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RETURNING JACKSONS HILL TO THE SUNBURY COMMUNITY

Sunbury locals will have a new village green, arts hub and bustling new neighbourhood on Jacksons Hill, with the Andrews Labor Government purchasing the site from Victoria University to return most of it to community use. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has also approved the new Master Plan. The purchase of the 33-hectare historic site and the final approval of the Jacksons Hill Master Plan will enable commencement of the three projects funded in the Victorian Budget 2018/19: $10.8 million for the renovation of the Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School, including expansion of the school into two of the site’s heritage buildings $3 million for the development of a community arts precinct around the Boiler house $3.5 million to upgrade the Sunbury Primary School. Hume City Council will take ownership or manage various parts of the site, which will be used for a Community Arts Precinct and open space. A large area of existing open space has been reserved for future education use. The Master Plan defines nine precincts with individual visions to provide for a mix of uses and development. Each precinct will have a distinct character but will contribute to the overall vision for the site. The heritage buildings will be preserved and adapted for new uses. Several of the precincts will be adapted for housing, and new buildings will be at the same height or lower than existing buildings to protect the site’s character. The Victorian Planning Authority worked with local community groups over 18 months to help shape the final plan to guide future land use at the site. The principles guiding development of the plan include celebrating heritage values, strengthening the education, community and arts offering, improving access to the site and surrounding areas, and high-quality design. The site will transfer to government management from 1 January after which a new subdivision will be prepared along with a planning scheme amendment to implement the Master Plan. Current tenancy arrangements with community groups will be extended during this period. Quote attributable to the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “This inspiring redevelopment respects the heritage and character of the site and opens up this valuable and much-loved area for the whole community to enjoy.” Quote attributable to the Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “The Jacksons Hill Master Plan was created with the local community and I’m proud the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with it and giving Sunbury locals a first class arts, education and community precinct.”  

RETURNING JACKSONS HILL TO THE SUNBURY COMMUNITY

Sunbury locals will have a new village green, arts hub and bustling new neighbourhood on Jacksons Hill, with the Andrews Labor Government purchasing the site from Victoria University to return most of it to community use. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has also approved the new Master Plan. The purchase of the 33-hectare historic site and the final approval of the Jacksons Hill Master Plan will enable commencement of the three projects funded in the Victorian Budget 2018/19: $10.8 million for the renovation of the Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School, including expansion of the school into two of the site’s heritage buildings $3 million for the development of a community arts precinct around the Boiler house $3.5 million to upgrade the Sunbury Primary School. Hume City Council will take ownership or manage various parts of the site, which will be used for a Community Arts Precinct and open space. A large area of existing open space has been reserved for future education use. The Master Plan defines nine precincts with individual visions to provide for a mix of uses and development. Each precinct will have a distinct character but will contribute to the overall vision for the site. The heritage buildings will be preserved and adapted for new uses. Several of the precincts will be adapted for housing, and new buildings will be at the same height or lower than existing buildings to protect the site’s character. The Victorian Planning Authority worked with local community groups over 18 months to help shape the final plan to guide future land use at the site. The principles guiding development of the plan include celebrating heritage values, strengthening the education, community and arts offering, improving access to the site and surrounding areas, and high-quality design. The site will transfer to government management from 1 January after which a new subdivision will be prepared along with a planning scheme amendment to implement the Master Plan. Current tenancy arrangements with community groups will be extended during this period. Quote attributable to the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “This inspiring redevelopment respects the heritage and character of the site and opens up this valuable and much-loved area for the whole community to enjoy.” Quote attributable to the Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “The Jacksons Hill Master Plan was created with the local community and I’m proud the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with it and giving Sunbury locals a first class arts, education and community precinct.”  

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR SUNBURY’S EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS

Emergency services volunteers in Sunbury and Diggers Rest will share in more than $13.3 million in grants for life-saving equipment, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Josh Bull MP today announced that Diggers Rest CFA will receive $182,800.00 to help purchase a brand new Light Tanker and Sunbury SES will receive $232,550.00 to replace an ageing Medium Rescue truck. It’s two of 230 new grants for emergency service volunteer brigades and units around the state, as part of the 2018-19 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). The program funds operational equipment in addition to vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades. Under the VESEP, the Labor Government matches every dollar paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution – this year increasing the maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000. Contributions this year include: almost $9.8 million for volunteer Country Fire Authority brigades more than $2.1 million for State Emergency Service units more than $315,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association almost $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs almost $340,000 for other volunteer agencies. For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website at emv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury “Volunteers are at the heart of our emergency services and this grant will ensure the Diggers Rest CFA and Sunbury SES has the modern equipment they need to keep the local community safe.” “Our emergency services volunteers are often the first line of defence during fires, floods, storms and water emergencies. We thank them and value the hard yards they put in to keep their communities safe.”

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR SUNBURY’S EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS

Emergency services volunteers in Sunbury and Diggers Rest will share in more than $13.3 million in grants for life-saving equipment, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Josh Bull MP today announced that Diggers Rest CFA will receive $182,800.00 to help purchase a brand new Light Tanker and Sunbury SES will receive $232,550.00 to replace an ageing Medium Rescue truck. It’s two of 230 new grants for emergency service volunteer brigades and units around the state, as part of the 2018-19 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). The program funds operational equipment in addition to vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades. Under the VESEP, the Labor Government matches every dollar paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution – this year increasing the maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000. Contributions this year include: almost $9.8 million for volunteer Country Fire Authority brigades more than $2.1 million for State Emergency Service units more than $315,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association almost $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs almost $340,000 for other volunteer agencies. For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website at emv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury “Volunteers are at the heart of our emergency services and this grant will ensure the Diggers Rest CFA and Sunbury SES has the modern equipment they need to keep the local community safe.” “Our emergency services volunteers are often the first line of defence during fires, floods, storms and water emergencies. We thank them and value the hard yards they put in to keep their communities safe.”

A BIGGER, BETTER ERIC BOARDMAN RESERVE FOR SUNBURY

Families in Sunbury will be able to rely on great local sporting facilities, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver $2 million towards an upgrade of the Eric Boardman Reserve. Right now, despite record female participation, local clubs based at the reserve have no purpose built female changerooms. Funding from a re-elected Labor Government will go towards upgrading the pavilion, making sure that every player has the facilities they need. The improved Eric Boardman Reserve will be utilised by local sporting clubs, with the Sunbury Kangaroos Football Netball Club and the Sunbury Kangaroos Junior Football Netball Club both set to benefit. With these upgrades from a re-elected Labor Government, these proud local clubs – and this proud local community – will have the great sporting facilities they deserve. The commitment builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in local and community sport, including new equipment for the Sunbury Kangaroos and $4 million for the warm water pool at Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre. While the Liberals cut funding for hospitals and schools, and closed TAFE campuses – only Labor will invest in the projects our community really needs. The Andrews Labor Government has made the biggest investment in grassroots sporting opportunities in Victoria’s history, with $420 million dedicated to community sports. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “Community sports is really about community spirit. With this investment, we’re backing local sporting clubs and this local community.” “Whether it’s better roads, great schools or upgraded sporting facilities just like this one, only Labor can be trusted to deliver for local families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “During my amateur footy days, I played at the reserve and I know firsthand – the pavilion is ready for a refresh.” “With funding from a re-elected Labor Government, we’ll make sure local athletes – men and women – have the facilities they need.”  

A BIGGER, BETTER ERIC BOARDMAN RESERVE FOR SUNBURY

Families in Sunbury will be able to rely on great local sporting facilities, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver $2 million towards an upgrade of the Eric Boardman Reserve. Right now, despite record female participation, local clubs based at the reserve have no purpose built female changerooms. Funding from a re-elected Labor Government will go towards upgrading the pavilion, making sure that every player has the facilities they need. The improved Eric Boardman Reserve will be utilised by local sporting clubs, with the Sunbury Kangaroos Football Netball Club and the Sunbury Kangaroos Junior Football Netball Club both set to benefit. With these upgrades from a re-elected Labor Government, these proud local clubs – and this proud local community – will have the great sporting facilities they deserve. The commitment builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in local and community sport, including new equipment for the Sunbury Kangaroos and $4 million for the warm water pool at Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre. While the Liberals cut funding for hospitals and schools, and closed TAFE campuses – only Labor will invest in the projects our community really needs. The Andrews Labor Government has made the biggest investment in grassroots sporting opportunities in Victoria’s history, with $420 million dedicated to community sports. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “Community sports is really about community spirit. With this investment, we’re backing local sporting clubs and this local community.” “Whether it’s better roads, great schools or upgraded sporting facilities just like this one, only Labor can be trusted to deliver for local families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “During my amateur footy days, I played at the reserve and I know firsthand – the pavilion is ready for a refresh.” “With funding from a re-elected Labor Government, we’ll make sure local athletes – men and women – have the facilities they need.”  

MAKING ROADS SAFER FOR ALL ROAD USERS IN THE NORTH-WEST

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make roads in Melbourne’s north-west safer for everyone with a new bike path from Kings Road in Keilor North through to Thompsons Road. More Victorians are choosing to leave the car at home and walk or cycle instead, improving their health and helping cut traffic congestion. A re-elected Labor Government will invest $2.7 million to make it safer for people cycling between Kings Road in Keilor North through to Thompsons Road, connecting this much used bike path. The Andrews Labor Government has been making our roads safer for all users by removing dangerous and congested level crossings, upgrading roads, and building new bike lanes and pedestrian crossings with a $100 million Active Transport Fund. This includes the Sunbury Road widening and upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade, the Gap and Horne Street intersection upgrade and the new path from Jackson’s Hill to the Sunbury Town Centre. There’s more to do and only a re-elected Labor Government will continue to make our roads safer for everyone in Melbourne’s north-west. While the Liberals cut funding for hospitals and schools, and closed TAFE campuses – only Labor will invest in the projects our community really needs. Quote attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “This new bike path alongside the Calder will make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to get where they need to go.” Quote attributable to Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins “Whether it’s removing dangerous and congested level crossings or building safer roads, only Labor will invest in the things that matter to our community.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “This is a welcome announcement for this active community – ensuring this busy road is safer for everyone.”

MAKING ROADS SAFER FOR ALL ROAD USERS IN THE NORTH-WEST

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make roads in Melbourne’s north-west safer for everyone with a new bike path from Kings Road in Keilor North through to Thompsons Road. More Victorians are choosing to leave the car at home and walk or cycle instead, improving their health and helping cut traffic congestion. A re-elected Labor Government will invest $2.7 million to make it safer for people cycling between Kings Road in Keilor North through to Thompsons Road, connecting this much used bike path. The Andrews Labor Government has been making our roads safer for all users by removing dangerous and congested level crossings, upgrading roads, and building new bike lanes and pedestrian crossings with a $100 million Active Transport Fund. This includes the Sunbury Road widening and upgrade as part of the Labor Government’s Suburban Roads Upgrade, the Gap and Horne Street intersection upgrade and the new path from Jackson’s Hill to the Sunbury Town Centre. There’s more to do and only a re-elected Labor Government will continue to make our roads safer for everyone in Melbourne’s north-west. While the Liberals cut funding for hospitals and schools, and closed TAFE campuses – only Labor will invest in the projects our community really needs. Quote attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “This new bike path alongside the Calder will make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to get where they need to go.” Quote attributable to Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins “Whether it’s removing dangerous and congested level crossings or building safer roads, only Labor will invest in the things that matter to our community.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “This is a welcome announcement for this active community – ensuring this busy road is safer for everyone.”

 

TEN NEW COMMUNITY HOSPITALS TO GIVE PATIENTS THE BEST CARE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will build, upgrade and expand community hospitals across our suburbs and towns, providing even more Victorians with the care they need closer to home. When a loved one gets sick, families deserve peace of mind that the very best care is just around the corner. That’s why the Andrews Labor Government has made record investments to build the world-class hospitals and health services that communities can count on. Only Labor stands with our doctors, nurses and patients. We’ve already repaired the Liberals’ chronic cuts to health care, investing $3.2 billion building world-class hospitals and providing our health workers with the modern equipment they need. But there’s more to do. Labor will invest $675 million to build and upgrade ten community hospitals across our state – so that every family can get the care they need, whenever they need it. With this investment, we’ll make sure that if a child falls sick late at night, a teenager breaks their ankle at sport, or if a loved one needs dialysis or chemotherapy treatment, they can get the care they need, close to home. When injury or illness strikes, the last thing families need is a stressful trip in to Melbourne’s busy major hospitals. We’ve already established Supercare Pharmacies throughout our suburbs and towns, but only a landmark boost to deliver new community hospitals will give patients the local care they deserve – and only Labor will get it done. Labor will build new community hospitals at Whittlesea, Eltham, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend – where Matthew Guy made developers rich, but left the community behind. Existing services in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Philip Island, Sunbury and Torquay will be expanded to become community hospitals, so that patients can access more of the treatments or services they need close to home, including after hours. We will work with communities and health services to determine the full range of services to be delivered at each community hospital. Only Labor builds hospitals families can count on. The Liberals cut, close and privatise at every chance they get – it’s in their DNA. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Nothing is more important than having the peace of mind that when a loved one gets sick, care is just around the corner.” “Only a once-in-a-generation boost to deliver new community hospitals will give patients the best care – and only Labor will get it done.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Across our state, our hard-working doctors and nurses do a tremendous job caring for us all. We’ll stand with them to help them do what they do best.”

TEN NEW COMMUNITY HOSPITALS TO GIVE PATIENTS THE BEST CARE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will build, upgrade and expand community hospitals across our suburbs and towns, providing even more Victorians with the care they need closer to home. When a loved one gets sick, families deserve peace of mind that the very best care is just around the corner. That’s why the Andrews Labor Government has made record investments to build the world-class hospitals and health services that communities can count on. Only Labor stands with our doctors, nurses and patients. We’ve already repaired the Liberals’ chronic cuts to health care, investing $3.2 billion building world-class hospitals and providing our health workers with the modern equipment they need. But there’s more to do. Labor will invest $675 million to build and upgrade ten community hospitals across our state – so that every family can get the care they need, whenever they need it. With this investment, we’ll make sure that if a child falls sick late at night, a teenager breaks their ankle at sport, or if a loved one needs dialysis or chemotherapy treatment, they can get the care they need, close to home. When injury or illness strikes, the last thing families need is a stressful trip in to Melbourne’s busy major hospitals. We’ve already established Supercare Pharmacies throughout our suburbs and towns, but only a landmark boost to deliver new community hospitals will give patients the local care they deserve – and only Labor will get it done. Labor will build new community hospitals at Whittlesea, Eltham, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend – where Matthew Guy made developers rich, but left the community behind. Existing services in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Philip Island, Sunbury and Torquay will be expanded to become community hospitals, so that patients can access more of the treatments or services they need close to home, including after hours. We will work with communities and health services to determine the full range of services to be delivered at each community hospital. Only Labor builds hospitals families can count on. The Liberals cut, close and privatise at every chance they get – it’s in their DNA. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Nothing is more important than having the peace of mind that when a loved one gets sick, care is just around the corner.” “Only a once-in-a-generation boost to deliver new community hospitals will give patients the best care – and only Labor will get it done.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Across our state, our hard-working doctors and nurses do a tremendous job caring for us all. We’ll stand with them to help them do what they do best.”

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR GLADSTONE PARK

Gladstone Park families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to upgrade Gladstone Park Primary School. Labor will invest $2.5 million to transform tired facilities with an upgrade to Block B. This builds on the $1.5 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. In cointrast The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Sunbury Josh Bull  “Gladstone Park Primary School is a great local school community and it deserves the facilities that match.  Only Labor can be trusted deliver this massive upgrade to give students and staff the state of the art facilities they need.”  

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR GLADSTONE PARK

Gladstone Park families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to upgrade Gladstone Park Primary School. Labor will invest $2.5 million to transform tired facilities with an upgrade to Block B. This builds on the $1.5 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. In cointrast The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Sunbury Josh Bull  “Gladstone Park Primary School is a great local school community and it deserves the facilities that match.  Only Labor can be trusted deliver this massive upgrade to give students and staff the state of the art facilities they need.”  

NOTORIOUS SUNBURY LEVEL CROSSING TO GO UNDER LABOR

Only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will remove another dangerous and congested level crossing on the Sunbury line. Every Victorian has their own story of level crossing frustration, whether you’re in the car, on the train, on a bike or on foot. For many, they’re more than a frustration – they’re the scene of a serious injury or, tragically, the place where a loved one was lost forever. Before being elected, we promised to remove 20 crossings by 2018, despite only 10 removals the decade prior. The Andrews Labor Government has now consigned 29 level crossings to the history books, with 50 set to go ahead of 2022. On the Sunbury line, three level crossings are already gone for good. Because of our fast progress, we can now look to remove more of the dozens of level crossings that are slowing down our state and putting lives at risk.  That’s why a re-elected Labor Government will remove 25 more, bringing the total to 75. Next up on the Sunbury line, the Gap Road/Station Street level crossing will be removed under a re-elected Labor Government. Around 19,000 vehicles currently travel through this crossing every day with that number expected to grow to 27,000 vehicles by 2026. Boom gates at Gap Road can be down for up to 26 per cent of the morning peak, when up to 24 trains run through the crossing. Preliminary advice from our engineers is that the preferred design is road under rail, subject to further engineering and consultation with the local community. The 25 additional level crossing removals will cost $6.6 billion, made possible by Labor’s strong budget surpluses. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “No government has ever removed this many level crossings this quickly – reducing congestion, improving public transport, saving lives and creating thousands of jobs along the way.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Only Labor can be trusted to build the public transport our community needs because only Labor is building the Metro Tunnel, delivering bigger trains and upgrading old signalling.” “This level crossing is a dangerous death trap, leaving local families stranded for far too long in traffic. It’s time for it to go.” “It also restricts our access to the great places Sunbury has to offer – getting rid of it will deliver better access to the train station, shops and other community facilities.”

NOTORIOUS SUNBURY LEVEL CROSSING TO GO UNDER LABOR

Only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will remove another dangerous and congested level crossing on the Sunbury line. Every Victorian has their own story of level crossing frustration, whether you’re in the car, on the train, on a bike or on foot. For many, they’re more than a frustration – they’re the scene of a serious injury or, tragically, the place where a loved one was lost forever. Before being elected, we promised to remove 20 crossings by 2018, despite only 10 removals the decade prior. The Andrews Labor Government has now consigned 29 level crossings to the history books, with 50 set to go ahead of 2022. On the Sunbury line, three level crossings are already gone for good. Because of our fast progress, we can now look to remove more of the dozens of level crossings that are slowing down our state and putting lives at risk.  That’s why a re-elected Labor Government will remove 25 more, bringing the total to 75. Next up on the Sunbury line, the Gap Road/Station Street level crossing will be removed under a re-elected Labor Government. Around 19,000 vehicles currently travel through this crossing every day with that number expected to grow to 27,000 vehicles by 2026. Boom gates at Gap Road can be down for up to 26 per cent of the morning peak, when up to 24 trains run through the crossing. Preliminary advice from our engineers is that the preferred design is road under rail, subject to further engineering and consultation with the local community. The 25 additional level crossing removals will cost $6.6 billion, made possible by Labor’s strong budget surpluses. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “No government has ever removed this many level crossings this quickly – reducing congestion, improving public transport, saving lives and creating thousands of jobs along the way.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Only Labor can be trusted to build the public transport our community needs because only Labor is building the Metro Tunnel, delivering bigger trains and upgrading old signalling.” “This level crossing is a dangerous death trap, leaving local families stranded for far too long in traffic. It’s time for it to go.” “It also restricts our access to the great places Sunbury has to offer – getting rid of it will deliver better access to the train station, shops and other community facilities.”

SUBURBAN RAIL LOOP SET TO DELIVER FOR SUNBURY LOCALS

The Suburban Rail Loop is the only project that will connect Victoria and slash congestion across Melbourne with new data showing Sunbury passengers set to be big winners. The Suburban Rail Loop is the visionary project our state needs – a 90km rail ring around Melbourne’s suburbs, with 12 new underground stations connecting every major rail line in Victoria. A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will invest an initial $300 million in a full business case, planning and pre-construction works, with work on the first sections in Melbourne’s south east between Cheltenham and Box Hill and the connection between Sunshine and the Melbourne Airport expected to begin by the end of 2022. Further detail of the extensive transport modelling provided by experts at Development Victoria and PwC has today also been released by the Labor Government. It shows that travel times across Melbourne will be completely slashed – connecting Victorians via fast public transport to key employment, jobs, education and health precincts for the first time. The Suburban Rail Loop will deliver a massive boost across the network – with up to 20 per cent fewer passengers on some lines meaning more space for city-bound passengers, including those on the Sunbury line. Currently, Victorians need to travel on existing rail lines in to the CBD and back out again, just to get where the need to go. By providing a direct underground route to our biggest jobs, health and education precincts, the Suburban Rail Loop will take thousands of passengers off existing rail lines. Exact station locations, route alignment, rolling stock, and staging will be confirmed through the full business case and technical work, including extensive consultation and environmental assessments. A project of this massive scale – amongst the largest in the world – will be built over multiple decades, with the first sections expected to take around a decade of construction. State, Commonwealth and private sector contributions, as well as value capture opportunities, will be required to fund the project. Business case development, detailed design and community consultation will commence in 2019, with work on the first stage expected to begin by the end of 2022. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “The Suburban Rail Loop is the underground train system a growing Melbourne and Victoria needs – connecting every Victorian to jobs, education, hospitals and shopping without needing to change trains in the CBD.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull  “We’ve added extra train services, invested in local bus routes, upgrading and building new car parks and now we are delivering the biggest investment in public transport in Australia’s history. “Suburban Rail Loop is the underground metro that our community needs to make it easier to get to employment centres, travel to the airport, and access world-class universities, TAFEs and hospitals and retail centres in our suburbs.”  

SUBURBAN RAIL LOOP SET TO DELIVER FOR SUNBURY LOCALS

The Suburban Rail Loop is the only project that will connect Victoria and slash congestion across Melbourne with new data showing Sunbury passengers set to be big winners. The Suburban Rail Loop is the visionary project our state needs – a 90km rail ring around Melbourne’s suburbs, with 12 new underground stations connecting every major rail line in Victoria. A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will invest an initial $300 million in a full business case, planning and pre-construction works, with work on the first sections in Melbourne’s south east between Cheltenham and Box Hill and the connection between Sunshine and the Melbourne Airport expected to begin by the end of 2022. Further detail of the extensive transport modelling provided by experts at Development Victoria and PwC has today also been released by the Labor Government. It shows that travel times across Melbourne will be completely slashed – connecting Victorians via fast public transport to key employment, jobs, education and health precincts for the first time. The Suburban Rail Loop will deliver a massive boost across the network – with up to 20 per cent fewer passengers on some lines meaning more space for city-bound passengers, including those on the Sunbury line. Currently, Victorians need to travel on existing rail lines in to the CBD and back out again, just to get where the need to go. By providing a direct underground route to our biggest jobs, health and education precincts, the Suburban Rail Loop will take thousands of passengers off existing rail lines. Exact station locations, route alignment, rolling stock, and staging will be confirmed through the full business case and technical work, including extensive consultation and environmental assessments. A project of this massive scale – amongst the largest in the world – will be built over multiple decades, with the first sections expected to take around a decade of construction. State, Commonwealth and private sector contributions, as well as value capture opportunities, will be required to fund the project. Business case development, detailed design and community consultation will commence in 2019, with work on the first stage expected to begin by the end of 2022. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “The Suburban Rail Loop is the underground train system a growing Melbourne and Victoria needs – connecting every Victorian to jobs, education, hospitals and shopping without needing to change trains in the CBD.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull  “We’ve added extra train services, invested in local bus routes, upgrading and building new car parks and now we are delivering the biggest investment in public transport in Australia’s history. “Suburban Rail Loop is the underground metro that our community needs to make it easier to get to employment centres, travel to the airport, and access world-class universities, TAFEs and hospitals and retail centres in our suburbs.”