Local Issues

VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING LEGISLATION

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced a Bill into Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, with a vote expected before the end of the year. The legislation delivers on all 68 safeguards recommended by the Ministerial Advisory Panel to protect individuals and the community. The Bill sets out a rigorous request and assessment process for access to voluntary assisted dying, and includes the establishment of a dedicated oversight body and protections. The safeguards protect the vulnerable from exploitation and coercion – and new criminal offences will be created to protect people from abuse. This legislation will deliver the safest model in the world, with the most stringent checks and balances. This means all Members of Parliament can have a respectful debate on the principles, instead of the technicalities. Should the Bill pass Parliament, there will be an 18-month implementation period before access to voluntary assisted dying will start to allow for training and set up to take place. All Labor Members of Parliament will be given a conscience vote on this legislation.

VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING LEGISLATION

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced a Bill into Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, with a vote expected before the end of the year. The legislation delivers on all 68 safeguards recommended by the Ministerial Advisory Panel to protect individuals and the community. The Bill sets out a rigorous request and assessment process for access to voluntary assisted dying, and includes the establishment of a dedicated oversight body and protections. The safeguards protect the vulnerable from exploitation and coercion – and new criminal offences will be created to protect people from abuse. This legislation will deliver the safest model in the world, with the most stringent checks and balances. This means all Members of Parliament can have a respectful debate on the principles, instead of the technicalities. Should the Bill pass Parliament, there will be an 18-month implementation period before access to voluntary assisted dying will start to allow for training and set up to take place. All Labor Members of Parliament will be given a conscience vote on this legislation.

The Andrews Labor Government’s Achievements in Melbourne’s west

Check out what the Andrews Labor Government has managed to achieve in Melbourne's west after only two and a half years in government! Click on each electorate depicted in the map of the Western Metropolitan Region below to open up a new page detailing the government's work. Scroll in and out using your mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Note: the map may take some time to load up / the information presented here does not cover all of the government's achievement imap5custom.init({usermap:56665644,local:true,base:"http://share.imapbuilder.com/view/40947001/2baf2967fc5fdc0f224e2e542dcf9215/",responsivemap:false});

The Andrews Labor Government’s Achievements in Melbourne’s west

Check out what the Andrews Labor Government has managed to achieve in Melbourne's west after only two and a half years in government! Click on each electorate depicted in the map of the Western Metropolitan Region below to open up a new page detailing the government's work. Scroll in and out using your mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Note: the map may take some time to load up / the information presented here does not cover all of the government's achievement imap5custom.init({usermap:56665644,local:true,base:"http://share.imapbuilder.com/view/40947001/2baf2967fc5fdc0f224e2e542dcf9215/",responsivemap:false});

WESTERN DISTRIBUTOR PROJECT

Melbourne’s second river crossing: Shorter, more reliable trips for the west. The Western Distributor will add a vital second river crossing, more lanes on the West Gate Freeway and smart technologies from Geelong to Pakenham. This means less congestion, more reliability, and shorter travel times to and from the west. Supporting growth in Melbourne’s west. The Western Distributor will: Improve travel time reliability Ease congestion Boost economic development Give drivers more flexibility Offer a network-wide solution Serve the travel demands of a growing regional population, improving your access to the city for work and lifestyle. What is the Western Distributor? The $5.5 billion Western Distributor project includes: Widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. A new road tunnel under Yarraville, connecting the West Gate Freeway with the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the CBD. A bridge over the Maribyrnong River joining an elevated road along Footscray Road. Major new cycling and walking paths. Project timelines Project procurement and the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) are now underway. We’re encouraging the community to actively engage in the EES process, and participate in its public exhibition in 2017. Construction starts in late 2017 and the Western Distributor will be open to traffic in 2022. Did you know? The Western Distributor Project includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade, making it a network-wide transport solution that will streamline traffic from Geelong to Pakenham. The Monash Freeway Upgrade will add 30 kilometres of extra traffic lanes between the EastLink Interchange and Clyde Road, and extend the managed motorway system with the installation of smart roadway technologies. Together, the projects will mean safer and more reliable journeys across the length of the M1.  

WESTERN DISTRIBUTOR PROJECT

Melbourne’s second river crossing: Shorter, more reliable trips for the west. The Western Distributor will add a vital second river crossing, more lanes on the West Gate Freeway and smart technologies from Geelong to Pakenham. This means less congestion, more reliability, and shorter travel times to and from the west. Supporting growth in Melbourne’s west. The Western Distributor will: Improve travel time reliability Ease congestion Boost economic development Give drivers more flexibility Offer a network-wide solution Serve the travel demands of a growing regional population, improving your access to the city for work and lifestyle. What is the Western Distributor? The $5.5 billion Western Distributor project includes: Widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. A new road tunnel under Yarraville, connecting the West Gate Freeway with the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the CBD. A bridge over the Maribyrnong River joining an elevated road along Footscray Road. Major new cycling and walking paths. Project timelines Project procurement and the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) are now underway. We’re encouraging the community to actively engage in the EES process, and participate in its public exhibition in 2017. Construction starts in late 2017 and the Western Distributor will be open to traffic in 2022. Did you know? The Western Distributor Project includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade, making it a network-wide transport solution that will streamline traffic from Geelong to Pakenham. The Monash Freeway Upgrade will add 30 kilometres of extra traffic lanes between the EastLink Interchange and Clyde Road, and extend the managed motorway system with the installation of smart roadway technologies. Together, the projects will mean safer and more reliable journeys across the length of the M1.  

FORD CLOSES ITS DOORS PERMANENTLY

Marking the end of 90 years of manufacturing in Victoria, Ford plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows have closed their doors today for the last time. This has undoubtedly been a difficult day for Ford workers, their families and the many workers in Ford’s supply chain who will be impacted by the closure. If you are one of these people, know that the Andrews Labor Government is doing all we can to help you get through this very difficult period. We are providing $135.4 million of targeted assistance including programs and training for workers and businesses, including: Grants to businesses to generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in Melbourne’s South-East, North, West and Geelong – the communities most impacted by the closure. Tailored business support to help automotive companies identify future opportunities and new markets. Skills and Jobs Centres to provide a one-stop-shops to assist workers – including those in the auto industry – to access training and job support services. The Government has also established the Victorian Automotive Transition Taskforce and four supporting Local Taskforces in Melbourne's north, west, south-east, and in Geelong. The taskforce works closely with businesses, local government and local communities to respond to local needs. I myself chair the Western Local Automotive Transition Task Force. Yet while this Government is trying hard, the Federal Liberal Government has abandoned and turned their backs on automotive workers and businesses during this difficult transition. Make no mistake – thousands of jobs were put at risk due to the actions taken by Tony Abbott and the Liberals when they cut support to Holden and Toyota. Workers at Ford’s manufacturing plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows leave behind a proud legacy which has shaped Victoria’s world class manufacturing industry. While the closure marks the end of an era for Victoria, it certainly does not mark the end of manufacturing in Victoria.

FORD CLOSES ITS DOORS PERMANENTLY

Marking the end of 90 years of manufacturing in Victoria, Ford plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows have closed their doors today for the last time. This has undoubtedly been a difficult day for Ford workers, their families and the many workers in Ford’s supply chain who will be impacted by the closure. If you are one of these people, know that the Andrews Labor Government is doing all we can to help you get through this very difficult period. We are providing $135.4 million of targeted assistance including programs and training for workers and businesses, including: Grants to businesses to generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in Melbourne’s South-East, North, West and Geelong – the communities most impacted by the closure. Tailored business support to help automotive companies identify future opportunities and new markets. Skills and Jobs Centres to provide a one-stop-shops to assist workers – including those in the auto industry – to access training and job support services. The Government has also established the Victorian Automotive Transition Taskforce and four supporting Local Taskforces in Melbourne's north, west, south-east, and in Geelong. The taskforce works closely with businesses, local government and local communities to respond to local needs. I myself chair the Western Local Automotive Transition Task Force. Yet while this Government is trying hard, the Federal Liberal Government has abandoned and turned their backs on automotive workers and businesses during this difficult transition. Make no mistake – thousands of jobs were put at risk due to the actions taken by Tony Abbott and the Liberals when they cut support to Holden and Toyota. Workers at Ford’s manufacturing plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows leave behind a proud legacy which has shaped Victoria’s world class manufacturing industry. While the closure marks the end of an era for Victoria, it certainly does not mark the end of manufacturing in Victoria.

JONES AND BUNTING ROAD: WORKS COMPLETED

Recently I joined the Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP and several community activists at the celebration of the completion of works at Jones and Bunting Roads at Braybrook. Jointly funded by the State Government and Brimbank City Council, the sealing of these roads will minimise the amount of dust that is released by the over 7,000 vehicles that use the roads every day and improve air quality for the surrounding businesses and communities. A special mention to the Braybrook Residents Action Group, Yarraville on the Nose, Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek and the Brooklyn Community Reference Group for their hard work campaigning for this works to be done.

JONES AND BUNTING ROAD: WORKS COMPLETED

Recently I joined the Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP and several community activists at the celebration of the completion of works at Jones and Bunting Roads at Braybrook. Jointly funded by the State Government and Brimbank City Council, the sealing of these roads will minimise the amount of dust that is released by the over 7,000 vehicles that use the roads every day and improve air quality for the surrounding businesses and communities. A special mention to the Braybrook Residents Action Group, Yarraville on the Nose, Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek and the Brooklyn Community Reference Group for their hard work campaigning for this works to be done.

WORK BEGINS ON MAIN RD LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL

Work has begun on the removal of the Main Road level crossing in St. Albans. The project is a key part of the Andrews Labor Government's promise to remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings in state. The Main Road level crossing is the first of the 9 level crossings to be removed in the Western Metropolitan Region.

WORK BEGINS ON MAIN RD LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL

Work has begun on the removal of the Main Road level crossing in St. Albans. The project is a key part of the Andrews Labor Government's promise to remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings in state. The Main Road level crossing is the first of the 9 level crossings to be removed in the Western Metropolitan Region.

New Grants to tackle local crime

The Andrews Labor Government has just announced another 109 grants to assist local communities tackle crime and anti-social behaviour as part of the Community Safety Fund. Of the $830,000 in grants, Local Governments and community groups and organisations in Melbourne's West will recieve $149,423 in funding for projects that will reduce crime and improve community safety. These projects include $10,000 for a Friday night soccer program near Sunshine station to discourage loitering and promote positive role models; $9,900 for temporary public space improvements involving Sudanese youth; $5,000 for a Jamaican dance program; $10,000 for lighting outside Sunshine businesses to improve nighttime safety and a combined $17,600 for lighting near St Albans Square, divided into two grants to the St Albans Business Group Association and Brimbank City Council. The full list of grants awarded to Melbourne's West is available here

New Grants to tackle local crime

The Andrews Labor Government has just announced another 109 grants to assist local communities tackle crime and anti-social behaviour as part of the Community Safety Fund. Of the $830,000 in grants, Local Governments and community groups and organisations in Melbourne's West will recieve $149,423 in funding for projects that will reduce crime and improve community safety. These projects include $10,000 for a Friday night soccer program near Sunshine station to discourage loitering and promote positive role models; $9,900 for temporary public space improvements involving Sudanese youth; $5,000 for a Jamaican dance program; $10,000 for lighting outside Sunshine businesses to improve nighttime safety and a combined $17,600 for lighting near St Albans Square, divided into two grants to the St Albans Business Group Association and Brimbank City Council. The full list of grants awarded to Melbourne's West is available here

Melbourne Metro Rail: Fast Tracked

Work has begun on the Melbourne Metro rail project that will transform Melbourne's public transport system. The project will create 3,500 jobs and double...

Melbourne Metro Rail: Fast Tracked

Work has begun on the Melbourne Metro rail project that will transform Melbourne's public transport system. The project will create 3,500 jobs and double...

New Truck Curfew for Inner West

The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to reduce truck traffic in the inner west, by introducing new curfews. To coincide with the first day of the Victorian school term, VicRoads Transport Safety Services Officers will begin enforcing the expanded truck curfew times along Somerville Rd, Yarraville and Moore St, Footscray. Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, joined Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, and Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson, on Somerville Road to announce the commencement of the new curfews. The curfews aim to strike a balance for the local community and local truck operators by addressing concerns about safety, noise and air quality. The decision to expand existing truck curfews was made after extensive community and industry consultation. Trucks will no longer be able to use Somerville Rd, Yarraville, during peak school hours from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm from Monday to Friday on school days. For more information on the curfew boundaries and exemption area, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au. An additional night curfew will also restrict trucks from using Moore St, Footscray, between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday, and from 1pm Saturday until 6am Monday. Truck operators caught ignoring curfew times can be fined $148 on the spot. The Labor Government is also delivering on its commitment to build the West Gate Distributor with Expressions of Interest for Stage One now open. The West Gate Distributor will redirect thousands of trucks each day away from local streets.

New Truck Curfew for Inner West

The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to reduce truck traffic in the inner west, by introducing new curfews. To coincide with the first day of the Victorian school term, VicRoads Transport Safety Services Officers will begin enforcing the expanded truck curfew times along Somerville Rd, Yarraville and Moore St, Footscray. Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, joined Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, and Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson, on Somerville Road to announce the commencement of the new curfews. The curfews aim to strike a balance for the local community and local truck operators by addressing concerns about safety, noise and air quality. The decision to expand existing truck curfews was made after extensive community and industry consultation. Trucks will no longer be able to use Somerville Rd, Yarraville, during peak school hours from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm from Monday to Friday on school days. For more information on the curfew boundaries and exemption area, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au. An additional night curfew will also restrict trucks from using Moore St, Footscray, between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday, and from 1pm Saturday until 6am Monday. Truck operators caught ignoring curfew times can be fined $148 on the spot. The Labor Government is also delivering on its commitment to build the West Gate Distributor with Expressions of Interest for Stage One now open. The West Gate Distributor will redirect thousands of trucks each day away from local streets.

Free Whooping Cough Vaccine for Victorian Parents

The Andrews Labor Government will reintroduce free whooping cough vaccines for expectant parents and parents of newborns, a program axed in 2012 under the former...