• Jude Perera

    Jude and his family have lived in the local area since 1989 and have been actively involved in the local community

  • NINE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS AND 37 NEW TRAINS FOR THE CRANBOURNE LINE

    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.

  • Contact

    As your local Member of Parliament, I'm here to assist you in any way I can. I can help you contact local services, deal with state government departments, and advise you of your rights. If I am unable to help, I'll make sure to put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Jude Perera

    Jude and his family have lived in the local area since 1989 and have been actively involved in the local community

Media Centre

Safer, More Accessible Taxi And Hire Car Services

The Andrews Labor Government will today introduce legislation to regulate rideshare services and make taxi and hire car services safer, more responsive and more accessible for people with disabilities. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Mark Wilson from London Rides today – one of a number of new service providers who intend to enter the market if the Labor Government’s reforms are passed. The Bill introduced today will replace Victoria’s complex licencing regime with a single registration system that will ensure stronger standards, safer services and create 3,500 local jobs. By stripping away complexity and red tape, the reforms will encourage new providers – improving services and, through operators like London Rides, making it easier for people with disabilities to catch a taxi. The Bill also introduces $494 million in assistance for the existing taxi and hire car industry – the largest transition and support package in Australia. Through this package perpetual metropolitan licence holders will receive $100,000 for their first licence and $50,000 per licence for up to three more. Ninety-eight per cent of owners have four licences or less. The package also includes $50 million in targeted assistance for industry participants experiencing significant financial hardship, $25 million to ensure services continue to be provided for passengers with disabilities, and a rebate for annual licence fees. A $2 per trip levy will be introduced as part of the Bill, although it will not come into effect until next year. The levy will fund the support package and replace annual licence fees – currently up to $23,000 – considerably reducing the cost of operating a taxi, paving the way for more competition and cheaper fares for passengers. More information about the reform package is available at economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “Our reforms will strip away red tape and encourage new operators to enter the market – boosting competition, improving services and creating thousands of jobs.” “We’re creating a level playing field for the industry and providing the largest industry support package in Australia.” “This Bill is the culmination of two years of extensive consultation with the passengers and the industry. The time for talk is over – it’s time to get this done, so we can improve services for passengers.”

Safer, More Accessible Taxi And Hire Car Services

The Andrews Labor Government will today introduce legislation to regulate rideshare services and make taxi and hire car services safer, more responsive and more accessible for people with disabilities. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Mark Wilson from London Rides today – one of a number of new service providers who intend to enter the market if the Labor Government’s reforms are passed. The Bill introduced today will replace Victoria’s complex licencing regime with a single registration system that will ensure stronger standards, safer services and create 3,500 local jobs. By stripping away complexity and red tape, the reforms will encourage new providers – improving services and, through operators like London Rides, making it easier for people with disabilities to catch a taxi. The Bill also introduces $494 million in assistance for the existing taxi and hire car industry – the largest transition and support package in Australia. Through this package perpetual metropolitan licence holders will receive $100,000 for their first licence and $50,000 per licence for up to three more. Ninety-eight per cent of owners have four licences or less. The package also includes $50 million in targeted assistance for industry participants experiencing significant financial hardship, $25 million to ensure services continue to be provided for passengers with disabilities, and a rebate for annual licence fees. A $2 per trip levy will be introduced as part of the Bill, although it will not come into effect until next year. The levy will fund the support package and replace annual licence fees – currently up to $23,000 – considerably reducing the cost of operating a taxi, paving the way for more competition and cheaper fares for passengers. More information about the reform package is available at economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “Our reforms will strip away red tape and encourage new operators to enter the market – boosting competition, improving services and creating thousands of jobs.” “We’re creating a level playing field for the industry and providing the largest industry support package in Australia.” “This Bill is the culmination of two years of extensive consultation with the passengers and the industry. The time for talk is over – it’s time to get this done, so we can improve services for passengers.”

Reforms Continue To Improve Jury Directions

The Andrews Labor Government introduced new laws in Parliament today to further simplify and improve the way information is provided to juries in criminal trials. The Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2017 will clarify that jury parades are not an essential part of the jury empanelment process. The changes, introduced in Parliament today, will also allow trial judges to address misconceptions that victims in sexual offence trials should be able to remember all the details of an offence and describe it consistently every time. Under the reforms, trial judges will be able to explain to jurors that victims often describe the offence differently at different times. The new laws will also remove the mandatory six hour minimum timeframe for jury deliberations before a majority verdict can be accepted in a criminal trial. This means that trial judges will be able to make directions sooner if a jury becomes deadlocked early in its deliberations. These reforms follow a number of changes the Labor Government has made to jury directions to help reduce delays, deliver shorter trials and ensure fewer costly appeals and retrials. For more information visit premier.vic.gov.au/jury-directions-to-be-simpler-and-clearer/ Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “Re-trials due to errors in the jury selection process can be very distressing, particularly for the victims and families involved. That’s why we’re taking the steps to prevent this from happening in the future.” “We’re also making jury directions clearer and easier to understand, which will result in shorter trials and reduced delays.”

Reforms Continue To Improve Jury Directions

The Andrews Labor Government introduced new laws in Parliament today to further simplify and improve the way information is provided to juries in criminal trials. The Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2017 will clarify that jury parades are not an essential part of the jury empanelment process. The changes, introduced in Parliament today, will also allow trial judges to address misconceptions that victims in sexual offence trials should be able to remember all the details of an offence and describe it consistently every time. Under the reforms, trial judges will be able to explain to jurors that victims often describe the offence differently at different times. The new laws will also remove the mandatory six hour minimum timeframe for jury deliberations before a majority verdict can be accepted in a criminal trial. This means that trial judges will be able to make directions sooner if a jury becomes deadlocked early in its deliberations. These reforms follow a number of changes the Labor Government has made to jury directions to help reduce delays, deliver shorter trials and ensure fewer costly appeals and retrials. For more information visit premier.vic.gov.au/jury-directions-to-be-simpler-and-clearer/ Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “Re-trials due to errors in the jury selection process can be very distressing, particularly for the victims and families involved. That’s why we’re taking the steps to prevent this from happening in the future.” “We’re also making jury directions clearer and easier to understand, which will result in shorter trials and reduced delays.”

Erasing Bias From Workplace Recruiting

Victorians will have a fairer playing field when applying for jobs under an anti-discrimination pilot program launched by the Andrews Labor Government. In an Australian-first, Recruit Smarter will de-identify personal details – such as names, genders, ages, and locations – to reduce potential bias during the application process. Research shows people from culturally diverse backgrounds with equivalent qualifications and experience often have to submit more applications before they are offered an interview. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today kicked off the 18-month pilot, which will also include: Targeting language with traditionally masculine or feminine connotations in job advertisements Training to help human resources and staff involved in recruitment to recognise and prevent unconscious bias in the process Use of programmed bias mitigation prompts throughout the selection process reminding selection committees of common biases, hotspots and other potential bias hazards in job interviews The Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Treasury and Finance, WorkSafe, VicHealth, the Transport Accident Commission, Westpac, Ai Group and accounting firm PwC are some of the partners to have signed up for the trial. An implementation committee has spent the past nine months finessing the structure of the pilot, which aims to ensure employers get the best people for the job to improve their bottom line. Diversity Council of Australia research shows that greater executive and board diversity in companies produced equity returns that were 53 per cent higher and gross earnings that were 14 per cent higher compared with those with low levels of diversity. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “I believe in an Australia where someone’s age, background, postcode, gender or wealth doesn’t determine your chance for a fair go.” “This is the first multi-sector cooperative initiative of its kind in Australia. It’s a ground-breaking and important step towards equality of opportunity in our workforce.” Quotes attributable to VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter “VicHealth is delighted to align the Victorian Government’s vision and leadership to amplify diversity and inclusion in our state.” “We are a proud partner in Recruit Smarter through some emerging work in gender equality developed under our Leading Thinkers Initiative.”

Erasing Bias From Workplace Recruiting

Victorians will have a fairer playing field when applying for jobs under an anti-discrimination pilot program launched by the Andrews Labor Government. In an Australian-first, Recruit Smarter will de-identify personal details – such as names, genders, ages, and locations – to reduce potential bias during the application process. Research shows people from culturally diverse backgrounds with equivalent qualifications and experience often have to submit more applications before they are offered an interview. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today kicked off the 18-month pilot, which will also include: Targeting language with traditionally masculine or feminine connotations in job advertisements Training to help human resources and staff involved in recruitment to recognise and prevent unconscious bias in the process Use of programmed bias mitigation prompts throughout the selection process reminding selection committees of common biases, hotspots and other potential bias hazards in job interviews The Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Treasury and Finance, WorkSafe, VicHealth, the Transport Accident Commission, Westpac, Ai Group and accounting firm PwC are some of the partners to have signed up for the trial. An implementation committee has spent the past nine months finessing the structure of the pilot, which aims to ensure employers get the best people for the job to improve their bottom line. Diversity Council of Australia research shows that greater executive and board diversity in companies produced equity returns that were 53 per cent higher and gross earnings that were 14 per cent higher compared with those with low levels of diversity. Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “I believe in an Australia where someone’s age, background, postcode, gender or wealth doesn’t determine your chance for a fair go.” “This is the first multi-sector cooperative initiative of its kind in Australia. It’s a ground-breaking and important step towards equality of opportunity in our workforce.” Quotes attributable to VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter “VicHealth is delighted to align the Victorian Government’s vision and leadership to amplify diversity and inclusion in our state.” “We are a proud partner in Recruit Smarter through some emerging work in gender equality developed under our Leading Thinkers Initiative.”

Helping Disadvantaged Job Seekers Find Work

Ballarat employment providers, businesses and community groups have put their heads together at a networking conference to get thousands of disadvantaged Victorians into work. The conference was part of Jobs Victoria – the state’s biggest-ever employment drive to help more than 4,000 disadvantaged Victorians find meaningful and sustainable jobs. Jobs Victoria has a network of providers across the state working to assist jobseekers and help employers find and retain staff. The program supports a range of jobseekers including long-term unemployed people, people with a disability, disengaged young people, retrenched automotive workers, refugees, youth justice clients, public housing tenants and Aboriginal Victorians. Today’s conference at the North Ballarat Football and Sports Club is one of nine being held across the state to drive stronger collaboration, discuss regional issues, and better assist local jobseekers and employers. A key focus is building strong relationships between providers and employers to place jobseekers into work. Those taking part in the conference include Jobs Victoria providers, Commonwealth employment service providers, local councils, community organisations, community health and justice service providers, employers and industry groups. More than 12,000 new jobs have been created in the Ballarat region since November 2014, and unemployment has fallen from 6.9 per cent to 2.7 per cent. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “For many Victorians, it means the world to have a job – and be able to keep it.” “That’s why we are working hard to help disadvantaged Victorians get into work so they can make a valued contribution to their local communities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Every Victorian should be able to benefit from the state’s growing economy, and these regional conferences are a perfect outlet to bring employment providers together.”

Helping Disadvantaged Job Seekers Find Work

Ballarat employment providers, businesses and community groups have put their heads together at a networking conference to get thousands of disadvantaged Victorians into work. The conference was part of Jobs Victoria – the state’s biggest-ever employment drive to help more than 4,000 disadvantaged Victorians find meaningful and sustainable jobs. Jobs Victoria has a network of providers across the state working to assist jobseekers and help employers find and retain staff. The program supports a range of jobseekers including long-term unemployed people, people with a disability, disengaged young people, retrenched automotive workers, refugees, youth justice clients, public housing tenants and Aboriginal Victorians. Today’s conference at the North Ballarat Football and Sports Club is one of nine being held across the state to drive stronger collaboration, discuss regional issues, and better assist local jobseekers and employers. A key focus is building strong relationships between providers and employers to place jobseekers into work. Those taking part in the conference include Jobs Victoria providers, Commonwealth employment service providers, local councils, community organisations, community health and justice service providers, employers and industry groups. More than 12,000 new jobs have been created in the Ballarat region since November 2014, and unemployment has fallen from 6.9 per cent to 2.7 per cent. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “For many Victorians, it means the world to have a job – and be able to keep it.” “That’s why we are working hard to help disadvantaged Victorians get into work so they can make a valued contribution to their local communities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Every Victorian should be able to benefit from the state’s growing economy, and these regional conferences are a perfect outlet to bring employment providers together.”

 

Medicinal Cannabis Takes Big Steps Forward In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with establishing a reliable, safe production pipeline for the supply of high quality medicinal cannabis for Victorian patients. The first cannabis crop grown by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has now been harvested. It is now being tested and formulated - part of product development and product validation to support Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification in preparation for treating the first patient cohort – children suffering from severe epilepsy. The first cannabis research licence under the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 has been granted by the Office of Drug Control to a Victorian based company, Cann Group. Construction has also been completed of a world-class purpose built cultivation and manufacturing facility for the supply of high quality medicinal cannabis to patients in Victoria. GMP certification will ensure that the medicinal cannabis supplied will be manufactured to the highest quality and standards. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $28.5 million to establish the Office of Medicinal Cannabis and the Independent Medical Advisory Committee to map out the steps required to roll out this life-changing treatment. The Office of Medicinal Cannabis is responsible for the regulation of all clinical and manufacturing aspects of the medicinal cannabis framework. The Independent Medical Advisory Committee provides advice to the Government on the types of medicinal cannabis products that should be approved for use by Victorian patients. With the delivery of the first batch of cannabis extract, the Office of Medicinal Cannabis will now oversee its testing and the processing stages through to it being manufactured pharmaceutically into a safe treatment for children with severe epilepsy. Victoria was the first state in Australia to legalise access to medicinal cannabis for patients in exceptional circumstances. The product being developed will be the first locally produced medicinal cannabis to be legally available in Australia. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford "In April last year, Victoria became the first state to legalise medicinal cannabis and our scientists have been breaking new ground ever since." "Every step along the way takes us closer to being able to provide product to Victorians who need it the most." Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy "We promised Victorians they would be able to access this life-changing treatment and every day brings us one step closer to delivering on this Australian first commitment." "We have seen time and time again the difference medicinal cannabis can make to the lives of very sick children."

Medicinal Cannabis Takes Big Steps Forward In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with establishing a reliable, safe production pipeline for the supply of high quality medicinal cannabis for Victorian patients. The first cannabis crop grown by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has now been harvested. It is now being tested and formulated - part of product development and product validation to support Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification in preparation for treating the first patient cohort – children suffering from severe epilepsy. The first cannabis research licence under the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 has been granted by the Office of Drug Control to a Victorian based company, Cann Group. Construction has also been completed of a world-class purpose built cultivation and manufacturing facility for the supply of high quality medicinal cannabis to patients in Victoria. GMP certification will ensure that the medicinal cannabis supplied will be manufactured to the highest quality and standards. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $28.5 million to establish the Office of Medicinal Cannabis and the Independent Medical Advisory Committee to map out the steps required to roll out this life-changing treatment. The Office of Medicinal Cannabis is responsible for the regulation of all clinical and manufacturing aspects of the medicinal cannabis framework. The Independent Medical Advisory Committee provides advice to the Government on the types of medicinal cannabis products that should be approved for use by Victorian patients. With the delivery of the first batch of cannabis extract, the Office of Medicinal Cannabis will now oversee its testing and the processing stages through to it being manufactured pharmaceutically into a safe treatment for children with severe epilepsy. Victoria was the first state in Australia to legalise access to medicinal cannabis for patients in exceptional circumstances. The product being developed will be the first locally produced medicinal cannabis to be legally available in Australia. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford "In April last year, Victoria became the first state to legalise medicinal cannabis and our scientists have been breaking new ground ever since." "Every step along the way takes us closer to being able to provide product to Victorians who need it the most." Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy "We promised Victorians they would be able to access this life-changing treatment and every day brings us one step closer to delivering on this Australian first commitment." "We have seen time and time again the difference medicinal cannabis can make to the lives of very sick children."

Announcement of Respectful Relationships Lead Schools

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today announced that Lynbrook Primary School is one of 126 schools leading the way in implementing the new Respectful Relationships program. Stemming from recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Respectful Relationships is designed to break the cycle of family violence by teaching our kids to treat everyone with respect and dignity so we can start the cultural change we need in our society. The 126 leading schools, including Lynbrook Primary School, will support other schools as they implement the program. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $21.8 million over two years to roll out this whole-of-school program to schools and early childhood services. A list of the leading schools is available here: www.education.vic.gov.au/respectfulrelationships This initiative is a significant step toward meeting our Education State targets of reducing the impact of disadvantage on achievement and getting more students to stay in education. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to a great school and every Victorian student can get a great education. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District “Respectful Relationships will help end the cycle of family violence by challenging the stereotypes that underpin it. As one of the 126 leading schools, Lynbrook Primary School will help us make Respectful Relationships the success we need this vital initiative to be.”   “All the evidence shows that education is the key to ending the vicious cycle of family violence, which is why teaching Respectful Relationships at school is so important.”   "This is about teaching our kids to treat everyone with respect and dignity so we can start the cultural change we need in our society to end the scourge of family violence.”

Announcement of Respectful Relationships Lead Schools

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today announced that Lynbrook Primary School is one of 126 schools leading the way in implementing the new Respectful Relationships program. Stemming from recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Respectful Relationships is designed to break the cycle of family violence by teaching our kids to treat everyone with respect and dignity so we can start the cultural change we need in our society. The 126 leading schools, including Lynbrook Primary School, will support other schools as they implement the program. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $21.8 million over two years to roll out this whole-of-school program to schools and early childhood services. A list of the leading schools is available here: www.education.vic.gov.au/respectfulrelationships This initiative is a significant step toward meeting our Education State targets of reducing the impact of disadvantage on achievement and getting more students to stay in education. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to a great school and every Victorian student can get a great education. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District “Respectful Relationships will help end the cycle of family violence by challenging the stereotypes that underpin it. As one of the 126 leading schools, Lynbrook Primary School will help us make Respectful Relationships the success we need this vital initiative to be.”   “All the evidence shows that education is the key to ending the vicious cycle of family violence, which is why teaching Respectful Relationships at school is so important.”   "This is about teaching our kids to treat everyone with respect and dignity so we can start the cultural change we need in our society to end the scourge of family violence.”

Economic Activity And Jobs Growth The Best In The Nation

Victoria’s economy is now the only state in Australia with above trend economic growth and improving momentum, according to the latest ANZ Stateometer Report. The December report, published today by ANZ, highlights the on-going strength in the Victorian labour market which is continuing to support the State’s strong economy. This coincides with the latest jobs numbers, released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which showed Victoria’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7 per cent in January, well down from the 6.6 per cent inherited from the previous government. Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in November 2014, more than 188,000 new jobs have been created, 107,000 of which are full time. In the past twelve months, the Victorian economy has created 112,800 new jobs – 60,000 of which were full-time – to be leading the nation in jobs growth. This is more jobs than the previous government created in four years. The ANZ Stateometer reported that strong business conditions are also contributing to the state’s above trend growth. This was similarly reinforced in the NAB Monthly Business Survey released earlier this week, which showed that Victoria’s business confidence increased by 3 points to +12 – the highest of the states. The ANZ Stateometer predicts that growth in Victoria will continue, with next month’s results expected to be higher. Victoria remains one of two Australian states to hold a triple-A rating from both major credit rating agencies, with our finances in a strong and sustainable position. The ANZ Stateometer is a measure of economic performance across states and territories. It synthesises 37 monthly indicators, covering labour market conditions, household and business activity, housing and trade. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Victoria’s strong AAA-rated economy continues to outperform the nation on a number of fronts, with strong economic activity and jobs growth creating opportunities for Victorians.” “Sound investments and our strong infrastructure pipeline have helped create more jobs in the past year than the previous Government created in four years.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “We are delivering on our promise to Victorians – growing a strong economy that bolsters jobs growth and creates opportunities for all.” “This Labor Government continues to support Victorian jobs – and we are changing people’s lives for the better.”

Economic Activity And Jobs Growth The Best In The Nation

Victoria’s economy is now the only state in Australia with above trend economic growth and improving momentum, according to the latest ANZ Stateometer Report. The December report, published today by ANZ, highlights the on-going strength in the Victorian labour market which is continuing to support the State’s strong economy. This coincides with the latest jobs numbers, released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which showed Victoria’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7 per cent in January, well down from the 6.6 per cent inherited from the previous government. Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in November 2014, more than 188,000 new jobs have been created, 107,000 of which are full time. In the past twelve months, the Victorian economy has created 112,800 new jobs – 60,000 of which were full-time – to be leading the nation in jobs growth. This is more jobs than the previous government created in four years. The ANZ Stateometer reported that strong business conditions are also contributing to the state’s above trend growth. This was similarly reinforced in the NAB Monthly Business Survey released earlier this week, which showed that Victoria’s business confidence increased by 3 points to +12 – the highest of the states. The ANZ Stateometer predicts that growth in Victoria will continue, with next month’s results expected to be higher. Victoria remains one of two Australian states to hold a triple-A rating from both major credit rating agencies, with our finances in a strong and sustainable position. The ANZ Stateometer is a measure of economic performance across states and territories. It synthesises 37 monthly indicators, covering labour market conditions, household and business activity, housing and trade. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Victoria’s strong AAA-rated economy continues to outperform the nation on a number of fronts, with strong economic activity and jobs growth creating opportunities for Victorians.” “Sound investments and our strong infrastructure pipeline have helped create more jobs in the past year than the previous Government created in four years.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “We are delivering on our promise to Victorians – growing a strong economy that bolsters jobs growth and creates opportunities for all.” “This Labor Government continues to support Victorian jobs – and we are changing people’s lives for the better.”

Building Victoria’s First High Capacity Train Line

Work has begun to prepare the Cranbourne-Pakenham line for the 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) being built in Victoria by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today outlined $660 million worth of upgrades that will be carried out along the entire length of Melbourne’s busiest train line and the entry to the Metro Tunnel. Over the coming years, power and signalling will be upgraded between the City Loop, Pakenham and Cranbourne. Longer platforms will be built at a total of 18 stations on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line to cater for the HCMTs, which will be 20 per cent longer than the existing fleet and carry hundreds more passengers with every trip. As part of these works, platforms at 13 existing stations will be extended, in addition to longer platforms  at the five new stations being delivered through the $1.6 billion Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. More than 70 kilometres of overhead power lines will be rebuilt, 20 substations will be built or upgraded, and a section of track in South Dandenong will be duplicated to boost reliability and support more services. A huge new depot will be built  in Pakenham East that will include a maintenance facility, train simulators and stabling for up to 30 trains – creating 100 new ongoing local jobs. To undertake this huge program of works safely, there will be some unavoidable disruptions to train services, the first of which will see buses replace trains between Dandenong and Pakenham from 1 to 5 April. The Labor Government’s 65 new HCMTs represent the largest single order of new trains in Victoria’s history. With the removal of nine level crossings, the new trains and infrastructure upgrades will increase capacity on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line by 42 per cent, creating room for 11,000 extra passengers in the peak. Just as importantly, every one of these new trains will be built in Victoria – creating 1,100 local jobs, as well as skills and opportunities for more than 150 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets. The first HCMT will be delivered and in testing by late next year, ready to enter service in 2019. All 65 trains will be ready for the opening of the Metro Tunnel in 2026. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re building Melbourne’s first high capacity train line and creating thousands of new construction jobs.” “Bigger trains, better stations, and no level crossings will get tens of thousands of  people in Melbourne’s south east home safer and sooner every day.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re getting rid of the congested level crossings and out-dated signalling that is holding our train system back.” “It will mean some disruption, but after years of inaction and neglect, we’re getting it done.”

Building Victoria’s First High Capacity Train Line

Work has begun to prepare the Cranbourne-Pakenham line for the 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) being built in Victoria by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today outlined $660 million worth of upgrades that will be carried out along the entire length of Melbourne’s busiest train line and the entry to the Metro Tunnel. Over the coming years, power and signalling will be upgraded between the City Loop, Pakenham and Cranbourne. Longer platforms will be built at a total of 18 stations on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line to cater for the HCMTs, which will be 20 per cent longer than the existing fleet and carry hundreds more passengers with every trip. As part of these works, platforms at 13 existing stations will be extended, in addition to longer platforms  at the five new stations being delivered through the $1.6 billion Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. More than 70 kilometres of overhead power lines will be rebuilt, 20 substations will be built or upgraded, and a section of track in South Dandenong will be duplicated to boost reliability and support more services. A huge new depot will be built  in Pakenham East that will include a maintenance facility, train simulators and stabling for up to 30 trains – creating 100 new ongoing local jobs. To undertake this huge program of works safely, there will be some unavoidable disruptions to train services, the first of which will see buses replace trains between Dandenong and Pakenham from 1 to 5 April. The Labor Government’s 65 new HCMTs represent the largest single order of new trains in Victoria’s history. With the removal of nine level crossings, the new trains and infrastructure upgrades will increase capacity on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line by 42 per cent, creating room for 11,000 extra passengers in the peak. Just as importantly, every one of these new trains will be built in Victoria – creating 1,100 local jobs, as well as skills and opportunities for more than 150 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets. The first HCMT will be delivered and in testing by late next year, ready to enter service in 2019. All 65 trains will be ready for the opening of the Metro Tunnel in 2026. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re building Melbourne’s first high capacity train line and creating thousands of new construction jobs.” “Bigger trains, better stations, and no level crossings will get tens of thousands of  people in Melbourne’s south east home safer and sooner every day.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re getting rid of the congested level crossings and out-dated signalling that is holding our train system back.” “It will mean some disruption, but after years of inaction and neglect, we’re getting it done.”