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NEW FITNESS STATIONS AND PITCH LIGHTING FOR MACEDON RANGES

Opportunities for Victorians to boost their fitness in the scenic surrounds of the Macedon Ranges are ramping up thanks to four new fitness stations, one each in Kyneton, Woodend, Romsey and Gisborne, as well as new soccer pitch lighting at Barkly Square Reserve in Kyneton. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today joined Macedon Ranges Shire Councillors to officially launch the new facilities, made possible by a more than $248,000 million investment from the Victorian Government. Placed along the walking tracks at the Campaspe River Trail in Kyneton, Five Mile Creek in Woodend and Romsey, and Jacksons Creek in Gisborne, the four outdoor fitness stations provide locals and visitors alike with more opportunity to maximise the benefits of the great outdoors. The equipment is built to handle the elements and features a number of exercise options for a range of fitness levels from the Sky Runner and Elliptical Trainer to the seated Pull-Down Challenge. At Barkly Square, the bright new pitch lighting opens the door for local clubs including the 300-strong Kyneton Rangers District Soccer Club to extend training and host night competition. The Victorian Government investment for both projects comes from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund with $100,000 kicked in for the new lighting at Barkly Square and more than $148,000 for the fitness stations. Since 2014, the Government has invested more than $1.05 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure. This includes a recent budget $110 million boost to the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program as well as an extra $27 million to make sure our sports facilities are more accessible to more peopl From fitness station installation to new lighting, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation. They also create jobs, stimulate local economies, and help fast-track community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities. Ms Thomas acknowledged the Kyneton Ranges District Soccer Club, Rotary Club of Kyneton, and Macedon Ranges Shire Council for their commitment and financial contributions to the projects. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “These new fitness stations in the Macedon Ranges add a whole new dimension to the popular outdoor trails in the district, opening up a new set of outdoor fitness opportunities for locals and visitors alike.” “For too long clubs like Kyneton Rangers have been hamstrung by outdated facilities. These new lights are a game changer, giving the club even more opportunity to take the local game to the next level.” “Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”

NEW FITNESS STATIONS AND PITCH LIGHTING FOR MACEDON RANGES

Opportunities for Victorians to boost their fitness in the scenic surrounds of the Macedon Ranges are ramping up thanks to four new fitness stations, one each in Kyneton, Woodend, Romsey and Gisborne, as well as new soccer pitch lighting at Barkly Square Reserve in Kyneton. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today joined Macedon Ranges Shire Councillors to officially launch the new facilities, made possible by a more than $248,000 million investment from the Victorian Government. Placed along the walking tracks at the Campaspe River Trail in Kyneton, Five Mile Creek in Woodend and Romsey, and Jacksons Creek in Gisborne, the four outdoor fitness stations provide locals and visitors alike with more opportunity to maximise the benefits of the great outdoors. The equipment is built to handle the elements and features a number of exercise options for a range of fitness levels from the Sky Runner and Elliptical Trainer to the seated Pull-Down Challenge. At Barkly Square, the bright new pitch lighting opens the door for local clubs including the 300-strong Kyneton Rangers District Soccer Club to extend training and host night competition. The Victorian Government investment for both projects comes from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund with $100,000 kicked in for the new lighting at Barkly Square and more than $148,000 for the fitness stations. Since 2014, the Government has invested more than $1.05 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure. This includes a recent budget $110 million boost to the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program as well as an extra $27 million to make sure our sports facilities are more accessible to more peopl From fitness station installation to new lighting, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation. They also create jobs, stimulate local economies, and help fast-track community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities. Ms Thomas acknowledged the Kyneton Ranges District Soccer Club, Rotary Club of Kyneton, and Macedon Ranges Shire Council for their commitment and financial contributions to the projects. For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “These new fitness stations in the Macedon Ranges add a whole new dimension to the popular outdoor trails in the district, opening up a new set of outdoor fitness opportunities for locals and visitors alike.” “For too long clubs like Kyneton Rangers have been hamstrung by outdated facilities. These new lights are a game changer, giving the club even more opportunity to take the local game to the next level.” “Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”

ARCHITECT APPOINTED FOR KYNETON HIGH SCHOOL’S HUGE UPGRADE

Students at Kyneton High School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that Gray Puksand Pty Ltd has been appointed to design the school’s $10.9 million upgrade, funded in the Victorian Budget 2020. The upgrade will see the modernisation of the school, including Block J, Block I and the Science Block. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “Kyneton High School is going from strength to strength, and I’m thrilled to announce this important milestone.” “You can’t have first-rate education in second-rate classrooms, and this project will give every child at Kyneton High School every chance to succeed.”

ARCHITECT APPOINTED FOR KYNETON HIGH SCHOOL’S HUGE UPGRADE

Students at Kyneton High School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that Gray Puksand Pty Ltd has been appointed to design the school’s $10.9 million upgrade, funded in the Victorian Budget 2020. The upgrade will see the modernisation of the school, including Block J, Block I and the Science Block. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “Kyneton High School is going from strength to strength, and I’m thrilled to announce this important milestone.” “You can’t have first-rate education in second-rate classrooms, and this project will give every child at Kyneton High School every chance to succeed.”

MAJOR BOOST FOR THE MIDLAND HIGHWAY IN HEPBURN

Motorists traveling in the Hepburn region will have safer and more reliable journeys as part of a $245 million road improvement blitz on more than 100 road safety projects across Victoria. The safety upgrades include works on the Midland Highway, with $5,540,000 committed to improve the stretch from Daylesford to Guildford. The project will see shoulder sealing and Audio Tactile Line Marking to prevent lane departure crashes. There will be improvements delivered across the state, such as new safety barriers to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes, the installation of rumble strip line-marking to alert drivers if they veer from their lane, as well as new signage and intersection upgrades. The package will also include safety upgrades at a number of pedestrian crossings, to improve safety for vulnerable road users. The major investment will provide an immediate boost to the local economy, with many of the key projects ready for work to begin. The $245 million investment includes $183 million of funding from the Australian Government and $62 million from the Victorian Government. It builds on the joint $97.2 million investment made by the Australian and Victorian Governments earlier this year to boost road safety across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll “This program is targeting some of the highest-risk areas in the state and crews are ready get started immediately at a number of these sites.” “Whether you’re commuting to work, going for a Sunday ride, or dropping the kids off at school – we’re ensuring that our road network is safer for everyone.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “Upgrades like this one on the Midland Highway from Daylesford to Guildford can save lives and will ensure that local drivers and tourists can feel safer on our roads.” “This is a major investment in local infrastructure and drivers will have safer and more reliable journeys thanks to these improvements.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards “We are ensuring this road safety package for the Midland Highway at Guildford can roll-out quickly, saving lives and reducing injuries”

MAJOR BOOST FOR THE MIDLAND HIGHWAY IN HEPBURN

Motorists traveling in the Hepburn region will have safer and more reliable journeys as part of a $245 million road improvement blitz on more than 100 road safety projects across Victoria. The safety upgrades include works on the Midland Highway, with $5,540,000 committed to improve the stretch from Daylesford to Guildford. The project will see shoulder sealing and Audio Tactile Line Marking to prevent lane departure crashes. There will be improvements delivered across the state, such as new safety barriers to prevent head-on and run-off-road crashes, the installation of rumble strip line-marking to alert drivers if they veer from their lane, as well as new signage and intersection upgrades. The package will also include safety upgrades at a number of pedestrian crossings, to improve safety for vulnerable road users. The major investment will provide an immediate boost to the local economy, with many of the key projects ready for work to begin. The $245 million investment includes $183 million of funding from the Australian Government and $62 million from the Victorian Government. It builds on the joint $97.2 million investment made by the Australian and Victorian Governments earlier this year to boost road safety across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll “This program is targeting some of the highest-risk areas in the state and crews are ready get started immediately at a number of these sites.” “Whether you’re commuting to work, going for a Sunday ride, or dropping the kids off at school – we’re ensuring that our road network is safer for everyone.” Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas “Upgrades like this one on the Midland Highway from Daylesford to Guildford can save lives and will ensure that local drivers and tourists can feel safer on our roads.” “This is a major investment in local infrastructure and drivers will have safer and more reliable journeys thanks to these improvements.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards “We are ensuring this road safety package for the Midland Highway at Guildford can roll-out quickly, saving lives and reducing injuries”

GRANTS TO GROW GISBORNE AND MALMSBURY BOTANIC GARDENS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2.42 million in 26 botanic gardens through the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program, with Gisborne Botanic Gardens and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens both receiving grants. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said the grants are part of a $4 million, two-year program delivering on the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment to upgrade the state’s botanic gardens. Gisborne Botanic Gardens has received $130,000 to deliver several improvements to expand the garden’s living plant collection, and for the installation of an automatic recycled water irrigation system. Malmsbury Botanic Gardens has received $50,000 to upgrade the current manual irrigation system to an automatic system. This will maintain and improve plant health, ensure efficient delivery of water to trees at a more desirable time, and improve visitor experience of the gardens during summer months. The first round of grant funding invested $1.48 million in projects at 17 of Victoria’s botanic gardens in 2019. Most of the gardens to receive funding in the grants program’s second round are located in rural and regional Victoria where they make a significant contribution to the local tourism industry. Round 2 Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grant recipients will use the funding to deliver a range of upgrades that will improve water supply, address climate change, encourage education and community collaboration and improvement management. Victoria’s botanic gardens provide beautiful places for people to visit and relax as well as protecting plants and ecosystems and offering valuable scientific and educational opportunities. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas:  “The Gisborne and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens are well loved by Macedon Ranges locals and visitors alike and this funding will help to make it an even better experience for everyone.”  "This government’s investment in Victoria’s botanic gardens supports our wide-ranging efforts to conserve our precious native plants and animals.”  “2020 has reminded many Victorians of just how important nature is for our health and wellbeing. Our continuing investment in botanic gardens across the state supports that.”

GRANTS TO GROW GISBORNE AND MALMSBURY BOTANIC GARDENS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2.42 million in 26 botanic gardens through the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program, with Gisborne Botanic Gardens and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens both receiving grants. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said the grants are part of a $4 million, two-year program delivering on the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment to upgrade the state’s botanic gardens. Gisborne Botanic Gardens has received $130,000 to deliver several improvements to expand the garden’s living plant collection, and for the installation of an automatic recycled water irrigation system. Malmsbury Botanic Gardens has received $50,000 to upgrade the current manual irrigation system to an automatic system. This will maintain and improve plant health, ensure efficient delivery of water to trees at a more desirable time, and improve visitor experience of the gardens during summer months. The first round of grant funding invested $1.48 million in projects at 17 of Victoria’s botanic gardens in 2019. Most of the gardens to receive funding in the grants program’s second round are located in rural and regional Victoria where they make a significant contribution to the local tourism industry. Round 2 Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grant recipients will use the funding to deliver a range of upgrades that will improve water supply, address climate change, encourage education and community collaboration and improvement management. Victoria’s botanic gardens provide beautiful places for people to visit and relax as well as protecting plants and ecosystems and offering valuable scientific and educational opportunities. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas:  “The Gisborne and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens are well loved by Macedon Ranges locals and visitors alike and this funding will help to make it an even better experience for everyone.”  "This government’s investment in Victoria’s botanic gardens supports our wide-ranging efforts to conserve our precious native plants and animals.”  “2020 has reminded many Victorians of just how important nature is for our health and wellbeing. Our continuing investment in botanic gardens across the state supports that.”

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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 $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 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 $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 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