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    Labor will deliver the removal of nine level crossings and 37 new trains for the Cranbourne Pakenham rail lines. Improving service and reliability for train users.

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CRANBOURNE, GET READY FOR NEW LANES ON THE MONASH

Cranbourne drivers can look forward to some welcome relief, with more than 30 kilometres of new lanes opening on the Monash Freeway this week – under budget and two months ahead of schedule. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP to announce new lanes will begin to open from tonight, slashing congestion and reducing travel times for the 200,000 drivers that rely on the Monash every day. From tonight, an extra lane will be opened in each direction between Eastlink and the South Gippsland Freeway –  taking the total number of lanes from four to five. Over the following two nights, the new lanes between the South Gippsland Freeway and Clyde Road will be opened. The new lanes make room on the freeway for an extra 2,000 vehicles per hour along this vital corridor between EastLink and Clyde Road. All works on the first stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade will be complete mid-year, with a new, state-of-the-art freeway management system to be switched on within months to make trips on the freeway quicker, smoother and safer. This new technology includes digital overhead lane signs that help to automatically and remotely manage traffic flow onto the freeway, making it run smoother and providing more reliable travel. This smart technology will mean that the Monash freeway can move more people per hour than any comparable road around the world. More than 1.3 million working hours have been put into making the journey on the Monash better. Around 200,000 tonnes of asphalt and more than 2,000 permanent concrete barriers have contributed to this massive milestone. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re not wasting a day – new lanes open this week, the freeway management system will be switched on mid-year, then early works will begin on the next stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “These new lanes will make a real difference for drivers in the south east, boosting capacity on the freeway and getting people home sooner and safer.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “These new lanes will improve travel times between Cranbourne and the city and help to keep the Monash moving during peak times.”

CRANBOURNE, GET READY FOR NEW LANES ON THE MONASH

Cranbourne drivers can look forward to some welcome relief, with more than 30 kilometres of new lanes opening on the Monash Freeway this week – under budget and two months ahead of schedule. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP to announce new lanes will begin to open from tonight, slashing congestion and reducing travel times for the 200,000 drivers that rely on the Monash every day. From tonight, an extra lane will be opened in each direction between Eastlink and the South Gippsland Freeway –  taking the total number of lanes from four to five. Over the following two nights, the new lanes between the South Gippsland Freeway and Clyde Road will be opened. The new lanes make room on the freeway for an extra 2,000 vehicles per hour along this vital corridor between EastLink and Clyde Road. All works on the first stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade will be complete mid-year, with a new, state-of-the-art freeway management system to be switched on within months to make trips on the freeway quicker, smoother and safer. This new technology includes digital overhead lane signs that help to automatically and remotely manage traffic flow onto the freeway, making it run smoother and providing more reliable travel. This smart technology will mean that the Monash freeway can move more people per hour than any comparable road around the world. More than 1.3 million working hours have been put into making the journey on the Monash better. Around 200,000 tonnes of asphalt and more than 2,000 permanent concrete barriers have contributed to this massive milestone. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re not wasting a day – new lanes open this week, the freeway management system will be switched on mid-year, then early works will begin on the next stage of the Monash Freeway Upgrade.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “These new lanes will make a real difference for drivers in the south east, boosting capacity on the freeway and getting people home sooner and safer.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “These new lanes will improve travel times between Cranbourne and the city and help to keep the Monash moving during peak times.”

Upgrading The Cranbourne, Pakenham And Sunbury Lines

Passengers on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines will have more comfortable and reliable trains, more often thanks to the biggest rail corridor upgrade in Victoria’s history. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $572 million to deliver further upgrades to Melbourne’s busiest rail corridor – delivering power upgrades, and modern signalling from the city to Cranbourne and Pakenham – paving the way for the Cranbourne line duplication, and undertaking detailed design work to enable new high capacity metro trains to run to Sunbury. Together with the Metro Tunnel, and new high capacity trains, the works will transform Melbourne’s busiest train lines – delivering more services, better reliability and room for an additional 234,000 peak passengers every week from Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham. The existing project to remove the level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong has included the delivery of upgraded power, new track, longer platforms and modernised signalling. This new project will expand these upgrades along the entire corridor to ensure new, high-capacity trains can reliably run all the way from Cranbourne and Pakenham to Sunbury – linked through the CBD by the Metro Tunnel. Works will also include planning for the future duplication of the Cranbourne line and associated works at the Dandenong and Caulfield junctions. The Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $15 billion on projects that will improve train services on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines – including the Metro Tunnel, 65 new longer trains and 17 level crossing removals that will enable more trains to run without clogging up the road network. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re building the Metro Tunnel, delivering longer trains and getting rid of 17 dangerous and congested level crossings to deliver a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham rail corridor.” “We’re investing more than any government in Victoria’s history to transform our public transport system and get passengers home safer and sooner.” “This massive investment will see upgrades to power, track, stations and modern signalling along this new end to end rail corridor and will pave the way for more trains, more often.”

Upgrading The Cranbourne, Pakenham And Sunbury Lines

Passengers on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines will have more comfortable and reliable trains, more often thanks to the biggest rail corridor upgrade in Victoria’s history. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $572 million to deliver further upgrades to Melbourne’s busiest rail corridor – delivering power upgrades, and modern signalling from the city to Cranbourne and Pakenham – paving the way for the Cranbourne line duplication, and undertaking detailed design work to enable new high capacity metro trains to run to Sunbury. Together with the Metro Tunnel, and new high capacity trains, the works will transform Melbourne’s busiest train lines – delivering more services, better reliability and room for an additional 234,000 peak passengers every week from Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham. The existing project to remove the level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong has included the delivery of upgraded power, new track, longer platforms and modernised signalling. This new project will expand these upgrades along the entire corridor to ensure new, high-capacity trains can reliably run all the way from Cranbourne and Pakenham to Sunbury – linked through the CBD by the Metro Tunnel. Works will also include planning for the future duplication of the Cranbourne line and associated works at the Dandenong and Caulfield junctions. The Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $15 billion on projects that will improve train services on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines – including the Metro Tunnel, 65 new longer trains and 17 level crossing removals that will enable more trains to run without clogging up the road network. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re building the Metro Tunnel, delivering longer trains and getting rid of 17 dangerous and congested level crossings to deliver a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham rail corridor.” “We’re investing more than any government in Victoria’s history to transform our public transport system and get passengers home safer and sooner.” “This massive investment will see upgrades to power, track, stations and modern signalling along this new end to end rail corridor and will pave the way for more trains, more often.”

Best Ambulance Response Time In Nine Years

Ambulance response times are the best in nine years thanks to record Andrews Labor Government investment into our ambulance services. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services today released the Victorian Health Services and Ambulance Victoria Performance Data for the March quarter, which also showed improved ambulance turnaround times in hospital emergency departments in the past three months, after the pressure at the end of one of our worst flu seasons. In the January to March quarter, the data shows Ambulance Victoria attended a total of 66,225 time-critical Code 1 call-outs, up by more than 4,000 the year before. Despite the increased demand, ambulances were arriving at the scene of life-threatening emergencies in an average of 11:21 minutes – an improvement of 41 seconds from a year earlier – and 1:44 minutes faster than the Liberals’ last March quarter. Our paramedics are reaching emergencies within the benchmark 15 minutes, 83 per cent of the time – up from 80 per cent a year earlier and 75 per cent from when the Liberals were in Government – when ambulance response times blew out to the worst on the mainland. Our record investment, reforms and respect for paramedics are ensuring the most critical patients are getting the care they need sooner, and lives are being saved. Ambulance Victoria’s revised Clinical Response Model was introduced in 2016 to ensure 000 callers receive a response appropriate to their needs, and to improve the availability of emergency ambulances to respond to life-threatening emergencies. As a result of these reforms, paramedics are now arriving at cardiac arrests faster than ever before, with a record number of patients surviving and a record number of bystanders stepping in to help out. Patients are being defibrillated within 9.2 minutes – one minute faster than last year – when every second counts. In addition, our performance data also shows our hospitals are recovering from one of our worst flu seasons on record. Last quarter hospitals experienced record emergency department presentations, hospital admissions and a record number of patients receiving elective surgeries when compared to any other March quarter on record. Hospital emergency departments treated 443,204 people last quarter – with 13,458 more patients being treated last quarter than at the same time last year, and a whopping 51,206 more than the last equivalent quarter when the Liberals were in government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “Our record investment and reforms mean more ambulances are arriving at critical patients more quickly and giving more Victorians the emergency care they need.” “Victorian families can have the peace of mind that ambulances will arrive sooner when they have an emergency – and that our hospitals will treat the most critical patients first.” “Under the Liberals, ambulance response times blew out to the worst on the Australian mainland and if ever given the chance they would once again cut health services and undermine our paramedics.”

Best Ambulance Response Time In Nine Years

Ambulance response times are the best in nine years thanks to record Andrews Labor Government investment into our ambulance services. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services today released the Victorian Health Services and Ambulance Victoria Performance Data for the March quarter, which also showed improved ambulance turnaround times in hospital emergency departments in the past three months, after the pressure at the end of one of our worst flu seasons. In the January to March quarter, the data shows Ambulance Victoria attended a total of 66,225 time-critical Code 1 call-outs, up by more than 4,000 the year before. Despite the increased demand, ambulances were arriving at the scene of life-threatening emergencies in an average of 11:21 minutes – an improvement of 41 seconds from a year earlier – and 1:44 minutes faster than the Liberals’ last March quarter. Our paramedics are reaching emergencies within the benchmark 15 minutes, 83 per cent of the time – up from 80 per cent a year earlier and 75 per cent from when the Liberals were in Government – when ambulance response times blew out to the worst on the mainland. Our record investment, reforms and respect for paramedics are ensuring the most critical patients are getting the care they need sooner, and lives are being saved. Ambulance Victoria’s revised Clinical Response Model was introduced in 2016 to ensure 000 callers receive a response appropriate to their needs, and to improve the availability of emergency ambulances to respond to life-threatening emergencies. As a result of these reforms, paramedics are now arriving at cardiac arrests faster than ever before, with a record number of patients surviving and a record number of bystanders stepping in to help out. Patients are being defibrillated within 9.2 minutes – one minute faster than last year – when every second counts. In addition, our performance data also shows our hospitals are recovering from one of our worst flu seasons on record. Last quarter hospitals experienced record emergency department presentations, hospital admissions and a record number of patients receiving elective surgeries when compared to any other March quarter on record. Hospital emergency departments treated 443,204 people last quarter – with 13,458 more patients being treated last quarter than at the same time last year, and a whopping 51,206 more than the last equivalent quarter when the Liberals were in government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “Our record investment and reforms mean more ambulances are arriving at critical patients more quickly and giving more Victorians the emergency care they need.” “Victorian families can have the peace of mind that ambulances will arrive sooner when they have an emergency – and that our hospitals will treat the most critical patients first.” “Under the Liberals, ambulance response times blew out to the worst on the Australian mainland and if ever given the chance they would once again cut health services and undermine our paramedics.”

More Trains, Less Level Crossings

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver more trains, more often on three metropolitan lines while it gets on with removing the remaining level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong. The Labor Government is undertaking the biggest public transport overhaul in Victoria’s history and with previous infrastructure investments now close to completion, more train services have been funded in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to roll out on our new rail tracks. Turn-up-and-go services every ten minutes will be extended between Dandenong and the city line from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, once every dangerous and congested level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong is removed. A major construction blitz from 29 May to 17 June will remove the final four level crossings along the Dandenong corridor, as well as undertake critical signalling and infrastructure work. During this time, buses will replace trains on sections of the Cranbourne, and Pakenham lines. On Monday 18 June, trains will be running on the last section of elevated rail. Two brand new stations at Murrumbeena and Carnegie will open to passengers and four more level crossings at Murrumbeena Road, Grange Road, Poath Road and Koornang Road will be gone for good – fulfilling the Labor Government’s election commitment to remove every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong. Work on the new Hughesdale Station will continue until later this year. The Labor Government will also provide additional services on the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines when the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade and Mernda Rail Extension are complete later this year. The completion of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Stage 1 and the removal of two level crossings will see the introduction of two extra services every weekday from August, on top of the four extra peak services introduced in 2017. Planning work also continues on the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Stage 2. The extension of the line to Mernda is ahead of schedule so the Government is also bringing forward the extra services required. The Government will deliver five new services in the morning and four in the evening once the Mernda extension is complete. And there will be 980 services each week extended from South Morang to Mernda. The new timetable incorporating these increased services will be available later this year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re delivering the services passengers need now and building for the future – removing level crossings, delivering new trains, extra services, and delivering the Metro tunnel.” “At the end of the June construction blitz, every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong will be gone, fulfilling another election commitment.” “We’re getting on with the job of delivering better public transport for every Victorian, wherever you live.”

More Trains, Less Level Crossings

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver more trains, more often on three metropolitan lines while it gets on with removing the remaining level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong. The Labor Government is undertaking the biggest public transport overhaul in Victoria’s history and with previous infrastructure investments now close to completion, more train services have been funded in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to roll out on our new rail tracks. Turn-up-and-go services every ten minutes will be extended between Dandenong and the city line from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, once every dangerous and congested level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong is removed. A major construction blitz from 29 May to 17 June will remove the final four level crossings along the Dandenong corridor, as well as undertake critical signalling and infrastructure work. During this time, buses will replace trains on sections of the Cranbourne, and Pakenham lines. On Monday 18 June, trains will be running on the last section of elevated rail. Two brand new stations at Murrumbeena and Carnegie will open to passengers and four more level crossings at Murrumbeena Road, Grange Road, Poath Road and Koornang Road will be gone for good – fulfilling the Labor Government’s election commitment to remove every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong. Work on the new Hughesdale Station will continue until later this year. The Labor Government will also provide additional services on the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines when the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade and Mernda Rail Extension are complete later this year. The completion of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Stage 1 and the removal of two level crossings will see the introduction of two extra services every weekday from August, on top of the four extra peak services introduced in 2017. Planning work also continues on the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Stage 2. The extension of the line to Mernda is ahead of schedule so the Government is also bringing forward the extra services required. The Government will deliver five new services in the morning and four in the evening once the Mernda extension is complete. And there will be 980 services each week extended from South Morang to Mernda. The new timetable incorporating these increased services will be available later this year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re delivering the services passengers need now and building for the future – removing level crossings, delivering new trains, extra services, and delivering the Metro tunnel.” “At the end of the June construction blitz, every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong will be gone, fulfilling another election commitment.” “We’re getting on with the job of delivering better public transport for every Victorian, wherever you live.”

 

28 New Schools For Growing School Communities

Twenty-eight new schools accommodating more than 15,000 students will be built and planned for in the fastest growing parts of the state, giving families peace of mind that their kids will be able to go to a great local school, close to home. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $353.2 million to build 12 new schools as part of a massive funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. This includes: Armstrong Creek West Primary School (opening 2020) Beveridge West Primary School (opening 2020) Botanic Ridge Primary School (opening 2020) Casey Fields (Five Ways) Primary School (opening 2020) Clyde North East Primary School (opening 2020) Craigieburn South Secondary School (opening 2020) Davis Creek Primary School (opening 2020) Footscray Learning Precinct – Seddon Secondary Campus (opening 2021) Keysborough South Primary School (opening 2020) Lucas Primary School (opening 2020) Point Cook South Senior Secondary School (opening 2020) Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School (opening 2020) Planning and early works will start on another 9 new schools, including Armstrong Creek Secondary School, a second McKinnon Secondary College campus, Fishermans Bend Secondary School, Fitzroy Gasworks senior campus, Leneva (Frederic Street Road) P-6, Miners Rest Primary School, North Melbourne Hill and Endeavour Hills Special School. A further $18.8 million will go to building the first stage of Docklands Primary School. The Budget includes $46.1 million for additional stages of 7 new schools opening in 2019, including Aiken Primary School, Burnside Primary School, Pakenham North East Primary School, Preston High School, Sanctuary Lakes P 9, Truganina East P 9 and Yarrambat Park Primary School. These works include gyms and extra classrooms. The Labor Government is building the Education State to give every Victorian student a great education, and every community a great local school. In contrast, in 2016 not one new school opened because the Liberals failed to plan for our growing state. We won’t let that happen again. Over the last three years, our investments total more than $2.8 billion, funding more than 1,200 school upgrades and building 70 new schools, as well as creating more than 5,000 jobs. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re giving families in our growth areas certainty that they will have a great local school, close to home.” “This is more than just an investment in new buildings, this is an investment in our kids’ future.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The previous Liberal Government slashed education funding and failed to plan for future growth. We’re changing that so that every child will have every chance – regardless of where they live.”

28 New Schools For Growing School Communities

Twenty-eight new schools accommodating more than 15,000 students will be built and planned for in the fastest growing parts of the state, giving families peace of mind that their kids will be able to go to a great local school, close to home. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $353.2 million to build 12 new schools as part of a massive funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. This includes: Armstrong Creek West Primary School (opening 2020) Beveridge West Primary School (opening 2020) Botanic Ridge Primary School (opening 2020) Casey Fields (Five Ways) Primary School (opening 2020) Clyde North East Primary School (opening 2020) Craigieburn South Secondary School (opening 2020) Davis Creek Primary School (opening 2020) Footscray Learning Precinct – Seddon Secondary Campus (opening 2021) Keysborough South Primary School (opening 2020) Lucas Primary School (opening 2020) Point Cook South Senior Secondary School (opening 2020) Wyndham South (Riverwalk) Primary School (opening 2020) Planning and early works will start on another 9 new schools, including Armstrong Creek Secondary School, a second McKinnon Secondary College campus, Fishermans Bend Secondary School, Fitzroy Gasworks senior campus, Leneva (Frederic Street Road) P-6, Miners Rest Primary School, North Melbourne Hill and Endeavour Hills Special School. A further $18.8 million will go to building the first stage of Docklands Primary School. The Budget includes $46.1 million for additional stages of 7 new schools opening in 2019, including Aiken Primary School, Burnside Primary School, Pakenham North East Primary School, Preston High School, Sanctuary Lakes P 9, Truganina East P 9 and Yarrambat Park Primary School. These works include gyms and extra classrooms. The Labor Government is building the Education State to give every Victorian student a great education, and every community a great local school. In contrast, in 2016 not one new school opened because the Liberals failed to plan for our growing state. We won’t let that happen again. Over the last three years, our investments total more than $2.8 billion, funding more than 1,200 school upgrades and building 70 new schools, as well as creating more than 5,000 jobs. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re giving families in our growth areas certainty that they will have a great local school, close to home.” “This is more than just an investment in new buildings, this is an investment in our kids’ future.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The previous Liberal Government slashed education funding and failed to plan for future growth. We’re changing that so that every child will have every chance – regardless of where they live.”

Helping Victorians Bust Their Energy Bills

All Victorian households will receive a $50 bill busting bonus if they seek out a better electricity deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website, potentially saving them hundreds of dollars. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $48 million in the Power Saving Bonus – which is aimed directly at getting Victorian families a better deal from power companies. To get the money, households will have to use the independent website – which helps the typical household save $330 on their energy bills in the first year alone. To be eligible for the $50 bonus, households will simply have to use the website between 1 July and 31 December 2018. Households are not required to take up an offer or switch plans. Victorian Energy Compare is helping families and small businesses save money on their energy bills. Seven out of every 10 users can save money by switching retail offers – and the site has had over 700,000 users since it was launched in late 2015. Victorians are already saving money on their energy bills through changes introduced by the Labor Government in response to the independent, bipartisan review into Victoria’s electricity and gas retail markets. As a result of the report, the state’s three largest energy retailers are providing rebates between $250 and $720 to more than 285,000 Victorian customers on costly standing and expired market offers. The Budget also provides $21.7 million to increase the Utility Relief Grant cap from $500 to $650 – helping households and families suffering unexpected hardship, like losing a job, pay their water, gas or electricity bills. Work is already underway on a number of the report’s recommendations, including protections for low income and vulnerable customers, and a new brokerage service. The Government’s final response to the Review will be released later this year. To visit Energy Compare go to vic.gov.au/victorianenergycompare. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We know there are better deals out there for Victorian families – this is about getting them on the website to find them.” “Big power companies rely on people not having the time, information or knowledge to get a better deal. That changes now.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We know that Victorians are paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal.” “Our reforms are creating a more modern, reliable energy system and saving Victorians money on their bills.”

Helping Victorians Bust Their Energy Bills

All Victorian households will receive a $50 bill busting bonus if they seek out a better electricity deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website, potentially saving them hundreds of dollars. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $48 million in the Power Saving Bonus – which is aimed directly at getting Victorian families a better deal from power companies. To get the money, households will have to use the independent website – which helps the typical household save $330 on their energy bills in the first year alone. To be eligible for the $50 bonus, households will simply have to use the website between 1 July and 31 December 2018. Households are not required to take up an offer or switch plans. Victorian Energy Compare is helping families and small businesses save money on their energy bills. Seven out of every 10 users can save money by switching retail offers – and the site has had over 700,000 users since it was launched in late 2015. Victorians are already saving money on their energy bills through changes introduced by the Labor Government in response to the independent, bipartisan review into Victoria’s electricity and gas retail markets. As a result of the report, the state’s three largest energy retailers are providing rebates between $250 and $720 to more than 285,000 Victorian customers on costly standing and expired market offers. The Budget also provides $21.7 million to increase the Utility Relief Grant cap from $500 to $650 – helping households and families suffering unexpected hardship, like losing a job, pay their water, gas or electricity bills. Work is already underway on a number of the report’s recommendations, including protections for low income and vulnerable customers, and a new brokerage service. The Government’s final response to the Review will be released later this year. To visit Energy Compare go to vic.gov.au/victorianenergycompare. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We know there are better deals out there for Victorian families – this is about getting them on the website to find them.” “Big power companies rely on people not having the time, information or knowledge to get a better deal. That changes now.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We know that Victorians are paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal.” “Our reforms are creating a more modern, reliable energy system and saving Victorians money on their bills.”

Victorian Jobs Growth Leads The Nation

Victoria’s employment growth is the strongest in the nation, with 333,900 jobs created since the Andrews Labor Government was elected. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released today shows that in March alone, 26,400 jobs were created in Victoria – compared to just 4,900 across the nation. Victoria’s jobs result in March was the largest increase in both absolute and percentage terms of any state. Employment in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland fell, while Western Australia and Tasmania generated just 1,600 jobs between them. Since November 2014, 333,900 new jobs have been created in Victoria – an 11.4 per cent jump – the largest increase in both absolute and percentage terms of all the states. This means that more than 1 in 10 jobs in Victoria’s economy today have been created under the watch of the Labor Government. Full-time jobs have increased by 10 per cent or 197,100 persons – again, the highest growth of all the states – and account for almost 60 per cent of all jobs created since November 2014. Unemployment in Victoria also decreased by 0.4 percentage points to 5.2 per cent in March 2018, and is below the national average of 5.5 per cent. Victoria’s unemployment rate has decreased by 1.5 percentage points since Labor was elected, well down from the 6.7 per cent unemployment rate inherited from the previous Liberal and National Government. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’re creating more jobs than any other state, powering our economy and creating opportunities across the state.” “We’ll continue investing in the infrastructure and services Victorians need to drive our economy.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “We said we’d create jobs for Victorians and that’s exactly what we’ve done – and it’s all thanks to our record investment in the major projects that matter to Victorians.”

Victorian Jobs Growth Leads The Nation

Victoria’s employment growth is the strongest in the nation, with 333,900 jobs created since the Andrews Labor Government was elected. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released today shows that in March alone, 26,400 jobs were created in Victoria – compared to just 4,900 across the nation. Victoria’s jobs result in March was the largest increase in both absolute and percentage terms of any state. Employment in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland fell, while Western Australia and Tasmania generated just 1,600 jobs between them. Since November 2014, 333,900 new jobs have been created in Victoria – an 11.4 per cent jump – the largest increase in both absolute and percentage terms of all the states. This means that more than 1 in 10 jobs in Victoria’s economy today have been created under the watch of the Labor Government. Full-time jobs have increased by 10 per cent or 197,100 persons – again, the highest growth of all the states – and account for almost 60 per cent of all jobs created since November 2014. Unemployment in Victoria also decreased by 0.4 percentage points to 5.2 per cent in March 2018, and is below the national average of 5.5 per cent. Victoria’s unemployment rate has decreased by 1.5 percentage points since Labor was elected, well down from the 6.7 per cent unemployment rate inherited from the previous Liberal and National Government. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’re creating more jobs than any other state, powering our economy and creating opportunities across the state.” “We’ll continue investing in the infrastructure and services Victorians need to drive our economy.” Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “We said we’d create jobs for Victorians and that’s exactly what we’ve done – and it’s all thanks to our record investment in the major projects that matter to Victorians.”

PICK YOUR PROJECT IN CRANBOURNE

Locals in Cranbourne will be given the chance to nominate and decide on their own funding under a new community building fund, announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. The new grassroots democracy program, Pick My Project, will be backed by $30 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and will be spread across the state, giving every community the chance to benefit. In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program. All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger Cranbourne and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project. Ideas could include anything from sporting and recreation infrastructure, community arts projects, improvements to community facilities or the local environment. Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there will be no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs will be eligible for funding. Communities will then get to vote for the projects they think are most important, giving residents in Cranbourne the first and final say on the best way to improve their area. Projects between $20,000 and $200,000 will be eligible under the program. The Budget will also provide a $50 million boost to Growing Suburbs Fund to deliver more vital community infrastructure projects across Melbourne’s booming outer suburbs, in line with local council priorities. The initiative will start in May and winning projects will be announced in September 2018. To get ready and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “This is about putting community funding decisions back in the hands of communities – helping people in Cranbourne come together to improve their neighbourhood.” “We want to hear from young people, sporting clubs, community groups, schools, everyone who is active and involved in Cranbourne – because they know better than anyone what is needed.”

PICK YOUR PROJECT IN CRANBOURNE

Locals in Cranbourne will be given the chance to nominate and decide on their own funding under a new community building fund, announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. The new grassroots democracy program, Pick My Project, will be backed by $30 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and will be spread across the state, giving every community the chance to benefit. In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program. All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger Cranbourne and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project. Ideas could include anything from sporting and recreation infrastructure, community arts projects, improvements to community facilities or the local environment. Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there will be no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs will be eligible for funding. Communities will then get to vote for the projects they think are most important, giving residents in Cranbourne the first and final say on the best way to improve their area. Projects between $20,000 and $200,000 will be eligible under the program. The Budget will also provide a $50 million boost to Growing Suburbs Fund to deliver more vital community infrastructure projects across Melbourne’s booming outer suburbs, in line with local council priorities. The initiative will start in May and winning projects will be announced in September 2018. To get ready and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “This is about putting community funding decisions back in the hands of communities – helping people in Cranbourne come together to improve their neighbourhood.” “We want to hear from young people, sporting clubs, community groups, schools, everyone who is active and involved in Cranbourne – because they know better than anyone what is needed.”