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MORE OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE OPTIONS FOR DANDENONG FAMILIES

Another Dandenong school will soon establish outside school hours care services, to further facilitate workforce participation while ensuring our children are cared for, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that Rosewood Downs Primary School in Dandenong will be among 53 across the state to share in more than $4.1 million in grants to establish a new outside school hours care service from Term 3 this year. Rosewood Downs Primary School will receive $224,700 over the next four years for their outside school hours care service. The funding will help establish new services, and provide support for costs including resources or equipment, setup and administration, facility upgrades, small service viability and transport. The number of schools providing access to outside school hours care services through these grants will increase by 2 per cent in Melbourne and 22 per cent in regional Victoria, with an overall increase of nearly 8 per cent. This is the first round of grants to be awarded under the $81.6 million initiative announced in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to establish up to 400 new outside school hours care services at government schools. There will be another three application rounds between this year and 2023. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “By creating more outside school hours care services, we are helping parents and carers to get back to work, study, training or re-enter the workforce as part of Victoria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.” “These services will ensure our kids are cared for, before and after school hours.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “This investment will go a long way to making the daily juggle of work, school and kinder just that little bit easier."

MORE OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE OPTIONS FOR DANDENONG FAMILIES

Another Dandenong school will soon establish outside school hours care services, to further facilitate workforce participation while ensuring our children are cared for, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that Rosewood Downs Primary School in Dandenong will be among 53 across the state to share in more than $4.1 million in grants to establish a new outside school hours care service from Term 3 this year. Rosewood Downs Primary School will receive $224,700 over the next four years for their outside school hours care service. The funding will help establish new services, and provide support for costs including resources or equipment, setup and administration, facility upgrades, small service viability and transport. The number of schools providing access to outside school hours care services through these grants will increase by 2 per cent in Melbourne and 22 per cent in regional Victoria, with an overall increase of nearly 8 per cent. This is the first round of grants to be awarded under the $81.6 million initiative announced in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to establish up to 400 new outside school hours care services at government schools. There will be another three application rounds between this year and 2023. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “By creating more outside school hours care services, we are helping parents and carers to get back to work, study, training or re-enter the workforce as part of Victoria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.” “These services will ensure our kids are cared for, before and after school hours.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “This investment will go a long way to making the daily juggle of work, school and kinder just that little bit easier."

BOOST FOR INVESTMENT IN CENTRAL DANDENONG

The Victorian Government is stimulating investment in Central Dandenong.

DANDENONG SCHOOLS SHARE IN MAINTENANCE BOOST

Students in Dandenong will benefit from a $1.98 million essential maintenance boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

FIRST STEP FOR SECOND TRACK AS CRANBOURNE WORKS GATHER PACE

Trains every ten minutes from Cranbourne are one step closer, with the first section of a second track installed as part of a $1 billion project to duplicate the line and remove the last four level crossings. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan today announced the first of two new platforms at Merinda Park Station has opened, paving the way for services every ten minutes on the Cranbourne line. Eight kilometres of track will be created to fully duplicate the line between Cranbourne and Dandenong, boosting capacity for 121,000 extra peak passengers each week once trains start running through the Metro Tunnel. Supporting local jobs, the project is using ballast from Pakenham, more than 16,000 rail sleepers from Geelong and more than 22 kilometres of Australian steel rail welded in Sunshine. Around 500 metres worth of brand new track was laid last week. At Merinda Park Station in Lyndhurst, stage one of construction is now complete, with passengers now using the first of two new platforms, along with a new station entrance. An old platform was demolished last week with work on the second new platform is already underway. Meanwhile, at Dandenong South, another major Cranbourne Line Upgrade milestone has been reached with every bridge beam now lifted into place for a new rail bridge that will remove the congested Greens Road level crossing. More than 60 massive concrete bridge beams – weighing a combined 7000 tonnes and manufactured at a Melbourne factory – were installed in recent weeks. The crossing delays more than 23,000 vehicles each day in one of Melbourne’s busiest freight, logistics and manufacturing areas. Making the most of rail crews working on the line, the Level Crossing Removal Project will also now deliver an additional package of track works through Dandenong. These works, separate to the duplication, will untangle tracks around the junction between the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, removing ‘speed limits’ for trains and making it easier for them to run to the timetable. The first part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Cranbourne Line Upgrade was completed in October last year when the Evans Road level crossing was removed – reconnecting the communities of Lyndhurst, Lynbrook, and Cranbourne West. Working to open the second track by 2023, crews have already duplicated a mammoth amount of power and signalling including 250 overhead structures and hundreds of kilometres’ worth of cables.  Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings have already been removed – and the Cranbourne line will be the first to be level crossing-free. Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Trains every 10 minutes are on the way for Cranbourne Line passengers – we’ve started laying the tracks on the Cranbourne Line Duplication to deliver more frequent, reliable services for Melbourne’s fastest-growing area.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Pauline Richards This massive project is creating capacity for 121,000 extra passengers a week on the Cranbourne Line – and with 12 level crossings already gone between Cranbourne and the city, we’re freeing up busy roads in the south-east too.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “We’re not just supporting local jobs in construction – this duplication project is using ballast from Pakenham, rail sleepers from Geelong and Australian steel rail welded in Sunshine, delivering opportunities for businesses and communities right across Victoria.”

FIRST STEP FOR SECOND TRACK AS CRANBOURNE WORKS GATHER PACE

Trains every ten minutes from Cranbourne are one step closer, with the first section of a second track installed as part of a $1 billion project to duplicate the line and remove the last four level crossings. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan today announced the first of two new platforms at Merinda Park Station has opened, paving the way for services every ten minutes on the Cranbourne line. Eight kilometres of track will be created to fully duplicate the line between Cranbourne and Dandenong, boosting capacity for 121,000 extra peak passengers each week once trains start running through the Metro Tunnel. Supporting local jobs, the project is using ballast from Pakenham, more than 16,000 rail sleepers from Geelong and more than 22 kilometres of Australian steel rail welded in Sunshine. Around 500 metres worth of brand new track was laid last week. At Merinda Park Station in Lyndhurst, stage one of construction is now complete, with passengers now using the first of two new platforms, along with a new station entrance. An old platform was demolished last week with work on the second new platform is already underway. Meanwhile, at Dandenong South, another major Cranbourne Line Upgrade milestone has been reached with every bridge beam now lifted into place for a new rail bridge that will remove the congested Greens Road level crossing. More than 60 massive concrete bridge beams – weighing a combined 7000 tonnes and manufactured at a Melbourne factory – were installed in recent weeks. The crossing delays more than 23,000 vehicles each day in one of Melbourne’s busiest freight, logistics and manufacturing areas. Making the most of rail crews working on the line, the Level Crossing Removal Project will also now deliver an additional package of track works through Dandenong. These works, separate to the duplication, will untangle tracks around the junction between the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, removing ‘speed limits’ for trains and making it easier for them to run to the timetable. The first part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Cranbourne Line Upgrade was completed in October last year when the Evans Road level crossing was removed – reconnecting the communities of Lyndhurst, Lynbrook, and Cranbourne West. Working to open the second track by 2023, crews have already duplicated a mammoth amount of power and signalling including 250 overhead structures and hundreds of kilometres’ worth of cables.  Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings have already been removed – and the Cranbourne line will be the first to be level crossing-free. Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Trains every 10 minutes are on the way for Cranbourne Line passengers – we’ve started laying the tracks on the Cranbourne Line Duplication to deliver more frequent, reliable services for Melbourne’s fastest-growing area.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Pauline Richards This massive project is creating capacity for 121,000 extra passengers a week on the Cranbourne Line – and with 12 level crossings already gone between Cranbourne and the city, we’re freeing up busy roads in the south-east too.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “We’re not just supporting local jobs in construction – this duplication project is using ballast from Pakenham, rail sleepers from Geelong and Australian steel rail welded in Sunshine, delivering opportunities for businesses and communities right across Victoria.”

 

BEAM LIFTS RAISE DANDENONG PROJECTS TO A NEW LEVEL

It was a big week – and an even bigger weekend – for massive bridge beams in Dandenong South. An epic total 39 bridge beams have now been installed at two level crossing removal sites at South Gippsland Highway and Greens Road, bringing faster freight movements one step closer through what is a critical manufacturing hub for Victoria. At South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South, work is powering ahead to build a new road bridge over the rail line and upgrade the intersection at Princes Highway, removing the level crossing forever. Over the space of a single weekend, crews have worked around the clock installed an epic 17 concrete beams, each weighing in at more than 30 tonnes. Over at nearby Greens Road, just 1.7 kilometres away, the level crossing is being removed with a rail bridge over the road. At that site more than 22 massive beams were lifted in to place over the course of the week since Tuesday (16 February). Removing these two level crossings will create significant flow-on benefits to the economy through a key manufacturing heartland, boosting the movement of freight through the area and relieving congestions for a combined 54,000 vehicles per day. Dozens of large scale logistics and warehouse operations – including Amazon – are based within five kilometres of these crossings. The Dandenong industrial precinct as a whole is responsible for around 10 per cent of Victoria’s manufacturing output and around 60,000 jobs. Melbourne’s south east more broadly provides 90,000 jobs and almost half of Melbourne’s manufacturing. All of the beams installed for the South Gippsland Highway and Greens Road level crossing removals were pre-cast at Victorian factories by a company called Westkon, which thanks to the pipeline of infrastructure projects has doubled their workforce in recent years. These works are part of the Victorian Government’s $15 billion investment on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, set to boost peak hour passenger capacity by 45 percent. The Greens Road level crossing is being removed as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade, which is duplicating eight kilometres’ of track and removing the last four level crossings along the line. Quotes attributable to Gabrielle Williams, Member for Dandenong “We’re delivering on our commitment to remove the South Gippsland Highway and Greens Road level crossings - bringing faster freight movements one step closer through Victoria’s biggest manufacturing hub.” “Dandenong’s Big Build is revitalising local infrastructure, creating more jobs, and making travel faster and easier for both industry and the community.”

BEAM LIFTS RAISE DANDENONG PROJECTS TO A NEW LEVEL

It was a big week – and an even bigger weekend – for massive bridge beams in Dandenong South. An epic total 39 bridge beams have now been installed at two level crossing removal sites at South Gippsland Highway and Greens Road, bringing faster freight movements one step closer through what is a critical manufacturing hub for Victoria. At South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South, work is powering ahead to build a new road bridge over the rail line and upgrade the intersection at Princes Highway, removing the level crossing forever. Over the space of a single weekend, crews have worked around the clock installed an epic 17 concrete beams, each weighing in at more than 30 tonnes. Over at nearby Greens Road, just 1.7 kilometres away, the level crossing is being removed with a rail bridge over the road. At that site more than 22 massive beams were lifted in to place over the course of the week since Tuesday (16 February). Removing these two level crossings will create significant flow-on benefits to the economy through a key manufacturing heartland, boosting the movement of freight through the area and relieving congestions for a combined 54,000 vehicles per day. Dozens of large scale logistics and warehouse operations – including Amazon – are based within five kilometres of these crossings. The Dandenong industrial precinct as a whole is responsible for around 10 per cent of Victoria’s manufacturing output and around 60,000 jobs. Melbourne’s south east more broadly provides 90,000 jobs and almost half of Melbourne’s manufacturing. All of the beams installed for the South Gippsland Highway and Greens Road level crossing removals were pre-cast at Victorian factories by a company called Westkon, which thanks to the pipeline of infrastructure projects has doubled their workforce in recent years. These works are part of the Victorian Government’s $15 billion investment on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, set to boost peak hour passenger capacity by 45 percent. The Greens Road level crossing is being removed as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade, which is duplicating eight kilometres’ of track and removing the last four level crossings along the line. Quotes attributable to Gabrielle Williams, Member for Dandenong “We’re delivering on our commitment to remove the South Gippsland Highway and Greens Road level crossings - bringing faster freight movements one step closer through Victoria’s biggest manufacturing hub.” “Dandenong’s Big Build is revitalising local infrastructure, creating more jobs, and making travel faster and easier for both industry and the community.”

INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES AT DANDENONG HOSPITAL’S MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

Health services across Victoria will receive capital grants to improve safety for Victorians receiving treatment and care for mental illness, thanks to the Andrews Labor...

A GAME-CHANGER FOR CENTRAL DANDENONG

The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Dandenong into a vibrant retail, commercial and residential hub and creating thousands of local jobs, with a development agreement...

BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE DANDENONG COMMUNITY

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services in Dandenong, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need.