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LIBERALS SECRET PLAN TO CUT VITAL SERVICES IN CRANBOURNE

Matthew Guy and the Liberals planned ‘Commission of Audit’ will once again see funding ripped out of Cranbourne’s schools, hospitals, transport and other services if they win the next election A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 If this isn’t enough Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien, has confirmed that frontline public sector workers are once again in Liberal Party sights as they seek to once again cut Victoria’s services. Attacking the Andrews Labor Government for having boosted the numbers of teachers, police officers, corrections officers and paramedics, Mr O’Brien bizarrely claimed this was bloating the public service. The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. When last in government, they smashed their way through our local services, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus Slashing over $1 billion from TAFE, shutting down courses Cutting funding to ambulances and hospitals that saw a blow out in local ambulance response times and hospital waiting lists Not even babies and young children were safe from Liberal cuts, with the whooping cough vaccination program cruelly cut. Now the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy must make clear to people living in Cranbourne, which local frontline services will be subject to their razor gang – hard working locals deserve to know what services are set to be axed and whether their jobs are safe. What is on the Liberals chopping block? Will funding for the breakfast club at Cranbourne Primary, Cranbourne Park Primary, Cranbourne West Primary, Rangbank Primary, Marnebek Cranbourne, Lynbrook Primary, Carlisle Primary be axed, are paramedics at Cranbourne and Lyndhurst stations facing the sack, how many surgeries at Monash hospital are at threat and will the proposed Mernda Station  level crossing removal still take place? Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne “Matthew Guy with his cost audit, wants to cut the very services that locals across Cranbourne depend upon – cuts to local health, cuts to local education, cuts to local transport.” “Whether it’s axing the education maintenance allowance, gutting Chisholm TAFE or slashing health funding, the former Liberal Government cut our services deeply, and given the chance will do it all over again.” “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in Cranbourne and make the investments needed to boost jobs and create the world class schools, hospitals and TAFEs we need.”

LIBERALS SECRET PLAN TO CUT VITAL SERVICES IN CRANBOURNE

Matthew Guy and the Liberals planned ‘Commission of Audit’ will once again see funding ripped out of Cranbourne’s schools, hospitals, transport and other services if they win the next election A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 If this isn’t enough Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien, has confirmed that frontline public sector workers are once again in Liberal Party sights as they seek to once again cut Victoria’s services. Attacking the Andrews Labor Government for having boosted the numbers of teachers, police officers, corrections officers and paramedics, Mr O’Brien bizarrely claimed this was bloating the public service. The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. When last in government, they smashed their way through our local services, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus Slashing over $1 billion from TAFE, shutting down courses Cutting funding to ambulances and hospitals that saw a blow out in local ambulance response times and hospital waiting lists Not even babies and young children were safe from Liberal cuts, with the whooping cough vaccination program cruelly cut. Now the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy must make clear to people living in Cranbourne, which local frontline services will be subject to their razor gang – hard working locals deserve to know what services are set to be axed and whether their jobs are safe. What is on the Liberals chopping block? Will funding for the breakfast club at Cranbourne Primary, Cranbourne Park Primary, Cranbourne West Primary, Rangbank Primary, Marnebek Cranbourne, Lynbrook Primary, Carlisle Primary be axed, are paramedics at Cranbourne and Lyndhurst stations facing the sack, how many surgeries at Monash hospital are at threat and will the proposed Mernda Station  level crossing removal still take place? Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne “Matthew Guy with his cost audit, wants to cut the very services that locals across Cranbourne depend upon – cuts to local health, cuts to local education, cuts to local transport.” “Whether it’s axing the education maintenance allowance, gutting Chisholm TAFE or slashing health funding, the former Liberal Government cut our services deeply, and given the chance will do it all over again.” “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in Cranbourne and make the investments needed to boost jobs and create the world class schools, hospitals and TAFEs we need.”

CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS FUND AT RISK FROM LIBERAL CUTS

The Andrews Labor Government’s School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund that is doing so much to support students is at risk from the Liberal cost audit. The Liberal Party have proposed a ‘Commission of Audit’ that will once again see funding ripped out of Cranbourne’s schools, TAFEs and educational support services. A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. As part of their cruel $1 billion cut to education, the Liberals axed the Educational Maintenance Allowance that was supporting so many hard working families with the basic costs of schooling and accessing school camps and excursions. Across Cranbourne, 3,810 would have lost out in support thanks to the cruel Liberal cuts. It was only the election of the Labor Government that ensured kids across Cranbourne got the support they needed with the dedicated School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, alongside the Breakfast Club program that is supporting around 25,000 kids. Now it seems the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy and Liberals must rule out attacking the School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund and Breakfast Club program from their planned cost audit that will do so much damage to families across Cranbourne and the services they rely upon. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “The Liberals axed the Educational Maintenance Allowance that was supporting so many students in Cranbourne and now it seems they want to do it all over again if given the chance.” “Matthew Guy’s cost audit will cut the very services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon.” “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in Cranbourne and make the investments needed to deliver the world class education system we need.”

CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS FUND AT RISK FROM LIBERAL CUTS

The Andrews Labor Government’s School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund that is doing so much to support students is at risk from the Liberal cost audit. The Liberal Party have proposed a ‘Commission of Audit’ that will once again see funding ripped out of Cranbourne’s schools, TAFEs and educational support services. A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. As part of their cruel $1 billion cut to education, the Liberals axed the Educational Maintenance Allowance that was supporting so many hard working families with the basic costs of schooling and accessing school camps and excursions. Across Cranbourne, 3,810 would have lost out in support thanks to the cruel Liberal cuts. It was only the election of the Labor Government that ensured kids across Cranbourne got the support they needed with the dedicated School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, alongside the Breakfast Club program that is supporting around 25,000 kids. Now it seems the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy and Liberals must rule out attacking the School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund and Breakfast Club program from their planned cost audit that will do so much damage to families across Cranbourne and the services they rely upon. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “The Liberals axed the Educational Maintenance Allowance that was supporting so many students in Cranbourne and now it seems they want to do it all over again if given the chance.” “Matthew Guy’s cost audit will cut the very services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon.” “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in Cranbourne and make the investments needed to deliver the world class education system we need.”

A Right Word At The Right Time Could Save Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to help people make long-lasting health and lifestyle choices with the launch of a new preventative health campaign. The Labor Government has partnered with Alfred Health to develop the 'Right Word. Right Time' campaign designed to put health professionals front and centre in raising the issue of preventive health with their patients. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today launched the campaign developed in response to research revealing that the majority of illness and death in Australia is due to chronic conditions that are mainly preventable. It advocates that people can turn their lives around by making better health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices. A right word from health care professionals at the right time can save lives by creating lasting change and helping people avoid chronic conditions that are mainly preventable. Victoria is at the forefront in leading reform in disease prevention and early detection, and has invested in a range of prevention initiatives targeting specific areas such as tobacco reform, obesity, physical activity, sexual health, heart disease, vaccination investment, cancer screening and skin cancer prevention. The Government is funding Alfred Health to support their efforts and other health services to deliver prevention initiatives in health services. The campaign can be viewed at www.rightwordrighttime.org.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “There’s nothing better than getting in early to make the lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime.” “We’re putting the health of Victorians first, with health protection and prevention placed at the heart of multiple strategies to deliver lasting changes to health and wellbeing outcomes and equity”. “Keeping our population healthy is important. Our vision is to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety of all Victorians - and this campaign will help us do that.”

A Right Word At The Right Time Could Save Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to help people make long-lasting health and lifestyle choices with the launch of a new preventative health campaign. The Labor Government has partnered with Alfred Health to develop the 'Right Word. Right Time' campaign designed to put health professionals front and centre in raising the issue of preventive health with their patients. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today launched the campaign developed in response to research revealing that the majority of illness and death in Australia is due to chronic conditions that are mainly preventable. It advocates that people can turn their lives around by making better health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices. A right word from health care professionals at the right time can save lives by creating lasting change and helping people avoid chronic conditions that are mainly preventable. Victoria is at the forefront in leading reform in disease prevention and early detection, and has invested in a range of prevention initiatives targeting specific areas such as tobacco reform, obesity, physical activity, sexual health, heart disease, vaccination investment, cancer screening and skin cancer prevention. The Government is funding Alfred Health to support their efforts and other health services to deliver prevention initiatives in health services. The campaign can be viewed at www.rightwordrighttime.org.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “There’s nothing better than getting in early to make the lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime.” “We’re putting the health of Victorians first, with health protection and prevention placed at the heart of multiple strategies to deliver lasting changes to health and wellbeing outcomes and equity”. “Keeping our population healthy is important. Our vision is to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety of all Victorians - and this campaign will help us do that.”

Palliative Care Boost To Support Terminally Ill Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $62 million in additional funding over the next five years to increase the options for people with a terminal illness to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice. This includes $19 million to be provided immediately for this financial year. This will help provide more options for support and care, particularly for people living in regional Victoria. This funding boost will provide: $19.9 million to support home-based palliative care across regional and rural Victoria to provide care for an additional 1,215 people and their families each year $6.25 million to establish a 24-hour expert advice line to address variability of access to after-hours palliative care advice for clients, carers and generalist health services, and address gaps for people living in rural areas $19.5 million to better respond to demand and patient complexity by providing additional palliative care physician or nurse practitioner positions in Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Services $10 million in one off grants for end of life auxiliary support services to assist people, families and carers to manage the day to day activities associated with caring for someone with a terminal illness at home $6.35 million from 2018-19 in the event that Voluntary Assisted Dying is introduced to support the families of people who have accessed Voluntary Assisted Dying. The Labor Government will also support an independent review of palliative care funding to address any inequities that exist with the current model. The review will consider how to improve sustainability for palliative care services and boost their capacity to deliver flexible patient-centred care. It will be led by Melbourne Health Board Chair Robert Doyle, St Vincent’s Health Australia Deputy Chair Patricia Faulkner and Goulburn Valley Hospice CEO Carmel Smith. Most people want to die at home, and we can do more to support their preference. The Labor Government invests around $135 million per year on palliative care services, and has increased palliative care funding each year since coming into office. In March this year, the Government also announced a $5 million equipment and infrastructure grant for community palliative care agencies to assist them to deliver care in people’s homes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We‘re supporting quality and compassionate end-of-life and palliative care that relieves pain and suffering, and helps family, friends and carers.” “This investment builds on our work to ensure that more Victorians can die at home, surrounded by their loved ones.” “It will make a real difference to our hardworking palliative care workers and services across the state – particularly in regional Victoria – and will help more people get the care and support they need.”

Palliative Care Boost To Support Terminally Ill Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $62 million in additional funding over the next five years to increase the options for people with a terminal illness to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice. This includes $19 million to be provided immediately for this financial year. This will help provide more options for support and care, particularly for people living in regional Victoria. This funding boost will provide: $19.9 million to support home-based palliative care across regional and rural Victoria to provide care for an additional 1,215 people and their families each year $6.25 million to establish a 24-hour expert advice line to address variability of access to after-hours palliative care advice for clients, carers and generalist health services, and address gaps for people living in rural areas $19.5 million to better respond to demand and patient complexity by providing additional palliative care physician or nurse practitioner positions in Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Services $10 million in one off grants for end of life auxiliary support services to assist people, families and carers to manage the day to day activities associated with caring for someone with a terminal illness at home $6.35 million from 2018-19 in the event that Voluntary Assisted Dying is introduced to support the families of people who have accessed Voluntary Assisted Dying. The Labor Government will also support an independent review of palliative care funding to address any inequities that exist with the current model. The review will consider how to improve sustainability for palliative care services and boost their capacity to deliver flexible patient-centred care. It will be led by Melbourne Health Board Chair Robert Doyle, St Vincent’s Health Australia Deputy Chair Patricia Faulkner and Goulburn Valley Hospice CEO Carmel Smith. Most people want to die at home, and we can do more to support their preference. The Labor Government invests around $135 million per year on palliative care services, and has increased palliative care funding each year since coming into office. In March this year, the Government also announced a $5 million equipment and infrastructure grant for community palliative care agencies to assist them to deliver care in people’s homes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We‘re supporting quality and compassionate end-of-life and palliative care that relieves pain and suffering, and helps family, friends and carers.” “This investment builds on our work to ensure that more Victorians can die at home, surrounded by their loved ones.” “It will make a real difference to our hardworking palliative care workers and services across the state – particularly in regional Victoria – and will help more people get the care and support they need.”

 

State-Of-The-Art Tanker Joins Victoria’s Firefighting Fleet

The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out a new fleet of state-of-the-art heavy tanker firefighting trucks ahead of the upcoming summer fire season. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the new fleet of ‘Unimogs’ is part of the Labor Government’s $32 million upgrade of Victorian firefighting vehicles. The Unimog is an all-terrain vehicle housed on a Mercedes Benz Unimog cab chassis and is fitted-out with equipment designed for Forest Fire Management Victoria’s firefighting and planned burning needs. It will become a core fire-fighting heavy tanker – featuring exceptional off-road capabilities and a range of safety features including: in-vehicle hose monitors a cabin deluge system for crew protection fire curtains a unique Falling Object Protection System. The Unimogs have a water-carrying capacity of 4,000 litres and are built to accommodate four firefighters – double the capacity of the existing heavy tanker. Final vehicle design and composition followed a comprehensive field testing program of different types of vehicles, terrain and equipment. Forest firefighting crews will have 21 Unimogs at their disposal this fire season, marking the first stage of the roll-out of a new heavy tanker fleet. A further 20 vehicles are due to join the fleet in 2018. The Unimog project has also created 34 jobs within Quik Corp, who oversaw the fire appliance body builds, with nearly half of the jobs going to redundant workers from the car and manufacturing industries. The Unimog upgrade is in addition to the overhaul of the ultra-light firefighting fleet over the next three years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These state-of-the-art vehicles were designed right here in Victoria to keep our communities as well as our brave forest firefighters safe this summer.” “These vehicles will be critical in fire suppression, planned burns, emergency response, as well road network and recreation site maintenance.”

State-Of-The-Art Tanker Joins Victoria’s Firefighting Fleet

The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out a new fleet of state-of-the-art heavy tanker firefighting trucks ahead of the upcoming summer fire season. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the new fleet of ‘Unimogs’ is part of the Labor Government’s $32 million upgrade of Victorian firefighting vehicles. The Unimog is an all-terrain vehicle housed on a Mercedes Benz Unimog cab chassis and is fitted-out with equipment designed for Forest Fire Management Victoria’s firefighting and planned burning needs. It will become a core fire-fighting heavy tanker – featuring exceptional off-road capabilities and a range of safety features including: in-vehicle hose monitors a cabin deluge system for crew protection fire curtains a unique Falling Object Protection System. The Unimogs have a water-carrying capacity of 4,000 litres and are built to accommodate four firefighters – double the capacity of the existing heavy tanker. Final vehicle design and composition followed a comprehensive field testing program of different types of vehicles, terrain and equipment. Forest firefighting crews will have 21 Unimogs at their disposal this fire season, marking the first stage of the roll-out of a new heavy tanker fleet. A further 20 vehicles are due to join the fleet in 2018. The Unimog project has also created 34 jobs within Quik Corp, who oversaw the fire appliance body builds, with nearly half of the jobs going to redundant workers from the car and manufacturing industries. The Unimog upgrade is in addition to the overhaul of the ultra-light firefighting fleet over the next three years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These state-of-the-art vehicles were designed right here in Victoria to keep our communities as well as our brave forest firefighters safe this summer.” “These vehicles will be critical in fire suppression, planned burns, emergency response, as well road network and recreation site maintenance.”

Victoria’s Finances And Economy In First-Rate Shape

The first official financial report for the 2017-18 financial year shows Victoria’s economy is strong and growing, with a quarterly operating surplus of more than half a billion dollars. The 2017-18 Quarterly Financial Report No. 1, tabled in Parliament today by Treasurer Tim Pallas, shows Victoria’s economy continues to outpace all other states, delivering a net operating surplus of $555 million – $75 million higher than the comparable period last year. This strong surplus and economic growth is creating jobs, with more than 25,000 jobs created during the three-month period and 114,400 over the year to September 2017. Since November 2014, more than 280,000 jobs have been created in Victoria – more than anywhere else in the nation and about three times the amount created under the previous government. This strong employment growth is supporting household consumption and dwelling investment, and improving business conditions are expected to further boost business investment growth. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $1.9 billion in infrastructure for the quarter – supporting the needs of Victoria’s growing population. Thirty-three major infrastructure projects were underway during the quarter, including the Metro Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removal Program and Regional Rail Revival. The Labor Government also continues to make significant investments in the health and education sectors to deliver high-quality services and to boost economic activity. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This provides the first marker of the financial year and shows our disciplined financial management is creating jobs and helping deliver the infrastructure and services Victorians need.” “Victoria continues to be one of the strongest economies in the country – which means more jobs, more growth and more opportunities.”

Victoria’s Finances And Economy In First-Rate Shape

The first official financial report for the 2017-18 financial year shows Victoria’s economy is strong and growing, with a quarterly operating surplus of more than half a billion dollars. The 2017-18 Quarterly Financial Report No. 1, tabled in Parliament today by Treasurer Tim Pallas, shows Victoria’s economy continues to outpace all other states, delivering a net operating surplus of $555 million – $75 million higher than the comparable period last year. This strong surplus and economic growth is creating jobs, with more than 25,000 jobs created during the three-month period and 114,400 over the year to September 2017. Since November 2014, more than 280,000 jobs have been created in Victoria – more than anywhere else in the nation and about three times the amount created under the previous government. This strong employment growth is supporting household consumption and dwelling investment, and improving business conditions are expected to further boost business investment growth. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $1.9 billion in infrastructure for the quarter – supporting the needs of Victoria’s growing population. Thirty-three major infrastructure projects were underway during the quarter, including the Metro Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removal Program and Regional Rail Revival. The Labor Government also continues to make significant investments in the health and education sectors to deliver high-quality services and to boost economic activity. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This provides the first marker of the financial year and shows our disciplined financial management is creating jobs and helping deliver the infrastructure and services Victorians need.” “Victoria continues to be one of the strongest economies in the country – which means more jobs, more growth and more opportunities.”

No Jab No Play Changes To Crack Down On Rogue GPs

The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on rogue medical practitioners who make false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised with tough new No Jab No Play requirements. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos will today introduce changes that will mean letters and other documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be acceptable as proof of immunisation. Under the legislation, only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted as evidence of a medical reason why a child is not immunised when enrolling in childcare or kindergarten under No Jab No Play laws. This means false and misleading vaccination exemptions written up by dodgy doctors – which put community health and safety at risk – will no longer be accepted for enrolment into early childhood facilities. The amendments will also simplify the process for early childhood providers of assessing a child’s immunisation for the purposes of enrolment. Enrolment will only be confirmed once the Immunisation History Statement has been provided – instead of assessing a range of different documents. Parents will also need to provide these statements – and early childhood services will need to collect them – at regular intervals to verify that a child attending a service has received all the necessary immunisations for their age. Consultation will be undertaken with the early childhood sector to determine appropriate intervals for the new periodic checks. This amendment aims to further increase immunisation rates by adding additional prompts to parents and guardians to ensure their child’s immunisation status is up to date. Last month, Victoria achieved its best ever immunisation coverage with nearly 95 per cent of 5-year old kids now protected against preventable and serious life-threatening diseases. This shows the Government’s work to improve immunisation rates and dispel myths about vaccination are working. To receive reminders of when your child’s immunisations are due, download the VaxOnTime Victoria app. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We make no apologies for cracking down on rogue doctors who don’t put the health of our community first. The science is crystal clear – vaccinations are safe and save lives.” “People who tout misinformation about immunisation are a menace and put the health and safety of children at risk. That’s why we want as many children as possible immunised and protected from life-threatening illnesses.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “Our No Jab No Play laws are here to stay – and our kinders are at the front line of helping us immunise our kids and prevent serious diseases like measles.” “Immunising your child not only protects you and your family, but other children in the community – there is no excuse for not immunising your child.”

No Jab No Play Changes To Crack Down On Rogue GPs

The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on rogue medical practitioners who make false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised with tough new No Jab No Play requirements. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos will today introduce changes that will mean letters and other documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be acceptable as proof of immunisation. Under the legislation, only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted as evidence of a medical reason why a child is not immunised when enrolling in childcare or kindergarten under No Jab No Play laws. This means false and misleading vaccination exemptions written up by dodgy doctors – which put community health and safety at risk – will no longer be accepted for enrolment into early childhood facilities. The amendments will also simplify the process for early childhood providers of assessing a child’s immunisation for the purposes of enrolment. Enrolment will only be confirmed once the Immunisation History Statement has been provided – instead of assessing a range of different documents. Parents will also need to provide these statements – and early childhood services will need to collect them – at regular intervals to verify that a child attending a service has received all the necessary immunisations for their age. Consultation will be undertaken with the early childhood sector to determine appropriate intervals for the new periodic checks. This amendment aims to further increase immunisation rates by adding additional prompts to parents and guardians to ensure their child’s immunisation status is up to date. Last month, Victoria achieved its best ever immunisation coverage with nearly 95 per cent of 5-year old kids now protected against preventable and serious life-threatening diseases. This shows the Government’s work to improve immunisation rates and dispel myths about vaccination are working. To receive reminders of when your child’s immunisations are due, download the VaxOnTime Victoria app. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We make no apologies for cracking down on rogue doctors who don’t put the health of our community first. The science is crystal clear – vaccinations are safe and save lives.” “People who tout misinformation about immunisation are a menace and put the health and safety of children at risk. That’s why we want as many children as possible immunised and protected from life-threatening illnesses.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “Our No Jab No Play laws are here to stay – and our kinders are at the front line of helping us immunise our kids and prevent serious diseases like measles.” “Immunising your child not only protects you and your family, but other children in the community – there is no excuse for not immunising your child.”

11 MCG’s Of New Open Space For Communities To Enjoy

As work gathers pace to remove every single level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong, plans for 11 MCG’s worth of new open space have been unveiled to create new vibrant precincts in the south east of Melbourne. Raising parts of the Cranbourne/Pakenham line will not only get rid of nine dangerous and congested level crossings, but open up land soon to be transformed into parks, paths, play areas and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling trail stretching all the way from Caulfield to Eastlink. Across the open space will be recreation facilities for all ages including seniors’, multi-purpose sports courts, rock climbing and skate elements. Dog owners will have access to two fenced dog parks in Clayton and Noble Park addressing a lack of off-leash facilities in Melbourne’s south east. More than 430 additional car spaces will also be built to ease parking pressures for commuters, including an extra 100 for the fast-growing suburb of Noble Park. More than 4000 trees will be planted, including hundreds donated to local councils or groups – primarily gums, eucalypts and other natives known to attract birdlife. The plans released today, come after extensive consultation from a Community Open Space Expert Panel, chaired by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Tim Entwisle who received over 850 surveys and spoke to over 2000 community members. Work on the open space will commence next year. To view the open space designs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/openspace  Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan “By removing the most dangerous and congested level crossings we are making our communities safer – and by providing more open space we’re making them a better place to live.”  “This area of Melbourne has the smallest amount of parkland in Victoria – we’re providing more space for locals and families to come together, exercise and play.” “Some of Melbourne’s most vibrant precincts are located around elevated rail and this open space will help invigorate shopping and hospitality along the corridor.”

11 MCG’s Of New Open Space For Communities To Enjoy

As work gathers pace to remove every single level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong, plans for 11 MCG’s worth of new open space have been unveiled to create new vibrant precincts in the south east of Melbourne. Raising parts of the Cranbourne/Pakenham line will not only get rid of nine dangerous and congested level crossings, but open up land soon to be transformed into parks, paths, play areas and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling trail stretching all the way from Caulfield to Eastlink. Across the open space will be recreation facilities for all ages including seniors’, multi-purpose sports courts, rock climbing and skate elements. Dog owners will have access to two fenced dog parks in Clayton and Noble Park addressing a lack of off-leash facilities in Melbourne’s south east. More than 430 additional car spaces will also be built to ease parking pressures for commuters, including an extra 100 for the fast-growing suburb of Noble Park. More than 4000 trees will be planted, including hundreds donated to local councils or groups – primarily gums, eucalypts and other natives known to attract birdlife. The plans released today, come after extensive consultation from a Community Open Space Expert Panel, chaired by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Tim Entwisle who received over 850 surveys and spoke to over 2000 community members. Work on the open space will commence next year. To view the open space designs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/openspace  Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan “By removing the most dangerous and congested level crossings we are making our communities safer – and by providing more open space we’re making them a better place to live.”  “This area of Melbourne has the smallest amount of parkland in Victoria – we’re providing more space for locals and families to come together, exercise and play.” “Some of Melbourne’s most vibrant precincts are located around elevated rail and this open space will help invigorate shopping and hospitality along the corridor.”