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Staley Ignores Exploitation Of Vulnerable Workers

Member for Ripon Louise Staley must explain why mobsters’ mate Matthew Guy and her Liberal and National colleagues voted to abandon some of the state’s most vulnerable workers, opposing ground-breaking Andrews Labor Government legislation to stop exploitation in the Victorian labour hire industry. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins slammed the Liberal and National parties for voting against the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, which will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers. The Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work uncovered widespread abuse, exploitation and underpayment of workers across Victoria. In the debate, Shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson Robert Clark even acknowledged that organised crime has infiltrated the industry – yet they won’t vote to clean it up. Under the new scheme, labour hire services may only be provided by organisations that hold a licence and be listed on a publicly accessible register. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws, and minimum accommodation standards. A licensing inspectorate within the Labour Hire Licensing Authority will monitor and investigate compliance with the scheme, and rogue operators that flout the new rules will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties. Quotes attributable to Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins “True to form, the Victorian Liberals and Nationals are abandoning some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers.” “Given Matthew Guy has dinner with alleged mobsters, it’s no surprise he’s trying to protect an industry that even they admit has been infiltrated by organised crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “It’s time for the Liberals and Nationals to back these changes, so we can clean up this type of employment and make work more secure for labour hire workers across Victoria.”

Staley Ignores Exploitation Of Vulnerable Workers

Member for Ripon Louise Staley must explain why mobsters’ mate Matthew Guy and her Liberal and National colleagues voted to abandon some of the state’s most vulnerable workers, opposing ground-breaking Andrews Labor Government legislation to stop exploitation in the Victorian labour hire industry. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins slammed the Liberal and National parties for voting against the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, which will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers. The Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work uncovered widespread abuse, exploitation and underpayment of workers across Victoria. In the debate, Shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson Robert Clark even acknowledged that organised crime has infiltrated the industry – yet they won’t vote to clean it up. Under the new scheme, labour hire services may only be provided by organisations that hold a licence and be listed on a publicly accessible register. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws, and minimum accommodation standards. A licensing inspectorate within the Labour Hire Licensing Authority will monitor and investigate compliance with the scheme, and rogue operators that flout the new rules will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties. Quotes attributable to Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins “True to form, the Victorian Liberals and Nationals are abandoning some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers.” “Given Matthew Guy has dinner with alleged mobsters, it’s no surprise he’s trying to protect an industry that even they admit has been infiltrated by organised crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “It’s time for the Liberals and Nationals to back these changes, so we can clean up this type of employment and make work more secure for labour hire workers across Victoria.”

New Security Officers For Edenhope Court

Edenhope residents will soon have access to safer and more secure court facilities as part of a state-wide rollout of Court Security Officers at Victorian courts under the Andrews Labor Government. Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced that the Edenhope Court will have three Court Security Officers from Friday, 16 February 2018. The new Court Security Officers will be present on all court sitting days, undertaking entry screening and roving security as well as providing assistance to vulnerable people, including women and children who have been victims of family violence. The Court Security Officer deployment forms part of the Labor Government’s $58.1 million investment in the state’s courts delivered in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. The new Court Security Officers will also allow Victoria Police, where they consider it appropriate, to re-deploy police officers to front-line duties. The presence of Court Security Officers will help to create a safer experience for those attending court and deliver on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Quote attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “The Andrews Labor Government is increasing security measures at courts across the state to help make them safer for the Victorian community.” “In addition to their entry screen duties, court security officers will provide important assistance services for vulnerable people, delivering on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Edenhope residents deserve to have access to safe and secure facilities when attending court, especially if they are vulnerable or a victim of family violence.”

New Security Officers For Edenhope Court

Edenhope residents will soon have access to safer and more secure court facilities as part of a state-wide rollout of Court Security Officers at Victorian courts under the Andrews Labor Government. Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced that the Edenhope Court will have three Court Security Officers from Friday, 16 February 2018. The new Court Security Officers will be present on all court sitting days, undertaking entry screening and roving security as well as providing assistance to vulnerable people, including women and children who have been victims of family violence. The Court Security Officer deployment forms part of the Labor Government’s $58.1 million investment in the state’s courts delivered in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. The new Court Security Officers will also allow Victoria Police, where they consider it appropriate, to re-deploy police officers to front-line duties. The presence of Court Security Officers will help to create a safer experience for those attending court and deliver on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Quote attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “The Andrews Labor Government is increasing security measures at courts across the state to help make them safer for the Victorian community.” “In addition to their entry screen duties, court security officers will provide important assistance services for vulnerable people, delivering on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Edenhope residents deserve to have access to safe and secure facilities when attending court, especially if they are vulnerable or a victim of family violence.”

Britnell Ignores Exploitation Of Vulnerable Workers

Member for South-West Coast Roma Britnell must explain why mobsters’ mate Matthew Guy and her Liberal and National colleagues voted to abandon some of the state’s most vulnerable workers, opposing ground-breaking Andrews Labor Government legislation to stop exploitation in the Victorian labour hire industry. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins slammed the Liberal and National parties for voting against the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, which will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers. The Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work uncovered widespread abuse, exploitation and underpayment of workers across Victoria. In the debate, Shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson Robert Clark even acknowledged that organised crime has infiltrated the industry – yet they won’t vote to clean it up. Under the new scheme, labour hire services may only be provided by organisations that hold a licence and be listed on a publicly accessible register. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws, and minimum accommodation standards. A licensing inspectorate within the Labour Hire Licensing Authority will monitor and investigate compliance with the scheme, and rogue operators that flout the new rules will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins “True to form, the Victorian Liberals and Nationals are abandoning some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers.” “Given Matthew Guy has dinner with alleged mobsters, it’s no surprise he’s trying to protect an industry that even they admit has been infiltrated by organised crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “It’s time for the Liberals and Nationals to back these changes, so we can clean up this type of employment and make work more secure for labour hire workers across Victoria.”

Britnell Ignores Exploitation Of Vulnerable Workers

Member for South-West Coast Roma Britnell must explain why mobsters’ mate Matthew Guy and her Liberal and National colleagues voted to abandon some of the state’s most vulnerable workers, opposing ground-breaking Andrews Labor Government legislation to stop exploitation in the Victorian labour hire industry. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins slammed the Liberal and National parties for voting against the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, which will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers. The Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work uncovered widespread abuse, exploitation and underpayment of workers across Victoria. In the debate, Shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson Robert Clark even acknowledged that organised crime has infiltrated the industry – yet they won’t vote to clean it up. Under the new scheme, labour hire services may only be provided by organisations that hold a licence and be listed on a publicly accessible register. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws, and minimum accommodation standards. A licensing inspectorate within the Labour Hire Licensing Authority will monitor and investigate compliance with the scheme, and rogue operators that flout the new rules will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins “True to form, the Victorian Liberals and Nationals are abandoning some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers.” “Given Matthew Guy has dinner with alleged mobsters, it’s no surprise he’s trying to protect an industry that even they admit has been infiltrated by organised crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “It’s time for the Liberals and Nationals to back these changes, so we can clean up this type of employment and make work more secure for labour hire workers across Victoria.”

Kealy Votes For Exploitation Of Vulnerable Workers

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has joined mobsters’ mate Matthew Guy and her Liberal and National colleagues to abandon some of the state’s most vulnerable workers, opposing ground-breaking Andrews Labor Government legislation to stop exploitation in the Victorian labour hire industry. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins slammed Emma Kealy and the Opposition for voting against the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, which will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers. The Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work uncovered widespread abuse, exploitation and underpayment of workers across Victoria. In the debate, Shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson Robert Clark even acknowledged that organised crime has infiltrated the industry – yet they won’t vote to clean it up. Under the new scheme, labour hire services may only be provided by organisations that hold a licence and be listed on a publicly accessible register. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws, and minimum accommodation standards. A licensing inspectorate within the Labour Hire Licensing Authority will monitor and investigate compliance with the scheme, and rogue operators that flout the new rules will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins “True to form, the Victorian Liberals and Nationals are abandoning some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers.” “Given Matthew Guy has dinner with alleged mobsters, it’s no surprise he’s trying to protect an industry that even they admit has been infiltrated by organised crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “It’s time for the Liberals and Nationals to back these changes, so we can clean up this type of employment and make work more secure for labour hire workers across Victoria.”

Kealy Votes For Exploitation Of Vulnerable Workers

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has joined mobsters’ mate Matthew Guy and her Liberal and National colleagues to abandon some of the state’s most vulnerable workers, opposing ground-breaking Andrews Labor Government legislation to stop exploitation in the Victorian labour hire industry. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins slammed Emma Kealy and the Opposition for voting against the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, which will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers. The Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work uncovered widespread abuse, exploitation and underpayment of workers across Victoria. In the debate, Shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson Robert Clark even acknowledged that organised crime has infiltrated the industry – yet they won’t vote to clean it up. Under the new scheme, labour hire services may only be provided by organisations that hold a licence and be listed on a publicly accessible register. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws, and minimum accommodation standards. A licensing inspectorate within the Labour Hire Licensing Authority will monitor and investigate compliance with the scheme, and rogue operators that flout the new rules will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins “True to form, the Victorian Liberals and Nationals are abandoning some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers.” “Given Matthew Guy has dinner with alleged mobsters, it’s no surprise he’s trying to protect an industry that even they admit has been infiltrated by organised crime.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “It’s time for the Liberals and Nationals to back these changes, so we can clean up this type of employment and make work more secure for labour hire workers across Victoria.”

 

Ballarat Line Upgrade Bringing Extra Benefits For Locals

Thousands of regional Victorians will get more reliable services every day with a major upgrade of Wendouree Station in Ballarat to be complete by 2019. A second platform and new tracks will be built at Wendouree as part of the $551.7 million Ballarat Line Upgrade. This will create enough space for trains to pass each other at Wendouree station for the first time, fixing the current problem that sees delayed services from Melbourne terminate at Ballarat and passengers forced onto replacement buses because trains can’t pass each other beyond Ballarat. The upgraded Wendouree station will also include a new accessible pedestrian link between the new and existing platform, and upgrades to security, lighting and signage. An extra three kilometres of track between Bacchus Marsh station and Rowsley Station Road in Maddingley has also been added to the project, allowing trains to move in and out of the nearby stabling facilities more quickly. This refinement removes the need to duplicate track at Warrenheip and means less tree removal and excavation. The change also includes a new train station at Toolern to service Melbourne’s booming outer-western suburbs. This week, contracts were signed by a consortium comprised of Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC Australia to deliver the Ballarat Line Upgrade. The upgrade is part of the $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival, funded by the Australian and Victorian governments. Construction is now underway to deliver more frequent and reliable services to regional passengers and give regional Victoria the infrastructure it needs as it continues to grow. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, currently overseeing the Metro Tunnel and Ballarat Line Upgrade, will lead delivery of the Regional Rail Revival program, which includes upgrades to every regional passenger line in Victoria. Construction contractors and suppliers can register their interest in working on the Regional Rail Revival projects by visiting ballaratlineupgrade.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re getting things done, delivering more frequent, reliable services to people travelling to Ballarat and beyond.” “These upgrades will make a huge difference to people in Wendouree and right along the line, boosting services and reducing delays. “We’re upgrading every passenger line in the state to give regional Victorians the rail services they deserve.”

Ballarat Line Upgrade Bringing Extra Benefits For Locals

Thousands of regional Victorians will get more reliable services every day with a major upgrade of Wendouree Station in Ballarat to be complete by 2019. A second platform and new tracks will be built at Wendouree as part of the $551.7 million Ballarat Line Upgrade. This will create enough space for trains to pass each other at Wendouree station for the first time, fixing the current problem that sees delayed services from Melbourne terminate at Ballarat and passengers forced onto replacement buses because trains can’t pass each other beyond Ballarat. The upgraded Wendouree station will also include a new accessible pedestrian link between the new and existing platform, and upgrades to security, lighting and signage. An extra three kilometres of track between Bacchus Marsh station and Rowsley Station Road in Maddingley has also been added to the project, allowing trains to move in and out of the nearby stabling facilities more quickly. This refinement removes the need to duplicate track at Warrenheip and means less tree removal and excavation. The change also includes a new train station at Toolern to service Melbourne’s booming outer-western suburbs. This week, contracts were signed by a consortium comprised of Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC Australia to deliver the Ballarat Line Upgrade. The upgrade is part of the $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival, funded by the Australian and Victorian governments. Construction is now underway to deliver more frequent and reliable services to regional passengers and give regional Victoria the infrastructure it needs as it continues to grow. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, currently overseeing the Metro Tunnel and Ballarat Line Upgrade, will lead delivery of the Regional Rail Revival program, which includes upgrades to every regional passenger line in Victoria. Construction contractors and suppliers can register their interest in working on the Regional Rail Revival projects by visiting ballaratlineupgrade.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “We’re getting things done, delivering more frequent, reliable services to people travelling to Ballarat and beyond.” “These upgrades will make a huge difference to people in Wendouree and right along the line, boosting services and reducing delays. “We’re upgrading every passenger line in the state to give regional Victorians the rail services they deserve.”

Glenelg Estuary Nominated For Ramsar Site Accolade

Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay has been nominated for a Ramsar listing – an acknowledgement of the significance of this stunning site to the region. Minister for Water Lisa Neville endorsed the nomination, which has been submitted to the Federal Government for consideration. Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance listed by Australia under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Victoria currently has 11 Ramsar-listed sites. The proposed new Ramsar site is located near the Victorian-South Australian border and covers approximately 22,300 hectares, including part of the Lower Glenelg National Park, Discovery Bay Coastal Park and the Nelson Streamside Reserve. The Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay site meets five of the required Ramsar criteria by supporting unique wetlands, providing habitat for 95 birds, with 24 species migrating from Russia and China. The site is home to threatened plants and animal species, and provides habitat for fish, such as black bream and estuary perch. The site has three main systems including the freshwater wetlands of Long Swamp, Bridgewater Lakes and Swan Lake, the Glenelg Estuary, Oxbow Lake and the dune fields, as well as beach along 50 kilometres of the Discovery Bay Coastal Park. The nomination and documentation is now with the Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Energy with a request from Minister Neville to consider the Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay site for Ramsar listing. As part of the nomination process, Glenelg Hopkins CMA coordinated extensive consultation that included local landholders, government agencies, Coastcare and Traditional Owners. Parks Victoria is the land manager and has been very supportive of the proposed Ramsar listing and the international recognition and tourism opportunities it will bring the region. The Gunditjmara people are one of the primary guardians, keepers and knowledge holders of Aboriginal cultural heritage of the area, and provided information on cultural values and a statement illustrating the importance of this site to support the nomination. Quote attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville  “I’m really proud to endorse this site for Ramsar listing – it will mean that this wonderful sanctuary will be internationally recognised and protected for future generations.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “These wetlands are an iconic treasure to the region and provide benefits for the community and visitors, including recreation, birdwatching and education.”

Glenelg Estuary Nominated For Ramsar Site Accolade

Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay has been nominated for a Ramsar listing – an acknowledgement of the significance of this stunning site to the region. Minister for Water Lisa Neville endorsed the nomination, which has been submitted to the Federal Government for consideration. Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance listed by Australia under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Victoria currently has 11 Ramsar-listed sites. The proposed new Ramsar site is located near the Victorian-South Australian border and covers approximately 22,300 hectares, including part of the Lower Glenelg National Park, Discovery Bay Coastal Park and the Nelson Streamside Reserve. The Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay site meets five of the required Ramsar criteria by supporting unique wetlands, providing habitat for 95 birds, with 24 species migrating from Russia and China. The site is home to threatened plants and animal species, and provides habitat for fish, such as black bream and estuary perch. The site has three main systems including the freshwater wetlands of Long Swamp, Bridgewater Lakes and Swan Lake, the Glenelg Estuary, Oxbow Lake and the dune fields, as well as beach along 50 kilometres of the Discovery Bay Coastal Park. The nomination and documentation is now with the Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Energy with a request from Minister Neville to consider the Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay site for Ramsar listing. As part of the nomination process, Glenelg Hopkins CMA coordinated extensive consultation that included local landholders, government agencies, Coastcare and Traditional Owners. Parks Victoria is the land manager and has been very supportive of the proposed Ramsar listing and the international recognition and tourism opportunities it will bring the region. The Gunditjmara people are one of the primary guardians, keepers and knowledge holders of Aboriginal cultural heritage of the area, and provided information on cultural values and a statement illustrating the importance of this site to support the nomination. Quote attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville  “I’m really proud to endorse this site for Ramsar listing – it will mean that this wonderful sanctuary will be internationally recognised and protected for future generations.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “These wetlands are an iconic treasure to the region and provide benefits for the community and visitors, including recreation, birdwatching and education.”

Night Of Racing Fun Helps Sports Groups In Ballarat

NIGHT OF RACING FUN HELPS SPORTS GROUPS IN BALLARAT Hundreds of racegoers are expected to head to Morshead Park tomorrow night for the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club’s premier race meeting. The Andrews Labor Government is contributing almost $9,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards this year’s greyhound Ballarat Cup. The event will help support local sports groups, with the club making a $10 donation for each local sports club member in attendance. The group with the most members on track will win $1,000. Entry is free and patrons will be treated to live music from Big City Beat between races. A designated family zone will feature face painting and jumping castles for children. Greyhound Racing Victoria is providing more than $7,000 towards the event and the club is contributing $6,000. Since 2014, the Labor Government has contributed more than $171,000 to support three infrastructure projects and five greyhound racing events in Ballarat. The racing industry in the Central Highlands Region generates more than $96 million annually for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 950 full-time equivalent jobs in the region. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “We’re proud to be backing the Ballarat Cup because greyhound racing provides great economic and community benefits to the Central Highlands.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “The Cup is a great way to celebrate the festive season and I congratulate the club for its support of local sporting groups, which are an integral part of our community.”  Quote attributable to Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club President Alf King “The Victorian Government provides fantastic support for greyhound racing in the region, and we’d like to thank the government for its contribution to the Ballarat Cup.”

Night Of Racing Fun Helps Sports Groups In Ballarat

NIGHT OF RACING FUN HELPS SPORTS GROUPS IN BALLARAT Hundreds of racegoers are expected to head to Morshead Park tomorrow night for the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club’s premier race meeting. The Andrews Labor Government is contributing almost $9,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards this year’s greyhound Ballarat Cup. The event will help support local sports groups, with the club making a $10 donation for each local sports club member in attendance. The group with the most members on track will win $1,000. Entry is free and patrons will be treated to live music from Big City Beat between races. A designated family zone will feature face painting and jumping castles for children. Greyhound Racing Victoria is providing more than $7,000 towards the event and the club is contributing $6,000. Since 2014, the Labor Government has contributed more than $171,000 to support three infrastructure projects and five greyhound racing events in Ballarat. The racing industry in the Central Highlands Region generates more than $96 million annually for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 950 full-time equivalent jobs in the region. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “We’re proud to be backing the Ballarat Cup because greyhound racing provides great economic and community benefits to the Central Highlands.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “The Cup is a great way to celebrate the festive season and I congratulate the club for its support of local sporting groups, which are an integral part of our community.”  Quote attributable to Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club President Alf King “The Victorian Government provides fantastic support for greyhound racing in the region, and we’d like to thank the government for its contribution to the Ballarat Cup.”

Getting It Done: Better Roads For Country Victoria

Country Victorians will have unprecedented access to information about the condition of country roads, road works and upgrades as part of a massive overhaul of the way VicRoads manages the road network. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined VicRoads Chief Executive John Merritt today to announce a bold plan of action based on the feedback from 11,000 Victorians, 700 stakeholders and 30 councils. From today, Victorians will be able to log on to a digital dashboard on the VicRoads website to track progress on road upgrades, pot-hole repairs and other maintenance efforts. A new international star rating tool will be rolled out, starting with the 20 most dangerous country roads, that will help inform future safety investments and encourage people to drive to local road conditions. Victorians have told VicRoads they want greater transparency about road conditions and the work VicRoads is doing, from roadside drainage to fixing pot-holes and providing safer overtaking opportunities. The Country Roads, Your insights, Our Actions report also responds to the changing face of farming in Victoria, with a new harvest scheme and red tape removal giving oversized agricultural equipment greater access to the roads. More than 850 kilometres of deteriorating roads in regional Victoria are now being rebuilt thanks to a $260 million maintenance boost from the Labor Government this year alone. Work is ramping up in every region, from major highway duplications to improved signage and road safety treatments that will significantly reduce run off road or head-on crashes on major rural highways. Other key initiatives to modernise the network include a new approach to prioritising road upgrades that considers economic benefits and regional priorities, as well as a review of road signage across the state. The community feedback is also informing Transport for Victoria’s development of a regional roads strategy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “We’ve doubled spending on road maintenance since coming to office and this massive overhaul of the way VicRoads does business will make sure country communities get the road work they need.” “We’re investing more than ever before to modernise the state’s road network, keep people informed and keep people safe.” Quotes attributable to VicRoads Chief Executive John Merritt “Country Roads sums up what VicRoads heard and saw across country Victoria – it sets out a bold plan of action to rebuild our regional road network to support a new era of regional prosperity.”  “People have told us loud and clear: fix the roads that need fixing because they are our lifelines – and that is exactly what we’ll do.”

Getting It Done: Better Roads For Country Victoria

Country Victorians will have unprecedented access to information about the condition of country roads, road works and upgrades as part of a massive overhaul of the way VicRoads manages the road network. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined VicRoads Chief Executive John Merritt today to announce a bold plan of action based on the feedback from 11,000 Victorians, 700 stakeholders and 30 councils. From today, Victorians will be able to log on to a digital dashboard on the VicRoads website to track progress on road upgrades, pot-hole repairs and other maintenance efforts. A new international star rating tool will be rolled out, starting with the 20 most dangerous country roads, that will help inform future safety investments and encourage people to drive to local road conditions. Victorians have told VicRoads they want greater transparency about road conditions and the work VicRoads is doing, from roadside drainage to fixing pot-holes and providing safer overtaking opportunities. The Country Roads, Your insights, Our Actions report also responds to the changing face of farming in Victoria, with a new harvest scheme and red tape removal giving oversized agricultural equipment greater access to the roads. More than 850 kilometres of deteriorating roads in regional Victoria are now being rebuilt thanks to a $260 million maintenance boost from the Labor Government this year alone. Work is ramping up in every region, from major highway duplications to improved signage and road safety treatments that will significantly reduce run off road or head-on crashes on major rural highways. Other key initiatives to modernise the network include a new approach to prioritising road upgrades that considers economic benefits and regional priorities, as well as a review of road signage across the state. The community feedback is also informing Transport for Victoria’s development of a regional roads strategy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan “We’ve doubled spending on road maintenance since coming to office and this massive overhaul of the way VicRoads does business will make sure country communities get the road work they need.” “We’re investing more than ever before to modernise the state’s road network, keep people informed and keep people safe.” Quotes attributable to VicRoads Chief Executive John Merritt “Country Roads sums up what VicRoads heard and saw across country Victoria – it sets out a bold plan of action to rebuild our regional road network to support a new era of regional prosperity.”  “People have told us loud and clear: fix the roads that need fixing because they are our lifelines – and that is exactly what we’ll do.”