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SUPPORTING DANDENONG FAMILIES IN FINANCIAL STRESS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families experiencing financial stress in Dandenong with the expansion of the Good Money program, which delivers no-interest loans and financial advice – providing a safe alternative to dodgy payday lenders and loan sharks. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced the Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $14.6 million in the Good Money program, including an expansion into phone-based and digital services, giving Dandenong residents even better access to this vital financial wellbeing service. Good Money is delivered through a unique partnership between the Government, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and National Australia Bank, with retail shopfronts in Collingwood, Geelong, Dandenong and Morwell. The expansion into phone-based and digital services will provide another point of access to this vital financial wellbeing service. Good Money delivers responsible and sustainable financial services including no-interest and low interest loans, low-cost insurance and budgeting advice for Victorians experiencing significant financial stress. That includes providing an alternative to predatory pay-day lenders who target vulnerable consumers, putting even more pressure on their finances – sometimes permanently. Good Money provides no-interest loans that have no hidden costs – giving clients access to safe, affordable and fair credit – ensuring they can manage unexpected bills while maintaining their financial security. The funding will also continue support for financial wellbeing initiatives in bushfire-affected communities, including Good Money pop-up stores, for a further 12 months. The enhanced Good Money service is expected to deliver 11,500 no-interest loans over four years, helping around 25,000 Victorians with a low-income. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “The financial support offered by Good Money is more important than ever for people in Dandenong doing it tough, given the challenges presented by COVID-19.” “Now that these support services will be available in person, online and over the phone, Dandenong residents in financial stress can more easily access the support they need.”  

SUPPORTING DANDENONG FAMILIES IN FINANCIAL STRESS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families experiencing financial stress in Dandenong with the expansion of the Good Money program, which delivers no-interest loans and financial advice – providing a safe alternative to dodgy payday lenders and loan sharks. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced the Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $14.6 million in the Good Money program, including an expansion into phone-based and digital services, giving Dandenong residents even better access to this vital financial wellbeing service. Good Money is delivered through a unique partnership between the Government, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and National Australia Bank, with retail shopfronts in Collingwood, Geelong, Dandenong and Morwell. The expansion into phone-based and digital services will provide another point of access to this vital financial wellbeing service. Good Money delivers responsible and sustainable financial services including no-interest and low interest loans, low-cost insurance and budgeting advice for Victorians experiencing significant financial stress. That includes providing an alternative to predatory pay-day lenders who target vulnerable consumers, putting even more pressure on their finances – sometimes permanently. Good Money provides no-interest loans that have no hidden costs – giving clients access to safe, affordable and fair credit – ensuring they can manage unexpected bills while maintaining their financial security. The funding will also continue support for financial wellbeing initiatives in bushfire-affected communities, including Good Money pop-up stores, for a further 12 months. The enhanced Good Money service is expected to deliver 11,500 no-interest loans over four years, helping around 25,000 Victorians with a low-income. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “The financial support offered by Good Money is more important than ever for people in Dandenong doing it tough, given the challenges presented by COVID-19.” “Now that these support services will be available in person, online and over the phone, Dandenong residents in financial stress can more easily access the support they need.”  

DOGGIE DELIGHT AS UPGRADED PARK RE-OPENS IN DANDENONG

Tirhatuan Dog Park in Dandenong North has reopened following major upgrades funded by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government provided $153,500 to the City of Greater Dandenong to carry out upgrades, which have delivered a new dedicated small dog area, agility equipment, and shelters and picnic tables. The investment was funded through the $2.7 billion Building Works program, which is funding hundreds of shovel-ready projects across the state to create jobs and drive Victoria’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. It complements the $154 million Suburban Parks Program – which will create or upgrade 6,500 hectares of public open space, including parkland and new trails, plus pocket parks and off-leash dog parks across Melbourne. Redleap Reserve in Mill Park, East Street Dog Park in Kilmore and Don Jackson Reserve Dog Park in Pakenham have also re-opened following upgrades in the past six months. More than 30 dog parks are also planned soon, including Carrum Downs, Eynesbury, Belgrave and Altona – and in the regional centres of Ararat, Buninyong, Yarragon, Portland, Belmont, Shepparton, Mildura, Swan Hill and Warracknabeal. For information about the off-leash dog parks being delivered and the Suburban Parks Program, visit environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio “We promised to invest in dog parks for families and their pets to enjoy – and we’re delivering.” “The investment in open space – such as parks and dog parks – is an important investment that is creating local jobs, making life better for families and building on our reputation as one of the world's most liveable cities. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “Recreational spaces enhance the liveability of our local area. Dog parks allow safe spaces for local families to exercise their pets and socialise with other pet owners. This is another great community asset that will be well-utilised by locals – two and four legged!”

DOGGIE DELIGHT AS UPGRADED PARK RE-OPENS IN DANDENONG

Tirhatuan Dog Park in Dandenong North has reopened following major upgrades funded by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government provided $153,500 to the City of Greater Dandenong to carry out upgrades, which have delivered a new dedicated small dog area, agility equipment, and shelters and picnic tables. The investment was funded through the $2.7 billion Building Works program, which is funding hundreds of shovel-ready projects across the state to create jobs and drive Victoria’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. It complements the $154 million Suburban Parks Program – which will create or upgrade 6,500 hectares of public open space, including parkland and new trails, plus pocket parks and off-leash dog parks across Melbourne. Redleap Reserve in Mill Park, East Street Dog Park in Kilmore and Don Jackson Reserve Dog Park in Pakenham have also re-opened following upgrades in the past six months. More than 30 dog parks are also planned soon, including Carrum Downs, Eynesbury, Belgrave and Altona – and in the regional centres of Ararat, Buninyong, Yarragon, Portland, Belmont, Shepparton, Mildura, Swan Hill and Warracknabeal. For information about the off-leash dog parks being delivered and the Suburban Parks Program, visit environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio “We promised to invest in dog parks for families and their pets to enjoy – and we’re delivering.” “The investment in open space – such as parks and dog parks – is an important investment that is creating local jobs, making life better for families and building on our reputation as one of the world's most liveable cities. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “Recreational spaces enhance the liveability of our local area. Dog parks allow safe spaces for local families to exercise their pets and socialise with other pet owners. This is another great community asset that will be well-utilised by locals – two and four legged!”

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...