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Andrews Labor Government Delivers More Support For Animal Welfare

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to deliver more support for animal welfare and will establish a dedicated public sector group called Animal Welfare Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria will bring together all aspects of domestic animal and animal welfare research, policy, education and compliance. It will be overseen by the Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, and will see animal welfare officers continue to operate through the RSPCA, Agriculture Victoria and local government. Alongside these changes, the Government will also review the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in close consultation with key stakeholders and the Victorian community replacing it with a modern animal welfare act in 2019. The new act will recognise the sentience of animals, reflecting the strong evidence that exists showing animals fear and feel pain. This will ensure animal welfare management and legislation in Victoria develops to meet community expectations. To support the delivery of these changes, the Labor Government’s Ambassador for Animal Welfare, Lizzie Blandthorn, will lead stakeholder engagement in the development of a new Animal Welfare Action Plan. The Government will also commit to publishing an annual Animal Welfare report by Animal Welfare Victoria that outlines achievements, challenges and actions regarding better animal welfare outcomes in Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria is expected to be up and running by February 2018. It will deliver $500,000 in animal welfare grants to non-profit community organisations within its first year of operation. These reforms build on the work of the Andrews Labor Government to end puppy farming, release the draft Animal Welfare Action Plan for community consultation, establish the role of the ambassador for animal welfare and provide additional funding to the RSPCA to improve domestic animal enforcement and compliance. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “All Victorians are committed to good animal welfare. We are working to deliver more effective and efficient animal welfare laws.” “Whether it’s in our industries, in our communities, in our homes or in the wild, the community rightly expects we do the right thing by animals.” “Animal Welfare Victoria will ensure that wherever animals are, their well-being and welfare is a priority.”

Andrews Labor Government Delivers More Support For Animal Welfare

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to deliver more support for animal welfare and will establish a dedicated public sector group called Animal Welfare Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria will bring together all aspects of domestic animal and animal welfare research, policy, education and compliance. It will be overseen by the Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, and will see animal welfare officers continue to operate through the RSPCA, Agriculture Victoria and local government. Alongside these changes, the Government will also review the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in close consultation with key stakeholders and the Victorian community replacing it with a modern animal welfare act in 2019. The new act will recognise the sentience of animals, reflecting the strong evidence that exists showing animals fear and feel pain. This will ensure animal welfare management and legislation in Victoria develops to meet community expectations. To support the delivery of these changes, the Labor Government’s Ambassador for Animal Welfare, Lizzie Blandthorn, will lead stakeholder engagement in the development of a new Animal Welfare Action Plan. The Government will also commit to publishing an annual Animal Welfare report by Animal Welfare Victoria that outlines achievements, challenges and actions regarding better animal welfare outcomes in Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria is expected to be up and running by February 2018. It will deliver $500,000 in animal welfare grants to non-profit community organisations within its first year of operation. These reforms build on the work of the Andrews Labor Government to end puppy farming, release the draft Animal Welfare Action Plan for community consultation, establish the role of the ambassador for animal welfare and provide additional funding to the RSPCA to improve domestic animal enforcement and compliance. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “All Victorians are committed to good animal welfare. We are working to deliver more effective and efficient animal welfare laws.” “Whether it’s in our industries, in our communities, in our homes or in the wild, the community rightly expects we do the right thing by animals.” “Animal Welfare Victoria will ensure that wherever animals are, their well-being and welfare is a priority.”

More Than 280,000 Jobs Since November 2014

Victoria’s jobs boom continues, with jobs growth continuing to climb and the State seeing the highest annual employment surge in the nation. A total of 114,400 jobs were created in the 12 months to September according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected, Victoria’s employment has increased by 281,300 jobs – an increase of nearly 10 per cent – the highest increase of all the states in both percentage and absolute terms. The vast majority of those jobs – nearly 171,000 – were full time. Of the 19,800 new jobs created across the country in September, nearly 9,000 of them were created in Victoria. Victoria's participation rate continues to be the highest on record, indicating strong confidence in the State’s job market buoyed by strong economic conditions. The participation rate is up 1.1 percentage points over the year to September. Pleasingly, Victoria’s female participation rate increased 1.8 percentage points over the year to September to reach a new record high of 60.8 per cent. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’ve created 280,000 jobs since coming into office and the huge investment we are making in infrastructure, health and education continue to drive these figures forward.” “We are the jobs state, and we’ll continue to deliver the projects and services Victoria needs as it grows.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “These numbers once again show that when it comes to jobs this Labor Government keeps delivering – supporting Victorian jobs, and changing people’s lives for the better.” “We’re putting people first – investing in Victoria, boosting employment and creating opportunities right across the state.”

More Than 280,000 Jobs Since November 2014

Victoria’s jobs boom continues, with jobs growth continuing to climb and the State seeing the highest annual employment surge in the nation. A total of 114,400 jobs were created in the 12 months to September according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected, Victoria’s employment has increased by 281,300 jobs – an increase of nearly 10 per cent – the highest increase of all the states in both percentage and absolute terms. The vast majority of those jobs – nearly 171,000 – were full time. Of the 19,800 new jobs created across the country in September, nearly 9,000 of them were created in Victoria. Victoria's participation rate continues to be the highest on record, indicating strong confidence in the State’s job market buoyed by strong economic conditions. The participation rate is up 1.1 percentage points over the year to September. Pleasingly, Victoria’s female participation rate increased 1.8 percentage points over the year to September to reach a new record high of 60.8 per cent. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’ve created 280,000 jobs since coming into office and the huge investment we are making in infrastructure, health and education continue to drive these figures forward.” “We are the jobs state, and we’ll continue to deliver the projects and services Victoria needs as it grows.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “These numbers once again show that when it comes to jobs this Labor Government keeps delivering – supporting Victorian jobs, and changing people’s lives for the better.” “We’re putting people first – investing in Victoria, boosting employment and creating opportunities right across the state.”

Infrastructure Boom Puts Local Jobs First

The Andrews Labor Government’s multibillion dollar pipeline of infrastructure projects is putting local workers and businesses first. The Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) Annual Report 2016-17 shows local content requirements were set for 31 public projects worth more than $19 billion during that financial year. The policy ensures Victorian contractors, workers and apprentices get their fair share of the work. Since 2014, the Labor Government has announced 80 public projects with local content requirements. Seventy of those projects are already underway, with a combined value of more than $49 billion. In four wasted years of the former Liberal Government, they managed just eight projects with mandated minimum local content. Labor projects will achieve an average of 86 per cent local content, supporting tens of thousands of jobs across the steel, manufacturing, construction, engineering and other sectors. Three projects were completed in the 2016-17 financial year, while work continued or commenced across 54 others worth more than $33 billion. They include road and rail infrastructure, new schools and hospitals and the manufacture of new trains to get people home safer and sooner. The flagship Level Crossing Removal Project has a mandated requirement to use 100 per cent local steel products made from locally milled steel. The Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) Annual Report 2016-17 can be accessed at ecodev.vic.gov.au/vipp. Local businesses interested in supplying to VIPP Strategic Projects can register with the Industry Capability Network at icnvic.org.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “Whether it’s building the Metro Tunnel, widening the Tullamarine Freeway or removing level crossings – there has never been a better time for local businesses to get involved in our infrastructure boom.” “Thanks to good Labor Government policy, Victorian workers and businesses are shaping the future of our state.”

Infrastructure Boom Puts Local Jobs First

The Andrews Labor Government’s multibillion dollar pipeline of infrastructure projects is putting local workers and businesses first. The Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) Annual Report 2016-17 shows local content requirements were set for 31 public projects worth more than $19 billion during that financial year. The policy ensures Victorian contractors, workers and apprentices get their fair share of the work. Since 2014, the Labor Government has announced 80 public projects with local content requirements. Seventy of those projects are already underway, with a combined value of more than $49 billion. In four wasted years of the former Liberal Government, they managed just eight projects with mandated minimum local content. Labor projects will achieve an average of 86 per cent local content, supporting tens of thousands of jobs across the steel, manufacturing, construction, engineering and other sectors. Three projects were completed in the 2016-17 financial year, while work continued or commenced across 54 others worth more than $33 billion. They include road and rail infrastructure, new schools and hospitals and the manufacture of new trains to get people home safer and sooner. The flagship Level Crossing Removal Project has a mandated requirement to use 100 per cent local steel products made from locally milled steel. The Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) Annual Report 2016-17 can be accessed at ecodev.vic.gov.au/vipp. Local businesses interested in supplying to VIPP Strategic Projects can register with the Industry Capability Network at icnvic.org.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “Whether it’s building the Metro Tunnel, widening the Tullamarine Freeway or removing level crossings – there has never been a better time for local businesses to get involved in our infrastructure boom.” “Thanks to good Labor Government policy, Victorian workers and businesses are shaping the future of our state.”

Rollout Of The NDIS Must Continue Without Delay

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to continue without delay and is urging the Turnbull Government to fully fund the scheme. The Victorian Government welcomes the Productivity Commission report into NDIS costs, which poses the challenge that we have to meet – that cannot be delayed beyond the 2020 schedule. The report points to a number of failings of the rollout of the NDIS to date and it tells us what people with disabilities and workers have been telling us for some time – that the Federal Government has underfunded the scheme and the roll out is failing its promise for too many people. Starving the NDIS of support has led to too many delays, has seen prices for services which are too low, too many inadequate plans, and not delivered in a supportive way – meaning the schemes potential has often fallen short. This is particularly the case for people with complex needs, mental health and other complex disabilities, as well as vulnerable community members from indigenous, regional and CALD communities. The Victorian Labor Government has more than doubled our investment to deliver the NDIS to people with a disability. We’re working tirelessly to support the National Disability Insurance Agency where we can, with an expert Intensive Support Team for people with complex needs. We promised more than 100,000 people a better deal to a new type of support to improve their lives – and that’s what we will deliver. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “This is the biggest social policy reform in a generation that will deliver the promise of an ordinary life to people with disabilities, their loved ones, carers and the community.” “People with a disability and their families have waited long enough - Victoria calls on the Turnbull Government to fully fund the NDIS, and improve the price of services to ensure quality high skilled services are at the heart of this reform.” “Despite the doom and gloom predicted by the nay-sayers – the Productivity Commission’s report also recognises the success of the NDIS - where good plans, proper pricing, early investment and appropriate staff have seen high quality services delivered to people for the first time.”

Rollout Of The NDIS Must Continue Without Delay

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to continue without delay and is urging the Turnbull Government to fully fund the scheme. The Victorian Government welcomes the Productivity Commission report into NDIS costs, which poses the challenge that we have to meet – that cannot be delayed beyond the 2020 schedule. The report points to a number of failings of the rollout of the NDIS to date and it tells us what people with disabilities and workers have been telling us for some time – that the Federal Government has underfunded the scheme and the roll out is failing its promise for too many people. Starving the NDIS of support has led to too many delays, has seen prices for services which are too low, too many inadequate plans, and not delivered in a supportive way – meaning the schemes potential has often fallen short. This is particularly the case for people with complex needs, mental health and other complex disabilities, as well as vulnerable community members from indigenous, regional and CALD communities. The Victorian Labor Government has more than doubled our investment to deliver the NDIS to people with a disability. We’re working tirelessly to support the National Disability Insurance Agency where we can, with an expert Intensive Support Team for people with complex needs. We promised more than 100,000 people a better deal to a new type of support to improve their lives – and that’s what we will deliver. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “This is the biggest social policy reform in a generation that will deliver the promise of an ordinary life to people with disabilities, their loved ones, carers and the community.” “People with a disability and their families have waited long enough - Victoria calls on the Turnbull Government to fully fund the NDIS, and improve the price of services to ensure quality high skilled services are at the heart of this reform.” “Despite the doom and gloom predicted by the nay-sayers – the Productivity Commission’s report also recognises the success of the NDIS - where good plans, proper pricing, early investment and appropriate staff have seen high quality services delivered to people for the first time.”

 

BOOST FOR LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS IN CRANBOURNE

Grassroots sports clubs in Cranbourne are getting the equipment, skills and expertise they need to grow and win silverware. Jude Perera MP today announced two clubs would share in over $500,000 from the first round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program 2017-18. Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of the Cranbourne community. They bring people together and create healthier, happier and more united communities, and they are the launching pad of our next generation of champions. The Sporting Club Grants Program is helping more people of all ages and abilities to participate in grassroots sports and realise their sporting dreams. There are grants for new modern uniforms and equipment, along with grants providing training programs for coaches, officials and volunteers. Successful clubs winning grants in Cranbourne include: Cranbourne Little Athletics – $1,980 for First Aid training Melbourne Crickeroos Incorporated – $1,000 for uniforms The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Labor Government’s work to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, boost local economies, and support volunteers. This grant round saw over 340 clubs successfully apply for funding across the state. The Labor Government is delivering on the $120 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund that is upgrading tired grounds and ageing pavilions, and building female-friendly change rooms. For more information on the Sporting Club Grants Program visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP “We’re giving grassroots sports clubs in Cranbourne the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Here in Cranbourne, we are proud of our clubs and the vital role they play in bringing together our community.”

BOOST FOR LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS IN CRANBOURNE

Grassroots sports clubs in Cranbourne are getting the equipment, skills and expertise they need to grow and win silverware. Jude Perera MP today announced two clubs would share in over $500,000 from the first round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program 2017-18. Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of the Cranbourne community. They bring people together and create healthier, happier and more united communities, and they are the launching pad of our next generation of champions. The Sporting Club Grants Program is helping more people of all ages and abilities to participate in grassroots sports and realise their sporting dreams. There are grants for new modern uniforms and equipment, along with grants providing training programs for coaches, officials and volunteers. Successful clubs winning grants in Cranbourne include: Cranbourne Little Athletics – $1,980 for First Aid training Melbourne Crickeroos Incorporated – $1,000 for uniforms The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Labor Government’s work to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, boost local economies, and support volunteers. This grant round saw over 340 clubs successfully apply for funding across the state. The Labor Government is delivering on the $120 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund that is upgrading tired grounds and ageing pavilions, and building female-friendly change rooms. For more information on the Sporting Club Grants Program visit www.sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP “We’re giving grassroots sports clubs in Cranbourne the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” “Here in Cranbourne, we are proud of our clubs and the vital role they play in bringing together our community.”

Record Immunisation Coverage For Victorian Kids

Victoria has achieved its best ever immunisation coverage with nearly 95 per cent of 5-year old kids now protected against preventable and serious life-threatening diseases. Latest figures from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register show that 94.9 per cent of Victorian children in the age cohort are fully vaccinated, above the 94 per cent average across Australia. That means Victoria has almost reached the 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target which is necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles. The more Victorians are vaccinated – the greater the protection for everyone. Despite some people ignoring the science and spreading false information about immunisation, in Victoria our coverage has increased from 93 per cent in 2016, and from 94.5 per cent over the past three months. But we can always do more, so today the Andrews Labor Government is boosting our successful Immunity for Community campaign to highlight the benefits of immunisation and the risks of not immunising.  It features real stories of the lifesaving benefits of immunisation to not only individuals - but the community as a whole. Our tough new law No Jab, No Play has promoted immunisation coverage, requiring all Victorian children to be fully vaccinated to attend childcare and kindergarten. While parents finalise enrolments for childcare and preschool for next year, the campaign aims to remind them to vaccinate their children, and encourage those with questions or concerns to get advice from a medically qualified source, such as their GP. We also released the popular app, VaxOnTime, which has already been downloaded 30,000 times. It helps busy parents keep track of their child’s immunisations. We know that about 20 per cent of parents forget when their child is due for a vaccination. The Labor Government will continue to support the proven benefits of vaccination and we urge parents to ensure their children's vaccination is up to date. For more information or to download the VaxOn Time app visit: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/immunisation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “There is no debate around immunisation. The science is crystal clear: vaccinations are safe and save lives.” “Our record vaccination rate is proof parents are not buying into the lies of irresponsible and dishonest rogues who tout misinformation about immunisation. They are a menace and put the health and safety of children at risk.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “Our No Jab No Play laws are working – and they are here to stay.” “There is no excuse for not immunising your child. Immunising your child not only protects you and your family, but other children in the community.”

Record Immunisation Coverage For Victorian Kids

Victoria has achieved its best ever immunisation coverage with nearly 95 per cent of 5-year old kids now protected against preventable and serious life-threatening diseases. Latest figures from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register show that 94.9 per cent of Victorian children in the age cohort are fully vaccinated, above the 94 per cent average across Australia. That means Victoria has almost reached the 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target which is necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles. The more Victorians are vaccinated – the greater the protection for everyone. Despite some people ignoring the science and spreading false information about immunisation, in Victoria our coverage has increased from 93 per cent in 2016, and from 94.5 per cent over the past three months. But we can always do more, so today the Andrews Labor Government is boosting our successful Immunity for Community campaign to highlight the benefits of immunisation and the risks of not immunising.  It features real stories of the lifesaving benefits of immunisation to not only individuals - but the community as a whole. Our tough new law No Jab, No Play has promoted immunisation coverage, requiring all Victorian children to be fully vaccinated to attend childcare and kindergarten. While parents finalise enrolments for childcare and preschool for next year, the campaign aims to remind them to vaccinate their children, and encourage those with questions or concerns to get advice from a medically qualified source, such as their GP. We also released the popular app, VaxOnTime, which has already been downloaded 30,000 times. It helps busy parents keep track of their child’s immunisations. We know that about 20 per cent of parents forget when their child is due for a vaccination. The Labor Government will continue to support the proven benefits of vaccination and we urge parents to ensure their children's vaccination is up to date. For more information or to download the VaxOn Time app visit: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/immunisation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “There is no debate around immunisation. The science is crystal clear: vaccinations are safe and save lives.” “Our record vaccination rate is proof parents are not buying into the lies of irresponsible and dishonest rogues who tout misinformation about immunisation. They are a menace and put the health and safety of children at risk.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “Our No Jab No Play laws are working – and they are here to stay.” “There is no excuse for not immunising your child. Immunising your child not only protects you and your family, but other children in the community.”

More Support For Victoria’s Vulnerable Youth

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering more young people in Victoria by providing them with intensive support, engagement in education and training and greater pathways to employment. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today visited the South Sudanese Community Association to see how they’re delivering their program as part of the $4 million Empower Youth Program. The association is supporting South Sudanese young people by connecting them with a community mentor and youth worker to improve access to local initiatives such as education, employment, sport and art. The organisation is one of eight to support more young people in areas with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage and crime. This is the first funding by the Victorian Government in seven years specifically aimed at funding youth workers. These organisations have already employed 15 youth workers to support up to 400 young people in their communities every year to develop and deliver individual plans that focus on the key elements of community participation: health and wellbeing, education and training, and employment pathways. Communities in Greater Geelong, Ballarat, Hume, Brimbank, Wyndham, Frankston, Latrobe, Whittlesea, Dandenong and Casey will benefit from the program over the next three years. Other recipients include: Youth Support and Advocacy Service, with an emphasis on supporting those new and emerging communities in Dandenong and Casey, including Pasifika youths Centacare Ballarat, which will partner with Headspace in Ballarat to improve the health and wellbeing of young people by offering intensive and coordinated health services and the development of career pathways Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-Operative Ltd, which will provide support for Aboriginal young people to engage with school, family and community, as well as access leadership opportunities. The Government is helping young people have their say and participate in decision-making as part of its Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria. For more information go to www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “We’re employing youth workers to help support young people in low socioeconomic areas engage in positive activities that will see them become more productive members of their communities.” “The Empower Youth program will provide tailored support for vulnerable young Victorians to give them the support they need to reach their full potential.”

More Support For Victoria’s Vulnerable Youth

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering more young people in Victoria by providing them with intensive support, engagement in education and training and greater pathways to employment. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today visited the South Sudanese Community Association to see how they’re delivering their program as part of the $4 million Empower Youth Program. The association is supporting South Sudanese young people by connecting them with a community mentor and youth worker to improve access to local initiatives such as education, employment, sport and art. The organisation is one of eight to support more young people in areas with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage and crime. This is the first funding by the Victorian Government in seven years specifically aimed at funding youth workers. These organisations have already employed 15 youth workers to support up to 400 young people in their communities every year to develop and deliver individual plans that focus on the key elements of community participation: health and wellbeing, education and training, and employment pathways. Communities in Greater Geelong, Ballarat, Hume, Brimbank, Wyndham, Frankston, Latrobe, Whittlesea, Dandenong and Casey will benefit from the program over the next three years. Other recipients include: Youth Support and Advocacy Service, with an emphasis on supporting those new and emerging communities in Dandenong and Casey, including Pasifika youths Centacare Ballarat, which will partner with Headspace in Ballarat to improve the health and wellbeing of young people by offering intensive and coordinated health services and the development of career pathways Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-Operative Ltd, which will provide support for Aboriginal young people to engage with school, family and community, as well as access leadership opportunities. The Government is helping young people have their say and participate in decision-making as part of its Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria. For more information go to www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “We’re employing youth workers to help support young people in low socioeconomic areas engage in positive activities that will see them become more productive members of their communities.” “The Empower Youth program will provide tailored support for vulnerable young Victorians to give them the support they need to reach their full potential.”

FIRST LOOK AT THE HALLAM ROAD UPGRADE

Concept designs have been released for the $38.4 million Hallam Road upgrade, to slash travel times and improve safety for motorists accessing the South Gippsland Highway. The duplication of a 1.2-kilometre section of Hallam Road will also enable the reopening of Evans Road, after it was shut in 2005 following serious safety concerns. The upgrade will reconnect the communities of Lyndhurst and Lynbrook and will address strong community demand for safe north-south travel. The project also includes a major upgrade of the intersection of Hallam Road, Evans Road and the South Gippsland Highway as well the construction of a new walking and cycling path. Twenty-two crashes recorded in the past five years on Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway, including 13 crashes at the intersection. The project will add to the previous Hallam Road duplication completed in 2014, and improve traffic flow the 3.7 kilometres from Pound Road through to the South Gippsland Highway. Work on the upgrade will start in the coming months and is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Quotes attributable to the Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan “We’re getting on with it – delivering the long awaited upgrade to Hallam Road to slash congestion, improve safety and support local jobs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera “This important upgrade will cut travel times for residents in Lynbrook and Lyndhurst, reconnecting the local community to make it a better place to live.”

FIRST LOOK AT THE HALLAM ROAD UPGRADE

Concept designs have been released for the $38.4 million Hallam Road upgrade, to slash travel times and improve safety for motorists accessing the South Gippsland Highway. The duplication of a 1.2-kilometre section of Hallam Road will also enable the reopening of Evans Road, after it was shut in 2005 following serious safety concerns. The upgrade will reconnect the communities of Lyndhurst and Lynbrook and will address strong community demand for safe north-south travel. The project also includes a major upgrade of the intersection of Hallam Road, Evans Road and the South Gippsland Highway as well the construction of a new walking and cycling path. Twenty-two crashes recorded in the past five years on Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway, including 13 crashes at the intersection. The project will add to the previous Hallam Road duplication completed in 2014, and improve traffic flow the 3.7 kilometres from Pound Road through to the South Gippsland Highway. Work on the upgrade will start in the coming months and is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Quotes attributable to the Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan “We’re getting on with it – delivering the long awaited upgrade to Hallam Road to slash congestion, improve safety and support local jobs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera “This important upgrade will cut travel times for residents in Lynbrook and Lyndhurst, reconnecting the local community to make it a better place to live.”