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EXTRA SERVICES FOR SOUTH MORANG AND MERNDA PASSENGERS

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver three stations and hundreds of extra train services every week on the new Mernda Line when the $600 million Mernda Rail Extension opens later this year. The timetable will deliver 115 new and extended weekday services for the Mernda Line and 982 weekly services will be extended from South Morang to Mernda. It will add 45 extra peak trains, and 70 daytime or evening services for South Morang passengers each week, creating room for an additional 115,000 passengers. This will reduce overcrowding in the morning and evening peak periods and provide people with more options to travel to work, school or leisure activities throughout the day. The Plenty Valley bus network will be expanded and adjusted to coordinate with the new train services to ensure the community has quick and easy links to Mernda Station where passengers will be able to access 982 weekly services and 962 weekly services at Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge stations. When introduced later this year, the new timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, Werribee, Hurstbridge and Dandenong lines. The new timetable will help make public transport a convenient and attractive transport option in the lead up to the opening of the Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne. The Labor Government is also making space for more passengers with 14 of its order of 24 Ballarat-made X’Trapolis trains now in service and the first new High Capacity Metro Trains rolling out on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line in mid-2019. Train and bus timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au before the changes are introduced in coming months.

EXTRA SERVICES FOR SOUTH MORANG AND MERNDA PASSENGERS

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver three stations and hundreds of extra train services every week on the new Mernda Line when the $600 million Mernda Rail Extension opens later this year. The timetable will deliver 115 new and extended weekday services for the Mernda Line and 982 weekly services will be extended from South Morang to Mernda. It will add 45 extra peak trains, and 70 daytime or evening services for South Morang passengers each week, creating room for an additional 115,000 passengers. This will reduce overcrowding in the morning and evening peak periods and provide people with more options to travel to work, school or leisure activities throughout the day. The Plenty Valley bus network will be expanded and adjusted to coordinate with the new train services to ensure the community has quick and easy links to Mernda Station where passengers will be able to access 982 weekly services and 962 weekly services at Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge stations. When introduced later this year, the new timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, Werribee, Hurstbridge and Dandenong lines. The new timetable will help make public transport a convenient and attractive transport option in the lead up to the opening of the Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne. The Labor Government is also making space for more passengers with 14 of its order of 24 Ballarat-made X’Trapolis trains now in service and the first new High Capacity Metro Trains rolling out on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line in mid-2019. Train and bus timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au before the changes are introduced in coming months.

GETTING THINGS DONE FOR THOMASTOWN

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will deliver new skills, good jobs, more schools and better roads for every Victorian. Families in Thomastown will have good schools close to home, with nearly $1.3 billion for schools around the state. This includes building and planning 28 new schools, and upgrading 130 existing schools. Locally, $3 million will go to upgrading facilities at Epping Secondary College, including improvements to the school’s classrooms. Three new local schools will also be established, with fund to purchase land for Wollert Central P-6, Wollert East P-6 and Wollert East 7-12, giving local families certainty about their children's future. This Budget also provides $3.8 million to Lalor Gardens Primary School to modernise their facilities, including a new gymnasium, music facility and canteen. Local commuters will also benefit from this Budget, with 74 more parking spots to be created at Epping Station, part of a $60 million package from the Andrews Labor Government. Local roads will also be upgraded as part of a massive $2.2 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade investment. This will see four kilometres of Epping Road, from Craigieburn Road East to Memorial Avenue, doubled from two lanes to four lanes. New traffic signals will be installed at one intersection and five other existing signalised intersections will be upgraded. Childs Road, from Beaumont Crescent to Prince of Wales Avenue, will also be doubled from two lanes to four lanes, while a new bridge will be built over Darebin Creek, and the Bowman Drive roundabout upgraded to a signalised intersection. Cost should never stop someone from learning new skills, that’s why this year’s Budget includes $172 million to make priority TAFE courses free, giving more Thomastown residents the chance to be able to train at TAFE and get the right skills they need for a good job. 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses will be made free, while more than 30,000 new TAFE places will be funded across the state. More local students will also be able to finish school qualified and ready to work, with the introduction of Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships in 100 secondary schools. It means kids in our community will have the option to undertake an additional year of high school, and graduate with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready to start work in a good job. Thomastown students will also get expert advice to help them make the right career choices, with career education in schools to be overhauled across the state and start from Year 9. In more good news for local families, this year’s Budget includes $1 million for the Northern Regional Trails Strategy to plan and prioritise local cycling and hiking trails, as identified by the Northern Metropolitan Partnership. A $23.9 million investment in this year’s Budget will go toward improving road safety around our schools and boosting Victoria’s School Crossing Supervisor Program. This funding boost will give local parents confidence that as they send their kids off to school, a crossing supervisor will be looking out for them – rain, hail or shine. This is a Labor Budget that delivers on the things that matter most to our state. This is a Budget that gets things done. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “As we all know, our community is growing like never before. Our Labor budget invests in vital infrastructure for this growth but also recognises that we cannot forget the needs of those in more established areas as well.” “We have continued on from previous budgets – investing in road duplications as well as land for new schools, and further school rebuilds to remove asbestos.”  “It still doesn’t cover everything we need but we are definitely getting there with these strong Labor budgets. To date I have calculated that the previous Liberal Government spent less than $40 million in the Thomastown electorate compared to almost $400 million under the Andrews Labor Government.” “TAFE is extremely important for residents. Over 11,000 people in the Thomastown electorate have a TAFE qualification. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide training at no cost for 30 courses, cutting down another barrier to getting a good and secure job.”

GETTING THINGS DONE FOR THOMASTOWN

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will deliver new skills, good jobs, more schools and better roads for every Victorian. Families in Thomastown will have good schools close to home, with nearly $1.3 billion for schools around the state. This includes building and planning 28 new schools, and upgrading 130 existing schools. Locally, $3 million will go to upgrading facilities at Epping Secondary College, including improvements to the school’s classrooms. Three new local schools will also be established, with fund to purchase land for Wollert Central P-6, Wollert East P-6 and Wollert East 7-12, giving local families certainty about their children's future. This Budget also provides $3.8 million to Lalor Gardens Primary School to modernise their facilities, including a new gymnasium, music facility and canteen. Local commuters will also benefit from this Budget, with 74 more parking spots to be created at Epping Station, part of a $60 million package from the Andrews Labor Government. Local roads will also be upgraded as part of a massive $2.2 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade investment. This will see four kilometres of Epping Road, from Craigieburn Road East to Memorial Avenue, doubled from two lanes to four lanes. New traffic signals will be installed at one intersection and five other existing signalised intersections will be upgraded. Childs Road, from Beaumont Crescent to Prince of Wales Avenue, will also be doubled from two lanes to four lanes, while a new bridge will be built over Darebin Creek, and the Bowman Drive roundabout upgraded to a signalised intersection. Cost should never stop someone from learning new skills, that’s why this year’s Budget includes $172 million to make priority TAFE courses free, giving more Thomastown residents the chance to be able to train at TAFE and get the right skills they need for a good job. 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses will be made free, while more than 30,000 new TAFE places will be funded across the state. More local students will also be able to finish school qualified and ready to work, with the introduction of Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships in 100 secondary schools. It means kids in our community will have the option to undertake an additional year of high school, and graduate with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready to start work in a good job. Thomastown students will also get expert advice to help them make the right career choices, with career education in schools to be overhauled across the state and start from Year 9. In more good news for local families, this year’s Budget includes $1 million for the Northern Regional Trails Strategy to plan and prioritise local cycling and hiking trails, as identified by the Northern Metropolitan Partnership. A $23.9 million investment in this year’s Budget will go toward improving road safety around our schools and boosting Victoria’s School Crossing Supervisor Program. This funding boost will give local parents confidence that as they send their kids off to school, a crossing supervisor will be looking out for them – rain, hail or shine. This is a Labor Budget that delivers on the things that matter most to our state. This is a Budget that gets things done. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “As we all know, our community is growing like never before. Our Labor budget invests in vital infrastructure for this growth but also recognises that we cannot forget the needs of those in more established areas as well.” “We have continued on from previous budgets – investing in road duplications as well as land for new schools, and further school rebuilds to remove asbestos.”  “It still doesn’t cover everything we need but we are definitely getting there with these strong Labor budgets. To date I have calculated that the previous Liberal Government spent less than $40 million in the Thomastown electorate compared to almost $400 million under the Andrews Labor Government.” “TAFE is extremely important for residents. Over 11,000 people in the Thomastown electorate have a TAFE qualification. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide training at no cost for 30 courses, cutting down another barrier to getting a good and secure job.”

BUILDING A BETTER EPPING ROAD

Drivers in the growing northern suburbs will get a faster, less congested commute with major upgrades to Epping Road in Epping. The works will be part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade – the biggest investment in suburban roads in Victoria’s history – to fix 22 key suburban arterials and create more than 4,200 jobs. The Epping Road upgrade includes duplicating the road between Craigieburn Road East and Memorial Avenue to two lanes in each direction, slashing congestion and improving travel times for more than 27,000 drivers. New safety barriers will be installed along Epping Road and traffic lights will be installed at intersections including Craigieburn Road East and Harvest Home Road. The work will improve access for people in Epping and Wollert, directing traffic off local roads and giving local streets back to the local community. The Epping Road upgrade also includes a new shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $2.2 billion to upgrade 13 key arterial routes across the northern and south-eastern suburbs, on top of the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade announced in last year’s budget. The Suburban Roads Upgrade will fix more than 50 kilometres of roads across Melbourne. As part of the Suburban Roads Upgrade package, several other key routes through Melbourne’s northern suburbs will be upgraded, including Sunbury Road, Craigieburn Road, Fitzsimons Lane and Epping Road.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “This is the single biggest investment in suburban roads in Victoria’s history – it will fix local roads and get people home sooner.” “With work already underway on the Western Roads Upgrade, this unprecedented investment will now mean the benefits of this project are felt across our city from Werribee to Pakenham, from Doreen to Dingley.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Locals in Epping and Wollert who use this every day know this upgrade is long overdue and that we’re investing in our community and the roads we rely on each day.’’ Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The announcement to duplicate Epping and Childs roads is fantastic news. Residents will be so happy to hear that more of their traffic concerns are being addressed. This is another Labor project to make travelling around the area and to and from work easier.”

BUILDING A BETTER EPPING ROAD

Drivers in the growing northern suburbs will get a faster, less congested commute with major upgrades to Epping Road in Epping. The works will be part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade – the biggest investment in suburban roads in Victoria’s history – to fix 22 key suburban arterials and create more than 4,200 jobs. The Epping Road upgrade includes duplicating the road between Craigieburn Road East and Memorial Avenue to two lanes in each direction, slashing congestion and improving travel times for more than 27,000 drivers. New safety barriers will be installed along Epping Road and traffic lights will be installed at intersections including Craigieburn Road East and Harvest Home Road. The work will improve access for people in Epping and Wollert, directing traffic off local roads and giving local streets back to the local community. The Epping Road upgrade also includes a new shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $2.2 billion to upgrade 13 key arterial routes across the northern and south-eastern suburbs, on top of the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade announced in last year’s budget. The Suburban Roads Upgrade will fix more than 50 kilometres of roads across Melbourne. As part of the Suburban Roads Upgrade package, several other key routes through Melbourne’s northern suburbs will be upgraded, including Sunbury Road, Craigieburn Road, Fitzsimons Lane and Epping Road.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “This is the single biggest investment in suburban roads in Victoria’s history – it will fix local roads and get people home sooner.” “With work already underway on the Western Roads Upgrade, this unprecedented investment will now mean the benefits of this project are felt across our city from Werribee to Pakenham, from Doreen to Dingley.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Locals in Epping and Wollert who use this every day know this upgrade is long overdue and that we’re investing in our community and the roads we rely on each day.’’ Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The announcement to duplicate Epping and Childs roads is fantastic news. Residents will be so happy to hear that more of their traffic concerns are being addressed. This is another Labor project to make travelling around the area and to and from work easier.”

WORLD CLASS NORTHERN HOSPITAL EXPANSION STARTS

More patients in Melbourne’s north will access care and surgery faster and closer to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s world-class expansion of the Northern Hospital in Epping, with early works kick starting today. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio,  Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks to celebrate the important milestone, kick starting early construction works on the project to meet soaring demand in Melbourne’s outer north. The region is one of the nation’s fastest growing and once the $162.7 million project is complete, an additional 10,000 patients will be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres. That means families in the booming outer northern suburbs will have access to safe quality healthcare in updated and modern facilities. The seven-storey tower will have 96 new inpatient beds, three operating theatres and more treatment rooms. Extra space is also earmarked the future expansions of cardiology services, cath labs and medical imaging – giving the hospital more room to grow as the community grows into the future. The early works will relocate the existing 18-bed intensive care unit on site, and deliver expanded back office accommodation and a new loading dock with other support services. The project is also a big boost to the economy with 66 new construction jobs created as part of the early works project and 489 overall. The Northern Hospital services more than 365,000 people, which is expected to soar past 550,000 by 2031. Construction is due to be completed in 2021. Last year’s budget delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals meet demand and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. Northern Health received $426.7 million in funding from the Labor Government last year - $45.1 million or 11.8 per cent more than provided the previous financial year, and a whopping $106.6 million or 33.3 per cent more than the Liberals’ last budget. Our investment is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull’s dud hospital funding deal which would shortchange Victorians by $2.1 billion in five years. That would mean $83.5 million less for Northern Health, which is equivalent to 13,448 elective surgeries, 668 nurses or 280 doctors. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Today we are breaking ground and getting on with building a bigger and better hospital for families in Melbourne’s outer north.” Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “More and more new families are moving into the booming northern suburbs every day. We are expanding this hospital to meet future demand for world class healthcare.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This project is vital for our community: it will boost our access to healthcare, create jobs and revitalise our local economy – it’s a win, win win!” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The Andrews Labor Government’s investment to expand the Northern Hospital demonstrates our commitment to provide first class healthcare to residents in the north. I am sure the seven-story tower will become a landmark and will finally put the Northern Hospital on the map.”

WORLD CLASS NORTHERN HOSPITAL EXPANSION STARTS

More patients in Melbourne’s north will access care and surgery faster and closer to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s world-class expansion of the Northern Hospital in Epping, with early works kick starting today. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio,  Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks to celebrate the important milestone, kick starting early construction works on the project to meet soaring demand in Melbourne’s outer north. The region is one of the nation’s fastest growing and once the $162.7 million project is complete, an additional 10,000 patients will be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres. That means families in the booming outer northern suburbs will have access to safe quality healthcare in updated and modern facilities. The seven-storey tower will have 96 new inpatient beds, three operating theatres and more treatment rooms. Extra space is also earmarked the future expansions of cardiology services, cath labs and medical imaging – giving the hospital more room to grow as the community grows into the future. The early works will relocate the existing 18-bed intensive care unit on site, and deliver expanded back office accommodation and a new loading dock with other support services. The project is also a big boost to the economy with 66 new construction jobs created as part of the early works project and 489 overall. The Northern Hospital services more than 365,000 people, which is expected to soar past 550,000 by 2031. Construction is due to be completed in 2021. Last year’s budget delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals meet demand and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. Northern Health received $426.7 million in funding from the Labor Government last year - $45.1 million or 11.8 per cent more than provided the previous financial year, and a whopping $106.6 million or 33.3 per cent more than the Liberals’ last budget. Our investment is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull’s dud hospital funding deal which would shortchange Victorians by $2.1 billion in five years. That would mean $83.5 million less for Northern Health, which is equivalent to 13,448 elective surgeries, 668 nurses or 280 doctors. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Today we are breaking ground and getting on with building a bigger and better hospital for families in Melbourne’s outer north.” Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “More and more new families are moving into the booming northern suburbs every day. We are expanding this hospital to meet future demand for world class healthcare.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This project is vital for our community: it will boost our access to healthcare, create jobs and revitalise our local economy – it’s a win, win win!” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The Andrews Labor Government’s investment to expand the Northern Hospital demonstrates our commitment to provide first class healthcare to residents in the north. I am sure the seven-story tower will become a landmark and will finally put the Northern Hospital on the map.”

 

GIVING LALOR KIDS THE SCHOOL THEY DESERVE

Students in Lalor will have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Lalor Gardens Primary School will get a $3.8 million funding boost in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 for its exciting new upgrade. The funding will guarantee local students will have modern facilities, including a new gym, music room and canteen. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $2.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. We have now invested more than $2.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This contrasts with the Liberals and Nationals who let schools crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “This is more fantastic news from the Andrews Labor Government – we support education and want to ensure all students have great facilities no matter where they live.” “The whole school should be so proud of the campaign led by Principal Anne Hulett seeking funds from the Victorian Labor Government for a school hall with a new gym, music room and canteen. The Minister for Education James Merlino previously visited Lalor Gardens Primary School and was treated to some very impressive work from students explaining their need for a school hall.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are undertaking the largest reform of Victorian schools in nearly 150 years and I’m determined that the benefits are reaped by communities living right across our great state.”  

GIVING LALOR KIDS THE SCHOOL THEY DESERVE

Students in Lalor will have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Lalor Gardens Primary School will get a $3.8 million funding boost in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 for its exciting new upgrade. The funding will guarantee local students will have modern facilities, including a new gym, music room and canteen. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $2.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. We have now invested more than $2.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This contrasts with the Liberals and Nationals who let schools crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “This is more fantastic news from the Andrews Labor Government – we support education and want to ensure all students have great facilities no matter where they live.” “The whole school should be so proud of the campaign led by Principal Anne Hulett seeking funds from the Victorian Labor Government for a school hall with a new gym, music room and canteen. The Minister for Education James Merlino previously visited Lalor Gardens Primary School and was treated to some very impressive work from students explaining their need for a school hall.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are undertaking the largest reform of Victorian schools in nearly 150 years and I’m determined that the benefits are reaped by communities living right across our great state.”  

POLICE BODY-WORN CAMERAS TO BOOST COMMUNITY SAFETY

Police in Melbourne’s north will be patrolling with body-worn cameras to better respond to and investigate crime thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville launched the first stage of the Victoria Police state-wide roll out of body worn cameras this week, which will see 150 cameras deployed this month. The roll out went live on Wednesday with police in Epping wearing the devices. The new small, battery‐powered cameras will be worn on the uniform of general duties police officers as part of a six-week pilot of the new technology. Information from the trial will help inform police policies and procedures ahead of the full rollout of 11,000 cameras to police officers working in the community right across Victoria by 2020. The investment is a part of the Government’s record $227 million technology investment, which is modernising police technology through the delivery of a new intelligence system and the ongoing rollout of iPads to police and Protective Service Officers (PSOs). Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence called for the trial and evaluation of body worn cameras to collect statements from victims to use as evidence in court. The cameras will help strengthen community safety, and help to improve transparency and accountability in police interactions with the public. They can be used to capture audio and video interactions between police officers and members of the public and real‐time capture video evidence at the scene of a crime. Police will turn the cameras on whenever they are exercising police powers, collecting evidence or when it would provide transparency to a police interaction. Strict laws were introduced last year to ensure adequate protections are in place against the unauthorised disclosure of footage. The technology will support the Labor Government’s more than $2 billion police investment, which includes a record recruitment of 3135 new police.

POLICE BODY-WORN CAMERAS TO BOOST COMMUNITY SAFETY

Police in Melbourne’s north will be patrolling with body-worn cameras to better respond to and investigate crime thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville launched the first stage of the Victoria Police state-wide roll out of body worn cameras this week, which will see 150 cameras deployed this month. The roll out went live on Wednesday with police in Epping wearing the devices. The new small, battery‐powered cameras will be worn on the uniform of general duties police officers as part of a six-week pilot of the new technology. Information from the trial will help inform police policies and procedures ahead of the full rollout of 11,000 cameras to police officers working in the community right across Victoria by 2020. The investment is a part of the Government’s record $227 million technology investment, which is modernising police technology through the delivery of a new intelligence system and the ongoing rollout of iPads to police and Protective Service Officers (PSOs). Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence called for the trial and evaluation of body worn cameras to collect statements from victims to use as evidence in court. The cameras will help strengthen community safety, and help to improve transparency and accountability in police interactions with the public. They can be used to capture audio and video interactions between police officers and members of the public and real‐time capture video evidence at the scene of a crime. Police will turn the cameras on whenever they are exercising police powers, collecting evidence or when it would provide transparency to a police interaction. Strict laws were introduced last year to ensure adequate protections are in place against the unauthorised disclosure of footage. The technology will support the Labor Government’s more than $2 billion police investment, which includes a record recruitment of 3135 new police.

MORE STATION CAR PARKING FOR EPPING

The Andrews Labor Government will build more than 70 new car parking spaces at Epping Station as part of the biggest one-off boost to train station parking in Victoria's history. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $60 million to build more than 2,000 new parking spaces, deliver more secure storage facilities for cyclists and improve access for pedestrians at key stations across Melbourne. The funding will boost will deliver 74 new parking spaces at Epping Station – a significant increase on the 40 spaces currently available. Parking at Belgrave, Sandown Park and Craigieburn stations will also be boosted, and other stations will be considered for upgrades as part of the package. The extra spaces mean commuters will no longer clog up neighbouring streets with their cars and will free up more car parking for local traders, shoppers and residents. The extra spaces add to the more than 3,000 new and upgraded car parks the Labor Government has built at metropolitan and regional train stations over the past three years to help more commuters get a car park when they take the train. Sites were chosen based on current capacity and demand, available transport land and population growth area data. For more information, visit victrack.com.au/carparkupgrades.   Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Epping Station has desperately needed more car parking spaces. These 74 new spaces will ease some of the pain for both commuters boarding trains at Epping and residents who have to put up with cars clogging up their streets. The Mernda rail extension that Labor is building will also free up parking spaces as residents further down the line will be able to park at a station closer to them.” “The Andrews Labor Government is helping turn our northern suburbs into greater and greater places to live.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The Andrews Labor Government is making sure that train station parking is more accessible for locals and commuters. We’re making it easier to get a park at Epping Station, and to get home again safer and sooner at the end of the day.”

MORE STATION CAR PARKING FOR EPPING

The Andrews Labor Government will build more than 70 new car parking spaces at Epping Station as part of the biggest one-off boost to train station parking in Victoria's history. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $60 million to build more than 2,000 new parking spaces, deliver more secure storage facilities for cyclists and improve access for pedestrians at key stations across Melbourne. The funding will boost will deliver 74 new parking spaces at Epping Station – a significant increase on the 40 spaces currently available. Parking at Belgrave, Sandown Park and Craigieburn stations will also be boosted, and other stations will be considered for upgrades as part of the package. The extra spaces mean commuters will no longer clog up neighbouring streets with their cars and will free up more car parking for local traders, shoppers and residents. The extra spaces add to the more than 3,000 new and upgraded car parks the Labor Government has built at metropolitan and regional train stations over the past three years to help more commuters get a car park when they take the train. Sites were chosen based on current capacity and demand, available transport land and population growth area data. For more information, visit victrack.com.au/carparkupgrades.   Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Epping Station has desperately needed more car parking spaces. These 74 new spaces will ease some of the pain for both commuters boarding trains at Epping and residents who have to put up with cars clogging up their streets. The Mernda rail extension that Labor is building will also free up parking spaces as residents further down the line will be able to park at a station closer to them.” “The Andrews Labor Government is helping turn our northern suburbs into greater and greater places to live.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The Andrews Labor Government is making sure that train station parking is more accessible for locals and commuters. We’re making it easier to get a park at Epping Station, and to get home again safer and sooner at the end of the day.”

BUDGET BOOST TO HELP NORTHERN HEALTH FIGHT WINTER FLU

Northern Health will have the support it needs to fight the flu this winter, thanks to a boost for emergency departments from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced $50 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to help hospitals open more beds, hire more doctors and nurses and treat more patients. As part of this boost, Northern Health will receive $8,032,166 to address their local winter demands in a range of ways that best suit their community’s needs – for example, putting on more doctors and nurses, or opening more beds to treat more patients. Last year, Victoria experienced a horror flu season – one of the worst on record –  with more than 48,000 confirmed cases of influenza and a record number of people presenting to emergency departments each day. This early Budget funding boost will see 17 of Victoria’s largest health services get the extra funding they need to plan now ahead of winter and cater for more patients presenting to emergency departments with the flu. The Labor Government is also providing $3.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to provide free flu shots for Victorian children aged six months up to five years, available from May 2018. Despite Victoria urging Malcolm Turnbull to expand the National Immunisation Program to protect vulnerable groups like children, he refused to listen, leaving Victoria to once again step in and fill the gap. This early Budget boosts builds on the record funding provided in last year’s Budget that saw hospitals receive $1.67 billion to help meet demand and provide the care Victorian patients deserve. The Labor Government’s record investment is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull, who continues to hold funding for Victorian hospitals hostage, with a proposed agreement that would see our state shortchanged by $2.1 billion.

BUDGET BOOST TO HELP NORTHERN HEALTH FIGHT WINTER FLU

Northern Health will have the support it needs to fight the flu this winter, thanks to a boost for emergency departments from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced $50 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to help hospitals open more beds, hire more doctors and nurses and treat more patients. As part of this boost, Northern Health will receive $8,032,166 to address their local winter demands in a range of ways that best suit their community’s needs – for example, putting on more doctors and nurses, or opening more beds to treat more patients. Last year, Victoria experienced a horror flu season – one of the worst on record –  with more than 48,000 confirmed cases of influenza and a record number of people presenting to emergency departments each day. This early Budget funding boost will see 17 of Victoria’s largest health services get the extra funding they need to plan now ahead of winter and cater for more patients presenting to emergency departments with the flu. The Labor Government is also providing $3.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to provide free flu shots for Victorian children aged six months up to five years, available from May 2018. Despite Victoria urging Malcolm Turnbull to expand the National Immunisation Program to protect vulnerable groups like children, he refused to listen, leaving Victoria to once again step in and fill the gap. This early Budget boosts builds on the record funding provided in last year’s Budget that saw hospitals receive $1.67 billion to help meet demand and provide the care Victorian patients deserve. The Labor Government’s record investment is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull, who continues to hold funding for Victorian hospitals hostage, with a proposed agreement that would see our state shortchanged by $2.1 billion.