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MORE SUPPORT FOR WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH ON THE WAY IN ST ALBANS

More support for women requiring treatment and care for mental illness is one step closer, with a site selected and designs unveiled for a new Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility in Melbourne’s west. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman today revealed the designs for the new $8.4 million 12-bed facility in Sunshine, which will provide vital mental health services to women in the Melbourne’s northwest metropolitan region requiring short-term mental health care. The facility will be located at Sunshine Hospital, 176 Furlong Road, St Albans and is expected to open in 2022. A tender phase to appoint a builder to construct the state-of-the-art facility is expected to get underway in the coming weeks. Operated by NorthWestern Mental Health and with 24-hour support and treatment in a home-like setting, the Women’s PARC facility will be the first in the state to provide accommodation for accompanying dependents, with the facility offering the flexibility to add up to three additional beds for young children. The facility has been designed to create a safe and welcoming environment with private bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms. A communal kitchen, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and an outdoor garden will provide ample space for leisure, recreational activities and family visits. The program is part of the Victorian Government’s $325.7 million commitment to mental health outlined in the 10-year Mental Health Plan. The facility also responds to key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to modernise and build service capacity and provide better, tailored models of care. Quotes attributable to the Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP “The new facility will offer women who are experiencing mental illness or who are in the early stages of recovery from an acute mental illness, with recovery focused treatments, closer to their home, families and community.” “The Women’s PARC facility in Sunshine is one of 25 Prevention and Recovery Care facilities across Victoria that will help fill the transitional gap between community and hospital-based care.”

MORE SUPPORT FOR WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH ON THE WAY IN ST ALBANS

More support for women requiring treatment and care for mental illness is one step closer, with a site selected and designs unveiled for a new Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility in Melbourne’s west. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman today revealed the designs for the new $8.4 million 12-bed facility in Sunshine, which will provide vital mental health services to women in the Melbourne’s northwest metropolitan region requiring short-term mental health care. The facility will be located at Sunshine Hospital, 176 Furlong Road, St Albans and is expected to open in 2022. A tender phase to appoint a builder to construct the state-of-the-art facility is expected to get underway in the coming weeks. Operated by NorthWestern Mental Health and with 24-hour support and treatment in a home-like setting, the Women’s PARC facility will be the first in the state to provide accommodation for accompanying dependents, with the facility offering the flexibility to add up to three additional beds for young children. The facility has been designed to create a safe and welcoming environment with private bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms. A communal kitchen, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and an outdoor garden will provide ample space for leisure, recreational activities and family visits. The program is part of the Victorian Government’s $325.7 million commitment to mental health outlined in the 10-year Mental Health Plan. The facility also responds to key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to modernise and build service capacity and provide better, tailored models of care. Quotes attributable to the Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP “The new facility will offer women who are experiencing mental illness or who are in the early stages of recovery from an acute mental illness, with recovery focused treatments, closer to their home, families and community.” “The Women’s PARC facility in Sunshine is one of 25 Prevention and Recovery Care facilities across Victoria that will help fill the transitional gap between community and hospital-based care.”

BUILDING WORKS START AT FURLONG PARK SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHILDREN

Students at the Furlong Park School for Deaf Children are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP, today announced that 3iD Studios has been appointed to design the school’s $9.43 million upgrade. The upgrade will see better facilities and buildings at the school, as part of the next stage of the school’s master plan. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families are a step closer to getting the great school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

BUILDING WORKS START AT FURLONG PARK SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHILDREN

Students at the Furlong Park School for Deaf Children are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP, today announced that 3iD Studios has been appointed to design the school’s $9.43 million upgrade. The upgrade will see better facilities and buildings at the school, as part of the next stage of the school’s master plan. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families are a step closer to getting the great school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

SUNSHINE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION INC AND ST ALBANS BUSINESS GROUP ASSOCIATION TO RECEIVE $50,000 EACH

Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association will receive $50,000 each through the Andrews Labor Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP said the funding will help both of these business associations to provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in the electorate of St Albans and support their members’ transition to COVID Normal. The program has provided $4.15 million in support through grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to support their local business community’s recovery and restart. Grant recipients will use the funding for business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, ‘buy local’ campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association were two of 182 local organisations that has so far received grant funding through the initiative. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of more than $7 billion in direct economic support provided by the Labor Government to Victorian businesses and workers to help them weather the storm of the pandemic. Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund while $87.5 million has been provided to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association are fantastic advocates for the business community in St Albans, and this funding will help local business recover and prepare for COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the leading role Victorian business chambers and trader groups play in helping local businesses rebound and recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” Quote attributable to Natalie Suleyman “We’re committed to assisting local businesses throughout the electorate of St Albans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association will be a key part of this recovery.” “I thank them for their advocacy and good work for our businesses throughout the pandemic.”

SUNSHINE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION INC AND ST ALBANS BUSINESS GROUP ASSOCIATION TO RECEIVE $50,000 EACH

Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association will receive $50,000 each through the Andrews Labor Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP said the funding will help both of these business associations to provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in the electorate of St Albans and support their members’ transition to COVID Normal. The program has provided $4.15 million in support through grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to support their local business community’s recovery and restart. Grant recipients will use the funding for business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, ‘buy local’ campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association were two of 182 local organisations that has so far received grant funding through the initiative. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of more than $7 billion in direct economic support provided by the Labor Government to Victorian businesses and workers to help them weather the storm of the pandemic. Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund while $87.5 million has been provided to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association are fantastic advocates for the business community in St Albans, and this funding will help local business recover and prepare for COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the leading role Victorian business chambers and trader groups play in helping local businesses rebound and recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” Quote attributable to Natalie Suleyman “We’re committed to assisting local businesses throughout the electorate of St Albans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association will be a key part of this recovery.” “I thank them for their advocacy and good work for our businesses throughout the pandemic.”

MORE SERVICES FOR THE GROWING SUNBURY LINE

Sunbury line passengers will have more travel options with 15 extra services a week, with a redesigned timetable to take effect from early next year as Victorians get back onto the public transport network. Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP today announced details of the Victorian Government’s new train timetable, which will add 10 new services during the busiest times of the day and five new off-peak services a week from 31 January 2021. The extra services mean that trains will arrive at least every 10 minutes for longer during the busy morning and afternoon periods, helping people stagger their travel and stay safe. These additional trains come on top of the 10 extra services the Government added in July– giving passengers more space on trains and platforms, making it easier to practise good physical distancing. The new timetable prepares the network for the introduction of Melbourne’s bigger, better trains – which will run from Sunbury all the way through to Cranbourne and Pakenham when the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025. The Government is making massive investments to maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel for Sunbury Line passengers, with the $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade paving the way for the new high capacity trains and making room for 113,000 more passengers every week. To make it easier for metropolitan passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, off-peak fares will be discounted for three months. From 31 January 2021, anyone using myki money between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30 per cent discount. To make sure Victorians can better access their local train stations, local bus services will gradually be brought in line with the new trains in February and April next year – with new timetables for 320 bus routes across the city. To keep passengers safe, extra cleaning of all public transport facilities will continue across the network and hand sanitising facilities will stay at key stations and stops. Victorians are reminded to play their part in keeping our state safe by always wearing a mask on public transport, practising  good hygiene and never travelling when unwell. The new timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au from 8 January 2021. Quotes attributable to Natalie Suleyman MP: “Our new train timetable will improve reliability and flexibility – delivering a train at least every 10 minutes for Sunbury line passengers during peak times.” “This is just the first step in delivering a huge boost to Sunbury line services – with works on our $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade underway so passengers can see the benefits of the Metro Tunnel right through to Sunbury.”

MORE SERVICES FOR THE GROWING SUNBURY LINE

Sunbury line passengers will have more travel options with 15 extra services a week, with a redesigned timetable to take effect from early next year as Victorians get back onto the public transport network. Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP today announced details of the Victorian Government’s new train timetable, which will add 10 new services during the busiest times of the day and five new off-peak services a week from 31 January 2021. The extra services mean that trains will arrive at least every 10 minutes for longer during the busy morning and afternoon periods, helping people stagger their travel and stay safe. These additional trains come on top of the 10 extra services the Government added in July– giving passengers more space on trains and platforms, making it easier to practise good physical distancing. The new timetable prepares the network for the introduction of Melbourne’s bigger, better trains – which will run from Sunbury all the way through to Cranbourne and Pakenham when the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025. The Government is making massive investments to maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel for Sunbury Line passengers, with the $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade paving the way for the new high capacity trains and making room for 113,000 more passengers every week. To make it easier for metropolitan passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, off-peak fares will be discounted for three months. From 31 January 2021, anyone using myki money between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30 per cent discount. To make sure Victorians can better access their local train stations, local bus services will gradually be brought in line with the new trains in February and April next year – with new timetables for 320 bus routes across the city. To keep passengers safe, extra cleaning of all public transport facilities will continue across the network and hand sanitising facilities will stay at key stations and stops. Victorians are reminded to play their part in keeping our state safe by always wearing a mask on public transport, practising  good hygiene and never travelling when unwell. The new timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au from 8 January 2021. Quotes attributable to Natalie Suleyman MP: “Our new train timetable will improve reliability and flexibility – delivering a train at least every 10 minutes for Sunbury line passengers during peak times.” “This is just the first step in delivering a huge boost to Sunbury line services – with works on our $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade underway so passengers can see the benefits of the Metro Tunnel right through to Sunbury.”

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