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CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON NEW ROMSEY MEN’S SHED

Men across the Romsey community will soon have access to a fantastic new Men’s Shed, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that construction on the new Romsey Men’s Shed will begin shortly. The announcement means that men in Romsey will soon have a place they can get together, share skills and take on projects that benefit the local community. Men’s Sheds promote health and wellbeing and enhance community engagement and are used by men from a range of different backgrounds and age groups. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $60,000 in the project. This is on top of funding to construct a new shed in Kyneton and a first ever men’s shed in Trentham. Men’s Sheds are an Australian success story, operating to improve the health and wellbeing of participants through social inclusion. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “This is going to be fantastic for men in Romsey – who will soon be able to catch up with mates and share their skills in their new shed.” “We know how important Men’s Sheds are to men’s health and wellbeing in our regional towns, and I’m looking forward to hearing how the Romsey Men’s Shed makes a difference.” “Congratulations to Patrick, Steve, Paul, Cr Bill West and all the other Romsey Shedders on their hard work in getting this off the ground.”

CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON NEW ROMSEY MEN’S SHED

Men across the Romsey community will soon have access to a fantastic new Men’s Shed, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that construction on the new Romsey Men’s Shed will begin shortly. The announcement means that men in Romsey will soon have a place they can get together, share skills and take on projects that benefit the local community. Men’s Sheds promote health and wellbeing and enhance community engagement and are used by men from a range of different backgrounds and age groups. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $60,000 in the project. This is on top of funding to construct a new shed in Kyneton and a first ever men’s shed in Trentham. Men’s Sheds are an Australian success story, operating to improve the health and wellbeing of participants through social inclusion. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “This is going to be fantastic for men in Romsey – who will soon be able to catch up with mates and share their skills in their new shed.” “We know how important Men’s Sheds are to men’s health and wellbeing in our regional towns, and I’m looking forward to hearing how the Romsey Men’s Shed makes a difference.” “Congratulations to Patrick, Steve, Paul, Cr Bill West and all the other Romsey Shedders on their hard work in getting this off the ground.”

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES ACROSS HEPBURN

The Victorian Government has helped tip millions of dollars back into the Hepburn economy by supporting local businesses to get through to the other side of the coronavirus crisis. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced 206 businesses across the Hepburn Shire Council area been paid a one-off $10,000 Business Support Fund grant for operational costs such as salaries and utilities. The Business Support Fund provides payments for eligible businesses that have a wages bill below the payroll tax threshold. 16 businesses in the Hepburn Shire have also received full payroll tax refunds for the 2019/20 financial year, totalling $136,765 in immediate government support. The payroll tax refunds are part of the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package, which is helping Victorian businesses and workers during the pandemic. The Economic Survival Package also includes land tax deferrals for eligible small businesses, rent relief for commercial tenants, and the $500 million Working for Victoria fund to help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities. More than 6,700 workers across the state have already started drawing pay cheques through Working for Victoria. The Government is also helping thousands of Victorians back to work by fast-tracking shovel-ready projects all over the state. The $2.7 billion Building Works economic stimulus package includes new schools, road upgrades, a boost to public housing and important help for our tourism sector. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “The coronavirus pandemic has clearly had a devastating impact on lives and livelihoods – but we’re giving our local businesses the support they need to survive.” “We’re fighting for every job and every industry across the Hepburn Shire region to ensure we get through to the other side.” Quotes attributable to Anne Marie Banting, owner of the Daylesford Hotel “The Andrews Government’s assistance came along just in time for us – the cash injection meant that we were able to place new orders and open back up for trading.” “We’re very thankful for the leadership shown by the State Government in these extraordinary times.”

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES ACROSS HEPBURN

The Victorian Government has helped tip millions of dollars back into the Hepburn economy by supporting local businesses to get through to the other side of the coronavirus crisis. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced 206 businesses across the Hepburn Shire Council area been paid a one-off $10,000 Business Support Fund grant for operational costs such as salaries and utilities. The Business Support Fund provides payments for eligible businesses that have a wages bill below the payroll tax threshold. 16 businesses in the Hepburn Shire have also received full payroll tax refunds for the 2019/20 financial year, totalling $136,765 in immediate government support. The payroll tax refunds are part of the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package, which is helping Victorian businesses and workers during the pandemic. The Economic Survival Package also includes land tax deferrals for eligible small businesses, rent relief for commercial tenants, and the $500 million Working for Victoria fund to help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities. More than 6,700 workers across the state have already started drawing pay cheques through Working for Victoria. The Government is also helping thousands of Victorians back to work by fast-tracking shovel-ready projects all over the state. The $2.7 billion Building Works economic stimulus package includes new schools, road upgrades, a boost to public housing and important help for our tourism sector. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “The coronavirus pandemic has clearly had a devastating impact on lives and livelihoods – but we’re giving our local businesses the support they need to survive.” “We’re fighting for every job and every industry across the Hepburn Shire region to ensure we get through to the other side.” Quotes attributable to Anne Marie Banting, owner of the Daylesford Hotel “The Andrews Government’s assistance came along just in time for us – the cash injection meant that we were able to place new orders and open back up for trading.” “We’re very thankful for the leadership shown by the State Government in these extraordinary times.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS IN DAYLESFORD

(Photo taken prior to COVID-19) Secondary school students in Daylesford will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that Daylesford Secondary College will receive support under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative from Term 3 this year. Aimed at improving mental health outcomes for students in Victorian secondary schools, students at Daylesford Secondary will be able to access support from a qualified mental health professional. The $51.2 million initiative, which started in July last year, has so far provided funding for 120 secondary school campuses across the state to recruit a suitably qualified mental health professional, with a further 32 secondary school campuses to receive funding in Term 3 and 69 secondary school campuses in Term 4. Once fully rolled out, the initiative will see suitably qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and act as coordinating support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied community and health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements. This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services. The Labor Government established a landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and will implement every one of its recommendations. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “We know that mental health is an important issue for young people the Daylesford and Hepburn region, and this great announcement means that our students can access additional professional support when they need it.” “When our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed at school and excel in life.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS IN DAYLESFORD

(Photo taken prior to COVID-19) Secondary school students in Daylesford will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that Daylesford Secondary College will receive support under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative from Term 3 this year. Aimed at improving mental health outcomes for students in Victorian secondary schools, students at Daylesford Secondary will be able to access support from a qualified mental health professional. The $51.2 million initiative, which started in July last year, has so far provided funding for 120 secondary school campuses across the state to recruit a suitably qualified mental health professional, with a further 32 secondary school campuses to receive funding in Term 3 and 69 secondary school campuses in Term 4. Once fully rolled out, the initiative will see suitably qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and act as coordinating support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied community and health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements. This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services. The Labor Government established a landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and will implement every one of its recommendations. Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “We know that mental health is an important issue for young people the Daylesford and Hepburn region, and this great announcement means that our students can access additional professional support when they need it.” “When our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed at school and excel in life.”

THREE-YEAR-OLD KINDER AROUND THE CORNER FOR HEPBURN SHIRE

(Photo taken prior to COVID-19) Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is just around the corner for children living in Hepburn Shire, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark early childhood education reform. For the first time, local families can enrol their children in universal funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in Hepburn Shire Council in 2021 – including Daylesford Community Child Care, Daylesford Preschool, Hepburn Kindergarten and Trentham Kindergarten. It’s part of the Labor Government’s almost $5 billion decade-long reform to make two years of universal funded kindergarten programs available for all children across the state – in an Australian-first. The reform started this year in the six local government areas of South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack. Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will roll out to families in a further 15 regional LGAs, including Hepburn Shire, in 2021. Kindergarten services across these areas are getting ready to introduce this exciting initiative, with many already accepting enrolments for 2021. This includes sessional kindergartens and long day care centres, with places funded in the same way as four-year-old kindergarten programs. Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will be expanded in 2022 to give three-year-olds across the rest of the state access to five hours of funded kindergarten, before being scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. At full roll-out, an estimated 90,000 children each year will be receiving this important educational boost. Parents can enrol their children for a three-year-old program by contacting their local early childhood service. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “This is an incredibly exciting time for families in the Hepburn Shire, who can now enrol their children in funded Three-Year-Old Kinder for the first time next year. I encourage parents to contact their local services, enrol their children and be part of this historic initiative.” “Building the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why it’s fantastic that all children in the Hepburn Shire will have the opportunity to access Three-Year-Old Kinder from 2021.”

THREE-YEAR-OLD KINDER AROUND THE CORNER FOR HEPBURN SHIRE

(Photo taken prior to COVID-19) Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is just around the corner for children living in Hepburn Shire, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark early childhood education reform. For the first time, local families can enrol their children in universal funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in Hepburn Shire Council in 2021 – including Daylesford Community Child Care, Daylesford Preschool, Hepburn Kindergarten and Trentham Kindergarten. It’s part of the Labor Government’s almost $5 billion decade-long reform to make two years of universal funded kindergarten programs available for all children across the state – in an Australian-first. The reform started this year in the six local government areas of South Gippsland, Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack. Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will roll out to families in a further 15 regional LGAs, including Hepburn Shire, in 2021. Kindergarten services across these areas are getting ready to introduce this exciting initiative, with many already accepting enrolments for 2021. This includes sessional kindergartens and long day care centres, with places funded in the same way as four-year-old kindergarten programs. Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will be expanded in 2022 to give three-year-olds across the rest of the state access to five hours of funded kindergarten, before being scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. At full roll-out, an estimated 90,000 children each year will be receiving this important educational boost. Parents can enrol their children for a three-year-old program by contacting their local early childhood service. Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP “This is an incredibly exciting time for families in the Hepburn Shire, who can now enrol their children in funded Three-Year-Old Kinder for the first time next year. I encourage parents to contact their local services, enrol their children and be part of this historic initiative.” “Building the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why it’s fantastic that all children in the Hepburn Shire will have the opportunity to access Three-Year-Old Kinder from 2021.”

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

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. Read more about the project developments here 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

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. Read more about the project developments here 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

WE DID IT! Saunders Rd Intersection

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