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Mental Health Royal Commission Public Hearings Begin

Victorians touched by mental health will be the first to tell their stories as public hearings for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System start at the Melbourne Town Hall today. The Royal Commission is the first of its kind in Australia to address our broken mental health system. It will map out a plan of action that drives major changes to the state’s system to support the Victorian’s with mental illness, including those at risk of suicide. The hearings will run from today until July 26, with around 90 people expected to give evidence, including people living with mental illness and carers, service providers and their workforce, experts and government representatives. There will be a dedicated day of rural hearings in Maryborough on 15 July, and the Commission will consider issues specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities at a hearing in Thornbury on 16 July. The Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $13 million in the establishment of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and funded an additional $3.5 million through the Victorian Budget 2019/20. The Labor Government will implement all the Royal Commission’s recommendations. The hearings will be live streamed from the Commission’s website each day. Anyone can attend, without registering, however there is limited capacity at each venue. More information about the hearings and witnesses can be found at rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/hearings. The Commission is still accepting online submissions until 5 July at rcvmhs.vic.gov.au and will deliver an interim report in November followed by a final report in October 2020. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “We’ve established the Royal Commission because we know the system is broken.” “The powerful stories we will hear during these hearings will help drive change, so we can make sure people get the services they need, when they need them.” “Every year, one in five Victorians experience mental illness. This Royal Commission is a once in a lifetime opportunity to remove stigma and improve supports for Victorians experiencing poor mental health.”

Mental Health Royal Commission Public Hearings Begin

Victorians touched by mental health will be the first to tell their stories as public hearings for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System start at the Melbourne Town Hall today. The Royal Commission is the first of its kind in Australia to address our broken mental health system. It will map out a plan of action that drives major changes to the state’s system to support the Victorian’s with mental illness, including those at risk of suicide. The hearings will run from today until July 26, with around 90 people expected to give evidence, including people living with mental illness and carers, service providers and their workforce, experts and government representatives. There will be a dedicated day of rural hearings in Maryborough on 15 July, and the Commission will consider issues specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities at a hearing in Thornbury on 16 July. The Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $13 million in the establishment of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and funded an additional $3.5 million through the Victorian Budget 2019/20. The Labor Government will implement all the Royal Commission’s recommendations. The hearings will be live streamed from the Commission’s website each day. Anyone can attend, without registering, however there is limited capacity at each venue. More information about the hearings and witnesses can be found at rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/hearings. The Commission is still accepting online submissions until 5 July at rcvmhs.vic.gov.au and will deliver an interim report in November followed by a final report in October 2020. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “We’ve established the Royal Commission because we know the system is broken.” “The powerful stories we will hear during these hearings will help drive change, so we can make sure people get the services they need, when they need them.” “Every year, one in five Victorians experience mental illness. This Royal Commission is a once in a lifetime opportunity to remove stigma and improve supports for Victorians experiencing poor mental health.”

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Funding Announced for St Albans East Primary School

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Free Dental Vans For Our Kids

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The Main Road and Furlong Road Level Crossings Are Gone!

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first and removing dangerous level crossings across Melbourne, including at Main Road in St Albans where 16 people have tragically lost their lives. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined local Member Natalie Suleyman and local resident Dianne Dejanovic on Monday 28 November to mark the reopening of Main Road without boom gates for the first time. Ms Dejanovic’s son Christian was killed at Main Road level crossing in 2012. A memorial will be installed in the forecourt of the new St Albans Station to honour his life, and the lives of others killed at level crossings in Victoria. Main Road level crossing was Victoria’s most dangerous. There have been two deaths and more than 60 near misses at the crossing in the past decade alone – more than any other, anywhere else in the state. It was also one of the most congested crossings in Victoria – the boom gates were down for more than an hour in the two-hour morning peak, causing delays and frustration for motorists, cyclists and the entire community. The project to remove the level crossings at both Main and Furlong Roads in St Albans involved 600 staff working over 176,000 hours to excavate 18 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the rail line. The Labor Government has now removed seven level crossings in less than two years – more than were removed in the entire decade before they came to office. Work is underway at a further 13, and four more will begin next year. By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be finished or underway. On top of reducing congestion, increasing safety and improving public transport, the level crossing removal project is creating thousands of local jobs. For more information, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews  “There have been too many deaths, too much trauma and too many families torn apart by level crossings. We’re putting people first and removing these crossings for good.”  “The memorial will recognise the price the Dejanovic family and countless others have paid, and serve as a reminder of why getting rid of these crossings is so important, and why we haven’t got a moment to waste.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “This vital project is saving lives and getting people home safer and sooner to their families. It’s an investment in people, and we’re getting it done.”  Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “St Albans will never be the same – two dangerous level crossings are gone and the lives they claimed will forever be remembered at the new station. This is what it means to put people first.”

The Main Road and Furlong Road Level Crossings Are Gone!

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first and removing dangerous level crossings across Melbourne, including at Main Road in St Albans where 16 people have tragically lost their lives. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined local Member Natalie Suleyman and local resident Dianne Dejanovic on Monday 28 November to mark the reopening of Main Road without boom gates for the first time. Ms Dejanovic’s son Christian was killed at Main Road level crossing in 2012. A memorial will be installed in the forecourt of the new St Albans Station to honour his life, and the lives of others killed at level crossings in Victoria. Main Road level crossing was Victoria’s most dangerous. There have been two deaths and more than 60 near misses at the crossing in the past decade alone – more than any other, anywhere else in the state. It was also one of the most congested crossings in Victoria – the boom gates were down for more than an hour in the two-hour morning peak, causing delays and frustration for motorists, cyclists and the entire community. The project to remove the level crossings at both Main and Furlong Roads in St Albans involved 600 staff working over 176,000 hours to excavate 18 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the rail line. The Labor Government has now removed seven level crossings in less than two years – more than were removed in the entire decade before they came to office. Work is underway at a further 13, and four more will begin next year. By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be finished or underway. On top of reducing congestion, increasing safety and improving public transport, the level crossing removal project is creating thousands of local jobs. For more information, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews  “There have been too many deaths, too much trauma and too many families torn apart by level crossings. We’re putting people first and removing these crossings for good.”  “The memorial will recognise the price the Dejanovic family and countless others have paid, and serve as a reminder of why getting rid of these crossings is so important, and why we haven’t got a moment to waste.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “This vital project is saving lives and getting people home safer and sooner to their families. It’s an investment in people, and we’re getting it done.”  Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “St Albans will never be the same – two dangerous level crossings are gone and the lives they claimed will forever be remembered at the new station. This is what it means to put people first.”