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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.”

NEW SITES FOR NEW WOLLERT SCHOOLS

The new Wollert Central P6, Wollert East P6 and Wollert East 7-12 are a step closer, with three sites in Wollert being acquired as part of a $236.8 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to buy the land needed to meet the future needs of Melbourne’s fastest growing communities. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said that the sites for the new schools would be acquired as part of a funding package to buy land for 14 new schools. These new schools will build the school capacity needed to meet Melbourne’s growing needs. The Labor Government is now delivering an unprecedented 64 new school projects across Victoria to meet the demand created by state’s population boom, with more than 90,000 school-aged children and teenagers predicted to call Victoria home by 2022. This includes having already delivered the school infrastructure needed to meet the needs of Victoria’s growing student population until 2019 through an unprecedented $2.5 billion investment as part of the Education State. The funding will buy land for schools across Melbourne’s booming inner and outer suburbs, including land in the growth areas of Clyde North, Cranbourne West, Mickleham, Deanside, Rockbank, Cobblebank, Wollert, Wyndham Vale and Pakenham. A site will also be acquired in Seddon for a new Seddon Campus as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. The new school sites were identified following in-depth analysis of demographic data and enrolments at existing schools. Community engagement on the new schools will start in coming weeks, with details available at the Victoria School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quotes Attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “We are building the new schools Victoria needs – not just for today or tomorrow but for years to come.” “This investment will begin to break the cycle of short-term planning for new schools and give families the certainty they need that their kids can attend a great local government school where they can get a great education – no matter where they live.” Quotes Attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio  “It’s no secret that Wollert is booming, and we have got on with the job of delivering the new schools local families are crying out for.” “When the schools open, it will be a great local school that the whole community can be proud of.”

NEW SITES FOR NEW WOLLERT SCHOOLS

The new Wollert Central P6, Wollert East P6 and Wollert East 7-12 are a step closer, with three sites in Wollert being acquired as part of a $236.8 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to buy the land needed to meet the future needs of Melbourne’s fastest growing communities. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said that the sites for the new schools would be acquired as part of a funding package to buy land for 14 new schools. These new schools will build the school capacity needed to meet Melbourne’s growing needs. The Labor Government is now delivering an unprecedented 64 new school projects across Victoria to meet the demand created by state’s population boom, with more than 90,000 school-aged children and teenagers predicted to call Victoria home by 2022. This includes having already delivered the school infrastructure needed to meet the needs of Victoria’s growing student population until 2019 through an unprecedented $2.5 billion investment as part of the Education State. The funding will buy land for schools across Melbourne’s booming inner and outer suburbs, including land in the growth areas of Clyde North, Cranbourne West, Mickleham, Deanside, Rockbank, Cobblebank, Wollert, Wyndham Vale and Pakenham. A site will also be acquired in Seddon for a new Seddon Campus as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. The new school sites were identified following in-depth analysis of demographic data and enrolments at existing schools. Community engagement on the new schools will start in coming weeks, with details available at the Victoria School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quotes Attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “We are building the new schools Victoria needs – not just for today or tomorrow but for years to come.” “This investment will begin to break the cycle of short-term planning for new schools and give families the certainty they need that their kids can attend a great local government school where they can get a great education – no matter where they live.” Quotes Attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio  “It’s no secret that Wollert is booming, and we have got on with the job of delivering the new schools local families are crying out for.” “When the schools open, it will be a great local school that the whole community can be proud of.”

MAJOR WORKS BEGIN ON O’HERNS ROAD PROJECT

As of Friday 23 February, major construction works are now underway on the O’Herns Road interchange project. The first stage of the project will replace the roundabout at O’Herns Road and High Street with traffic lights and add a raised platform at the intersection to improve safety. Stage 1 is expected to be completed in mid-2018. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said residents have been waiting a long time for this vital upgrade. The second stage of the project includes duplicating O’Herns Road and adding a diamond interchange to provide easier access to the Hume Freeway. Overall completion is due in late 2019. This is election promise from the Victorian Labor Government – we will deliver on all our promises.

MAJOR WORKS BEGIN ON O’HERNS ROAD PROJECT

As of Friday 23 February, major construction works are now underway on the O’Herns Road interchange project. The first stage of the project will replace the roundabout at O’Herns Road and High Street with traffic lights and add a raised platform at the intersection to improve safety. Stage 1 is expected to be completed in mid-2018. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said residents have been waiting a long time for this vital upgrade. The second stage of the project includes duplicating O’Herns Road and adding a diamond interchange to provide easier access to the Hume Freeway. Overall completion is due in late 2019. This is election promise from the Victorian Labor Government – we will deliver on all our promises.