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FIGHTING FOR THE NORTH’S FAIR SHARE

The Andrews Labor Government is standing up for patients in the North who are being hit hard by Canberra’s cuts to Victoria’s hospitals. Canberra has clawed back $305 million from Victoria’s hospitals – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state. Locally, Canberra’s $13,120,363 cut to Northern Health will hit locals hard. It’s the equivalent of 25,511 dialysis sessions, 11,815 chemotherapy treatments or 794 hip replacements. That’s why the Labor Government has launched a new campaign for a fair share of funding from the Commonwealth – no matter who wins next month’s Federal Election. The Our Fair Share campaign is running across TV, radio, print and online. Canberra is also proposing a dud national funding deal that would see public schools get less funding than private schools, with government schools short-changed $500 million in funding every single year. That’s the equivalent of 1,250 full-time teachers that can’t be funded simply because Canberra want to boost the bottom line. The Labor Government has invested more in Victoria’s schools and hospitals than any government in Victoria’s history – to ensure every child has the best education and every Victorian has access to world-class healthcare. As the Federal Election gets closer, now is the time for Victoria to fight for its fair share. Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP   “We are fighting for residents in the North to get their fair share of commonwealth funding for our hospital and schools” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos: “We’re the fastest growing state in the country – our hospitals can’t survive more cuts from Canberra.” “We’re giving our nurses and doctors what they need to provide the very best care for all Victorians. Imagine how much more we could do if we got a fair deal from Canberra.” Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP   “It’s the Andrews Labor Government who plans and builds new hospitals like the Community Hospital proposed for Whittlesea. Sadly Canberra undermines this effort by their cuts - local patients, nurses and doctors deserve better.” Quotes attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP   “We’re fighting to make sure Northern Health receives its fair share of Commonwealth Funds for patients and kids in the North.”

FIGHTING FOR THE NORTH’S FAIR SHARE

The Andrews Labor Government is standing up for patients in the North who are being hit hard by Canberra’s cuts to Victoria’s hospitals. Canberra has clawed back $305 million from Victoria’s hospitals – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state. Locally, Canberra’s $13,120,363 cut to Northern Health will hit locals hard. It’s the equivalent of 25,511 dialysis sessions, 11,815 chemotherapy treatments or 794 hip replacements. That’s why the Labor Government has launched a new campaign for a fair share of funding from the Commonwealth – no matter who wins next month’s Federal Election. The Our Fair Share campaign is running across TV, radio, print and online. Canberra is also proposing a dud national funding deal that would see public schools get less funding than private schools, with government schools short-changed $500 million in funding every single year. That’s the equivalent of 1,250 full-time teachers that can’t be funded simply because Canberra want to boost the bottom line. The Labor Government has invested more in Victoria’s schools and hospitals than any government in Victoria’s history – to ensure every child has the best education and every Victorian has access to world-class healthcare. As the Federal Election gets closer, now is the time for Victoria to fight for its fair share. Quotes attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP   “We are fighting for residents in the North to get their fair share of commonwealth funding for our hospital and schools” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos: “We’re the fastest growing state in the country – our hospitals can’t survive more cuts from Canberra.” “We’re giving our nurses and doctors what they need to provide the very best care for all Victorians. Imagine how much more we could do if we got a fair deal from Canberra.” Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP   “It’s the Andrews Labor Government who plans and builds new hospitals like the Community Hospital proposed for Whittlesea. Sadly Canberra undermines this effort by their cuts - local patients, nurses and doctors deserve better.” Quotes attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP   “We’re fighting to make sure Northern Health receives its fair share of Commonwealth Funds for patients and kids in the North.”

LOCALS HELP SHAPE VITAL EPPING ROAD UPGRADE

Drivers in Melbourne’s north are a step closer to a better and safer Epping Road as the Andrews Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade hits a major new milestone. The Labor Government released the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deliver the $2.2 billion north and south-eastern road upgrade packages, allowing bidders to submit their plans for the projects. Short-listed parties will be required to respond to a Request for Proposal for each of the Northern Roads Upgrade and South-Eastern Roads Upgrade in mid-2019. More than 2,500 pieces of community feedback have been received since proposed designs for 12 road projects in Melbourne’s north and south-eastern suburbs were released last year. This valuable insight from road users has helped to refine projects, so the upgraded roads can better meet the needs of those who use them every day. The Northern Roads Upgrade will fix six priority roads and improve and maintain hundreds of kilometres of arterial roads across Melbourne’s north. Epping Road in Epping is among the key routes being upgraded, with extra lanes added between Craigieburn Road East and Memorial Avenue in each direction. This will cut congestion and travel times for more than 27,000 drivers. This upgrade will improve access to Epping Road as a key arterial route, directing traffic off the Hume Freeway and local roads and giving these streets back to the local community. Traffic lights will be installed at intersections including Craigieburn Road East and Harvest Home Road, and safety barriers will also be introduced. Public consultation highlighted the need for better active transport options, so in addition to new walking and cycling paths, on-road bicycle lanes will be introduced on either side of Epping Road between Lyndarum Drive and Memorial Avenue. The community has also helped to implement other changes including a new U-turn between Taggerty Grove and Fletcher Street and moving the proposed U-turn closer to Jordi Place to improve access to side streets and local businesses. The length of the right-turning lane will also be increased to boost capacity for those heading south along Epping Road and turning right onto O’Herns Road. Meanwhile work is well underway on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade, the first part of the Suburban Roads Upgrade, with all eight major road upgrades now under construction from Altona North to Tarneit. The Suburban Roads Upgrade marks the Government’s biggest ever investment in arterial roads, with $4 billion to be spent on upgrades in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. Construction on the northern and south eastern road upgrades is expected to start from 2020 and is due to be completed at the end of 2025. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “Locals who rely on Epping Road every day know the frustration of sitting in traffic – and they’ve helped shape this long-awaited upgrade, which will make using this road easier and safer.” “I will be pushing hard to make sure Epping Road is duplicated as the highest priority.”

LOCALS HELP SHAPE VITAL EPPING ROAD UPGRADE

Drivers in Melbourne’s north are a step closer to a better and safer Epping Road as the Andrews Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade hits a major new milestone. The Labor Government released the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deliver the $2.2 billion north and south-eastern road upgrade packages, allowing bidders to submit their plans for the projects. Short-listed parties will be required to respond to a Request for Proposal for each of the Northern Roads Upgrade and South-Eastern Roads Upgrade in mid-2019. More than 2,500 pieces of community feedback have been received since proposed designs for 12 road projects in Melbourne’s north and south-eastern suburbs were released last year. This valuable insight from road users has helped to refine projects, so the upgraded roads can better meet the needs of those who use them every day. The Northern Roads Upgrade will fix six priority roads and improve and maintain hundreds of kilometres of arterial roads across Melbourne’s north. Epping Road in Epping is among the key routes being upgraded, with extra lanes added between Craigieburn Road East and Memorial Avenue in each direction. This will cut congestion and travel times for more than 27,000 drivers. This upgrade will improve access to Epping Road as a key arterial route, directing traffic off the Hume Freeway and local roads and giving these streets back to the local community. Traffic lights will be installed at intersections including Craigieburn Road East and Harvest Home Road, and safety barriers will also be introduced. Public consultation highlighted the need for better active transport options, so in addition to new walking and cycling paths, on-road bicycle lanes will be introduced on either side of Epping Road between Lyndarum Drive and Memorial Avenue. The community has also helped to implement other changes including a new U-turn between Taggerty Grove and Fletcher Street and moving the proposed U-turn closer to Jordi Place to improve access to side streets and local businesses. The length of the right-turning lane will also be increased to boost capacity for those heading south along Epping Road and turning right onto O’Herns Road. Meanwhile work is well underway on the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade, the first part of the Suburban Roads Upgrade, with all eight major road upgrades now under construction from Altona North to Tarneit. The Suburban Roads Upgrade marks the Government’s biggest ever investment in arterial roads, with $4 billion to be spent on upgrades in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. Construction on the northern and south eastern road upgrades is expected to start from 2020 and is due to be completed at the end of 2025. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “Locals who rely on Epping Road every day know the frustration of sitting in traffic – and they’ve helped shape this long-awaited upgrade, which will make using this road easier and safer.” “I will be pushing hard to make sure Epping Road is duplicated as the highest priority.”

NEW PARK IN THE HEART OF THE AURORA COMMUNITY

Families in Melbourne’s north can now enjoy a new park at the Aurora Town Centre that will include picnic tables, community BBQs, exercise and play equipment and shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists – all thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Priority Precincts, Gavin Jennings and Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny joined locals in officially opening the park on Saturday 6, April 2019. The new park, built by Development Victoria, creates approximately four hectares of public open space and is set to become the heart of the thriving Aurora community. The picturesque new park also included extensive works to improve Edgars Creek. The parkland around the creek has new native planting and improved stormwater infrastructure. A new pedestrian bridge has been built over the creek, linking the Town Centre to Harvest Home Primary School and the wider residential community. The park is also home to three large bronze sculptures by artist Yvonne George that the community will be able to enjoy all year round. The delivery of the park is part of the ongoing Aurora Town Centre works led by Development Victoria, the Government’s property development and urban renewal agency. Further expansion to the Aurora Town Centre is planned in the next five years and will include more retail and commercial opportunities for the growing community. For more information about the Aurora Town Centre Park and the new residential townhouse development visit the Development Victoria website. Quotes attributable to Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings “The opening of the Aurora Town Centre Park facilities will make this a fantastic place for families to relax and unwind.” “The new Aurora Town Centre Park will be the heart of this thriving community and we’re so proud to play our part in making a dream a reality for the entire community.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “We want to make sure the vision of the Aurora estate is realised and residents have all the benefits this development can offer - This park offers so much potential for outdoor activities and good fun.”  

NEW PARK IN THE HEART OF THE AURORA COMMUNITY

Families in Melbourne’s north can now enjoy a new park at the Aurora Town Centre that will include picnic tables, community BBQs, exercise and play equipment and shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists – all thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Priority Precincts, Gavin Jennings and Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny joined locals in officially opening the park on Saturday 6, April 2019. The new park, built by Development Victoria, creates approximately four hectares of public open space and is set to become the heart of the thriving Aurora community. The picturesque new park also included extensive works to improve Edgars Creek. The parkland around the creek has new native planting and improved stormwater infrastructure. A new pedestrian bridge has been built over the creek, linking the Town Centre to Harvest Home Primary School and the wider residential community. The park is also home to three large bronze sculptures by artist Yvonne George that the community will be able to enjoy all year round. The delivery of the park is part of the ongoing Aurora Town Centre works led by Development Victoria, the Government’s property development and urban renewal agency. Further expansion to the Aurora Town Centre is planned in the next five years and will include more retail and commercial opportunities for the growing community. For more information about the Aurora Town Centre Park and the new residential townhouse development visit the Development Victoria website. Quotes attributable to Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings “The opening of the Aurora Town Centre Park facilities will make this a fantastic place for families to relax and unwind.” “The new Aurora Town Centre Park will be the heart of this thriving community and we’re so proud to play our part in making a dream a reality for the entire community.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “We want to make sure the vision of the Aurora estate is realised and residents have all the benefits this development can offer - This park offers so much potential for outdoor activities and good fun.”  

RESERVOIR STATION GONE AS LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL RAMPS UP

Reservoir’s outdated station will be demolished to make way for a modern transport hub as the Andrews Labor Government’s removal of the notorious level crossing at High Street in Reservoir ramps up. The project will rebuild the station – used by 4,000 people each day – as part of a new rail bridge that will remove the dangerous and congested level crossing. The new station will include above ground platforms with access via lifts and stairs. The station forecourt will be accessible from either side of the station – with safer waiting areas, better lighting and modern facilities. The first big machines on the project – a pair of piling rigs – will arrive this week to start laying the foundations for the rail bridge. Around 200 workers will be on site at Reservoir throughout this latest construction blitz. While all of this work is underway, buses are replacing trains between Thornbury and Epping until the last train on Tuesday 9 April. Passengers should allow up to an extra 45 minutes travel time. In addition to planned disruptions to train services, High Street in Reservoir will be closed at the level crossing until 5.00am Wednesday, 10 April. The work at Reservoir this week is part of a massive construction blitz across the state that will impact nine different metropolitan and regional train lines for work on the Metro Tunnel, level crossing removals, major power and signalling improvements, and regional line upgrades. An average of 36,000 vehicles travel through the notorious Reservoir level crossing each day where High Street, Cheddar Road and Spring Street intersect. The six boom gates can be down for 24 minutes during the two-hour morning peak. In the past decade there were three recorded collisions, a fatality and 26 near misses. This includes an incident where a train and car collided earlier this year, further highlighting the need for this level crossing to be removed. The Reservoir level crossing removal and new station are scheduled to be complete in 2020. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re getting rid of this notorious bottleneck in the heart of Reservoir and with construction well underway the level crossing will be gone for good by next year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “It’s part of the massive April construction blitz that will see major work ramp up on the Metro Tunnel, level crossing removals, and power and signalling upgrades for new bigger trains.” Quote attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott “I don’t think anyone is sorry to see the old Reservoir Station now gone, and work ramping up on the level crossing removal. It’s great to see this massive project taking shape.”

RESERVOIR STATION GONE AS LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL RAMPS UP

Reservoir’s outdated station will be demolished to make way for a modern transport hub as the Andrews Labor Government’s removal of the notorious level crossing at High Street in Reservoir ramps up. The project will rebuild the station – used by 4,000 people each day – as part of a new rail bridge that will remove the dangerous and congested level crossing. The new station will include above ground platforms with access via lifts and stairs. The station forecourt will be accessible from either side of the station – with safer waiting areas, better lighting and modern facilities. The first big machines on the project – a pair of piling rigs – will arrive this week to start laying the foundations for the rail bridge. Around 200 workers will be on site at Reservoir throughout this latest construction blitz. While all of this work is underway, buses are replacing trains between Thornbury and Epping until the last train on Tuesday 9 April. Passengers should allow up to an extra 45 minutes travel time. In addition to planned disruptions to train services, High Street in Reservoir will be closed at the level crossing until 5.00am Wednesday, 10 April. The work at Reservoir this week is part of a massive construction blitz across the state that will impact nine different metropolitan and regional train lines for work on the Metro Tunnel, level crossing removals, major power and signalling improvements, and regional line upgrades. An average of 36,000 vehicles travel through the notorious Reservoir level crossing each day where High Street, Cheddar Road and Spring Street intersect. The six boom gates can be down for 24 minutes during the two-hour morning peak. In the past decade there were three recorded collisions, a fatality and 26 near misses. This includes an incident where a train and car collided earlier this year, further highlighting the need for this level crossing to be removed. The Reservoir level crossing removal and new station are scheduled to be complete in 2020. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re getting rid of this notorious bottleneck in the heart of Reservoir and with construction well underway the level crossing will be gone for good by next year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “It’s part of the massive April construction blitz that will see major work ramp up on the Metro Tunnel, level crossing removals, and power and signalling upgrades for new bigger trains.” Quote attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott “I don’t think anyone is sorry to see the old Reservoir Station now gone, and work ramping up on the level crossing removal. It’s great to see this massive project taking shape.”

 

DUFFY STREET RESERVE SCORES FEMALE FRIENDLY FACILITIES

The growing female ranks of Epping City Football Club can say goodbye to outdated change rooms, with the Andrews Labor Government supporting the construction of female friendly facilities at the club. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Duffy Street Recreation Reserve’s facilities will be upgraded to support the growing number of women joining the clubs, thanks to over $131,000 from the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund. The Epping City Football Club has one of the largest female soccer membership bases in Whittlesea – and the upgrade of the pavilion will provide two unisex change rooms for players and referees. With more women and girls signing up to local sports teams than ever before, the Female Friendly Facilities Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to sports and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get active. The Labor Government has invested over $630 million in community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria since 2014. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “More women than ever before are signing up for local sports teams – but too many clubs are being held back by outdated or non-existent facilities. We’re proud to be making sport accessible to everyone in Epping.”

DUFFY STREET RESERVE SCORES FEMALE FRIENDLY FACILITIES

The growing female ranks of Epping City Football Club can say goodbye to outdated change rooms, with the Andrews Labor Government supporting the construction of female friendly facilities at the club. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Duffy Street Recreation Reserve’s facilities will be upgraded to support the growing number of women joining the clubs, thanks to over $131,000 from the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund. The Epping City Football Club has one of the largest female soccer membership bases in Whittlesea – and the upgrade of the pavilion will provide two unisex change rooms for players and referees. With more women and girls signing up to local sports teams than ever before, the Female Friendly Facilities Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to sports and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get active. The Labor Government has invested over $630 million in community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria since 2014. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “More women than ever before are signing up for local sports teams – but too many clubs are being held back by outdated or non-existent facilities. We’re proud to be making sport accessible to everyone in Epping.”

GET ON YOUR BIKE TO THE LOCAL STATION

Locals in Melbourne’s northern suburbs are finding it easier to cycle to the station with secure bike cages at more stations. New data has revealed the number of people riding a bike to stations is growing, with over 1000 people a day now using Parkiteer cages at stations and several thousand more using bicycle hoops across Melbourne. There are 18,500 registered Parkiteer card holders across 110 cages and that number is set to increase. Stations across Melbourne’s northern suburbs now have Parkiteer bike cages, including at Thomastown, Epping, South Morang, Middle Gorge, Hawkstowe and Mernda. Since 2017, the Andrews Labor Government has delivered 21 Parkiteers in Melbourne. Over the past ten years, there’s been a 30% increase in cycling and a 50% increase in walking in Melbourne. Active transport now accounts for 18.4% of all trips, up from 14.5% ten years ago. Parkiteer cages are free to users after paying a $50 fully refundable bond for the access card. Parkiteers are managed by Bicycle Network, Victorians are encouraged to find your nearest station with a Parkiteer facility or to register for a secure access card for the bike cages, go to parkiteer.com.au. PTV and Bicycle Network recommend that people parking their bikes at station use a ‘D-Lock’. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re encouraging people to ride their bike to the train by investing in more Parkiteer cages across our network.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford “More than half of all vehicle trips in Melbourne are less than 6km in length, so we’re creating more opportunities for Victorians to leave the car behind on these short trips and cycle.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “We’re helping more and more people to ride their bikes to the station with Parkiteer cages across our train line.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Not everyone can cycle all the way to work – Parkiteer cages make it easier for people on the Mernda line to hop on the bike and get to the train station.” Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Riding your bike to the station is now easier than ever – with Parkiteer cages giving cyclists a safe place to store their bikes.”

GET ON YOUR BIKE TO THE LOCAL STATION

Locals in Melbourne’s northern suburbs are finding it easier to cycle to the station with secure bike cages at more stations. New data has revealed the number of people riding a bike to stations is growing, with over 1000 people a day now using Parkiteer cages at stations and several thousand more using bicycle hoops across Melbourne. There are 18,500 registered Parkiteer card holders across 110 cages and that number is set to increase. Stations across Melbourne’s northern suburbs now have Parkiteer bike cages, including at Thomastown, Epping, South Morang, Middle Gorge, Hawkstowe and Mernda. Since 2017, the Andrews Labor Government has delivered 21 Parkiteers in Melbourne. Over the past ten years, there’s been a 30% increase in cycling and a 50% increase in walking in Melbourne. Active transport now accounts for 18.4% of all trips, up from 14.5% ten years ago. Parkiteer cages are free to users after paying a $50 fully refundable bond for the access card. Parkiteers are managed by Bicycle Network, Victorians are encouraged to find your nearest station with a Parkiteer facility or to register for a secure access card for the bike cages, go to parkiteer.com.au. PTV and Bicycle Network recommend that people parking their bikes at station use a ‘D-Lock’. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re encouraging people to ride their bike to the train by investing in more Parkiteer cages across our network.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford “More than half of all vehicle trips in Melbourne are less than 6km in length, so we’re creating more opportunities for Victorians to leave the car behind on these short trips and cycle.” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “We’re helping more and more people to ride their bikes to the station with Parkiteer cages across our train line.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Not everyone can cycle all the way to work – Parkiteer cages make it easier for people on the Mernda line to hop on the bike and get to the train station.” Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Riding your bike to the station is now easier than ever – with Parkiteer cages giving cyclists a safe place to store their bikes.”

New ICU Paves Way For Major Expansion At Northern Hospital

The Andrews Labor Government’s expansion of the Northern Hospital in Epping has taken a major step forward with the opening of the new Intensive Care Unit. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today joined northern suburbs MPs to open the cutting edge ICU, which will care for the most critically ill patients. Completion of the $22 million world-class ICU paves the way for construction on the main works of the $162.7 million expansion, which will include a seven-storey tower, 96 new inpatient beds, three new operating theatres and more treatment rooms. The region is one of the nation’s fastest growing and once the project is complete an extra 10,000 patients will be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres. Funded by the Labor Government, the major expansion will help keep the booming outer-northern suburbs a great place to live and raise a family. In the past year, Northern Hospital’s emergency department exceeded 100,000 presentations for the first time. The new ICU features central monitoring, creating a safer environment and a more efficient workspace for doctors and nurses. Early works have also delivered a new loading dock and other support services. The project is also a big boost for the local economy, with 66 construction jobs being created for early works and nearly 500 jobs overall. Construction is due to finish in 2021. Northern Health received $481.23 million in funding from the Labor Government last year – $161.15 million more than the Liberals’ last budget. Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “Our hard-working doctors and nurses at Northern Health do an amazing job caring for people who need their help. We’re completing a once-in-a-generation redevelopment so they can do what they do best.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “More and more families are moving into the northern suburbs. We’re building a bigger and better Northern Hospital so that they get the very best care when something goes wrong.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Seeing a critically-ill loved one in intensive care can be confronting and distressing. This cutting-edge new ICU will help make that difficult experience just a little bit more comfortable.” Quote attributable to Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire “This cutting-edge new ICU will make sure the most critically ill patients in the northern suburbs can get the care they need in a more comforting environment, close to their homes and community.”

New ICU Paves Way For Major Expansion At Northern Hospital

The Andrews Labor Government’s expansion of the Northern Hospital in Epping has taken a major step forward with the opening of the new Intensive Care Unit. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today joined northern suburbs MPs to open the cutting edge ICU, which will care for the most critically ill patients. Completion of the $22 million world-class ICU paves the way for construction on the main works of the $162.7 million expansion, which will include a seven-storey tower, 96 new inpatient beds, three new operating theatres and more treatment rooms. The region is one of the nation’s fastest growing and once the project is complete an extra 10,000 patients will be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres. Funded by the Labor Government, the major expansion will help keep the booming outer-northern suburbs a great place to live and raise a family. In the past year, Northern Hospital’s emergency department exceeded 100,000 presentations for the first time. The new ICU features central monitoring, creating a safer environment and a more efficient workspace for doctors and nurses. Early works have also delivered a new loading dock and other support services. The project is also a big boost for the local economy, with 66 construction jobs being created for early works and nearly 500 jobs overall. Construction is due to finish in 2021. Northern Health received $481.23 million in funding from the Labor Government last year – $161.15 million more than the Liberals’ last budget. Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “Our hard-working doctors and nurses at Northern Health do an amazing job caring for people who need their help. We’re completing a once-in-a-generation redevelopment so they can do what they do best.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “More and more families are moving into the northern suburbs. We’re building a bigger and better Northern Hospital so that they get the very best care when something goes wrong.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Seeing a critically-ill loved one in intensive care can be confronting and distressing. This cutting-edge new ICU will help make that difficult experience just a little bit more comfortable.” Quote attributable to Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire “This cutting-edge new ICU will make sure the most critically ill patients in the northern suburbs can get the care they need in a more comforting environment, close to their homes and community.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR RECYCLING RECOVERY PROJECTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian businesses and councils to improve their recycling practices and expand their operations to recover valuable products and reduce waste going to landfill. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched Repurpose It’s new $8.5 million washing plant facility in Epping – the plant will recover and treat materials previously destined for landfill and convert them into valuable resources. The Labor Government invested $500,000 from the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund into the project, which is the first of its kind in Australia and will divert more than 500,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill each year. Repurpose It are partnering with Labor Government projects, including the Level Crossing Removal Project, Metro Trains, North East Link, CityLink Widening, and the Western Distributor to integrate waste into road and rail infrastructure across the state. The grant comes from the first round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund, which has awarded $14.5 million to support 47 projects through three rounds of the program. The latest round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is now open – with grants between $40,000 and $500,000 available to support greater sorting, improve recovery and reprocessing priority materials such as plastic, paper, cardboard and glass. A further $1.2 million is also available to support the market development of recycled materials, under round two of the $4.5 million Research, Development & Demonstration Program. Applications for the fourth round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund are now open, for more information and to apply for funding, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re supporting large-scale infrastructure projects like this one to reduce Victoria’s dependence on landfills, create new jobs and drive investment.” “Our Recycling Industry Strategic Plan is helping Victoria’s recycling sector adjust to changes in world recycling markets so that more material is diverted from landfill.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The very best recycling technology is available right here in Epping – investing in projects like this one is not only good for the environment, it’s helping to support local jobs and industry.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR RECYCLING RECOVERY PROJECTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian businesses and councils to improve their recycling practices and expand their operations to recover valuable products and reduce waste going to landfill. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched Repurpose It’s new $8.5 million washing plant facility in Epping – the plant will recover and treat materials previously destined for landfill and convert them into valuable resources. The Labor Government invested $500,000 from the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund into the project, which is the first of its kind in Australia and will divert more than 500,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill each year. Repurpose It are partnering with Labor Government projects, including the Level Crossing Removal Project, Metro Trains, North East Link, CityLink Widening, and the Western Distributor to integrate waste into road and rail infrastructure across the state. The grant comes from the first round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund, which has awarded $14.5 million to support 47 projects through three rounds of the program. The latest round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is now open – with grants between $40,000 and $500,000 available to support greater sorting, improve recovery and reprocessing priority materials such as plastic, paper, cardboard and glass. A further $1.2 million is also available to support the market development of recycled materials, under round two of the $4.5 million Research, Development & Demonstration Program. Applications for the fourth round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund are now open, for more information and to apply for funding, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re supporting large-scale infrastructure projects like this one to reduce Victoria’s dependence on landfills, create new jobs and drive investment.” “Our Recycling Industry Strategic Plan is helping Victoria’s recycling sector adjust to changes in world recycling markets so that more material is diverted from landfill.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The very best recycling technology is available right here in Epping – investing in projects like this one is not only good for the environment, it’s helping to support local jobs and industry.”