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LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR NEW GRANTS

LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR NEW GRANTS Local sports clubs will be able open their doors to more members with funding from the Andrews Labor Government to buy new equipment and help coaches and officials learn new skills. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP, today encouraged applications from local clubs for the third round of the $4.6 million Sporting Club Grants Program. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the  government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants of up to $1000 to clubs across Victoria to buy new team uniforms or equipment. Grants of up to $2000 are also available to expand the skills of coaches and officials, and clubs can receive up to $5000 for initiatives that strengthen their operations and sustainability. Victoria is the sporting State, and the Labor Government wants it to stay that way. The Sporting Club Grants Program is just one of the Government’s initiatives that keeps kids happy and healthy, communities active and local clubs strong. Applications for the next funding round  open on 14 June 2016 and close on 29 July 2016. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Jude Perera MP. “I encourage local clubs to make the most of this support, and apply online for the second round of Sporting Club Grants Program.” “Giving club administrators and volunteers opportunities to improve their skills will also give our clubs the edge over our rivals, and make sure that they’re sustainable.” “Programs like these give communities the chance to come together and play their favourite sport, learn new skills, and reach their potential.”

LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR NEW GRANTS

LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR NEW GRANTS Local sports clubs will be able open their doors to more members with funding from the Andrews Labor Government to buy new equipment and help coaches and officials learn new skills. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP, today encouraged applications from local clubs for the third round of the $4.6 million Sporting Club Grants Program. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the  government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants of up to $1000 to clubs across Victoria to buy new team uniforms or equipment. Grants of up to $2000 are also available to expand the skills of coaches and officials, and clubs can receive up to $5000 for initiatives that strengthen their operations and sustainability. Victoria is the sporting State, and the Labor Government wants it to stay that way. The Sporting Club Grants Program is just one of the Government’s initiatives that keeps kids happy and healthy, communities active and local clubs strong. Applications for the next funding round  open on 14 June 2016 and close on 29 July 2016. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Jude Perera MP. “I encourage local clubs to make the most of this support, and apply online for the second round of Sporting Club Grants Program.” “Giving club administrators and volunteers opportunities to improve their skills will also give our clubs the edge over our rivals, and make sure that they’re sustainable.” “Programs like these give communities the chance to come together and play their favourite sport, learn new skills, and reach their potential.”

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR GROWING SUBURBS FUND

Casey Council is one of 10 Victorian councils eligible to apply for funding from the Andrews Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund, with applications opening today. The fund will assist councils like Casey to build the community centres, town hubs, playgrounds, parks and reserves they need to ensure our outer suburban communities don’t get left behind. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP said accelerating the delivery and renewal of critical infrastructure, such as sporting facilities, maternal and child health centres and community spaces will ensure Casey is better prepared and equipped to provide services when and where they are needed. Last year, grants were awarded for community, environmental and economic local infrastructure, such as family and community centres like Selandra Community Centre, town centre and civic revitalisation projects and open space and amenity improvements like the recent Andrews Labor Governments investment with the Casey Cycling Precinct The Growing Suburbs Fund is one of a raft of initiatives to support Victorian communities included in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. Applications close Friday 29 July 2016 with successful applicants to be announced in November. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins: “The Growing Suburbs Fund will help those councils in the outer suburbs of Melbourne bolster their sporting facilities, play spaces and community centres.” “We’re helping councils in our fastest growing suburbs build and upgrade facilities to foster vibrant local communities right across Melbourne, supported by the infrastructure they want and need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP: “This is great news for our community and I look forward to the opening of new projects in our local area made possible by this Andrews Labor Government funding.”

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR GROWING SUBURBS FUND

Casey Council is one of 10 Victorian councils eligible to apply for funding from the Andrews Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund, with applications opening today. The fund will assist councils like Casey to build the community centres, town hubs, playgrounds, parks and reserves they need to ensure our outer suburban communities don’t get left behind. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP said accelerating the delivery and renewal of critical infrastructure, such as sporting facilities, maternal and child health centres and community spaces will ensure Casey is better prepared and equipped to provide services when and where they are needed. Last year, grants were awarded for community, environmental and economic local infrastructure, such as family and community centres like Selandra Community Centre, town centre and civic revitalisation projects and open space and amenity improvements like the recent Andrews Labor Governments investment with the Casey Cycling Precinct The Growing Suburbs Fund is one of a raft of initiatives to support Victorian communities included in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. Applications close Friday 29 July 2016 with successful applicants to be announced in November. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins: “The Growing Suburbs Fund will help those councils in the outer suburbs of Melbourne bolster their sporting facilities, play spaces and community centres.” “We’re helping councils in our fastest growing suburbs build and upgrade facilities to foster vibrant local communities right across Melbourne, supported by the infrastructure they want and need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP: “This is great news for our community and I look forward to the opening of new projects in our local area made possible by this Andrews Labor Government funding.”

New Anti-Family Violence Trial: An Australian First

In an Australian first, the Caring Dads program which helps dads realise the impact of family violence is set to begin in Melbourne. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $575,000 for the Children’s Protection Society to begin the prevention and early intervention trial. Around 60 fathers from across Melbourne who are at risk of engaging in violent behaviour, or may have alcohol or other drug issues, will be invited to participate. The men will attend voluntary group sessions over 17 weeks, learning to understand the impact of trauma on their children and how to be more respectful towards their children’s mothers. The Caring Dads program was first developed in Canada and will combine the expertise of the Children’s Protection Society, UnitingCare ReGen, the University of Toronto and Melbourne University. It is currently run in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. Results from the British trial found mothers and children felt happier and safer because of the program and reported a meaningful improvement in the behaviour of the father. The program addresses the cycle of family violence by placing children at the centre of the response, and builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s work to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. This funding is in addition to the Labor Government’s $168 million Roadmap for Reform, an overhaul of the child protection system that is shifting the focus from crisis response to early intervention. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We want men to engage in respectful, non-abusive co-parenting with their partners. Where they have exposed their children to violence in the past, they need to realise the impact of their actions on their children.” “By intervening early, women and children are kept safe. There is an urgent need to trial new family-focused strategies.” “The Andrews Labor Government is working to stop the scourge of family violence and the Caring Dads trial aligns with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.” Quotes attributable to Children’s Protection Society CEO Aileen Ashford "Programs like Caring Dads play such a crucial role in supporting children who experience violence, abuse and neglect.” "We applaud the Victorian Government’s commitment to the Caring Dads program, and look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have on Victorian children and families in the future.”

New Anti-Family Violence Trial: An Australian First

In an Australian first, the Caring Dads program which helps dads realise the impact of family violence is set to begin in Melbourne. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $575,000 for the Children’s Protection Society to begin the prevention and early intervention trial. Around 60 fathers from across Melbourne who are at risk of engaging in violent behaviour, or may have alcohol or other drug issues, will be invited to participate. The men will attend voluntary group sessions over 17 weeks, learning to understand the impact of trauma on their children and how to be more respectful towards their children’s mothers. The Caring Dads program was first developed in Canada and will combine the expertise of the Children’s Protection Society, UnitingCare ReGen, the University of Toronto and Melbourne University. It is currently run in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. Results from the British trial found mothers and children felt happier and safer because of the program and reported a meaningful improvement in the behaviour of the father. The program addresses the cycle of family violence by placing children at the centre of the response, and builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s work to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. This funding is in addition to the Labor Government’s $168 million Roadmap for Reform, an overhaul of the child protection system that is shifting the focus from crisis response to early intervention. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We want men to engage in respectful, non-abusive co-parenting with their partners. Where they have exposed their children to violence in the past, they need to realise the impact of their actions on their children.” “By intervening early, women and children are kept safe. There is an urgent need to trial new family-focused strategies.” “The Andrews Labor Government is working to stop the scourge of family violence and the Caring Dads trial aligns with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.” Quotes attributable to Children’s Protection Society CEO Aileen Ashford "Programs like Caring Dads play such a crucial role in supporting children who experience violence, abuse and neglect.” "We applaud the Victorian Government’s commitment to the Caring Dads program, and look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have on Victorian children and families in the future.”

RECOGNISING OUR LOCAL LONG-SERVING TEACHERS

Teachers from our local area were among hundreds from across Victoria today for long-serving dedication to students and families, at the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District congratulated those being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education at the awards, most of whom were teachers. Many of those recognised would have found today’s classrooms almost unrecognisable when they started as graduates, with rows of desks, blackboards and chalk now replaced by flexible classrooms, interactive whiteboards and iPads. The Recognition of Service awards are a chance to acknowledge dedication and hard work of the Department of Education and Training’s teachers and staff. The teachers included: Alkira Secondary College-  Carolyn Ward, 40 years service Courtenay Gardens Primary School – Monica Curnow, 40 years service Cranbourne West Primary School -  Andrew Bergmeier, 45 years service Lyndhurst Primary School -  Gregory  Lacey, 40 years service Rangebank Primary School – Elizabeth Monk, 40 years service A total of 264 teacher and staff were recognised for 40 years of service, 98 were recognised for 45 years of service and 21 were recognised for 50 years of service. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity at a great education, no matter where they live or what their background. The 2016-17 State Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance. The Victorian Government has also provided $21.6 million to help all government school teachers implement the new Victorian Curriculum, which will help equip Victorian students for the jobs of tomorrow. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP. “I want to thank all of the hard working in our local area teachers and education staff, and pay particular tribute to those recognised today for their long-serving dedication to education excellence.” “The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that local teachers and principals have the support they need to focus on helping our local students to be their best.”

RECOGNISING OUR LOCAL LONG-SERVING TEACHERS

Teachers from our local area were among hundreds from across Victoria today for long-serving dedication to students and families, at the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District congratulated those being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education at the awards, most of whom were teachers. Many of those recognised would have found today’s classrooms almost unrecognisable when they started as graduates, with rows of desks, blackboards and chalk now replaced by flexible classrooms, interactive whiteboards and iPads. The Recognition of Service awards are a chance to acknowledge dedication and hard work of the Department of Education and Training’s teachers and staff. The teachers included: Alkira Secondary College-  Carolyn Ward, 40 years service Courtenay Gardens Primary School – Monica Curnow, 40 years service Cranbourne West Primary School -  Andrew Bergmeier, 45 years service Lyndhurst Primary School -  Gregory  Lacey, 40 years service Rangebank Primary School – Elizabeth Monk, 40 years service A total of 264 teacher and staff were recognised for 40 years of service, 98 were recognised for 45 years of service and 21 were recognised for 50 years of service. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity at a great education, no matter where they live or what their background. The 2016-17 State Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance. The Victorian Government has also provided $21.6 million to help all government school teachers implement the new Victorian Curriculum, which will help equip Victorian students for the jobs of tomorrow. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP. “I want to thank all of the hard working in our local area teachers and education staff, and pay particular tribute to those recognised today for their long-serving dedication to education excellence.” “The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that local teachers and principals have the support they need to focus on helping our local students to be their best.”

 

FUND OPENS TO BUILD NEW KINDERS AND SUPPORT FAMILIES IN OUR LOCAL AREA

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with building and upgrading kinder and early childhood facilities in the parts of Victoria that need it most. The City of Casey and local kindergartens are being invited to apply for grants to build and significantly upgrade early childhood facilities. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today said that these grants will be used to develop modern and flexible kindergartens and children’s centres that will help meet the needs of local families. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 is providing $10 million to fund major capital projects for kinders and children’s centres in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, including our local area. This investment is on top of $50 million over four years from the Labor Government to fund new early childhood capital projects across Victoria. Grants available include: Up to $1.6 million to build children’s hubs for early years and family services, including Maternal and Child Health services, playgroups and parenting support Up to $650,000 to build brand-new early learning facilities Up to $350,000 for significant upgrades to existing facilities The Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – and this begins with giving every child a strong start in life. Applications for the 2016-17 Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant round close 12 August 2016 at 4pm. More information is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/capitalprogram.aspx Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District. “The Andrews Labor Government recognises that high-quality early years services are vital to giving every child the best start in life. That’s why we’re making Victoria the Education State.” “These grants give families of our local area flexible and affordable kindergarten and care services close to home.” “Young families living in our local area, one of Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, need early years services, and our funding will ensure they get them.”

FUND OPENS TO BUILD NEW KINDERS AND SUPPORT FAMILIES IN OUR LOCAL AREA

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with building and upgrading kinder and early childhood facilities in the parts of Victoria that need it most. The City of Casey and local kindergartens are being invited to apply for grants to build and significantly upgrade early childhood facilities. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today said that these grants will be used to develop modern and flexible kindergartens and children’s centres that will help meet the needs of local families. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 is providing $10 million to fund major capital projects for kinders and children’s centres in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, including our local area. This investment is on top of $50 million over four years from the Labor Government to fund new early childhood capital projects across Victoria. Grants available include: Up to $1.6 million to build children’s hubs for early years and family services, including Maternal and Child Health services, playgroups and parenting support Up to $650,000 to build brand-new early learning facilities Up to $350,000 for significant upgrades to existing facilities The Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – and this begins with giving every child a strong start in life. Applications for the 2016-17 Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant round close 12 August 2016 at 4pm. More information is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/capitalprogram.aspx Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District. “The Andrews Labor Government recognises that high-quality early years services are vital to giving every child the best start in life. That’s why we’re making Victoria the Education State.” “These grants give families of our local area flexible and affordable kindergarten and care services close to home.” “Young families living in our local area, one of Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, need early years services, and our funding will ensure they get them.”

ANDREWS LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS COUNCIL RATE CAP

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District, has encouraged the local Council to keep the community’s expectations at the front of their mind as they prepare their budgets for the 2016-17 financial year. The overwhelming majority, 70 of Victoria’s 79 councils, have chosen not to increase their average rate rise by more than the 2.5% cap, as set by Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins last December. Despite this, Casey Council has applied for an exemption from the 2.5% cap, which will be considered by the independent Essential Services Commission. It is expected the decision on these applications will be made by the end of May 2016. Jude Perera MP said that the vast majority of councils had chosen to keep their rate rise, averaged across their community, to less than 2.5% - well below the uncontrollable increases of 5.8% over the past decade. Ratepayers are encouraged to provide feedback to their Council on their proposed budgets, as part of the consultation period. The Labor Government’s Fair Go Rates system is about encouraging responsible financial management in local councils and reigning in the unsustainable rate increases for  more than a decade. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP. “The Andrews Labor Government is giving ratepayers a fair go by capping rate increases, improving transparency, accountability and good financial management by local councils.” “The Essential Service Commission will assess Casey Council’s application. This will give local residents confidence that their rates are being spent responsibly and with the needs of the community in mind.”

ANDREWS LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS COUNCIL RATE CAP

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District, has encouraged the local Council to keep the community’s expectations at the front of their mind as they prepare their budgets for the 2016-17 financial year. The overwhelming majority, 70 of Victoria’s 79 councils, have chosen not to increase their average rate rise by more than the 2.5% cap, as set by Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins last December. Despite this, Casey Council has applied for an exemption from the 2.5% cap, which will be considered by the independent Essential Services Commission. It is expected the decision on these applications will be made by the end of May 2016. Jude Perera MP said that the vast majority of councils had chosen to keep their rate rise, averaged across their community, to less than 2.5% - well below the uncontrollable increases of 5.8% over the past decade. Ratepayers are encouraged to provide feedback to their Council on their proposed budgets, as part of the consultation period. The Labor Government’s Fair Go Rates system is about encouraging responsible financial management in local councils and reigning in the unsustainable rate increases for  more than a decade. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP. “The Andrews Labor Government is giving ratepayers a fair go by capping rate increases, improving transparency, accountability and good financial management by local councils.” “The Essential Service Commission will assess Casey Council’s application. This will give local residents confidence that their rates are being spent responsibly and with the needs of the community in mind.”

TURNBULL IS WALKING AWAY FROM OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District said, “Tuesday night’s Federal Budget was a bitter pill to swallow for our local students and their families.” The Department of Education has undertaken an analysis to outline the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to education announced in this Budget, including its shameful decision to walk away from the Gonski Agreement. The analysis shows Victorian schools will be almost $1 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019, and every single year beyond that. Victorians won’t be fooled: a slight increase to indexation with absolutely no additional needs based funding is a broken promise. The measly amount of money put on the table for schools also has strings attached, with conditions like performance pay for teachers that the Andrews Labor Government will not support – because evidence shows it simply does not work. In addition they have also cut funding to school chaplains, 4 year-old kinder and made further cuts to skills and training. The  analysis has broken down the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to individual local schools, for example: Cranbourne Secondary College            $1,600,000 Cranbourne East Secondary College  $1,100,000 Alkira Secondary College            $1,000,000 Marnebek School Cranbourne   $1,000,000 Cranbourne East Primary School         $900,000 Courtenay Gardens Primary School  $800,000 Lynbrook Primary School           $800,000      Cranbourne West Primary School $600,000 Lyndhurst Secondary College   $700,000 Lyndhurst Primary School          $600,000 Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School $400,000 Cranbourne Park Primary School   $400,000 Rangebank Primary School        $400,000 Cranbourne Primary School       $300,000 Mr Perera added, “It doesn’t matter which way the Liberal Party tries to spin it, there can be no innovation without a strong school system. Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party are short-changing our local students by walking away from Gonski.”

TURNBULL IS WALKING AWAY FROM OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District said, “Tuesday night’s Federal Budget was a bitter pill to swallow for our local students and their families.” The Department of Education has undertaken an analysis to outline the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to education announced in this Budget, including its shameful decision to walk away from the Gonski Agreement. The analysis shows Victorian schools will be almost $1 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019, and every single year beyond that. Victorians won’t be fooled: a slight increase to indexation with absolutely no additional needs based funding is a broken promise. The measly amount of money put on the table for schools also has strings attached, with conditions like performance pay for teachers that the Andrews Labor Government will not support – because evidence shows it simply does not work. In addition they have also cut funding to school chaplains, 4 year-old kinder and made further cuts to skills and training. The  analysis has broken down the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to individual local schools, for example: Cranbourne Secondary College            $1,600,000 Cranbourne East Secondary College  $1,100,000 Alkira Secondary College            $1,000,000 Marnebek School Cranbourne   $1,000,000 Cranbourne East Primary School         $900,000 Courtenay Gardens Primary School  $800,000 Lynbrook Primary School           $800,000      Cranbourne West Primary School $600,000 Lyndhurst Secondary College   $700,000 Lyndhurst Primary School          $600,000 Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School $400,000 Cranbourne Park Primary School   $400,000 Rangebank Primary School        $400,000 Cranbourne Primary School       $300,000 Mr Perera added, “It doesn’t matter which way the Liberal Party tries to spin it, there can be no innovation without a strong school system. Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party are short-changing our local students by walking away from Gonski.”

INTERSECTION UPGRADE TO SEE EVANS ROAD REOPENED

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade the notorious South Gippsland Highway intersection at Hallam Road, paving the way for Evans Road to be reopened in its entirety, 11 years after its closure. Due to major safety concerns around increasing traffic volumes, Evans Road was closed at the level crossing in 2005, limiting the number of vehicles entering the South Gippsland Highway. A memorandum of understanding between the City of Casey and VicRoads has meant the road has remained closed until the major intersection is upgraded with signals to better control traffic. A $40 million investment announced in last month’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 will move to fix this hazard. The project will see a significant upgrade to the intersection of Hallam Road, Evans Road and the South Gippsland Highway as part of the 1.2 kilometre duplication of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway. This will mean the Hallam Road duplication will extend from Pound Road through to the South Gippsland Highway, following the upgrade of a 2. 5 kilometre section of Hallam Road through Hampton Park completed in late 2014. Re-opening Evans Road will remove the disconnect between the communities of Lyndhurst and Lynbrook and will address strong community demand for safe north-south travel. The widening of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway will address its dangerous past, with 22 crashes recorded in the past five years, including 13 crashes at the intersection. As part of the works, a new path for cyclists and pedestrians will also be built on the east side of Hallam Road. In addition, as part of a $10 million outer suburban arterial roads package announced in the Budget, planning will soon start to deliver a business case for the future duplication of Hallam Road, from the Princes Highway to Pound Road. Quotes attributable to the Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan “We look forward to working with the local council and VicRoads to reopen Evans Road.” “This upgrade will reduce the risk and severity of crashes along this important corridor and support local jobs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley “This upgrade will reconnect people, improve safety and reduce the grid lock along the southern section of Hallam Road and the South Gippsland Highway intersection.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera “Evans Road has been closed since 2005. Fixing this intersection and connecting the communities of Lynbrook and Lyndhurst is a win for all local residents.”  

INTERSECTION UPGRADE TO SEE EVANS ROAD REOPENED

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade the notorious South Gippsland Highway intersection at Hallam Road, paving the way for Evans Road to be reopened in its entirety, 11 years after its closure. Due to major safety concerns around increasing traffic volumes, Evans Road was closed at the level crossing in 2005, limiting the number of vehicles entering the South Gippsland Highway. A memorandum of understanding between the City of Casey and VicRoads has meant the road has remained closed until the major intersection is upgraded with signals to better control traffic. A $40 million investment announced in last month’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 will move to fix this hazard. The project will see a significant upgrade to the intersection of Hallam Road, Evans Road and the South Gippsland Highway as part of the 1.2 kilometre duplication of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway. This will mean the Hallam Road duplication will extend from Pound Road through to the South Gippsland Highway, following the upgrade of a 2. 5 kilometre section of Hallam Road through Hampton Park completed in late 2014. Re-opening Evans Road will remove the disconnect between the communities of Lyndhurst and Lynbrook and will address strong community demand for safe north-south travel. The widening of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway will address its dangerous past, with 22 crashes recorded in the past five years, including 13 crashes at the intersection. As part of the works, a new path for cyclists and pedestrians will also be built on the east side of Hallam Road. In addition, as part of a $10 million outer suburban arterial roads package announced in the Budget, planning will soon start to deliver a business case for the future duplication of Hallam Road, from the Princes Highway to Pound Road. Quotes attributable to the Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan “We look forward to working with the local council and VicRoads to reopen Evans Road.” “This upgrade will reduce the risk and severity of crashes along this important corridor and support local jobs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley “This upgrade will reconnect people, improve safety and reduce the grid lock along the southern section of Hallam Road and the South Gippsland Highway intersection.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera “Evans Road has been closed since 2005. Fixing this intersection and connecting the communities of Lynbrook and Lyndhurst is a win for all local residents.”