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Liberals’ Plan To Cut Family Violence Services

family violence services if they win the next election, putting women and children at risk. A recent media report states: Prevention of family violence spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the opposition would consider the recommendations’ “financial impost” and whether “there are efficiencies that can be realised”…. “We need to understand the full detail of those 227 recommendations, understand if there can be efficiencies and improvements.”.  Herald Sun, 17 October 2018 Keeping women and children safe is not a financial impost. It’s beyond belief that when it comes to cutting services, the Liberals are promising to target some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Matthew Guy must immediately come clean on which frontline family violence services will be subject to the Liberals’ razor gang, if he wins the election. Will the Liberals cut women’s refuges and other crisis accommodation services? Or will they take the axe to new support and safety hubs, men’s behavioural change programs, children’s counselling services? The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when last in government they cut the services that hard working Victorians depend upon, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus and over $1 billion slashed from TAFE, with campuses closed and 2400 teachers sacked Cutting $1 billion from our hospitals, hurting patients and doctors and nurses Sacking 4,200 public servants and closing dozens of offices that were delivering frontline services Cutting 400 staff from Victoria Police including essential forensic experts. The Andrews Labor Government has invested a record $2.6 billion in family violence services, as we work to implement each and every one of the 227 recommendations of the landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence to protect women – all of which is now at risk thanks to Matthew Guy and the Liberals. Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins “Keeping women and children safe should never be seen as a financial impost – and cutting funding to family violence services is no way to end family violence.” “Cutting services is in the Liberals’ DNA – but even for them it’s extraordinary that they are preparing to target some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people.” “Labor is proud to be implementing each and every one of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and it’s time the Liberals made the same commitment.”

Liberals’ Plan To Cut Family Violence Services

family violence services if they win the next election, putting women and children at risk. A recent media report states: Prevention of family violence spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the opposition would consider the recommendations’ “financial impost” and whether “there are efficiencies that can be realised”…. “We need to understand the full detail of those 227 recommendations, understand if there can be efficiencies and improvements.”.  Herald Sun, 17 October 2018 Keeping women and children safe is not a financial impost. It’s beyond belief that when it comes to cutting services, the Liberals are promising to target some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Matthew Guy must immediately come clean on which frontline family violence services will be subject to the Liberals’ razor gang, if he wins the election. Will the Liberals cut women’s refuges and other crisis accommodation services? Or will they take the axe to new support and safety hubs, men’s behavioural change programs, children’s counselling services? The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when last in government they cut the services that hard working Victorians depend upon, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus and over $1 billion slashed from TAFE, with campuses closed and 2400 teachers sacked Cutting $1 billion from our hospitals, hurting patients and doctors and nurses Sacking 4,200 public servants and closing dozens of offices that were delivering frontline services Cutting 400 staff from Victoria Police including essential forensic experts. The Andrews Labor Government has invested a record $2.6 billion in family violence services, as we work to implement each and every one of the 227 recommendations of the landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence to protect women – all of which is now at risk thanks to Matthew Guy and the Liberals. Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins “Keeping women and children safe should never be seen as a financial impost – and cutting funding to family violence services is no way to end family violence.” “Cutting services is in the Liberals’ DNA – but even for them it’s extraordinary that they are preparing to target some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people.” “Labor is proud to be implementing each and every one of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and it’s time the Liberals made the same commitment.”

Delivering Safer Roads With New Technology For Police

New police technology will help get dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles off our roads even faster, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today announced that Motorola Solutions is the successful tenderer for new Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology that will start to hit the streets from February next year. The number plate technology, part of a $43.8 million investment from the Labor Government, will significantly boost Victoria Police’s capacity to target dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles. The cameras can scan up to 2,500 number plates per hour, checking for unlicensed drivers, unregistered or stolen vehicles, drivers with interlock conditions, and motorists with outstanding warrants. The in-car video technology will provide Highway Patrol members with the ability to record audio and video footage of road policing activities, including roadside intercepts. The high-quality recording can be used as evidence in court hearings and will help de-escalate situations and protect police members through the public’s awareness that they are being filmed. The new technology will be progressively fitted across the entire Highway Patrol fleet of 221 vehicles by March 2021. It is expected to result in fewer deaths and serious injuries on our roads saving the state almost $31 million per year in road trauma-related costs. The technology is part of a more than $500 million investment from the Labor Government in new police technology, including 10,000 iPhones and iPad Minis to frontline police and Protective Services Officers and 11,000 body worn cameras. The Labor Government is also investing in an intelligence system upgrades for Victoria Police and a new 24-hour Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting portal. Ten new state-of-the-art Alcohol and Drug Test buses were delivered as part of a $15 million Victorian Budget 2015/16 investment to replace Victoria Police’s ageing fleet. These technology and equipment upgrades are supporting the Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero 2016-20 road safety strategy, which is delivering safer roads and protecting Victorian motorists. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “We’re equipping our Highway Patrol with the latest new technology that will remove unregistered vehicles and dangerous and unlicensed drivers from our roads even faster.” “This will not only make our roads safer, it will also help protect our police officers while they’re carrying out their duties of enforcing the law and keeping Victorian motorists safe.” “This is part of a massive technology boost and upgrade for Victoria Police as part of our record investments in new technology, specialist equipment and 3,135 new police delivered to communities across the state.”

Delivering Safer Roads With New Technology For Police

New police technology will help get dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles off our roads even faster, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today announced that Motorola Solutions is the successful tenderer for new Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology that will start to hit the streets from February next year. The number plate technology, part of a $43.8 million investment from the Labor Government, will significantly boost Victoria Police’s capacity to target dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles. The cameras can scan up to 2,500 number plates per hour, checking for unlicensed drivers, unregistered or stolen vehicles, drivers with interlock conditions, and motorists with outstanding warrants. The in-car video technology will provide Highway Patrol members with the ability to record audio and video footage of road policing activities, including roadside intercepts. The high-quality recording can be used as evidence in court hearings and will help de-escalate situations and protect police members through the public’s awareness that they are being filmed. The new technology will be progressively fitted across the entire Highway Patrol fleet of 221 vehicles by March 2021. It is expected to result in fewer deaths and serious injuries on our roads saving the state almost $31 million per year in road trauma-related costs. The technology is part of a more than $500 million investment from the Labor Government in new police technology, including 10,000 iPhones and iPad Minis to frontline police and Protective Services Officers and 11,000 body worn cameras. The Labor Government is also investing in an intelligence system upgrades for Victoria Police and a new 24-hour Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting portal. Ten new state-of-the-art Alcohol and Drug Test buses were delivered as part of a $15 million Victorian Budget 2015/16 investment to replace Victoria Police’s ageing fleet. These technology and equipment upgrades are supporting the Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero 2016-20 road safety strategy, which is delivering safer roads and protecting Victorian motorists. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “We’re equipping our Highway Patrol with the latest new technology that will remove unregistered vehicles and dangerous and unlicensed drivers from our roads even faster.” “This will not only make our roads safer, it will also help protect our police officers while they’re carrying out their duties of enforcing the law and keeping Victorian motorists safe.” “This is part of a massive technology boost and upgrade for Victoria Police as part of our record investments in new technology, specialist equipment and 3,135 new police delivered to communities across the state.”

Casey Fields Nets $5 Million For New Facilities

Soccer players in Casey are getting a major boost thanks to $5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Sport John Eren and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today announced four football pitches and a new female friendly pavilion will be developed at Casey Fields thanks to the Labor Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution program. Record numbers of males and females are signing up to play football in Casey, but local clubs can’t keep up with the demand for pitches. This initiative will see the construction of one turf and three synthetic football pitches as part of the Casey Fields Regional Community Football Facilities project. Each field will include a coach’s box, electronic scoreboard, fencing and competition standard lighting. The pitches will be available for more hours a day, and the low maintenance synthetic pitches and can be used rain, hail or shine. A large pavilion will be developed with eight female friendly change rooms and umpire facilities, accessible change facilities and public amenities, storage, first aid and community areas, and an undercover spectator area. A 450 space car park will also be developed to help manage the growing number of users. Work on the project is scheduled to begin shortly, with the four pitches and pavilion expected to be ready for play in early 2020. The funding package is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria we've invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels. Mr Eren and Mr Perera acknowledged Casey City Council for its commitment and significant financial contribution to this dedicated football facility. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “We’re investing $5 million to enable Casey’s passionate footballers to get out there and get active.” “Sports clubs are the heart and soul of local communities and we’re giving them the facilities they need to grow and welcome new members.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “This major development at Casey Fields will help address the shortfall of pitches in the surrounding area and give more locals the chance to play this great game.” “The four floodlit pitches will significantly expand opportunities for local clubs to schedule training and matches.”

Casey Fields Nets $5 Million For New Facilities

Soccer players in Casey are getting a major boost thanks to $5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Sport John Eren and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today announced four football pitches and a new female friendly pavilion will be developed at Casey Fields thanks to the Labor Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution program. Record numbers of males and females are signing up to play football in Casey, but local clubs can’t keep up with the demand for pitches. This initiative will see the construction of one turf and three synthetic football pitches as part of the Casey Fields Regional Community Football Facilities project. Each field will include a coach’s box, electronic scoreboard, fencing and competition standard lighting. The pitches will be available for more hours a day, and the low maintenance synthetic pitches and can be used rain, hail or shine. A large pavilion will be developed with eight female friendly change rooms and umpire facilities, accessible change facilities and public amenities, storage, first aid and community areas, and an undercover spectator area. A 450 space car park will also be developed to help manage the growing number of users. Work on the project is scheduled to begin shortly, with the four pitches and pavilion expected to be ready for play in early 2020. The funding package is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria we've invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels. Mr Eren and Mr Perera acknowledged Casey City Council for its commitment and significant financial contribution to this dedicated football facility. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “We’re investing $5 million to enable Casey’s passionate footballers to get out there and get active.” “Sports clubs are the heart and soul of local communities and we’re giving them the facilities they need to grow and welcome new members.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “This major development at Casey Fields will help address the shortfall of pitches in the surrounding area and give more locals the chance to play this great game.” “The four floodlit pitches will significantly expand opportunities for local clubs to schedule training and matches.”

Delivering More Skills And Training For Casey Students

Students from 21 secondary schools in Casey will now have access to the latest technology and industry linked learning programs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan and Narre Warren South Judith Graley to officially open the state-of-the-art Casey Tech School, the ninth of 10 to open under the Labor Government’s Tech School initiative. Casey Tech School will feature purpose-built spaces for students to collaborate, practice design thinking and participate in high-level problem solving, as well as design spaces where students get hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. The school’s programs will have a special focus on advanced manufacturing, biomedical and allied healthcare technologies and smart and sustainable cities, with students having access to a biomedical laboratory, robotics and a virtual reality laboratory as well as studios for video production and digital media. Designed by Spowers Architects and built by APM Group, the Tech School is located at Chisholm Institute’s Berwick campus and will used extensively by schools and the community. The high-tech, hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 22,000 students from the 21 government, catholic and independent schools and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth, helping kids to learn about the jobs of the future. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino: “Through the Casey Tech School we’re giving students access to the latest technology and a chance to work on solving real-life problems provided by industry.” “The skills students learn here will be the perfect match for the jobs of the future.”

Delivering More Skills And Training For Casey Students

Students from 21 secondary schools in Casey will now have access to the latest technology and industry linked learning programs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan and Narre Warren South Judith Graley to officially open the state-of-the-art Casey Tech School, the ninth of 10 to open under the Labor Government’s Tech School initiative. Casey Tech School will feature purpose-built spaces for students to collaborate, practice design thinking and participate in high-level problem solving, as well as design spaces where students get hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. The school’s programs will have a special focus on advanced manufacturing, biomedical and allied healthcare technologies and smart and sustainable cities, with students having access to a biomedical laboratory, robotics and a virtual reality laboratory as well as studios for video production and digital media. Designed by Spowers Architects and built by APM Group, the Tech School is located at Chisholm Institute’s Berwick campus and will used extensively by schools and the community. The high-tech, hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 22,000 students from the 21 government, catholic and independent schools and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth, helping kids to learn about the jobs of the future. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino: “Through the Casey Tech School we’re giving students access to the latest technology and a chance to work on solving real-life problems provided by industry.” “The skills students learn here will be the perfect match for the jobs of the future.”

 

New Specialist Police Vehicles

New specialist police vehicles will hit the road to help crack down on public order incidents, boosting police capacity to rapidly respond to hostile and violent crowds and riotous incidents. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Acting Superintendent Greg Barras to unveil four new and specialist transport vehicles for the Public Order Response Team (PORT). These vehicles are designed to fit an entire crew of PORT officers – including all of their protective gear, as well as their crowd control equipment. They can carry up to eight officers and mean that a PORT crew can travel to and from jobs together, giving police the flexibility to respond to incidents faster and more effectively. Previously, PORT officers were required to travel in SUVs to jobs, with two officers in each car, so they could fit in with all their equipment. PORT police are specially-trained to respond to crowd control issues, riot response, alcohol related anti-social behaviour, liquor licensing enforcement and out-of-control parties and brawls. They’re also brought in to assist with public safety, road policing and other local crime issues, if required. PORT officers work in partnership with other police units when a large coordinated response is required at short notice, and large numbers of officers are regularly deployed to high-risk sporting events in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government has provided massive funding to the PORT’s numbers and new equipment to boost police’s response to public order incidents and events. An extra 40 PORT officers and four support staff are already in the ranks, as well as nine new vehicles, in addition to the four transport vehicles unveiled today. Police also recently unveiled new crowd control equipment including less-than-lethal weapons, such as pepperball guns, to help officers engage with violent people at a greater distance without needing to get involved in hand-to-hand confrontations. These new vehicles and equipment were funded in the Labor Government’s $596 million Public Safety Package in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. They are in addition to the unprecedented $2 billion investment for the Community Safety Statement which is funding 3,135 new police, new and upgraded police stations and residences, specialist technology and equipment. This stands in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government, who failed to invest in one single additional officer, cut $100 million from the Victoria Police budget and slashed 350 Victoria Police staff. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “The Public Order Response Team has been given a major boost, with 40 new staff, support officers, new equipment, and now new transport vehicles to help them respond to major incidents.” “These officers are on the scene first, so it’s essential they can get there quickly and have access to every tool they need to keep Victorians safe.” “These new vehicles will mean Public Order Response Team officers - and their specialist gear - can get on the ground faster.”

New Specialist Police Vehicles

New specialist police vehicles will hit the road to help crack down on public order incidents, boosting police capacity to rapidly respond to hostile and violent crowds and riotous incidents. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Acting Superintendent Greg Barras to unveil four new and specialist transport vehicles for the Public Order Response Team (PORT). These vehicles are designed to fit an entire crew of PORT officers – including all of their protective gear, as well as their crowd control equipment. They can carry up to eight officers and mean that a PORT crew can travel to and from jobs together, giving police the flexibility to respond to incidents faster and more effectively. Previously, PORT officers were required to travel in SUVs to jobs, with two officers in each car, so they could fit in with all their equipment. PORT police are specially-trained to respond to crowd control issues, riot response, alcohol related anti-social behaviour, liquor licensing enforcement and out-of-control parties and brawls. They’re also brought in to assist with public safety, road policing and other local crime issues, if required. PORT officers work in partnership with other police units when a large coordinated response is required at short notice, and large numbers of officers are regularly deployed to high-risk sporting events in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government has provided massive funding to the PORT’s numbers and new equipment to boost police’s response to public order incidents and events. An extra 40 PORT officers and four support staff are already in the ranks, as well as nine new vehicles, in addition to the four transport vehicles unveiled today. Police also recently unveiled new crowd control equipment including less-than-lethal weapons, such as pepperball guns, to help officers engage with violent people at a greater distance without needing to get involved in hand-to-hand confrontations. These new vehicles and equipment were funded in the Labor Government’s $596 million Public Safety Package in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. They are in addition to the unprecedented $2 billion investment for the Community Safety Statement which is funding 3,135 new police, new and upgraded police stations and residences, specialist technology and equipment. This stands in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government, who failed to invest in one single additional officer, cut $100 million from the Victoria Police budget and slashed 350 Victoria Police staff. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “The Public Order Response Team has been given a major boost, with 40 new staff, support officers, new equipment, and now new transport vehicles to help them respond to major incidents.” “These officers are on the scene first, so it’s essential they can get there quickly and have access to every tool they need to keep Victorians safe.” “These new vehicles will mean Public Order Response Team officers - and their specialist gear - can get on the ground faster.”

More Public Sector Jobs For People With Disability

More Victorians living with disability will be supported to create a meaningful career in the public sector, as part of the state’s first disability employment action plan launched today. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the Getting to work action plan was the Victorian Public Sector’s blueprint for creating safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces free from discrimination. The plan includes attraction, recruitment, retention and progression strategies for people with disability, as well as ways to support prospective and existing employees with disability and their managers. Getting to work outlines 21 actions the government will take to lift the number of people with disability working in the public sector from four percent to six percent by 2020, and then to 12 percent by 2025, as part of a commitment in Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018–20. Initiatives include more pathways into the public sector for people with disability, equal access to flexible work arrangements for people with disability, and disability awareness and confidence training for more employees. As one of the state’s largest employers, the Victorian Government is a leader in the employment of people with disability, who bring valuable experience to the workplace and are motivated, reliable, and productive. For more information, or to read a copy of the plan, visit the Victorian Public Sector Commission website at https://vpsc.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We all want to do meaningful work that matters, and this plan will ensure more people with disability have greater access to employment opportunities.” “We are leading by example and removing employment barriers to help more people with disability to work in flexible and sustainable roles within the public sector.”

More Public Sector Jobs For People With Disability

More Victorians living with disability will be supported to create a meaningful career in the public sector, as part of the state’s first disability employment action plan launched today. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the Getting to work action plan was the Victorian Public Sector’s blueprint for creating safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces free from discrimination. The plan includes attraction, recruitment, retention and progression strategies for people with disability, as well as ways to support prospective and existing employees with disability and their managers. Getting to work outlines 21 actions the government will take to lift the number of people with disability working in the public sector from four percent to six percent by 2020, and then to 12 percent by 2025, as part of a commitment in Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018–20. Initiatives include more pathways into the public sector for people with disability, equal access to flexible work arrangements for people with disability, and disability awareness and confidence training for more employees. As one of the state’s largest employers, the Victorian Government is a leader in the employment of people with disability, who bring valuable experience to the workplace and are motivated, reliable, and productive. For more information, or to read a copy of the plan, visit the Victorian Public Sector Commission website at https://vpsc.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We all want to do meaningful work that matters, and this plan will ensure more people with disability have greater access to employment opportunities.” “We are leading by example and removing employment barriers to help more people with disability to work in flexible and sustainable roles within the public sector.”

New Campaign To Help Victorians Cut Plastic Pollution

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new campaign to encourage Victorians to use reusable shopping bags, ahead of a 2019 ban on lightweight, single-use plastic bags. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the Better Bag Habits campaign, to remind Victorians to remember their ‘Bag, Wallet, Keys and Phone’ when leaving the house. Research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria found around three-quarters of Victorians already carry reusable bags when food shopping. Young Victorians and those on higher incomes have been slowest to say no to single-use bags, particularly when shopping for non-food items. The new campaign will run on social media and radio. The Labor Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags will come into effect late next year and will apply to shopping bags less than 35 microns thick. Community consultation on the change attracted more than 8,000 submissions, with an overwhelming 96 per cent in favour of the ban. The Labor Government is also working with other Australian states and territories towards a national phase-out of thick plastic bags to further reduce plastic pollution in the environment. Learn more about the Better Bag Habits campaign at sustainability.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio “Victorians are already saying no to plastic bags, but this campaign will encourage everyone to make it a habit.” “We’re stopping plastic pollution and ensuring Victorians are ready to live without single-use, lightweight plastic bags.”

New Campaign To Help Victorians Cut Plastic Pollution

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new campaign to encourage Victorians to use reusable shopping bags, ahead of a 2019 ban on lightweight, single-use plastic bags. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the Better Bag Habits campaign, to remind Victorians to remember their ‘Bag, Wallet, Keys and Phone’ when leaving the house. Research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria found around three-quarters of Victorians already carry reusable bags when food shopping. Young Victorians and those on higher incomes have been slowest to say no to single-use bags, particularly when shopping for non-food items. The new campaign will run on social media and radio. The Labor Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags will come into effect late next year and will apply to shopping bags less than 35 microns thick. Community consultation on the change attracted more than 8,000 submissions, with an overwhelming 96 per cent in favour of the ban. The Labor Government is also working with other Australian states and territories towards a national phase-out of thick plastic bags to further reduce plastic pollution in the environment. Learn more about the Better Bag Habits campaign at sustainability.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio “Victorians are already saying no to plastic bags, but this campaign will encourage everyone to make it a habit.” “We’re stopping plastic pollution and ensuring Victorians are ready to live without single-use, lightweight plastic bags.”

Delivering Stage Two Of The Monash Freeway Upgrade

More relief is on the way for drivers in the south east, with the Andrews Labor Government getting early works underway on the second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today to announce the start of early works in Narre Warren. The second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade – part of the Labor Government’s investment in the rapidly growing outer south eastern suburbs – will add 36 kilometres of new lanes and is expected to save drivers an additional nine minutes in travel time when complete. Smart on-road technology will be installed from the South Gippsland Freeway to the Beaconsfield Interchange, giving drivers live traffic information and managing lanes to get people where they need to go faster and safer. The business case for the $711 million project shows a cost-benefit-ratio of 4.6 to 1, with the project set to create 600 jobs during construction. The business case has been approved by the Federal Government and will be released in the coming days. Early geotechnical work on Stage Two of the project has been brought forward using $111 million that the Labor Government saved by delivering Stage One of the project significantly under budget. Drilling is taking place primarily on the Monash Freeway between the South Gippsland Freeway and Cardinia Road to review the ground conditions of where overhead Lane Use Management system gantries will be installed. The Labor Government has also announced that it will permanently ban trucks from the right-hand lane of the Monash, following a successful six-month trial to improve safety Since the trial ban was introduced crashes have reduced by almost 40 percent. Restrictions will continue to apply to trucks travelling in both directions between Huntingdale Road, Mount Waverley and Jacksons Road, Noble Park. The second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade will cost $711 million and is being jointly funded with the Federal Government. Construction of the new lanes will start next year, with completion expected in mid-2022. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We said we’d deliver the first stage of this massive upgrade of the Monash, and we have. Now, we’re not wasting a moment getting on with the next stage of works so we can get more people where they need to be sooner.” “Whether it’s removing dangerous level crossings, building the Metro Tunnel or upgrading the Monash – only Labor is delivering the congestion busting infrastructure projects that Victorians need.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “Early works are underway, the business case has been ticked off and we’ve shortlisted contractors to build this massive project – we’re getting on with the second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade.” “These right lane truck bans are reducing crashes, improving traffic flow and helping the 200,000 drivers that rely on the Monash to get home safely.”

Delivering Stage Two Of The Monash Freeway Upgrade

More relief is on the way for drivers in the south east, with the Andrews Labor Government getting early works underway on the second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today to announce the start of early works in Narre Warren. The second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade – part of the Labor Government’s investment in the rapidly growing outer south eastern suburbs – will add 36 kilometres of new lanes and is expected to save drivers an additional nine minutes in travel time when complete. Smart on-road technology will be installed from the South Gippsland Freeway to the Beaconsfield Interchange, giving drivers live traffic information and managing lanes to get people where they need to go faster and safer. The business case for the $711 million project shows a cost-benefit-ratio of 4.6 to 1, with the project set to create 600 jobs during construction. The business case has been approved by the Federal Government and will be released in the coming days. Early geotechnical work on Stage Two of the project has been brought forward using $111 million that the Labor Government saved by delivering Stage One of the project significantly under budget. Drilling is taking place primarily on the Monash Freeway between the South Gippsland Freeway and Cardinia Road to review the ground conditions of where overhead Lane Use Management system gantries will be installed. The Labor Government has also announced that it will permanently ban trucks from the right-hand lane of the Monash, following a successful six-month trial to improve safety Since the trial ban was introduced crashes have reduced by almost 40 percent. Restrictions will continue to apply to trucks travelling in both directions between Huntingdale Road, Mount Waverley and Jacksons Road, Noble Park. The second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade will cost $711 million and is being jointly funded with the Federal Government. Construction of the new lanes will start next year, with completion expected in mid-2022. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We said we’d deliver the first stage of this massive upgrade of the Monash, and we have. Now, we’re not wasting a moment getting on with the next stage of works so we can get more people where they need to be sooner.” “Whether it’s removing dangerous level crossings, building the Metro Tunnel or upgrading the Monash – only Labor is delivering the congestion busting infrastructure projects that Victorians need.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “Early works are underway, the business case has been ticked off and we’ve shortlisted contractors to build this massive project – we’re getting on with the second stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade.” “These right lane truck bans are reducing crashes, improving traffic flow and helping the 200,000 drivers that rely on the Monash to get home safely.”