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MORE SHADE TO PROTECT THE SUNBURY COMMUNITY FROM SKIN CANCER

More of the Sunbury community will be protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government installing more sunshades in public areas and sports clubs. Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP today announced the Lions Club of Diggers Rest  will receive a share in almost $1 million from the fourth round of the Community Shade Grants Program. The grants are available for community groups to construct new shade structures, purchase portable shade, plant natural shade, repair an existing shade, purchase sun protective items or any combination of the five. The Diggers Rest Lions Club will receive $689 for portable shade marquees to assist them in providing services to the community. When used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and clothing, shade structures are the best defence and can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent. Through this program the Labor Government is supporting locals to keep active and enjoy the outdoors, while also helping them to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. In 2017, 270 Victorians died from melanoma and almost 3,000 people were diagnosed with invasive melanomas – making it the fourth most common cancer across the state. The five-year survival rate for Victorians diagnosed with invasive melanoma was at 90 per cent in 2013-16. The Labor Government has provided a $10 million boost for the program in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 -paving the way for more schools and community groups to install shade over the next four years. This initiative is part of the Labor Government’s election commitment to provide $15.1 million over four years in SunSmart programs. It forms part of the Labor Government’s ambitious Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 which sets out a target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer over a decade. Quote attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP “We know how much Australians love the outdoors. This grant means that the Diggers Rest Lions Club can raise funds, provide support to community events and functions while staying SunSmart.” “Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in Australia. That’s why this program is so important to the Diggers Rest and Sunbury community.”

MORE SHADE TO PROTECT THE SUNBURY COMMUNITY FROM SKIN CANCER

More of the Sunbury community will be protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government installing more sunshades in public areas and sports clubs. Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP today announced the Lions Club of Diggers Rest  will receive a share in almost $1 million from the fourth round of the Community Shade Grants Program. The grants are available for community groups to construct new shade structures, purchase portable shade, plant natural shade, repair an existing shade, purchase sun protective items or any combination of the five. The Diggers Rest Lions Club will receive $689 for portable shade marquees to assist them in providing services to the community. When used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and clothing, shade structures are the best defence and can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent. Through this program the Labor Government is supporting locals to keep active and enjoy the outdoors, while also helping them to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. In 2017, 270 Victorians died from melanoma and almost 3,000 people were diagnosed with invasive melanomas – making it the fourth most common cancer across the state. The five-year survival rate for Victorians diagnosed with invasive melanoma was at 90 per cent in 2013-16. The Labor Government has provided a $10 million boost for the program in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 -paving the way for more schools and community groups to install shade over the next four years. This initiative is part of the Labor Government’s election commitment to provide $15.1 million over four years in SunSmart programs. It forms part of the Labor Government’s ambitious Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 which sets out a target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer over a decade. Quote attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP “We know how much Australians love the outdoors. This grant means that the Diggers Rest Lions Club can raise funds, provide support to community events and functions while staying SunSmart.” “Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in Australia. That’s why this program is so important to the Diggers Rest and Sunbury community.”

REVAMPED GALAXYLAND PLAYGROUND FOR SUNBURY

Sunbury families now have access to the redeveloped Galaxyland playground, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP today joined Hume City Council and the local community to officially open the playground. The $1 million redevelopment of the popular Galaxyland playground was designed with the help of students at the Sunbury Primary School and the Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Special Development School. The new fully accessible playground includes a new flying fox and mega-swing, trampolines, giant basket swing and a sensory maze. This project received $500,000 from the Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The project was delivered by Hume City Council, which contributed $500,000 towards the project. The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $19.5 million into the Hume City Council for 17 projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek “The Growing Suburbs Fund provides places for communities to come together and is delivering results for communities like Sunbury and wider Hume City.” “We are committed to helping growing communities like Sunbury get the vital community facilities they need so they can continue to thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “It’s great to see the Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Galaxyland playground, revamping a popular playground so it is more accessible and can cater to our growing community.” 

REVAMPED GALAXYLAND PLAYGROUND FOR SUNBURY

Sunbury families now have access to the redeveloped Galaxyland playground, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP today joined Hume City Council and the local community to officially open the playground. The $1 million redevelopment of the popular Galaxyland playground was designed with the help of students at the Sunbury Primary School and the Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Special Development School. The new fully accessible playground includes a new flying fox and mega-swing, trampolines, giant basket swing and a sensory maze. This project received $500,000 from the Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local level. The project was delivered by Hume City Council, which contributed $500,000 towards the project. The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $19.5 million into the Hume City Council for 17 projects. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek “The Growing Suburbs Fund provides places for communities to come together and is delivering results for communities like Sunbury and wider Hume City.” “We are committed to helping growing communities like Sunbury get the vital community facilities they need so they can continue to thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “It’s great to see the Growing Suburbs Fund delivering projects like the Galaxyland playground, revamping a popular playground so it is more accessible and can cater to our growing community.” 

The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has been released

Link to the report:RCVMHS- Interim_Report For far too long, mental health hasn’t received the attention it deserves. But as a government and as a state, we’re going to get serious about this issue – and it’s going to save lives. Building a quality mental health system from the ground-up won’t be easy and it won’t be quick. But when the cost of not acting is measured in lives, we can't afford to fail”. Today in Parliament the Royal Commission into Mental Health handed down its interim report. The report shines a powerful light on the failings of a system that has let down Victorians and their families for far too long. We have accepted each and every one of the recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission. The Commission has found too many Victorians needing help can’t find suitable support, while those who do access ‘the system’ find it hard to negotiate their way through it. People living with mental illness are waiting longer and getting sicker before they can access services. Poor mental health costs Victoria $14.2 billion annually. The interim report identifies the key areas that can be addressed immediately, including: 170 new youth and adult acute mental health beds to help additional critical demand pressure New suicide prevention initiatives including a major expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement program and developing a new model for children and young people A world-class Collaborative Centre focused on cutting-edge research and education An international recruitment to boost Victoria’s mental health workforce, adding more nurses, allied health professionals and extra graduate placements. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System also recommends a revenue mechanism to support the major mental health reform and we will carefully consider how to acquit that recommendation. Every Victorian has felt the impact of mental health. Many Victorians don’t know where to turn – and it’s costing lives. The Royal Commission is about building a coordinated, quality mental health system from the ground up – a system that will support Victorians and their families when they need it most. The Commission will hold further public hearings in 2020 before delivering its final report in October. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. Josh Link to the report: RCVMHS- Interim_Report

The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has been released

Link to the report:RCVMHS- Interim_Report For far too long, mental health hasn’t received the attention it deserves. But as a government and as a state, we’re going to get serious about this issue – and it’s going to save lives. Building a quality mental health system from the ground-up won’t be easy and it won’t be quick. But when the cost of not acting is measured in lives, we can't afford to fail”. Today in Parliament the Royal Commission into Mental Health handed down its interim report. The report shines a powerful light on the failings of a system that has let down Victorians and their families for far too long. We have accepted each and every one of the recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission. The Commission has found too many Victorians needing help can’t find suitable support, while those who do access ‘the system’ find it hard to negotiate their way through it. People living with mental illness are waiting longer and getting sicker before they can access services. Poor mental health costs Victoria $14.2 billion annually. The interim report identifies the key areas that can be addressed immediately, including: 170 new youth and adult acute mental health beds to help additional critical demand pressure New suicide prevention initiatives including a major expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement program and developing a new model for children and young people A world-class Collaborative Centre focused on cutting-edge research and education An international recruitment to boost Victoria’s mental health workforce, adding more nurses, allied health professionals and extra graduate placements. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System also recommends a revenue mechanism to support the major mental health reform and we will carefully consider how to acquit that recommendation. Every Victorian has felt the impact of mental health. Many Victorians don’t know where to turn – and it’s costing lives. The Royal Commission is about building a coordinated, quality mental health system from the ground up – a system that will support Victorians and their families when they need it most. The Commission will hold further public hearings in 2020 before delivering its final report in October. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. Josh Link to the report: RCVMHS- Interim_Report

ANOTHER YEAR OF DELIVERING FOR SUNBURY

A Year ago today, Victorians re-elected a Government with a positive and optimistic plan for our State. A Government with a proud record of getting things done and delivering for our community. Since then, we’ve been getting on with the policies and projects we promised for the Sunbury electorate – from building and upgrading local schools and hospitals, to delivering the road and rail projects need to get home sooner. We promised to get on with upgrading and modernising Gladstone Views Primary, Gladstone Park Primary School, Sunbury Heights Primary, Sunbury Downs College, Sunbury Primary and Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School. On top of our unprecedented $5.6 billion investment in new and upgraded schools, we’re also getting on with largest ever maintenance blitz across every single one of Victoria’s 1,500 government schools. Early childhood learning can help shape a child’s entire future. But right now, too many kids are missing out on the benefits of early childhood education because of the cost. That’s why we’re preparing for the biggest-ever reform of early childhood education with the introduction of Three-Year-Old Kinder for every Victorian child. We’re also building better kinder and training new kinder teachers, ensuring our youngest Victorians are ready for school – and set for life. Work is nearing completion at Diggers Rest Kindergarten thanks to over $1million in investment, which builds on upgrades at Stewarts Lane and Taylor Drive Kinders. Nothing matters more than your health and the health of the people you love. That’s why we’re keeping our promise to deliver good healthcare close to home with community led planning underway for the Sunbury Community Hospital. Locally our record is strong with the delivery of the Sunbury BMX Pavilion, the soon to be opened Sunbury Global Learning Centre a state of the art community space as well as the upgraded Galaxy Land play space. Keeping fit and healthy as well as giving as many Victorians the opportunity to get active and participate in local sport has always been a key priority for this Government. Our investments in upgrading Langama Park and Boardman Reserve builds on the fantastic work already done at McMahon Reserve, Sunbury lawn Tennis Club and the Bulla Tennis Club. From the roundabout at the end of your street to the biggest projects Victoria’s ever seen, we’re building a better transport network for Victoria – just like we said we would.  We have upgraded the Gap Road and Horne Street intersection and planning is underway for the removal of the Sunbury level crossing and provision for over 300 new parking spaces in central Sunbury. We’re building the Metro Tunnel to run more trains more often. We’re building the missing link in Melbourne’s road network by getting on with the North East Link. And we’re building the Westgate Tunnel – providing a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge. But we know our work doesn’t end there. This is the pace that must define our next three years and we won’t stop – Victoria’s future is relying on it.   Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP “Over the past year, we haven’t wasted a day keeping our promises and delivering for Sunbury. But it’s not just one year of delivery, it marks five years of getting things done for our community.” “From a good local school, to transport you can rely on and quality healthcare when and where you need it – we’re investing in the things that matter for people in Sunbury and delivering for all Victorians.”

ANOTHER YEAR OF DELIVERING FOR SUNBURY

A Year ago today, Victorians re-elected a Government with a positive and optimistic plan for our State. A Government with a proud record of getting things done and delivering for our community. Since then, we’ve been getting on with the policies and projects we promised for the Sunbury electorate – from building and upgrading local schools and hospitals, to delivering the road and rail projects need to get home sooner. We promised to get on with upgrading and modernising Gladstone Views Primary, Gladstone Park Primary School, Sunbury Heights Primary, Sunbury Downs College, Sunbury Primary and Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School. On top of our unprecedented $5.6 billion investment in new and upgraded schools, we’re also getting on with largest ever maintenance blitz across every single one of Victoria’s 1,500 government schools. Early childhood learning can help shape a child’s entire future. But right now, too many kids are missing out on the benefits of early childhood education because of the cost. That’s why we’re preparing for the biggest-ever reform of early childhood education with the introduction of Three-Year-Old Kinder for every Victorian child. We’re also building better kinder and training new kinder teachers, ensuring our youngest Victorians are ready for school – and set for life. Work is nearing completion at Diggers Rest Kindergarten thanks to over $1million in investment, which builds on upgrades at Stewarts Lane and Taylor Drive Kinders. Nothing matters more than your health and the health of the people you love. That’s why we’re keeping our promise to deliver good healthcare close to home with community led planning underway for the Sunbury Community Hospital. Locally our record is strong with the delivery of the Sunbury BMX Pavilion, the soon to be opened Sunbury Global Learning Centre a state of the art community space as well as the upgraded Galaxy Land play space. Keeping fit and healthy as well as giving as many Victorians the opportunity to get active and participate in local sport has always been a key priority for this Government. Our investments in upgrading Langama Park and Boardman Reserve builds on the fantastic work already done at McMahon Reserve, Sunbury lawn Tennis Club and the Bulla Tennis Club. From the roundabout at the end of your street to the biggest projects Victoria’s ever seen, we’re building a better transport network for Victoria – just like we said we would.  We have upgraded the Gap Road and Horne Street intersection and planning is underway for the removal of the Sunbury level crossing and provision for over 300 new parking spaces in central Sunbury. We’re building the Metro Tunnel to run more trains more often. We’re building the missing link in Melbourne’s road network by getting on with the North East Link. And we’re building the Westgate Tunnel – providing a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge. But we know our work doesn’t end there. This is the pace that must define our next three years and we won’t stop – Victoria’s future is relying on it.   Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP “Over the past year, we haven’t wasted a day keeping our promises and delivering for Sunbury. But it’s not just one year of delivery, it marks five years of getting things done for our community.” “From a good local school, to transport you can rely on and quality healthcare when and where you need it – we’re investing in the things that matter for people in Sunbury and delivering for all Victorians.”

 

SUNBURY COMMUNITY TO WIN THROUGH SPORTS GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is providing greater opportunities for more people to get active more often with the announcement today of a new $22 million...

New Sunbury BMX Club Pavilion ON SITE!

Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury joined Hume Mayor Cr Carly Moore and Jacksons Creek Ward Councillors Ann Potter, Leigh Johnson and Jack Medcraft to...

Galaxyland – Concept Plan Released!

In November 2017, Hume invited feedback from our community on ideas for the redevelopment of Galaxyland. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas at the two pop-up sessions at Galaxyland, junior designer workshops with two local schools, activities at Sunbury StreetLife Festival and by the online survey. Over 5000 individual comments and ideas were received! Much of what was suggested was captured in the concept design, taking into consideration available space, ongoing maintenance and retaining features you liked about Galaxyland. A variety of play and supporting infrastructure elements have been  incorporated in the concept design including accessible items, interactive elements and separate junior and senior play areas which are easily viewed from the picnic area. Click here for PDF: galaxyland_proposed_concept  

Galaxyland – Concept Plan Released!

In November 2017, Hume invited feedback from our community on ideas for the redevelopment of Galaxyland. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas at the two pop-up sessions at Galaxyland, junior designer workshops with two local schools, activities at Sunbury StreetLife Festival and by the online survey. Over 5000 individual comments and ideas were received! Much of what was suggested was captured in the concept design, taking into consideration available space, ongoing maintenance and retaining features you liked about Galaxyland. A variety of play and supporting infrastructure elements have been  incorporated in the concept design including accessible items, interactive elements and separate junior and senior play areas which are easily viewed from the picnic area. Click here for PDF: galaxyland_proposed_concept  

HELPING TO CELEBRATE TULLAMARINE CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Tullamarine community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Josh Bull today announced the Tullamarine Community House was among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host an activity or event during Children’s Week, which runs from 19-27 October. The week-long national celebration recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families. The Tullamarine Community House will hold a free Children's Week celebration where the community will explore healthy food and safe lifestyle activities in a happy and fun way. Families can now view a calendar and map of activities that will be held across the state as part of Children’s Week by visiting: www.education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek Children’s Week events are free-of-charge to Victorian families with children aged 0-12 years and are a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun, engaging and educational experience. The theme for Children’s Week 2019 celebrates the right of all children to be healthy, safe and happy, based on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The grant recipients will share almost $100,000 worth of funding to help celebrate the national week. The Victorian Government provided grants to not-for-profit organisations and councils across the state to help cover costs associated with running an event such as hiring entertainment, purchasing craft materials, providing food and children’s prizes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Children’s Week is a fantastic national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of our children.” Quotes attributable to Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury “Children’s Week is a great opportunity for families to enjoy free and fun local events that celebrate our children and young people and showcase their achievements.”

HELPING TO CELEBRATE TULLAMARINE CHILDREN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Tullamarine community to host fun and free educational activities and events for local families and children as part of this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Josh Bull today announced the Tullamarine Community House was among the 118 recipients to receive a grant to help host an activity or event during Children’s Week, which runs from 19-27 October. The week-long national celebration recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families. The Tullamarine Community House will hold a free Children's Week celebration where the community will explore healthy food and safe lifestyle activities in a happy and fun way. Families can now view a calendar and map of activities that will be held across the state as part of Children’s Week by visiting: www.education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek Children’s Week events are free-of-charge to Victorian families with children aged 0-12 years and are a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun, engaging and educational experience. The theme for Children’s Week 2019 celebrates the right of all children to be healthy, safe and happy, based on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The grant recipients will share almost $100,000 worth of funding to help celebrate the national week. The Victorian Government provided grants to not-for-profit organisations and councils across the state to help cover costs associated with running an event such as hiring entertainment, purchasing craft materials, providing food and children’s prizes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Children’s Week is a fantastic national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of our children.” Quotes attributable to Josh Bull MP, Member for Sunbury “Children’s Week is a great opportunity for families to enjoy free and fun local events that celebrate our children and young people and showcase their achievements.”