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EDGARS CREEK SECONDARY COLLEGE TO OPEN A YEAR EARLY!

Families in the Epping North community will be able to send their children to a new secondary college a year earlier than expected, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government fast tracking the delivery of Edgars Creek Secondary College. See the link below for an information Fact Sheet on the school. The school will now open in Term 1 of 2018 instead of 2019 and will house 1,800 Year 7 to Year 12 students in outstanding facilities. Edgars Creek Secondary College will open in two stages with Year 7 students to start first and being taught at the nearby at Mernda Central P-12 College for Terms 1 and 2, before they transition, with all teaching staff, to the new school facilities in Term 3. In the first half of 2018, a bus will transport students from Edgars Creek to the Mernda site and parents will be able to drop off and pick up their children at a designated point to support students’ transition. See the link below regarding the Bus Route. Edgars Creek Secondary College will operate separately to Mernda Central P-12 College. Both schools will have their own entrance and classes will be held in separate parts of the school buildings. Edgars Creek students will have access to all recreation and specialist areas to ensure a successful start to their secondary education. When the permanent site opens in Term 3 2018, the new school will provide multi-purpose learning areas, a STEM building with specialist facilities in science and technology, and a main administration and library building. A principal for Edgars Creek Secondary College will be appointed shortly and enrolment boundaries will be determined in the near future. This is an exciting development for Epping North and I look forward to seeing young people from this community thrive in their new learning environment. For further information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see the link below. EdgarsCreekSC_Factsheet EdgarsCreekSC_FAQs          

EDGARS CREEK SECONDARY COLLEGE TO OPEN A YEAR EARLY!

Families in the Epping North community will be able to send their children to a new secondary college a year earlier than expected, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government fast tracking the delivery of Edgars Creek Secondary College. See the link below for an information Fact Sheet on the school. The school will now open in Term 1 of 2018 instead of 2019 and will house 1,800 Year 7 to Year 12 students in outstanding facilities. Edgars Creek Secondary College will open in two stages with Year 7 students to start first and being taught at the nearby at Mernda Central P-12 College for Terms 1 and 2, before they transition, with all teaching staff, to the new school facilities in Term 3. In the first half of 2018, a bus will transport students from Edgars Creek to the Mernda site and parents will be able to drop off and pick up their children at a designated point to support students’ transition. See the link below regarding the Bus Route. Edgars Creek Secondary College will operate separately to Mernda Central P-12 College. Both schools will have their own entrance and classes will be held in separate parts of the school buildings. Edgars Creek students will have access to all recreation and specialist areas to ensure a successful start to their secondary education. When the permanent site opens in Term 3 2018, the new school will provide multi-purpose learning areas, a STEM building with specialist facilities in science and technology, and a main administration and library building. A principal for Edgars Creek Secondary College will be appointed shortly and enrolment boundaries will be determined in the near future. This is an exciting development for Epping North and I look forward to seeing young people from this community thrive in their new learning environment. For further information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see the link below. EdgarsCreekSC_Factsheet EdgarsCreekSC_FAQs          

EXPANSION OF THE NORTHERN HOSPITAL

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $162.7 million to upgrade The Northern Hospital, with an increase in operating theatres and additional beds that will allow an estimated 10,000 more patients to be treated each year. The Stage 2 project will complete a 7 storey tower and add 96 new inpatient beds, 3 operating theatres and more treatment rooms. These new beds will add to the existing 360 multi-day and same-day beds. There will also be room to grow - with space for the future expansion of cardiology services, cath labs and medical imaging. The Northern Hospital was neglected by successive Liberal Governments after it opened in 1998. The last Liberal Government allocated just $29 million for Stage 1 of the expansion – a figure dwarfed by the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to Stage 2. The Northern Hospital services more than 365,000 people, with an expected growth rate of 51% up to 2031 set to push the population past 550,000. Building works are expected to start late next year, and are due to be completed in 2021. We’re building better hospitals to make sure we have the right services and infrastructure in place in Melbourne’s North, so we can best meet the demands of our rapidly growing community. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy: "We’re expanding the Northern Hospital so we can meet the soaring demand for health care in Melbourne’s rapidly growing northern growth corridor."  

EXPANSION OF THE NORTHERN HOSPITAL

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $162.7 million to upgrade The Northern Hospital, with an increase in operating theatres and additional beds that will allow an estimated 10,000 more patients to be treated each year. The Stage 2 project will complete a 7 storey tower and add 96 new inpatient beds, 3 operating theatres and more treatment rooms. These new beds will add to the existing 360 multi-day and same-day beds. There will also be room to grow - with space for the future expansion of cardiology services, cath labs and medical imaging. The Northern Hospital was neglected by successive Liberal Governments after it opened in 1998. The last Liberal Government allocated just $29 million for Stage 1 of the expansion – a figure dwarfed by the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to Stage 2. The Northern Hospital services more than 365,000 people, with an expected growth rate of 51% up to 2031 set to push the population past 550,000. Building works are expected to start late next year, and are due to be completed in 2021. We’re building better hospitals to make sure we have the right services and infrastructure in place in Melbourne’s North, so we can best meet the demands of our rapidly growing community. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy: "We’re expanding the Northern Hospital so we can meet the soaring demand for health care in Melbourne’s rapidly growing northern growth corridor."  

MORE FRONTLINE POLICE TO HIT THE BEAT IN MELBOURNE’S NORTH NEXT MONTH

From next month, local communities will begin to see the first 300 frontline police officers on their streets. These are the first of the 3,135 police the Andrews Labor Government is delivering over five years to make communities safer and drive down crime. Today, myself, Danielle Green MP and Lily D’Ambrosio MP welcomed the Andrews Government announcement that the Whittlesea area will be receiving an allocation of Victoria’s 300 new frontline police funded in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget. 45 new police officers will be deployed to the Whittlesea area, which will ensure required staffing for the new Mernda Police Station planned to open later in 2017. The extra frontline police will be assigned to areas such as South Morang, Epping, Thomastown and the Whittlesea township. The new police officers, which are on top of regular attrition recruiting, will give a stronger and more visible police presence on the street, staff more proactive patrols, and deliver more resources to stop crime from happening in the first place. These additional police officers also builds on the 106 new police already allocated to deal with gang related crime and public order issues, as well as increasing special response and monitoring capability. Since coming into government, more than 700 full time police positions have been allocated across the force. The allocation of frontline police officers through the new Staff Allocation Model takes the politics out of the distribution of police resources, with Victoria Police identifying the areas that have the greatest need. Another 2,729 new police will be recruited and trained over the next four years as part of the government’s Community Safety Statement, released in December 2016.

MORE FRONTLINE POLICE TO HIT THE BEAT IN MELBOURNE’S NORTH NEXT MONTH

From next month, local communities will begin to see the first 300 frontline police officers on their streets. These are the first of the 3,135 police the Andrews Labor Government is delivering over five years to make communities safer and drive down crime. Today, myself, Danielle Green MP and Lily D’Ambrosio MP welcomed the Andrews Government announcement that the Whittlesea area will be receiving an allocation of Victoria’s 300 new frontline police funded in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget. 45 new police officers will be deployed to the Whittlesea area, which will ensure required staffing for the new Mernda Police Station planned to open later in 2017. The extra frontline police will be assigned to areas such as South Morang, Epping, Thomastown and the Whittlesea township. The new police officers, which are on top of regular attrition recruiting, will give a stronger and more visible police presence on the street, staff more proactive patrols, and deliver more resources to stop crime from happening in the first place. These additional police officers also builds on the 106 new police already allocated to deal with gang related crime and public order issues, as well as increasing special response and monitoring capability. Since coming into government, more than 700 full time police positions have been allocated across the force. The allocation of frontline police officers through the new Staff Allocation Model takes the politics out of the distribution of police resources, with Victoria Police identifying the areas that have the greatest need. Another 2,729 new police will be recruited and trained over the next four years as part of the government’s Community Safety Statement, released in December 2016.

NEW THOMASTOWN BUS DEPOT NOW OPEN

A new, state-of-the-art bus depot in Thomastown is now open, supporting better bus services for passengers in Melbourne’s north. Today I was joined by Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence to officially open the $8.6 million facility. The depot on High Street will be home for 50 buses operating on Smart Bus routes 901 and 902 – two of the most popular on the network. It includes facilities for 100 Transdev staff and huge tanks to capture 81,000 litres of rain water that will be used to wash buses. It’s the last of three new depots being built as part of the Victorian Government’s $40 million investment in new depots to support Transdev bus services, which operate around 30 per cent of Melbourne’s bus network. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $100 million to improve bus services across Melbourne – including new and expanded routes into to meet demand growth areas. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence; “We’re making buses better, with new routes and services to carry more people as Melbourne grows.” “New depots like these will support better bus services on some of our most popular routes, getting them home safer and sooner every day.”  

NEW THOMASTOWN BUS DEPOT NOW OPEN

A new, state-of-the-art bus depot in Thomastown is now open, supporting better bus services for passengers in Melbourne’s north. Today I was joined by Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence to officially open the $8.6 million facility. The depot on High Street will be home for 50 buses operating on Smart Bus routes 901 and 902 – two of the most popular on the network. It includes facilities for 100 Transdev staff and huge tanks to capture 81,000 litres of rain water that will be used to wash buses. It’s the last of three new depots being built as part of the Victorian Government’s $40 million investment in new depots to support Transdev bus services, which operate around 30 per cent of Melbourne’s bus network. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $100 million to improve bus services across Melbourne – including new and expanded routes into to meet demand growth areas. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Ros Spence; “We’re making buses better, with new routes and services to carry more people as Melbourne grows.” “New depots like these will support better bus services on some of our most popular routes, getting them home safer and sooner every day.”  

 

WHITTLESEA TECH SCHOOL DESIGN UNVEILED

Whittlesea Tech School is taking shape, with designs for the ground-breaking facility unveiled today. I can announce today that Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus will host the high-tech learning centre in a brand new building. The Whittlesea Tech School will be a shared learning hub where students from 13 partner government and non-government schools across the Whittlesea areas will be able to participate in learning programs free of charge. It will help these students learn the skills needed for the 21st century STEM skills; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students will work on real-life problems that are provided by industry and need to be solved using the latest technology. Construction works are due to commence late 2017. The Whittlesea Tech School will have an education focus aligned to industries that are predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth in the area: advanced manufacturing, scientific and technical services, healthcare and social assistance, entrepreneurial skills, and food and fibre. It is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year nine students reaching the highest level of achievement in maths and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. For more information on Tech Schools, visit www.techschools.education.vic.gov.au.

WHITTLESEA TECH SCHOOL DESIGN UNVEILED

Whittlesea Tech School is taking shape, with designs for the ground-breaking facility unveiled today. I can announce today that Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus will host the high-tech learning centre in a brand new building. The Whittlesea Tech School will be a shared learning hub where students from 13 partner government and non-government schools across the Whittlesea areas will be able to participate in learning programs free of charge. It will help these students learn the skills needed for the 21st century STEM skills; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students will work on real-life problems that are provided by industry and need to be solved using the latest technology. Construction works are due to commence late 2017. The Whittlesea Tech School will have an education focus aligned to industries that are predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth in the area: advanced manufacturing, scientific and technical services, healthcare and social assistance, entrepreneurial skills, and food and fibre. It is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year nine students reaching the highest level of achievement in maths and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. For more information on Tech Schools, visit www.techschools.education.vic.gov.au.

MELBOURNE WHOLESALE FRUIT & VEGETABLE MARKET, EPPING

In a Victorian first, the Andrews Labor government has helped lure decontamination processor Steritech to the Melbourne Market. Steritech is set to open a new X-ray treatment facility that will boost export potential, and provide Victorian producers with a major market advantage. Today I announced the development with Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford at the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in Epping. X-ray treatment is a phytosanitary measure, using cutting-edge new technology for fresh horticultural produce that enables growers to meet export market access requirements. It is also a viable alternative to chemical treatment or prolonged cold storage of product. The project involves construction of a 3396sqm warehouse, buildings, and coolrooms at the Melbourne Markets. The new facility is set to reduce costs and improve profitability for Victorian producers as they will no longer need to transport export-bound produce to Queensland for treatment. Reducing transport and handling of product will also lower product wastage. The facility will enable Victoria’s horticulture producers to meet increasing demand from international markets for high quality product. Unlike some other treatment options, X-ray treatment does not significantly reduce commodity quality and may extend shelf life. The Labor Government will provide funding to secure Steritech’s position in Victoria and leverage substantial investment from the company. The investment will mean a 10 per cent reduction in transport costs for Victorian horticultural exporters using Steritech’s facilities.

MELBOURNE WHOLESALE FRUIT & VEGETABLE MARKET, EPPING

In a Victorian first, the Andrews Labor government has helped lure decontamination processor Steritech to the Melbourne Market. Steritech is set to open a new X-ray treatment facility that will boost export potential, and provide Victorian producers with a major market advantage. Today I announced the development with Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford at the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in Epping. X-ray treatment is a phytosanitary measure, using cutting-edge new technology for fresh horticultural produce that enables growers to meet export market access requirements. It is also a viable alternative to chemical treatment or prolonged cold storage of product. The project involves construction of a 3396sqm warehouse, buildings, and coolrooms at the Melbourne Markets. The new facility is set to reduce costs and improve profitability for Victorian producers as they will no longer need to transport export-bound produce to Queensland for treatment. Reducing transport and handling of product will also lower product wastage. The facility will enable Victoria’s horticulture producers to meet increasing demand from international markets for high quality product. Unlike some other treatment options, X-ray treatment does not significantly reduce commodity quality and may extend shelf life. The Labor Government will provide funding to secure Steritech’s position in Victoria and leverage substantial investment from the company. The investment will mean a 10 per cent reduction in transport costs for Victorian horticultural exporters using Steritech’s facilities.

ST MONICA’S COLLEGE, EPPING

I am pleased to announce that St Monica's College, Epping has received a grant of $1 million from the Victorian Government Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools, matching dollar-for-dollar the schools contribution. Over one-third of Victorian students study at Catholic or Independent schools . The grant is a response to the enrolment demand and to upgrade current facilities. The project includes the construction of 9 general learning areas, administration spaces, student services, resource area and other associated areas.

ST MONICA’S COLLEGE, EPPING

I am pleased to announce that St Monica's College, Epping has received a grant of $1 million from the Victorian Government Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools, matching dollar-for-dollar the schools contribution. Over one-third of Victorian students study at Catholic or Independent schools . The grant is a response to the enrolment demand and to upgrade current facilities. The project includes the construction of 9 general learning areas, administration spaces, student services, resource area and other associated areas.

MOSAIC RECREATION RESERVE AND COMMUNITY SOCCER FACILITY, LALOR

Last week the State Government announced a $2.95 million Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) grant for Whittlesea Council to help with the construction of the $6.985 million Mosaic Recreation Reserve and Community Soccer Facility in Lalor. Through the GSF and the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), more than $4 million has been committed to projects within the City of Whittlesea. The GSF is designed to provide crucial facilities to Melbourne’s fast growing outer suburbs. This $6.985 million project will include a new playground and landscaping, two new soccer pitches, car parking and lighting in a new residential development in Lalor. The announcement is at the early stages with initial concept design, design development, detailed design, contract documentation and contract support services for the development of the Mosaic Recreation Reserve.

MOSAIC RECREATION RESERVE AND COMMUNITY SOCCER FACILITY, LALOR

Last week the State Government announced a $2.95 million Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) grant for Whittlesea Council to help with the construction of the $6.985 million Mosaic Recreation Reserve and Community Soccer Facility in Lalor. Through the GSF and the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), more than $4 million has been committed to projects within the City of Whittlesea. The GSF is designed to provide crucial facilities to Melbourne’s fast growing outer suburbs. This $6.985 million project will include a new playground and landscaping, two new soccer pitches, car parking and lighting in a new residential development in Lalor. The announcement is at the early stages with initial concept design, design development, detailed design, contract documentation and contract support services for the development of the Mosaic Recreation Reserve.