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MONASH HEALTH’S BUDGET UP IN RECORD FUNDING BOOST FOR VICTORIA’S HEALTH SYSTEM

Monash Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today announced the Andrews Labor Government has increased Monash Health’s funding by $357.8 million, or 32.6 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Government was in power. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals – a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberals were in Government. The Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. All this would be at risk under a Liberal Government – who cut health funding, close beds and privatise hospitals to benefit their mates in the big end of town. In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 also included $1.2 billion for hospital upgrades and equipment to help doctors, nurses and other health care workers provide world-class care, including a major upgrade of Sunshine Hospital’s emergency department, a redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital and land for the new Footscray Hospital. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera  “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” “All this would be put at risk by the Liberals – who always cut health funding, hurting patients and making it harder for Victorian families to get the care they need when they need it.”

MONASH HEALTH’S BUDGET UP IN RECORD FUNDING BOOST FOR VICTORIA’S HEALTH SYSTEM

Monash Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today announced the Andrews Labor Government has increased Monash Health’s funding by $357.8 million, or 32.6 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Government was in power. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals – a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberals were in Government. The Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home. The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months. All this would be at risk under a Liberal Government – who cut health funding, close beds and privatise hospitals to benefit their mates in the big end of town. In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services. The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 also included $1.2 billion for hospital upgrades and equipment to help doctors, nurses and other health care workers provide world-class care, including a major upgrade of Sunshine Hospital’s emergency department, a redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital and land for the new Footscray Hospital. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera  “Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.” “All this would be put at risk by the Liberals – who always cut health funding, hurting patients and making it harder for Victorian families to get the care they need when they need it.”

SOCIAL HOUSING GRANT WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP has announced Casey council has been awarded a sought-after Victorian government grant to boost local social housing. The Social Housing Investment Planning (SHIP) grant provides $2.5 million to local governments to plan new social housing in their regions. More than 20 councils from across Victoria applied to receive one of the grants. Jude Perera MP said that Casey council’s successful application for boosting social housing in Cranbourne took into account the unique challenges and opportunities present in the region. Councils were required to demonstrate in their applications how their plans would drive development of social housing in their area, for instance through creating municipal social housing plans and identifying land suitable for future social housing projects. Increasing social housing is one of the many ways the Andrews Labor Government is tackling the problem of housing affordabilty. Along with the $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund – part of the Homes for Victorians strategy – the SHIP grants will support more modern, accessible homes for Victorians requiring housing support. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We are giving local governments the help they need to build more modern social housing in their council areas.”  “The quality of the applications we received was very high and I look forward to seeing the impact these projects will have in housing Victorians in their respective communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “We need to grow social housing in Cranbourne and I’m delighted the Victorian Government has awarded this grant to assist Council to plan for future growth.” “By delivering more social housing in Cranbourne, the Andrews Labor Government is building a stronger community for all Victorians.”

SOCIAL HOUSING GRANT WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP has announced Casey council has been awarded a sought-after Victorian government grant to boost local social housing. The Social Housing Investment Planning (SHIP) grant provides $2.5 million to local governments to plan new social housing in their regions. More than 20 councils from across Victoria applied to receive one of the grants. Jude Perera MP said that Casey council’s successful application for boosting social housing in Cranbourne took into account the unique challenges and opportunities present in the region. Councils were required to demonstrate in their applications how their plans would drive development of social housing in their area, for instance through creating municipal social housing plans and identifying land suitable for future social housing projects. Increasing social housing is one of the many ways the Andrews Labor Government is tackling the problem of housing affordabilty. Along with the $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund – part of the Homes for Victorians strategy – the SHIP grants will support more modern, accessible homes for Victorians requiring housing support. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We are giving local governments the help they need to build more modern social housing in their council areas.”  “The quality of the applications we received was very high and I look forward to seeing the impact these projects will have in housing Victorians in their respective communities.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “We need to grow social housing in Cranbourne and I’m delighted the Victorian Government has awarded this grant to assist Council to plan for future growth.” “By delivering more social housing in Cranbourne, the Andrews Labor Government is building a stronger community for all Victorians.”

Cheaper Car Rego For Thousands More Victorian Tradies

Thousands of trade apprentices who rely on their car to travel to work every day will be hundreds of dollars better off, with the Andrews Labor Government extending its registration discount program. Under the scheme, eligible apprentice tradies can apply for a 50 per cent discount on their vehicle’s registration fee and Transport Accident Charge. The Labor Government has expanded the program to include all eligible apprentices who use their vehicle to get to and from work between 8.30pm and 5.30am. The scheme, established in 2016, was previously only available to apprentices in defined trades who used their vehicles to travel between work sites during work hours. All apprentices are now able to apply if they drive their vehicle in the course of their apprenticeship, for example to carry the tools of their trade to and from work sites, or if they use their vehicle for travel to and from work between 8.30pm and 5.30am. Eligible apprentices paying standard registration on a light vehicle in metropolitan Melbourne, will save $408.20 per year, outer metropolitan areas $381.30 and in rural areas $349.95. To be eligible for the discount all apprentices must be registered with the Victorian Registrations Qualification Authority, must use their own car, van or ute and regularly use it in the course of their apprenticeship. Bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, chefs, hairdressers, electricians and plumbers will be among those eligible for a discount if their employers agree that the use of the vehicle is an essential part of their work. The Labor Government is supporting the skills of the next generation of Victorian workers while at the same time helping to ease their cost of living pressures. Money trade apprentices save on rego costs can now be invested in more training and more tools. Eligible apprentices are now able to apply to receive discounted registration. Applications can only be made online via the VicRoads website. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re putting money back in the pockets of thousands more Victorian apprentices, helping ease their cost of living pressures.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “We’re supporting our bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians, plumbers, chefs and bakers who all rely on our roads to get to the sites they work at and to get the training they need.”

Cheaper Car Rego For Thousands More Victorian Tradies

Thousands of trade apprentices who rely on their car to travel to work every day will be hundreds of dollars better off, with the Andrews Labor Government extending its registration discount program. Under the scheme, eligible apprentice tradies can apply for a 50 per cent discount on their vehicle’s registration fee and Transport Accident Charge. The Labor Government has expanded the program to include all eligible apprentices who use their vehicle to get to and from work between 8.30pm and 5.30am. The scheme, established in 2016, was previously only available to apprentices in defined trades who used their vehicles to travel between work sites during work hours. All apprentices are now able to apply if they drive their vehicle in the course of their apprenticeship, for example to carry the tools of their trade to and from work sites, or if they use their vehicle for travel to and from work between 8.30pm and 5.30am. Eligible apprentices paying standard registration on a light vehicle in metropolitan Melbourne, will save $408.20 per year, outer metropolitan areas $381.30 and in rural areas $349.95. To be eligible for the discount all apprentices must be registered with the Victorian Registrations Qualification Authority, must use their own car, van or ute and regularly use it in the course of their apprenticeship. Bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, chefs, hairdressers, electricians and plumbers will be among those eligible for a discount if their employers agree that the use of the vehicle is an essential part of their work. The Labor Government is supporting the skills of the next generation of Victorian workers while at the same time helping to ease their cost of living pressures. Money trade apprentices save on rego costs can now be invested in more training and more tools. Eligible apprentices are now able to apply to receive discounted registration. Applications can only be made online via the VicRoads website. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re putting money back in the pockets of thousands more Victorian apprentices, helping ease their cost of living pressures.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “We’re supporting our bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians, plumbers, chefs and bakers who all rely on our roads to get to the sites they work at and to get the training they need.”

More Investment For Young Victorians Who Need It Most

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in at risk Victorian youth and children, by announcing opportunities for two new Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage. From 16 July 2018, applications will be sought from organisations to develop programs that improve engagement and education outcomes for vulnerable school-age children aged 5 to 14 years and disengaged young Victorians between the ages of 15 to 25. The Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage initiative is an innovative approach that brings together the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to solve challenging social issues. Funding for successful programs will allow organisations to tailor their services to achieve the agreed social outcomes. Interested organisations will have until 9 September 2018 to submit their applications. Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage will build on Victoria’s first social impact investments. In February this year, the Labor Government partnered with Anglicare Victoria and VincentCare to deliver Australia’s largest ever Social Impact Bond, COMPASS, which at $14.2 million will help young Victorians leaving care transition to independent living. COMPASS will give care leavers two years’ access to housing and provide them with a dedicated worker to provide individualised support and help them navigate and access other services. Victoria’s first ever social impact investment, The Journey to Social Inclusion program, was signed in December 2017 in partnership with Sacred Heart Mission and focuses on supporting people experiencing chronic homelessness to achieve a pathway to independence and improve their health and wellbeing. Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage will complement current government programs and services, and will not replace existing services. For further information and to apply, visit dtf.vic.gov.au/funds-programs-and-policies. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’re helping vulnerable Victorians – offering funding for two new partnerships to support youth and children.” “We are looking forward to partnering with the social services sector and community groups to give more young people the greatest chance to succeed in life.” Quote attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We can achieve great things when governments, business, philanthropists and the not-for-profit sector work together to support vulnerable young people – their futures matter.”

More Investment For Young Victorians Who Need It Most

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in at risk Victorian youth and children, by announcing opportunities for two new Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage. From 16 July 2018, applications will be sought from organisations to develop programs that improve engagement and education outcomes for vulnerable school-age children aged 5 to 14 years and disengaged young Victorians between the ages of 15 to 25. The Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage initiative is an innovative approach that brings together the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to solve challenging social issues. Funding for successful programs will allow organisations to tailor their services to achieve the agreed social outcomes. Interested organisations will have until 9 September 2018 to submit their applications. Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage will build on Victoria’s first social impact investments. In February this year, the Labor Government partnered with Anglicare Victoria and VincentCare to deliver Australia’s largest ever Social Impact Bond, COMPASS, which at $14.2 million will help young Victorians leaving care transition to independent living. COMPASS will give care leavers two years’ access to housing and provide them with a dedicated worker to provide individualised support and help them navigate and access other services. Victoria’s first ever social impact investment, The Journey to Social Inclusion program, was signed in December 2017 in partnership with Sacred Heart Mission and focuses on supporting people experiencing chronic homelessness to achieve a pathway to independence and improve their health and wellbeing. Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage will complement current government programs and services, and will not replace existing services. For further information and to apply, visit dtf.vic.gov.au/funds-programs-and-policies. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’re helping vulnerable Victorians – offering funding for two new partnerships to support youth and children.” “We are looking forward to partnering with the social services sector and community groups to give more young people the greatest chance to succeed in life.” Quote attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We can achieve great things when governments, business, philanthropists and the not-for-profit sector work together to support vulnerable young people – their futures matter.”

 

Strong Outlook Maintains Victoria’s AAA Credit Rating

The Andrews Labor Government’s strong financial management has been recognised yet again, with Victoria maintaining its triple-A rating with international credit agency Moody’s Investor Services. Moody’s latest report on the Victorian economy said the rating was attributable to a number of positive factors including “a diverse and robust economy and healthy financial margins”. Moody’s said Victoria’s outlook was stable, and reflected “expectations of continued strong economic conditions.” Moody’s also noted Victoria contributed around 24 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product in 2016-17, while the diversification of its revenue base provided the State with a measure of revenue flexibility. The agency expects the positive economic trends will also be reflected in employment, which is forecast to rise by 2.0% in 2018-19. Looking forward, Moody’s anticipates the State’s gross operating balance as a percentage of revenues would average a healthy 7.5 per cent between 2019-2022. “This provides the State with an ample financial cushion to absorb unsustained revenue shocks as well as some increases in recurrent expenditure,” the report said. The report also confirmed Victoria’s debt is favourable compared to its domestic and international peers, while the State’s liquidity position is robust, with financial assets of $7.7 billion. Victoria’s economy continues to lead the nation with the highest state final demand growth anywhere in the country. Strong economic growth has also lead to a jobs boom, with almost 350,000 jobs created since November 2014 – the vast majority of them full time. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Today’s report provides independent, international confirmation of Victoria’s position as one of the nation’s economic leaders.” “Victoria is one of only two Australian states with a triple-A stable outlook credit rating from Moody’s. We’ll continue to work tirelessly to protect our rating and ensure all Victorians share in our state’s economic prosperity.” “When we were elected in November 2014, we promised Victorians a strong pipeline of economic activity that would create jobs and grow our economy – and we are delivering that.”

Strong Outlook Maintains Victoria’s AAA Credit Rating

The Andrews Labor Government’s strong financial management has been recognised yet again, with Victoria maintaining its triple-A rating with international credit agency Moody’s Investor Services. Moody’s latest report on the Victorian economy said the rating was attributable to a number of positive factors including “a diverse and robust economy and healthy financial margins”. Moody’s said Victoria’s outlook was stable, and reflected “expectations of continued strong economic conditions.” Moody’s also noted Victoria contributed around 24 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product in 2016-17, while the diversification of its revenue base provided the State with a measure of revenue flexibility. The agency expects the positive economic trends will also be reflected in employment, which is forecast to rise by 2.0% in 2018-19. Looking forward, Moody’s anticipates the State’s gross operating balance as a percentage of revenues would average a healthy 7.5 per cent between 2019-2022. “This provides the State with an ample financial cushion to absorb unsustained revenue shocks as well as some increases in recurrent expenditure,” the report said. The report also confirmed Victoria’s debt is favourable compared to its domestic and international peers, while the State’s liquidity position is robust, with financial assets of $7.7 billion. Victoria’s economy continues to lead the nation with the highest state final demand growth anywhere in the country. Strong economic growth has also lead to a jobs boom, with almost 350,000 jobs created since November 2014 – the vast majority of them full time. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Today’s report provides independent, international confirmation of Victoria’s position as one of the nation’s economic leaders.” “Victoria is one of only two Australian states with a triple-A stable outlook credit rating from Moody’s. We’ll continue to work tirelessly to protect our rating and ensure all Victorians share in our state’s economic prosperity.” “When we were elected in November 2014, we promised Victorians a strong pipeline of economic activity that would create jobs and grow our economy – and we are delivering that.”

Turnbull Set To Short Change Victorians Yet Again

Malcolm Turnbull is set to short-change Victorians yet again, this time slashing Victoria’s GST allocation by as much as $1.6 billion. The Turnbull Cabinet is expected to meet today and sign off on the Productivity Commission’s final report into horizontal fiscal equalisation. New analysis has found that proposals from the draft report would see Victoria’s GST allocation cut by between $695 million and $1.6 billion in 2018/19 alone. This outrageous cut comes on top of Victoria being short-changed on health funding. The latest national agreement on health would see $2.1 billion ripped out of Victoria’s health system, meaning more pressure on our emergency departments, less nurses and increasing the prospect of Victorians having to pay more for basic health services. Analysis conducted following the release of the draft Productivity Commission report showed that a cut of $972 million in GST allocation is the equivalent of funding for about 8700 nurses, 70 new primary schools, 30 new high schools, 9300 teachers, or 7700 police officers. What we are seeing is yet another attack on Victoria by a Sydney-centric Government, who continue to play favourites with the other states. The Tasmanian Liberal Government has already been briefed on the contents of the Productivity Report and Western Australian Liberals Matthias Cormann and Julie Bishop are expected to sort out a sweetheart deal for their state. Victoria continues to outpace the rest of the nation in economic growth, jobs growth, and population growth, but are being punished to prop up the other states. The Victorian Treasurer took the unprecedented step of appearing at the Productivity Commission’s Melbourne hearing on 17 November 2017, to argue for Victoria’s fair share and reaffirm Victoria’s support for the current GST distribution methodology. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The Turnbull Government is already short-changing Victorians on health – and now want to punish Victoria again by cutting our GST allocation.” “Malcolm Turnbull needs to stop using Victoria’s strong economic growth as budgetary ballast and punishing us just because we don’t happen to be holding a federal by-election in coming weeks.” “We’ll continue to get on with building the roads, rail and schools our state needs, but it’s time the Turnbull Government did its bit too.”

Turnbull Set To Short Change Victorians Yet Again

Malcolm Turnbull is set to short-change Victorians yet again, this time slashing Victoria’s GST allocation by as much as $1.6 billion. The Turnbull Cabinet is expected to meet today and sign off on the Productivity Commission’s final report into horizontal fiscal equalisation. New analysis has found that proposals from the draft report would see Victoria’s GST allocation cut by between $695 million and $1.6 billion in 2018/19 alone. This outrageous cut comes on top of Victoria being short-changed on health funding. The latest national agreement on health would see $2.1 billion ripped out of Victoria’s health system, meaning more pressure on our emergency departments, less nurses and increasing the prospect of Victorians having to pay more for basic health services. Analysis conducted following the release of the draft Productivity Commission report showed that a cut of $972 million in GST allocation is the equivalent of funding for about 8700 nurses, 70 new primary schools, 30 new high schools, 9300 teachers, or 7700 police officers. What we are seeing is yet another attack on Victoria by a Sydney-centric Government, who continue to play favourites with the other states. The Tasmanian Liberal Government has already been briefed on the contents of the Productivity Report and Western Australian Liberals Matthias Cormann and Julie Bishop are expected to sort out a sweetheart deal for their state. Victoria continues to outpace the rest of the nation in economic growth, jobs growth, and population growth, but are being punished to prop up the other states. The Victorian Treasurer took the unprecedented step of appearing at the Productivity Commission’s Melbourne hearing on 17 November 2017, to argue for Victoria’s fair share and reaffirm Victoria’s support for the current GST distribution methodology. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The Turnbull Government is already short-changing Victorians on health – and now want to punish Victoria again by cutting our GST allocation.” “Malcolm Turnbull needs to stop using Victoria’s strong economic growth as budgetary ballast and punishing us just because we don’t happen to be holding a federal by-election in coming weeks.” “We’ll continue to get on with building the roads, rail and schools our state needs, but it’s time the Turnbull Government did its bit too.”

Half-Way To 50: Another Level Crossing Gone For Good

The Andrews Labor Government has now removed 25 dangerous and congested level crossings, with drivers in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs benefitting from a faster, smoother and safer journey over a new Thompsons Road overpass. Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan at Thompsons Road to celebrate the opening of the first of two, three-lane bridges being built as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $207 million upgrade. For decades, the boom gates at Thompsons Road have caused delays for the 26,000 vehicles that travel on it each day. Now, drivers will be diverted onto the new northern road bridge on Thompsons Road, permanently separating road and rail and allowing for the removal of the old level crossing equipment below. Nearly 145,000 hours of work, 1,700 cubic metres of concrete and tens of thousands of tonnes of quarry materials have helped build the 3,200-tonne bridge over the rail line and the 60,000-tonne supporting wall. Once the new northern bridge opens today, work will begin on the southern bridge and new traffic lanes on the south side of Thompsons Road. The Labor Government will duplicate sections of Thompsons Road to get more people where they need to go and upgrade 11 intersections, including new traffic lights to boost safety at the notorious Western Port Highway intersection. Existing traffic light intersections will be upgraded at Wheelers Park Drive, William Thwaites Boulevard, Marriott Boulevard and Lyndhurst Boulevard. As part of the Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade, the roundabouts at the intersections of Thompsons and Dandenong-Frankston Road and Thompsons and Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road will also be replaced with traffic lights. Today’s announcement comes in a massive week of level crossing removals, with the final four Caulfield to Dandenong level crossings removed earlier this week and the Skye/Overton Road level crossing removed today. There are now 25 dangerous and congested level crossings gone for good – smashing the election commitment to remove 20 in the Labor Government’s first term, and bringing us half-way to our promise to remove 50 in two terms. Fourteen new stations have opened and a further four level crossing removals are under construction. The Thompsons Road Upgrade is expected to be completed in mid-2019. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We promised we would remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings and we’re half-way there – with more of these death traps to go for good.” “Drivers in Melbourne’s south east will never get stuck behind these boom gates ever again. We’ve separated road and rail at Thompsons Road – improving safety and cutting travel times.”   Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “With more than 26,000 vehicles travelling on Thompsons Road every day – this project is boosting capacity, upgrading intersections and helping Victorians get where they need to go safer and sooner.”  Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera   “Local drivers were sick and tired of waiting at this dangerous and congested level crossing – that’s why we wasted no time getting rid of it.” 

Half-Way To 50: Another Level Crossing Gone For Good

The Andrews Labor Government has now removed 25 dangerous and congested level crossings, with drivers in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs benefitting from a faster, smoother and safer journey over a new Thompsons Road overpass. Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan at Thompsons Road to celebrate the opening of the first of two, three-lane bridges being built as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $207 million upgrade. For decades, the boom gates at Thompsons Road have caused delays for the 26,000 vehicles that travel on it each day. Now, drivers will be diverted onto the new northern road bridge on Thompsons Road, permanently separating road and rail and allowing for the removal of the old level crossing equipment below. Nearly 145,000 hours of work, 1,700 cubic metres of concrete and tens of thousands of tonnes of quarry materials have helped build the 3,200-tonne bridge over the rail line and the 60,000-tonne supporting wall. Once the new northern bridge opens today, work will begin on the southern bridge and new traffic lanes on the south side of Thompsons Road. The Labor Government will duplicate sections of Thompsons Road to get more people where they need to go and upgrade 11 intersections, including new traffic lights to boost safety at the notorious Western Port Highway intersection. Existing traffic light intersections will be upgraded at Wheelers Park Drive, William Thwaites Boulevard, Marriott Boulevard and Lyndhurst Boulevard. As part of the Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade, the roundabouts at the intersections of Thompsons and Dandenong-Frankston Road and Thompsons and Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road will also be replaced with traffic lights. Today’s announcement comes in a massive week of level crossing removals, with the final four Caulfield to Dandenong level crossings removed earlier this week and the Skye/Overton Road level crossing removed today. There are now 25 dangerous and congested level crossings gone for good – smashing the election commitment to remove 20 in the Labor Government’s first term, and bringing us half-way to our promise to remove 50 in two terms. Fourteen new stations have opened and a further four level crossing removals are under construction. The Thompsons Road Upgrade is expected to be completed in mid-2019. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We promised we would remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings and we’re half-way there – with more of these death traps to go for good.” “Drivers in Melbourne’s south east will never get stuck behind these boom gates ever again. We’ve separated road and rail at Thompsons Road – improving safety and cutting travel times.”   Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “With more than 26,000 vehicles travelling on Thompsons Road every day – this project is boosting capacity, upgrading intersections and helping Victorians get where they need to go safer and sooner.”  Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera   “Local drivers were sick and tired of waiting at this dangerous and congested level crossing – that’s why we wasted no time getting rid of it.” 

Funding Boost To Give Every Child Every Chance

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian schools extra resources to support students with disabilities and ensure every child, no matter their background or circumstance, gets a great education. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced each Victorian government school will share in more than $7 million in Inclusion Boost funding to strengthen their inclusive education policies and practices. The Inclusion Boost is part of the $61 million suite of inclusive education initiatives announced by the Labor Government last year that give extra support to children and young people with disabilities. The funding and guidance will allow schools to: Educate teaching and support staff to ensure students with disabilities and additional needs can participate in all education and training activities on the same basis as their peers Develop an inclusion and diversity policy which reflects their commitment to be including of students of all backgrounds and abilities Educate parents and the school community about the inclusion and diversity policy, through community engagement and local promotion activities such as online, printed collateral or at school assemblies and parent forums. This extra support will help schools to reflect on, understand and strengthen how they support students with disabilities. It also builds the expertise of teachers and school leaders through a broad range of tools, resources and professional learning. The Inclusion Boost funding will also form part of the comprehensive inclusive education reform agenda that is ensuring that students of all abilities and their families feel welcome and thrive at school. Supporting students and young children with disabilities and additional needs, and strengthening inclusive education is a key Andrews Labor Government Education State priority. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re supporting our schools to make sure that all students feel welcome, accepted and engaged so that they can participate, achieve and thrive in school and life.” “Building the Education State means making sure everyone can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.” “We want to give every child, every chance, and it’s essential disability isn’t a barrier to that.”

Funding Boost To Give Every Child Every Chance

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian schools extra resources to support students with disabilities and ensure every child, no matter their background or circumstance, gets a great education. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced each Victorian government school will share in more than $7 million in Inclusion Boost funding to strengthen their inclusive education policies and practices. The Inclusion Boost is part of the $61 million suite of inclusive education initiatives announced by the Labor Government last year that give extra support to children and young people with disabilities. The funding and guidance will allow schools to: Educate teaching and support staff to ensure students with disabilities and additional needs can participate in all education and training activities on the same basis as their peers Develop an inclusion and diversity policy which reflects their commitment to be including of students of all backgrounds and abilities Educate parents and the school community about the inclusion and diversity policy, through community engagement and local promotion activities such as online, printed collateral or at school assemblies and parent forums. This extra support will help schools to reflect on, understand and strengthen how they support students with disabilities. It also builds the expertise of teachers and school leaders through a broad range of tools, resources and professional learning. The Inclusion Boost funding will also form part of the comprehensive inclusive education reform agenda that is ensuring that students of all abilities and their families feel welcome and thrive at school. Supporting students and young children with disabilities and additional needs, and strengthening inclusive education is a key Andrews Labor Government Education State priority. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re supporting our schools to make sure that all students feel welcome, accepted and engaged so that they can participate, achieve and thrive in school and life.” “Building the Education State means making sure everyone can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.” “We want to give every child, every chance, and it’s essential disability isn’t a barrier to that.”