• New local schools

    The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a record investment in new and upgraded local schools, including new secondary schools in Greenvale, Mickleham and Craigieburn.

  • Better health care

    The Andrews Labor Government will deliver a new community hospital in Craigieburn and a dedicated children’s emergency department at the Northern.

  • Improving public transport services

    The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the biggest-ever upgrade to our local bus network, with huge improvements across services covering Craigieburn, Mickleham and Kalkallo.

  • Upgrading major local roads

    Construction has commenced on the Craigieburn Road Upgrade, with planning for the Mickleham Road Upgrade and the Somerton Road Upgrade also underway.

  • More parking for local commuters

    A new 745 space car park has opened at Craigieburn Station, boosting the total number of parking spaces at the station to more than 1,200 and making it easier for commuters to find a car park and catch the train.

  • More parking for local commuters

    A new 745 space car park has opened at Craigieburn Station, boosting the total number of parking spaces at the station to more than 1,200 and making it easier for commuters to find a car park and catch the train.

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PLANNING FOR A FUTURE SOMERTON ROAD UPGRADE

Planning is underway for a future Somerton Road Upgrade to improve traffic flow, safety, and travel times for road users throughout Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The Andrews Labor Government is seeking feedback from our community to help inform planning and shape the development of design options for a future upgrade to Somerton Road. Planning and development work underway includes traffic modelling, planning studies, environmental investigations to help understand social and ecological impacts, and to confirm the scope and costs of different options. The Andrews Labor Government is seeking input on how people travel in the area, their views on road safety and access as well as what is important in our local community. As part of these investigations, the project team is considering options to upgrade 4km of Somerton Road between Mickleham Road and Roxburgh Park Drive. This will also include exploring how to improve key intersections, cycling and walking paths, and safety along the road. The planning and development work will inform a business case on a future Somerton Road Upgrade, which is anticipated to be finalised in early 2023. This planning work supports targeted upgrades in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, with construction underway on the Craigieburn Road Upgrade, and the recent funding announcement for the Mickleham Road Upgrade. To provide feedback on the planning, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/somerton-road-upgrade between Monday 1 August and Monday 22 August. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: “This planning phase will help shape the design for a future Somerton Road Upgrade so we can make sure we’re delivering the most effective upgrade for locals.” “The potential upgrade forms part of a massive suite of upgrades in Melbourne’s north, relieving congestion and improving travel times for motorists.”

PLANNING FOR A FUTURE SOMERTON ROAD UPGRADE

Planning is underway for a future Somerton Road Upgrade to improve traffic flow, safety, and travel times for road users throughout Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The Andrews Labor Government is seeking feedback from our community to help inform planning and shape the development of design options for a future upgrade to Somerton Road. Planning and development work underway includes traffic modelling, planning studies, environmental investigations to help understand social and ecological impacts, and to confirm the scope and costs of different options. The Andrews Labor Government is seeking input on how people travel in the area, their views on road safety and access as well as what is important in our local community. As part of these investigations, the project team is considering options to upgrade 4km of Somerton Road between Mickleham Road and Roxburgh Park Drive. This will also include exploring how to improve key intersections, cycling and walking paths, and safety along the road. The planning and development work will inform a business case on a future Somerton Road Upgrade, which is anticipated to be finalised in early 2023. This planning work supports targeted upgrades in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, with construction underway on the Craigieburn Road Upgrade, and the recent funding announcement for the Mickleham Road Upgrade. To provide feedback on the planning, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/somerton-road-upgrade between Monday 1 August and Monday 22 August. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: “This planning phase will help shape the design for a future Somerton Road Upgrade so we can make sure we’re delivering the most effective upgrade for locals.” “The potential upgrade forms part of a massive suite of upgrades in Melbourne’s north, relieving congestion and improving travel times for motorists.”

MULTICULTURAL HUB FEASIBILITY STUDY

Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP today announced that up to $200,000 has been provided in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 for a feasibility study into the development of a multicultural hub in our local community. The feasibility study is to determine the level of need, the preferred model and the best location for a multicultural hub. The findings of the feasibility study will help inform future state government budget investments. Such a community hub would provide an activity space for our diverse and vibrant multicultural community in Yuroke and alleviate pressure on existing Council facilities. It would benefit a number of multicultural groups and help bring communities together, while also putting more shovels in the ground and creating construction jobs. The Yuroke community is proudly multicultural and establishing a dedicated hub can help ensure our local communities can celebrate, preserve and share their traditions, as well as promote social cohesion. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 delivers more than $26 million for young people and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, helping them come together as we emerge from the pandemic. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: “The community’s interest for a multicultural hub is often raised with me and I am proud to have secured funding for a feasibility study for such a space.” “This funding will support the efforts of Councillor Haweil, who has been advocating on behalf of multicultural and multifaith groups in the community for such a hub and I look forward to receiving the study.”

MULTICULTURAL HUB FEASIBILITY STUDY

Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP today announced that up to $200,000 has been provided in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 for a feasibility study into the development of a multicultural hub in our local community. The feasibility study is to determine the level of need, the preferred model and the best location for a multicultural hub. The findings of the feasibility study will help inform future state government budget investments. Such a community hub would provide an activity space for our diverse and vibrant multicultural community in Yuroke and alleviate pressure on existing Council facilities. It would benefit a number of multicultural groups and help bring communities together, while also putting more shovels in the ground and creating construction jobs. The Yuroke community is proudly multicultural and establishing a dedicated hub can help ensure our local communities can celebrate, preserve and share their traditions, as well as promote social cohesion. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 delivers more than $26 million for young people and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, helping them come together as we emerge from the pandemic. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: “The community’s interest for a multicultural hub is often raised with me and I am proud to have secured funding for a feasibility study for such a space.” “This funding will support the efforts of Councillor Haweil, who has been advocating on behalf of multicultural and multifaith groups in the community for such a hub and I look forward to receiving the study.”

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS PROGRAM

The Victorian Government is supporting multicultural communities and organisations to hold cultural events and festivals for their local communities through round one of the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program. Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence MP today announced local recipients in her electorate through the program. Recipients include, the Ente Keralam Cultural Forum, the Kali Mata Mandir Craigieburn, the Nepalese Association of Victorian, and the Victorian Afghan Youth Association. This program offers grants of between $2,000 and $50,000 to support organisations across Victoria to host events that help preserve multicultural communities’ heritage and provide opportunities to celebrate and share their cultural identity, customs, and traditions with Victorians from all backgrounds. As part of this program applicants were encouraged to explore new methods of reaching people to join in their celebrations and to consider how their events could be delivered in an online or hybrid format. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: “I am proud the Andrew’s Labor Government is working to support organisations in my community through this program.” “This program allows multicultural and multifaith communities to celebrate and share their cultural heritage with all Victorians regardless of their background.”

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS PROGRAM

The Victorian Government is supporting multicultural communities and organisations to hold cultural events and festivals for their local communities through round one of the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program. Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence MP today announced local recipients in her electorate through the program. Recipients include, the Ente Keralam Cultural Forum, the Kali Mata Mandir Craigieburn, the Nepalese Association of Victorian, and the Victorian Afghan Youth Association. This program offers grants of between $2,000 and $50,000 to support organisations across Victoria to host events that help preserve multicultural communities’ heritage and provide opportunities to celebrate and share their cultural identity, customs, and traditions with Victorians from all backgrounds. As part of this program applicants were encouraged to explore new methods of reaching people to join in their celebrations and to consider how their events could be delivered in an online or hybrid format. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: “I am proud the Andrew’s Labor Government is working to support organisations in my community through this program.” “This program allows multicultural and multifaith communities to celebrate and share their cultural heritage with all Victorians regardless of their background.”

KALKALLO’S FIRST SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES OPEN

The community of Kalkallo now has its first permanent recreation facility thanks to a new multi-purpose pavilion built to meet the needs of Kalkallo’s growing and diverse community. On Saturday member for Yuroke, Ros Spence MP attended the opening of the Kalkallo Recreation Reserve Pavilion in Cloverton, which is also the new home to growing sporting clubs, the Hume Bombers Football Club, and the Donnybrook Cricket Club. This project received almost $1.5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at a local level. The development will provide Kalkallo residents with more opportunities to participate in sport and recreation. The facility features a large social room, two sets of change rooms, including gender inclusive change areas, two umpire rooms, a kitchen area, office space, storage rooms as well as landscaping and a viewing area. This project was delivered in partnership with Hume City Council, who contributed an equal amount of almost $1.5 million towards the project amounting to a total of nearly $3 million. The latest round of the Growing Suburbs Fund is now open for submissions, with $50 million available to support vital infrastructure projects in the fastest-growing areas around Melbourne including Hume City Council. Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has supported 299 projects, representing a total infrastructure investment of $1.07 billion, including almost $31.5 million in Hume City Council which has supported a total of 35 projects. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: “I’m proud that the Andrews Labor Government has partnered with Hume City Council to deliver the Kalkallo Recreation Reserve Pavilion for our growing community in Melbourne’s outer north.” “This fantastic new sport and recreation facility will make a huge difference to our local community by providing greater opportunities for healthy outdoor activities.”

KALKALLO’S FIRST SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES OPEN

The community of Kalkallo now has its first permanent recreation facility thanks to a new multi-purpose pavilion built to meet the needs of Kalkallo’s growing and diverse community. On Saturday member for Yuroke, Ros Spence MP attended the opening of the Kalkallo Recreation Reserve Pavilion in Cloverton, which is also the new home to growing sporting clubs, the Hume Bombers Football Club, and the Donnybrook Cricket Club. This project received almost $1.5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at a local level. The development will provide Kalkallo residents with more opportunities to participate in sport and recreation. The facility features a large social room, two sets of change rooms, including gender inclusive change areas, two umpire rooms, a kitchen area, office space, storage rooms as well as landscaping and a viewing area. This project was delivered in partnership with Hume City Council, who contributed an equal amount of almost $1.5 million towards the project amounting to a total of nearly $3 million. The latest round of the Growing Suburbs Fund is now open for submissions, with $50 million available to support vital infrastructure projects in the fastest-growing areas around Melbourne including Hume City Council. Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has supported 299 projects, representing a total infrastructure investment of $1.07 billion, including almost $31.5 million in Hume City Council which has supported a total of 35 projects. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: “I’m proud that the Andrews Labor Government has partnered with Hume City Council to deliver the Kalkallo Recreation Reserve Pavilion for our growing community in Melbourne’s outer north.” “This fantastic new sport and recreation facility will make a huge difference to our local community by providing greater opportunities for healthy outdoor activities.”

 

BUILDER APPOINTED FOR CRAIGIEBURN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Families in the outer north are one step closer to accessing integrated healthcare closer to home, with a builder appointed for the construction of the Craigieburn Community Hospital. Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence MP today announced that Lendlease Building Contractors has been appointed to lead construction of the Craigieburn Community Hospital, which will create and sustain hundreds of local jobs in construction. The hospital is one of 10 new community hospitals being built in some of the state’s fastest growing areas and funded as part of a $675 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. To be operated by Northern Health the Craigieburn Community Hospital will be a small public hospital offering services tailored to local community needs, including urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses, day hospital services including dialysis, paediatric services, allied health, and community mental health services. Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will improve follow-up treatment and support for those requiring complex care. The Craigieburn Community Hospital will help take the pressure off nearby major hospitals including the Northern Hospital in Epping – allowing them to focus on critical care, complex health issues and surgeries, emergencies, and trauma. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority, construction of the Craigieburn Community Hospital is expected to get underway later this year and completed in 2024. Once operational, the ten community hospitals across Victoria will have the capacity to treat at least 114,000 more urgent care patients, 55,000 dialysis treatments and enable more than 100,000 additional allied health sessions each year. The Community Hospital program will create an estimated 1,900 jobs during planning and construction and deliver more than 1,000 healthcare jobs once completed. More information on the Community Hospitals Program is available at vhba.vic.gov.au/community-hospitals-program Quote attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: Our local community is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. That’s why we’re getting on with the job of building this much-needed new community hospital so more local families will be able to manage their health needs closer to home.

BUILDER APPOINTED FOR CRAIGIEBURN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Families in the outer north are one step closer to accessing integrated healthcare closer to home, with a builder appointed for the construction of the Craigieburn Community Hospital. Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence MP today announced that Lendlease Building Contractors has been appointed to lead construction of the Craigieburn Community Hospital, which will create and sustain hundreds of local jobs in construction. The hospital is one of 10 new community hospitals being built in some of the state’s fastest growing areas and funded as part of a $675 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. To be operated by Northern Health the Craigieburn Community Hospital will be a small public hospital offering services tailored to local community needs, including urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses, day hospital services including dialysis, paediatric services, allied health, and community mental health services. Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will improve follow-up treatment and support for those requiring complex care. The Craigieburn Community Hospital will help take the pressure off nearby major hospitals including the Northern Hospital in Epping – allowing them to focus on critical care, complex health issues and surgeries, emergencies, and trauma. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority, construction of the Craigieburn Community Hospital is expected to get underway later this year and completed in 2024. Once operational, the ten community hospitals across Victoria will have the capacity to treat at least 114,000 more urgent care patients, 55,000 dialysis treatments and enable more than 100,000 additional allied health sessions each year. The Community Hospital program will create an estimated 1,900 jobs during planning and construction and deliver more than 1,000 healthcare jobs once completed. More information on the Community Hospitals Program is available at vhba.vic.gov.au/community-hospitals-program Quote attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP: Our local community is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. That’s why we’re getting on with the job of building this much-needed new community hospital so more local families will be able to manage their health needs closer to home.

BREAST SCREENING BOOST IN CRAIGIEBURN TO SAVE LIVES

Thousands more Victorians in Yuroke will have better access to life-saving breast cancer screening and specialist care close to home under a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP today announced a permanent breast screening service in Craigieburn – giving more Victorians access to vital preventative breast scans and specialist treatment to find cancer early. The new service is one of eight additional permanent BreastScreen Victoria services across the state as part of a $20 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 – delivering breast screening services to an additional 36,000 eligible Victorians every year by 2026. The funding will support the expansion of BreastScreen Victoria’s Reading and Assessment services (RAS) in Parkville and Monash. It will also support strategies designed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women accessing services. While breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost two per cent a year since 1994, in 2020 alone 4,575 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 766 died from the disease. BreastScreen Victoria currently provides services at 46 permanent screening clinics. About six per cent of BreastScreen Victoria clients are called back to a RAS for further investigation. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 has set ambitious targets to reduce the harm caused by all cancers and save 10,000 lives by 2025. BreastScreen Victoria provides free two-yearly breast screens for eligible Victorians without symptoms. If you are due to be screened, book an appointment by calling 13 20 50 or visiting www.breastscreen.org.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP “Thanks to earlier detection and better treatments, more Victorians in Melbourne’s outer north are surviving breast cancer. We’re now making it even easier to get screened with a permanent service right here in Craigieburn.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley MP: “When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the key to survival. That’s why having a free, two-yearly screen is so important and could save your life.”

BREAST SCREENING BOOST IN CRAIGIEBURN TO SAVE LIVES

Thousands more Victorians in Yuroke will have better access to life-saving breast cancer screening and specialist care close to home under a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP today announced a permanent breast screening service in Craigieburn – giving more Victorians access to vital preventative breast scans and specialist treatment to find cancer early. The new service is one of eight additional permanent BreastScreen Victoria services across the state as part of a $20 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 – delivering breast screening services to an additional 36,000 eligible Victorians every year by 2026. The funding will support the expansion of BreastScreen Victoria’s Reading and Assessment services (RAS) in Parkville and Monash. It will also support strategies designed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women accessing services. While breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost two per cent a year since 1994, in 2020 alone 4,575 Victorian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 766 died from the disease. BreastScreen Victoria currently provides services at 46 permanent screening clinics. About six per cent of BreastScreen Victoria clients are called back to a RAS for further investigation. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-2024 has set ambitious targets to reduce the harm caused by all cancers and save 10,000 lives by 2025. BreastScreen Victoria provides free two-yearly breast screens for eligible Victorians without symptoms. If you are due to be screened, book an appointment by calling 13 20 50 or visiting www.breastscreen.org.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence MP “Thanks to earlier detection and better treatments, more Victorians in Melbourne’s outer north are surviving breast cancer. We’re now making it even easier to get screened with a permanent service right here in Craigieburn.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley MP: “When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the key to survival. That’s why having a free, two-yearly screen is so important and could save your life.”

Bill Speech: Summary Offences Amendment (Nazi Symbol Prohibition) Bill 2022

Ros speaks in favour of the Summary Offences Amendment (Nazi Symbol Prohibition) Bill 2022

Members Statement: Jackson Coombs

Ros recognises the achievements of Greenvale local Jackson Coombs