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FUNDING BOOST FOR VICTORIA’S LOCAL LIBRARIES

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s local libraries, announcing funding for better facilities and services at 12 libraries across the state. The Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek and the Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today announced the councils that will receive funding for their library projects, including $450,000 towards Knox City Council’s Knox Central Library redevelopment. The Labor Government’s $4.1 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program helps Victorian councils and regional library corporations upgrade and adapt to meet the needs of changing and growing communities. Other projects funded include: $500,000 for Ballarat City Council’s Ballarat Library refurbishment $240,000 for Buloke Shire Council’s Wycheproof Community Resource Centre extension $140,600 for Central Goldfields Shire Council’s Dunolly Library project $400,000 for Greater Bendigo City Council’s new Kangaroo Flat Library $300,000 for Hindmarsh Shire Council’s Jeparit and Rainbow Libraries project $500,000 for Nillumbik Shire Council’s Diamond Valley Library redevelopment $750,000 for South Gippsland Shire Council’s Korumburra Community Hub development $450,000 for Yarra Ranges Council’s Belgrave Library refurbishment $120,000 each for the Ararat Rural City, Pyrenees Shire and Yarriambiack Shire Councils for new outreach vans. More than nine million different items are borrowed from Victorian libraries every year and they provide a vital service for communities across the state, with 2.2 million members across 277 permanent and 30 mobile libraries. In August, the Government announced $44.7 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and e-resources, and deliver programs including story time for children and outreach services. Public libraries also benefit from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, which provides an annual allocation for books and materials to support the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. More information on the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program is available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek “Libraries are about so much more than books – they strengthen and provide vital services to Victorian communities.” “We’re working with councils to improve libraries right across Victoria so they can better meet the needs of their communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The Knox Central Library is a popular spot for locals of all ages and this redevelopment will mean even more families will be able to enjoy it.”   Media Contact: Jamila Fontana 0409 741 279 | jamila.fontana@minstaff.vic.gov.au

FUNDING BOOST FOR VICTORIA’S LOCAL LIBRARIES

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s local libraries, announcing funding for better facilities and services at 12 libraries across the state. The Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek and the Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today announced the councils that will receive funding for their library projects, including $450,000 towards Knox City Council’s Knox Central Library redevelopment. The Labor Government’s $4.1 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program helps Victorian councils and regional library corporations upgrade and adapt to meet the needs of changing and growing communities. Other projects funded include: $500,000 for Ballarat City Council’s Ballarat Library refurbishment $240,000 for Buloke Shire Council’s Wycheproof Community Resource Centre extension $140,600 for Central Goldfields Shire Council’s Dunolly Library project $400,000 for Greater Bendigo City Council’s new Kangaroo Flat Library $300,000 for Hindmarsh Shire Council’s Jeparit and Rainbow Libraries project $500,000 for Nillumbik Shire Council’s Diamond Valley Library redevelopment $750,000 for South Gippsland Shire Council’s Korumburra Community Hub development $450,000 for Yarra Ranges Council’s Belgrave Library refurbishment $120,000 each for the Ararat Rural City, Pyrenees Shire and Yarriambiack Shire Councils for new outreach vans. More than nine million different items are borrowed from Victorian libraries every year and they provide a vital service for communities across the state, with 2.2 million members across 277 permanent and 30 mobile libraries. In August, the Government announced $44.7 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and e-resources, and deliver programs including story time for children and outreach services. Public libraries also benefit from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, which provides an annual allocation for books and materials to support the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. More information on the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program is available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek “Libraries are about so much more than books – they strengthen and provide vital services to Victorian communities.” “We’re working with councils to improve libraries right across Victoria so they can better meet the needs of their communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The Knox Central Library is a popular spot for locals of all ages and this redevelopment will mean even more families will be able to enjoy it.”   Media Contact: Jamila Fontana 0409 741 279 | jamila.fontana@minstaff.vic.gov.au

NEW STATION PLANS FOR THE BASIN CFA

The Basin Fire Brigade has been prioritised by the CFA for a new station as the Victorian Government works to ensure hardworking volunteers have the facilities they need to protect and support the community. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville announced that the project has been added to CFA’s five-year capital works program priorities, with the project being scoped and funded next year. CFA is working closely with the local council to identify suitable land for the proposed new station. This follows a community campaign by Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor to get this guarantee, with 803 people signing a petition which was passed on to the Minister. The Basin, which has a long, proud history, provides critical fire response to the Dandenong Ranges, which is one of the highest risk bushfire areas in Victoria. Founded in the 1920s, the brigade’s members work tirelessly all year round to keep the community safe and respond to emergencies. The brigade has over eighty volunteer members and as they continue to grow, so too does the need for a new station to cater for that growth and to recognise their importance to our community and ensure they have the best facilities possible to get on with their job. The brigade is more than 90 years old, having supported the local community and Victoria during major emergencies, including Ash Wednesday. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to giving CFA volunteers the facilities and equipment they need. The government has provided almost $100 million in funding for training, equipment and infrastructure in the last three years. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The eighty plus volunteer members of The Basin CFA are amazing people who have answered the call each time for those in need, and that’s why I am so proud to have campaigned with them to deliver new facilities to allow this strong brigade to grow and continue to get on with their job”. “In my humble view, The Basin CFA is The Basin, the two are intrinsically linked and they have proudly served us since 1927. This is one for the community, this is for every one of us who rely on our volunteer brigades”. “Thank you to the community for getting behind my campaign and for getting behind this wonderful volunteer brigade. Now, time to get on with delivering it”.

NEW STATION PLANS FOR THE BASIN CFA

The Basin Fire Brigade has been prioritised by the CFA for a new station as the Victorian Government works to ensure hardworking volunteers have the facilities they need to protect and support the community. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville announced that the project has been added to CFA’s five-year capital works program priorities, with the project being scoped and funded next year. CFA is working closely with the local council to identify suitable land for the proposed new station. This follows a community campaign by Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor to get this guarantee, with 803 people signing a petition which was passed on to the Minister. The Basin, which has a long, proud history, provides critical fire response to the Dandenong Ranges, which is one of the highest risk bushfire areas in Victoria. Founded in the 1920s, the brigade’s members work tirelessly all year round to keep the community safe and respond to emergencies. The brigade has over eighty volunteer members and as they continue to grow, so too does the need for a new station to cater for that growth and to recognise their importance to our community and ensure they have the best facilities possible to get on with their job. The brigade is more than 90 years old, having supported the local community and Victoria during major emergencies, including Ash Wednesday. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to giving CFA volunteers the facilities and equipment they need. The government has provided almost $100 million in funding for training, equipment and infrastructure in the last three years. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “The eighty plus volunteer members of The Basin CFA are amazing people who have answered the call each time for those in need, and that’s why I am so proud to have campaigned with them to deliver new facilities to allow this strong brigade to grow and continue to get on with their job”. “In my humble view, The Basin CFA is The Basin, the two are intrinsically linked and they have proudly served us since 1927. This is one for the community, this is for every one of us who rely on our volunteer brigades”. “Thank you to the community for getting behind my campaign and for getting behind this wonderful volunteer brigade. Now, time to get on with delivering it”.

BIG BAYSWATER BIRTHDAY BASH

The third birthday of the Bayswater Train Station is fast approaching, and local Member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor, is throwing a birthday party. The State Government removed the level crossings on Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater in 2016, following a massive 37 day construction blitz. It reopened on December 12 that year.And to help celebrate this milestone, Mr. Taylor will be throwing a birthday party at the station, complete with cake and a sausage sizzle. This event is open to all members of the community, on Saturday 7th of December, from 10am to 11am at Bayswater Train Station. Since coming to government in 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has removed 30 dangerous and congested level crossings, with two in Bayswater being some of the first to be removed. This has meant that locals in Bayswater have no longer been stuck at these dreaded crossings. The State Government has pledged to remove 75 level crossing by 2025, making sure you get home sooner and safer, and creating thousands of good, well-paying construction jobs for local tradies. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor: “Who doesn’t love a good party? I’m very pleased to play host for the very special birthday celebration of the new Bayswater Station.” “The level crossings are gone for good, and the station looks great. There’s lots of reasons to celebrate - but particularly the fact that nobody has been stuck at the boom gates for three whole years.” “I’m proud to be a part of the government that isn’t shying away from the big projects - the Bayswater Station and level crossing removals are just one example.”

BIG BAYSWATER BIRTHDAY BASH

The third birthday of the Bayswater Train Station is fast approaching, and local Member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor, is throwing a birthday party. The State Government removed the level crossings on Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater in 2016, following a massive 37 day construction blitz. It reopened on December 12 that year.And to help celebrate this milestone, Mr. Taylor will be throwing a birthday party at the station, complete with cake and a sausage sizzle. This event is open to all members of the community, on Saturday 7th of December, from 10am to 11am at Bayswater Train Station. Since coming to government in 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has removed 30 dangerous and congested level crossings, with two in Bayswater being some of the first to be removed. This has meant that locals in Bayswater have no longer been stuck at these dreaded crossings. The State Government has pledged to remove 75 level crossing by 2025, making sure you get home sooner and safer, and creating thousands of good, well-paying construction jobs for local tradies. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor: “Who doesn’t love a good party? I’m very pleased to play host for the very special birthday celebration of the new Bayswater Station.” “The level crossings are gone for good, and the station looks great. There’s lots of reasons to celebrate - but particularly the fact that nobody has been stuck at the boom gates for three whole years.” “I’m proud to be a part of the government that isn’t shying away from the big projects - the Bayswater Station and level crossing removals are just one example.”

DELIVERING FOR HEATHMONT WITH INDOOR SPORTS STADIUM

Sport enthusiasts, players and spectators have a new stadium in Heathmont thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. From netball to volleyball, players can now get their sporting fix under the one roof at the brand-new multi-sports stadium complex, Maroondah Nets at Heathmont’s HE Parker Reserve. Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today joined the celebrations in officially opening the new four court multi- sport indoor stadium, made possible with $3 million in funding from the Labor Government’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund. Indoor multi-sport stadiums are at the heart of our suburbs and towns, and a hive of activity for more than 450,000 Victorians that play indoor sports like volleyball, table tennis, netball and badminton. The new multi-sport stadium comes complete with grandstand seating for over 300, a kiosk, change facilities, a Changing Places facility, officials and first aid rooms, sport association offices and three multi-purpose rooms. This provides the perfect base for the 16 clubs from the Melbourne East Netball Association, Croydon and Districts Volleyball Association, and a new home for the Yarra Ariels and other sports to build on local programs and showcase their activities. Four new outdoor netball courts were also unveiled which provide even more space for training, with spectator viewing areas for competition. Together the new indoor and outdoor facilities are expected to more than double participation hours at the venue from 290,592 to 635,579 in the first year. The project was funded in partnership with the Federal Government and the Maroondah City Council. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “Flagship associations like Melbourne East Netball Association and Croydon and Districts Volleyball Association are growing at rapid rates and deserve a first-class facility. That’s exactly what we’ve delivered here in Heathmont.” “Victoria is the sporting capital and it doesn’t happen by chance. Across Victoria, we’ve invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.” “The new stadium is a real win-win for local grassroots sports providing facilities that this community deserves and I am stoked to be able to official open this wonderful facility right here in Heathmont.”

DELIVERING FOR HEATHMONT WITH INDOOR SPORTS STADIUM

Sport enthusiasts, players and spectators have a new stadium in Heathmont thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. From netball to volleyball, players can now get their sporting fix under the one roof at the brand-new multi-sports stadium complex, Maroondah Nets at Heathmont’s HE Parker Reserve. Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today joined the celebrations in officially opening the new four court multi- sport indoor stadium, made possible with $3 million in funding from the Labor Government’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund. Indoor multi-sport stadiums are at the heart of our suburbs and towns, and a hive of activity for more than 450,000 Victorians that play indoor sports like volleyball, table tennis, netball and badminton. The new multi-sport stadium comes complete with grandstand seating for over 300, a kiosk, change facilities, a Changing Places facility, officials and first aid rooms, sport association offices and three multi-purpose rooms. This provides the perfect base for the 16 clubs from the Melbourne East Netball Association, Croydon and Districts Volleyball Association, and a new home for the Yarra Ariels and other sports to build on local programs and showcase their activities. Four new outdoor netball courts were also unveiled which provide even more space for training, with spectator viewing areas for competition. Together the new indoor and outdoor facilities are expected to more than double participation hours at the venue from 290,592 to 635,579 in the first year. The project was funded in partnership with the Federal Government and the Maroondah City Council. Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “Flagship associations like Melbourne East Netball Association and Croydon and Districts Volleyball Association are growing at rapid rates and deserve a first-class facility. That’s exactly what we’ve delivered here in Heathmont.” “Victoria is the sporting capital and it doesn’t happen by chance. Across Victoria, we’ve invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.” “The new stadium is a real win-win for local grassroots sports providing facilities that this community deserves and I am stoked to be able to official open this wonderful facility right here in Heathmont.”

Campaigns

The Basin CFA – New Facilities

CAMPAIGN SUCCESS - Thank you for supporting my campaign for a new facility. We received over 800 signatures and have been successful in securing funding for a new station! Click here to read more. Petition: To the Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon. Lisa Neville MP. The undersigned hereby petition the Minister to work with CFA on securing new facilities for The Basin CFA Brigade. Built in the 1970’s the current facility has a long, proud history but is now showing signs of its age. The volunteer Brigade are a proud part of The Basin and Knox community’s with over 80 active members and growing with a flourishing junior program. As they continue to grow, so too does the need for a new station to cater for that growth and to recognise their importance to our community and ensure they have the best facilities possible to get on with their job.  

The Basin CFA – New Facilities

CAMPAIGN SUCCESS - Thank you for supporting my campaign for a new facility. We received over 800 signatures and have been successful in securing funding for a new station! Click here to read more. Petition: To the Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon. Lisa Neville MP. The undersigned hereby petition the Minister to work with CFA on securing new facilities for The Basin CFA Brigade. Built in the 1970’s the current facility has a long, proud history but is now showing signs of its age. The volunteer Brigade are a proud part of The Basin and Knox community’s with over 80 active members and growing with a flourishing junior program. As they continue to grow, so too does the need for a new station to cater for that growth and to recognise their importance to our community and ensure they have the best facilities possible to get on with their job.