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UPGRADING ROADS FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $41 million to deliver road projects across Melbourne’s west to improve traffic flow and cater to the rapidly growing community. As part of the $125.7 million Metropolitan Road Upgrades Program as announced in the 2022/23 Victorian Budget, a number of critical roads in Melbourne’s west will be upgraded. This includes $18.6 million to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes and delays, with new traffic lights at the intersection of Derrimut Road at Hopkins Road and Boundary Road in Tarneit. Servicing several surrounding suburbs, Derrimut Road connects locals to schools, shops, and Tarneit Station. With a significant number of industrial sites nearby it is also a major freight route, and a primary arterial for motorists accessing the Princes Highway. It’s a further boost for motorists who are already benefitting from the duplication of Derrimut Road between Sayers Road and Dohertys Road, with the project adding a lane in each direction and upgrading nine intersections as part of the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade. Along the Melton Highway, $14.9 million will deliver road duplication works between Crown Drive and The Regency intersection in Plumpton, benefitting all road users including pedestrians and cyclists. This builds on $36.9 million in the November 2020 budget for upgrades to intersections at Melton Highway and Leakes Road in Plumpton, High Street and Coburns Road in Melton, and Norton Drive and High Street in Melton. In Sunshine North, existing traffic lights will be upgraded at the intersection of McIntyre Road and Phoenix Street to enhance visibility, especially for emergency services accessing nearby Sunshine Fire Station. The Metropolitan Roads Upgrades Program delivering high priority road projects across Melbourne to build a safe, resilient, and sustainable network and meet demand. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “We are delivering an unprecedented level of road projects in Melbourne’s West to ensure we keep up with population growth now and well into the future.” “This funding will deliver eight high priority road upgrades across our city, to build a safter and more resilient network, create jobs and connect Melburnians to employment, education and the activities they enjoy.” Quote attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie “Residents throughout Melton and surrounding suburbs will benefit from these upgrades with reduced congestion and improved traffic flow meaning they can get to where they need to go safer and more efficiently.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This project will go a long way in addressing safety and congestion issues on this section of Derrimut Road – while also supporting the significant population growth occurring in our developing suburbs.” Quote attributable to Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins   “Upgrades to the Melton Highway will help reduce delays and improve safety for the thousands of motorists and cyclists who travel along this key route in and out of Plumpton, Fraser Rise and Hillside.” Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “Increasing the brightness and length of traffic lights at this intersection, we are not only improving the safety of all road users, but it is also enabling other proposed fire station access improvements currently underway in Sunshine North.”

UPGRADING ROADS FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $41 million to deliver road projects across Melbourne’s west to improve traffic flow and cater to the rapidly growing community. As part of the $125.7 million Metropolitan Road Upgrades Program as announced in the 2022/23 Victorian Budget, a number of critical roads in Melbourne’s west will be upgraded. This includes $18.6 million to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes and delays, with new traffic lights at the intersection of Derrimut Road at Hopkins Road and Boundary Road in Tarneit. Servicing several surrounding suburbs, Derrimut Road connects locals to schools, shops, and Tarneit Station. With a significant number of industrial sites nearby it is also a major freight route, and a primary arterial for motorists accessing the Princes Highway. It’s a further boost for motorists who are already benefitting from the duplication of Derrimut Road between Sayers Road and Dohertys Road, with the project adding a lane in each direction and upgrading nine intersections as part of the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade. Along the Melton Highway, $14.9 million will deliver road duplication works between Crown Drive and The Regency intersection in Plumpton, benefitting all road users including pedestrians and cyclists. This builds on $36.9 million in the November 2020 budget for upgrades to intersections at Melton Highway and Leakes Road in Plumpton, High Street and Coburns Road in Melton, and Norton Drive and High Street in Melton. In Sunshine North, existing traffic lights will be upgraded at the intersection of McIntyre Road and Phoenix Street to enhance visibility, especially for emergency services accessing nearby Sunshine Fire Station. The Metropolitan Roads Upgrades Program delivering high priority road projects across Melbourne to build a safe, resilient, and sustainable network and meet demand. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll “We are delivering an unprecedented level of road projects in Melbourne’s West to ensure we keep up with population growth now and well into the future.” “This funding will deliver eight high priority road upgrades across our city, to build a safter and more resilient network, create jobs and connect Melburnians to employment, education and the activities they enjoy.” Quote attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie “Residents throughout Melton and surrounding suburbs will benefit from these upgrades with reduced congestion and improved traffic flow meaning they can get to where they need to go safer and more efficiently.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “This project will go a long way in addressing safety and congestion issues on this section of Derrimut Road – while also supporting the significant population growth occurring in our developing suburbs.” Quote attributable to Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins   “Upgrades to the Melton Highway will help reduce delays and improve safety for the thousands of motorists and cyclists who travel along this key route in and out of Plumpton, Fraser Rise and Hillside.” Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “Increasing the brightness and length of traffic lights at this intersection, we are not only improving the safety of all road users, but it is also enabling other proposed fire station access improvements currently underway in Sunshine North.”

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN ST ALBANS

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in St Albans.   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.  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 St Albans get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on.  You can't get a first-rate education, in a second-rate classroom. It’s why we’re going to upgrade St Albans Heights Primary School, which will receive $13.4 million bring school buildings – including the North Building – into the 21st Century. This funding will also deliver a new covered playground, because under an Andrews Labor Government, we're giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential.  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 parent worries whether their child will be ready for school – but with an extra year of kinder, and all the learning and play that brings – we’ll make sure they are. Under the Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child can get a good quality early education in the early years that prepares them for a strong and successful future, with up to 15 hours of free three-year-old kinder.  Better roads get us where we need to go sooner and safer – and building them creates new jobs for Victorians. It's why this Budget delivers $160,000 to upgrade pedestrian traffic signals at the intersection of McIntyre Road and Phoenix Street, Sunshine North, making these roads safer for families and kids who are crossing.   We're getting on with supporting our creative industries and artists in the West with a $2.4 million investment. As part of the Go West fund, creatives and community groups will be supported to hold festivals, family activities and performances and access more affordable creative spaces – taking creativity to the next level in the West.  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.  But that’s not all. We also want to give our multicultural communities the chance to celebrate everything they hold dear; with those they hold close. So we're investing over $6.4 million to ensure that Victorians of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds can hold festivals and celebrations in great community spaces.   With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians.    Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman  “Victorian families want peace of mind when loved ones get sick. That’s why this Budget will deliver more nurses, more paramedics and more elective surgeries – giving patients the comfort and care they need.”   “I’m proud we’re delivering for the students, teachers and parents of St Albans Heights Primary School, and St Albans Primary School.”  “We are building state of the art schools to provide the best facilities to educate our kids in St Albans.” 

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN ST ALBANS

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in St Albans.   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.  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 St Albans get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on.  You can't get a first-rate education, in a second-rate classroom. It’s why we’re going to upgrade St Albans Heights Primary School, which will receive $13.4 million bring school buildings – including the North Building – into the 21st Century. This funding will also deliver a new covered playground, because under an Andrews Labor Government, we're giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential.  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 parent worries whether their child will be ready for school – but with an extra year of kinder, and all the learning and play that brings – we’ll make sure they are. Under the Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child can get a good quality early education in the early years that prepares them for a strong and successful future, with up to 15 hours of free three-year-old kinder.  Better roads get us where we need to go sooner and safer – and building them creates new jobs for Victorians. It's why this Budget delivers $160,000 to upgrade pedestrian traffic signals at the intersection of McIntyre Road and Phoenix Street, Sunshine North, making these roads safer for families and kids who are crossing.   We're getting on with supporting our creative industries and artists in the West with a $2.4 million investment. As part of the Go West fund, creatives and community groups will be supported to hold festivals, family activities and performances and access more affordable creative spaces – taking creativity to the next level in the West.  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.  But that’s not all. We also want to give our multicultural communities the chance to celebrate everything they hold dear; with those they hold close. So we're investing over $6.4 million to ensure that Victorians of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds can hold festivals and celebrations in great community spaces.   With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians.    Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman  “Victorian families want peace of mind when loved ones get sick. That’s why this Budget will deliver more nurses, more paramedics and more elective surgeries – giving patients the comfort and care they need.”   “I’m proud we’re delivering for the students, teachers and parents of St Albans Heights Primary School, and St Albans Primary School.”  “We are building state of the art schools to provide the best facilities to educate our kids in St Albans.” 

$250 POWER SAVING BONUS EXTENDED UNTIL 30 JUNE

The Victorian Government is extending the popular $250 Power Saving Bonus payment to support more vulnerable households doing it tough with energy bills. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman, said that the extension would provide crucial financial support for eligible households who have yet to receive the payment. More than 350,000 Victorians have already accessed the one-off $250 payment since it was launched in February 2021, providing more than $87.5 million to those who need it most. Households receiving payments through the Pensioner Concession, JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance programs, or who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card are eligible. The payment is transferred electronically into bank accounts or provided via cheque on request, and typically takes about two weeks to arrive. To assist eligible households who may not have access to a computer or require assistance with their application, the Government is providing support through the Power Saving Bonus Community Outreach Program. The $250 Power Saving Bonus is part of a $797 million household energy affordability package announced in November 2020. The payment is delivered through the Victorian Energy Compare website, which receives more than one million visitors each year. Victorian Energy Compare is a truly independent price comparison tool that helps consumers find the best energy deal available. Data shows that seven out of every ten users can save money by switching energy offers with a typical annual saving of $330. To apply for the one-off $250 Power Saving Bonus go to www.compare.energy.vic.gov.au or, if you need assistance with your application, phone 1800 000 832. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We are proud to continue supporting vulnerable households with the $250 Power Saving Bonus payment program until 30 June.” “In its first year this one-off payment has provided much-needed assistance, delivering $87.5 million to more than 350,000 households, but there are still many Victorians on support payments who have not yet applied for what could be crucial help with their energy bills.” “I encourage all eligible Victorians to apply either online or by calling the Victorian Energy Compare helpline.” Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “The Power Saving Bonus is easing cost of living pressures and I encourage all eligible households in St Albans to apply for what could be a crucial $250 payment towards their energy bills.” “Applying for the Power Saving Bonus is as easy as a five-minute online application or phone call, and constituents are always welcome to contact my office on (03) 9367 9925 if they require further assistance.”

$250 POWER SAVING BONUS EXTENDED UNTIL 30 JUNE

The Victorian Government is extending the popular $250 Power Saving Bonus payment to support more vulnerable households doing it tough with energy bills. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman, said that the extension would provide crucial financial support for eligible households who have yet to receive the payment. More than 350,000 Victorians have already accessed the one-off $250 payment since it was launched in February 2021, providing more than $87.5 million to those who need it most. Households receiving payments through the Pensioner Concession, JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance programs, or who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card are eligible. The payment is transferred electronically into bank accounts or provided via cheque on request, and typically takes about two weeks to arrive. To assist eligible households who may not have access to a computer or require assistance with their application, the Government is providing support through the Power Saving Bonus Community Outreach Program. The $250 Power Saving Bonus is part of a $797 million household energy affordability package announced in November 2020. The payment is delivered through the Victorian Energy Compare website, which receives more than one million visitors each year. Victorian Energy Compare is a truly independent price comparison tool that helps consumers find the best energy deal available. Data shows that seven out of every ten users can save money by switching energy offers with a typical annual saving of $330. To apply for the one-off $250 Power Saving Bonus go to www.compare.energy.vic.gov.au or, if you need assistance with your application, phone 1800 000 832. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We are proud to continue supporting vulnerable households with the $250 Power Saving Bonus payment program until 30 June.” “In its first year this one-off payment has provided much-needed assistance, delivering $87.5 million to more than 350,000 households, but there are still many Victorians on support payments who have not yet applied for what could be crucial help with their energy bills.” “I encourage all eligible Victorians to apply either online or by calling the Victorian Energy Compare helpline.” Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “The Power Saving Bonus is easing cost of living pressures and I encourage all eligible households in St Albans to apply for what could be a crucial $250 payment towards their energy bills.” “Applying for the Power Saving Bonus is as easy as a five-minute online application or phone call, and constituents are always welcome to contact my office on (03) 9367 9925 if they require further assistance.”

FREE GLASSES FOR KIDS IN ST ALBANS SCHOOLS

Primary school students in St Albans schools will receive free vision screening and if needed, further testing and glasses, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP today visited St Albans East Primary School to see the Glasses for Kids program in action, that provides testing and glasses to address students’ vision impairment issues. Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, which can affect their learning capabilities if left unaddressed. The Glasses for Kids program helps alleviate this problem by providing an onsite service to children at their school to address vision impairments in children who otherwise may have gone undiagnosed. More than 40,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 340 schools will be invited to participate in the program which is delivered by State Schools’ Relief. The Victorian Government has invested $1.3 million to extend the Glasses for Kids program. This builds on the $800,000 the Victorian Government has already provided for this program. The program has offered free vision screening, follow up eye testing and glasses for 20,651 students at 323 schools since the program started in 2015. During this time, 2,370 students have received free glasses. Providing the Glasses for Kids program is about putting Victorian students and their families first to make sure every child has access to a great school and the opportunity to succeed in life. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP “We’re making sure students in St Albans get the support they need to achieve their potential in school by providing free eye tests and glasses.” "We are providing free eye testing and glasses for kids at our schools – so every child has the opportunity to thrive in the classroom."

FREE GLASSES FOR KIDS IN ST ALBANS SCHOOLS

Primary school students in St Albans schools will receive free vision screening and if needed, further testing and glasses, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP today visited St Albans East Primary School to see the Glasses for Kids program in action, that provides testing and glasses to address students’ vision impairment issues. Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, which can affect their learning capabilities if left unaddressed. The Glasses for Kids program helps alleviate this problem by providing an onsite service to children at their school to address vision impairments in children who otherwise may have gone undiagnosed. More than 40,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 340 schools will be invited to participate in the program which is delivered by State Schools’ Relief. The Victorian Government has invested $1.3 million to extend the Glasses for Kids program. This builds on the $800,000 the Victorian Government has already provided for this program. The program has offered free vision screening, follow up eye testing and glasses for 20,651 students at 323 schools since the program started in 2015. During this time, 2,370 students have received free glasses. Providing the Glasses for Kids program is about putting Victorian students and their families first to make sure every child has access to a great school and the opportunity to succeed in life. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP “We’re making sure students in St Albans get the support they need to achieve their potential in school by providing free eye tests and glasses.” "We are providing free eye testing and glasses for kids at our schools – so every child has the opportunity to thrive in the classroom."

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