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MAKING THE MACEDON RANGES TRAILS PROJECT A REALITY

The Victorian Government will get shovels in the ground and thousands of people back to work, building the projects that matter to Victoria – and creating the jobs that matter to Victorians. Today, the Government launched the first part of our Building Works package, which will provide $2.7billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. With travel and other restrictions having hit Victoria’s visitor economy hard, the Building Works package includes $382 million in upgrades, maintenance and new experiences at tourism destinations across the state. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that the Macedon Ranges Shire Council would receive $8.75 million as part of Building Works to make the Macedon Ranges Trails Project a reality. Designed to encourage cycling, walking and running for people of all abilities, the Macedon Ranges Trails Project will provide shared use trail links that connect some of the major towns across the Macedon Ranges. Covering over 23 kilometres, the trails will link Woodend to Macedon, Macedon to New Gisborne and New Gisborne to Riddells Creek. Once complete, trail users can hook into local events and sample the best of food and produce along the way, and even consider an overnight stay within the Macedon Ranges towns. The trail will enhance the vibrant and varied tourism offerings in the Macedon Ranges and improve community health and social inclusion by providing a safe, shared and accessible trail for everyone to enjoy. Macedon Ranges Shire Council will now begin working with public land managers to finalise design and commence work as soon as possible. The Building Works package will create thousands of jobs while also pumping extra dollars back into our economy. Companies engaged to complete the work will be required to find new employees through Working for Victoria in the first instance. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “We need to be investing in projects now that will not only help our local economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic but will benefit our community into the future.” “The Macedon Ranges Trail Project will create local jobs, support our local businesses and provide fantastic experience for locals and visitors to enjoy in our beautiful region.”

MAKING THE MACEDON RANGES TRAILS PROJECT A REALITY

The Victorian Government will get shovels in the ground and thousands of people back to work, building the projects that matter to Victoria – and creating the jobs that matter to Victorians. Today, the Government launched the first part of our Building Works package, which will provide $2.7billion towards shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work. With travel and other restrictions having hit Victoria’s visitor economy hard, the Building Works package includes $382 million in upgrades, maintenance and new experiences at tourism destinations across the state. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that the Macedon Ranges Shire Council would receive $8.75 million as part of Building Works to make the Macedon Ranges Trails Project a reality. Designed to encourage cycling, walking and running for people of all abilities, the Macedon Ranges Trails Project will provide shared use trail links that connect some of the major towns across the Macedon Ranges. Covering over 23 kilometres, the trails will link Woodend to Macedon, Macedon to New Gisborne and New Gisborne to Riddells Creek. Once complete, trail users can hook into local events and sample the best of food and produce along the way, and even consider an overnight stay within the Macedon Ranges towns. The trail will enhance the vibrant and varied tourism offerings in the Macedon Ranges and improve community health and social inclusion by providing a safe, shared and accessible trail for everyone to enjoy. Macedon Ranges Shire Council will now begin working with public land managers to finalise design and commence work as soon as possible. The Building Works package will create thousands of jobs while also pumping extra dollars back into our economy. Companies engaged to complete the work will be required to find new employees through Working for Victoria in the first instance. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “We need to be investing in projects now that will not only help our local economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic but will benefit our community into the future.” “The Macedon Ranges Trail Project will create local jobs, support our local businesses and provide fantastic experience for locals and visitors to enjoy in our beautiful region.”

MORE JOBS AND A NEW SCHOOL IN GISBORNE SOUTH

The Andrews Labor Government will fix old buildings, deliver extra classrooms and build ten brand new schools in a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced Gisborne South Primary School would share in an investment of $438.6 million to help build ten new schools and deliver a further four stages of new school projects to open in 2022 across the state. When opened, these new schools will provide more than 7,000 spaces for Victorian students, including 475 at Gisborne South Primary School. The new school will open in 2022. This project is part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “This investment will build new schools, create thousands of jobs and help our economy recover from coronavirus.” “We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Gisborne South, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.” “Gisborne South Primary School is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.”

MORE JOBS AND A NEW SCHOOL IN GISBORNE SOUTH

The Andrews Labor Government will fix old buildings, deliver extra classrooms and build ten brand new schools in a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced Gisborne South Primary School would share in an investment of $438.6 million to help build ten new schools and deliver a further four stages of new school projects to open in 2022 across the state. When opened, these new schools will provide more than 7,000 spaces for Victorian students, including 475 at Gisborne South Primary School. The new school will open in 2022. This project is part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “This investment will build new schools, create thousands of jobs and help our economy recover from coronavirus.” “We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Gisborne South, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.” “Gisborne South Primary School is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.”

DESIGNS FOR GISBORNE PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADES RELEASED

Designs have been released for Stage 2 of exciting upgrades to Gisborne Primary School, which will give students the facilities they need for a great start in life. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today revealed designs for the $10 million project, which includes a new competition-grade gymnasium and administration building, along with newly created learning areas and playground facilities. Stage 1 of works to the school are now complete and included refurbishment of learning areas to create a more modern learning environment. Stage 2 is expected to be complete by mid-2021. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021. To stay tuned for updates on this project, visit www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “The designs for these important upgrades to Gisborne Primary School look fantastic, and I’m looking forward to seeing the school transformed" “This project is about giving our Gisborne students the best facilities, so that every child is given the chance to succeed.”

DESIGNS FOR GISBORNE PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADES RELEASED

Designs have been released for Stage 2 of exciting upgrades to Gisborne Primary School, which will give students the facilities they need for a great start in life. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today revealed designs for the $10 million project, which includes a new competition-grade gymnasium and administration building, along with newly created learning areas and playground facilities. Stage 1 of works to the school are now complete and included refurbishment of learning areas to create a more modern learning environment. Stage 2 is expected to be complete by mid-2021. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021. To stay tuned for updates on this project, visit www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “The designs for these important upgrades to Gisborne Primary School look fantastic, and I’m looking forward to seeing the school transformed" “This project is about giving our Gisborne students the best facilities, so that every child is given the chance to succeed.”

MORE LOCALS IN THE MACEDON RANGES GET BACK TO WORK

Local people who have lost work due to the coronavirus pandemic will have the chance to secure new jobs in the campaign to help slow the spread of the virus and support the community, under the Andrews Labor Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. Macedon Ranges Shire Council is one of the first 28 councils to sign up to the Labor Government’s $500 million program and will offer 92 positions. The positions cover a range of roles - including editors and producers to develop online content, assisting with re-vegetation and planting across the council’s parks and bushland reserves, and phone-calling to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Macedon Ranges Shire will begin advertising position descriptions on their website in the coming days. More than 2,300 workers across the state will perform roles such as public asset cleaning and maintenance of parks, gardens and sporting fields. Other roles will involve outreach to older or isolated people, assisting with immunisation programs and coordinating and distributing food and essential supplies. Council workers who have been stood down may be redeployed into these new roles. Working for Victoria is matching thousands of Victorians who have lost their job due to the coronavirus crisis with employers that need workers. More than 2,750 Victorians have started in new roles since the fund launched in April. The initiative also provides people with access to training where required to take on new positions. More than 130 businesses have signed up to find staff through Working for Victoria and more are encouraged to get on board. For more information and to register for employment, go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “This support will deliver crucial jobs in the Macedon Ranges - helping people who have lost their job due to no fault of their own, who in turn will help their fellow community members.” “We’re backing and supporting people when they need it most and fighting for every local job.”

MORE LOCALS IN THE MACEDON RANGES GET BACK TO WORK

Local people who have lost work due to the coronavirus pandemic will have the chance to secure new jobs in the campaign to help slow the spread of the virus and support the community, under the Andrews Labor Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. Macedon Ranges Shire Council is one of the first 28 councils to sign up to the Labor Government’s $500 million program and will offer 92 positions. The positions cover a range of roles - including editors and producers to develop online content, assisting with re-vegetation and planting across the council’s parks and bushland reserves, and phone-calling to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Macedon Ranges Shire will begin advertising position descriptions on their website in the coming days. More than 2,300 workers across the state will perform roles such as public asset cleaning and maintenance of parks, gardens and sporting fields. Other roles will involve outreach to older or isolated people, assisting with immunisation programs and coordinating and distributing food and essential supplies. Council workers who have been stood down may be redeployed into these new roles. Working for Victoria is matching thousands of Victorians who have lost their job due to the coronavirus crisis with employers that need workers. More than 2,750 Victorians have started in new roles since the fund launched in April. The initiative also provides people with access to training where required to take on new positions. More than 130 businesses have signed up to find staff through Working for Victoria and more are encouraged to get on board. For more information and to register for employment, go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “This support will deliver crucial jobs in the Macedon Ranges - helping people who have lost their job due to no fault of their own, who in turn will help their fellow community members.” “We’re backing and supporting people when they need it most and fighting for every local job.”

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. Download the guide by right clicking this link – 2019 Mental Health Services Guide If you’d like a hard copies of the booklet, give my office a call on (03) 5428 2138

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. Download the guide by right clicking this link – 2019 Mental Health Services Guide If you’d like a hard copies of the booklet, give my office a call on (03) 5428 2138

Speed Reduction for a safer Toolern Vale

The Toolern Vale community is calling for a speed reduction on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road. The road runs through the centre of the town with the school, general store and homes one on side, and the recreation reserve, an important community meeting place on the opposite side. The current speed limit of 80kms per hour does not allow families to cross the road from one side of the township to the other safely. Sign the petition to say that our community wants a speed reduction and road treatment to make it safe for pedestrians to cross Diggers Rest-Coimadai Rd.

Speed Reduction for a safer Toolern Vale

The Toolern Vale community is calling for a speed reduction on Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road. The road runs through the centre of the town with the school, general store and homes one on side, and the recreation reserve, an important community meeting place on the opposite side. The current speed limit of 80kms per hour does not allow families to cross the road from one side of the township to the other safely. Sign the petition to say that our community wants a speed reduction and road treatment to make it safe for pedestrians to cross Diggers Rest-Coimadai Rd.

Fair funding for the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct

The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct is an ambitious, community-initiated project that will deliver the indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities our kids need now and into the future. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to this project and that's why we have delivered $11.6 million towards making the Precinct a reality. Macedon Ranges Shire Council are leading the development of the Precinct and have a planned contribution of $10 million. This project will only be delivered with all three levels of government paying their fair share. 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. 

Fair funding for the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct

The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct is an ambitious, community-initiated project that will deliver the indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities our kids need now and into the future. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to this project and that's why we have delivered $11.6 million towards making the Precinct a reality. Macedon Ranges Shire Council are leading the development of the Precinct and have a planned contribution of $10 million. This project will only be delivered with all three levels of government paying their fair share. 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. 

WE DID IT! Saunders Rd Intersection

Funding to upgrade the intersection at Saunders and Station roads has been delivered and works have begun.