• Budget 2019/20 - Delivering for Bayswater

    The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Bayswater, with major investments in local schools, health and local amenities in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

  • Supporting Locals

    Navigating state government services and departments can be difficult. Whether it's providing advice, finding the right service, or advocating on your behalf, Jackson and his office are here to help.

  • Education

    The Andrews Government is reforming early childhood, school and training and TAFE sectors to make Victoria the Education State.

  • Supporting Locals

    Navigating state government services and departments can be difficult. Whether it's providing advice, finding the right service, or advocating on your behalf, Jackson and his office are here to help.

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UPGRADES FOR BAYSWATER WEST PRIMARY TO SPARK SCHOOL PRIDE

Bayswater West Primary School students will soon benefit from school building improvements, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor and Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Tim Richardson, announced that Bayswater West Primary School will receive $97,100 in additional funding to ensure the construction of new toilets, rather than a refurbishment of existing toilets on site. This project is part of a $10 million commitment by the Andrews Labor Government to improve classrooms and upgrade facilities to strengthen community pride in schools – under the 2019-20 State Budget School Pride and Sports Fund. Research shows that students feel more positive and connected to their school, and achieve better education outcomes when school facilities are well maintained and pleasant environments to learn in. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State, investing $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and support over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Making Victoria the Education State will ensure every child can access a great local school to get a great start in life, and every community has access to a great school to be proud of. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “I’ve been out to all our local schools a number of times now – including Bayswater West several times. I’ve always been welcomed there like a member of the family.” “I was very aware of the need for this project – dare I say, they were ‘busting’ for it!” “This upgrade is about more than giving Bayswater West Primary students the school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”

UPGRADES FOR BAYSWATER WEST PRIMARY TO SPARK SCHOOL PRIDE

Bayswater West Primary School students will soon benefit from school building improvements, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor and Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Tim Richardson, announced that Bayswater West Primary School will receive $97,100 in additional funding to ensure the construction of new toilets, rather than a refurbishment of existing toilets on site. This project is part of a $10 million commitment by the Andrews Labor Government to improve classrooms and upgrade facilities to strengthen community pride in schools – under the 2019-20 State Budget School Pride and Sports Fund. Research shows that students feel more positive and connected to their school, and achieve better education outcomes when school facilities are well maintained and pleasant environments to learn in. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State, investing $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and support over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Making Victoria the Education State will ensure every child can access a great local school to get a great start in life, and every community has access to a great school to be proud of. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “I’ve been out to all our local schools a number of times now – including Bayswater West several times. I’ve always been welcomed there like a member of the family.” “I was very aware of the need for this project – dare I say, they were ‘busting’ for it!” “This upgrade is about more than giving Bayswater West Primary students the school facilities they deserve – it is about helping build community pride in a great local school.”

DOCTORS, NURSES AND PARAMEDICS RISE TO THE CHALLENGE IN KNOX

Victoria’s hospitals and paramedics are rising to the challenge of record demand caused by a busy flu season, the latest performance data shows. Across the state, ambulances recorded the best ever response for the quarter, despite responding to more than 8,500 extra Code 1 emergency patients than the same quarter a year earlier. In the City of Knox, ambulances arrived within an average of 9:43 minutes during the June quarter – an improvement compared with 9:56 for the same period 12 months prior. The data shows 92.1 per cent of Knox’s Code 1 ambulances arrived within 15 minutes – better than the 90.9 per cent a year prior. Ambulances are also turning out to more emergencies. In Knox, ambulances responded to 1744 Code 1 cases, up on the 1529 responses in the June quarter 2018. Across the state, hospital emergency departments saw nearly 32,000 extra patients compared with the same quarter last year. The Angliss Hospital treated 100 per cent of its Category 1 emergency patients immediately upon arrival at the hospital. The hospital also: Treated 10,458 patients in the busy emergency department in the June quarter – 640 more than the same period a year earlier Treated more than half of all ED patients within four minutes – a minute faster than a year earlier Completed the transfer of 88.1 per cent of patients who arrived at the hospital in an ambulance in the June quarter within the target of 40 minutes. The busy flu season has put enormous strain on our nurses, doctors and paramedics. Already, there have been more than 40,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza across the state, including 10,000 children and more than 70 deaths. That’s why we’re backing our health services with a record $12.2 billion investment, including a record $2.5 billion in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its fight against the flu, making the flu vaccination compulsory for frontline staff in hospital wards. The Government is working with health experts and hospitals on new rules that ensure nurses, doctors and other staff are fully vaccinated against a host of diseases, including the flu. High-risk areas such as Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units and cancer wards will all become areas staff must be vaccinated. Workers who refuse to be vaccinated will be redeployed to other parts of the hospital.   Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The flu season has hit hard and hit early, but our nurses, doctors and paramedics in Knox have done an exceptional job rising to the challenge”. “Our emergency workers always do an amazing job and this government will always invest in them and support them”.

DOCTORS, NURSES AND PARAMEDICS RISE TO THE CHALLENGE IN KNOX

Victoria’s hospitals and paramedics are rising to the challenge of record demand caused by a busy flu season, the latest performance data shows. Across the state, ambulances recorded the best ever response for the quarter, despite responding to more than 8,500 extra Code 1 emergency patients than the same quarter a year earlier. In the City of Knox, ambulances arrived within an average of 9:43 minutes during the June quarter – an improvement compared with 9:56 for the same period 12 months prior. The data shows 92.1 per cent of Knox’s Code 1 ambulances arrived within 15 minutes – better than the 90.9 per cent a year prior. Ambulances are also turning out to more emergencies. In Knox, ambulances responded to 1744 Code 1 cases, up on the 1529 responses in the June quarter 2018. Across the state, hospital emergency departments saw nearly 32,000 extra patients compared with the same quarter last year. The Angliss Hospital treated 100 per cent of its Category 1 emergency patients immediately upon arrival at the hospital. The hospital also: Treated 10,458 patients in the busy emergency department in the June quarter – 640 more than the same period a year earlier Treated more than half of all ED patients within four minutes – a minute faster than a year earlier Completed the transfer of 88.1 per cent of patients who arrived at the hospital in an ambulance in the June quarter within the target of 40 minutes. The busy flu season has put enormous strain on our nurses, doctors and paramedics. Already, there have been more than 40,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza across the state, including 10,000 children and more than 70 deaths. That’s why we’re backing our health services with a record $12.2 billion investment, including a record $2.5 billion in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its fight against the flu, making the flu vaccination compulsory for frontline staff in hospital wards. The Government is working with health experts and hospitals on new rules that ensure nurses, doctors and other staff are fully vaccinated against a host of diseases, including the flu. High-risk areas such as Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units and cancer wards will all become areas staff must be vaccinated. Workers who refuse to be vaccinated will be redeployed to other parts of the hospital.   Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The flu season has hit hard and hit early, but our nurses, doctors and paramedics in Knox have done an exceptional job rising to the challenge”. “Our emergency workers always do an amazing job and this government will always invest in them and support them”.

NEW BURWOOD HWY BASE FOR KNOX STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE

The Andrews Labor Government will build a fit-for-purpose facility for VICSES volunteers and the Knox community, as part of its strong commitment to emergency service volunteers across Victoria. Jackson Taylor, Member for Bayswater, representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville, joined VICSES Chief Officer Operations Tim Wiebusch to announce funding for the new facility, which will be built at 609 Burwood Highway, Knoxfield. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included $21.1 million for VICSES infrastructure projects, including a state-of-the-art facility for the Knox unit. The new facility will be located on land managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, with the construction of the unit’s new base expected to be complete by the end of 2020. The Knox unit plays a vital role in protecting the community, responding to around 650 calls for assistance every year, including more than 50 road rescues. The unit has been involved in significant emergency events, including Black Saturday and the 2010 Knox hailstorm which left more than 10,000 homes significantly damaged. It has 65 active members with a further 11 support members, whose current base in Wantirna was built in 1980 and is set to be redeveloped by Knox City Council. VICSES is the control agency for floods, storms, landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis. It also assists Victoria Police and other emergency services during major incidents. It plays a key role in responding to road accidents across Victoria, operating 103 road crash rescue units across the state. Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The Andrews Labor Government is providing our Knox VICSES unit with the fit-for-purpose facility they deserve as we continue to back our local volunteers, who work tirelessly to respond to emergencies and support our community.” “The VICSES Knox unit has been at the forefront of keeping the community safe for decades and this important funding will help ensure it has the very best facilities to continue that work.” Quote attributable to CEO of Victoria State Emergency Service Stephen Griffin “This is exciting news for our Knox unit, which is one of our busiest—particularly in the road rescue space. With a new Burwood Highway site already secured, the new facility is expected to be finished by the end of 2020.”

NEW BURWOOD HWY BASE FOR KNOX STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE

The Andrews Labor Government will build a fit-for-purpose facility for VICSES volunteers and the Knox community, as part of its strong commitment to emergency service volunteers across Victoria. Jackson Taylor, Member for Bayswater, representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville, joined VICSES Chief Officer Operations Tim Wiebusch to announce funding for the new facility, which will be built at 609 Burwood Highway, Knoxfield. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included $21.1 million for VICSES infrastructure projects, including a state-of-the-art facility for the Knox unit. The new facility will be located on land managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, with the construction of the unit’s new base expected to be complete by the end of 2020. The Knox unit plays a vital role in protecting the community, responding to around 650 calls for assistance every year, including more than 50 road rescues. The unit has been involved in significant emergency events, including Black Saturday and the 2010 Knox hailstorm which left more than 10,000 homes significantly damaged. It has 65 active members with a further 11 support members, whose current base in Wantirna was built in 1980 and is set to be redeveloped by Knox City Council. VICSES is the control agency for floods, storms, landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis. It also assists Victoria Police and other emergency services during major incidents. It plays a key role in responding to road accidents across Victoria, operating 103 road crash rescue units across the state. Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The Andrews Labor Government is providing our Knox VICSES unit with the fit-for-purpose facility they deserve as we continue to back our local volunteers, who work tirelessly to respond to emergencies and support our community.” “The VICSES Knox unit has been at the forefront of keeping the community safe for decades and this important funding will help ensure it has the very best facilities to continue that work.” Quote attributable to CEO of Victoria State Emergency Service Stephen Griffin “This is exciting news for our Knox unit, which is one of our busiest—particularly in the road rescue space. With a new Burwood Highway site already secured, the new facility is expected to be finished by the end of 2020.”

Labor Delivers for Bayswater

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Bayswater, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes$1.39 million to make sure students at Bayswater Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve, removing an older building and delivering a new architecturally-designed permanent modular building. Students and teachers at Boronia Heights Primary School are also set to benefit from this year’sBudget, with the Labor Government delivering $1.32 million to upgrade the existing lower oval to a synthetic surface. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to a $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. From upgrading the roundabout at the end of your local street to building our state’s biggest transportprojects, this Budget will get you where you need to go, with a massive Suburban Transport Blitz. We’re fixing the local roads that local people use every day, with a $1.6 million upgrade to theintersection of Bedford Road and Canterbury Road in Heathmont. This includes modifying the left- turn slip lane and service road to reduce the frequency and severity of the crashes, getting locals out of traffic and home to their families sooner and safer. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budgetincludes $81.6 million for delivery of a new 120-bed aged care facility which will be constructed at Wantirna Health, including 60 high-care beds and 60 aged care mental health beds. It will complement the existing geriatric medicine hospital and palliative care services already offered at the site, creatinga healthcare hub for older residents in Melbourne’s East. Delivering on our commitment to create five new dedicated children’s emergency departments, ashare of $5.9 million will kickstart planning on the dedicated new space at Maroondah Hospital, giving local parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most. The Budget also allocates $4.6 million for planning and early works for the next stage of the Angliss Hospital expansion at Ferntree Gully, which will provide additional hospital beds, upgrade infrastructure and support the re-accommodation of clinical functions. The Labor Government is making Victoria the basketball capital of Australia, delivering an $83 million investment that will provide facilities from the grassroots to the elite level, by expanding the State Basketball Centre. The project will deliver 10 new community courts, new training and administration facilities for the Melbourne Boomers and the South East Melbourne Phoenix, a new home for the Australian Basketball Centre of Excellence, and a business case to build the Knox Arena, to bring major sports andentertainment events to Melbourne’s suburbs. Local families and their four-legged friends will have a new place to stretch their legs, with the Labor Government delivering on its promise with brand-new dog parks in both Knox and Maroondah Local Government Areas as part of a $5 million statewide investment. We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians. And through our landmark Solar Homesprogram that’s exactly what we’re doing. This year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’spositive plan for solar, investing $1.3 billion, to make sure more Victorians can take control and cut their power bills. This includes rolling out solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries to 770,000 homes over the next decade, expanding the program to renters and ensuring the safety and sustainability of the rollout, with funding for training, safety and quality audits. Students right across the state will have a brighter smile, thanks to the Labor Government’s rollout offree dental care at all public primary and secondary schools. This year’s Budget begins that rollout, investing $321.9 million and delivering on our promise to bring back dental vans. This investment will save families around $400 a year per child in dental costs, as well as saving parents the inconvenience of taking time off work for appointments. Once fully rolled out, this initiative will also free up more than 100,000 places in the public dental care system each year. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “I’m very pleased that within six months of being elected, I’m now delivering significant improvements to our local schools, hospitals and making our roads safer”. “I am excited that the Andrews Labor Government is delivering the education, health and local projects that Bayswater needs." “This is just the beginning, I won’t ever waste a single moment." We’re getting on with it. It's what we do.”

Labor Delivers for Bayswater

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Bayswater, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes$1.39 million to make sure students at Bayswater Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve, removing an older building and delivering a new architecturally-designed permanent modular building. Students and teachers at Boronia Heights Primary School are also set to benefit from this year’sBudget, with the Labor Government delivering $1.32 million to upgrade the existing lower oval to a synthetic surface. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to a $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. From upgrading the roundabout at the end of your local street to building our state’s biggest transportprojects, this Budget will get you where you need to go, with a massive Suburban Transport Blitz. We’re fixing the local roads that local people use every day, with a $1.6 million upgrade to theintersection of Bedford Road and Canterbury Road in Heathmont. This includes modifying the left- turn slip lane and service road to reduce the frequency and severity of the crashes, getting locals out of traffic and home to their families sooner and safer. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budgetincludes $81.6 million for delivery of a new 120-bed aged care facility which will be constructed at Wantirna Health, including 60 high-care beds and 60 aged care mental health beds. It will complement the existing geriatric medicine hospital and palliative care services already offered at the site, creatinga healthcare hub for older residents in Melbourne’s East. Delivering on our commitment to create five new dedicated children’s emergency departments, ashare of $5.9 million will kickstart planning on the dedicated new space at Maroondah Hospital, giving local parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most. The Budget also allocates $4.6 million for planning and early works for the next stage of the Angliss Hospital expansion at Ferntree Gully, which will provide additional hospital beds, upgrade infrastructure and support the re-accommodation of clinical functions. The Labor Government is making Victoria the basketball capital of Australia, delivering an $83 million investment that will provide facilities from the grassroots to the elite level, by expanding the State Basketball Centre. The project will deliver 10 new community courts, new training and administration facilities for the Melbourne Boomers and the South East Melbourne Phoenix, a new home for the Australian Basketball Centre of Excellence, and a business case to build the Knox Arena, to bring major sports andentertainment events to Melbourne’s suburbs. Local families and their four-legged friends will have a new place to stretch their legs, with the Labor Government delivering on its promise with brand-new dog parks in both Knox and Maroondah Local Government Areas as part of a $5 million statewide investment. We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians. And through our landmark Solar Homesprogram that’s exactly what we’re doing. This year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’spositive plan for solar, investing $1.3 billion, to make sure more Victorians can take control and cut their power bills. This includes rolling out solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries to 770,000 homes over the next decade, expanding the program to renters and ensuring the safety and sustainability of the rollout, with funding for training, safety and quality audits. Students right across the state will have a brighter smile, thanks to the Labor Government’s rollout offree dental care at all public primary and secondary schools. This year’s Budget begins that rollout, investing $321.9 million and delivering on our promise to bring back dental vans. This investment will save families around $400 a year per child in dental costs, as well as saving parents the inconvenience of taking time off work for appointments. Once fully rolled out, this initiative will also free up more than 100,000 places in the public dental care system each year. This is a Budget that delivers for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “I’m very pleased that within six months of being elected, I’m now delivering significant improvements to our local schools, hospitals and making our roads safer”. “I am excited that the Andrews Labor Government is delivering the education, health and local projects that Bayswater needs." “This is just the beginning, I won’t ever waste a single moment." We’re getting on with it. It's what we do.”

 

FEMALE FRIENDLY SPORTING FACILITIES HAS BORONIA RAPT

Boronia’s rugby league and cricket players will soon have female friendly change rooms at Colchester Reserve, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced construction of new change rooms and pavilion refurbishment works at the reserve, made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund. The reserve and pavilion are used by the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club and Boronia Cricket Club. Currently, the existing change facilities are not appropriate for the growing number of female players signing up to play rugby league and cricket which is why the upgrades are so important. The upgraded facilities will include two new female friendly and accessible change rooms with amenities, a female friendly umpire’s change room and improvements to the existing pavilion. The project is part of the Labor Government’s dedication to sports and active recreation and gender equality, to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active. The Labor Government has made the biggest investment in grassroots sporting opportunities in Victoria’s history, with $420 million dedicated to community sport. The facility refurbishments will be made possible with support of Knox City Council, Cricket Victoria and the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula “We’re seeing growing numbers of girls and boys, women and men signing up to play sport at local clubs and now the Andrews Labor Government is making sure clubs like the Eastern Raptors and Boronia Cricket Club have the facilities they deserve.” “We’re so proud to be delivering modern, fit for purpose facilities that truly cater for all.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “This upgraded pavilion will be a game-changer for the area. Women and girls can say goodbye to changing in the back of the car as they’ll finally have the facilities they deserve to get active and play the sports they love.” “We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or what gender they are.”

FEMALE FRIENDLY SPORTING FACILITIES HAS BORONIA RAPT

Boronia’s rugby league and cricket players will soon have female friendly change rooms at Colchester Reserve, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced construction of new change rooms and pavilion refurbishment works at the reserve, made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund. The reserve and pavilion are used by the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club and Boronia Cricket Club. Currently, the existing change facilities are not appropriate for the growing number of female players signing up to play rugby league and cricket which is why the upgrades are so important. The upgraded facilities will include two new female friendly and accessible change rooms with amenities, a female friendly umpire’s change room and improvements to the existing pavilion. The project is part of the Labor Government’s dedication to sports and active recreation and gender equality, to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active. The Labor Government has made the biggest investment in grassroots sporting opportunities in Victoria’s history, with $420 million dedicated to community sport. The facility refurbishments will be made possible with support of Knox City Council, Cricket Victoria and the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula “We’re seeing growing numbers of girls and boys, women and men signing up to play sport at local clubs and now the Andrews Labor Government is making sure clubs like the Eastern Raptors and Boronia Cricket Club have the facilities they deserve.” “We’re so proud to be delivering modern, fit for purpose facilities that truly cater for all.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “This upgraded pavilion will be a game-changer for the area. Women and girls can say goodbye to changing in the back of the car as they’ll finally have the facilities they deserve to get active and play the sports they love.” “We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or what gender they are.”

NEW FIRE STATION AT BAYSWATER OFFICIALLY OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government has officially opened the new state-of-the-art fire station in Bayswater, providing improved emergency services for the community and better facilities for volunteers. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville and Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today toured the new $2.84 million facility, as part of the Labor Government’s CFA capital works program and a contribution of $138,000 from the brigade. The four-bay station provides the Bayswater CFA brigade with modern facilities, meeting rooms, storage areas and workshops as well as a computer hub for those who give up their business time to support the brigade. The new station gives the brigade more space, making it easier for them to continue their proud history of protecting residential properties and businesses. The Bayswater CFA Brigade – which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – has more than 80 volunteers who also lend their support to surrounding brigades when required. The brigade has come a long way in 50 years – the vehicle was once parked at the back of a service station under a tarp before being moved to a tin shed. The brigade now responds to approximately 470 callouts each year, including fires, motor vehicle accidents and hazardous material incidents. Quote attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “This state-of-the-art station will provide the Bayswater brigade with the modern facilities they deserve, as well as space to train and prepare for emergency incidents.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The Bayswater Fire Brigade provides a vital service to people and businesses in the community, and this new fire station will help firefighters keep the community safe.” “I commend the vital work undertaken by the Stations’ volunteers, as well as it’s Captain, Diana Ferguson.”

NEW FIRE STATION AT BAYSWATER OFFICIALLY OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government has officially opened the new state-of-the-art fire station in Bayswater, providing improved emergency services for the community and better facilities for volunteers. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville and Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today toured the new $2.84 million facility, as part of the Labor Government’s CFA capital works program and a contribution of $138,000 from the brigade. The four-bay station provides the Bayswater CFA brigade with modern facilities, meeting rooms, storage areas and workshops as well as a computer hub for those who give up their business time to support the brigade. The new station gives the brigade more space, making it easier for them to continue their proud history of protecting residential properties and businesses. The Bayswater CFA Brigade – which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – has more than 80 volunteers who also lend their support to surrounding brigades when required. The brigade has come a long way in 50 years – the vehicle was once parked at the back of a service station under a tarp before being moved to a tin shed. The brigade now responds to approximately 470 callouts each year, including fires, motor vehicle accidents and hazardous material incidents. Quote attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “This state-of-the-art station will provide the Bayswater brigade with the modern facilities they deserve, as well as space to train and prepare for emergency incidents.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The Bayswater Fire Brigade provides a vital service to people and businesses in the community, and this new fire station will help firefighters keep the community safe.” “I commend the vital work undertaken by the Stations’ volunteers, as well as it’s Captain, Diana Ferguson.”

Jackson’s Maiden Speech

[embed]https://www.facebook.com/JacksonTaylorMP/videos/266673420671568/[/embed]       Mr TAYLOR (Bayswater) (18:59): Speaker, congratulations on your appointment. I would first like to start by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land and I pay my respects to their elders past and present. Just as Hugh Jackman is the Boy from Oz, I am the boy from Dandenong from humble beginnings who is a long way from home, who stands before you as Bayswater’s proud member. It is a profound moment in the life of a 26-year-old, nerves wavering, to deliver my inaugural speech in front of my parliamentary colleagues and those nearest and dearest to me. The moment is certainly not lost on me. I would first like to congratulate the Premier on a campaign for the ages, one where not a single minute was wasted, and one where Victorians felt heard and valued. Under his leadership, Victoria is and always has been the place to be. Most importantly I owe my being here to the amazing people of the Bayswater district. You have given me the opportunity of a lifetime to be your representative and voice in this Parliament of ours and to be part of this Andrews Labor government. As I begin to allow myself to take stock of this moment and as the dust settles, I can assure you that not once nor will I ever take for granted the gravity of this position you have bestowed upon me. You have placed in me your trust to be your voice inside and outside this building, and I will not let you down. I am honoured to represent Bayswater, which covers the suburbs of all Bayswater, Heathmont, Kilsyth South, the Basin, parts of Bayswater North, Boronia, Ringwood and Wantirna. The district is unique in that it has a stunning regional feel with views of the rolling foothills and is a matter of 30 minutes from the CBD. It is surrounded by beauty at every turn and characterised by its leafy-green vibe and its friendly,welcoming and diverse community. The area is home to substantial jobs precincts, has major health precincts right on its doorstep and is littered with shopping strips at every corner. I am a proud resident of Wantirna and I would not have it any other way. I grew up in Dandenong with my mother, Erin Taylor, and my father, David Pearson, and with two siblings one older, Joshua Taylor, and one younger, Oscar Taylor. I, of course, being the middle child, was in a constant struggle for attention and have constantly been reminded throughout my life that I definitely suffer from middle-child syndrome. Growing up in Dandenong, however, was not always easy. My family lived from week to week. We could not afford many of the luxuries of life. As a child I would ask, ‘Why not me?’. This certainly was not unique to my family. There are many people out there struggling, wanting to have their own corner of the world they can be proud of. Each and every day there are families out there making difficult decisions about how to make ends meet and to ensure they can get their kids to school. There are families like this in the Bayswater district, feeling suffocated by the daily machinations of life and worrying how they will make it through to Friday, let alone next year, as my family did. We need to be ensuring that our families, and especially those in lower socio-economic areas, are given every opportunity to thrive. I certainly do not have all the answers, but one of the great opportunities provided to me was an amazing public education that helped guide me. As a young boy I remember the guidance and care shown in particular by David Crozier, Lynne Greenlees and Anne Pereira, who were amazing educators at Dandenong Primary School. They knew all too well the reality of my home life. I grew up in a family home where I was witness to situations that I would not wish upon any child. Family violence was a weekly occurrence, and as a result members of Victoria Police were regular visitors. In addition to this my mother suffered from severe depressive and bipolar disorder throughout her adult life, spending stints in hospital. I remember the constant ups and downs, my mother having the entire house in darkness for months on end and watching her struggle through her mental health illness. It was ultimately her children who were her main support through the years. Of course all of this was known by the Dandenong Primary staff. Aside from a short time where I was at another school for a number of months when I was placed in foster care, they were everything a child needed them to be. It was through them, through the gift of an education and through the creation of a role that had never previously existed in a play that was well into production so I could become Frank Fox, that I flourished, eventually gaining much-needed confidence. These years in school were formative for me. I could have been so many other things and could have allowed myself to easily feel that life was all too difficult, but through the great privilege that I and others have had in our first-class education system, I was able to walk a different path in life, as it gave me purpose and real direction when all else appeared hopeless. This is a real reality we and many others in Bayswater still live today. I promise to be a fierce advocate when it comes to improving the lives of young people, especially through investment in education. This is why I am so proud to be a part of this government, which invests record amounts in the future of young people, giving them the best start in life. Let me be only one example of just how powerful that can be. It is a reality that my family struggled through social issues like family violence, substance abuse and mental health. So too does our state and the area of Bayswater. It deeply saddens me that many parts of Bayswater have the highest rates of family violence incidents in the eastern metro area, that 1321 adult Bayswater residents will experience a severe mental illness every year and that 45 per cent of residents will experience a mental health episode in their lifetime. While these are merely numbers, behind each and every one of them lies a person, a family, a community. People are suffering, our LGBTIQ community attempt to commit suicide at rates of up to six times that of the general population, women are being killed by their current or former partners weekly and a lot of people are doing it extremely tough, not always getting the help they need. Many of them do not feel comfortable to even begin talking about what it is that they are experiencing. I will be a member of Parliament that not only talks the talk but walks the walk on these issues, as this Labor government has been doing. I was so proud to watch from my lounge room the announcement about the Royal Commission into Family Violence and then again when it was announced that every single one of the 227 recommendations would be implemented. I saw that and thought, this is a government which is about people. It listens and it works to change the lives of others for the better. While I do not profess to be a beacon of all wisdom and understanding of these real issues, I have seen it in my personal life as a former member of Victoria Police and as local councillor. The numbers and stories are stark and form part of what is a sad truth about this state and this country. This government is now also in the process of delivering a royal commission into mental health, which is simply a game changer. It is one of the most important issues heard when speaking to people across the electorate, as everybody is touched by mental health in one way or another. It can take a lot to admit that you do not have all the answers, and being someone who has been witness to it—now being part of the revolution—moves me, inspires me and emboldens me to play my part to make a real difference. Throughout my life I have always been someone that gained joy from changing the lives of others for the better. At the age of 19 I joined this great Labor Party because it believes in the same values that I hold dear—a belief in strong health and education systems, a fair go and decent-paying jobs. It is a party of the great union movement, a party which embraces people from all walks of life regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or culture and a party which has a resolute commitment to justice and equality for all. I am so proud to hold these values, and I will fight to see them protected. I owe a great deal of thanks to the members of Victoria Police, where I recently finished serving to be here today. I am so proud of all members and the work that they do. I know personally the tragic situations that members face on a daily basis. It is one of the most difficult jobs to do, and I hold a great deal of respect for all of you and thank you for allowing me to serve. I also wish to acknowledge and thank the work of all my friends in the emergency services that I worked alongside, from the CFA, MFB, Victoria State Emergency Service and Ambulance Victoria. Our community owes you all a great deal for keeping us safe and doing what it is that you do, which is going each day into the unknown. I have seen the heavy toll that this work takes on those involved, and can I say how proud I am that this government is introducing provisional support for emergency services workers for mental health support. I have seen colleagues struggle, I have seen them lost for hope, and I can tell you now: this will save lives. This is a government which I am proud supports our emergency services workers and our nurses and midwives, because they deserve it and absolutely need it. I have also been privileged to serve as a councillor in the City of Knox, where I had great opportunities to work side by side with members of the community. One in particular I would like to acknowledge is a local Bayswater resident, Michael Ward. I met Michael and his family at a citizenship ceremony back in 2017, and some months later he picked up the phone and told me that he wanted to walk from Adelaide to Melbourne to raise awareness around the issue of youth suicide. I immediately said I would do everything I could, which included joining him for a day for 40 kilometres on his arduous journey. He ended up raising $60 000 and played his role in continuing to take away the stigma which still exists around mental health and the issue of suicide. Michael is one example of the many great community persons in Bayswater. I thank my community in Collier ward, the CEO and my councillor colleagues for enabling me to work with that community. I now want to take a moment to thank the former member for Bayswater, the Honourable Heidi Victoria, who represented the area with honour and humility, and I acknowledge and thank her for her 12 years of service to the community. I wish her the best of success into the future. In my life there have been many people along the way who have had an impact on me, and it is those people I wish to thank. To my great friends, the boys from Dandy high, where I went to school, Jack Main, Shane Pacarada and Josh Denholm: thanks for being my best mates and for always being my go-tos. To my father, David: we have had a rough road at times, but you have always done your absolute best to support me. To my two brothers, Oscar and Josh: you are such brilliant people, and I am proud of both of you and could not have done this without your love and subtle—and at times not so subtle—sibling rivalry throughout the years. We have been through a lot, but I know we will always be there for one another. To my grandparents, who have often been my quasi parents: you have always been there, even during difficult times. You are both brilliant, you are two people that I look up to and you are seated right behind me. To my beautiful partner, Amy Stephenson: well, what can I say? Thanks for putting up with me. Amy is, you could say, not that interested in politics. She has been an amazing support to me, and I promise to put aside some date nights. I might even let her pick The Bachelor for us to watch. To all my friends and family: it has been a long road and I am sorry for no doubt on many occasions espousing my political opinions in many circles. Thanks for supporting me in what I love, and in turn I will always do the same for each and every one of you. And to my mother, Erin: Mum passed away over two years ago and before that tragically suffered an acquired brain injury, which left her with no speech or mobility and me as one of her carers. We were best friends. Despite my challenging childhood, my mother was my fiercest advocate. Nobody ever dared to get between Mum and her boys. She was the bear by name and the bear by trade. She is my inspiration, she was my everything, and she did not get everything right, but nor does any parent. I wish so much that she had been here to see this as I know she would be so proud. Before Mum suddenly passed away there were two things she knew for sure: her boys when they walked into the room—her face would light up—and how to sing along to Fleetwood Mac and Beatles classics. Thank you, Mum, for giving me a chance and for always believing in me. I love you very much. To the true believers on the campaign: you put your heart and soul into seeing us be successful in Bayswater, because you believe in what this Labor government stands for and you know what it will deliver. I thank each of you. A special thanks to James Gan and Adam Abramovich, who were my campaign managers and, importantly, friends. Thank you. To my La Trobe friends, Simon Curtis, who taught me at Dandy high not so long ago, Declan High, Aidan Wright, Bill Brindle and Kasuni Mendis: you are such phenomenal people, and I would not be here without your guidance along the way. Thank you to all my new colleagues, who have been so gracious in their support, and in particular member for Dandenong, the member for Oakleigh and the Honourable Shaun Leane, MP, for your amazing support and kindness in what has been a roller-coaster ride for the last few weeks. I am determined to get to work now, as now is the time to roll up my sleeves and work hard each and every day for our great community, because they deserve nothing less. I will be a fierce advocate for the community and will work with them to deliver on priorities around health and education, and having a greater focus on mental health, family violence and youth issues, as well as being a strong voice for local transport projects. I am also aware of the reality that there are many who did not vote for me nor Labor. Be assured that I will be a member of Parliament who works for all of you. And I promise this: even if we cannot agree, I will listen. We each have opportunities in our lives to make a real difference, and here in the halls of Parliament I will not waste a single moment nor take for granted the role I have been given: the honour of being your voice and your humble member for Bayswater. Thank you.

Jackson’s Maiden Speech

[embed]https://www.facebook.com/JacksonTaylorMP/videos/266673420671568/[/embed]       Mr TAYLOR (Bayswater) (18:59): Speaker, congratulations on your appointment. I would first like to start by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land and I pay my respects to their elders past and present. Just as Hugh Jackman is the Boy from Oz, I am the boy from Dandenong from humble beginnings who is a long way from home, who stands before you as Bayswater’s proud member. It is a profound moment in the life of a 26-year-old, nerves wavering, to deliver my inaugural speech in front of my parliamentary colleagues and those nearest and dearest to me. The moment is certainly not lost on me. I would first like to congratulate the Premier on a campaign for the ages, one where not a single minute was wasted, and one where Victorians felt heard and valued. Under his leadership, Victoria is and always has been the place to be. Most importantly I owe my being here to the amazing people of the Bayswater district. You have given me the opportunity of a lifetime to be your representative and voice in this Parliament of ours and to be part of this Andrews Labor government. As I begin to allow myself to take stock of this moment and as the dust settles, I can assure you that not once nor will I ever take for granted the gravity of this position you have bestowed upon me. You have placed in me your trust to be your voice inside and outside this building, and I will not let you down. I am honoured to represent Bayswater, which covers the suburbs of all Bayswater, Heathmont, Kilsyth South, the Basin, parts of Bayswater North, Boronia, Ringwood and Wantirna. The district is unique in that it has a stunning regional feel with views of the rolling foothills and is a matter of 30 minutes from the CBD. It is surrounded by beauty at every turn and characterised by its leafy-green vibe and its friendly,welcoming and diverse community. The area is home to substantial jobs precincts, has major health precincts right on its doorstep and is littered with shopping strips at every corner. I am a proud resident of Wantirna and I would not have it any other way. I grew up in Dandenong with my mother, Erin Taylor, and my father, David Pearson, and with two siblings one older, Joshua Taylor, and one younger, Oscar Taylor. I, of course, being the middle child, was in a constant struggle for attention and have constantly been reminded throughout my life that I definitely suffer from middle-child syndrome. Growing up in Dandenong, however, was not always easy. My family lived from week to week. We could not afford many of the luxuries of life. As a child I would ask, ‘Why not me?’. This certainly was not unique to my family. There are many people out there struggling, wanting to have their own corner of the world they can be proud of. Each and every day there are families out there making difficult decisions about how to make ends meet and to ensure they can get their kids to school. There are families like this in the Bayswater district, feeling suffocated by the daily machinations of life and worrying how they will make it through to Friday, let alone next year, as my family did. We need to be ensuring that our families, and especially those in lower socio-economic areas, are given every opportunity to thrive. I certainly do not have all the answers, but one of the great opportunities provided to me was an amazing public education that helped guide me. As a young boy I remember the guidance and care shown in particular by David Crozier, Lynne Greenlees and Anne Pereira, who were amazing educators at Dandenong Primary School. They knew all too well the reality of my home life. I grew up in a family home where I was witness to situations that I would not wish upon any child. Family violence was a weekly occurrence, and as a result members of Victoria Police were regular visitors. In addition to this my mother suffered from severe depressive and bipolar disorder throughout her adult life, spending stints in hospital. I remember the constant ups and downs, my mother having the entire house in darkness for months on end and watching her struggle through her mental health illness. It was ultimately her children who were her main support through the years. Of course all of this was known by the Dandenong Primary staff. Aside from a short time where I was at another school for a number of months when I was placed in foster care, they were everything a child needed them to be. It was through them, through the gift of an education and through the creation of a role that had never previously existed in a play that was well into production so I could become Frank Fox, that I flourished, eventually gaining much-needed confidence. These years in school were formative for me. I could have been so many other things and could have allowed myself to easily feel that life was all too difficult, but through the great privilege that I and others have had in our first-class education system, I was able to walk a different path in life, as it gave me purpose and real direction when all else appeared hopeless. This is a real reality we and many others in Bayswater still live today. I promise to be a fierce advocate when it comes to improving the lives of young people, especially through investment in education. This is why I am so proud to be a part of this government, which invests record amounts in the future of young people, giving them the best start in life. Let me be only one example of just how powerful that can be. It is a reality that my family struggled through social issues like family violence, substance abuse and mental health. So too does our state and the area of Bayswater. It deeply saddens me that many parts of Bayswater have the highest rates of family violence incidents in the eastern metro area, that 1321 adult Bayswater residents will experience a severe mental illness every year and that 45 per cent of residents will experience a mental health episode in their lifetime. While these are merely numbers, behind each and every one of them lies a person, a family, a community. People are suffering, our LGBTIQ community attempt to commit suicide at rates of up to six times that of the general population, women are being killed by their current or former partners weekly and a lot of people are doing it extremely tough, not always getting the help they need. Many of them do not feel comfortable to even begin talking about what it is that they are experiencing. I will be a member of Parliament that not only talks the talk but walks the walk on these issues, as this Labor government has been doing. I was so proud to watch from my lounge room the announcement about the Royal Commission into Family Violence and then again when it was announced that every single one of the 227 recommendations would be implemented. I saw that and thought, this is a government which is about people. It listens and it works to change the lives of others for the better. While I do not profess to be a beacon of all wisdom and understanding of these real issues, I have seen it in my personal life as a former member of Victoria Police and as local councillor. The numbers and stories are stark and form part of what is a sad truth about this state and this country. This government is now also in the process of delivering a royal commission into mental health, which is simply a game changer. It is one of the most important issues heard when speaking to people across the electorate, as everybody is touched by mental health in one way or another. It can take a lot to admit that you do not have all the answers, and being someone who has been witness to it—now being part of the revolution—moves me, inspires me and emboldens me to play my part to make a real difference. Throughout my life I have always been someone that gained joy from changing the lives of others for the better. At the age of 19 I joined this great Labor Party because it believes in the same values that I hold dear—a belief in strong health and education systems, a fair go and decent-paying jobs. It is a party of the great union movement, a party which embraces people from all walks of life regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or culture and a party which has a resolute commitment to justice and equality for all. I am so proud to hold these values, and I will fight to see them protected. I owe a great deal of thanks to the members of Victoria Police, where I recently finished serving to be here today. I am so proud of all members and the work that they do. I know personally the tragic situations that members face on a daily basis. It is one of the most difficult jobs to do, and I hold a great deal of respect for all of you and thank you for allowing me to serve. I also wish to acknowledge and thank the work of all my friends in the emergency services that I worked alongside, from the CFA, MFB, Victoria State Emergency Service and Ambulance Victoria. Our community owes you all a great deal for keeping us safe and doing what it is that you do, which is going each day into the unknown. I have seen the heavy toll that this work takes on those involved, and can I say how proud I am that this government is introducing provisional support for emergency services workers for mental health support. I have seen colleagues struggle, I have seen them lost for hope, and I can tell you now: this will save lives. This is a government which I am proud supports our emergency services workers and our nurses and midwives, because they deserve it and absolutely need it. I have also been privileged to serve as a councillor in the City of Knox, where I had great opportunities to work side by side with members of the community. One in particular I would like to acknowledge is a local Bayswater resident, Michael Ward. I met Michael and his family at a citizenship ceremony back in 2017, and some months later he picked up the phone and told me that he wanted to walk from Adelaide to Melbourne to raise awareness around the issue of youth suicide. I immediately said I would do everything I could, which included joining him for a day for 40 kilometres on his arduous journey. He ended up raising $60 000 and played his role in continuing to take away the stigma which still exists around mental health and the issue of suicide. Michael is one example of the many great community persons in Bayswater. I thank my community in Collier ward, the CEO and my councillor colleagues for enabling me to work with that community. I now want to take a moment to thank the former member for Bayswater, the Honourable Heidi Victoria, who represented the area with honour and humility, and I acknowledge and thank her for her 12 years of service to the community. I wish her the best of success into the future. In my life there have been many people along the way who have had an impact on me, and it is those people I wish to thank. To my great friends, the boys from Dandy high, where I went to school, Jack Main, Shane Pacarada and Josh Denholm: thanks for being my best mates and for always being my go-tos. To my father, David: we have had a rough road at times, but you have always done your absolute best to support me. To my two brothers, Oscar and Josh: you are such brilliant people, and I am proud of both of you and could not have done this without your love and subtle—and at times not so subtle—sibling rivalry throughout the years. We have been through a lot, but I know we will always be there for one another. To my grandparents, who have often been my quasi parents: you have always been there, even during difficult times. You are both brilliant, you are two people that I look up to and you are seated right behind me. To my beautiful partner, Amy Stephenson: well, what can I say? Thanks for putting up with me. Amy is, you could say, not that interested in politics. She has been an amazing support to me, and I promise to put aside some date nights. I might even let her pick The Bachelor for us to watch. To all my friends and family: it has been a long road and I am sorry for no doubt on many occasions espousing my political opinions in many circles. Thanks for supporting me in what I love, and in turn I will always do the same for each and every one of you. And to my mother, Erin: Mum passed away over two years ago and before that tragically suffered an acquired brain injury, which left her with no speech or mobility and me as one of her carers. We were best friends. Despite my challenging childhood, my mother was my fiercest advocate. Nobody ever dared to get between Mum and her boys. She was the bear by name and the bear by trade. She is my inspiration, she was my everything, and she did not get everything right, but nor does any parent. I wish so much that she had been here to see this as I know she would be so proud. Before Mum suddenly passed away there were two things she knew for sure: her boys when they walked into the room—her face would light up—and how to sing along to Fleetwood Mac and Beatles classics. Thank you, Mum, for giving me a chance and for always believing in me. I love you very much. To the true believers on the campaign: you put your heart and soul into seeing us be successful in Bayswater, because you believe in what this Labor government stands for and you know what it will deliver. I thank each of you. A special thanks to James Gan and Adam Abramovich, who were my campaign managers and, importantly, friends. Thank you. To my La Trobe friends, Simon Curtis, who taught me at Dandy high not so long ago, Declan High, Aidan Wright, Bill Brindle and Kasuni Mendis: you are such phenomenal people, and I would not be here without your guidance along the way. Thank you to all my new colleagues, who have been so gracious in their support, and in particular member for Dandenong, the member for Oakleigh and the Honourable Shaun Leane, MP, for your amazing support and kindness in what has been a roller-coaster ride for the last few weeks. I am determined to get to work now, as now is the time to roll up my sleeves and work hard each and every day for our great community, because they deserve nothing less. I will be a fierce advocate for the community and will work with them to deliver on priorities around health and education, and having a greater focus on mental health, family violence and youth issues, as well as being a strong voice for local transport projects. I am also aware of the reality that there are many who did not vote for me nor Labor. Be assured that I will be a member of Parliament who works for all of you. And I promise this: even if we cannot agree, I will listen. We each have opportunities in our lives to make a real difference, and here in the halls of Parliament I will not waste a single moment nor take for granted the role I have been given: the honour of being your voice and your humble member for Bayswater. Thank you.

GET ON YOUR BIKE TO YOUR LOCAL STATION

Bayswater residents are finding it easier to cycle to the station thanks to new paths and bike cages. New data has revealed the number of people riding a bike to stations is growing, with over 1000 people a day now using Parkiteer cages at stations and several thousand more using bicycle hoops across Melbourne. There are 18,500 registered Parkiteer card holders across 110 cages and that number is set to increase. Stations across Bayswater now have Parkiteer bike cages, including at Boronia Station and Bayswater Station. Upgrades to the Bayswater to Lilydale section of the Carrum to Warburton trail are also making it easier and safer for cyclists to get to and from train stations. Since 2017, the Andrews Labor Government has built 21 Parkiteers across Melbourne. Over the past ten years, there’s been a 30% increase in cycling and a 50% increase in walking in Melbourne. Active transport now accounts for 18.4% of all trips, up from 14.5% ten years ago. Parkiteer cages are free to users after paying a $50 fully refundable bond for the access card. Parkiteers are managed by Bicycle Network. To find your nearest station with a Parkiteer facility or to register for a secure access card for the bike cages, go to parkiteer.com.au. PTV and Bicycle Network recommend that people parking their bikes at station use a ‘D-Lock’. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re encouraging people to ride their bike to the train by investing in more Parkiteer cages across our network.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford “More than half of all vehicle trips in Melbourne are less than 6km in length, so we’re creating more opportunities for Victorians to leave the car behind on these short trips and cycle.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “Not everyone can cycle all the way to work – Parkiteer cages make it easier for people in Bayswater to hop on the bike and get to the train station.”

GET ON YOUR BIKE TO YOUR LOCAL STATION

Bayswater residents are finding it easier to cycle to the station thanks to new paths and bike cages. New data has revealed the number of people riding a bike to stations is growing, with over 1000 people a day now using Parkiteer cages at stations and several thousand more using bicycle hoops across Melbourne. There are 18,500 registered Parkiteer card holders across 110 cages and that number is set to increase. Stations across Bayswater now have Parkiteer bike cages, including at Boronia Station and Bayswater Station. Upgrades to the Bayswater to Lilydale section of the Carrum to Warburton trail are also making it easier and safer for cyclists to get to and from train stations. Since 2017, the Andrews Labor Government has built 21 Parkiteers across Melbourne. Over the past ten years, there’s been a 30% increase in cycling and a 50% increase in walking in Melbourne. Active transport now accounts for 18.4% of all trips, up from 14.5% ten years ago. Parkiteer cages are free to users after paying a $50 fully refundable bond for the access card. Parkiteers are managed by Bicycle Network. To find your nearest station with a Parkiteer facility or to register for a secure access card for the bike cages, go to parkiteer.com.au. PTV and Bicycle Network recommend that people parking their bikes at station use a ‘D-Lock’. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re encouraging people to ride their bike to the train by investing in more Parkiteer cages across our network.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford “More than half of all vehicle trips in Melbourne are less than 6km in length, so we’re creating more opportunities for Victorians to leave the car behind on these short trips and cycle.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “Not everyone can cycle all the way to work – Parkiteer cages make it easier for people in Bayswater to hop on the bike and get to the train station.”