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BUILDING EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS NORTHERN SUBURBS KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN COUNT ON

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will build new a new emergency department devoted to children and their families at the Northern Hospital – giving parents’ peace of mind that their kids will get calm, compassionate and dedicated care when they need it most. There’s nothing quite as scary as when your child is sick or injured – and there’s nothing more reassuring than knowing they’re in the best hands. Victoria is home to the world’s very best doctors and paediatric specialists – and they deserve first class facilities to match. The Labor Government is already investing $162.7 million in upgrading the Northern Hospital, paving the way for an additional 10,000 patients to be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres. But with more than 200,000 Victorian kids presenting at emergency departments last year, there’s more to do. That’s why a re-elected Labor Government will build a dedicated flagship kids’ emergency department at The Northern Hospital as well as Frankston, Casey, Barwon Health and Maroondah hospitals. The $62.4 million investment will reconfigure or expand existing emergency departments, so that kids and their parents have their own dedicated space and staff when they need it most. It’s all about providing the very best tailored care that kids and their parents can count on. Kids' emergency departments are all about making sure than when children go to hospital, they can be treated in a more welcoming, kid friendly and less clinical environment, making the experience that little bit easier to manage. To give our kids the best care, we’ve made the flu shot free for kids under five – going it alone because the Morrison Liberal Government refuses to fund it. More children than ever are now protected, with rates of flu plummeting this winter thanks to our investments. We’ve also made landmark investments in genomic testing for rare conditions, so that parents and clinicians desperate for answers can diagnose our sickest kids, faster. The Liberals went to war with our paramedics and left our sickest patients waiting for an ambulance. Given the chance, they’ll do it again, taking an axe to health, and cutting, closing and privatising, because that’s what they do. Only Labor will build the health system and hospitals families can trust when they need it most. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “As a parent, I know there’s nothing more terrifying than when your child gets sick. Our hospitals do a great job, but tailored emergency departments will make sure kids get the best care – and only Labor will build them.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re upgrading the Northern Hospital – and this latest initiative will mean kids in Melbourne’s north will get the dedicated care they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The Liberals cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in office, hurting families in our community. Only Labor will provide world-class healthcare that families in Melbourne’s north can count on.”

BUILDING EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS NORTHERN SUBURBS KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN COUNT ON

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will build new a new emergency department devoted to children and their families at the Northern Hospital – giving parents’ peace of mind that their kids will get calm, compassionate and dedicated care when they need it most. There’s nothing quite as scary as when your child is sick or injured – and there’s nothing more reassuring than knowing they’re in the best hands. Victoria is home to the world’s very best doctors and paediatric specialists – and they deserve first class facilities to match. The Labor Government is already investing $162.7 million in upgrading the Northern Hospital, paving the way for an additional 10,000 patients to be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres. But with more than 200,000 Victorian kids presenting at emergency departments last year, there’s more to do. That’s why a re-elected Labor Government will build a dedicated flagship kids’ emergency department at The Northern Hospital as well as Frankston, Casey, Barwon Health and Maroondah hospitals. The $62.4 million investment will reconfigure or expand existing emergency departments, so that kids and their parents have their own dedicated space and staff when they need it most. It’s all about providing the very best tailored care that kids and their parents can count on. Kids' emergency departments are all about making sure than when children go to hospital, they can be treated in a more welcoming, kid friendly and less clinical environment, making the experience that little bit easier to manage. To give our kids the best care, we’ve made the flu shot free for kids under five – going it alone because the Morrison Liberal Government refuses to fund it. More children than ever are now protected, with rates of flu plummeting this winter thanks to our investments. We’ve also made landmark investments in genomic testing for rare conditions, so that parents and clinicians desperate for answers can diagnose our sickest kids, faster. The Liberals went to war with our paramedics and left our sickest patients waiting for an ambulance. Given the chance, they’ll do it again, taking an axe to health, and cutting, closing and privatising, because that’s what they do. Only Labor will build the health system and hospitals families can trust when they need it most. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “As a parent, I know there’s nothing more terrifying than when your child gets sick. Our hospitals do a great job, but tailored emergency departments will make sure kids get the best care – and only Labor will build them.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re upgrading the Northern Hospital – and this latest initiative will mean kids in Melbourne’s north will get the dedicated care they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The Liberals cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in office, hurting families in our community. Only Labor will provide world-class healthcare that families in Melbourne’s north can count on.”

SUPPORTING THOMASTOWN’S NEXT GENERATION OF SCOUTS

More young Victorians will get the chance to develop their leadership skills and give back to their local community with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to help build a new Scout Hall for the Epping North Scout Group. The whole community will benefit with Scouts Victoria to manage and maintain the hall, which will also be available for local activities and events such as dance classes, community theatre rehearsals, birthday parties and fitness classes. Labor will provide $600,000 towards building a new hall for the Epping North Scout Group with Scouts Victoria to match this funding with community partners. Currently meeting in a community centre, Epping North Scout Group’s 60 members are set to benefit from a new permanent home. More than a million young Victorians have participated in Scouts since 1907, with a growing membership. These organisations are the heartbeat of our communities, giving young people the opportunity to get outdoors, have fun and develop resilience and teamwork skills. Only Labor will build and upgrade community halls around the state to make sure local Scout Groups have the facilities they need for generations to come. Quote attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos  “Scouts gives kids the chance to make friends, learn new skills and develop leadership skills – these grants will help them grow and reach more young Victorians.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Building the new Epping North Scout Hall is a win for the whole community – it will provide our young people with new and exciting activities and experiences that are so needed in growing suburbs. This is such an important investment and it will also be available for other community groups.”

SUPPORTING THOMASTOWN’S NEXT GENERATION OF SCOUTS

More young Victorians will get the chance to develop their leadership skills and give back to their local community with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to help build a new Scout Hall for the Epping North Scout Group. The whole community will benefit with Scouts Victoria to manage and maintain the hall, which will also be available for local activities and events such as dance classes, community theatre rehearsals, birthday parties and fitness classes. Labor will provide $600,000 towards building a new hall for the Epping North Scout Group with Scouts Victoria to match this funding with community partners. Currently meeting in a community centre, Epping North Scout Group’s 60 members are set to benefit from a new permanent home. More than a million young Victorians have participated in Scouts since 1907, with a growing membership. These organisations are the heartbeat of our communities, giving young people the opportunity to get outdoors, have fun and develop resilience and teamwork skills. Only Labor will build and upgrade community halls around the state to make sure local Scout Groups have the facilities they need for generations to come. Quote attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos  “Scouts gives kids the chance to make friends, learn new skills and develop leadership skills – these grants will help them grow and reach more young Victorians.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Building the new Epping North Scout Hall is a win for the whole community – it will provide our young people with new and exciting activities and experiences that are so needed in growing suburbs. This is such an important investment and it will also be available for other community groups.”

DELIVERING GREAT LOCAL SCHOOLS IN THE NORTHERN SUBURBS

Families across the northern suburbs will have access to the world-class local schools their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to open 10 new schools in the area over the next four years. Victoria is growing and we need to plan ahead to make sure that every child has access to a great local school. As part of the $850 million investment to be delivered by a re-elected Labor Government, 10 schools are now fully funded across the northern suburbs. These include: Aitken Hill Primary School, opening 2019 Ashley Park Primary School, opening 2019 Craigieburn South Secondary School, opening 2020 Beveridge West Primary School, opening 2020 Greenvale North West Primary School, opening 2021 Merrifield West Primary School, opening 2021 Edgars Creek Primary School, opening 2021 Greenvale Secondary School - Barrymore Road site opening 2022 Kalkallo Common Primary School, opening 2022 Wollert East Primary School, opening 2022 This builds on the five schools - Edgars Creek Secondary College, Mernda Park Primary, Mernda Central P-12 College, Harvest Home Primary School School and Newbury Primary School - which all opened in 2017 and 2018. Across the state, investment from a re-elected Labor Government will see 45 schools open within the next four years. A special planning fund for another 55 schools will also be established, which will ensure families can have confidence that Victoria’s education system is well prepared as the state grows. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Labor Government will deliver that for kids across our outer suburbs. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “While the Liberals cut and close, only Labor can be trusted to get on and deliver great local schools for this community.” Quote attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence “We are building new schools and upgrading many more to ensure students have access to great facilities right across Melbourne’s north. Only Labor will make sure our growing community has the infrastructure we need.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “This will give local families peace of mind that they can rely on a great local school in their very own community.” Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Labor has already delivered new schools across our region - but we know we have more to do. That’s why we will keep building the schools our community needs to ensure that every child has every chance in life.”

DELIVERING GREAT LOCAL SCHOOLS IN THE NORTHERN SUBURBS

Families across the northern suburbs will have access to the world-class local schools their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to open 10 new schools in the area over the next four years. Victoria is growing and we need to plan ahead to make sure that every child has access to a great local school. As part of the $850 million investment to be delivered by a re-elected Labor Government, 10 schools are now fully funded across the northern suburbs. These include: Aitken Hill Primary School, opening 2019 Ashley Park Primary School, opening 2019 Craigieburn South Secondary School, opening 2020 Beveridge West Primary School, opening 2020 Greenvale North West Primary School, opening 2021 Merrifield West Primary School, opening 2021 Edgars Creek Primary School, opening 2021 Greenvale Secondary School - Barrymore Road site opening 2022 Kalkallo Common Primary School, opening 2022 Wollert East Primary School, opening 2022 This builds on the five schools - Edgars Creek Secondary College, Mernda Park Primary, Mernda Central P-12 College, Harvest Home Primary School School and Newbury Primary School - which all opened in 2017 and 2018. Across the state, investment from a re-elected Labor Government will see 45 schools open within the next four years. A special planning fund for another 55 schools will also be established, which will ensure families can have confidence that Victoria’s education system is well prepared as the state grows. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Labor Government will deliver that for kids across our outer suburbs. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “While the Liberals cut and close, only Labor can be trusted to get on and deliver great local schools for this community.” Quote attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence “We are building new schools and upgrading many more to ensure students have access to great facilities right across Melbourne’s north. Only Labor will make sure our growing community has the infrastructure we need.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “This will give local families peace of mind that they can rely on a great local school in their very own community.” Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Labor has already delivered new schools across our region - but we know we have more to do. That’s why we will keep building the schools our community needs to ensure that every child has every chance in life.”

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR WOLLERT

Wollert will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to fast track planning for the next stage of Edgars Creek Secondary College. Building on the $16.7 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to build the school, which features a two-storey, state-of-the-art STEM building, Labor will invest an extra $1 million for the next stage of planning, because we know there’s more to do. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. In contrast, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It has also helped create 5,000 construction jobs right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Edgars Creek Secondary College is a great local school and it deserves facilities that match.  Only Labor can be trusted to deliver the facilities staff and students need.”  

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR WOLLERT

Wollert will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to fast track planning for the next stage of Edgars Creek Secondary College. Building on the $16.7 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to build the school, which features a two-storey, state-of-the-art STEM building, Labor will invest an extra $1 million for the next stage of planning, because we know there’s more to do. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. In contrast, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It has also helped create 5,000 construction jobs right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Edgars Creek Secondary College is a great local school and it deserves facilities that match.  Only Labor can be trusted to deliver the facilities staff and students need.”  

 

UPDATED COMMUNITY SPORTS PAVILION FOR THOMASTOWN

Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, representing Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz, today celebrated the first day of construction for the $5 million redevelopment of the Thomastown Main Street Community Pavilion. The project received $2 million from the 2017-18 round of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The existing sports pavilion will be updated to create a new, multi-faceted community facility that will provide additional space for club and community use. The new facilities will include a foyer, office space, a first aid room, club room, multi-purpose community spaces, kitchen facilities, six change rooms including two for home teams, two for visitors and two for umpires, a club gym, public amenities, new storage spaces and a covered external viewing area for all seasons. The project will be delivered by the City of Whittlesea, which has contributed $3 million towards the project. The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $24 million into the City of Whittlesea for 19 projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides critical local infrastructure that enriches communities by delivering facilities they need to grow and thrive as our population increases.” “We’re creating liveable spaces through the Growing Suburbs Fund, by ensuring fast-growing communities like Thomastown are equipped with modern recreational facilities like playgrounds, parks and sporting hubs that meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Thomastown Main Street Community Pavilion, providing great services to growing communities.”  “The revamped pavilion will be a great addition to the facilities for the football, netball and cricket clubs as well as community, with modern new facilities that will foster a range of community activities such as local sport.”

UPDATED COMMUNITY SPORTS PAVILION FOR THOMASTOWN

Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, representing Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz, today celebrated the first day of construction for the $5 million redevelopment of the Thomastown Main Street Community Pavilion. The project received $2 million from the 2017-18 round of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The existing sports pavilion will be updated to create a new, multi-faceted community facility that will provide additional space for club and community use. The new facilities will include a foyer, office space, a first aid room, club room, multi-purpose community spaces, kitchen facilities, six change rooms including two for home teams, two for visitors and two for umpires, a club gym, public amenities, new storage spaces and a covered external viewing area for all seasons. The project will be delivered by the City of Whittlesea, which has contributed $3 million towards the project. The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $24 million into the City of Whittlesea for 19 projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides critical local infrastructure that enriches communities by delivering facilities they need to grow and thrive as our population increases.” “We’re creating liveable spaces through the Growing Suburbs Fund, by ensuring fast-growing communities like Thomastown are equipped with modern recreational facilities like playgrounds, parks and sporting hubs that meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Thomastown Main Street Community Pavilion, providing great services to growing communities.”  “The revamped pavilion will be a great addition to the facilities for the football, netball and cricket clubs as well as community, with modern new facilities that will foster a range of community activities such as local sport.”

DELIVERING A NEW BUS SERVICE TO MERNDA AND CRAIGIEBURN

In good news for local families, a re-elected Labor Government will invest $10 million in new bus services in our growing suburbs and regions. Whether it’s building the new Suburban Rail Loop, continuing to remove dangerous and congested level crossings or delivering more local bus routes, only Labor will keep transforming our public transport system to make sure people are connected wherever they live. Locals in Mernda, Craigieburn and Wollert will be able to get around more quickly and easily with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver more buses to connect them to train services, work and study. We said we would modernise Victoria’s public transport network and we have. The Andrews Labor Government is already building the Metro Tunnel, removing dangerous and congested level crossings and upgrading train lines and bus services right around the state. Locally, the Mernda extension has been delivered six months ahead of schedule. The new eight-kilometre extension, complete with three new stations at Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge, is already making life easier for families in these communities. This will include a brand-new bus service that links local residents living between Mernda and Craigieburn Station, including families in Wollert. While the Liberals cut bus routes with no consultation with local communities, only Labor will deliver more buses and better public transport for local families. Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Labor delivered the rail extension to South Morang and now to Mernda. We’ve also helped ease congestion by introducing the Plenty Valley Bus Network. The new service will expand the current network, giving more families the choice to leave their car at home. When it comes to delivering better public transport, only Labor has the track-record families can rely on.”   Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “For families living in Wollert this will make a real difference, making it faster and easier to get where they’re going, especially for local students on their commute to school.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Our growing community deserves good local transport services to get people where they need to go, just as we’ve delivered with the rail extension to Mernda.”

DELIVERING A NEW BUS SERVICE TO MERNDA AND CRAIGIEBURN

In good news for local families, a re-elected Labor Government will invest $10 million in new bus services in our growing suburbs and regions. Whether it’s building the new Suburban Rail Loop, continuing to remove dangerous and congested level crossings or delivering more local bus routes, only Labor will keep transforming our public transport system to make sure people are connected wherever they live. Locals in Mernda, Craigieburn and Wollert will be able to get around more quickly and easily with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver more buses to connect them to train services, work and study. We said we would modernise Victoria’s public transport network and we have. The Andrews Labor Government is already building the Metro Tunnel, removing dangerous and congested level crossings and upgrading train lines and bus services right around the state. Locally, the Mernda extension has been delivered six months ahead of schedule. The new eight-kilometre extension, complete with three new stations at Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge, is already making life easier for families in these communities. This will include a brand-new bus service that links local residents living between Mernda and Craigieburn Station, including families in Wollert. While the Liberals cut bus routes with no consultation with local communities, only Labor will deliver more buses and better public transport for local families. Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Labor delivered the rail extension to South Morang and now to Mernda. We’ve also helped ease congestion by introducing the Plenty Valley Bus Network. The new service will expand the current network, giving more families the choice to leave their car at home. When it comes to delivering better public transport, only Labor has the track-record families can rely on.”   Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “For families living in Wollert this will make a real difference, making it faster and easier to get where they’re going, especially for local students on their commute to school.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Our growing community deserves good local transport services to get people where they need to go, just as we’ve delivered with the rail extension to Mernda.”

GIVING THOMASTOWN KIDS THE SCHOOL FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Students in Thomastown East Primary School will soon 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. Bronwyn Halfpenny visited Thomastown East Primary School to announce that ATCO Structures & Logistics Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract. The $2,070,000 million project includes delivering a new architect-designed modular building to replace the classroom block with new classrooms, a library, art and craft room. The Labor 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 $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in Thomastown Electorate visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au   Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP "This is an exciting day for Thomastown East Primary School and I am proud of the work done to secure this funding for this project.”  “As part of the Government commitment to remove asbestos from schools, Thomastown East Primary School is getting brand new classrooms. Students have also sent me beautifully written persuasive writing pieces highlighting the communities desire to have new cladding on old buildings and I will also advocate for this.”

GIVING THOMASTOWN KIDS THE SCHOOL FACILITIES THEY DESERVE

Students in Thomastown East Primary School will soon 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. Bronwyn Halfpenny visited Thomastown East Primary School to announce that ATCO Structures & Logistics Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract. The $2,070,000 million project includes delivering a new architect-designed modular building to replace the classroom block with new classrooms, a library, art and craft room. The Labor 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 $3.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in Thomastown Electorate visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au   Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP "This is an exciting day for Thomastown East Primary School and I am proud of the work done to secure this funding for this project.”  “As part of the Government commitment to remove asbestos from schools, Thomastown East Primary School is getting brand new classrooms. Students have also sent me beautifully written persuasive writing pieces highlighting the communities desire to have new cladding on old buildings and I will also advocate for this.”

$4 MILLION IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR CITY OF WHITTLESEA

The Victorian Government today announced over $4 million in funding for a new pavilion and urban streetscape improvements in the City of Whittlesea. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, representing Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz, today announced funding for both initiatives as part of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $200 million investment over 4 years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion project received $2,800,000 in funding, with an additional $250,000 contribution from Sport and Recreation’s Female Friendly Funding Program. The Urban Streetscape Improvements project also received $1,450,000 from the Victorian Government. The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion will incorporate club operations and activity space for the communities of the Epping North Growth Corridor, with a multi-purpose community social room with access to canteen and kitchen, a terraced all-weather veranda, toilet and shower facilities, a committee office and first aid room. The Urban Streetscape Improvements initiative is the second project being funded. This will involve upgrading public spaces along High Street Thomastown with the creation of a pedestrianised civic space including seats, paving, bins, landscaping, drinking fountains and bike racks. Both projects will be delivered by the Whittlesea City Council, which has contributed $2.5 million towards the Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion upgrade and $1,450,000 towards the Urban Streetscape Improvements project. Since 2015 the Whittlesea City Council has received more than $19 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Funding for 15 projects in the region. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure and is delivering results for local communities” “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund is helping fast growing communities get the vital community facilities they need so they can continue to thrive as their population increases.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects such as these which are providing vital services to growing communities.” “The Growing Suburbs Fund supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level.”

$4 MILLION IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR CITY OF WHITTLESEA

The Victorian Government today announced over $4 million in funding for a new pavilion and urban streetscape improvements in the City of Whittlesea. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, representing Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz, today announced funding for both initiatives as part of the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $200 million investment over 4 years in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs. The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion project received $2,800,000 in funding, with an additional $250,000 contribution from Sport and Recreation’s Female Friendly Funding Program. The Urban Streetscape Improvements project also received $1,450,000 from the Victorian Government. The Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion will incorporate club operations and activity space for the communities of the Epping North Growth Corridor, with a multi-purpose community social room with access to canteen and kitchen, a terraced all-weather veranda, toilet and shower facilities, a committee office and first aid room. The Urban Streetscape Improvements initiative is the second project being funded. This will involve upgrading public spaces along High Street Thomastown with the creation of a pedestrianised civic space including seats, paving, bins, landscaping, drinking fountains and bike racks. Both projects will be delivered by the Whittlesea City Council, which has contributed $2.5 million towards the Harvest Home Road Community Pavilion upgrade and $1,450,000 towards the Urban Streetscape Improvements project. Since 2015 the Whittlesea City Council has received more than $19 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Funding for 15 projects in the region. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community infrastructure and is delivering results for local communities” “The Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund is helping fast growing communities get the vital community facilities they need so they can continue to thrive as their population increases.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “It’s great to see the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects such as these which are providing vital services to growing communities.” “The Growing Suburbs Fund supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level.”