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BUILDING BOOM SET TO DELIVER NEW HOMES IN DOVETON AND ENDEAVOUR HILLS

The Victorian Government is ramping up delivery of the Big Housing Build across the state with the first allocation of funds to community housing projects – with more than $1 billion in projects to commence this year. The Government is investing $5,757,672 million in Doveton and Endeavour Hills, delivering 18 new social housing homes across the two suburbs and supporting local jobs. This investment provides $3,237,672 for ten homes in Doveton, delivered in partnership with Affordable Rentals Victoria. While $2,520,000 will be invested in Endeavour Hills to provide eight homes in partnership with Common Equity Housing Limited. The projects are part of almost $740 million the Labor Government is investing in 89 community housing projects across regional and metropolitan areas. This investment will deliver 2,352 homes across the state giving more Victorians the stability of a home while creating more than 9000 jobs – with shovels expected to be in the ground by the end of the year. The homes will be made available to those in the most need of housing including people living with mental illness or disability, people escaping family violence, Victoria’s First Peoples and individuals experiencing homelessness. The investment includes 62 new supported independent living homes for Victorians living with mental illness being built across four sites announced in June. The Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build is delivering more than 12,000 new homes – boosting Victoria’s social housing supply by 10 per cent – while generating 10,000 jobs each year over the four year program. Quote attributable to the Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “These Big Housing Build projects will stimulate our local economy while providing the stability and security of a home for those in our community that need it most “ “These projects will support more local jobs  – with construction expected to be underway this year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne “Our record investment in housing is not only providing a roof over the head of vulnerable Victorians who need it – it’s creating thousands of jobs and supporting the Victorian economy.”

BUILDING BOOM SET TO DELIVER NEW HOMES IN DOVETON AND ENDEAVOUR HILLS

The Victorian Government is ramping up delivery of the Big Housing Build across the state with the first allocation of funds to community housing projects – with more than $1 billion in projects to commence this year. The Government is investing $5,757,672 million in Doveton and Endeavour Hills, delivering 18 new social housing homes across the two suburbs and supporting local jobs. This investment provides $3,237,672 for ten homes in Doveton, delivered in partnership with Affordable Rentals Victoria. While $2,520,000 will be invested in Endeavour Hills to provide eight homes in partnership with Common Equity Housing Limited. The projects are part of almost $740 million the Labor Government is investing in 89 community housing projects across regional and metropolitan areas. This investment will deliver 2,352 homes across the state giving more Victorians the stability of a home while creating more than 9000 jobs – with shovels expected to be in the ground by the end of the year. The homes will be made available to those in the most need of housing including people living with mental illness or disability, people escaping family violence, Victoria’s First Peoples and individuals experiencing homelessness. The investment includes 62 new supported independent living homes for Victorians living with mental illness being built across four sites announced in June. The Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build is delivering more than 12,000 new homes – boosting Victoria’s social housing supply by 10 per cent – while generating 10,000 jobs each year over the four year program. Quote attributable to the Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “These Big Housing Build projects will stimulate our local economy while providing the stability and security of a home for those in our community that need it most “ “These projects will support more local jobs  – with construction expected to be underway this year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne “Our record investment in housing is not only providing a roof over the head of vulnerable Victorians who need it – it’s creating thousands of jobs and supporting the Victorian economy.”

DANDENONG SCHOOLS SUPPORTED TO TICK OFF MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Schools in Dandenong will receive a boost to undertake essential maintenance projects, with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of projects making the state’s schools better places to teach and learn. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced three schools in the area were among 207 to share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms, fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Lyndale Secondary College will receive $70,000 and $40,000 respectively, for works to address high priority roof and other structural issues. While Dandenong South Primary School will also receive $15,000 for priority maintenance tasks, including wall and window repainting and repairs. Essential maintenance works are decided by using up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of investment. More than $2.8 million of this vital funding will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 22 schools, which serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. This investment comes on top of more than $22 million already provided through Term 1 and Term 2 PMP allocations to make sure existing buildings at Victoria’s state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government’s work to 100 new schools by 2026 is well ahead of schedule – with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in these vital maintenance works gives our state schools the support they need to make sure every student and teacher in the state has access to safe and modern learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “This investment ensures students in Dandenong can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education provided by our teaching staff.” “I’m delighted to see Dandenong schools share in funding to get these much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”

DANDENONG SCHOOLS SUPPORTED TO TICK OFF MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Schools in Dandenong will receive a boost to undertake essential maintenance projects, with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of projects making the state’s schools better places to teach and learn. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced three schools in the area were among 207 to share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding for projects under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP). The program ensures schools can undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms, fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as external landscaping works like pathways and lighting. Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Lyndale Secondary College will receive $70,000 and $40,000 respectively, for works to address high priority roof and other structural issues. While Dandenong South Primary School will also receive $15,000 for priority maintenance tasks, including wall and window repainting and repairs. Essential maintenance works are decided by using up-to-date information on the condition of schools to create a faster and more targeted allocation of investment. More than $2.8 million of this vital funding will go towards maintenance of Shelter-in-Place buildings at 22 schools, which serve as a temporary shelter for staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. This investment comes on top of more than $22 million already provided through Term 1 and Term 2 PMP allocations to make sure existing buildings at Victoria’s state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past seven years, the Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government’s work to 100 new schools by 2026 is well ahead of schedule – with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Investing in these vital maintenance works gives our state schools the support they need to make sure every student and teacher in the state has access to safe and modern learning environments.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “This investment ensures students in Dandenong can learn in safe settings that complement the top-class education provided by our teaching staff.” “I’m delighted to see Dandenong schools share in funding to get these much-needed maintenance projects off the ground.”

BRINGING TOGETHER YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH SPORT

The Victorian Government is using the power of community sport to engage and support African-Australian young people to help them reach their potential. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced funding of $20,000 for Cleeland United Soccer Club through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention. Cleeland United Soccer Club is sharing in $110,000 provided to six African-Australian sports clubs. Sport can help create a sense of belonging and boost engagement, which can support young people to make positive life choices and connect with their community. This grant will support the club to create positive pathways for young people and give them the skills to manage challenges they may be facing. It includes providing soccer training and homework club to young people, and Zumba classes for their parents to engage in pro-social activities to develop, adapt, and maintain personal and interpersonal skills to reduce tendencies of risk taking and criminal behaviour. Since 2020, the Government has invested $1.5 million in activities through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention, which has helped more than 480 at-risk young people keep their lives on the right track. Working together to provide positive opportunities for at-risk young people forms part of the State Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which is backed by almost $30 million in investment. The Crime Prevention Strategy sets out a clear plan and a long-term, evidence-based approach to addressing the causes of offending to keep our communities safe. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/sportsalliance Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention, Natalie Hutchins “We know that African-Australian sports clubs have a unique role in bringing together families and communities, but they often need a little more support to build their teams.” “This funding will see communities benefit from the power of sport, which can help keep young people away from offending and create brighter futures for themselves.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “The work Cleeland United Soccer Club does to connect with new migrants and at-risk youth is so important, and I am proud we can support them in this work.”

BRINGING TOGETHER YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH SPORT

The Victorian Government is using the power of community sport to engage and support African-Australian young people to help them reach their potential. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced funding of $20,000 for Cleeland United Soccer Club through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention. Cleeland United Soccer Club is sharing in $110,000 provided to six African-Australian sports clubs. Sport can help create a sense of belonging and boost engagement, which can support young people to make positive life choices and connect with their community. This grant will support the club to create positive pathways for young people and give them the skills to manage challenges they may be facing. It includes providing soccer training and homework club to young people, and Zumba classes for their parents to engage in pro-social activities to develop, adapt, and maintain personal and interpersonal skills to reduce tendencies of risk taking and criminal behaviour. Since 2020, the Government has invested $1.5 million in activities through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention, which has helped more than 480 at-risk young people keep their lives on the right track. Working together to provide positive opportunities for at-risk young people forms part of the State Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which is backed by almost $30 million in investment. The Crime Prevention Strategy sets out a clear plan and a long-term, evidence-based approach to addressing the causes of offending to keep our communities safe. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/sportsalliance Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention, Natalie Hutchins “We know that African-Australian sports clubs have a unique role in bringing together families and communities, but they often need a little more support to build their teams.” “This funding will see communities benefit from the power of sport, which can help keep young people away from offending and create brighter futures for themselves.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “The work Cleeland United Soccer Club does to connect with new migrants and at-risk youth is so important, and I am proud we can support them in this work.”

NEW AND IMPROVED BUS SERVICES FOR THE SOUTH-EAST

Residents in Melbourne’s south-east will benefit from new and improved bus services to connect them to local shopping centres and schools. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment with a new bus route 816 from Keysborough South to Noble Park Station, providing additional public transport to the growing residential area south of Keysborough. The route 816 service will run seven days a week, at a frequency of every 30 minutes during the weekday peak and every 60 minutes off peak. On weekends, services will run at a frequency of 60 minutes. Commuters will be better connected to ongoing transport options with bus services coordinated with trains at Noble Park Station during peak hours. The new service also means new bus stops will be built along this route, including near Sirius College Keysborough Campus and Mount Hira College to provide students better public transport access to school. We’re also upgrading route 813 services from Dandenong to Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, benefitting residents who travel to Dandenong, Parkmore Shopping Centre, Springvale, and Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre where the demand for buses is high. The existing route 815 service from Dandenong to Noble Park will be removed and consolidated with route 813, providing more frequent services and an extended timetable every day of the week. The route 813 service will also be co-ordinated with trains at Dandenong Station during peak times. Information about the new timetable will be available on October 29 at ptv.vic.gov.au and on the PTV app. The new services will go live on November 28. The expansion of services is an initiative of the Andrews Labor Government’s Bus Plan and was boosted by $74 million in the 2021/22 State Budget to plan for bus reform and improve bus services in Melbourne’s growth suburbs. Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “Creating new and improved bus services in response to the growing residential population in the south-east makes it a viable transport option for the community.” “We have made changes to these services to give locals more choice about when they travel and better connections to ongoing transport options.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Parkmore and Waverley Garden’s shopping centres are popular destinations and I’m pleased we’re improving transport to these locations giving locals more transport options.” “The 813 service will also align better with train services at Dandenong Station, helping residents get to and from work and school.”

NEW AND IMPROVED BUS SERVICES FOR THE SOUTH-EAST

Residents in Melbourne’s south-east will benefit from new and improved bus services to connect them to local shopping centres and schools. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment with a new bus route 816 from Keysborough South to Noble Park Station, providing additional public transport to the growing residential area south of Keysborough. The route 816 service will run seven days a week, at a frequency of every 30 minutes during the weekday peak and every 60 minutes off peak. On weekends, services will run at a frequency of 60 minutes. Commuters will be better connected to ongoing transport options with bus services coordinated with trains at Noble Park Station during peak hours. The new service also means new bus stops will be built along this route, including near Sirius College Keysborough Campus and Mount Hira College to provide students better public transport access to school. We’re also upgrading route 813 services from Dandenong to Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, benefitting residents who travel to Dandenong, Parkmore Shopping Centre, Springvale, and Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre where the demand for buses is high. The existing route 815 service from Dandenong to Noble Park will be removed and consolidated with route 813, providing more frequent services and an extended timetable every day of the week. The route 813 service will also be co-ordinated with trains at Dandenong Station during peak times. Information about the new timetable will be available on October 29 at ptv.vic.gov.au and on the PTV app. The new services will go live on November 28. The expansion of services is an initiative of the Andrews Labor Government’s Bus Plan and was boosted by $74 million in the 2021/22 State Budget to plan for bus reform and improve bus services in Melbourne’s growth suburbs. Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “Creating new and improved bus services in response to the growing residential population in the south-east makes it a viable transport option for the community.” “We have made changes to these services to give locals more choice about when they travel and better connections to ongoing transport options.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Parkmore and Waverley Garden’s shopping centres are popular destinations and I’m pleased we’re improving transport to these locations giving locals more transport options.” “The 813 service will also align better with train services at Dandenong Station, helping residents get to and from work and school.”

 

DITCHING THE DOUBLE DROP-OFF WITH NEW KINDER FOR ROSEWOOD DOWNS

The Victorian Government is making kinder education more accessible for children and their families, investing in more kindergartens on school sites and helping parents ditch the dreaded “double drop-off.” Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that a new kindergarten will be built on site at Rosewood Downs Primary School in Dandenong North. The Victorian Government will fund two kindergarten rooms, as well as administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces – encouraging children to get active and enjoy nature. The new kindergarten, which will be delivered in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, will offer 66 licensed places when it opens in 2023. As part of the Three-Year-Old Kinder roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state, supporting local jobs in construction and across the supply chain in the process. Every new Victorian primary school set to open from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, making kindergarten programs easier to access, drop-off time simpler and more convenient for parents – and ensuring the transition from kindergarten to school is smoother for children. In an Australian-first, the Government is investing $5 billion this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Making Victoria the Education State starts in the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in the first years of our kids’ education.” “We’re already giving Victorian kids an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action to make sure kinders are more convenient and accessible for busy families.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Kindergartens on school sites are about delivering better facilities and education to children in early education by making the transition to school that much easier.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “I’m delighted that Rosewood Downs families are a step closer to getting the fantastic early years and school facilities they deserve – in one convenient location.”

DITCHING THE DOUBLE DROP-OFF WITH NEW KINDER FOR ROSEWOOD DOWNS

The Victorian Government is making kinder education more accessible for children and their families, investing in more kindergartens on school sites and helping parents ditch the dreaded “double drop-off.” Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that a new kindergarten will be built on site at Rosewood Downs Primary School in Dandenong North. The Victorian Government will fund two kindergarten rooms, as well as administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces – encouraging children to get active and enjoy nature. The new kindergarten, which will be delivered in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, will offer 66 licensed places when it opens in 2023. As part of the Three-Year-Old Kinder roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state, supporting local jobs in construction and across the supply chain in the process. Every new Victorian primary school set to open from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, making kindergarten programs easier to access, drop-off time simpler and more convenient for parents – and ensuring the transition from kindergarten to school is smoother for children. In an Australian-first, the Government is investing $5 billion this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Making Victoria the Education State starts in the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in the first years of our kids’ education.” “We’re already giving Victorian kids an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action to make sure kinders are more convenient and accessible for busy families.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Kindergartens on school sites are about delivering better facilities and education to children in early education by making the transition to school that much easier.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “I’m delighted that Rosewood Downs families are a step closer to getting the fantastic early years and school facilities they deserve – in one convenient location.”

Backing Multicultural Communities To Prevent Family Violence

The Victorian Government is working with multicultural and faith communities to promote equal, respectful relationships and stop family violence before it starts. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced 33 organisations would share in nearly $7 million to deliver family violence prevention programs under the Supporting Multicultural and Faith Communities to Prevent Family Violence: 2021 grants. At least 27 cultural and five faith groups will be supported to address the gendered drivers of violence by challenging stereotypes and strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships in culturally relevant settings. The grants are designed to build the capacity of community, faith and cultural organisations to deliver prevention programs and support organisations with existing experience to continue and expand successful work. The investment will support Geelong-based community organisation Diversitat to deliver its Safer and Stronger Families project, which engages recently arrived young people and new parents in the Barwon South West region on respectful relationships, parenting in a new culture, gender equality, human rights and Australian law. The grants will also support Jewish Care’s Equal for All: Supporting Primary Prevention in the Victorian Jewish Community – including peer-led active bystander training, healthy masculinity programs for men and boys, and respectful relationships training. While the Buddhist Council of Victoria will receive funds to scale-up a successful project that builds the capacity of Buddhist leaders to be outreach workers to deliver family violence education sessions at temples across Victoria and facilitate ‘meet and greet’ sessions with family violence services. Other grant recipients include Wellsprings for Women, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, the Board of Imams and the Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council. These programs are part of a broader effort to deliver prevention initiatives in the spaces where Victorians live, work and learn to maximise access and relevance to communities. Last month, the Labor Government announced an additional $1.5 million to expand five innovative prevention programs including a respectful relationships play group and a support program for new parents in rural Victoria. Victoria is leading the country in its work to combat family violence with $3 billion -- more than every other state combined, and more than the commonwealth-- invested in prevention and response initiatives to date. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “Community organisations and trusted multicultural and multifaith leaders know best how to lead the family violence prevention work in our diverse Victorian communities that can change and save lives.”  “We’re backing community organisations to deliver tailored family violence prevention initiatives because everyone should be free to live a life free from violence – regardless of their culture or faith.”

Backing Multicultural Communities To Prevent Family Violence

The Victorian Government is working with multicultural and faith communities to promote equal, respectful relationships and stop family violence before it starts. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced 33 organisations would share in nearly $7 million to deliver family violence prevention programs under the Supporting Multicultural and Faith Communities to Prevent Family Violence: 2021 grants. At least 27 cultural and five faith groups will be supported to address the gendered drivers of violence by challenging stereotypes and strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships in culturally relevant settings. The grants are designed to build the capacity of community, faith and cultural organisations to deliver prevention programs and support organisations with existing experience to continue and expand successful work. The investment will support Geelong-based community organisation Diversitat to deliver its Safer and Stronger Families project, which engages recently arrived young people and new parents in the Barwon South West region on respectful relationships, parenting in a new culture, gender equality, human rights and Australian law. The grants will also support Jewish Care’s Equal for All: Supporting Primary Prevention in the Victorian Jewish Community – including peer-led active bystander training, healthy masculinity programs for men and boys, and respectful relationships training. While the Buddhist Council of Victoria will receive funds to scale-up a successful project that builds the capacity of Buddhist leaders to be outreach workers to deliver family violence education sessions at temples across Victoria and facilitate ‘meet and greet’ sessions with family violence services. Other grant recipients include Wellsprings for Women, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, the Board of Imams and the Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council. These programs are part of a broader effort to deliver prevention initiatives in the spaces where Victorians live, work and learn to maximise access and relevance to communities. Last month, the Labor Government announced an additional $1.5 million to expand five innovative prevention programs including a respectful relationships play group and a support program for new parents in rural Victoria. Victoria is leading the country in its work to combat family violence with $3 billion -- more than every other state combined, and more than the commonwealth-- invested in prevention and response initiatives to date. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “Community organisations and trusted multicultural and multifaith leaders know best how to lead the family violence prevention work in our diverse Victorian communities that can change and save lives.”  “We’re backing community organisations to deliver tailored family violence prevention initiatives because everyone should be free to live a life free from violence – regardless of their culture or faith.”

ARCHITECTS APPOINTED FOR MORE DANDENONG SCHOOL UPGRADES

Better facilities are on their way for students at Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Yarraman Oaks Primary School, with the appointment of architects to design these schools’ important upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced Haskell Architects would design upgrades to be undertaken at Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Watson Young Architects Pty Ltd would design the works at Yarraman Oaks Primary School. The Labor Government has provided $351,665 to Chalcot Lodge Primary School to construct a series of covered walkways to provide protection against the weather. Yarraman Oaks Primary School has received $369,125 to make improvements to the Senior Building. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams MP “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Chalcot Lodge and Yarraman Oaks families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of architects for these important upgrades.”

ARCHITECTS APPOINTED FOR MORE DANDENONG SCHOOL UPGRADES

Better facilities are on their way for students at Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Yarraman Oaks Primary School, with the appointment of architects to design these schools’ important upgrades thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced Haskell Architects would design upgrades to be undertaken at Chalcot Lodge Primary School and Watson Young Architects Pty Ltd would design the works at Yarraman Oaks Primary School. The Labor Government has provided $351,665 to Chalcot Lodge Primary School to construct a series of covered walkways to provide protection against the weather. Yarraman Oaks Primary School has received $369,125 to make improvements to the Senior Building. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. Schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams MP “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Chalcot Lodge and Yarraman Oaks families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive with the appointment of architects for these important upgrades.”

GETTING ON WITH REMOVING SOUTH GIPPSLAND HIGHWAY LEVEL CROSSING

The South Gippsland Highway level crossing removal is nearing completion as construction crews prepare to connect the new road bridge and Princes Highway intersection. A 22-day construction blitz will ensure the level crossing is gone for good, months ahead of schedule, providing one of Melbourne’s busiest manufacturing regions with free-flowing freight routes. As these works are carried out, the South Gippsland Highway will be closed between the Princes Highway and the Dandenong Bypass from 9pm Friday 16 July to 5am Friday 6 August. There will be detours in place via the Dandenong Bypass and Frankston-Dandenong Road and road users are asked to allow extra time for their journey. Removing the South Gippsland Highway level crossing will improve freight connections in the area, increase safety and reduce congestion for the 31,000 car and trucks that use it every day. Along with the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrades it will allow more trains to run on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines in the future, increasing services on one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors. The existing South Gippsland Highway and Princes Highway intersection was the site of one fatal incident, four crashes resulting in serious injury during the past 10 years, and 40 near misses between 2005 and 2015. Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings are already gone for good, and more than 50 will be removed by the end of 2021 – one year ahead of schedule. In 2021, one level crossing will be removed on average every four weeks. To find out if you’re affected by the road closure and to plan your journey visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Metropolitan Roads Program Alliance Project Director Andrew Pepplinkhouse: “We know closing the road can be an inconvenience, however these works are necessary to ensure the dangerous and congested South Gippsland Highway level crossing is gone for good.” “Once these works are complete the new road bridge will make the level crossing a thing of the past, easing congestion for road users and providing safer cycling and pedestrian links through the area and thousands of new trees and shrubs.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams: “We are getting on with the job of removing this dangerous and congested level crossing, months ahead of schedule, so drivers can have safer commutes and Dandenong South businesses can have better freight connections.” “This level crossing removal, the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrade will open up greater capacity on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines for an extra 121,000 commuters every week.”

GETTING ON WITH REMOVING SOUTH GIPPSLAND HIGHWAY LEVEL CROSSING

The South Gippsland Highway level crossing removal is nearing completion as construction crews prepare to connect the new road bridge and Princes Highway intersection. A 22-day construction blitz will ensure the level crossing is gone for good, months ahead of schedule, providing one of Melbourne’s busiest manufacturing regions with free-flowing freight routes. As these works are carried out, the South Gippsland Highway will be closed between the Princes Highway and the Dandenong Bypass from 9pm Friday 16 July to 5am Friday 6 August. There will be detours in place via the Dandenong Bypass and Frankston-Dandenong Road and road users are asked to allow extra time for their journey. Removing the South Gippsland Highway level crossing will improve freight connections in the area, increase safety and reduce congestion for the 31,000 car and trucks that use it every day. Along with the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrades it will allow more trains to run on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines in the future, increasing services on one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors. The existing South Gippsland Highway and Princes Highway intersection was the site of one fatal incident, four crashes resulting in serious injury during the past 10 years, and 40 near misses between 2005 and 2015. Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings are already gone for good, and more than 50 will be removed by the end of 2021 – one year ahead of schedule. In 2021, one level crossing will be removed on average every four weeks. To find out if you’re affected by the road closure and to plan your journey visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.   Quotes attributable to Metropolitan Roads Program Alliance Project Director Andrew Pepplinkhouse: “We know closing the road can be an inconvenience, however these works are necessary to ensure the dangerous and congested South Gippsland Highway level crossing is gone for good.” “Once these works are complete the new road bridge will make the level crossing a thing of the past, easing congestion for road users and providing safer cycling and pedestrian links through the area and thousands of new trees and shrubs.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams: “We are getting on with the job of removing this dangerous and congested level crossing, months ahead of schedule, so drivers can have safer commutes and Dandenong South businesses can have better freight connections.” “This level crossing removal, the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrade will open up greater capacity on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines for an extra 121,000 commuters every week.”