebrating the diversity that makes our state great with grants to support multicultural community festivals and events, including the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa 2021 Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced $11,200 funding for the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa later this year. It is one of 252 festivals and events of cultural significance to share in $1.45 million in funding. The Government announced an additional $1.1 million for the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to help meet increased program demand over the next 12 months. The grants will assist multicultural community organisations across the state to celebrate and share their culture with all Victorians, including here in Macedon. All events will adhere to COVIDSafe settings, with a majority of events taking place in person. Events will be held between July and the end of December 2021. For a full list of events, visit vic.gov.au/multicultural-festivals-and-events-program. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “We are proud to support the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa. This important program supports Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith organisations to host festivals and events that enable Victorians to participate safely in events that celebrate and embrace our state’s cultural diversity. Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “The pandemic has shown just how important community is, and Victoria’s multicultural festivals offer a great opportunity for people to reconnect in a COVIDsafe way after a challenging year.

SUPPORTING THE HEPBURN SWISS ITALIAN FESTA 2021

The Victorian Government is celebrating the diversity that makes our state great with grants to support multicultural community festivals and events, including the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa 2021 Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced $11,200 funding for the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa later this year. It is one of 252 festivals and events of cultural significance to share in $1.45 million in funding. The Government announced an additional $1.1 million for the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to help meet increased program demand over the next 12 months. The grants will assist multicultural community organisations across the state to celebrate and share their culture with all Victorians, including here in Macedon. All events will adhere to COVIDSafe settings, with a majority of events taking place in person. Events will be held between July and the end of December 2021. For a full list of events, visit vic.gov.au/multicultural-festivals-and-events-program. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “We are proud to support the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa. This important program supports Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith organisations to host festivals and events that enable Victorians to participate safely in events that celebrate and embrace our state’s cultural diversity. Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence “The pandemic has shown just how important community is, and Victoria’s multicultural festivals offer a great opportunity for people to reconnect in a COVIDsafe way after a challenging year.

SCHOOLS IN MACEDON RECEIVE $913,000 IN FUNDING BLITZ

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced$913,000ina major funding blitz for Macedon schools. $330,000from the Planned Maintenance Program. $557,000from the Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program $26,000fromtheVCE Collaboration Fund The schools receiving funding for Planned Maintenance include: Romsey Primary School has been allocated $15,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof plumbing and structural issues. Tylden Primary School has been allocated $15,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof plumbing issues. Lancefield Primary School has been allocated $245,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof plumbing and structural issues. Darraweit Guim Primary School has been allocated $40,000 for high priority maintenance works on the school's Shelter in Place building. These works will be delivered by the Victorian School Building Authority on behalf of the school. Newham Primary School has been allocated $10,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's structural issues. Hepburn Primary School has been allocated $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof plumbing issues. This program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. In addition, twenty six schools in Macedon are set to be well-prepared ahead of the coming bushfire season, thanks to a boost by the Victorian Government as they receive $557,004in funding from the $9.15 million Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program for 2021-22. Further, Gisborne Secondary College and Kyneton Secondary College with share in $26,000from the VCE Collaboration Fund which is part of a $22.65 million Victorian government investment to give regional and rural students access to the full range of VCE subjects. The program aims to support students to pursue their chosen educational, training and vocational pathways.Choice of subjects at shools is a key driver for student retention and for VCE completion. Yet students in rural and regional Victoria generally have fewer VCE subjects to choose from than their metropolitan counterparts. Quote attributable to Mary-Anne Thomas, Member for Macedon: “This incredible trifecta of funding will enable schools in Macedon to ensure that they are bushfire prepared, VCE ready and also provide much needed funds for maintenance to fix ongoing building issues for our local schools. These funds mean students can get the great education they deserve in the Education State.”

SCHOOLS IN MACEDON RECEIVE $913,000 IN FUNDING BLITZ

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced$913,000ina major funding blitz for Macedon schools. $330,000from the Planned Maintenance Program. $557,000from the Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program $26,000fromtheVCE Collaboration Fund The schools receiving funding for Planned Maintenance include: Romsey Primary School has been allocated $15,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof plumbing and structural issues. Tylden Primary School has been allocated $15,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof plumbing issues. Lancefield Primary School has been allocated $245,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof plumbing and structural issues. Darraweit Guim Primary School has been allocated $40,000 for high priority maintenance works on the school's Shelter in Place building. These works will be delivered by the Victorian School Building Authority on behalf of the school. Newham Primary School has been allocated $10,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's structural issues. Hepburn Primary School has been allocated $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof plumbing issues. This program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. In addition, twenty six schools in Macedon are set to be well-prepared ahead of the coming bushfire season, thanks to a boost by the Victorian Government as they receive $557,004in funding from the $9.15 million Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program for 2021-22. Further, Gisborne Secondary College and Kyneton Secondary College with share in $26,000from the VCE Collaboration Fund which is part of a $22.65 million Victorian government investment to give regional and rural students access to the full range of VCE subjects. The program aims to support students to pursue their chosen educational, training and vocational pathways.Choice of subjects at shools is a key driver for student retention and for VCE completion. Yet students in rural and regional Victoria generally have fewer VCE subjects to choose from than their metropolitan counterparts. Quote attributable to Mary-Anne Thomas, Member for Macedon: “This incredible trifecta of funding will enable schools in Macedon to ensure that they are bushfire prepared, VCE ready and also provide much needed funds for maintenance to fix ongoing building issues for our local schools. These funds mean students can get the great education they deserve in the Education State.”

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.