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VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Macedon to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore Macedon land and environment. Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs. The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. In 2021, five project grants were provided, which helped fund projects for Landcare in Tylden, Upper Campaspe, Woodend, Newham & District and Ashborne which were delivered in Macedon. As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at local schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth in Macedon with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment. Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species. For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “These grants will help volunteers and youth across Victoria restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.” “We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.” “This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”

VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Macedon to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore Macedon land and environment. Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs. The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. In 2021, five project grants were provided, which helped fund projects for Landcare in Tylden, Upper Campaspe, Woodend, Newham & District and Ashborne which were delivered in Macedon. As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at local schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth in Macedon with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment. Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species. For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “These grants will help volunteers and youth across Victoria restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.” “We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.” “This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”

SAFE SPACES FOR LGBTIQ+ YOUNG PEOPLE IN HEPBURN

The Andrews Labor Government is giving young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Victorians access to additional wellbeing support services located at safe spaces across Victoria. The Chillout Festival will receive $50,000 to build their capacity and strengthen their sustainability. Chillout is just one of the 22 organisations that will benefit from $3.2 million in funding in the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to support the design and delivery of LGBTIQ+ safe space services. The funding responds to a community-led proposal that identified the need for further targeted LGBTIQ+ wellbeing support services in the region. Community stakeholders, including local councils, mental health service providers and LGBTIQ+ organisations, contributed to the project proposal. The safe spaces will have intergenerational and peer support programs to support LGBTIQ+ young people and physical safe space hubs – connecting them with specialised mental health and wellbeing supports close to home. The funding will also support the establishment of at least two sites across Western Victoria over a three-year trial period. Community consultations will kick off this year to shape the design and delivery of the project. The Labor Government is also providing $700,000 to 22 LGBTIQ+ organisations and groups across the state as part of the LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants 2022 program. This will allow them to build on the important work they do supporting LGBTIQ+ communities. Almost a third of recipients are based in regional or rural areas. Recipients include 10 new or emerging organisations who will use grants of up to $25,000 to build skills or organisational governance, including Different Journeys, a peer support group who will use funding of $25,000 to help them engage with, support, and celebrate neurodivergent LGBTIQ+ people. There are also 12 established organisations who will use funding of up to $50,000 to build sustainability and expand their work with diverse LGBTIQ+ communities across Victoria, including LaNCE TV, a regionally based LGBTIQ+ TV show that will use funding of $50,000 to support expansion and develop operational roadmaps. To see a complete list of LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants 2022 recipients, please visit www.vic.gov.au/successful-recipients-LGBTIQ-organisational-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “ Congratulations to the Chillout Festival. This funding will aid in creating a safe place for our local LGTBIQ+ community. We are delivering on wellbeing and mental health services, where they are needed, close to home” Quote attributable to Minister for Equality Martin Foley “We are determined to improve the lives of LGBTIQ+ Victorians, wherever they live – including improving the support available to LGBTIQ+ young people, and backing LGBTIQ+ organisations to reach their full potential.” Quote attributable to Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities Todd Fernando “It’s fantastic to see the incredible, life-saving work happening across our rainbow sector. I thank the communities across western Victoria who came together to make a proposal that would support LGBTIQ+ young people.”

SAFE SPACES FOR LGBTIQ+ YOUNG PEOPLE IN HEPBURN

The Andrews Labor Government is giving young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Victorians access to additional wellbeing support services located at safe spaces across Victoria. The Chillout Festival will receive $50,000 to build their capacity and strengthen their sustainability. Chillout is just one of the 22 organisations that will benefit from $3.2 million in funding in the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to support the design and delivery of LGBTIQ+ safe space services. The funding responds to a community-led proposal that identified the need for further targeted LGBTIQ+ wellbeing support services in the region. Community stakeholders, including local councils, mental health service providers and LGBTIQ+ organisations, contributed to the project proposal. The safe spaces will have intergenerational and peer support programs to support LGBTIQ+ young people and physical safe space hubs – connecting them with specialised mental health and wellbeing supports close to home. The funding will also support the establishment of at least two sites across Western Victoria over a three-year trial period. Community consultations will kick off this year to shape the design and delivery of the project. The Labor Government is also providing $700,000 to 22 LGBTIQ+ organisations and groups across the state as part of the LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants 2022 program. This will allow them to build on the important work they do supporting LGBTIQ+ communities. Almost a third of recipients are based in regional or rural areas. Recipients include 10 new or emerging organisations who will use grants of up to $25,000 to build skills or organisational governance, including Different Journeys, a peer support group who will use funding of $25,000 to help them engage with, support, and celebrate neurodivergent LGBTIQ+ people. There are also 12 established organisations who will use funding of up to $50,000 to build sustainability and expand their work with diverse LGBTIQ+ communities across Victoria, including LaNCE TV, a regionally based LGBTIQ+ TV show that will use funding of $50,000 to support expansion and develop operational roadmaps. To see a complete list of LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants 2022 recipients, please visit www.vic.gov.au/successful-recipients-LGBTIQ-organisational-grants Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “ Congratulations to the Chillout Festival. This funding will aid in creating a safe place for our local LGTBIQ+ community. We are delivering on wellbeing and mental health services, where they are needed, close to home” Quote attributable to Minister for Equality Martin Foley “We are determined to improve the lives of LGBTIQ+ Victorians, wherever they live – including improving the support available to LGBTIQ+ young people, and backing LGBTIQ+ organisations to reach their full potential.” Quote attributable to Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities Todd Fernando “It’s fantastic to see the incredible, life-saving work happening across our rainbow sector. I thank the communities across western Victoria who came together to make a proposal that would support LGBTIQ+ young people.”

UPGRADING MACEDON SCHOOLS BRICK BY BRICK

Students in Woodend will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work underway upgrading St Ambrose Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today turned the first sod to start construction on St Ambrose’s $3.2 million upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. Raysett has been appointed to build the upgrade, which will include a refurbishment including two general learning areas, art room, administration and associated spaces. The upgrade will see a refurbishment including two general learning areas, art room, administration and associated spaces. St Ambrose’s upgrade will create local jobs, with work expected to be completed by early 2023. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $1.6 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools to make sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. 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. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas  “These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading St Ambrose will give our local Woodend students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.”

UPGRADING MACEDON SCHOOLS BRICK BY BRICK

Students in Woodend will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work underway upgrading St Ambrose Primary School. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today turned the first sod to start construction on St Ambrose’s $3.2 million upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education. Raysett has been appointed to build the upgrade, which will include a refurbishment including two general learning areas, art room, administration and associated spaces. The upgrade will see a refurbishment including two general learning areas, art room, administration and associated spaces. St Ambrose’s upgrade will create local jobs, with work expected to be completed by early 2023. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $1.6 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools to make sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. 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. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas  “These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading St Ambrose will give our local Woodend students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.”

BOOST FOR TOURIST SITES AFTER FLOOD AND STORM DAMAGE

The popular Daylesford Spa Country Railway – damaged in the significant flood and storm event in 2021 – is one of several local tourist assets and community facilities in Hepburn Shire receiving recovery funding from the Victorian and Federal Governments, with clean-up works already underway. The $7 million statewide community clean-up effort is jointly funded between the Commonwealth and the Victorian Governments and will clean up the damaged heritage railway, walking trails, recreation reserves and fire access tracks in Hepburn and Macedon Ranges. In Trentham, trees that are blocking walking trails will be cleared from parts of the Wombat Trail and Domino Rail Trail to help efforts to reopen the trails. Racecourse, Stony Creek and Trent Creek Reserves in Trentham will also see clean up works, along with the Rail Reserve from Lyonville to Bullarto. The works are jointly funded through Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and cover the demolition and removal of hazardous trees and structures in community assets located on public land. Projects were identified in consultation with local councils and are aimed at supporting community connectedness, safety and wellbeing. Bushfire Recovery Victoria is delivering the flood and storm clean-up program in partnership with Johns Lyng Group, Australia’s largest disaster recovery specialist. The widespread damage following the June 2021 flood and storm event left a complex clean-up job, and damaged homes were prioritised. With the work to clean up damaged homes successfully completed on schedule, the effort turns to supporting community assets – clearing the path to full recovery and giving a boost to local economy. Clean-up works commenced last week on many of the projects. The $105 million state-coordinated flood and storm clean-up program is jointly funded by the Federal and Victorian Governments. For more information, visit vic.gov.au/storm-clean-up-program. Information on disaster assistance is available on the Federal Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “We can’t change what these communities went through, but we are doing what we can to make the recovery journey that little bit easier and help rejuvenate the local economy.” “These are vital community assets that are part of what makes Hepburn and Macedon Ranges such a great place to live and visit – we’re getting on with the wider clean up so communities can recover and welcome more visitors back to the region.”

BOOST FOR TOURIST SITES AFTER FLOOD AND STORM DAMAGE

The popular Daylesford Spa Country Railway – damaged in the significant flood and storm event in 2021 – is one of several local tourist assets and community facilities in Hepburn Shire receiving recovery funding from the Victorian and Federal Governments, with clean-up works already underway. The $7 million statewide community clean-up effort is jointly funded between the Commonwealth and the Victorian Governments and will clean up the damaged heritage railway, walking trails, recreation reserves and fire access tracks in Hepburn and Macedon Ranges. In Trentham, trees that are blocking walking trails will be cleared from parts of the Wombat Trail and Domino Rail Trail to help efforts to reopen the trails. Racecourse, Stony Creek and Trent Creek Reserves in Trentham will also see clean up works, along with the Rail Reserve from Lyonville to Bullarto. The works are jointly funded through Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and cover the demolition and removal of hazardous trees and structures in community assets located on public land. Projects were identified in consultation with local councils and are aimed at supporting community connectedness, safety and wellbeing. Bushfire Recovery Victoria is delivering the flood and storm clean-up program in partnership with Johns Lyng Group, Australia’s largest disaster recovery specialist. The widespread damage following the June 2021 flood and storm event left a complex clean-up job, and damaged homes were prioritised. With the work to clean up damaged homes successfully completed on schedule, the effort turns to supporting community assets – clearing the path to full recovery and giving a boost to local economy. Clean-up works commenced last week on many of the projects. The $105 million state-coordinated flood and storm clean-up program is jointly funded by the Federal and Victorian Governments. For more information, visit vic.gov.au/storm-clean-up-program. Information on disaster assistance is available on the Federal Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “We can’t change what these communities went through, but we are doing what we can to make the recovery journey that little bit easier and help rejuvenate the local economy.” “These are vital community assets that are part of what makes Hepburn and Macedon Ranges such a great place to live and visit – we’re getting on with the wider clean up so communities can recover and welcome more visitors back to the region.”

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.