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Contract Awarded For First Level Crossing Removals

The Andrews Labor Government will remove 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings. The contract for the removal of the first four has been awarded and construction will begin within weeks.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, and Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, today to announce a John Holland and KBR consortium would remove level crossings and rebuild stations at Centre Road in Bentleigh, North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon and Burke Road in Glen Iris.

At each location, the rail line will be lowered under the road, with Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon and Gardiner stations rebuilt to provide street level access down to the platforms.

Delivering the four level crossing removals and station rebuilds as a package allows for works to be coordinated, driving down costs, reducing disruption to rail and road users and accelerating delivery of the project.

At Burke Road, where significant community consultation has already taken place, construction will kick-off in the coming weeks.

Community engagement will be carried out at Centre, North and McKinnon roads over the coming months, with construction to start later this year. This consultation will start with an information booth at Bentleigh Station in the afternoon of 20 May, where interested locals can discuss the project with team members.

The projects will create more than 350 jobs, and the full $524 million package will be complete by 2018.

The contract for the next four level crossing removals and an Expression of Interest for level crossings along the Cranbourne-Pakenham line will be announced shortly.

The Labor Government provided $2.4 billion in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget for the removal of at least 20 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings in its first term.

Andrews Budget Delivers for Oakleigh

Andrews Government First Budget Delivers for Oakleigh Electorate

The first Andrews Government Victorian Budget has delivered substantially for the electorate of Oakleigh – already fulfilling many election commitments.

This budget is a fantastic example of a Government delivering on commitments and doing so in an economically responsible way.

Locally, the Andrews Government Budget will provide:

Amsleigh Park Primary will be able to commence their school modernisation with a commitment of $5.7 million.

Huntingdale Bus Interchange will be built at Huntingdale Train Station and Car parks will be improved – with $7.6 million in funding.

A new $3.8 million Helipad will be built at Monash Hospital in Clayton which will ensure both children and adult patients can access emergency services quickly.

$16.2 million will be delivered to expand the Moorabbin Hospital, with the addition of a Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI) and Computerised Tomography (CT) machine, and 11 new outpatient specialist consulting suites.

$950,000 to start the planning works at Glen Eira College, with future funding to complete the $9.5 million project delivered in coming budgets.

A $7.1 million commitment to Monash Hospital in Clayton for essential infrastructure works.

$15 million to kick off the planning and works for Australia’s first specialised Heart Hospital to be located at Monash University.

A continuation of funding for the redevelopment of the Oakleigh Centre.

And a confirmed commitment to remove all level crossings in the Oakleigh electorate in the next 4 years and those nearby, including Grange and Koornang Roads in Carnegie, Murrumbeena Road in Murrumbeena, Poath Road in Hughesdale, Clayton and Centre Roads in Clayton and North Road in Ormond.

Also announced today was a commitment to remove level crossings at McKinnon Road, McKinnon and Centre Road in Bentleigh.


Only Labor Will Rebuild Amsleigh Park Primary School


Victorian Labor will rebuild Amsleigh Park Primary School, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, announced today.

Mr Andrews joined Labor Member for Oakleigh, Ann Barker, Labor Candidate for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos, and Shadow Minister for Education, James Merlino, to deliver the news to parents and teachers.

Labor’s $5.7 million commitment will go towards modernising teaching and learning spaces, including construction of new junior school learning spaces to replace old LTC (light timber construction) buildings.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews:

“Only Labor will upgrade Amsleigh Park Primary School so our kids get the best start.”

“This major new investment will give students state of the art learning facilities so that the school can continue to provide a first rate education.

Quotes attributable to Ann Barker, Labor Member for Oakleigh

“The current Liberal Government has done nothing to improve our local schools.”

“Amsleigh Park Primary School is a fantastic school but urgently needs to be rebuilt and modernised. Labor’s plan will make this happen.”

Quotes attributable to Steve Dimopoulos, Labor Candidate for Oakleigh

“Amsleigh Park Primary staff and the school community works very hard to provide quality educational opportunities for the growing number of students who attend this great school.

“They deserve the further opportunities that will come from Labor’s commitment to rebuild and modernise the school facilities.”

Key Facts

• The Napthine Government abandoned Labor’s plan to renovate, rebuild or modernise every Victorian government school.
• The Napthine Government has only spent a state-wide average of $278 million a year on capital works compared to an average spend of $467 million by Labor in its last term in office.
• Amsleigh Park Primary has been waiting four years for this much needed commitment.

Labor Will Build Huntingdale Bus Interchange


Labor will build the Huntingdale Bus Interchange and make commuting safer and easier for Monash students and staff, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews announced today.

Mr Andrews joined Labor Member for Oakleigh, Ann Barker, Labor Candidate for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos, and Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Jill Hennessy, to announce Labor’s $5 million plan.

The Huntingdale Bus Interchange will incorporate train, bus, car, taxi and bicycle travel, making the commute safer, more efficient and more convenient.

It’s a visionary project that will be a gateway to Monash University, the Clayton Innovation Precinct and the Monash Employment Cluster.

With the new interchange, commuters won’t need to cross busy Huntingdale Rd, and a new car park will be built adjacent to the railway line, south of the overpass.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews:

“Monash Clayton is growing and Labor’s plan will make it safer and easier for staff and students to commute.”

“This isn’t just a gateway for Monash University, but a gateway for the entire South East.”

Quotes attributable to Ann Barker, Labor Member for Oakleigh:

“This project makes sense – it will help staff and students get to university, it will reduce congestion for locals and it will give a boost to the shopping strip along Huntingdale Road.”

Quotes attributable to Steve Dimopoulos, Labor Candidate for Oakleigh:

“Thousands of students, staff and visitors use this station, and at the moment, it’s a mess.”

“I’m proud that Victorian Labor has got this project off the ground and I’m proud that a Labor Government will build it.”

Key Facts

• The project was designed and costed by Monash University, which will contribute $200,000 to the construction.
• Public Transport Victoria and Monash City Council also helped develop the project and deem it a priority.

$7 Doctor Co Payment and $5 Extra for Prescriptions to Hit Hard

on your own health

The Liberal Government’s decision to slug the sick with extra fees and charges will hit our community hard.

Every time you go to the doctor, you will be hit with a new $7 fee. And $7 will apply each time you need a blood test. Sometimes you need to visit your GP many times a year. And each and every time, you will pay.

If your child needs to be vaccinated, you will still have to fork out the $7 co-payment. Vaccinations for children mean as many as 6 trips to the GP.

And then when you need to fill a script, you will now have to pay an extra $5 for each medication. The new payment for a PBS prescription will be $42.70.

Even pensioners and concession card holders will have to pay an extra 80 cents for every script, with the co-payment rising to $6.90.

The safety net will increase too, by a massive $725 over the next four years, meaning individuals will have to spend nearly $2300 each year before being eligible for the concession rate for medicines.

Pensioners and concession card holders don’t escape the safety net slug either. Over the next four years, the pensioner and concession card safety net will increase from 60 scripts per year to 68. This will mean the most vulnerable will have to pay much more before becoming eligible for free medication.

The Liberal Government has also flagged the possibility that the new $7 fee may apply even when someone turns up to emergency at a local hospital.

“Labor Governments built Medicare. But the Liberals are doing everything they can to destroy this great system,” Steve Dimopoulos said.

“Forcing sick people to make a co-payment every time they visit a doctor will hit everyone and mostly the people who can least afford it.”

“Rises to the cost of living affect many people in our community. Increases to car regos, changes to pensions, more expensive education – the list of Liberal taxes and charges goes on. Now the sick are slugged even more just to get basic health services and medicine. It’s just not good enough.”

After cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from the health budget, now Denis Napthine and his Liberal Government refuse to stand up to Tony Abbott about the crucial issues that impact our community.

Under the Abbott and Napthine Liberal Governments, it is clear that you are on your own.

Community Safety Suffers with Fewer Frontline Police on the Beat in Monash & Glen Eira

There are fewer frontline police officers in the Monash and Glen Eira region today than there were three years ago.

In the Monash police service area, frontline police numbers are down over 23%. And in Glen Eira there are nearly 32% fewer frontline police. Victoria Police Freedom of Information documents reveal out of 56 police service areas (PSA) only six have more police now than in November 2010. More than 20 PSAs have had frontline police cuts of more than 20 per cent.

In the Monash Area, frontline police numbers have been cut from 130 to 99. In Glen Eira they have been cut from 150 to 102.

Community safety is threatened with crime rates ballooning each and every year under Denis Napthine and the Liberal Government. In the Monash Area, criminal offences have increased under the Napthine Liberal Government by nearly 8%. And in Glen Eira crime has soared more than 15%.

“The significant reduction to frontline police officers in our local area is very troubling. With crime increasing across Victoria, the last thing we need are fewer police on the beat in our community,” Labor Candidate for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos said.

“The Liberal Government came to office promising to make our streets safer. Sadly, according to the latest figures they have failed dismally. Crime rates have increased every year under this Liberal Government.”

Key Facts
• Offences have ballooned from 370,082 in 2009/10 to 406,497 in 2012/13 with 26 of 31 Victoria Police crime categories recording significant increases.
• The Napthine Liberal Government has slashed funding for Victoria Police by $100 million and cut 500 staff.
• The PSAs of Benalla, Knox, Monash, Yarra Ranges, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Wyndham, Yarra, Cardinia, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip, Stonington and Surf Coast have frontline police losses of more than 20 per cent.

Abbott Liberal Budget – Double Hit to our Community

For the second week in a row, residents in the Oakleigh electorate have experienced the negative effects of a Liberal budget.

The Abbott Liberal Government has delivered a budget that will cut to the bone and cost local residents much more in fees, charges and taxes.

The effect of last week’s Napthine Liberal Budget sees schools neglected, hospitals remaining under pressure, ambulance wait times growing and a public transport announcement that doesn’t make sense.

Surgery waiting lists are blowing out and emergency rooms are full. But the only solution offered by the Abbott Liberal Government is to increase fees.

“The Liberals have already made significant cuts to Health. Now, every time you need to visit the doctor you will have to pay $7.” Steve Dimopoulos said

The Abbott Government promised no new taxes, no cuts to the ABC and SBS and no increase to taxes on petrol. These promises have all been broken. Income tax is up and hundreds of millions of dollars has been slashed in the budgets of our public radio and TV at the ABC and SBS.

Driving a car too will become more expensive under the Liberals.

“The Abbott Liberal Government is stinging motorists again by increasing the tax on petrol. This rise comes on top of yet another price rise to car registrations by the Napthine Liberal Government.”

And just like the Liberals here in Victoria, the Abbott Liberal Government has no plan to resolve the jobs crisis. In a further blow to the economy, the Abbott Government will slash at least 16,500 jobs.

Skills and training has been hit hard too. Some TAFEs are closing and others are running at a loss as a result of major cutbacks in funding by the Napthine Liberal Government. Adding to problems in the education system, the Abbott Liberal Government will make it harder to get a university degree by increasing the amount students must pay.

“Under the Liberals, support for skills and training has been thrown out the back door. We are in the middle of a jobs crisis, yet both Liberal Governments refuse to invest to make sure people have the skills they need to have a decent career.”

“Residents in the Oakleigh electorate deserve better than these Liberal budgets.”

Abbott Liberal Budget – Key Points:

• Every time you visit the doctor, you will make a co-payment of $7.00

• Every time you fill up your car, you will pay higher taxes

• University students to pay much more for a degree

• The pension age to be lifted to 70 forcing people to work even longer

• A rise in Income tax – despite a promise of no increase to taxes

• Cuts to Family tax benefits

• Cuts to the ABC and SBS budgets

• 16,500 Public Service Jobs Cut

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