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M80 RING ROAD UPDATE

We are upgrading the remaining sections of the M80 Ring Road to deliver widening and improvements along 38km of freeway from the Princes Freeway, Laverton North through to the Greensborough Highway, Greensborough. We are adding more lanes in each direction to ease congestion, improving safety..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

SCHOOLS TO BE UPGRADED IN MELBOURNE’S NORTH

Students at schools across the City of Whittlesea will soon have better facilities, thanks to a state wide boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance funding. Today I can announce that $2.3 million has been allocated for a variety of maintenance programs at schools across the..

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR LALOR EAST PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

A builder has been appointed to undertake the maintenance works at Lalor East Primary School. ADMA Group has been appointed to address the stormwater infrastructure and reticulation, electrical switchboards, cracked pavements, and to replace the external drinking fountains including new plumbing. Lalor East Primary School received $379,000..

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR THOMASTOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

Thomaston Primary School received $281,000 in the 2015-17 State Budget for maintenance works to upgrade the existing facilities. ADMA Group has been appointed the builder for maintenance works to address the stormwater flow, replace cracked pavements and ensure there is wheelchair access to the kerbing of..

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART BUS DEPOT IN THOMASTOWN

I joined representatives from Whittlesea Council, Transdev Melbourne and Public Transport Victoria on site today to mark the start of works. The new depot on High Street in Thomastown will house up to 100 staff and 50 buses that will operate across Melbourne’s north. It..

KORIN KORIN CHILD AND FAMILY CENTRE, WOLLERT

Today I was joined by the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, to officially open the new Korin Korin Child and Family Centre in Wollert. The new $4.15 million centre will offer 198 places across its 3 and 4 year old kindergarten program. The hub..

EDUCATION STATE TAKES SHAPE AT THOMASTOWN EAST PRIMARY SCHOOL

Construction for Thomastown East Primary School is on track with the appointment of Simbuilt Pty Ltd to build the $334,000 project, funded in the 2015-16 State Budget. I visited the school today to make the announcement and celebrate the bright future ahead for students and teachers…

LIBRARY FUNDING BOOST FOR THE CITY OF WHITTLESEA

The City of Whittlesea will be able to buy new books, deliver reading programs and improve local library spaces, thanks to funds from the Andrews Labor Government. It was announced that the City of Whittlesea, City of Nillumbik and the City of Banyule will receive..

LABOR GOVERNMENT GRANT HELPS NORTHERN HEALTH DELIVER BETTER CARE

Northern Health will receive an Andrews Labor Government grant to help allied health workers build their skills and deliver better and timely care to people in the city of Whittlesea. It was announced that Northern Health was among 17 Victorian health services to share in..

NEW CLASSROOMS FOR BALTARA SCHOOL

Baltara School is one of twenty specialist schools across Victoria that will have their classrooms upgraded and there will be more support for its students, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. It was announced today  that $400,000 from the 2016-17..

EDGARS CREEEK SECONDARY COLLEGE – NEW SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT

The Andrews Government is committed to building new schools in Melbourne’s population growth areas, and as part of an election commitment, funding was provided in the 2015-2016 State Budget to buy land for the Edgars Creek P-12 (secondary component). In the 2016-2017 State Budget, a..

HARVEST HOME PRIMARY SCHOOL

The much needed new school, Harvest Home Primary School, Epping, is one of 15 new schools being delivered through the Victorian Government’s $291 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project. This new school will feature state of the art facilities and designs and will feature a range of..