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MACEDON SCHOOLS RECEIVE $435,000 TO SUPPORT VITAL MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Schools in Macedon will receive a boost to undertake essential maintenance projects, with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of projects making the state’s schools better places to teach and learn. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced seven schools in the area were among 207 to share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms, fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Please see below for full details: Bolinda Primary School: Bolinda Primary School has been allocated a total of $105,000. This includes $95,000 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. This also includes $10,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including external surface re-varnishing, sink repair, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. Coimadai Primary School: Coimadai Primary School has been allocated a total of $35,000. This includes $15,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including air conditioning repair, door repair, external surface repainting, external surface re-varnishing, fascia repainting, handrail repair, hot water system repair, shade structure repair, shade structure replacement, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. This also includes $20,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof and structural issues. Darraweit Guim Primary School: Darraweit Guim Primary School has been allocated a total of $60,000. This includes $15,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including ceiling repair, external fixture re-varnishing, external surface re-varnishing, fascia repainting, floor re-varnishing, handrail repair, shade structure repair, sink repair, stair repair, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. This also includes $45,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof issues. Elphinstone Primary School Elphinstone: Primary School has been allocated a total of $15,000. This includes $10,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including external surface re-varnishing, fascia repainting, louvre repair, shade structure repair, shade structure replacement, structural repair, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. This also includes $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof issues. Langley Primary School: Langley Primary School has been allocated a total of $120,000. This includes $110,000 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. This also includes $10,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including ceiling repair, door repair, handrail repair, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. Mount Macedon Primary School: Mount Macedon Primary School has been allocated a total of $85,000. This includes $70,000 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. This also includes $10,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including balustrade repair, downpipe repair, external surface repainting, floor re-varnishing, guttering repair, shade structure repair, structural repair and wall repainting. This also includes $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof issues. Riddells Creek Primary School: Riddells Creek Primary School has been allocated a total of $15,000. This includes $15,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof and structural issues. Essential maintenance works are decided by using up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of investment. More than $2.8 million of this vital funding will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 22 schools, which serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. This investment comes on top of more than $22 million already provided through Term 1 and Term 2 PMP allocations to make sure existing buildings at Victoria’s state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the 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. The Government’s work to 100 new schools by 2026 is well ahead of schedule – with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in these vital maintenance works gives our state schools the support they need to make sure every student and teacher in the state has access to safe and modern learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “This investment ensures our local students can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education we are committed to providing.” “I’m delighted to see our amazing local schools share in funding to get these much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”

MACEDON SCHOOLS RECEIVE $435,000 TO SUPPORT VITAL MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Schools in Macedon will receive a boost to undertake essential maintenance projects, with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of projects making the state’s schools better places to teach and learn. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced seven schools in the area were among 207 to share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms, fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Please see below for full details: Bolinda Primary School: Bolinda Primary School has been allocated a total of $105,000. This includes $95,000 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. This also includes $10,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including external surface re-varnishing, sink repair, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. Coimadai Primary School: Coimadai Primary School has been allocated a total of $35,000. This includes $15,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including air conditioning repair, door repair, external surface repainting, external surface re-varnishing, fascia repainting, handrail repair, hot water system repair, shade structure repair, shade structure replacement, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. This also includes $20,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof and structural issues. Darraweit Guim Primary School: Darraweit Guim Primary School has been allocated a total of $60,000. This includes $15,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including ceiling repair, external fixture re-varnishing, external surface re-varnishing, fascia repainting, floor re-varnishing, handrail repair, shade structure repair, sink repair, stair repair, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. This also includes $45,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof issues. Elphinstone Primary School Elphinstone: Primary School has been allocated a total of $15,000. This includes $10,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including external surface re-varnishing, fascia repainting, louvre repair, shade structure repair, shade structure replacement, structural repair, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. This also includes $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof issues. Langley Primary School: Langley Primary School has been allocated a total of $120,000. This includes $110,000 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. This also includes $10,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including ceiling repair, door repair, handrail repair, wall cladding repair and wall repainting. Mount Macedon Primary School: Mount Macedon Primary School has been allocated a total of $85,000. This includes $70,000 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. This also includes $10,000 to address high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Rolling Facilities Evaluation, including balustrade repair, downpipe repair, external surface repainting, floor re-varnishing, guttering repair, shade structure repair, structural repair and wall repainting. This also includes $5,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof issues. Riddells Creek Primary School: Riddells Creek Primary School has been allocated a total of $15,000. This includes $15,000 for high priority maintenance tasks identified in the school's Specialist Assessment to address the school's roof and structural issues. Essential maintenance works are decided by using up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of investment. More than $2.8 million of this vital funding will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 22 schools, which serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. This investment comes on top of more than $22 million already provided through Term 1 and Term 2 PMP allocations to make sure existing buildings at Victoria’s state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the 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. The Government’s work to 100 new schools by 2026 is well ahead of schedule – with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in these vital maintenance works gives our state schools the support they need to make sure every student and teacher in the state has access to safe and modern learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “This investment ensures our local students can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education we are committed to providing.” “I’m delighted to see our amazing local schools share in funding to get these much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”

SUPPORT TO EDUCATE HEPBURN & MACEDON RANGES ON NEW RECYCLING SERVICES

Victorian councils are being supported to roll out new education campaigns to help residents understand the four bin recycling system, as part of the Victorian Government’s goal to divert 80% of waste from landfill. All Victorians will soon be sorting their household waste and recycling into four streams – with all local governments to transition to new glass services by 2027 and new food and garden organics services by 2030. Local Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said that both the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Councils are two of the 17 councils across the state to share more than $1 million in grants. This funding will support the Macedon Ranges Council by supporting their 4-stream household recycling services by targeting all households with a new campaign to reduce contamination, increase use of the food and garden organics service and minimise waste. In Hepburn, the funding will have a focus on new household organics, food, garden and recycling collection. The council be will be introducing a food and garden organics service in May 2022 to all households. An opt-out option will be provided to those who process their own waste. Sustainability Victoria will provide communication materials based on behaviour change theory and research, developed in partnership with local government and industry, allowing councils to focus their funding efforts on advertising and engaging with residents. All councils and alpine resort management boards are eligible for funding under the $6.03 million Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund to be shared across four funding rounds. For more information on the Fund, visit Sustainability Victoria’s website. The Victorian Government has invested over $515 million to deliver the biggest transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry. This includes $380 million to deliver Recycling Victoria which will fundamentally reduce waste, boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary Anne Thomas: “We know that locals in our region care deeply about recycling. This funding will provide the tools and support to ensure they are using their new services correctly.” “The campaign will help locals prepare for these new recycling services and understand what is changing and what they need to do.” “Our new household recycling services will maximise our recycling capacity, create new jobs and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. This is an amazing and much needed step in the right direction for our community and the entire state as well."

SUPPORT TO EDUCATE HEPBURN & MACEDON RANGES ON NEW RECYCLING SERVICES

Victorian councils are being supported to roll out new education campaigns to help residents understand the four bin recycling system, as part of the Victorian Government’s goal to divert 80% of waste from landfill. All Victorians will soon be sorting their household waste and recycling into four streams – with all local governments to transition to new glass services by 2027 and new food and garden organics services by 2030. Local Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas said that both the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Councils are two of the 17 councils across the state to share more than $1 million in grants. This funding will support the Macedon Ranges Council by supporting their 4-stream household recycling services by targeting all households with a new campaign to reduce contamination, increase use of the food and garden organics service and minimise waste. In Hepburn, the funding will have a focus on new household organics, food, garden and recycling collection. The council be will be introducing a food and garden organics service in May 2022 to all households. An opt-out option will be provided to those who process their own waste. Sustainability Victoria will provide communication materials based on behaviour change theory and research, developed in partnership with local government and industry, allowing councils to focus their funding efforts on advertising and engaging with residents. All councils and alpine resort management boards are eligible for funding under the $6.03 million Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund to be shared across four funding rounds. For more information on the Fund, visit Sustainability Victoria’s website. The Victorian Government has invested over $515 million to deliver the biggest transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry. This includes $380 million to deliver Recycling Victoria which will fundamentally reduce waste, boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary Anne Thomas: “We know that locals in our region care deeply about recycling. This funding will provide the tools and support to ensure they are using their new services correctly.” “The campaign will help locals prepare for these new recycling services and understand what is changing and what they need to do.” “Our new household recycling services will maximise our recycling capacity, create new jobs and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. This is an amazing and much needed step in the right direction for our community and the entire state as well."

SOLAR PANELS FOR GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

The Victorian Government will install solar panels at government schools, helping them be greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing electricity costs. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that applications are now open for Macedon local schools to apply for funding to install solar power systems. The Greener Government School Buildings program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and to upgrade school facilities to become more energy efficient and sustainable. A solar power system is a strategic investment that can pay for itself over several years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option. The Greener Government School Buildings program follows the success of a pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019 which generated on a yearly basis more than 1,200 megawatts of electricity, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,300 tonnes and saved schools more than $270,000 in electricity bills. Schools can apply for a solar panel system at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Applications close on Friday 8 October. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make our schools more sustainable and more energy efficient so we can all do our bit for the environment.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program – installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “We are excited that our local schools can apply to be part of this innovative program that reduces Macedon’s carbon footprint.”

SOLAR PANELS FOR GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

The Victorian Government will install solar panels at government schools, helping them be greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing electricity costs. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that applications are now open for Macedon local schools to apply for funding to install solar power systems. The Greener Government School Buildings program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and to upgrade school facilities to become more energy efficient and sustainable. A solar power system is a strategic investment that can pay for itself over several years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option. The Greener Government School Buildings program follows the success of a pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019 which generated on a yearly basis more than 1,200 megawatts of electricity, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,300 tonnes and saved schools more than $270,000 in electricity bills. Schools can apply for a solar panel system at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Applications close on Friday 8 October. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make our schools more sustainable and more energy efficient so we can all do our bit for the environment.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program – installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “We are excited that our local schools can apply to be part of this innovative program that reduces Macedon’s carbon footprint.”

VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS 2021 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Locals Andrew Jan and Steven Hull have been named a finalists for the Victorian Training Awards. Mr Jan is studying plumbing and has been named a finalist for Apprentice of the Year and Mr Hull is studying agriculture and has been named a finalist for School-Based Apprentice of the Year. The 67th Victorian Training Awards recognises the achievements of apprentices, students, teachers, trainers and employers. A pool of 44 finalists have been named across six award categories for individuals, four for employers and four for training organisations as well as the Industry Collaboration Award. Other finalists include Federation University TAFE nursing student Samantha Brown who worked as a hotel manager before re-training as a nurse and Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri man Stephen Cranage who took up cyber security at GOTAFE as a mature aged student. The finalists represent all parts of metropolitan and regional Victoria. Institutions and businesses in the running include South West TAFE, Wellsprings for Women, Master Builders Association of Victoria, Terra Firma Laboratories and Mansfield Armchair Cinema. Award recipients will receive $5000 prize money and a selection of award recipients will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards. This year’s awards received the highest number of nominations in more than a decade, with individual award categories proving most popular among nominees. The event is supported by principal partner Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN Australia). Winners of the Victorian Training Awards will be announced at a gala event on Saturday, 16 October 2021. Find out more at education.vic.gov.au/vta. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “It’s great to see Andrew Jan and Steven Hull will represent Macedon at this year’s Victorian Training Awards for excellence in plumbing and agriculture. I congratulate them as finalists and know they will do Macedon proud.” “We had a record number of nominations for this year’s event – which goes to show successful the Victorian TAFE and training sector is.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “The Victorian Training Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our apprentices, students, teachers, trainers and employers.” “This year’s event also showcases the achievements, resilience and innovation of the sector amid the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS 2021 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Locals Andrew Jan and Steven Hull have been named a finalists for the Victorian Training Awards. Mr Jan is studying plumbing and has been named a finalist for Apprentice of the Year and Mr Hull is studying agriculture and has been named a finalist for School-Based Apprentice of the Year. The 67th Victorian Training Awards recognises the achievements of apprentices, students, teachers, trainers and employers. A pool of 44 finalists have been named across six award categories for individuals, four for employers and four for training organisations as well as the Industry Collaboration Award. Other finalists include Federation University TAFE nursing student Samantha Brown who worked as a hotel manager before re-training as a nurse and Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri man Stephen Cranage who took up cyber security at GOTAFE as a mature aged student. The finalists represent all parts of metropolitan and regional Victoria. Institutions and businesses in the running include South West TAFE, Wellsprings for Women, Master Builders Association of Victoria, Terra Firma Laboratories and Mansfield Armchair Cinema. Award recipients will receive $5000 prize money and a selection of award recipients will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards. This year’s awards received the highest number of nominations in more than a decade, with individual award categories proving most popular among nominees. The event is supported by principal partner Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN Australia). Winners of the Victorian Training Awards will be announced at a gala event on Saturday, 16 October 2021. Find out more at education.vic.gov.au/vta. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “It’s great to see Andrew Jan and Steven Hull will represent Macedon at this year’s Victorian Training Awards for excellence in plumbing and agriculture. I congratulate them as finalists and know they will do Macedon proud.” “We had a record number of nominations for this year’s event – which goes to show successful the Victorian TAFE and training sector is.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “The Victorian Training Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our apprentices, students, teachers, trainers and employers.” “This year’s event also showcases the achievements, resilience and innovation of the sector amid the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

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.