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PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN DANDENONG

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Dandenong. Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around. When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care. Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes. But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government.  And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state. We’re also going to make sure that every local community gets the health infrastructure and services they deserve. That’s why this Budget invests $2.9 billion to build new hospitals and deliver upgrades to health services in every corner of our state, including $12 million for Victoria’s second Mobile Stroke Unit at the Monash Medical Center in Clayton. By expanding our emergency departments, adding more surgical beds to get more elective surgeries done and increasing maternity care services – this Budget will ensure more Victorians get the very best of care, close to home. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Dandenong get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. Every family deserves the chance to get out and kick a ball, go for a run, walk the dog or enjoy our great local parks and clubs. That’s why we’re investing $5.5 million to improve Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve. We’re funding a masterplan and a program of early works upgrading toilets, car parks and trails making the park more accessible and giving local families better green spaces to relax and be close to nature in Dandenong. We’re also providing $200,000 to plan for a Multicultural Community Services Hub in the south east, and another $200,000 to kick off planning for an Afghan Community Centre in Dandenong. With this Budget, we’re making sure that multicultural communities can continue to share and celebrate their culture and traditions. We're also giving our performers and creatives great spaces to work and perform in, as part of a $17.5 million package in building infrastructure for the creative industries. This investment will boost our creative industries, and create jobs in the arts and in construction, all while Victorians enjoy the best entertainment. It’s why this Budget is delivering $850,000 towards the planning of a new Arts Hub in Dandenong – so that local artists and creative groups can access new, affordable collaborative spaces right here in Dandenong. But that’s not all. We'll also keep supporting our growing suburbs, with an additional $50 million for our Growing Suburbs Fund so we can continue building health and wellbeing hubs, new parks, and community centres in our growing suburban and peri-urban communities. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs. With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We’re investing in Victoria’s second Mobile Stroke Unit for Monash Health, so that paramedics have the extra pair of helping hands they need to provide families in Dandenong with the best healthcare.” “By investing in the Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve, we’re making Dandenong an even better place to live, with great local parks for every family to enjoy with their loved ones.”

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN DANDENONG

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Dandenong. Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around. When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care. Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes. But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government.  And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state. We’re also going to make sure that every local community gets the health infrastructure and services they deserve. That’s why this Budget invests $2.9 billion to build new hospitals and deliver upgrades to health services in every corner of our state, including $12 million for Victoria’s second Mobile Stroke Unit at the Monash Medical Center in Clayton. By expanding our emergency departments, adding more surgical beds to get more elective surgeries done and increasing maternity care services – this Budget will ensure more Victorians get the very best of care, close to home. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Dandenong get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. Every family deserves the chance to get out and kick a ball, go for a run, walk the dog or enjoy our great local parks and clubs. That’s why we’re investing $5.5 million to improve Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve. We’re funding a masterplan and a program of early works upgrading toilets, car parks and trails making the park more accessible and giving local families better green spaces to relax and be close to nature in Dandenong. We’re also providing $200,000 to plan for a Multicultural Community Services Hub in the south east, and another $200,000 to kick off planning for an Afghan Community Centre in Dandenong. With this Budget, we’re making sure that multicultural communities can continue to share and celebrate their culture and traditions. We're also giving our performers and creatives great spaces to work and perform in, as part of a $17.5 million package in building infrastructure for the creative industries. This investment will boost our creative industries, and create jobs in the arts and in construction, all while Victorians enjoy the best entertainment. It’s why this Budget is delivering $850,000 towards the planning of a new Arts Hub in Dandenong – so that local artists and creative groups can access new, affordable collaborative spaces right here in Dandenong. But that’s not all. We'll also keep supporting our growing suburbs, with an additional $50 million for our Growing Suburbs Fund so we can continue building health and wellbeing hubs, new parks, and community centres in our growing suburban and peri-urban communities. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs. With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We’re investing in Victoria’s second Mobile Stroke Unit for Monash Health, so that paramedics have the extra pair of helping hands they need to provide families in Dandenong with the best healthcare.” “By investing in the Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve, we’re making Dandenong an even better place to live, with great local parks for every family to enjoy with their loved ones.”

SLASHING ENERGY BILLS WITH $250 POWER SAVING BONUS

Dandenong households will receive a $250 bill busting bonus if they seek out a better energy deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website – saving hundreds of dollars. As part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $250 million in a new Power Saving Bonus – driving down the cost of living right across the state. From 1 July 2022, the new $250 payment will be open to all households in Dandenong who use the Victorian Energy Compare website to compare their energy deal and seek out a better price. The Victorian Energy Compare website is the only free and independent online energy price comparison service available to Dandenong energy consumers. User data shows that seven out of every 10 users can save money by switching energy offers, with typical annual savings of $330 on energy bills in the first year of switching alone. Combined with the Power Saving Bonus, that means Dandenong households could save up to $580 a year. While the quickest way to submit an application for the $250 Power Saving Bonus will be through the website, Dandenong households that do not have access to a computer or the internet can call the Victorian Energy Compare helpline or receive support from a community outreach partners. The new $250 Power Saving Bonus, to run until 30 June 2023, follows from the success of the $50 Power Saving Bonus announced by the Labor Government as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. It also builds on the $250 bonus for concession recipients delivered in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, which remains open to eligible concession card holders only until 30 June 2022. Eligible concession card holders include those receiving payments through the Pension Concession, JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance programs, or who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card. The Power Saving Bonus program has already provided more than $110 million to help more than 850,000 Victorian households look for a better electricity deal. Dandenong households that have previously claimed a $50 or $250 Power Saving Bonus will be eligible for this new one-off payment when the program opens in July. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We’re easing the cost of living for Dandenong families – cutting energy bills and saving money.” “This is about putting power back in the hands of Dandenong households, helping them access a better energy deal.” Quote Attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This one-off $250 payment provides immediate financial relief for those struggling to pay their power bills – while also helping Victorians find a better energy deal.” “The fastest way to bust energy bills is to look for a better offer with households able to save an average of $330 in the first year alone – that’s what this Power Saving Bonus is all about.”

SLASHING ENERGY BILLS WITH $250 POWER SAVING BONUS

Dandenong households will receive a $250 bill busting bonus if they seek out a better energy deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website – saving hundreds of dollars. As part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $250 million in a new Power Saving Bonus – driving down the cost of living right across the state. From 1 July 2022, the new $250 payment will be open to all households in Dandenong who use the Victorian Energy Compare website to compare their energy deal and seek out a better price. The Victorian Energy Compare website is the only free and independent online energy price comparison service available to Dandenong energy consumers. User data shows that seven out of every 10 users can save money by switching energy offers, with typical annual savings of $330 on energy bills in the first year of switching alone. Combined with the Power Saving Bonus, that means Dandenong households could save up to $580 a year. While the quickest way to submit an application for the $250 Power Saving Bonus will be through the website, Dandenong households that do not have access to a computer or the internet can call the Victorian Energy Compare helpline or receive support from a community outreach partners. The new $250 Power Saving Bonus, to run until 30 June 2023, follows from the success of the $50 Power Saving Bonus announced by the Labor Government as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. It also builds on the $250 bonus for concession recipients delivered in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, which remains open to eligible concession card holders only until 30 June 2022. Eligible concession card holders include those receiving payments through the Pension Concession, JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance programs, or who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card. The Power Saving Bonus program has already provided more than $110 million to help more than 850,000 Victorian households look for a better electricity deal. Dandenong households that have previously claimed a $50 or $250 Power Saving Bonus will be eligible for this new one-off payment when the program opens in July. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We’re easing the cost of living for Dandenong families – cutting energy bills and saving money.” “This is about putting power back in the hands of Dandenong households, helping them access a better energy deal.” Quote Attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This one-off $250 payment provides immediate financial relief for those struggling to pay their power bills – while also helping Victorians find a better energy deal.” “The fastest way to bust energy bills is to look for a better offer with households able to save an average of $330 in the first year alone – that’s what this Power Saving Bonus is all about.”

PREMIER‘S READING CHALLENGE LAUNCHES FOR 2022

Thousands of Victorian children are preparing to discover a new chapter by immersing themselves in the world of words and the magic of books, as the Premiers’ Reading Challenge returns for 2022. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today launched this year’s Reading Challenge, an initiative that promotes the importance of reading for children and students from early childhood to Year 10, while encouraging families to get more involved and support their children’s reading at home. The artwork for the 2022 Challenge theme ‘Discover a new chapter’ has been designed by Anna Zobel, a talented Victorian-based author and illustrator with a colourful and quirky style who was recently listed on the Children’s Book Council of Australia notables list. The Reading Challenge encourages students to read a set number of books, depending on their age and level, over the year with their reading efforts recorded online. Picture books, short stories, poems or non-fiction books in any language all count as part of the Challenge. Children who have not yet started school are challenged to experience 40 books with the help of their families as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge for the Early Years. Most of the books are from Challenge book lists while the remainder can be of the reader’s choosing. The Victorian Government launched the Premiers’ Reading Challenge in February 2005 to promote the importance of reading among school students, and to get all Victorian families reading more voraciously at home. In 2013, the Challenge was expanded to include young children from birth to five, in recognition of the strong evidence showing that reading to young children from birth promotes brain development and language learning. Since the challenge began, more than 3.5 million students in Victoria have read more than 54 million books. The Challenge supports the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State school targets for reading, that 25 per cent more Year 9 students will reach the highest levels of reading achievement by 2025. For more information on the Challenge, visit https://www.vic.gov.au/premiers-reading-challenge Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Reading is not only a key part of every child’s development, boosting their academic, social and emotional skills – it’s a fun and joyful way for children to learn about new people, places and worlds and open their minds.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Whether it’s for fun or to learn new things, I’d love as many children as possible in Dandenong to get involved in this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge and beat their book targets.”

PREMIER‘S READING CHALLENGE LAUNCHES FOR 2022

Thousands of Victorian children are preparing to discover a new chapter by immersing themselves in the world of words and the magic of books, as the Premiers’ Reading Challenge returns for 2022. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today launched this year’s Reading Challenge, an initiative that promotes the importance of reading for children and students from early childhood to Year 10, while encouraging families to get more involved and support their children’s reading at home. The artwork for the 2022 Challenge theme ‘Discover a new chapter’ has been designed by Anna Zobel, a talented Victorian-based author and illustrator with a colourful and quirky style who was recently listed on the Children’s Book Council of Australia notables list. The Reading Challenge encourages students to read a set number of books, depending on their age and level, over the year with their reading efforts recorded online. Picture books, short stories, poems or non-fiction books in any language all count as part of the Challenge. Children who have not yet started school are challenged to experience 40 books with the help of their families as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge for the Early Years. Most of the books are from Challenge book lists while the remainder can be of the reader’s choosing. The Victorian Government launched the Premiers’ Reading Challenge in February 2005 to promote the importance of reading among school students, and to get all Victorian families reading more voraciously at home. In 2013, the Challenge was expanded to include young children from birth to five, in recognition of the strong evidence showing that reading to young children from birth promotes brain development and language learning. Since the challenge began, more than 3.5 million students in Victoria have read more than 54 million books. The Challenge supports the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State school targets for reading, that 25 per cent more Year 9 students will reach the highest levels of reading achievement by 2025. For more information on the Challenge, visit https://www.vic.gov.au/premiers-reading-challenge Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Reading is not only a key part of every child’s development, boosting their academic, social and emotional skills – it’s a fun and joyful way for children to learn about new people, places and worlds and open their minds.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Whether it’s for fun or to learn new things, I’d love as many children as possible in Dandenong to get involved in this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge and beat their book targets.”

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT YOUNG VICTORIANS

The Andrews Labor Government is working with grassroots organisations to give young people more opportunities to connect with their communities through the new Youth Engagement Grants. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that African Women’s and Families Network and Cleeland United Soccer Club Incorporated would be two of the 19 organisations have been selected to develop initiatives to empower and support young people in their communities. African Women’s and Families Network will use sport and other activities to engage young African-Australian women to aid them in building connections to their peers and the community, as well as building resilience. Cleeland United will provide a safe place for young, newly arrived migrants and their families in Dandenong, and provide opportunities to connect with others through a homework club as well as Zumba and soccer programs. The Youth Engagement Grants will provide $1.7 million in funding over two grant rounds, with up to $50,000 per grant for small multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and community organisations to support young people aged 8 - 24 years. The grants help address the root causes of crime, giving communities the ability to intervene early, helping teenagers build positive lives for themselves. Social isolation has been raised by young people through the Andrews Labor Government’s Empowering Communities program, through which local communities build crime prevention projects. Community empowerment and partnerships are a key focus of the government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which recognises that each community has the expertise, knowledge and ideas to design solutions that are right for them. Investment in the Youth Engagement grants is part of a broader $30 million investment from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 State Budgets to deliver the Victorian Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/youthengagementgrants Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention, Natalie Hutchins “We know that disconnection and social isolation can drive young people away from their communities and towards riskier behaviour.” “But we also know that grassroots organisations have the skills, knowledge and expertise to address the root causes of crime, which is why we’re partnering with local groups to build a safer Victoria for all.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “Cleeland United and the African Women’s and Families Network do wonderful work with young people across our region. I am pleased that the Andrews Labor Government is supporting them to reach more young people and help them build brighter futures for themselves.”

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT YOUNG VICTORIANS

The Andrews Labor Government is working with grassroots organisations to give young people more opportunities to connect with their communities through the new Youth Engagement Grants. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that African Women’s and Families Network and Cleeland United Soccer Club Incorporated would be two of the 19 organisations have been selected to develop initiatives to empower and support young people in their communities. African Women’s and Families Network will use sport and other activities to engage young African-Australian women to aid them in building connections to their peers and the community, as well as building resilience. Cleeland United will provide a safe place for young, newly arrived migrants and their families in Dandenong, and provide opportunities to connect with others through a homework club as well as Zumba and soccer programs. The Youth Engagement Grants will provide $1.7 million in funding over two grant rounds, with up to $50,000 per grant for small multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and community organisations to support young people aged 8 - 24 years. The grants help address the root causes of crime, giving communities the ability to intervene early, helping teenagers build positive lives for themselves. Social isolation has been raised by young people through the Andrews Labor Government’s Empowering Communities program, through which local communities build crime prevention projects. Community empowerment and partnerships are a key focus of the government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which recognises that each community has the expertise, knowledge and ideas to design solutions that are right for them. Investment in the Youth Engagement grants is part of a broader $30 million investment from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 State Budgets to deliver the Victorian Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy. For more information visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/youthengagementgrants Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention, Natalie Hutchins “We know that disconnection and social isolation can drive young people away from their communities and towards riskier behaviour.” “But we also know that grassroots organisations have the skills, knowledge and expertise to address the root causes of crime, which is why we’re partnering with local groups to build a safer Victoria for all.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “Cleeland United and the African Women’s and Families Network do wonderful work with young people across our region. I am pleased that the Andrews Labor Government is supporting them to reach more young people and help them build brighter futures for themselves.”

 

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY FOR MORE CAR PARKS AT YARRAMAN STATION

Finding a car park at Yarraman Station is set to become easier, with construction underway to build additional spaces at the station. Parking at Yarraman Station will increase by 55 extra spaces and commuters will benefit from new accessible parking bays, bicycle parking, lighting, CCTV and new secured Parkiteer bike facilities. Delivering these new car parks will free up commuter parking in neighbouring streets and make it easier and safer for more locals to catch the train. Construction has this week started at four stations across the network, including Nar Nar Goon, Drouin, and Upper Ferntree Gully. Delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Project, the projects will also plant around 14,000 new trees, shrubs, and grasses across the four sites, with the new car parks set to open to commuters later this year. Since 2014 almost 14,000 parking spaces have been delivered at metropolitan and regional stations across the state, and the Labor Government is on track to deliver an additional 7,000 new and upgraded spaces. The construction coincides with the completion of other car park upgrades as part of the Car Parks for Commuters program, including 100 new and upgraded spaces at Melton, 40 new and upgraded spaces at Jordanville, 300 new and upgraded spaces at Cardinia Road, 130 new spaces at Werribee and 100 new spaces at Aircraft Station. More information about the project can be found online at: https://carparks.vic.gov.au/. Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “This is a great win for our community. We’re making sure locals can get a park at Yarraman train station and get where they need to go.” Quote attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “I know the community is thrilled to get the extra car parking at Yarraman Station, making it easier to find a car space and catch the train.”

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY FOR MORE CAR PARKS AT YARRAMAN STATION

Finding a car park at Yarraman Station is set to become easier, with construction underway to build additional spaces at the station. Parking at Yarraman Station will increase by 55 extra spaces and commuters will benefit from new accessible parking bays, bicycle parking, lighting, CCTV and new secured Parkiteer bike facilities. Delivering these new car parks will free up commuter parking in neighbouring streets and make it easier and safer for more locals to catch the train. Construction has this week started at four stations across the network, including Nar Nar Goon, Drouin, and Upper Ferntree Gully. Delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Project, the projects will also plant around 14,000 new trees, shrubs, and grasses across the four sites, with the new car parks set to open to commuters later this year. Since 2014 almost 14,000 parking spaces have been delivered at metropolitan and regional stations across the state, and the Labor Government is on track to deliver an additional 7,000 new and upgraded spaces. The construction coincides with the completion of other car park upgrades as part of the Car Parks for Commuters program, including 100 new and upgraded spaces at Melton, 40 new and upgraded spaces at Jordanville, 300 new and upgraded spaces at Cardinia Road, 130 new spaces at Werribee and 100 new spaces at Aircraft Station. More information about the project can be found online at: https://carparks.vic.gov.au/. Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “This is a great win for our community. We’re making sure locals can get a park at Yarraman train station and get where they need to go.” Quote attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “I know the community is thrilled to get the extra car parking at Yarraman Station, making it easier to find a car space and catch the train.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST SICK PAY GUARANTEE FOR CASUAL WORKERS

Victorians in Dandenong who work in casual or other insecure jobs will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and looking after their health, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee. An Australian-first, the $245.6 million scheme will transform casual and contract work in Victoria by providing vulnerable workers the safety net they need to take time off when they are sick or need to care for loved ones. Before the pandemic, many casual and contract workers were forced to choose between a day‘s pay or their health. Around one in five casual and contract workers work more than one job to earn a living – many without access to sick and carer’s pay. Workers are now able to register for the two-year pilot program, and it is anticipated that more than 150,000 workers will be eligible in this first phase. Eligible casual and contract workers in certain occupations will receive up to five days a year of sick or carer's pay at the national minimum wage. Occupations included in the first phase include hospitality workers, food trades workers and preparation assistants such as chefs and kitchen hands, supermarket and supply chain workers, retail and sales assistants, aged and disability care workers, cleaners and laundry workers and security guards. The Labor Government is fully funding the scheme over the first two years, which is expected to demonstrate a reduction in workplace injuries and illness, general productivity improvements from healthier workers, and lower staff turnover rates. The Government will also administer the program directly to workers, minimising the impost on businesses so they can focus on economic recovery. The Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee builds on the temporary measures implemented during the pandemic, including the COVID-19 Worker Support Payment (now the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) and the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment. To find out more visit vic.gov.au/sick-pay-guarantee and to apply for a payment if you’re eligible visit service.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “When people don’t have savings to fall back on, they’re forced to make the choice between the safety of their co-workers and paying the bills. It’s wrong that they’re forced into this decision – so we’re making sure they don’t have to.” “Insecure work is toxic – not just in Victoria but across Australia. We’re leading the way with this nation-first trial to improve the lives of hundreds of Dandenong locals.”

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST SICK PAY GUARANTEE FOR CASUAL WORKERS

Victorians in Dandenong who work in casual or other insecure jobs will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and looking after their health, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee. An Australian-first, the $245.6 million scheme will transform casual and contract work in Victoria by providing vulnerable workers the safety net they need to take time off when they are sick or need to care for loved ones. Before the pandemic, many casual and contract workers were forced to choose between a day‘s pay or their health. Around one in five casual and contract workers work more than one job to earn a living – many without access to sick and carer’s pay. Workers are now able to register for the two-year pilot program, and it is anticipated that more than 150,000 workers will be eligible in this first phase. Eligible casual and contract workers in certain occupations will receive up to five days a year of sick or carer's pay at the national minimum wage. Occupations included in the first phase include hospitality workers, food trades workers and preparation assistants such as chefs and kitchen hands, supermarket and supply chain workers, retail and sales assistants, aged and disability care workers, cleaners and laundry workers and security guards. The Labor Government is fully funding the scheme over the first two years, which is expected to demonstrate a reduction in workplace injuries and illness, general productivity improvements from healthier workers, and lower staff turnover rates. The Government will also administer the program directly to workers, minimising the impost on businesses so they can focus on economic recovery. The Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee builds on the temporary measures implemented during the pandemic, including the COVID-19 Worker Support Payment (now the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) and the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment. To find out more visit vic.gov.au/sick-pay-guarantee and to apply for a payment if you’re eligible visit service.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “When people don’t have savings to fall back on, they’re forced to make the choice between the safety of their co-workers and paying the bills. It’s wrong that they’re forced into this decision – so we’re making sure they don’t have to.” “Insecure work is toxic – not just in Victoria but across Australia. We’re leading the way with this nation-first trial to improve the lives of hundreds of Dandenong locals.”

ONE YEAR ON: HUGE PROGRESS IN DANDENONG FOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

One year after the historic delivery of the final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, the Andrews Labor Government has made huge inroads into the landmark reform of the state’s mental health and wellbeing services, with work underway on more than 85 per cent of the 74 recommendations. The Royal Commission’s 2021 report outlined a 10-year blueprint Victoria’s future mental health and wellbeing services, building a system where every Victorian gets the timely, tailored support they need –  close to home. Progress has already been made on 65 of 74 recommendations, backed by the Labor Government’s record $3.8 billion investment in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 – the largest single investment in mental health in Australia’s history. Already, this work has delivered almost 1,000 extra jobs in the mental health workforce. It has expanded the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement Service and established the Mental Health Levy so Victoria’s biggest, most profitable businesses play their part in building the state’s new wellbeing system. The Andrews Labor Government today also announced the locations for the next 21 Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, with a service to open in Dandenong– a brand-new model of care that will see Victorians get the mental health support they need, as soon as they need it, close to home. The local services will act as a ‘front door’ to the reformed mental health system, providing early intervention support for adults experiencing mental illness or psychological distress without needing a referral from a GP, and before people need clinical hospital emergency department. Set to open from mid-2023, these additional 21 local centres will service key priority areas for support across metropolitan, outer-suburban and regional centres. This builds on the six services previously announced and already preparing to open their doors and start providing care in 2022: Benalla, Latrobe Valley, Frankston, Brimbank, Whittlesea and Greater Geelong. By the end of 2026, up to 60 local services will open across the state – connecting Victorians to the care they need in their own communities. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We aren’t wasting a moment getting on and building the mental health system Victorians need and deserve – and one year in, we’ve already made progress on delivering services that will change our State forever.” “In Dandenong, we are delivering local mental health and wellbeing services - making sure our community can get the care they need, as soon as they need it, close to home.”

ONE YEAR ON: HUGE PROGRESS IN DANDENONG FOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

One year after the historic delivery of the final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, the Andrews Labor Government has made huge inroads into the landmark reform of the state’s mental health and wellbeing services, with work underway on more than 85 per cent of the 74 recommendations. The Royal Commission’s 2021 report outlined a 10-year blueprint Victoria’s future mental health and wellbeing services, building a system where every Victorian gets the timely, tailored support they need –  close to home. Progress has already been made on 65 of 74 recommendations, backed by the Labor Government’s record $3.8 billion investment in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 – the largest single investment in mental health in Australia’s history. Already, this work has delivered almost 1,000 extra jobs in the mental health workforce. It has expanded the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement Service and established the Mental Health Levy so Victoria’s biggest, most profitable businesses play their part in building the state’s new wellbeing system. The Andrews Labor Government today also announced the locations for the next 21 Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, with a service to open in Dandenong– a brand-new model of care that will see Victorians get the mental health support they need, as soon as they need it, close to home. The local services will act as a ‘front door’ to the reformed mental health system, providing early intervention support for adults experiencing mental illness or psychological distress without needing a referral from a GP, and before people need clinical hospital emergency department. Set to open from mid-2023, these additional 21 local centres will service key priority areas for support across metropolitan, outer-suburban and regional centres. This builds on the six services previously announced and already preparing to open their doors and start providing care in 2022: Benalla, Latrobe Valley, Frankston, Brimbank, Whittlesea and Greater Geelong. By the end of 2026, up to 60 local services will open across the state – connecting Victorians to the care they need in their own communities. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We aren’t wasting a moment getting on and building the mental health system Victorians need and deserve – and one year in, we’ve already made progress on delivering services that will change our State forever.” “In Dandenong, we are delivering local mental health and wellbeing services - making sure our community can get the care they need, as soon as they need it, close to home.”

MORE TRAINS, MORE OFTEN ON THE CRANBOURNE LINE

Fifty extra train services are now running on the Cranbourne line each week, another dangerous and congested level crossing is a thing of the past, and a new railway station is open to passengers a year ahead of schedule as part of the promised Cranbourne Line Duplication. The new Merinda Park Station is now ready for passengers and will see extra train services stopping here each week as part of the Cranbourne Line Duplication, which is boosting service frequency and reliability for rail passengers, while getting rid of level crossings to unclog traffic and make roads safer. The new station also includes a new pedestrian under-pass, allowing locals to safely cross the rail line. A new timetable starts today, thanks to now complete 8km of track duplication between Cranbourne and Dandenong, meaning trains every 10 minutes on average in the morning peak for passengers travelling from Cranbourne, Lynbrook and Merinda Park stations. It also comes as locals and businesses in Dandenong South celebrate the removal of the 57th level crossing, with the boom gates at Greens Road gone for good and trains running over two new 600-metre rail bridges. Around 2,000 crew have clocked up roughly 170,000 hours - working day and night since early January to complete the track duplication, level crossing removal and new station. More than 22km of Australian steel, 20,000 tonnes of ballast and 16,000 concrete sleepers have been used to duplicate the single line track between Cranbourne and Dandenong, including building two new rail bridges over Eumemmering Creek and Abbotts Road, with the duplication paving the way for a future rail extension to Clyde. Along with the Cranbourne Line Duplication, the Metro Tunnel will create capacity for 121,000 extra passengers every week on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines during peak periods and slash travel times by up to 50 minutes a day. Southeast road users can also look forward to significant road upgrades and improved travel times, with construction progressing well on Hallam North and Heatherton Road, Lathams Road, Golf Links Road and Western Port Highway. The project at Greens Road will complement the nearby Monash Freeway Upgrade, which will boast an additional 36km of new lanes between Warrigal Road and Cardinia Road. Once completed in 2022, the upgrade will improve capacity for the 470,000 motorists who use the freeway every day. For more information about the new timetable or projects in the southeast visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews “We’ve promised to remove dangerous and congested level crossings, so you can spend less time in traffic and more time with your loved ones – and we’re smashing our targets.” “Fifteen level crossings are being removed on the Cranbourne line, with 13 already gone for good, and two more will make the line level crossing-free by 2025, changing the way people live, work and travel.” Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Whether it’s delivering the Line Upgrade, removing two more level crossings on the Cranbourne Line to make it level crossing free, the Metro Tunnel or suburban roads – we’re delivering our promises to slash travel times in the Southeast.” Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “We promised to build the infrastructure that allows us to run more services – and I’m glad that we’ve been able to deliver 10-minute services in the peak.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Pauline Richards “Our community has been counting down for these extra train services, the removal of the level crossing and the new station at Merinda Park, and I’m thrilled they’re now able to enjoy these tremendous benefits.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “It’s great to see the Greens Road Level Crossing finally gone for good, with the new rail bridges untangling this notorious bottleneck and freeing up traffic in our area.”

MORE TRAINS, MORE OFTEN ON THE CRANBOURNE LINE

Fifty extra train services are now running on the Cranbourne line each week, another dangerous and congested level crossing is a thing of the past, and a new railway station is open to passengers a year ahead of schedule as part of the promised Cranbourne Line Duplication. The new Merinda Park Station is now ready for passengers and will see extra train services stopping here each week as part of the Cranbourne Line Duplication, which is boosting service frequency and reliability for rail passengers, while getting rid of level crossings to unclog traffic and make roads safer. The new station also includes a new pedestrian under-pass, allowing locals to safely cross the rail line. A new timetable starts today, thanks to now complete 8km of track duplication between Cranbourne and Dandenong, meaning trains every 10 minutes on average in the morning peak for passengers travelling from Cranbourne, Lynbrook and Merinda Park stations. It also comes as locals and businesses in Dandenong South celebrate the removal of the 57th level crossing, with the boom gates at Greens Road gone for good and trains running over two new 600-metre rail bridges. Around 2,000 crew have clocked up roughly 170,000 hours - working day and night since early January to complete the track duplication, level crossing removal and new station. More than 22km of Australian steel, 20,000 tonnes of ballast and 16,000 concrete sleepers have been used to duplicate the single line track between Cranbourne and Dandenong, including building two new rail bridges over Eumemmering Creek and Abbotts Road, with the duplication paving the way for a future rail extension to Clyde. Along with the Cranbourne Line Duplication, the Metro Tunnel will create capacity for 121,000 extra passengers every week on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines during peak periods and slash travel times by up to 50 minutes a day. Southeast road users can also look forward to significant road upgrades and improved travel times, with construction progressing well on Hallam North and Heatherton Road, Lathams Road, Golf Links Road and Western Port Highway. The project at Greens Road will complement the nearby Monash Freeway Upgrade, which will boast an additional 36km of new lanes between Warrigal Road and Cardinia Road. Once completed in 2022, the upgrade will improve capacity for the 470,000 motorists who use the freeway every day. For more information about the new timetable or projects in the southeast visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews “We’ve promised to remove dangerous and congested level crossings, so you can spend less time in traffic and more time with your loved ones – and we’re smashing our targets.” “Fifteen level crossings are being removed on the Cranbourne line, with 13 already gone for good, and two more will make the line level crossing-free by 2025, changing the way people live, work and travel.” Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Whether it’s delivering the Line Upgrade, removing two more level crossings on the Cranbourne Line to make it level crossing free, the Metro Tunnel or suburban roads – we’re delivering our promises to slash travel times in the Southeast.” Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “We promised to build the infrastructure that allows us to run more services – and I’m glad that we’ve been able to deliver 10-minute services in the peak.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Pauline Richards “Our community has been counting down for these extra train services, the removal of the level crossing and the new station at Merinda Park, and I’m thrilled they’re now able to enjoy these tremendous benefits.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “It’s great to see the Greens Road Level Crossing finally gone for good, with the new rail bridges untangling this notorious bottleneck and freeing up traffic in our area.”