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WORK BEGINS ON MELBOURNE’S PORT RAIL SHUTTLE CONNECTION

Major works are now underway to deliver a $28 million track connection that will enable freight to be transported from Dandenong South to the Port of Melbourne by rail, cutting transport costs for businesses and taking trucks off arterial and suburban roads. The new 862-metre track connection will link the Cranbourne rail line to a new freight terminal to be constructed and operated by Salta Properties. The rail connection – known as a spur line – will enable more efficient rail transport to and from the Port of Melbourne – Australia’s largest container and general cargo port. Once fully operational, the Port Rail Shuttle connection in Dandenong South is expected to remove more than 300 truck trips every day from the Monash Freeway, reducing congestion, pollution and impact on the road network. The Dandenong South connection is one of three key projects to be delivered as part of the Victorian Port Rail Shuttle Network, with works to link the Somerton terminal and the Altona terminal also underway. Once complete, the Port Rail Shuttle Network is estimated to cut freight transport costs by up to 10 per cent and slash truck movements on suburban roads by up to 175,000 trips each year. By 2050, the Port Rail Shuttle Network is predicted to move 30 per cent of Melbourne containers by rail. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said construction of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023 thanks to careful planning and co-investment between Australian and Victorian governments and the private sector. “This project is about capitalising on the existing rail network, supporting and connecting industry, and creating jobs in the south east of Melbourne. “Once complete, the new spur line will build on the strengths of this region as a freight and logistics hub.” Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne said connecting Melbourne’s rapidly growing south east to the Port Rail Shuttle Network was a key priority. “Melbourne’s south east supports the largest employment numbers in Victoria outside the CBD – home to 90,000 jobs and generating 40 per cent of Victorian manufactured products every year. “A dedicated rail freight terminal will provide an alternative to truck transport for the business community, reduce the need for trucks to visit the port, the Monash Freeway and other key arterial and suburban roads.” The terminal will be built close to major distribution centres for Bunnings, Woolworths, and Amazon Australia. To minimise the project’s impact, crews from the Level Crossing Removal Project are delivering the works in parallel with work already underway to duplicate the Cranbourne line, allowing for metropolitan passenger trains to run every 10 minutes on average in the morning peak. Crews have been gearing up for significant works over the past few months, carrying out design and geotechnical investigations, setting up site sheds and relocating underground gas, electricity, and communications cables. State Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams said major road projects and level crossing removals in the area were already well on the way to creating jobs and improving transport networks and freight movement. “It’s a highly anticipated upgrade and will generate jobs for workers and suppliers in addition to the hundreds of workers already employed on projects such as major upgrades to the Monash Freeway and Cranbourne line.” Salta Properties is investing an additional $50 million to construct Stage 1 of the terminal located on its 180-hectare site. Salta Properties Managing Director Sam Tarascio said that the terminal – which begins construction in 2022 – would use the latest technology to achieve optimum efficiency around container tracking, leading to fast turnaround times. “Salta is planning for five train trips per day to service stevedores at the Port of Melbourne, and each leg will transport up to 84 import/export containers.” Every container entering and leaving the terminal will be photographed with high-definition cameras, allowing trucks and trains to pass through without stopping whilst their containers are photographed. The first phase of this project is expected to be completed in two years, with Salta anticipating the value of the new Nexus Industrial Estate to exceed $1 billion over the next three to five years. The Australian Government has invested $18.3 million into the Port Rail Shuttle Network, and the Victorian Government is investing $9.7 million.

WORK BEGINS ON MELBOURNE’S PORT RAIL SHUTTLE CONNECTION

Major works are now underway to deliver a $28 million track connection that will enable freight to be transported from Dandenong South to the Port of Melbourne by rail, cutting transport costs for businesses and taking trucks off arterial and suburban roads. The new 862-metre track connection will link the Cranbourne rail line to a new freight terminal to be constructed and operated by Salta Properties. The rail connection – known as a spur line – will enable more efficient rail transport to and from the Port of Melbourne – Australia’s largest container and general cargo port. Once fully operational, the Port Rail Shuttle connection in Dandenong South is expected to remove more than 300 truck trips every day from the Monash Freeway, reducing congestion, pollution and impact on the road network. The Dandenong South connection is one of three key projects to be delivered as part of the Victorian Port Rail Shuttle Network, with works to link the Somerton terminal and the Altona terminal also underway. Once complete, the Port Rail Shuttle Network is estimated to cut freight transport costs by up to 10 per cent and slash truck movements on suburban roads by up to 175,000 trips each year. By 2050, the Port Rail Shuttle Network is predicted to move 30 per cent of Melbourne containers by rail. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said construction of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023 thanks to careful planning and co-investment between Australian and Victorian governments and the private sector. “This project is about capitalising on the existing rail network, supporting and connecting industry, and creating jobs in the south east of Melbourne. “Once complete, the new spur line will build on the strengths of this region as a freight and logistics hub.” Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne said connecting Melbourne’s rapidly growing south east to the Port Rail Shuttle Network was a key priority. “Melbourne’s south east supports the largest employment numbers in Victoria outside the CBD – home to 90,000 jobs and generating 40 per cent of Victorian manufactured products every year. “A dedicated rail freight terminal will provide an alternative to truck transport for the business community, reduce the need for trucks to visit the port, the Monash Freeway and other key arterial and suburban roads.” The terminal will be built close to major distribution centres for Bunnings, Woolworths, and Amazon Australia. To minimise the project’s impact, crews from the Level Crossing Removal Project are delivering the works in parallel with work already underway to duplicate the Cranbourne line, allowing for metropolitan passenger trains to run every 10 minutes on average in the morning peak. Crews have been gearing up for significant works over the past few months, carrying out design and geotechnical investigations, setting up site sheds and relocating underground gas, electricity, and communications cables. State Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams said major road projects and level crossing removals in the area were already well on the way to creating jobs and improving transport networks and freight movement. “It’s a highly anticipated upgrade and will generate jobs for workers and suppliers in addition to the hundreds of workers already employed on projects such as major upgrades to the Monash Freeway and Cranbourne line.” Salta Properties is investing an additional $50 million to construct Stage 1 of the terminal located on its 180-hectare site. Salta Properties Managing Director Sam Tarascio said that the terminal – which begins construction in 2022 – would use the latest technology to achieve optimum efficiency around container tracking, leading to fast turnaround times. “Salta is planning for five train trips per day to service stevedores at the Port of Melbourne, and each leg will transport up to 84 import/export containers.” Every container entering and leaving the terminal will be photographed with high-definition cameras, allowing trucks and trains to pass through without stopping whilst their containers are photographed. The first phase of this project is expected to be completed in two years, with Salta anticipating the value of the new Nexus Industrial Estate to exceed $1 billion over the next three to five years. The Australian Government has invested $18.3 million into the Port Rail Shuttle Network, and the Victorian Government is investing $9.7 million.

PARKING UPGRADE A WIN FOR DANDENONG COMMUTERS

Commuters in Melbourne’s south east will find it easier to find a park with the opening of 150 new spaces at Dandenong Station. The new car spaces are open to the public, which has increased parking capacity at the station to 485, including nine accessible parking spaces. The Department of Transport has signed a leasing agreement with the City of Greater Dandenong to make an existing council carpark available for public use. The newly available parking spaces are south-west of Dandenong station and can be accessed at Carroll Lane via Cheltenham Road. The spaces are also connected to the station via a dedicated footpath. The carpark is currently equipped with CCTV and lighting to provide safety and security for all passengers. These spaces are being delivered as a part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters program, which is building and upgrading car parks at stations to make it easier to catch the train. The Car Parks for Commuters program is helping to deliver 11,000 new and upgraded car parks at train stations across metropolitan and regional Victoria – on top of the almost 10,000 new and upgraded car parks delivered between 2014 and 2018. The new and upgraded car parks will free up local streets, make it easier to catch the train, improve safety, and generate jobs across the state. For more information visit carparks.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “More car parking options makes commuting easier which is why we are pleased to open 150 new parking spaces for our growing community to ensure they can get to where they need to go.” “Using an already constructed carpark ensures passengers reap the benefits sooner.”  

PARKING UPGRADE A WIN FOR DANDENONG COMMUTERS

Commuters in Melbourne’s south east will find it easier to find a park with the opening of 150 new spaces at Dandenong Station. The new car spaces are open to the public, which has increased parking capacity at the station to 485, including nine accessible parking spaces. The Department of Transport has signed a leasing agreement with the City of Greater Dandenong to make an existing council carpark available for public use. The newly available parking spaces are south-west of Dandenong station and can be accessed at Carroll Lane via Cheltenham Road. The spaces are also connected to the station via a dedicated footpath. The carpark is currently equipped with CCTV and lighting to provide safety and security for all passengers. These spaces are being delivered as a part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters program, which is building and upgrading car parks at stations to make it easier to catch the train. The Car Parks for Commuters program is helping to deliver 11,000 new and upgraded car parks at train stations across metropolitan and regional Victoria – on top of the almost 10,000 new and upgraded car parks delivered between 2014 and 2018. The new and upgraded car parks will free up local streets, make it easier to catch the train, improve safety, and generate jobs across the state. For more information visit carparks.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “More car parking options makes commuting easier which is why we are pleased to open 150 new parking spaces for our growing community to ensure they can get to where they need to go.” “Using an already constructed carpark ensures passengers reap the benefits sooner.”  

BETTER FACILITIES FOR DANDENONG SCHOOLS

Students in Dandenong will have better school environments to learn and succeed in, with the Andrews Labor Government funding key maintenance projects at schools right across the state. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that three schools in Dandenong are among 94 schools sharing in $7.26 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for vital improvements to classrooms and school grounds. Dandenong Primary School has been allocated a total of $60,000 - $55,000 for high priority maintenance works to the school's roof and a further $5,000 to address other high priority maintenance tasks. Dandenong South Primary School has been allocated $30,000 for high priority maintenance works to the school's roof. Wooranna Park Primary School has been allocated a total of $15,000 - $5,000 for high priority maintenance works to the school's roof and a further $10,000 to address other high priority maintenance tasks. The Planned Maintenance Program works address priority maintenance issues identified by the Labor Government’s ongoing evaluation of all school facilities – with work including fixing roofs and windows, repainting walls, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, pathways and stairs. Almost $1 million of the funding will go towards maintenance to Shelter-in-Place buildings at 10 schools, which provide temporary accommodation to staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. The announcement brings the amount of Planned Maintenance funding the Labor Government has provided to schools in the 2021 school year to more than $47 million. This fund makes sure all existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 government schools are safe, modern and properly maintained to ensure students and staff are comfortable and safe at school. In the past seven years, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating more than 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. With 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024, the Government is well ahead in its work to open 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every Victorian child has access to a great local school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.” “Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and staff, as well as students and families.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We’re making sure schools in Dandenong are safe and comfortable – giving our students the best possible settings to learn and thrive in.”

BETTER FACILITIES FOR DANDENONG SCHOOLS

Students in Dandenong will have better school environments to learn and succeed in, with the Andrews Labor Government funding key maintenance projects at schools right across the state. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that three schools in Dandenong are among 94 schools sharing in $7.26 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for vital improvements to classrooms and school grounds. Dandenong Primary School has been allocated a total of $60,000 - $55,000 for high priority maintenance works to the school's roof and a further $5,000 to address other high priority maintenance tasks. Dandenong South Primary School has been allocated $30,000 for high priority maintenance works to the school's roof. Wooranna Park Primary School has been allocated a total of $15,000 - $5,000 for high priority maintenance works to the school's roof and a further $10,000 to address other high priority maintenance tasks. The Planned Maintenance Program works address priority maintenance issues identified by the Labor Government’s ongoing evaluation of all school facilities – with work including fixing roofs and windows, repainting walls, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, pathways and stairs. Almost $1 million of the funding will go towards maintenance to Shelter-in-Place buildings at 10 schools, which provide temporary accommodation to staff and students during a bushfire until emergency services arrive, or as a shelter of last resort. The announcement brings the amount of Planned Maintenance funding the Labor Government has provided to schools in the 2021 school year to more than $47 million. This fund makes sure all existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 government schools are safe, modern and properly maintained to ensure students and staff are comfortable and safe at school. In the past seven years, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating more than 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. With 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024, the Government is well ahead in its work to open 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every Victorian child has access to a great local school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.” “Our record investment in school infrastructure is delivering high quality classrooms for our hard-working principals, teachers and staff, as well as students and families.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We’re making sure schools in Dandenong are safe and comfortable – giving our students the best possible settings to learn and thrive in.”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR ROSEWOOD DOWNS PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Dandenong North students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Rosewood Downs Primary School. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced works are now complete on Rosewood Downs Primary School’s $56,120 upgrade to the senior playground, including the  installation of new equipment. Since 2018, Rosewood Downs Primary School has received over $2 million in funding for upgrades and new infrastructure from the Andrews Labor Government, including funding for roof and ceiling upgrades across the school’s buildings. In addition, Rosewood Downs Primary School will become home to a brand new kindergarten, offering 66 licensed places when it opens in 2023. Delivered in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, this new facility with have two kindergarten rooms, as well as administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces. 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. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is also about delivering the smaller projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. 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. More than 300 Victorian government 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. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We’re making sure that our local schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Rosewood Downs Primary School.”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR ROSEWOOD DOWNS PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Dandenong North students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Rosewood Downs Primary School. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced works are now complete on Rosewood Downs Primary School’s $56,120 upgrade to the senior playground, including the  installation of new equipment. Since 2018, Rosewood Downs Primary School has received over $2 million in funding for upgrades and new infrastructure from the Andrews Labor Government, including funding for roof and ceiling upgrades across the school’s buildings. In addition, Rosewood Downs Primary School will become home to a brand new kindergarten, offering 66 licensed places when it opens in 2023. Delivered in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, this new facility with have two kindergarten rooms, as well as administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces. 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. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is also about delivering the smaller projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. 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. More than 300 Victorian government 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. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams “We’re making sure that our local schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Rosewood Downs Primary School.”

 

HEATHERTON ROAD IS NOW SAFER FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS

Crossing busy Heatherton Road in Dandenong is now safer for students who attend a local specialist school thanks to a vital pedestrian upgrade. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, said new pedestrian lights have been installed and are now operational outside Emerson School, improving safety for students and the community. As well as the new lights, a ‘Keep Clear’ road marking at the entry point to the school, ‘No Stopping’ signs on either side of the lights, and brighter public lighting were added as part of the upgrade. A detector loop has also been installed at the exit to the school that will make it safer for cars and school buses to turn out onto Heatherton Road. The new pedestrian crossing will assist students and other school community members, including parents, to cross busy Heatherton Road and have easier access in and out of the school. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road user group, making upgraded infrastructure vital to ensure pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists can safely share the road network. This project is just one that is keeping all students and the community safe as part of the Victorian and Australian Government’s $19.5 million Pedestrian and Safer Schools Initiative. The location of the pedestrian signals is in line with planned upgrades of Emerson School, with the Andrews Labor Government investing $15.6 million to fund stage one of the Heatherton Road Campus. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams "We must keep local school children safe near our roads with new and improved infrastructure, especially near high-volume arterials - this pedestrian upgrade will greatly benefit the community at Emerson School.” “We are making schools, shopping strips and busy intersections safer for vulnerable road users thanks to investment through the Pedestrian and Safer Schools Program."

HEATHERTON ROAD IS NOW SAFER FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS

Crossing busy Heatherton Road in Dandenong is now safer for students who attend a local specialist school thanks to a vital pedestrian upgrade. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, said new pedestrian lights have been installed and are now operational outside Emerson School, improving safety for students and the community. As well as the new lights, a ‘Keep Clear’ road marking at the entry point to the school, ‘No Stopping’ signs on either side of the lights, and brighter public lighting were added as part of the upgrade. A detector loop has also been installed at the exit to the school that will make it safer for cars and school buses to turn out onto Heatherton Road. The new pedestrian crossing will assist students and other school community members, including parents, to cross busy Heatherton Road and have easier access in and out of the school. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road user group, making upgraded infrastructure vital to ensure pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists can safely share the road network. This project is just one that is keeping all students and the community safe as part of the Victorian and Australian Government’s $19.5 million Pedestrian and Safer Schools Initiative. The location of the pedestrian signals is in line with planned upgrades of Emerson School, with the Andrews Labor Government investing $15.6 million to fund stage one of the Heatherton Road Campus. Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams "We must keep local school children safe near our roads with new and improved infrastructure, especially near high-volume arterials - this pedestrian upgrade will greatly benefit the community at Emerson School.” “We are making schools, shopping strips and busy intersections safer for vulnerable road users thanks to investment through the Pedestrian and Safer Schools Program."

DESIGNS UNDERWAY FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH UPGRADES

The Andrews Labor Government will more than double the capacity of Victoria’s Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) network, giving more young Victorians access to the mental health services they need closer to home. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is funding major upgrades to the existing YPARC centre in Dandenong. An investment of $141 million in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 will see new 10-bed residential facilities built in Ballarat, Geelong, Shepparton, Heidelberg and Traralgon – as well as the existing YPARCs in Dandenong, Frankston and Bendigo being completely refurbished and modernised. A key recommendation of immediate priority from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health system, YPARC services provide around-the-clock clinical care on a short-to-medium term basis for people aged 16 to 25. The sites reduce pressure on hospital beds by providing early intervention care and an alternative to hospital admission with recovery-focused treatment. The facilities will be designed by NTC Architects to create a welcoming and home-like environment with private bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Communal kitchens, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and an outdoor garden will also encourage rest and recovery – as well as support family visits for people during their recovery. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority, construction of the five new facilities and refurbishment of the three existing YPARC centres will support around 400 local jobs right across the state, with all projects to begin construction next year, and be completed by late 2023. The YPARC facilities follow the adult Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility model, providing tailored support for young Victorians to match the 22 adult PARCs across Victoria delivering the early intervention support people need to recover quickly in a home-like environment, providing an alternative to inpatient hospital admission. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re not wasting a moment delivering the Royal Commission’s key recommendations – and we’re giving young Victorians across the state support and care when they need it the most.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “We know how much better people’s health outcomes are when they get treatment and care close to their family, support networks and local community – so we’re delivering youth mental health facilities right across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Mental illness doesn’t discriminate – this is an unprecedented investment in young people in Dandenong making sure that support is available close to home for every single young Victorian.”

DESIGNS UNDERWAY FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH UPGRADES

The Andrews Labor Government will more than double the capacity of Victoria’s Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) network, giving more young Victorians access to the mental health services they need closer to home. Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is funding major upgrades to the existing YPARC centre in Dandenong. An investment of $141 million in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 will see new 10-bed residential facilities built in Ballarat, Geelong, Shepparton, Heidelberg and Traralgon – as well as the existing YPARCs in Dandenong, Frankston and Bendigo being completely refurbished and modernised. A key recommendation of immediate priority from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health system, YPARC services provide around-the-clock clinical care on a short-to-medium term basis for people aged 16 to 25. The sites reduce pressure on hospital beds by providing early intervention care and an alternative to hospital admission with recovery-focused treatment. The facilities will be designed by NTC Architects to create a welcoming and home-like environment with private bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Communal kitchens, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and an outdoor garden will also encourage rest and recovery – as well as support family visits for people during their recovery. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority, construction of the five new facilities and refurbishment of the three existing YPARC centres will support around 400 local jobs right across the state, with all projects to begin construction next year, and be completed by late 2023. The YPARC facilities follow the adult Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility model, providing tailored support for young Victorians to match the 22 adult PARCs across Victoria delivering the early intervention support people need to recover quickly in a home-like environment, providing an alternative to inpatient hospital admission. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re not wasting a moment delivering the Royal Commission’s key recommendations – and we’re giving young Victorians across the state support and care when they need it the most.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “We know how much better people’s health outcomes are when they get treatment and care close to their family, support networks and local community – so we’re delivering youth mental health facilities right across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Mental illness doesn’t discriminate – this is an unprecedented investment in young people in Dandenong making sure that support is available close to home for every single young Victorian.”

IMPROVING COMMUNITY SAFETY IN GREATER DANDENONG

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering the Greater Dandenong community to address the causes of crime in the area. Local Members Gabrielle Williams, Martin Pakula and Meng Heang Tak, today announced $700,000 in crime prevention funding for the City of Greater Dandenong to deliver community-led projects to improve safety and tackle the drivers of crime in the area. The Empowering Communities grants are part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program and will support local communities to kickstart projects and programs to improve safety and address crime in their area. The City of Greater Dandenong will establish an action group that will develop and oversee community projects that keep people safe.  A community forum will be held with Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers Victoria, local community groups and Victoria Police to workshop ideas on the best way to tackle local crime and safety issues. Since 2015 the government has invested more than $4 million for 23 crime prevention projects in the Greater Dandenong local government area, including safety and security upgrades to the Hemmings Street Precinct, as well as $150,000 for a Youth Activating Youth program to support young people away from crime. The Victorian Government has invested over $85 million in crime prevention projects since 2015, including almost $20 million over four years through the 2021-22 State Budget. Over 860 projects to increase community safety and confidence across Victoria have been delivered. Today’s funding is part of the Building Safer Communities Program, which funds grants and community forums to support Victorian councils and community organisations to deliver innovative projects that address the causes of crime and improve community safety. Applications for the next round of grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close at 4pm on Friday 11 February 2022. For more information visit  Building Safer Communities Program | Community Crime Prevention Victoria Quote attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “This funding will give Greater Dandenong the resources and support to develop local crime prevention initiatives to tackle important safety issues identified by the community.” “I look forward to seeing the crime prevention projects brought to life in the Greater Dandenong community to improve safety for all.” Quotes attributable to Martin Pakula MP, Member for Keysborough “Our community has the passion and expertise to put together crime prevention projects that work. This funding will give the community the resources to support their work to keep Greater Dandenong safe.” Quotes attributable to Meng Heang Tak MP, Member for Clarinda “Local residents and councils understand their community better than anyone, so we’re investing in their expertise and knowledge to address the root causes of crime.” Quotes attributable to Gabrielle Williams MP, Member for Dandenong “We know tackling the root causes of crime is better than responding after it has occurred. This funding will help our community prevent crime and stop at-risk residents from falling into offending, which will benefit the whole community.”

IMPROVING COMMUNITY SAFETY IN GREATER DANDENONG

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering the Greater Dandenong community to address the causes of crime in the area. Local Members Gabrielle Williams, Martin Pakula and Meng Heang Tak, today announced $700,000 in crime prevention funding for the City of Greater Dandenong to deliver community-led projects to improve safety and tackle the drivers of crime in the area. The Empowering Communities grants are part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program and will support local communities to kickstart projects and programs to improve safety and address crime in their area. The City of Greater Dandenong will establish an action group that will develop and oversee community projects that keep people safe.  A community forum will be held with Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers Victoria, local community groups and Victoria Police to workshop ideas on the best way to tackle local crime and safety issues. Since 2015 the government has invested more than $4 million for 23 crime prevention projects in the Greater Dandenong local government area, including safety and security upgrades to the Hemmings Street Precinct, as well as $150,000 for a Youth Activating Youth program to support young people away from crime. The Victorian Government has invested over $85 million in crime prevention projects since 2015, including almost $20 million over four years through the 2021-22 State Budget. Over 860 projects to increase community safety and confidence across Victoria have been delivered. Today’s funding is part of the Building Safer Communities Program, which funds grants and community forums to support Victorian councils and community organisations to deliver innovative projects that address the causes of crime and improve community safety. Applications for the next round of grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close at 4pm on Friday 11 February 2022. For more information visit  Building Safer Communities Program | Community Crime Prevention Victoria Quote attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “This funding will give Greater Dandenong the resources and support to develop local crime prevention initiatives to tackle important safety issues identified by the community.” “I look forward to seeing the crime prevention projects brought to life in the Greater Dandenong community to improve safety for all.” Quotes attributable to Martin Pakula MP, Member for Keysborough “Our community has the passion and expertise to put together crime prevention projects that work. This funding will give the community the resources to support their work to keep Greater Dandenong safe.” Quotes attributable to Meng Heang Tak MP, Member for Clarinda “Local residents and councils understand their community better than anyone, so we’re investing in their expertise and knowledge to address the root causes of crime.” Quotes attributable to Gabrielle Williams MP, Member for Dandenong “We know tackling the root causes of crime is better than responding after it has occurred. This funding will help our community prevent crime and stop at-risk residents from falling into offending, which will benefit the whole community.”

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.”