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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.

 

EMERSON SCHOOL SHARES IN OVER $8.6M MAINTENANCE FUNDS BOOST

Students at Emerson School in Dandenong are among those at 90 schools across the state to benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that Emerson School will receive $320,000 for high priority works identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment. The works will address roof plumbing and structural issues in areas of the school. The funding forms part of more than $8.6 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and stairs. The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance works based on need. Works are determined via an evaluation system designed to provide up-to-date information on the condition of school infrastructure and create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. The system also allows for the timely scheduling of works to be completed. Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken. This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern, and properly maintained. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “This investment will ensure that Emerson students will have access to modern and safe spaces in all areas of the school to help them achieve their best.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”

EMERSON SCHOOL SHARES IN OVER $8.6M MAINTENANCE FUNDS BOOST

Students at Emerson School in Dandenong are among those at 90 schools across the state to benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that Emerson School will receive $320,000 for high priority works identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment. The works will address roof plumbing and structural issues in areas of the school. The funding forms part of more than $8.6 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and stairs. The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance works based on need. Works are determined via an evaluation system designed to provide up-to-date information on the condition of school infrastructure and create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. The system also allows for the timely scheduling of works to be completed. Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken. This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern, and properly maintained. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “This investment will ensure that Emerson students will have access to modern and safe spaces in all areas of the school to help them achieve their best.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”

NEW FUNDING RESPONDS TO HEALTH NEEDS IN DANDENONG

10 local organisations in Dandenong share more than $44,000 of VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health...

VITAL FUNDING FOR BUSINESS CHAMBERS AND TRADER GROUPS IN DANDENONG

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting small businesses, micro-businesses and sole traders across Victoria with grants provided to local business chambers and trader groups.

BACKING VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL BUSINESSES TO THRIVE

Victorian Aboriginal businesses will get the support they need to recover and thrive with grants of up to $10,000 unveiled in this week’s Victorian Budget...