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GETTING IT DONE: REVITALISING THE THOMASTOWN PAVILION

The Andrews Labor Government will help redevelop the Thomastown Main Street Community Pavilion through a $2 million Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) grant. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny announced today that a new multi-faceted community facility will be constructed to provide additional club space for better future use. Works will include a new foyer, sports administration offices and a first aid room, a multi-purpose community space, canteen/kitchen, two home-side and visitor change rooms, two umpire change rooms, club gym, additional storage space and landscape works. The project will provide the Thomastown community with a fit for purpose facility that meets the increasing and diversifying demand in sport, recreation and supports female participation in sport. The GSF supports investment in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing interface councils. Whittlesea City Council has received $5 million to deliver three projects under the 2017-2019 GSF. The latest 2017-19 GSF round will deliver 40 projects across Melbourne’s outer suburbs. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny: “This funding will go a long way to ensuring Thomastown has a sports pavilion they will cherish.” “Modern Sports facilities and community spaces are important to our community and that’s why we’re future investing and getting this job done.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz: “The revamped pavilion will be a terrific asset to the Thomastown community and we’re proud to be funding it.” “This is another example of the Growing Suburbs Fund delivering much needed community infrastructure to Melbourne’s outer suburbs.”

GETTING IT DONE: REVITALISING THE THOMASTOWN PAVILION

The Andrews Labor Government will help redevelop the Thomastown Main Street Community Pavilion through a $2 million Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) grant. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny announced today that a new multi-faceted community facility will be constructed to provide additional club space for better future use. Works will include a new foyer, sports administration offices and a first aid room, a multi-purpose community space, canteen/kitchen, two home-side and visitor change rooms, two umpire change rooms, club gym, additional storage space and landscape works. The project will provide the Thomastown community with a fit for purpose facility that meets the increasing and diversifying demand in sport, recreation and supports female participation in sport. The GSF supports investment in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing interface councils. Whittlesea City Council has received $5 million to deliver three projects under the 2017-2019 GSF. The latest 2017-19 GSF round will deliver 40 projects across Melbourne’s outer suburbs. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny: “This funding will go a long way to ensuring Thomastown has a sports pavilion they will cherish.” “Modern Sports facilities and community spaces are important to our community and that’s why we’re future investing and getting this job done.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz: “The revamped pavilion will be a terrific asset to the Thomastown community and we’re proud to be funding it.” “This is another example of the Growing Suburbs Fund delivering much needed community infrastructure to Melbourne’s outer suburbs.”

SAVE ON ENERGY WITH VICTORIAN ENERGY COMPARE

The rising cost of energy is a big concern for Victorian households. Earlier this year, the Victorian Labor Government announced that an extra $1 million would be invested in the Victorian Energy Compare website to include cost-reflective and other innovative tariffs, to ensure that the website can respond to the introduction of new tariffs by energy retailers. We encourage you to use the Victorian Energy Compare tool to compare your energy costs with alternative providers. Victorian Energy Compare is an independent initiative by the Victorian Government. Through the website, you can compare electricity, gas and solar offers from all energy retailers to find the best option for you. Nine out of ten Victorians can save money by simply switching energy plans. Compare your energy bill at www.vic.gov.au/victorianenergycompare. If you would like further information or need any assistance with the website, please don't hesitate to contact my office on (03) 9401 2711.  

SAVE ON ENERGY WITH VICTORIAN ENERGY COMPARE

The rising cost of energy is a big concern for Victorian households. Earlier this year, the Victorian Labor Government announced that an extra $1 million would be invested in the Victorian Energy Compare website to include cost-reflective and other innovative tariffs, to ensure that the website can respond to the introduction of new tariffs by energy retailers. We encourage you to use the Victorian Energy Compare tool to compare your energy costs with alternative providers. Victorian Energy Compare is an independent initiative by the Victorian Government. Through the website, you can compare electricity, gas and solar offers from all energy retailers to find the best option for you. Nine out of ten Victorians can save money by simply switching energy plans. Compare your energy bill at www.vic.gov.au/victorianenergycompare. If you would like further information or need any assistance with the website, please don't hesitate to contact my office on (03) 9401 2711.  

EDGARS CREEK SECONDARY COLLEGE GETS FIRST PRINCIPAL

A principal has been appointed to lead Edgars Creek Secondary College as construction continues at the new school in Epping North. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced Joanne Camozzato as the first principal of the new $16.7 million school. Scheduled to open in 2018, Edgars Creek Secondary College is being built to accommodate the rapid demand for secondary education in Epping North. Ms Camozzato’s career in education has spanned more than 20 years, working in schools in both the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. More recently, Ms Camozzato worked as Middle School Principal at Mernda Central College. She is looking forward to the opportunity to make Edgars Creek Secondary College a vibrant and inclusive school for the Epping North and Wollert community. Edgars Creek Secondary College will open in two stages from term 1, 2018. Year 7 foundation students will be taught at Mernda Central P-12 College for terms 1 and 2 in 2018, before transitioning to the new Edgars Creek Secondary College in term 3 next year. The Victorian Government will support students and families during this time with student transport provided between Edgars Creek Secondary College and Mernda Central P-12. Enrolments for students starting Year 7 in 2018 are still open, and parents can contact Edgars Creek Secondary College at 0484 769 173 for all enquiries. Further information about the new school can be found on the Victorian School Building Authority website: http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools/Edgars-Creek-Secondary-School.aspx.

EDGARS CREEK SECONDARY COLLEGE GETS FIRST PRINCIPAL

A principal has been appointed to lead Edgars Creek Secondary College as construction continues at the new school in Epping North. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced Joanne Camozzato as the first principal of the new $16.7 million school. Scheduled to open in 2018, Edgars Creek Secondary College is being built to accommodate the rapid demand for secondary education in Epping North. Ms Camozzato’s career in education has spanned more than 20 years, working in schools in both the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. More recently, Ms Camozzato worked as Middle School Principal at Mernda Central College. She is looking forward to the opportunity to make Edgars Creek Secondary College a vibrant and inclusive school for the Epping North and Wollert community. Edgars Creek Secondary College will open in two stages from term 1, 2018. Year 7 foundation students will be taught at Mernda Central P-12 College for terms 1 and 2 in 2018, before transitioning to the new Edgars Creek Secondary College in term 3 next year. The Victorian Government will support students and families during this time with student transport provided between Edgars Creek Secondary College and Mernda Central P-12. Enrolments for students starting Year 7 in 2018 are still open, and parents can contact Edgars Creek Secondary College at 0484 769 173 for all enquiries. Further information about the new school can be found on the Victorian School Building Authority website: http://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools/Edgars-Creek-Secondary-School.aspx.

MAJOR UPGRADES FOR LALOR NORTH AND THOMASTOWN EAST PRIMARY SCHOOLS

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $2.84 million in Lalor North Primary School and $2.1 million in Thomastown East Primary School as part of its program to remove asbestos from old school buildings, and replace them with brand new ones. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny announced today that students at Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School will soon get brand new modular school buildings thanks to an innovative new school building program. As part of the Asbestos Removal Program, poor condition buildings containing asbestos will be demolished and replaced with permanent modular buildings. This will reduce planning and building times, and mean less disruption to students, staff and teaching programs. The architecturally-designed permanent modular buildings offer a fast and efficient solution for schools needing to replace older buildings containing asbestos. Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School will work with the Victorian School Building Authority over coming weeks to ensure a smooth delivery of this major upgrade. These new buildings are built off-site and delivered to schools so teaching is not interrupted and on-site safety risks are reduced. This is part of the Labor Government’s $155 million program for asbestos removal and building replacement. A state-wide audit of 1,712 government schools was conducted and 497 schools were found to contain high-risk asbestos, which was removed by March 2016. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny “I can’t wait for these much-needed upgrades to Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School. We are delivering on the promises we have made to local families to improve education infrastructure in the area.” “Using modular buildings increases flexibility for schools and reduces the interruptions to students, staff and teaching programs.”

MAJOR UPGRADES FOR LALOR NORTH AND THOMASTOWN EAST PRIMARY SCHOOLS

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $2.84 million in Lalor North Primary School and $2.1 million in Thomastown East Primary School as part of its program to remove asbestos from old school buildings, and replace them with brand new ones. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny announced today that students at Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School will soon get brand new modular school buildings thanks to an innovative new school building program. As part of the Asbestos Removal Program, poor condition buildings containing asbestos will be demolished and replaced with permanent modular buildings. This will reduce planning and building times, and mean less disruption to students, staff and teaching programs. The architecturally-designed permanent modular buildings offer a fast and efficient solution for schools needing to replace older buildings containing asbestos. Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School will work with the Victorian School Building Authority over coming weeks to ensure a smooth delivery of this major upgrade. These new buildings are built off-site and delivered to schools so teaching is not interrupted and on-site safety risks are reduced. This is part of the Labor Government’s $155 million program for asbestos removal and building replacement. A state-wide audit of 1,712 government schools was conducted and 497 schools were found to contain high-risk asbestos, which was removed by March 2016. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny “I can’t wait for these much-needed upgrades to Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School. We are delivering on the promises we have made to local families to improve education infrastructure in the area.” “Using modular buildings increases flexibility for schools and reduces the interruptions to students, staff and teaching programs.”

 

WORK READY TO BEGIN ON O’HERNS ROAD UPGRADE

Drivers in Melbourne’s north are a step closer to a safer and less congested trip home, with work set to begin on the O’Herns Road Upgrade. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny has announced that Maca Civil Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to build stage one of the $81 million upgrade. The upgrade will reduce congestion and improve safety on key arterial roads like Cooper Street, Epping Road, High Street and Miller Street. The project will replace the roundabout at the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection with traffic lights and a raised platform to improve safety. O’Herns Road will be duplicated to four lanes through to the Hume Freeway, with new merging lanes, to help drivers safely enter and exit the Freeway without interrupting traffic flow. The new traffic lights at O’Herns Road and High Street will be linked to the Epping Fire Station, allowing our firefighters to get on the road quickly and safely during an emergency. The second stage of the project includes building a new interchange at O’Herns Road to provide easier access to the Hume Freeway. The interchange will help to relieve congestion, improve reliability and traffic flow through the area and help get people home sooner. By providing direct access between Epping and the Hume Freeway, it will also encourage the development of the local economy, including the Cooper Street employment precinct and will support further residential growth. Forty local jobs will be created throughout the life of the project. The O’Herns Road interchange is a joint $81 million project between the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. Construction is due to start in early 2018 and be completed by late 2019. Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny "Local residents have been campaigning to replace this roundabout with traffic lights for years and I’m proud to say the Andrews Labor Government is getting with it and delivering the upgrades our community needs." "Fixing O’Herns Road will slash travel times and improve safety for drivers, while creating jobs and strengthening our local economy."

WORK READY TO BEGIN ON O’HERNS ROAD UPGRADE

Drivers in Melbourne’s north are a step closer to a safer and less congested trip home, with work set to begin on the O’Herns Road Upgrade. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny has announced that Maca Civil Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to build stage one of the $81 million upgrade. The upgrade will reduce congestion and improve safety on key arterial roads like Cooper Street, Epping Road, High Street and Miller Street. The project will replace the roundabout at the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection with traffic lights and a raised platform to improve safety. O’Herns Road will be duplicated to four lanes through to the Hume Freeway, with new merging lanes, to help drivers safely enter and exit the Freeway without interrupting traffic flow. The new traffic lights at O’Herns Road and High Street will be linked to the Epping Fire Station, allowing our firefighters to get on the road quickly and safely during an emergency. The second stage of the project includes building a new interchange at O’Herns Road to provide easier access to the Hume Freeway. The interchange will help to relieve congestion, improve reliability and traffic flow through the area and help get people home sooner. By providing direct access between Epping and the Hume Freeway, it will also encourage the development of the local economy, including the Cooper Street employment precinct and will support further residential growth. Forty local jobs will be created throughout the life of the project. The O’Herns Road interchange is a joint $81 million project between the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. Construction is due to start in early 2018 and be completed by late 2019. Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny "Local residents have been campaigning to replace this roundabout with traffic lights for years and I’m proud to say the Andrews Labor Government is getting with it and delivering the upgrades our community needs." "Fixing O’Herns Road will slash travel times and improve safety for drivers, while creating jobs and strengthening our local economy."

FLU FUNDING BOOST TO TREAT MORE PATIENTS WITH $7.5 MILLION FOR NORTHERN HEALTH

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a $115 million boost to give Victoria’s busy hospitals relief from a massive surge in demand following one of Victoria’s worst-ever flu seasons. Today, Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny and Member for Yuroke Ros Spence announced that local health services will share in a special funding support package, with an additional $7.5 million for Northern Health. This year’s flu season has resulted in sustained pressure on Victoria’s health system with more than 14,000 flu cases reported across Victoria so far. Over winter there has been a surge in people visiting emergency departments. In August alone, more than 3,900 people visited emergency departments each day – the largest ever for August on record. Hospitals right across the state have risen to the challenge, dedicating significant resources and staff to providing Victorians world class care this winter and flu season. This funding package will support local hospitals to ensure a record number of patients can get the care they need from emergency departments faster, for the remainder of the year. Northern Hospital in Epping is one local hospital that will benefit from this boost. Quicker hospital transfer times will also enable paramedics to get back on the road sooner and save more lives. People waiting for elective surgery will also benefit with more people than ever expected to receive surgery in 2017/18. This boost is another part of the Labor Government’s actions to manage the flu season and meet rising demand on the health system. While the peak is coming to an end, hospitals continue to urge patients with less severe illnesses to contact their GP, a pharmacist – including Victoria’s 24/7 Supercare Pharmacies - or NURSE-ON-CALL. The extra $115 million boost comes on top the record $1.67 billion provided in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support hospitals to meet demand and provide high quality, safer care to patients, no matter where they live.

FLU FUNDING BOOST TO TREAT MORE PATIENTS WITH $7.5 MILLION FOR NORTHERN HEALTH

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a $115 million boost to give Victoria’s busy hospitals relief from a massive surge in demand following one of Victoria’s worst-ever flu seasons. Today, Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny and Member for Yuroke Ros Spence announced that local health services will share in a special funding support package, with an additional $7.5 million for Northern Health. This year’s flu season has resulted in sustained pressure on Victoria’s health system with more than 14,000 flu cases reported across Victoria so far. Over winter there has been a surge in people visiting emergency departments. In August alone, more than 3,900 people visited emergency departments each day – the largest ever for August on record. Hospitals right across the state have risen to the challenge, dedicating significant resources and staff to providing Victorians world class care this winter and flu season. This funding package will support local hospitals to ensure a record number of patients can get the care they need from emergency departments faster, for the remainder of the year. Northern Hospital in Epping is one local hospital that will benefit from this boost. Quicker hospital transfer times will also enable paramedics to get back on the road sooner and save more lives. People waiting for elective surgery will also benefit with more people than ever expected to receive surgery in 2017/18. This boost is another part of the Labor Government’s actions to manage the flu season and meet rising demand on the health system. While the peak is coming to an end, hospitals continue to urge patients with less severe illnesses to contact their GP, a pharmacist – including Victoria’s 24/7 Supercare Pharmacies - or NURSE-ON-CALL. The extra $115 million boost comes on top the record $1.67 billion provided in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support hospitals to meet demand and provide high quality, safer care to patients, no matter where they live.

VICTORIA’S TOP SUSTAINABILITY SCHOOLS NAMED

Congratulations to Epping Views Primary School and Rachel Zammit (St Monica's College Epping) for being named finalists in Victoria’s biggest sustainability awards for schools. The finalists have been announced by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, ahead of the presentation ceremony in October. The ResourceSmart Schools Awards is celebrating its tenth anniversary and marking it with the announcement of the Leadership School of the Year and the School of the Decade awards. This year’s Awards focused on the theme ‘a decade of school wins for the environment’ and have inspired school communities to take sustainability and climate action, while providing learning opportunities for students. Sustainability Victoria received 150 entries from 87 schools including crowdfunding projects for the installation of solar panels, grey water ponds, garden beds, aquaponics ponds and beds, re-used tyre and sleeper walls and amphitheatre, permaculture area, compost system, orchard, swales and reptile enclosures. More than 1300 government and non-government schools have joined the ResourceSmart Schools program, receiving support to embed sustainability into all learning areas and levels of the Victorian Curriculum, with their progress and success measured by a star rating.

VICTORIA’S TOP SUSTAINABILITY SCHOOLS NAMED

Congratulations to Epping Views Primary School and Rachel Zammit (St Monica's College Epping) for being named finalists in Victoria’s biggest sustainability awards for schools. The finalists have been announced by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, ahead of the presentation ceremony in October. The ResourceSmart Schools Awards is celebrating its tenth anniversary and marking it with the announcement of the Leadership School of the Year and the School of the Decade awards. This year’s Awards focused on the theme ‘a decade of school wins for the environment’ and have inspired school communities to take sustainability and climate action, while providing learning opportunities for students. Sustainability Victoria received 150 entries from 87 schools including crowdfunding projects for the installation of solar panels, grey water ponds, garden beds, aquaponics ponds and beds, re-used tyre and sleeper walls and amphitheatre, permaculture area, compost system, orchard, swales and reptile enclosures. More than 1300 government and non-government schools have joined the ResourceSmart Schools program, receiving support to embed sustainability into all learning areas and levels of the Victorian Curriculum, with their progress and success measured by a star rating.

GREEN LIGHT FOR IMPROVED SAFETY AT BUSY LALOR INTERSECTION

Drivers in Lalor can look forward to safer and less congested journeys, with the Andrews Labor Government today switching on new traffic lights at the intersection of Dalton Road and Childs Road. Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today to announce the completion of works on the $5.5 million intersection upgrade. The upgrade replaces a congested roundabout and features dedicated turning lanes, new pedestrian crossings  and additional street lighting. Priority boxes have been installed to make the intersection safer for cyclists, giving them a head start on each green light and reducing conflict with general traffic. A raised platform will further improve safety by reducing the speed of vehicles as they approach and travel through the intersection. As well as making the intersection safer for cyclists and pedestrians, the upgrade will improve traffic flow on Dalton Road and Childs Road and reduce travel times, particularly during the busy morning and afternoon peak periods. More than 26,000 vehicles use the Dalton Road and Childs Road intersection every day with long queues at the roundabout often prompting some drivers to take unnecessary risks. In the past five years, there were 11 recorded crashes at the intersection, resulting in one serious injury. Quotes Attributable to Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio: “By removing the roundabout and installing traffic lights and dedicated turning lanes, we’ve made this frustrating bottle neck safer and less congested.” “We’re listening to locals and getting on with improving the roads people rely on every day.” Quotes Attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny “This intersection has been a concern for the local community for many years and I’m proud to say the Andrews Labor Government has fixed it.” “This upgrade will unlock the bottleneck at the intersection of Dalton and Childs Roads, reducing the time people spend stuck in traffic.”  

GREEN LIGHT FOR IMPROVED SAFETY AT BUSY LALOR INTERSECTION

Drivers in Lalor can look forward to safer and less congested journeys, with the Andrews Labor Government today switching on new traffic lights at the intersection of Dalton Road and Childs Road. Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today to announce the completion of works on the $5.5 million intersection upgrade. The upgrade replaces a congested roundabout and features dedicated turning lanes, new pedestrian crossings  and additional street lighting. Priority boxes have been installed to make the intersection safer for cyclists, giving them a head start on each green light and reducing conflict with general traffic. A raised platform will further improve safety by reducing the speed of vehicles as they approach and travel through the intersection. As well as making the intersection safer for cyclists and pedestrians, the upgrade will improve traffic flow on Dalton Road and Childs Road and reduce travel times, particularly during the busy morning and afternoon peak periods. More than 26,000 vehicles use the Dalton Road and Childs Road intersection every day with long queues at the roundabout often prompting some drivers to take unnecessary risks. In the past five years, there were 11 recorded crashes at the intersection, resulting in one serious injury. Quotes Attributable to Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio: “By removing the roundabout and installing traffic lights and dedicated turning lanes, we’ve made this frustrating bottle neck safer and less congested.” “We’re listening to locals and getting on with improving the roads people rely on every day.” Quotes Attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny “This intersection has been a concern for the local community for many years and I’m proud to say the Andrews Labor Government has fixed it.” “This upgrade will unlock the bottleneck at the intersection of Dalton and Childs Roads, reducing the time people spend stuck in traffic.”