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UPGRADED CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES FOR HERITAGE COLLEGE

Students at Heritage College Officer Campus will now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today visited Heritage College Officer Campus to open its new $4.97 million Primary School facility, which includes 11 new general-purpose classrooms, a dedicated music room, a multi-purpose space, kitchen facilities, and outdoor play spaces. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Labor Government is building the Education State, ensuring every student can access a great local school and a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We’re ensuring local students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers, and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “These new classrooms will be well-received by local families and students at Heritage College, who can look forward to a transformed learning space with new classrooms and new facilities that will give students the best opportunities for their futures.” [gallery link="none" size="large" columns="2" ids="7757,7756,7762,7761"]

UPGRADED CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES FOR HERITAGE COLLEGE

Students at Heritage College Officer Campus will now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities to learn in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today visited Heritage College Officer Campus to open its new $4.97 million Primary School facility, which includes 11 new general-purpose classrooms, a dedicated music room, a multi-purpose space, kitchen facilities, and outdoor play spaces. In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. The Labor Government is building the Education State, ensuring every student can access a great local school and a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We’re ensuring local students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers, and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “These new classrooms will be well-received by local families and students at Heritage College, who can look forward to a transformed learning space with new classrooms and new facilities that will give students the best opportunities for their futures.” [gallery link="none" size="large" columns="2" ids="7757,7756,7762,7761"]

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR OFFICER SPECIALIST SCHOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Officer Specialist School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests $3.7 million to deliver upgrade works at Officer Specialist School. The funding will upgrade and modernise the school, including new permanent classrooms to make sure every student has the space they need to learn, grow and play. Officer Specialist School is one of 36 special schools to share in $326 million in capital upgrades in the Budget – making sure that students with special needs receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities. That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade. Alongside upgrading special schools, major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Officer Specialist School and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.” “We are building a modern new school to ensure Officer students and their families have access to a great education close to home in the Education State.” “It’s only a Labor government that will deliver an education system that supports every Victorian child to reach their full potential, no matter whether they attend a specialist school or a mainstream school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.” [gallery size="large" columns="2" link="none" ids="7782,7781"]

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR OFFICER SPECIALIST SCHOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Officer Specialist School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests $3.7 million to deliver upgrade works at Officer Specialist School. The funding will upgrade and modernise the school, including new permanent classrooms to make sure every student has the space they need to learn, grow and play. Officer Specialist School is one of 36 special schools to share in $326 million in capital upgrades in the Budget – making sure that students with special needs receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities. That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade. Alongside upgrading special schools, major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Officer Specialist School and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.” “We are building a modern new school to ensure Officer students and their families have access to a great education close to home in the Education State.” “It’s only a Labor government that will deliver an education system that supports every Victorian child to reach their full potential, no matter whether they attend a specialist school or a mainstream school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.” [gallery size="large" columns="2" link="none" ids="7782,7781"]

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR YINNAR PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Yinnar Primary School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests $7.3 million to deliver upgrades and modernise existing facilities at the school including Block A and the Stadium at Yinnar Primary School. Major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home. Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities. Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Alongside upgrading mainstream schools this Budget will upgrade 36 special schools. That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “These upgrades to Yinnar Primary school will ensure that our younger students have the best educational experience as they continue through their educational journey.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Yinnar Primary School and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.” “We’re supporting every Victorian child to reach their full potential – whether they live in the city or across regional Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.” [gallery size="medium" ids="7629,7630,7631"]

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR YINNAR PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Yinnar Primary School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests $7.3 million to deliver upgrades and modernise existing facilities at the school including Block A and the Stadium at Yinnar Primary School. Major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home. Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities. Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Alongside upgrading mainstream schools this Budget will upgrade 36 special schools. That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “These upgrades to Yinnar Primary school will ensure that our younger students have the best educational experience as they continue through their educational journey.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Yinnar Primary School and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.” “We’re supporting every Victorian child to reach their full potential – whether they live in the city or across regional Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.” [gallery size="medium" ids="7629,7630,7631"]

DELIVERING CRITICAL CARE FOR REGIONAL CANCER PATIENTS

Regional cancer patients will have access to brand new radiotherapy services closer to home, thanks to a massive funding boost in the Victorian Budget 2022/23. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre will receive a new a new Linear Accelerator (Linac) as part of an $11 million funding package, which will also fund Linacs at Ballarat Austin Radiation Oncology Centre and University Hospital Geelong. Linacs use high energy radiation beams to target different cancers with pinpoint accuracy and can be used to treat a range of patients with both simple and complex issues. The three Linacs will each be able to treat up to 50 people per day, and the new Linac in Gippsland will deliver approximately 425 extra radiation courses each year. The investment will reduce the number of regional Victorians being referred to city services and increase the number of patients who are able to get their treatments faster and closer to home. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 is delivering a massive investment in regional health, including huge investments in local projects and more health workers to care for regional Victorians. Regional health projects across the State will be funded through a massive $300 million boost to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, taking total investment in the fund to $790 million since it started in 2016. The extra investment will give health services the resources to do targeted upgrades and expands on what is the largest health grants program in the state’s history. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “These new machines will mean more regional Victorians diagnosed with cancer will have access to the very best treatment, close to their family, friends and support networks.” “Victorians are entitled to get the best quality health care, no matter where they live – which is why we’re making such significant investments right across regional Victoria.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “A cancer diagnosis can be an incredibly tough time for families – our aim is to make it that little bit easier by ensuring regional Victorians can access timely treatments, without the hassle of travel.”   “Having a new Linac machine in our own backyard will be so important for patients in Gippsland and will mean they have the best technology possible on hand during their treatment.” [gallery size="medium" link="none" ids="7786,7784,7624"]

DELIVERING CRITICAL CARE FOR REGIONAL CANCER PATIENTS

Regional cancer patients will have access to brand new radiotherapy services closer to home, thanks to a massive funding boost in the Victorian Budget 2022/23. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre will receive a new a new Linear Accelerator (Linac) as part of an $11 million funding package, which will also fund Linacs at Ballarat Austin Radiation Oncology Centre and University Hospital Geelong. Linacs use high energy radiation beams to target different cancers with pinpoint accuracy and can be used to treat a range of patients with both simple and complex issues. The three Linacs will each be able to treat up to 50 people per day, and the new Linac in Gippsland will deliver approximately 425 extra radiation courses each year. The investment will reduce the number of regional Victorians being referred to city services and increase the number of patients who are able to get their treatments faster and closer to home. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 is delivering a massive investment in regional health, including huge investments in local projects and more health workers to care for regional Victorians. Regional health projects across the State will be funded through a massive $300 million boost to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, taking total investment in the fund to $790 million since it started in 2016. The extra investment will give health services the resources to do targeted upgrades and expands on what is the largest health grants program in the state’s history. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “These new machines will mean more regional Victorians diagnosed with cancer will have access to the very best treatment, close to their family, friends and support networks.” “Victorians are entitled to get the best quality health care, no matter where they live – which is why we’re making such significant investments right across regional Victoria.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “A cancer diagnosis can be an incredibly tough time for families – our aim is to make it that little bit easier by ensuring regional Victorians can access timely treatments, without the hassle of travel.”   “Having a new Linac machine in our own backyard will be so important for patients in Gippsland and will mean they have the best technology possible on hand during their treatment.” [gallery size="medium" link="none" ids="7786,7784,7624"]

IMPROVING CONNECTIONS ON THE STRZELECKI HIGHWAY

The Andrews Labor Government is improving safety and travel times along the Strzelecki Highway with a new overtaking lane along the key tourism and agricultural route. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 includes an $8.25 million package of works to deliver a northbound overtaking lane on the Strzelecki Highway between Morwell and Mirboo North near Creamery Road, providing safer overtaking opportunities for drivers and reducing the risk of head-on and run-off road crashes. The overtaking lane will feature centreline and left-hand side flexible safety barriers where possible, to maximise safety. There were 34 recorded casualty crashes between 1 January 2017 and 3 November 2021 along the Strzelecki Highway, resulting in two fatalities, 15 serious injuries and 17 minor injuries. Early works on this project are expected to commence in the 2022-23 financial year and take up to three years to complete. This project is part of a $226.7 million investment high-priority road and intersection upgrade projects at locations across Victoria including the Bass Highway in Kilcunda, the Bellarine Highway in Moolap, and the Princes Highway at Bairnsdale-Dargo Road. Over the coming year, the Labor Government’s road maintenance blitz will step up with $780 million invested across Victoria, including record asset expenditure of $187 million on road rehabilitation, drainage renewal and bridge works. This means safer and more efficient journeys and is a major boost to the freight and tourism industries that rely on these roads. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We are delivering the first northbound overtaking lane between Mirboo North and Morwell, dramatically improving safety along this route.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Strzelecki Highway is a popular agricultural and recreational route, and the upgrades will better connect Victorians from Latrobe Valley and Princes Highway to tourist hotspots in Bass Coast and South Gippsland.”

IMPROVING CONNECTIONS ON THE STRZELECKI HIGHWAY

The Andrews Labor Government is improving safety and travel times along the Strzelecki Highway with a new overtaking lane along the key tourism and agricultural route. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 includes an $8.25 million package of works to deliver a northbound overtaking lane on the Strzelecki Highway between Morwell and Mirboo North near Creamery Road, providing safer overtaking opportunities for drivers and reducing the risk of head-on and run-off road crashes. The overtaking lane will feature centreline and left-hand side flexible safety barriers where possible, to maximise safety. There were 34 recorded casualty crashes between 1 January 2017 and 3 November 2021 along the Strzelecki Highway, resulting in two fatalities, 15 serious injuries and 17 minor injuries. Early works on this project are expected to commence in the 2022-23 financial year and take up to three years to complete. This project is part of a $226.7 million investment high-priority road and intersection upgrade projects at locations across Victoria including the Bass Highway in Kilcunda, the Bellarine Highway in Moolap, and the Princes Highway at Bairnsdale-Dargo Road. Over the coming year, the Labor Government’s road maintenance blitz will step up with $780 million invested across Victoria, including record asset expenditure of $187 million on road rehabilitation, drainage renewal and bridge works. This means safer and more efficient journeys and is a major boost to the freight and tourism industries that rely on these roads. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We are delivering the first northbound overtaking lane between Mirboo North and Morwell, dramatically improving safety along this route.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Strzelecki Highway is a popular agricultural and recreational route, and the upgrades will better connect Victorians from Latrobe Valley and Princes Highway to tourist hotspots in Bass Coast and South Gippsland.”

NEW SCHOOL A STEP CLOSER FOR PAKENHAM FAMILIES

Families in Pakenham will soon have the quality new local school they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented investments in the Education State. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Harriet Shing today announced land will be acquired for Pakenham Northwest Primary School (interim name) which will be one of 15 sites to be acquired for future new schools, backed by an investment of $236.7 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23. Our outer suburbs are growing quickly. The Labor Government will invest $236.7 million to acquire land in Cardinia, Casey, Greater Geelong, Hume, Melton, Whittlesea and Wyndham for future new schools, as well as $92.2 million for new relocatable buildings to provide extra places in 2023 for schools with fast-growing enrolments. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 also includes a $527.2 million investment to build 13 new schools set to open in 2024, as well as extra stages at four existing new school projects. With another new school already funded in the Victorian Budget 2021/22, a total of 14 new Victorian schools will open in 2024. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Harriet Shing “We are acquiring land for a future new primary school to ensure Pakenham students and their families have access to a great education close to home.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this new school will be critical for young families in Pakenham who are embarking on their educational journey.” “Only our government will deliver an education system that supports every Victorian child to reach their full potential, no matter whether they attend a specialist school or a mainstream school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We promised we’d open 100 new schools across the state to make sure every family has access to a fantastic education, close to home – and that’s exactly what we’ve done, with another land for a further 15 new schools – including Pakenham Northwest Primary School.”

NEW SCHOOL A STEP CLOSER FOR PAKENHAM FAMILIES

Families in Pakenham will soon have the quality new local school they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented investments in the Education State. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Harriet Shing today announced land will be acquired for Pakenham Northwest Primary School (interim name) which will be one of 15 sites to be acquired for future new schools, backed by an investment of $236.7 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23. Our outer suburbs are growing quickly. The Labor Government will invest $236.7 million to acquire land in Cardinia, Casey, Greater Geelong, Hume, Melton, Whittlesea and Wyndham for future new schools, as well as $92.2 million for new relocatable buildings to provide extra places in 2023 for schools with fast-growing enrolments. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 also includes a $527.2 million investment to build 13 new schools set to open in 2024, as well as extra stages at four existing new school projects. With another new school already funded in the Victorian Budget 2021/22, a total of 14 new Victorian schools will open in 2024. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Harriet Shing “We are acquiring land for a future new primary school to ensure Pakenham students and their families have access to a great education close to home.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this new school will be critical for young families in Pakenham who are embarking on their educational journey.” “Only our government will deliver an education system that supports every Victorian child to reach their full potential, no matter whether they attend a specialist school or a mainstream school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We promised we’d open 100 new schools across the state to make sure every family has access to a fantastic education, close to home – and that’s exactly what we’ve done, with another land for a further 15 new schools – including Pakenham Northwest Primary School.”

 

NEW SCHOOL A STEP CLOSER FOR OFFICER FAMILIES

Families in Officer will soon have the quality new local school they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented investments in the Education State. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced Officer Brunt Road Primary School (interim name) will be one of 14 new schools to open across the state in 2024, thanks to an investment of $527.2 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23. When complete, Officer Brunt Road Primary School will welcome 650 students to support the growing south-east. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We are building a modern new school to ensure Officer students and their families have access to a great education close to home in the Education State.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this new school will be critical for young families in Officer who are embarking on their educational journey.” “Only our government will deliver an education system that supports every Victorian child to reach their full potential, no matter whether they attend a specialist school or a mainstream school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We promised we’d open 100 new schools across the state to make sure every family has access to a fantastic education, close to home – and that’s exactly what we’ve done, with another 14 on the way – including Officer Brunt Road.”

NEW SCHOOL A STEP CLOSER FOR OFFICER FAMILIES

Families in Officer will soon have the quality new local school they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented investments in the Education State. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced Officer Brunt Road Primary School (interim name) will be one of 14 new schools to open across the state in 2024, thanks to an investment of $527.2 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23. When complete, Officer Brunt Road Primary School will welcome 650 students to support the growing south-east. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We are building a modern new school to ensure Officer students and their families have access to a great education close to home in the Education State.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this new school will be critical for young families in Officer who are embarking on their educational journey.” “Only our government will deliver an education system that supports every Victorian child to reach their full potential, no matter whether they attend a specialist school or a mainstream school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We promised we’d open 100 new schools across the state to make sure every family has access to a fantastic education, close to home – and that’s exactly what we’ve done, with another 14 on the way – including Officer Brunt Road.”

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN EASTERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Eastern Victoria. Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around. When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care. Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes. But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government.  And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state. This Budget invests in regional health – because regional Victorians deserve the same level of care as people in Melbourne. At the centre of the plan is a $300m injection to upgrade regional hospitals and healthcare facilities in every corner of our state, the largest Regional Health and Infrastructure Fund boost since it was created by the Andrews Labor Government. From operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, to life saving medical equipment. We’re also providing $9 million to regional women’s health services and a further $11.5 million to deliver group parenting sessions to support families with children struggling with their mental health. Because no matter where you live, every Victorian and their family deserves great healthcare. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Eastern Victoria get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. The first ever Royal Commission into Mental Health told us that when it to comes to accessing mental health care, Victorians don’t know where to turn, or who to turn to – which is why having a nearby mental health service in your local community can make all the difference. That’s why we’re getting on with delivering four mental health and alcohol and other drug hubs, including a new hub at the emergency department at Latrobe Regional Hospital – so that Victorians and their loved ones struggling with mental health get the care they need close to their families and communities. You can't get a first-rate education, in a second-rate classroom. It’s why we’re going to upgrade Coldstream Primary School with $2.4 million to bring buildings at the school into the 21st century and Yinnar Primary School will receive $7.3 million to upgrade the school and stadium – because under the Andrews Labor Government, we're giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Local families deserve great local schools and in Eastern Victoria they will get them. We’re building a brand-new school, opening for Term 1, 2024, for 650 kids in the growing community of Officer – Officer Brunt Road Primary school (interim name), giving kids great classrooms for a great education – and at the same time creating local jobs to build them. We’re also getting on with planning for the future of Victorian families in the community of Pakenham by securing land for the future Pakenham North West Primary School (interim name), so that more kids get to go to a great school, with great teachers, close to home. Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. In this Budget, we're upgrading 36 special schools, including a $3.7 million upgrade at Officer Specialist School and $6.6 million upgrade at Warragul and District Specialist School to give students new permanent classrooms. This will mean every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade since we came to government. To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. Devastating bushfires, floods and natural disasters have highlighted how important it is that our state is prepared, connected and resourced to deliver quick and efficient emergency responses. So we're increasing capacity of our emergency service operators and workforce to look after us, in our hour of need and working with communities to better prepare and recover from natural disasters now and into the future. We're bringing the Commonwealth Games back to Victoria in 2026. These Games will be unlike any before in the history of the Commonwealth Games – they will be held in regional centres across the state – with a focus on athlete hubs including in Gippsland. This will offer the opportunity for regional cities and towns to host major events, tourism, arts, culture, and sport well beyond the Commonwealth Games – and help deliver the triple benefit of creating local jobs and housing and boosting regional economies too. Local communities deserve great places to play sport and under the Andrews Labor Government, they will have them. We're investing $88 million to build, upgrade and renovate community sporting infrastructure across Victoria, including at Traralgon Recreation Reserve where $2.75 million is provided to repair flood damage. We’re also investing $1 million for a new skate park at Worrell Reserve in Emerald and $500,000 for a new scoreboard and change rooms at Hughes Park in Croydon North. We know better roads get us where we need to go sooner and safer – and building them creates new jobs for Victorians. It's why this Budget delivers funding towards a northbound overtaking lane between Morwell and Mirboo North on the Strzelecki Highway, improving safety and connectivity for local commuters. This Budget also delivers $7.7 million to seal Ryan Road in Pakenham East, improving access to the new train station at Pakenham East and removing the need to detour through local streets. With this Budget, we’re continuing to back the Latrobe Valley, with $7.5 million for the Latrobe Valley Authority to keep supporting the local community and the growth of new jobs – including continued business concierge services, the Ladder Step Up program and further economic transition planning for workers. In this Budget, we’ll keep supporting our growing suburbs, with an additional $50 million for our Growing Suburbs Fund so we can continue building health and wellbeing hubs, new parks, and community centres in our growing suburban and peri-urban communities. We will also continue to deliver local initiatives so that Lilydale can flourish through the Lilydale Suburban Revitalisation Board. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs. With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We’re giving our healthcare workers the tools they need to make sure every single Victorian patient gets the world-class care they deserve, close to home, with the support of their loved ones.” “We have a strong track record when it comes to delivering for workers in Gippsland, including through the Latrobe Valley Authority – not just creating jobs and supporting local projects, but to support the needs of workers and their families.” “We’re delivering new and upgraded schools across Eastern Victoria, so that kids get the best start in life.”

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN EASTERN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Eastern Victoria. Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around. When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care. Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes. But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government.  And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state. This Budget invests in regional health – because regional Victorians deserve the same level of care as people in Melbourne. At the centre of the plan is a $300m injection to upgrade regional hospitals and healthcare facilities in every corner of our state, the largest Regional Health and Infrastructure Fund boost since it was created by the Andrews Labor Government. From operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, to life saving medical equipment. We’re also providing $9 million to regional women’s health services and a further $11.5 million to deliver group parenting sessions to support families with children struggling with their mental health. Because no matter where you live, every Victorian and their family deserves great healthcare. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Eastern Victoria get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. The first ever Royal Commission into Mental Health told us that when it to comes to accessing mental health care, Victorians don’t know where to turn, or who to turn to – which is why having a nearby mental health service in your local community can make all the difference. That’s why we’re getting on with delivering four mental health and alcohol and other drug hubs, including a new hub at the emergency department at Latrobe Regional Hospital – so that Victorians and their loved ones struggling with mental health get the care they need close to their families and communities. You can't get a first-rate education, in a second-rate classroom. It’s why we’re going to upgrade Coldstream Primary School with $2.4 million to bring buildings at the school into the 21st century and Yinnar Primary School will receive $7.3 million to upgrade the school and stadium – because under the Andrews Labor Government, we're giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Local families deserve great local schools and in Eastern Victoria they will get them. We’re building a brand-new school, opening for Term 1, 2024, for 650 kids in the growing community of Officer – Officer Brunt Road Primary school (interim name), giving kids great classrooms for a great education – and at the same time creating local jobs to build them. We’re also getting on with planning for the future of Victorian families in the community of Pakenham by securing land for the future Pakenham North West Primary School (interim name), so that more kids get to go to a great school, with great teachers, close to home. Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. In this Budget, we're upgrading 36 special schools, including a $3.7 million upgrade at Officer Specialist School and $6.6 million upgrade at Warragul and District Specialist School to give students new permanent classrooms. This will mean every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade since we came to government. To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. Devastating bushfires, floods and natural disasters have highlighted how important it is that our state is prepared, connected and resourced to deliver quick and efficient emergency responses. So we're increasing capacity of our emergency service operators and workforce to look after us, in our hour of need and working with communities to better prepare and recover from natural disasters now and into the future. We're bringing the Commonwealth Games back to Victoria in 2026. These Games will be unlike any before in the history of the Commonwealth Games – they will be held in regional centres across the state – with a focus on athlete hubs including in Gippsland. This will offer the opportunity for regional cities and towns to host major events, tourism, arts, culture, and sport well beyond the Commonwealth Games – and help deliver the triple benefit of creating local jobs and housing and boosting regional economies too. Local communities deserve great places to play sport and under the Andrews Labor Government, they will have them. We're investing $88 million to build, upgrade and renovate community sporting infrastructure across Victoria, including at Traralgon Recreation Reserve where $2.75 million is provided to repair flood damage. We’re also investing $1 million for a new skate park at Worrell Reserve in Emerald and $500,000 for a new scoreboard and change rooms at Hughes Park in Croydon North. We know better roads get us where we need to go sooner and safer – and building them creates new jobs for Victorians. It's why this Budget delivers funding towards a northbound overtaking lane between Morwell and Mirboo North on the Strzelecki Highway, improving safety and connectivity for local commuters. This Budget also delivers $7.7 million to seal Ryan Road in Pakenham East, improving access to the new train station at Pakenham East and removing the need to detour through local streets. With this Budget, we’re continuing to back the Latrobe Valley, with $7.5 million for the Latrobe Valley Authority to keep supporting the local community and the growth of new jobs – including continued business concierge services, the Ladder Step Up program and further economic transition planning for workers. In this Budget, we’ll keep supporting our growing suburbs, with an additional $50 million for our Growing Suburbs Fund so we can continue building health and wellbeing hubs, new parks, and community centres in our growing suburban and peri-urban communities. We will also continue to deliver local initiatives so that Lilydale can flourish through the Lilydale Suburban Revitalisation Board. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs. With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We’re giving our healthcare workers the tools they need to make sure every single Victorian patient gets the world-class care they deserve, close to home, with the support of their loved ones.” “We have a strong track record when it comes to delivering for workers in Gippsland, including through the Latrobe Valley Authority – not just creating jobs and supporting local projects, but to support the needs of workers and their families.” “We’re delivering new and upgraded schools across Eastern Victoria, so that kids get the best start in life.”

LATROBE VALLEY’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUS EN ROUTE

Latrobe Valley bus passengers will be able to board the region’s first electric bus before the end of the year as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million three-year Zero Emissions Bus Trial. Latrobe Valley Bus Lines will introduce the first electric bus in 2022, which is expected to travel on nine existing bus routes across the Latrobe Valley. Latrobe Valley Bus Lines already has solar panels and batteries installed at its Traralgon depot with the amount of energy generated during the day calculated to be equivalent to the amount of energy the bus will need to recharge overnight. The trial will see Latrobe Valley Bus Lines collaborate with bus manufacturers Volgren and Volvo Group Australia as well as energy providers Siemens and Mondo Power. Locally-based company RACV Solar (formerly Gippsland Solar) will be contracted to complete work as part of the trial. The Labor Government will introduce 41 electric buses to the public network across the state as part of the trial that involves five bus operators. The trial will provide practical information including how electric buses perform and the energy and charging requirements for different types of routes. It will give insights into how zero emissions buses can improve financial and environmental sustainability and customer outcomes. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “The first electric bus is expected to hit the streets of the Latrobe Valley before the end of the year providing passengers with more sustainable journeys.”  “Creating a greener fleet is part of our Bus Plan to develop a more modern and reliable network that will attract more people to the convenience of buses.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The zero emissions bus is the next step in our transition to environmentally friendly transport and will provide passengers and drivers in the Latrobe Valley with quieter and smoother bus journeys.”

LATROBE VALLEY’S FIRST ELECTRIC BUS EN ROUTE

Latrobe Valley bus passengers will be able to board the region’s first electric bus before the end of the year as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million three-year Zero Emissions Bus Trial. Latrobe Valley Bus Lines will introduce the first electric bus in 2022, which is expected to travel on nine existing bus routes across the Latrobe Valley. Latrobe Valley Bus Lines already has solar panels and batteries installed at its Traralgon depot with the amount of energy generated during the day calculated to be equivalent to the amount of energy the bus will need to recharge overnight. The trial will see Latrobe Valley Bus Lines collaborate with bus manufacturers Volgren and Volvo Group Australia as well as energy providers Siemens and Mondo Power. Locally-based company RACV Solar (formerly Gippsland Solar) will be contracted to complete work as part of the trial. The Labor Government will introduce 41 electric buses to the public network across the state as part of the trial that involves five bus operators. The trial will provide practical information including how electric buses perform and the energy and charging requirements for different types of routes. It will give insights into how zero emissions buses can improve financial and environmental sustainability and customer outcomes. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll “The first electric bus is expected to hit the streets of the Latrobe Valley before the end of the year providing passengers with more sustainable journeys.”  “Creating a greener fleet is part of our Bus Plan to develop a more modern and reliable network that will attract more people to the convenience of buses.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “The zero emissions bus is the next step in our transition to environmentally friendly transport and will provide passengers and drivers in the Latrobe Valley with quieter and smoother bus journeys.”

TAFE GIPPSLAND UPGRADE CATERS TO LOCAL JOBSEEKERS

The Andrews Labor Government has completed its multimillion-dollar upgrade of TAFE Gippsland’s Warragul campus, giving local jobseekers the chance to train in world-class facilities before entering a rewarding career. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today officially opened the Queen Street redevelopment as part of the $6.25 million Labor Government upgrade of the Warragul and Morwell campuses to cater for a growing number of student enrolments at TAFE Gippsland. The Warragul upgrades feature a brand-new campus entrance, fit-for-purpose flexible training space with multipurpose teaching areas, two healthcare simulation laboratories and refurbished staff accommodation. Students will have access to world-class equipment including mannequins for simulated patient care, digital learning technology and early childhood tools. Works were undertaken by Becon Constructions, with 18 local workers and two apprentices. The upgraded campus will support significant student growth at TAFE Gippsland, which recorded nearly 2000 Free TAFE enrolments at the end of June last year, a 17 per cent increase on the previous year. Among the most popular courses offered by TAFE Gippsland is Early Childhood Education and Care, with commencements almost tripling since Free TAFE began in 2019. The Labor Government has invested $4.3 million towards the TAFE Gippsland campus upgrades as part of the $55 million TAFE Asset Maintenance Fund. It includes $1.4 million to undertake building and car park works at the Morwell campus. Since 2014, the Labor Government has made a record $3.2 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career pathways. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Our upgrades to TAFE Gippsland campuses are already an absolute game changer across the region and the Warragul campus upgrade now means that more students can get world-class training for meaningful careers closer to home, and closer to where they want to work.” “TAFE Gippsland was one of the largest casualties under the former Liberal National Government’s cuts to the skills and training sector – so it’s with great pride that TAFE is flourishing under Labor and our record investment in skills and training.” Quote attributable to TAFE Gippsland CEO Grant Radford “Our vocational students and staff now have access to new and high-quality learning spaces, enhanced accommodation and better facilities as a result of the significant investment by the Victorian Government.” [gallery size="medium" ids="7735,7740,7736,7734,7739,7738"]

TAFE GIPPSLAND UPGRADE CATERS TO LOCAL JOBSEEKERS

The Andrews Labor Government has completed its multimillion-dollar upgrade of TAFE Gippsland’s Warragul campus, giving local jobseekers the chance to train in world-class facilities before entering a rewarding career. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today officially opened the Queen Street redevelopment as part of the $6.25 million Labor Government upgrade of the Warragul and Morwell campuses to cater for a growing number of student enrolments at TAFE Gippsland. The Warragul upgrades feature a brand-new campus entrance, fit-for-purpose flexible training space with multipurpose teaching areas, two healthcare simulation laboratories and refurbished staff accommodation. Students will have access to world-class equipment including mannequins for simulated patient care, digital learning technology and early childhood tools. Works were undertaken by Becon Constructions, with 18 local workers and two apprentices. The upgraded campus will support significant student growth at TAFE Gippsland, which recorded nearly 2000 Free TAFE enrolments at the end of June last year, a 17 per cent increase on the previous year. Among the most popular courses offered by TAFE Gippsland is Early Childhood Education and Care, with commencements almost tripling since Free TAFE began in 2019. The Labor Government has invested $4.3 million towards the TAFE Gippsland campus upgrades as part of the $55 million TAFE Asset Maintenance Fund. It includes $1.4 million to undertake building and car park works at the Morwell campus. Since 2014, the Labor Government has made a record $3.2 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career pathways. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Our upgrades to TAFE Gippsland campuses are already an absolute game changer across the region and the Warragul campus upgrade now means that more students can get world-class training for meaningful careers closer to home, and closer to where they want to work.” “TAFE Gippsland was one of the largest casualties under the former Liberal National Government’s cuts to the skills and training sector – so it’s with great pride that TAFE is flourishing under Labor and our record investment in skills and training.” Quote attributable to TAFE Gippsland CEO Grant Radford “Our vocational students and staff now have access to new and high-quality learning spaces, enhanced accommodation and better facilities as a result of the significant investment by the Victorian Government.” [gallery size="medium" ids="7735,7740,7736,7734,7739,7738"]

LATROBE REGIONAL HOSPITAL EXPANSION CREATES JOBS BOOST

Work is progressing on the Andrews Labor Government’s bigger and better Latrobe Regional Hospital, delivering around 600 jobs and ensuring residents in the Latrobe Valley have access to the high-quality care they need, closer to home. Minister for Health Martin Foley and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing visited Latrobe Regional Hospital today and announced the $217 million project is on track to be completed in late 2023. The expansion will deliver a new emergency department resuscitation bay, three operating suites, six intensive care unit beds, 14 medical and surgical beds, 44 inpatient beds, a medical imaging and pathology unit and a central sterile services department. Maternity services are also being expanded with the addition of two new birthing suites, six maternity beds, six special care nursery cots and a kids play area – ensuring more mums can give birth closer to home. Once complete the expansion will allows for an additional 6,200 elective surgeries per year. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) in partnership with Latrobe Regional Hospital and Built, the massive expansion will help to meet the region's increasing and complex health demands and is part of the Labor Government’s master plan for delivering improved health services throughout the Gippsland region. A $73 million expansion of the Latrobe Regional Hospital (Stage 2) was completed in 2017 and delivered 30 new acute inpatient beds, 12 new short stay beds, a new emergency department and Gippsland’s first cardiac catheterisation laboratory. The Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $133 billion in Victoria’s healthcare system and the workers who support it. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “This expansion means Latrobe Regional Hospital can meet the needs of a growing community ensuring patients don’t have to travel to Melbourne for complex procedures.” “It’s vital that our regional areas have the health facilities they need to care for the local community – we’re delivering the very best healthcare for Victorians no matter where they live.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We are absolutely determined to invest in a strong and healthy future for Gippsland and to support the ongoing delivery of world-class clinical and patient care in the Latrobe Valley.” “This expansion will create hundreds of local jobs and ensure people in Gippsland get into surgery sooner, with modern world-class facilities they deserve.”

LATROBE REGIONAL HOSPITAL EXPANSION CREATES JOBS BOOST

Work is progressing on the Andrews Labor Government’s bigger and better Latrobe Regional Hospital, delivering around 600 jobs and ensuring residents in the Latrobe Valley have access to the high-quality care they need, closer to home. Minister for Health Martin Foley and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing visited Latrobe Regional Hospital today and announced the $217 million project is on track to be completed in late 2023. The expansion will deliver a new emergency department resuscitation bay, three operating suites, six intensive care unit beds, 14 medical and surgical beds, 44 inpatient beds, a medical imaging and pathology unit and a central sterile services department. Maternity services are also being expanded with the addition of two new birthing suites, six maternity beds, six special care nursery cots and a kids play area – ensuring more mums can give birth closer to home. Once complete the expansion will allows for an additional 6,200 elective surgeries per year. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) in partnership with Latrobe Regional Hospital and Built, the massive expansion will help to meet the region's increasing and complex health demands and is part of the Labor Government’s master plan for delivering improved health services throughout the Gippsland region. A $73 million expansion of the Latrobe Regional Hospital (Stage 2) was completed in 2017 and delivered 30 new acute inpatient beds, 12 new short stay beds, a new emergency department and Gippsland’s first cardiac catheterisation laboratory. The Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $133 billion in Victoria’s healthcare system and the workers who support it. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “This expansion means Latrobe Regional Hospital can meet the needs of a growing community ensuring patients don’t have to travel to Melbourne for complex procedures.” “It’s vital that our regional areas have the health facilities they need to care for the local community – we’re delivering the very best healthcare for Victorians no matter where they live.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We are absolutely determined to invest in a strong and healthy future for Gippsland and to support the ongoing delivery of world-class clinical and patient care in the Latrobe Valley.” “This expansion will create hundreds of local jobs and ensure people in Gippsland get into surgery sooner, with modern world-class facilities they deserve.”

NEW TRARALGON YOUTH REHAB CENTRE DELIVERED

Young people across the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland will get the support they need to recover from drug and alcohol addiction, with construction complete on a new state-of-the-art alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation facility in Traralgon by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Health Martin Foley and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today officially opened the new 20-bed, multi-million-dollar youth-specific rehabilitation facility on Northern Avenue. Designed to create a welcoming and healing atmosphere for individuals and their loved ones, the facility provides a structured therapeutic and home-like environment where young people experiencing addiction can develop coping skills and address underlying issues to overcome their alcohol and other drug use. The 20-bed residential facility, catering for young Victorians between the ages of 16 and 21, provides 24-hour care and support for people who have been through withdrawal or stabilisation and need to continue their treatment. The facility supports young people to reintegrate back into the community and access educational and vocational training and employment skills – a vital component of making positive and long-lasting change possible. With a mix of single and double bedrooms with shared bathrooms, it also includes administration and consulting facilities, lounge and dining areas and indoor and outdoor activity areas. It means young people in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland region seeking help for alcohol and drug dependencies can get access to the right treatment sooner, without needing to travel long distances or leave their support networks. The new facility is part of a $52.1 million investment by the Labor Government to build three new alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation facilities in regional Victoria, which will provide care and support to an additional 900 Victorians every year. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA), the facility is part of the Government’s plan to tackle alcohol and drug abuse, with more than $180 million invested as part of the Ice Action Plan and $87 million through the Drug Rehabilitation Plan. Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “Addiction has a devastating impact on local communities – particularly in regional Victoria. This new facility in Traralgon will create lasting change in young people’s lives and help them stay connected to their community.”  Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We know there is increasing demand for drug and alcohol support services and this new facility will help many young Victorians in Gippsland get the support they need close to home so they can get their lives back on track.” [gallery link="none" size="full" ids="7695,7696,7697"]

NEW TRARALGON YOUTH REHAB CENTRE DELIVERED

Young people across the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland will get the support they need to recover from drug and alcohol addiction, with construction complete on a new state-of-the-art alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation facility in Traralgon by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Health Martin Foley and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today officially opened the new 20-bed, multi-million-dollar youth-specific rehabilitation facility on Northern Avenue. Designed to create a welcoming and healing atmosphere for individuals and their loved ones, the facility provides a structured therapeutic and home-like environment where young people experiencing addiction can develop coping skills and address underlying issues to overcome their alcohol and other drug use. The 20-bed residential facility, catering for young Victorians between the ages of 16 and 21, provides 24-hour care and support for people who have been through withdrawal or stabilisation and need to continue their treatment. The facility supports young people to reintegrate back into the community and access educational and vocational training and employment skills – a vital component of making positive and long-lasting change possible. With a mix of single and double bedrooms with shared bathrooms, it also includes administration and consulting facilities, lounge and dining areas and indoor and outdoor activity areas. It means young people in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland region seeking help for alcohol and drug dependencies can get access to the right treatment sooner, without needing to travel long distances or leave their support networks. The new facility is part of a $52.1 million investment by the Labor Government to build three new alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation facilities in regional Victoria, which will provide care and support to an additional 900 Victorians every year. Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA), the facility is part of the Government’s plan to tackle alcohol and drug abuse, with more than $180 million invested as part of the Ice Action Plan and $87 million through the Drug Rehabilitation Plan. Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “Addiction has a devastating impact on local communities – particularly in regional Victoria. This new facility in Traralgon will create lasting change in young people’s lives and help them stay connected to their community.”  Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “We know there is increasing demand for drug and alcohol support services and this new facility will help many young Victorians in Gippsland get the support they need close to home so they can get their lives back on track.” [gallery link="none" size="full" ids="7695,7696,7697"]