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Truck Curfew To Ease Congestion On Beach Road

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to reduce traffic congestion in the bayside area by extending truck restrictions along Beach Road. Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today to announce 24/7 truck restrictions along Beach Road between Port Melbourne and Mordialloc are set to begin. The new curfew will ease congestion on local roads and improve traffic flow for both truck drivers and the local community, it will also make our valuable beach side communities more accessible and safe. Trucks making local deliveries, loading or unloading goods, or with no other route will be exempt from the ban. The restrictions do not include other vehicles such as buses, caravans, cranes or concrete pumps. Since 2017, there has been a range of truck curfew times trialled along Beach Road between Bay Street in Port Melbourne and Nepean Highway in Mordialloc. The 24/7 restrictions have been introduced following strong community support for the curfews and will come into effect from 25 February. The Labor Government has worked with the truck industry and community to find the best way to balance the needs of freight and other commuters on the road network. VicRoads will be collecting data to better understand how trucks use the Nepean Highway to better plan and manage the freight network. Data collected throughout the restriction will help to inform future changes to the road infrastructure and optimisation of traffic signals to improve movement around the Victorian freight network. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford “By introducing truck bans on Beach Road, we’ll improve the flow of traffic and reduce congestion.” “We’re leaving local roads for cars and moving freight onto freight routes, which will improve traffic flow and increase safety for the hundreds of visitors to the area as well as the local community.” Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley “We’re reducing truck traffic in the bayside area because the amenity and safety of bayside and beach communities’ matter.”

Truck Curfew To Ease Congestion On Beach Road

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to reduce traffic congestion in the bayside area by extending truck restrictions along Beach Road. Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today to announce 24/7 truck restrictions along Beach Road between Port Melbourne and Mordialloc are set to begin. The new curfew will ease congestion on local roads and improve traffic flow for both truck drivers and the local community, it will also make our valuable beach side communities more accessible and safe. Trucks making local deliveries, loading or unloading goods, or with no other route will be exempt from the ban. The restrictions do not include other vehicles such as buses, caravans, cranes or concrete pumps. Since 2017, there has been a range of truck curfew times trialled along Beach Road between Bay Street in Port Melbourne and Nepean Highway in Mordialloc. The 24/7 restrictions have been introduced following strong community support for the curfews and will come into effect from 25 February. The Labor Government has worked with the truck industry and community to find the best way to balance the needs of freight and other commuters on the road network. VicRoads will be collecting data to better understand how trucks use the Nepean Highway to better plan and manage the freight network. Data collected throughout the restriction will help to inform future changes to the road infrastructure and optimisation of traffic signals to improve movement around the Victorian freight network. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford “By introducing truck bans on Beach Road, we’ll improve the flow of traffic and reduce congestion.” “We’re leaving local roads for cars and moving freight onto freight routes, which will improve traffic flow and increase safety for the hundreds of visitors to the area as well as the local community.” Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley “We’re reducing truck traffic in the bayside area because the amenity and safety of bayside and beach communities’ matter.”

Next Round Of Road Safety Upgrades To Save More Lives

Another sixteen roads will be upgraded across the state as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s record road safety investment. Last year Victoria recorded its lowest number of road deaths since records began, but 214 lives lost are still 214 too many. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced that the Midland Highway between Buninyong and Meredith is one of eight regional roads to be made safer. This $229 million investment will be boosted by a further $111 million to improve road safety across Melbourne, including improvements on another eight metropolitan roads. Some of the roads that will receive upgrades include the Bellarine Highway between Leopold and Wallington, the South Gippsland Highway between Cranbourne East and Lang Lang and the Murray Valley Highway between Kangaroo Lake and Lake Boga. These sixteen priority roads have been identified for safety upgrades following extensive investigations, including assessing each road’s crash history, topography and roadside environment. The road safety projects will include flexible safety barriers and rumble strip line-marking, reducing the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes. The Labor Government’s will also improve more than 200 rural intersections, roll out more rumble-strip line-marking and flexible safety barriers, install fully-controlled right turns to improve safety in metropolitan areas, and make high-risk local roads safer. These projects are part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan. Towards Zero aims to reduce road deaths to less than 200 a year and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020. The first package of Towards Zero road safety upgrades is currently being rolled out across the state – including major upgrades on 20 high-risk roads, improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians, and installing new technology at dangerous rural intersections. A new interactive map has been launched today where Victorians can find out more about the safety upgrades happening or planned in their area. For more information visit vicroads.vic.gov.au/towardszero Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Jaala Pulford “Last year Victoria experienced the lowest number of deaths on our roads since records began. While this was heartening, it’s no consolation to the hundreds of families who tragically lost a loved one on our roads.” “One life lost is one too many – and that’s why we’re continuing our unprecedented investment in road safety upgrades across the state this year.”

Next Round Of Road Safety Upgrades To Save More Lives

Another sixteen roads will be upgraded across the state as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s record road safety investment. Last year Victoria recorded its lowest number of road deaths since records began, but 214 lives lost are still 214 too many. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced that the Midland Highway between Buninyong and Meredith is one of eight regional roads to be made safer. This $229 million investment will be boosted by a further $111 million to improve road safety across Melbourne, including improvements on another eight metropolitan roads. Some of the roads that will receive upgrades include the Bellarine Highway between Leopold and Wallington, the South Gippsland Highway between Cranbourne East and Lang Lang and the Murray Valley Highway between Kangaroo Lake and Lake Boga. These sixteen priority roads have been identified for safety upgrades following extensive investigations, including assessing each road’s crash history, topography and roadside environment. The road safety projects will include flexible safety barriers and rumble strip line-marking, reducing the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes. The Labor Government’s will also improve more than 200 rural intersections, roll out more rumble-strip line-marking and flexible safety barriers, install fully-controlled right turns to improve safety in metropolitan areas, and make high-risk local roads safer. These projects are part of the $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan. Towards Zero aims to reduce road deaths to less than 200 a year and serious injuries by 15 per cent by 2020. The first package of Towards Zero road safety upgrades is currently being rolled out across the state – including major upgrades on 20 high-risk roads, improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians, and installing new technology at dangerous rural intersections. A new interactive map has been launched today where Victorians can find out more about the safety upgrades happening or planned in their area. For more information visit vicroads.vic.gov.au/towardszero Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Jaala Pulford “Last year Victoria experienced the lowest number of deaths on our roads since records began. While this was heartening, it’s no consolation to the hundreds of families who tragically lost a loved one on our roads.” “One life lost is one too many – and that’s why we’re continuing our unprecedented investment in road safety upgrades across the state this year.”

Fixing Country Roads As Maintenance Blitz Ramps Up

Regional and rural councils can now apply for a share in more than $70 million for safer and more reliable roads thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Second round grants of up to $1.5 million are now available to eligible councils to carry out important road rehabilitation and resealing works, road safety improvements, bridge strengthening and other upgrades. In round one, all 48 councils across country Victoria secured funding with 91 projects on track for completion by the end of June. This funding boost builds on the biggest road maintenance blitz regional Victoria has ever seen, with $333 million being invested this year to repair, rebuild and resurface more than 1,500 kilometres of country arterial roads. Some of the 91 projects currently underway include the rebuilding of the Murphy Street and Strickland Road roundabout in Bendigo, the rebuilding and widening of Perkins Road at Lara and the reconstruction of Lake Road in Kyabram. Applications for round two close 18 March with successful projects to be announced in April. Councils must deliver these projects by June 2020. The Labor Government has more than doubled road maintenance spending since coming to office and established Regional Roads Victoria a dedicated country roads authority to oversee this record investment. To keep track of works currently underway or planned in your area visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Jaala Pulford “We’re getting on with the biggest road maintenance blitz ever – fixing the roads all regional Victorians rely on.” “Round two is now open, as we continue to deliver a safer, more reliable road network for every Victorian, regardless of where they live.”

Fixing Country Roads As Maintenance Blitz Ramps Up

Regional and rural councils can now apply for a share in more than $70 million for safer and more reliable roads thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Second round grants of up to $1.5 million are now available to eligible councils to carry out important road rehabilitation and resealing works, road safety improvements, bridge strengthening and other upgrades. In round one, all 48 councils across country Victoria secured funding with 91 projects on track for completion by the end of June. This funding boost builds on the biggest road maintenance blitz regional Victoria has ever seen, with $333 million being invested this year to repair, rebuild and resurface more than 1,500 kilometres of country arterial roads. Some of the 91 projects currently underway include the rebuilding of the Murphy Street and Strickland Road roundabout in Bendigo, the rebuilding and widening of Perkins Road at Lara and the reconstruction of Lake Road in Kyabram. Applications for round two close 18 March with successful projects to be announced in April. Councils must deliver these projects by June 2020. The Labor Government has more than doubled road maintenance spending since coming to office and established Regional Roads Victoria a dedicated country roads authority to oversee this record investment. To keep track of works currently underway or planned in your area visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Jaala Pulford “We’re getting on with the biggest road maintenance blitz ever – fixing the roads all regional Victorians rely on.” “Round two is now open, as we continue to deliver a safer, more reliable road network for every Victorian, regardless of where they live.”

Safety Boost For Victorian Kids Returning To School

The Andrews Labor Government is ramping up efforts to keep Victorian kids, parents and teachers safe with reduced speed limits and new electronic signage in school zones. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today visited Napoleons Primary School near Ballarat to meet with children ahead of their return to school. Speed limits have dropped to either 40km/h or 60km/h outside schools between 8am and 9:30am and from 2:30pm to 4pm. Young children can be unpredictable, fast, and difficult to see and a small reduction in speed can dramatically increase the chance of a child surviving being hit by a car. The Labor Government is continuing its focus on improving safety at schools across the state with upgrades for 39 schools on high-risk roads being rolled out as part of the $5 million School Area Safety Fund. Eight schools across Melbourne and regional Victoria have had new flashing speed signs switched on in time for the start of Term 1. The $5 million-dollar School Area Safety Fund package is in addition to the $18.9 million package to continue the School Crossing Supervisor Program across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “It’s everyone’s job to keep kids safe on our roads, so slow down, look up and be alert around schools.” “Young children can be unpredictable – reducing your speed increases your ability to stop and reduces the impact if there is a collision.” “We want to make sure every child, parent and teacher is safe as they travel to and from school, so we’re investing in making high-risk school zones safer across our state.”

Safety Boost For Victorian Kids Returning To School

The Andrews Labor Government is ramping up efforts to keep Victorian kids, parents and teachers safe with reduced speed limits and new electronic signage in school zones. Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today visited Napoleons Primary School near Ballarat to meet with children ahead of their return to school. Speed limits have dropped to either 40km/h or 60km/h outside schools between 8am and 9:30am and from 2:30pm to 4pm. Young children can be unpredictable, fast, and difficult to see and a small reduction in speed can dramatically increase the chance of a child surviving being hit by a car. The Labor Government is continuing its focus on improving safety at schools across the state with upgrades for 39 schools on high-risk roads being rolled out as part of the $5 million School Area Safety Fund. Eight schools across Melbourne and regional Victoria have had new flashing speed signs switched on in time for the start of Term 1. The $5 million-dollar School Area Safety Fund package is in addition to the $18.9 million package to continue the School Crossing Supervisor Program across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “It’s everyone’s job to keep kids safe on our roads, so slow down, look up and be alert around schools.” “Young children can be unpredictable – reducing your speed increases your ability to stop and reduces the impact if there is a collision.” “We want to make sure every child, parent and teacher is safe as they travel to and from school, so we’re investing in making high-risk school zones safer across our state.”

 

Free TAFE Set To Deliver Skills For Thousands Of Victorians

More than 80,000 Victorians have picked up the phone or submitted an expression of interest form to their local TAFE to find out how they can sign up to the Andrews Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative. The enquiries have been made across each of the state’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities to seek more information and help to enrol in one of 30 free priority TAFE and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses on offer in 2019. More than 15,000 enquiries have been made into enrolling in the Diploma of Nursing, with courses in Community Services, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Cyber Security, Education Support and Mental Health also attracting thousands of enquiries. All 50 courses on the Free TAFE list were selected because they give Victorians the skills they need for the jobs most in demand across Victoria and every single course on the list has attracted enquiries. Free TAFE will mean more Victorians to get the skills they need for jobs working on major road and rail projects, building schools and hospitals and caring for our loved ones. Skilled workers are in high demand across Victoria, which is why the Labor Government invested an additional $644 million in last year’s Budget to strengthen TAFE, and to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job. As part of the transformation of Victoria’s training sector, the Labor Government is creating more than 30,000 new training places, upgrading and rebuilding TAFE campuses and making TAFE free for over 30 priority courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses. TAFE institutes, including universities that offer TAFE courses, across Victoria are currently taking enrolments for Free TAFE courses that begin in 2019. For the full list of Free TAFE courses visit freetafe.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Training and Skills Jaala Pulford “The high level of interest in Free TAFE shows just how important it is to reduce barriers to training, and support as many Victorians as possible to get access to the skills they need to get a job.” “That every course and every TAFE has received interest shows how far we have come in rebuilding TAFE and training in Victoria.” “More than ever the jobs in demand across Victoria are taught at TAFE – that’s why we’re reducing the barrier to quality training by making over 50 courses free.”

Free TAFE Set To Deliver Skills For Thousands Of Victorians

More than 80,000 Victorians have picked up the phone or submitted an expression of interest form to their local TAFE to find out how they can sign up to the Andrews Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative. The enquiries have been made across each of the state’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities to seek more information and help to enrol in one of 30 free priority TAFE and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses on offer in 2019. More than 15,000 enquiries have been made into enrolling in the Diploma of Nursing, with courses in Community Services, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Cyber Security, Education Support and Mental Health also attracting thousands of enquiries. All 50 courses on the Free TAFE list were selected because they give Victorians the skills they need for the jobs most in demand across Victoria and every single course on the list has attracted enquiries. Free TAFE will mean more Victorians to get the skills they need for jobs working on major road and rail projects, building schools and hospitals and caring for our loved ones. Skilled workers are in high demand across Victoria, which is why the Labor Government invested an additional $644 million in last year’s Budget to strengthen TAFE, and to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job. As part of the transformation of Victoria’s training sector, the Labor Government is creating more than 30,000 new training places, upgrading and rebuilding TAFE campuses and making TAFE free for over 30 priority courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses. TAFE institutes, including universities that offer TAFE courses, across Victoria are currently taking enrolments for Free TAFE courses that begin in 2019. For the full list of Free TAFE courses visit freetafe.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Training and Skills Jaala Pulford “The high level of interest in Free TAFE shows just how important it is to reduce barriers to training, and support as many Victorians as possible to get access to the skills they need to get a job.” “That every course and every TAFE has received interest shows how far we have come in rebuilding TAFE and training in Victoria.” “More than ever the jobs in demand across Victoria are taught at TAFE – that’s why we’re reducing the barrier to quality training by making over 50 courses free.”

Lowest Ever Regional Road Deaths, But Still Far Too Many

Regional Victoria has recorded its lowest number of road deaths since records began, but the 109 lives lost on country roads last year is still 109 too many. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today joined representatives from the Transport Accident Commission and Regional Roads to reflect on road trauma in regional Victoria in 2018. Data released by the Transport Accident Commission today shows that 109 people lost their lives on Victoria’s regional roads in 2018, 47 fewer than in 2017 and 29 less than the previous record low of 138 in 2008. Despite this, people are still far more likely to die on country roads, which is why the Andrews Labor Government continues to invest in life-saving road safety infrastructure like flexible safety barriers. With around 1500 kilometres of barriers rolled out, thousands of barrier hits recorded across the state, and a steep reduction in deaths on high-speed regional roads in 2018, this infrastructure is reducing the severity of crashes and saving lives. Deaths on high-speed regional roads dropped significantly last year, with 67 people losing their lives on 100km/h roads compared with 119 in 2017. The number of single-vehicle and head-on crashes have also dropped across the state, but they remain the leading causes of fatal crashes in regional Victoria. Head-on crashes resulted in 21 deaths and 53 people died in a single-vehicle crash on the roadside, down from 37 head-on crashes and 72 single-vehicle crashes in 2017. Young driver deaths (aged 18 to 25) reduced dramatically in 2018, with 14 deaths compared with 31 in 2017. In 2018, Victoria also introduced the toughest penalties for drink and drug driving in Australia, and introduced tough new sanctions for high-level speeding, as part of sweeping changes to make our roads safer. Quote attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “Any reduction in the number of people dying on our roads is always welcome but the sad fact remains that there are far too many rural families starting the New Year without a loved one. Quote attributable to TAC Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore “These stats show that our unprecedented investment into road safety infrastructure is heading in the right direction, but there is still a long way for us to go in reaching zero lives lost and serious injuries on our roads.” Quote attributable to Acting Chief Regional Roads Officer Brian Westly “We’re rolling out flexible safety barriers on our highest risk roads because they are proven to save lives and we’ll be continuing our massive program of work to improve the safety of regional roads this year – because one life lost is one too many.”

Lowest Ever Regional Road Deaths, But Still Far Too Many

Regional Victoria has recorded its lowest number of road deaths since records began, but the 109 lives lost on country roads last year is still 109 too many. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today joined representatives from the Transport Accident Commission and Regional Roads to reflect on road trauma in regional Victoria in 2018. Data released by the Transport Accident Commission today shows that 109 people lost their lives on Victoria’s regional roads in 2018, 47 fewer than in 2017 and 29 less than the previous record low of 138 in 2008. Despite this, people are still far more likely to die on country roads, which is why the Andrews Labor Government continues to invest in life-saving road safety infrastructure like flexible safety barriers. With around 1500 kilometres of barriers rolled out, thousands of barrier hits recorded across the state, and a steep reduction in deaths on high-speed regional roads in 2018, this infrastructure is reducing the severity of crashes and saving lives. Deaths on high-speed regional roads dropped significantly last year, with 67 people losing their lives on 100km/h roads compared with 119 in 2017. The number of single-vehicle and head-on crashes have also dropped across the state, but they remain the leading causes of fatal crashes in regional Victoria. Head-on crashes resulted in 21 deaths and 53 people died in a single-vehicle crash on the roadside, down from 37 head-on crashes and 72 single-vehicle crashes in 2017. Young driver deaths (aged 18 to 25) reduced dramatically in 2018, with 14 deaths compared with 31 in 2017. In 2018, Victoria also introduced the toughest penalties for drink and drug driving in Australia, and introduced tough new sanctions for high-level speeding, as part of sweeping changes to make our roads safer. Quote attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “Any reduction in the number of people dying on our roads is always welcome but the sad fact remains that there are far too many rural families starting the New Year without a loved one. Quote attributable to TAC Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore “These stats show that our unprecedented investment into road safety infrastructure is heading in the right direction, but there is still a long way for us to go in reaching zero lives lost and serious injuries on our roads.” Quote attributable to Acting Chief Regional Roads Officer Brian Westly “We’re rolling out flexible safety barriers on our highest risk roads because they are proven to save lives and we’ll be continuing our massive program of work to improve the safety of regional roads this year – because one life lost is one too many.”

Delivering Safer Streets In The Heart Of Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government is making the Ballarat CBD safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, unveiling new options to fix six notorious intersections along Sturt Street. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford said that everyone in the community will get a chance to have their say on the options for the Sturt Street intersections of Lyons, Raglan, Errard, Ascot, Talbot and Windermere Streets. The intersections have been the site of 85 crashes in the past 10 years, resulting in 135 people being injured. Community sessions will be held later this month, giving people the chance to ask questions and view the concept designs for each intersection. The current options are the result of an extensive collaboration between Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) and a dedicated group of Sturt Street traders. Alongside these options, a new public reference group will be established to determine the best options for a planned off-road cycling and pedestrian path along Sturt Street as part of the Ballarat Cycling Connections project. The group will include representatives from RRV, the City of Ballarat, the Ballarat Heritage Advisory Group, the Ballarat Bicycle Users Group and the Sturt Street Traders’ Group. The group will meet in February in order to consider a range of options for the location of the proposed path, taking into account safety, environmental and heritage concerns. Once an appropriate option is identified, draft plans will be made available for public comment. RRV is delivering upgrades along Sturt Street as part of the Ballarat Safer Cycling Connections project, funded through the Labor Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund. The cycling and pedestrian safety program is just one of a number of projects scheduled to take place across Ballarat in 2019, with works on the $7 million opening stage of the Mair Street upgrade set to begin next week. Works will centre around the intersection of Humffray and Mair streets, improving traffic flow and safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Initial works are scheduled to take place between 9:00am and 5:00pm each day, and a 40km/h speed limit will be in place within a one-block radius for the duration of the works. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford “Something needs to be done to address the safety drivers, cyclists and pedestrians along Sturt Street and we’re making sure that the whole community can be involved in discussions around how we achieve that goal.” “Delivering projects like the upgrades to Sturt Street and Mair Street will make sure Ballarat gets the safe and reliable road network that our vibrant regional city needs.”

Delivering Safer Streets In The Heart Of Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government is making the Ballarat CBD safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, unveiling new options to fix six notorious intersections along Sturt Street. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford said that everyone in the community will get a chance to have their say on the options for the Sturt Street intersections of Lyons, Raglan, Errard, Ascot, Talbot and Windermere Streets. The intersections have been the site of 85 crashes in the past 10 years, resulting in 135 people being injured. Community sessions will be held later this month, giving people the chance to ask questions and view the concept designs for each intersection. The current options are the result of an extensive collaboration between Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) and a dedicated group of Sturt Street traders. Alongside these options, a new public reference group will be established to determine the best options for a planned off-road cycling and pedestrian path along Sturt Street as part of the Ballarat Cycling Connections project. The group will include representatives from RRV, the City of Ballarat, the Ballarat Heritage Advisory Group, the Ballarat Bicycle Users Group and the Sturt Street Traders’ Group. The group will meet in February in order to consider a range of options for the location of the proposed path, taking into account safety, environmental and heritage concerns. Once an appropriate option is identified, draft plans will be made available for public comment. RRV is delivering upgrades along Sturt Street as part of the Ballarat Safer Cycling Connections project, funded through the Labor Government’s $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund. The cycling and pedestrian safety program is just one of a number of projects scheduled to take place across Ballarat in 2019, with works on the $7 million opening stage of the Mair Street upgrade set to begin next week. Works will centre around the intersection of Humffray and Mair streets, improving traffic flow and safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Initial works are scheduled to take place between 9:00am and 5:00pm each day, and a 40km/h speed limit will be in place within a one-block radius for the duration of the works. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Jaala Pulford “Something needs to be done to address the safety drivers, cyclists and pedestrians along Sturt Street and we’re making sure that the whole community can be involved in discussions around how we achieve that goal.” “Delivering projects like the upgrades to Sturt Street and Mair Street will make sure Ballarat gets the safe and reliable road network that our vibrant regional city needs.”

Boost For Western Victorian Aboriginal Organisations

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting self-determination by improving the community facilities of Aboriginal organisations across Victoria. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings today announced a series of grants for Aboriginal organisations across Western Victoria to improve their facilities. The Labor Government will provide: $1.5 million to Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation to develop Stage 1 of a Keeping Place for Gunditjmara people to reinforce the strengths of its community and culture $144,454 to Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service Inc for repairs and minor works on the Ngootyoong Mara Cultural Healing Centre $50,000 to Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative to develop a business case on a multi-purpose facility to promote culture and community engagement $48,079 to Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative to develop a business case to investigate bringing its healthcare, community services and corporate services under one roof. These grants are from the second round of the Labor Government’s Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program, which has invested $14.9 million to build new community infrastructure or to repair, refurbish or expand existing facilities. Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and social and economic development for Aboriginal Victorians. The Labor Government acknowledges the right to self-determination and recognises that only when Aboriginal people are central to the decision-making processes that affect their lives, will sustained and long-term changes in health and wellbeing be achieved. Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings “This vital program is investing in community facilities to make the lives of Aboriginal Victorians better and support self-determination.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Giving Aboriginal organisations across Western Victoria the funding to improve their facilities so they can better plan their own future goes to the heart of self-determination and helps close the gap.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “Western Victorian Aboriginal organisations are doing a great job delivering front line services and this grant program will support these organisations to grow and flourish.”

Boost For Western Victorian Aboriginal Organisations

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting self-determination by improving the community facilities of Aboriginal organisations across Victoria. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings today announced a series of grants for Aboriginal organisations across Western Victoria to improve their facilities. The Labor Government will provide: $1.5 million to Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation to develop Stage 1 of a Keeping Place for Gunditjmara people to reinforce the strengths of its community and culture $144,454 to Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service Inc for repairs and minor works on the Ngootyoong Mara Cultural Healing Centre $50,000 to Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative to develop a business case on a multi-purpose facility to promote culture and community engagement $48,079 to Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative to develop a business case to investigate bringing its healthcare, community services and corporate services under one roof. These grants are from the second round of the Labor Government’s Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program, which has invested $14.9 million to build new community infrastructure or to repair, refurbish or expand existing facilities. Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and social and economic development for Aboriginal Victorians. The Labor Government acknowledges the right to self-determination and recognises that only when Aboriginal people are central to the decision-making processes that affect their lives, will sustained and long-term changes in health and wellbeing be achieved. Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings “This vital program is investing in community facilities to make the lives of Aboriginal Victorians better and support self-determination.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Giving Aboriginal organisations across Western Victoria the funding to improve their facilities so they can better plan their own future goes to the heart of self-determination and helps close the gap.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “Western Victorian Aboriginal organisations are doing a great job delivering front line services and this grant program will support these organisations to grow and flourish.”