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Getting It Done: Ending Puppy Farming Once And For All

The Andrews Labor Government has made history, with Victoria becoming the first state in Australia to ban puppy farming once and for all. Puppy farms in Victoria will be a thing of the past with the Labor Government’s Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 successfully passing Parliament. The amended Bill was introduced following a Parliamentary Inquiry and feedback from the public, veterinary groups, animal welfare organisations, rescue organisations, local councils, dog and cat breeders, pet shops and representative groups. The Bill delivers on the Government’s election commitment to stamp out puppy farms, reform pet shops in Victoria and improve traceability of online sales of cats and dogs. Under the new legislation, the number of fertile females dogs that a breeder can own and register with local council will be capped at 10. Only those meeting additional requirements will be approved by the Minister for Agriculture to keep an absolute maximum of 50 fertile female dogs. Breeding members of cat or dog applicable organisations, such as Dogs Victoria, with 10 or less breeding females will be recognised as recreational breeders and can continue to abide by their organisation’s Code of Ethics (or equivalent). Illegal breeders will have nowhere to hide and will no longer be able to funnel puppies and kittens through pet shops to unsuspecting members of the public. As of 1 July 2018, pet shops will only be able to sell from approved sources (shelters, pounds or voluntarily registered foster carers) and there will be no more puppies in pet shop windows. Traceability of cats and dogs will be improved significantly through the establishment of the Pet Exchange Register. Breeders, foster carers and members of the public advertising a cat or dog will enrol on the Register. The Government is continuing to work with key stakeholders to deliver these groundbreaking reforms. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford  “We said we would ban puppy farming once and for all and we have, delivering on a key election commitment of the Andrews Labor Government.” “The Liberal - Nationals have made it abundantly clear yet again that they are puppy farm apologists and cannot be trusted.” “This finishes what we started – ending puppy farming, banning the sale of breeders’ puppies and kittens in pet shops, and cracking down on the online sale of dogs and cats.”

Getting It Done: Ending Puppy Farming Once And For All

The Andrews Labor Government has made history, with Victoria becoming the first state in Australia to ban puppy farming once and for all. Puppy farms in Victoria will be a thing of the past with the Labor Government’s Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 successfully passing Parliament. The amended Bill was introduced following a Parliamentary Inquiry and feedback from the public, veterinary groups, animal welfare organisations, rescue organisations, local councils, dog and cat breeders, pet shops and representative groups. The Bill delivers on the Government’s election commitment to stamp out puppy farms, reform pet shops in Victoria and improve traceability of online sales of cats and dogs. Under the new legislation, the number of fertile females dogs that a breeder can own and register with local council will be capped at 10. Only those meeting additional requirements will be approved by the Minister for Agriculture to keep an absolute maximum of 50 fertile female dogs. Breeding members of cat or dog applicable organisations, such as Dogs Victoria, with 10 or less breeding females will be recognised as recreational breeders and can continue to abide by their organisation’s Code of Ethics (or equivalent). Illegal breeders will have nowhere to hide and will no longer be able to funnel puppies and kittens through pet shops to unsuspecting members of the public. As of 1 July 2018, pet shops will only be able to sell from approved sources (shelters, pounds or voluntarily registered foster carers) and there will be no more puppies in pet shop windows. Traceability of cats and dogs will be improved significantly through the establishment of the Pet Exchange Register. Breeders, foster carers and members of the public advertising a cat or dog will enrol on the Register. The Government is continuing to work with key stakeholders to deliver these groundbreaking reforms. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford  “We said we would ban puppy farming once and for all and we have, delivering on a key election commitment of the Andrews Labor Government.” “The Liberal - Nationals have made it abundantly clear yet again that they are puppy farm apologists and cannot be trusted.” “This finishes what we started – ending puppy farming, banning the sale of breeders’ puppies and kittens in pet shops, and cracking down on the online sale of dogs and cats.”

Victoria’s Economy Powering Ahead

The Victorian economy is strong and growing, as confirmed in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget Update released today. The Update shows that Victoria will deliver an operating surplus of $1.7 billion in 2017/18, with forecasts across the forward estimates revised up to an average of $2.2 billion. Supported by a strong labour market and growing population, the outlook for real gross state product (GSP) has been upgraded for 2017/18, from 2.75 to 3.0 per cent – with the 3.3 per cent delivered in 2016/17 the strongest of all the states. Employment in Victoria continues to grow strongly, with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures showing nearly 320,000 jobs have been created in the three years since the Andrews Labor Government took office. Meanwhile, unemployment is expected to decline over the forward estimates while wages are forecast to rise. The Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in Victorian infrastructure has also increased, with government infrastructure investment (GII) now set to average $10.2 billion per annum over the budget and forward estimates. This reflects transformative projects which are now underway including the Metro Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removal Program, the West Gate Tunnel Project and the Western Roads Upgrade. Key measures to tackle housing affordability have taken hold, with the update confirming that around 9,000 first home owners are already benefiting from cuts to stamp duty. This report follows last week’s growth figures showing Victoria’s economy is thriving, with state final demand growth the strongest in the nation at 4.7 per cent over the year to September 2017. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Victoria’s economy is strong, with a healthy budget surplus, a triple-A credit rating, and the strongest state final demand in the nation.” “Victoria is the state of momentum, with over 319,000 jobs created since the Andrews Labor Government was elected.” “Our unprecedented infrastructure program means we’re getting on with the projects that our state desperately needs, but were ignored under the previous Liberal Government.”

Victoria’s Economy Powering Ahead

The Victorian economy is strong and growing, as confirmed in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget Update released today. The Update shows that Victoria will deliver an operating surplus of $1.7 billion in 2017/18, with forecasts across the forward estimates revised up to an average of $2.2 billion. Supported by a strong labour market and growing population, the outlook for real gross state product (GSP) has been upgraded for 2017/18, from 2.75 to 3.0 per cent – with the 3.3 per cent delivered in 2016/17 the strongest of all the states. Employment in Victoria continues to grow strongly, with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures showing nearly 320,000 jobs have been created in the three years since the Andrews Labor Government took office. Meanwhile, unemployment is expected to decline over the forward estimates while wages are forecast to rise. The Labor Government’s unprecedented investment in Victorian infrastructure has also increased, with government infrastructure investment (GII) now set to average $10.2 billion per annum over the budget and forward estimates. This reflects transformative projects which are now underway including the Metro Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removal Program, the West Gate Tunnel Project and the Western Roads Upgrade. Key measures to tackle housing affordability have taken hold, with the update confirming that around 9,000 first home owners are already benefiting from cuts to stamp duty. This report follows last week’s growth figures showing Victoria’s economy is thriving, with state final demand growth the strongest in the nation at 4.7 per cent over the year to September 2017. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Victoria’s economy is strong, with a healthy budget surplus, a triple-A credit rating, and the strongest state final demand in the nation.” “Victoria is the state of momentum, with over 319,000 jobs created since the Andrews Labor Government was elected.” “Our unprecedented infrastructure program means we’re getting on with the projects that our state desperately needs, but were ignored under the previous Liberal Government.”

More Prison Beds To Keep Victorians Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s prison system with more than 470 new beds to be opened in prisons across the state. The Labor Government is providing almost $345 million to help fund the additional beds, as well as a new dedicated premises for the Adult Parole Board and the new Post-Sentence Authority. The new beds will open progressively as needed over the next three years to help manage growth in Victoria’s prison population, including the increased numbers of prisoners on remand. Prisoner numbers have grown in recent years, driven largely by changes to the parole system, sentencing changes, extra police on the beat and a rising population. The additional beds are part of the Government’s ongoing and extensive work to ensure Victoria’s prison system is equipped to meet demand, now and into the future. Corrections Victoria is finalising plans for the location of the new beds, which will all be added to existing prisons across the state. Victoria’s newest prison, the 1000-bed Ravenhall Correctional Centre, began taking prisoners last month and is already providing a significant boost to the system’s capacity. Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney “We’re planning for the future to ensure our prisons are well equipped with the beds and infrastructure needed to meet demand and keep Victorians safe.” “Victoria’s prison population has grown significantly in recent years, so these new beds will ensure our prison system remains safe and effective.” “The former Liberal Government failed to adequately plan for an increase in remand prisoners – we’re fixing the mess they left behind.”

More Prison Beds To Keep Victorians Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s prison system with more than 470 new beds to be opened in prisons across the state. The Labor Government is providing almost $345 million to help fund the additional beds, as well as a new dedicated premises for the Adult Parole Board and the new Post-Sentence Authority. The new beds will open progressively as needed over the next three years to help manage growth in Victoria’s prison population, including the increased numbers of prisoners on remand. Prisoner numbers have grown in recent years, driven largely by changes to the parole system, sentencing changes, extra police on the beat and a rising population. The additional beds are part of the Government’s ongoing and extensive work to ensure Victoria’s prison system is equipped to meet demand, now and into the future. Corrections Victoria is finalising plans for the location of the new beds, which will all be added to existing prisons across the state. Victoria’s newest prison, the 1000-bed Ravenhall Correctional Centre, began taking prisoners last month and is already providing a significant boost to the system’s capacity. Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney “We’re planning for the future to ensure our prisons are well equipped with the beds and infrastructure needed to meet demand and keep Victorians safe.” “Victoria’s prison population has grown significantly in recent years, so these new beds will ensure our prison system remains safe and effective.” “The former Liberal Government failed to adequately plan for an increase in remand prisoners – we’re fixing the mess they left behind.”

MAJOR UPGRADES FOR CASEY COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver major upgrades for three well-loved community facilities in Casey through its Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF). Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today announced $3.2 million for redevelopment and upgrade works to the Hunt Club Family and Community Centre, Lawson Poole Recreation Reserve Pavilion Redevelopment and Marriott Waters Family and Community Centre Redevelopment. The $2.1 million Hunt Club Family and Community Centre project is supported by $1 million from the GSF and will deliver a new kindergarten room, extended existing kindergarten room and redeveloped community space and Maternal and Child Health area. A $1.6 GSF grant will support the overall development of the Lawson Poole Recreation Reserve Pavilion, which includes replacing the previous, ageing facility with a multi-use pavilion, catering for AFL, cricket and soccer. Works include six change rooms with unisex amenities, multipurpose community space, office, storerooms, commercial kitchen, security system, undercover canopies, an expanded carpark, landscaping and paths. A $590,000 GSF grant will contribute to the $1.18 million Marriott Waters Family and Community Centre Redevelopment, which will significantly expand the footprint of the facility and increase its capacity to deliver children’s and family services. Works include a large community meeting room with kitchen and courtyard, indoor/outdoor storage, an additional flexible consulting suite and public art and internet café Wi-Fi to enhance the foyer space. Funding is part of the 2017-19 GSF round, which is supporting seven projects across the City of Casey through a total of $7.7 million. The GSF aims to improve the amenity, liveability and resilience of communities in Victoria’s 10 interface councils on Melbourne’s fringe. The 2017-19 round will deliver $48.1 million for 40 projects across outer Melbourne. Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “We know how special these three centres are to the Cranbourne community – that’s why we’re making sure they get the support they need to stay up to date and ready for the future. We’re getting on with it.” Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “These grants are another example of where we are delivering much needed community infrastructure to Melbourne’s outer suburbs.”

MAJOR UPGRADES FOR CASEY COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver major upgrades for three well-loved community facilities in Casey through its Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF). Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today announced $3.2 million for redevelopment and upgrade works to the Hunt Club Family and Community Centre, Lawson Poole Recreation Reserve Pavilion Redevelopment and Marriott Waters Family and Community Centre Redevelopment. The $2.1 million Hunt Club Family and Community Centre project is supported by $1 million from the GSF and will deliver a new kindergarten room, extended existing kindergarten room and redeveloped community space and Maternal and Child Health area. A $1.6 GSF grant will support the overall development of the Lawson Poole Recreation Reserve Pavilion, which includes replacing the previous, ageing facility with a multi-use pavilion, catering for AFL, cricket and soccer. Works include six change rooms with unisex amenities, multipurpose community space, office, storerooms, commercial kitchen, security system, undercover canopies, an expanded carpark, landscaping and paths. A $590,000 GSF grant will contribute to the $1.18 million Marriott Waters Family and Community Centre Redevelopment, which will significantly expand the footprint of the facility and increase its capacity to deliver children’s and family services. Works include a large community meeting room with kitchen and courtyard, indoor/outdoor storage, an additional flexible consulting suite and public art and internet café Wi-Fi to enhance the foyer space. Funding is part of the 2017-19 GSF round, which is supporting seven projects across the City of Casey through a total of $7.7 million. The GSF aims to improve the amenity, liveability and resilience of communities in Victoria’s 10 interface councils on Melbourne’s fringe. The 2017-19 round will deliver $48.1 million for 40 projects across outer Melbourne. Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “We know how special these three centres are to the Cranbourne community – that’s why we’re making sure they get the support they need to stay up to date and ready for the future. We’re getting on with it.” Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz “These grants are another example of where we are delivering much needed community infrastructure to Melbourne’s outer suburbs.”

 

New Police Remand Powers Under Bail Reforms

Police will have new powers to remand an accused person in custody and bail justices will have a more limited role, under the second wave of bail reforms to be introduced by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Bail Amendment (Stage Two) Bill will allow senior police officers to remand a person in custody for up to 48 hours until a court is available to hear their application for bail. Under the new police remand system, where police refuse bail, an accused will be required to be brought before a court as soon as practicable and the accused will not be able to make a further application to a bail justice within the 48 hour timeframe. In line with Justice Paul Coghlan’s second report into the bail system, the increased police remand powers will not apply to children, Aboriginal people or vulnerable adults, such as those with a cognitive impairment. The reforms will also clarify the courts’ power to grant or refuse bail to an accused who is appearing on summons. This will mean that the courts may remand an accused who is appearing on summons on application by the prosecution or on their own motion. The Bill will also clarify the tests for granting bail – the unacceptable risk, show compelling reason and show exceptional circumstances tests – by setting out when each of the tests for bail should apply. The unacceptable risk test will be strengthened by emphasising the importance for decisions makers to take into account a person’s potential risk to community safety. The reforms complete the legislative actions outlined as part of the Labor Government’s response to the first report of the Bail Review, and delivers on a number of legislative reforms recommended in the second report of the review, which was conducted following the Bourke Street tragedy. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “We’re overhauling the system to improve community safety and make it harder than ever for people to get bail.” “Strengthening the bail tests will ensure that risk to community safety is given a higher priority when deciding whether to grant bail.” Quote attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “This has been a long-awaited reform between The Police Association and Victoria Police and it will give police the powers they need to remand serious offenders in custody until a court can hear a bail application.”

New Police Remand Powers Under Bail Reforms

Police will have new powers to remand an accused person in custody and bail justices will have a more limited role, under the second wave of bail reforms to be introduced by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Bail Amendment (Stage Two) Bill will allow senior police officers to remand a person in custody for up to 48 hours until a court is available to hear their application for bail. Under the new police remand system, where police refuse bail, an accused will be required to be brought before a court as soon as practicable and the accused will not be able to make a further application to a bail justice within the 48 hour timeframe. In line with Justice Paul Coghlan’s second report into the bail system, the increased police remand powers will not apply to children, Aboriginal people or vulnerable adults, such as those with a cognitive impairment. The reforms will also clarify the courts’ power to grant or refuse bail to an accused who is appearing on summons. This will mean that the courts may remand an accused who is appearing on summons on application by the prosecution or on their own motion. The Bill will also clarify the tests for granting bail – the unacceptable risk, show compelling reason and show exceptional circumstances tests – by setting out when each of the tests for bail should apply. The unacceptable risk test will be strengthened by emphasising the importance for decisions makers to take into account a person’s potential risk to community safety. The reforms complete the legislative actions outlined as part of the Labor Government’s response to the first report of the Bail Review, and delivers on a number of legislative reforms recommended in the second report of the review, which was conducted following the Bourke Street tragedy. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “We’re overhauling the system to improve community safety and make it harder than ever for people to get bail.” “Strengthening the bail tests will ensure that risk to community safety is given a higher priority when deciding whether to grant bail.” Quote attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “This has been a long-awaited reform between The Police Association and Victoria Police and it will give police the powers they need to remand serious offenders in custody until a court can hear a bail application.”

Making It Fairer For Victims Of Crime

Victims of youth crime will be able to share their stories publicly and child sex offenders will be prevented from using evidence of their good character to argue for lesser sentences, under a suite of new laws to be introduced by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Victims) Bill 2017 will make sweeping changes to better support victims of crime and hold offenders to account by: changing Children’s Court publication restrictions to allow adult victims to share their stories publicly preventing child sex offenders from using evidence of good character to argue for more lenient sentences, consistent with a recommendation from the Royal Commission scrapping the two-year time limit for childhood abuse victims to seek compensation from VOCAT introducing intermediaries, who will help vulnerable victims give evidence in court and to police. The Labor Government will amend the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to change the way publication restrictions in the Children’s Court apply to victims of youth crime. Under the reforms, restrictions regarding the identification of an adult victim will be removed so they can share their story publicly without fear of prosecution. The Government will also create new laws to ensure that people who commit sexual offences against children will no longer be able to argue for leniency in sentencing based on their lack of previous convictions or evidence of good character, where that good character facilitated the offending. This reform will implement a key recommendation from the Criminal Justice Report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which stated: “that good character be excluded as a mitigating factor in sentencing for child sexual abuse offences where that good character facilitated the offending”. Additionally, childhood abuse victims will no longer face a two-year time limit in applying for compensation to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). The change implements a recommendation from the 2013 Betrayal of Trust report, recognising that many victims of childhood abuse are unable to apply for help within two years. The Bill will also implement the introduction of the pilot scheme for intermediaries – skilled communication specialists – to help child witnesses or those with cognitive impairments to give evidence in court. Special ‘ground rules hearings’ will also be introduced, to provide rules and guidance regarding the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and the use of intermediaries in proceedings. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “We’re making significant changes to support victims of crime and help them through the justice system.” “The abuse of children is a horrific crime. For too long, child sex offenders have used evidence of their good character to argue for more lenient sentences – we’re changing that.” “We’re also making it fairer for childhood abuse victims to access compensation through VOCAT by scrapping the two-year time limit for claims.”

Making It Fairer For Victims Of Crime

Victims of youth crime will be able to share their stories publicly and child sex offenders will be prevented from using evidence of their good character to argue for lesser sentences, under a suite of new laws to be introduced by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Victims) Bill 2017 will make sweeping changes to better support victims of crime and hold offenders to account by: changing Children’s Court publication restrictions to allow adult victims to share their stories publicly preventing child sex offenders from using evidence of good character to argue for more lenient sentences, consistent with a recommendation from the Royal Commission scrapping the two-year time limit for childhood abuse victims to seek compensation from VOCAT introducing intermediaries, who will help vulnerable victims give evidence in court and to police. The Labor Government will amend the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to change the way publication restrictions in the Children’s Court apply to victims of youth crime. Under the reforms, restrictions regarding the identification of an adult victim will be removed so they can share their story publicly without fear of prosecution. The Government will also create new laws to ensure that people who commit sexual offences against children will no longer be able to argue for leniency in sentencing based on their lack of previous convictions or evidence of good character, where that good character facilitated the offending. This reform will implement a key recommendation from the Criminal Justice Report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which stated: “that good character be excluded as a mitigating factor in sentencing for child sexual abuse offences where that good character facilitated the offending”. Additionally, childhood abuse victims will no longer face a two-year time limit in applying for compensation to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). The change implements a recommendation from the 2013 Betrayal of Trust report, recognising that many victims of childhood abuse are unable to apply for help within two years. The Bill will also implement the introduction of the pilot scheme for intermediaries – skilled communication specialists – to help child witnesses or those with cognitive impairments to give evidence in court. Special ‘ground rules hearings’ will also be introduced, to provide rules and guidance regarding the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and the use of intermediaries in proceedings. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “We’re making significant changes to support victims of crime and help them through the justice system.” “The abuse of children is a horrific crime. For too long, child sex offenders have used evidence of their good character to argue for more lenient sentences – we’re changing that.” “We’re also making it fairer for childhood abuse victims to access compensation through VOCAT by scrapping the two-year time limit for claims.”

Public Address System To Protect Melbourne’s CBD

The Andrews Labor Government is deploying a network of speakers at more than 90 key sites in Melbourne’s CBD to provide warnings and key information to the community during emergencies. A trial demonstration of the speakers will take place on 28 December at the State Library of Victoria. During the demonstration, the public can expect to hear a test message and a test Standard Emergency Warning Signal, which is already played by the emergency broadcasters for serious emergencies and when evacuation is required. More information about the test will be released closer to the demonstration date. Speakers have been installed across the city, with 65 speaker sets already in place at a range of locations across Melbourne including Federation Square, Bourke Street Mall, Flinders Street Station, the State Library and near the Town Hall. The speakers will add to the existing suite of measures in place to warn the community and respond to incidents, including location-based SMS alerts, emergency broadcasts, and on-the-ground advice from police and emergency service personnel. During an appropriate emergency scenario, the Public Address System will be activated to provide emergency warnings to alert the public during incidents in the CBD. Under the agreed protocol, the message may require you move to a particular area, leave a particular area, or move to or stay inside the nearest building. The messages announced over the sirens, as well as decisions about which incidents are appropriate for the speakers to be used, will be the responsibility of Victoria Police. The speakers are a key part of the Labor Government’s $10 million CBD security upgrade in response to January’s Bourke Street tragedy. The additional speakers and CCTV will be gradually rolled out over 2018. Permanent bollards have already been installed in the Bourke Street Mall, with planning underway for further security upgrades at eight other locations. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “We want people to know this trial demonstration is coming so they don’t panic if they are in the area on 28 December.” “We also want the public to know the technology is in operation, should it ever be needed.” “The new speaker system, as well as permanent bollards and CCTV, will provide even greater protection and warning for the community in the event of a serious incident.”

Public Address System To Protect Melbourne’s CBD

The Andrews Labor Government is deploying a network of speakers at more than 90 key sites in Melbourne’s CBD to provide warnings and key information to the community during emergencies. A trial demonstration of the speakers will take place on 28 December at the State Library of Victoria. During the demonstration, the public can expect to hear a test message and a test Standard Emergency Warning Signal, which is already played by the emergency broadcasters for serious emergencies and when evacuation is required. More information about the test will be released closer to the demonstration date. Speakers have been installed across the city, with 65 speaker sets already in place at a range of locations across Melbourne including Federation Square, Bourke Street Mall, Flinders Street Station, the State Library and near the Town Hall. The speakers will add to the existing suite of measures in place to warn the community and respond to incidents, including location-based SMS alerts, emergency broadcasts, and on-the-ground advice from police and emergency service personnel. During an appropriate emergency scenario, the Public Address System will be activated to provide emergency warnings to alert the public during incidents in the CBD. Under the agreed protocol, the message may require you move to a particular area, leave a particular area, or move to or stay inside the nearest building. The messages announced over the sirens, as well as decisions about which incidents are appropriate for the speakers to be used, will be the responsibility of Victoria Police. The speakers are a key part of the Labor Government’s $10 million CBD security upgrade in response to January’s Bourke Street tragedy. The additional speakers and CCTV will be gradually rolled out over 2018. Permanent bollards have already been installed in the Bourke Street Mall, with planning underway for further security upgrades at eight other locations. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “We want people to know this trial demonstration is coming so they don’t panic if they are in the area on 28 December.” “We also want the public to know the technology is in operation, should it ever be needed.” “The new speaker system, as well as permanent bollards and CCTV, will provide even greater protection and warning for the community in the event of a serious incident.”

Record Firefighting Fleet Keeping Victorians Safe

Victoria’s largest ever aerial-firefighting fleet will take to the skies this summer as the state prepares for a long, hot summer. Acting Premier and Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched the record fleet of 49 aircraft at Avalon Airport. The fleet includes fixed-wing and water-bombing aircraft, as well as aircraft used specifically for air supervision and aerial intelligence. The water-bombing aircraft include Large Air Tankers that can carry up to 15,000 litres of water, foam or retardant and are one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of fire, and two orange Air-Cranes that are able to carry 7500 litres of water. The firefighting aircraft fleet is strategically positioned across the state and will come online progressively, as the fire season risk increases. The majority of water-bombing aircraft will operate through pre-determined dispatch, which means they will respond to fires at the same time as firefighters on the ground. Victoria is the only state in Australia to operate water-bombing aircraft as immediate response or pre-determined dispatch, following a key recommendation of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. In addition, Victoria also has a surge-capacity fleet that can supplement the core 49 aircraft, with up to 100 additional aircraft on call if required. Today’s event also incorporated the official launch of the state’s summer fire campaign. Forecasts show there is potential for an above-average fire season this summer, with people urged to take the time now to increase their understanding of local fire risks, prepare their properties and plan how to stay safe. Already this year there have been devastating fires in New South Wales, while Victoria has had its own share of significant fire activity, especially in the Gippsland region. Victorians can stay up-to-date with emergency warnings throughout the summer season by tuning into local radio and Sky News broadcasts, phoning the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226, visiting emergency.vic.gov.au, and downloading the VicEmergency App. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino “Victoria’s largest-ever firefighting fleet will be in operation this summer, with weather forecasts showing we are set for an above-average summer fire season.” “These aircraft will play a key role in supporting our firefighters on the ground, but people also need to assess the fire risk in their area, and talk to friends and family about what they’re going to do to be safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Our immediate focus is making sure Victorians stay safe this bushfire season. Talk to your family about your plans and make sure you know when to leave.”

Record Firefighting Fleet Keeping Victorians Safe

Victoria’s largest ever aerial-firefighting fleet will take to the skies this summer as the state prepares for a long, hot summer. Acting Premier and Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched the record fleet of 49 aircraft at Avalon Airport. The fleet includes fixed-wing and water-bombing aircraft, as well as aircraft used specifically for air supervision and aerial intelligence. The water-bombing aircraft include Large Air Tankers that can carry up to 15,000 litres of water, foam or retardant and are one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of fire, and two orange Air-Cranes that are able to carry 7500 litres of water. The firefighting aircraft fleet is strategically positioned across the state and will come online progressively, as the fire season risk increases. The majority of water-bombing aircraft will operate through pre-determined dispatch, which means they will respond to fires at the same time as firefighters on the ground. Victoria is the only state in Australia to operate water-bombing aircraft as immediate response or pre-determined dispatch, following a key recommendation of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. In addition, Victoria also has a surge-capacity fleet that can supplement the core 49 aircraft, with up to 100 additional aircraft on call if required. Today’s event also incorporated the official launch of the state’s summer fire campaign. Forecasts show there is potential for an above-average fire season this summer, with people urged to take the time now to increase their understanding of local fire risks, prepare their properties and plan how to stay safe. Already this year there have been devastating fires in New South Wales, while Victoria has had its own share of significant fire activity, especially in the Gippsland region. Victorians can stay up-to-date with emergency warnings throughout the summer season by tuning into local radio and Sky News broadcasts, phoning the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226, visiting emergency.vic.gov.au, and downloading the VicEmergency App. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier James Merlino “Victoria’s largest-ever firefighting fleet will be in operation this summer, with weather forecasts showing we are set for an above-average summer fire season.” “These aircraft will play a key role in supporting our firefighters on the ground, but people also need to assess the fire risk in their area, and talk to friends and family about what they’re going to do to be safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Our immediate focus is making sure Victorians stay safe this bushfire season. Talk to your family about your plans and make sure you know when to leave.”