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Getting It Done: Metro Tunnel Contracts Signed

The contracts to build the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history and equip it with next-generation, high-capacity signalling have been signed. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that final contracts to deliver the $6 billion tunnels and stations package have been signed with the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. The decision follows an extensive competitive process with the world’s most experienced construction and tunnelling contractors. It’s the biggest contract on the biggest public transport project ever delivered in Victoria and paves the way for major construction on the tunnel and stations to start next year. The final contract has also been signed with CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation to start work on the roll-out of high-capacity signalling on the Metro Tunnel. The $1.1 billion Rail Systems Alliance will allow trains to safely run closer together, meaning they can run more often – creating a turn-up-and-go train network for Melbourne. High capacity signalling will mean Victoria’s new fleet of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains will be able to run from Sunbury to Cranbourne and Pakenham and through the Metro Tunnel. It will be the first time this technology has been rolled out on an existing network in Australia and will allow trains every two to three minutes. The $11 billion Metro Tunnel project is on-budget, on-time and will create nearly 7,000 jobs – including 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets. Early works are well underway, major works will start next year and the project will be complete by 2026. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We are building the world-class turn up and go train network Victoria deserves – with more jobs, more stations and more trains, more often.” “We don’t just talk about building the big roads and public transport Victoria needs – we’re getting it done.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re not wasting a minute delivering the Metro Tunnel, which will create jobs and a new community on the doorstep of the CBD.” “We’re getting things done, ramping up construction on this massive project to deliver a world class train network for Victorians where trains come so often you can throw away the timetable.”

Getting It Done: Metro Tunnel Contracts Signed

The contracts to build the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history and equip it with next-generation, high-capacity signalling have been signed. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that final contracts to deliver the $6 billion tunnels and stations package have been signed with the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. The decision follows an extensive competitive process with the world’s most experienced construction and tunnelling contractors. It’s the biggest contract on the biggest public transport project ever delivered in Victoria and paves the way for major construction on the tunnel and stations to start next year. The final contract has also been signed with CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation to start work on the roll-out of high-capacity signalling on the Metro Tunnel. The $1.1 billion Rail Systems Alliance will allow trains to safely run closer together, meaning they can run more often – creating a turn-up-and-go train network for Melbourne. High capacity signalling will mean Victoria’s new fleet of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains will be able to run from Sunbury to Cranbourne and Pakenham and through the Metro Tunnel. It will be the first time this technology has been rolled out on an existing network in Australia and will allow trains every two to three minutes. The $11 billion Metro Tunnel project is on-budget, on-time and will create nearly 7,000 jobs – including 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets. Early works are well underway, major works will start next year and the project will be complete by 2026. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We are building the world-class turn up and go train network Victoria deserves – with more jobs, more stations and more trains, more often.” “We don’t just talk about building the big roads and public transport Victoria needs – we’re getting it done.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re not wasting a minute delivering the Metro Tunnel, which will create jobs and a new community on the doorstep of the CBD.” “We’re getting things done, ramping up construction on this massive project to deliver a world class train network for Victorians where trains come so often you can throw away the timetable.”

Getting It Done: Building The Victorian Heart Hospital

Australia’s first specialist stand-alone heart hospital will become a reality with the Andrews Labor Government investing an additional $320 million to build the Victorian Heart Hospital. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy visited Monash University to announce the $543 million project, with contributions from partners Monash University and Monash Health. The funding comes on top of the $150 million the Labor Government has already contributed to the project. The Hospital will bring together the world’s best experts in cardiovascular care, ground breaking medical research and training for the next generation of Victorian heart specialists. It will treat cardiac diseases from early childhood to advanced adult life, and will include an emergency department, cardiac catheterisation labs, specialist surgical and imaging facilities and telehealth services for patients across Victoria, interstate and around the world. Not only will the hospital put Victoria on the world map, it will provide major advances in research and treatment of people with heart disease. It will be built in the University grounds off Blackburn Rd in Clayton, adjacent to the Australian Synchrotron. The new hospital will have 195 beds, with the capacity to provide 2,000 cardiac surgeries each year, 13,500 cardiac catheterisation laboratory procedures and 108,000 consultations and outpatient appointments. It will play an important role in training our cardiac care medicine, nursing and allied health professionals into the future, with more than 300 undergraduate students, 260 postgraduate students and 20 PhD students each year. The hospital will also focus on diagnosis and treatment of cardiac patients in country Victoria through telehealth facilities, connecting specialists with country patients and their local doctors, removing the need to travel to specialist appointments and enabling people to continue their daily lives while waiting for their consultation. The design includes scope for expansion to build capacity to meet future demand and additional research space. Project partners are leading an ambitious fundraising campaign to support this. The Victorian Heart Hospital project will be completed in 2022. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “The Heart Hospital will be the jewel in the crown in our efforts to combat and treat cardiac diseases. It will save and change thousands of lives.” “Victoria is already home to some of the world’s best cardiac doctors, clinicians and researchers – and now we’re building them the world-class facilities to match.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “The Victorian Heart Hospital is a Victorian first – an Australian first – it is truly world-leading stuff.” “It will not only provide the very best cardiac care for patients with heart disease – it will be home to ground-breaking medical research, training and education.”

Getting It Done: Building The Victorian Heart Hospital

Australia’s first specialist stand-alone heart hospital will become a reality with the Andrews Labor Government investing an additional $320 million to build the Victorian Heart Hospital. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy visited Monash University to announce the $543 million project, with contributions from partners Monash University and Monash Health. The funding comes on top of the $150 million the Labor Government has already contributed to the project. The Hospital will bring together the world’s best experts in cardiovascular care, ground breaking medical research and training for the next generation of Victorian heart specialists. It will treat cardiac diseases from early childhood to advanced adult life, and will include an emergency department, cardiac catheterisation labs, specialist surgical and imaging facilities and telehealth services for patients across Victoria, interstate and around the world. Not only will the hospital put Victoria on the world map, it will provide major advances in research and treatment of people with heart disease. It will be built in the University grounds off Blackburn Rd in Clayton, adjacent to the Australian Synchrotron. The new hospital will have 195 beds, with the capacity to provide 2,000 cardiac surgeries each year, 13,500 cardiac catheterisation laboratory procedures and 108,000 consultations and outpatient appointments. It will play an important role in training our cardiac care medicine, nursing and allied health professionals into the future, with more than 300 undergraduate students, 260 postgraduate students and 20 PhD students each year. The hospital will also focus on diagnosis and treatment of cardiac patients in country Victoria through telehealth facilities, connecting specialists with country patients and their local doctors, removing the need to travel to specialist appointments and enabling people to continue their daily lives while waiting for their consultation. The design includes scope for expansion to build capacity to meet future demand and additional research space. Project partners are leading an ambitious fundraising campaign to support this. The Victorian Heart Hospital project will be completed in 2022. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “The Heart Hospital will be the jewel in the crown in our efforts to combat and treat cardiac diseases. It will save and change thousands of lives.” “Victoria is already home to some of the world’s best cardiac doctors, clinicians and researchers – and now we’re building them the world-class facilities to match.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “The Victorian Heart Hospital is a Victorian first – an Australian first – it is truly world-leading stuff.” “It will not only provide the very best cardiac care for patients with heart disease – it will be home to ground-breaking medical research, training and education.”

Dangerous Products Removed From Shelves Ahead Of Christmas

Thousands of dangerous and unsafe products have been removed from Victorian shelves, with inspectors swooping on businesses in the lead up to Christmas. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today revealed a haul of dodgy products seized during statewide inspections of retailers and wholesalers. Through November and December, Consumer Affairs Victoria conducted more than 400 inspections, leading to the seizure of more than 3,200 unsafe products. The crackdown comes just a week after the Federal Court of Australia issued a $1 million penalty to retailer Daiso Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd for supplying, offering to supply or possessing goods that did not comply with mandatory product safety and information standards. The investigation saw more than 6,500 items seized, including dangerous projectile toys and those designed for children under three that posed potential choking hazards. In the lead up to Christmas, inspectors have been on the lookout for: toys with small parts that present a choking hazard to young children projectile toys, which may cause serious eye injuries or which present an ingestion or inhalation hazard toys with sharp edges or points that may cause laceration or stab wounds children’s play cosmetics without appropriate labelling that may present allergic reactions and other health risks unsafe and poorly constructed cots, and flammable clothing. In 2016-17, Consumer Affairs Victoria product safety experts conducted more than 1,100 inspections, leading to the removal of more than 70,000 unsafe items from sale. A supplier who fails to comply with a mandatory safety standard can face fines of up to $220,000 for an individual and $1.1 million for a body corporate. Anyone with concerns about product safety issues can contact Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 36 48 94 or visit consumer.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “We take product safety very seriously and have inspectors out in force to ensure businesses sell product that is safe and complies with our strict standards.” “In the lead up to Christmas, it’s vital that mums and dads can buy toys for their kids and be confident that it won’t be a present they later regret.”

Dangerous Products Removed From Shelves Ahead Of Christmas

Thousands of dangerous and unsafe products have been removed from Victorian shelves, with inspectors swooping on businesses in the lead up to Christmas. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today revealed a haul of dodgy products seized during statewide inspections of retailers and wholesalers. Through November and December, Consumer Affairs Victoria conducted more than 400 inspections, leading to the seizure of more than 3,200 unsafe products. The crackdown comes just a week after the Federal Court of Australia issued a $1 million penalty to retailer Daiso Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd for supplying, offering to supply or possessing goods that did not comply with mandatory product safety and information standards. The investigation saw more than 6,500 items seized, including dangerous projectile toys and those designed for children under three that posed potential choking hazards. In the lead up to Christmas, inspectors have been on the lookout for: toys with small parts that present a choking hazard to young children projectile toys, which may cause serious eye injuries or which present an ingestion or inhalation hazard toys with sharp edges or points that may cause laceration or stab wounds children’s play cosmetics without appropriate labelling that may present allergic reactions and other health risks unsafe and poorly constructed cots, and flammable clothing. In 2016-17, Consumer Affairs Victoria product safety experts conducted more than 1,100 inspections, leading to the removal of more than 70,000 unsafe items from sale. A supplier who fails to comply with a mandatory safety standard can face fines of up to $220,000 for an individual and $1.1 million for a body corporate. Anyone with concerns about product safety issues can contact Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 36 48 94 or visit consumer.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “We take product safety very seriously and have inspectors out in force to ensure businesses sell product that is safe and complies with our strict standards.” “In the lead up to Christmas, it’s vital that mums and dads can buy toys for their kids and be confident that it won’t be a present they later regret.”

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.”