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    Martin Pakula – Member for Keysborough, Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Minister for Trade, Minister for Business Precincts, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Minister for Racing

  • About Martin

    Martin Pakula – Member for Keysborough, Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Minister for Trade, Minister for Business Precincts, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Minister for Racing

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New And Improved Bus Services For The South-East

Residents in Melbourne’s south-east will benefit from new and improved bus services to connect them to local shopping centres and schools. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment with a new bus route 816 from Keysborough South to Noble Park Station, providing additional public transport to the growing residential area south of Keysborough. The route 816 service will run seven days a week, at a frequency of every 30 minutes during the weekday peak and every 60 minutes off peak. On weekends, services will run at a frequency of 60 minutes. Commuters will be better connected to ongoing transport options with bus services coordinated with trains at Noble Park Station during peak hours. The new service also means new bus stops will be built along this route, including near Sirius College Keysborough Campus and Mount Hira College to provide students better public transport access to school. We’re also upgrading route 813 services from Dandenong to Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, benefitting residents who travel to Dandenong, Parkmore Shopping Centre, Springvale, and Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre where the demand for buses is high. The existing route 815 service from Dandenong to Noble Park will be removed and consolidated with route 813, providing more frequent services and an extended timetable every day of the week. The route 813 service will also be co-ordinated with trains at Dandenong Station during peak times. Information about the new timetable will be available on October 29 at ptv.vic.gov.au and on the PTV app. The new services will go live on November 28. The expansion of services is an initiative of the Andrews Labor Government’s Bus Plan and was boosted by $74 million in the 2021/22 State Budget to plan for bus reform and improve bus services in Melbourne’s growth suburbs. Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “Creating new and improved bus services in response to the growing residential population in the south-east makes it a viable transport option for the community.” “We have made changes to these services to give locals more choice about when they travel and better connections to ongoing transport options.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Parkmore and Waverley Garden’s shopping centres are popular destinations and I’m pleased we’re improving transport options to these locations giving locals more transport options.” “The 813 service will also align better with train services at Dandenong Station, helping residents get to and from work and school.”

New And Improved Bus Services For The South-East

Residents in Melbourne’s south-east will benefit from new and improved bus services to connect them to local shopping centres and schools. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment with a new bus route 816 from Keysborough South to Noble Park Station, providing additional public transport to the growing residential area south of Keysborough. The route 816 service will run seven days a week, at a frequency of every 30 minutes during the weekday peak and every 60 minutes off peak. On weekends, services will run at a frequency of 60 minutes. Commuters will be better connected to ongoing transport options with bus services coordinated with trains at Noble Park Station during peak hours. The new service also means new bus stops will be built along this route, including near Sirius College Keysborough Campus and Mount Hira College to provide students better public transport access to school. We’re also upgrading route 813 services from Dandenong to Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, benefitting residents who travel to Dandenong, Parkmore Shopping Centre, Springvale, and Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre where the demand for buses is high. The existing route 815 service from Dandenong to Noble Park will be removed and consolidated with route 813, providing more frequent services and an extended timetable every day of the week. The route 813 service will also be co-ordinated with trains at Dandenong Station during peak times. Information about the new timetable will be available on October 29 at ptv.vic.gov.au and on the PTV app. The new services will go live on November 28. The expansion of services is an initiative of the Andrews Labor Government’s Bus Plan and was boosted by $74 million in the 2021/22 State Budget to plan for bus reform and improve bus services in Melbourne’s growth suburbs. Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “Creating new and improved bus services in response to the growing residential population in the south-east makes it a viable transport option for the community.” “We have made changes to these services to give locals more choice about when they travel and better connections to ongoing transport options.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Parkmore and Waverley Garden’s shopping centres are popular destinations and I’m pleased we’re improving transport options to these locations giving locals more transport options.” “The 813 service will also align better with train services at Dandenong Station, helping residents get to and from work and school.”

LIKE A BOSCH: NEW CENTRE ADVANCES MANUFACTURING JOBS

Victoria’s status as the advanced manufacturing capital of Australia has received a boost with the opening of an automation centre that will help businesses embrace digital technologies in their quest to make better products. Backed by support from the Victorian Government, Bosch Australia’s new $17 million Hydraulics and Manufacturing Automation Centre will bring together the company’s manufacturing and engineering expertise into one location, expanding its Oceania headquarters in Clayton and creating 35 new jobs. The new centre will enable the company to bring its automation expertise to diverse sectors such as medical technology, food and beverage and heavy industries in Australia and around the world. Recently, the company built state-of-the-art automated assembly lines for one of their customers producing high-volume rapid COVID-19 tests for the United States market, as well as test equipment for ventilators in hospitals across Australia. The demand for advanced manufacturing technologies is rapidly growing as producers look to drive down costs, increase efficiencies and boost productivity to remain globally competitive The Government has provided more than $184 million in support to the manufacturing industry over the past six years, creating more than 8,000 jobs and generating just on $2 billion in private investment. The Government continues to support innovation in advanced manufacturing and digital technologies through initiatives such as the $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria Fund that will drive growth within the research and business sectors ­and is set to create more than 15,000 jobs over the next decade. The $60 million Manufacturing and Industry Development Fund will assist Victorian manufacturers to expand their operations and implement new technologies, while the establishment of the $20 million Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre in Melbourne will strengthen Victoria's capacity to produce vital medical equipment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “Victoria is the place for innovators like Bosch Australia to grow and thrive, due to our skilled workforce, established supply chains, engineering expertise, education excellence, and research and development capability.” “We will continue to support businesses to capitalise on the opportunities and talent available in Victoria, ensuring we remain at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology.” Quote attributable to President of Bosch in Oceania Gavin Smith “There is no better partner for Australian manufacturers to turn to than Bosch Australia. And there is no better place to establish our Hydraulics and Manufacturing Automation Centre than right here in Victoria."

LIKE A BOSCH: NEW CENTRE ADVANCES MANUFACTURING JOBS

Victoria’s status as the advanced manufacturing capital of Australia has received a boost with the opening of an automation centre that will help businesses embrace digital technologies in their quest to make better products. Backed by support from the Victorian Government, Bosch Australia’s new $17 million Hydraulics and Manufacturing Automation Centre will bring together the company’s manufacturing and engineering expertise into one location, expanding its Oceania headquarters in Clayton and creating 35 new jobs. The new centre will enable the company to bring its automation expertise to diverse sectors such as medical technology, food and beverage and heavy industries in Australia and around the world. Recently, the company built state-of-the-art automated assembly lines for one of their customers producing high-volume rapid COVID-19 tests for the United States market, as well as test equipment for ventilators in hospitals across Australia. The demand for advanced manufacturing technologies is rapidly growing as producers look to drive down costs, increase efficiencies and boost productivity to remain globally competitive The Government has provided more than $184 million in support to the manufacturing industry over the past six years, creating more than 8,000 jobs and generating just on $2 billion in private investment. The Government continues to support innovation in advanced manufacturing and digital technologies through initiatives such as the $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria Fund that will drive growth within the research and business sectors ­and is set to create more than 15,000 jobs over the next decade. The $60 million Manufacturing and Industry Development Fund will assist Victorian manufacturers to expand their operations and implement new technologies, while the establishment of the $20 million Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre in Melbourne will strengthen Victoria's capacity to produce vital medical equipment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “Victoria is the place for innovators like Bosch Australia to grow and thrive, due to our skilled workforce, established supply chains, engineering expertise, education excellence, and research and development capability.” “We will continue to support businesses to capitalise on the opportunities and talent available in Victoria, ensuring we remain at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology.” Quote attributable to President of Bosch in Oceania Gavin Smith “There is no better partner for Australian manufacturers to turn to than Bosch Australia. And there is no better place to establish our Hydraulics and Manufacturing Automation Centre than right here in Victoria."

DEMONS, COMMUNITY TO WIN FROM GOSCH’S PADDOCK UPGRADE

Melbourne Football Club’s training oval at Gosch’s Paddock will be transformed in line with standards at other AFL clubs, with the Andrews Labor Government joining with the AFL and Melbourne to fund the project. Larger dimensions and a new surface will also benefit the wider community with the Olympic Boulevard oval available for public recreation year-round when not in use by professional clubs. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today confirmed the Government would contribute $2 million towards the redevelopment of Gosch’s Paddock oval, with the AFL and Melbourne combining to contribute $1 million. The oval is currently shorter and narrower than the MCG, where the Demons’ AFL team plays the majority of its home games. This project will increase the dimensions of the oval to better match the measurements of the MCG and Marvel Stadium as well as creating a surface to meet AFL/AFLW standards. Lighting will be improved and behind-goal netting and camera posts installed. Extensive pre-planning has ensured the reconfiguration can be completed with no loss of trees. Work is due to start this month and be completed before the start of the 2022 AFL premiership season. The Labor Government has funded a series of facility upgrades at AFL training bases, with many providing improved facilities for elite female players and all carrying significant community benefits. These include major works at Geelong’s Kardinia Park, Carlton’s Princes Park, the Western Bulldogs’ Whitten Oval, St Kilda’s Moorabbin Oval, Essendon’s Tullamarine base, North Melbourne’s Arden Street HQ, Richmond’s Punt Road Oval and Collingwood’s Victoria Park AFLW home. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “The remade oval will be a win for the many members of the community who use the area year-round to run, walk, throw a frisbee and have a kick.” “It means Melbourne’s women’s and men’s teams will have an oval on par with other Victorian AFLW/AFL teams – and that’s good for football.” Quote attributable to Melbourne Football Club Chief Executive Gary Pert “With both our AFL and AFLW programs playing their home games on larger ovals – the MCG and Casey Fields – this upgrade will be critical to allow our coaches to run drills that replicate match-day conditions.” Quote attributable to AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan “On behalf of the AFL I want to thank the Victorian Government for their continued partnership and support – from the community level all the way through to the elite, they continue to make footy more accessible for all.”

DEMONS, COMMUNITY TO WIN FROM GOSCH’S PADDOCK UPGRADE

Melbourne Football Club’s training oval at Gosch’s Paddock will be transformed in line with standards at other AFL clubs, with the Andrews Labor Government joining with the AFL and Melbourne to fund the project. Larger dimensions and a new surface will also benefit the wider community with the Olympic Boulevard oval available for public recreation year-round when not in use by professional clubs. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today confirmed the Government would contribute $2 million towards the redevelopment of Gosch’s Paddock oval, with the AFL and Melbourne combining to contribute $1 million. The oval is currently shorter and narrower than the MCG, where the Demons’ AFL team plays the majority of its home games. This project will increase the dimensions of the oval to better match the measurements of the MCG and Marvel Stadium as well as creating a surface to meet AFL/AFLW standards. Lighting will be improved and behind-goal netting and camera posts installed. Extensive pre-planning has ensured the reconfiguration can be completed with no loss of trees. Work is due to start this month and be completed before the start of the 2022 AFL premiership season. The Labor Government has funded a series of facility upgrades at AFL training bases, with many providing improved facilities for elite female players and all carrying significant community benefits. These include major works at Geelong’s Kardinia Park, Carlton’s Princes Park, the Western Bulldogs’ Whitten Oval, St Kilda’s Moorabbin Oval, Essendon’s Tullamarine base, North Melbourne’s Arden Street HQ, Richmond’s Punt Road Oval and Collingwood’s Victoria Park AFLW home. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “The remade oval will be a win for the many members of the community who use the area year-round to run, walk, throw a frisbee and have a kick.” “It means Melbourne’s women’s and men’s teams will have an oval on par with other Victorian AFLW/AFL teams – and that’s good for football.” Quote attributable to Melbourne Football Club Chief Executive Gary Pert “With both our AFL and AFLW programs playing their home games on larger ovals – the MCG and Casey Fields – this upgrade will be critical to allow our coaches to run drills that replicate match-day conditions.” Quote attributable to AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan “On behalf of the AFL I want to thank the Victorian Government for their continued partnership and support – from the community level all the way through to the elite, they continue to make footy more accessible for all.”

Commissioners To Boost Trade, Investment With Americas

Victoria’s strong focus on export recovery and international investment attraction continues with the appointment of new senior trade executives to drive growth in the crucial United States, Canadian and Latin American markets. Minister for Trade Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Ms Caroline Edwards and Mr Nigel Warren as Victoria’s new Commissioners for Victoria to the Americas, bringing with them significant experience and expertise that will help Victoria leverage economic opportunities available in the region. Ms Edwards will be based in New York to oversee Victoria’s trade and investment attraction activities with the US East Coast and Canada, while Mr Warren will be based in San Francisco to focus on our trade and investment ties on the US West Coast and in Latin America. A lawyer and mediator, Ms Edwards has held senior roles with the Commonwealth Government and has represented Australia as an executive board member of the World Health Organisation. Mr Warren is a former Australian Consul-General in the US who also held Senior Trade Commissioner roles in San Francisco and Santiago, Chile. He is also a member of the Council on Australia Latin America Relations. The appointment of two Commissioners to the Americas underlines the importance of the region to Victoria’s export performance. The United States is Victoria’s second largest trading partner with two-way trade valued at $14.5 billion in 2019-20 and has long been the number one source of foreign direct investment into Victoria. The US economy provides Victorian businesses with significant export opportunities in digital and medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, defence and aerospace, and tourism. Latin America is the world’s most urbanised region with 80 per cent of the population living in cities and towns, providing a growing market for Victorian exporters. Victoria’s strong capabilities, particularly in the digital technology sectors and health and life sciences, have made the state a destination of choice for world-leading companies from North America such as Illumina, AWS, Square, Zendesk, Canopy Growth and Sledgehammer. Two-way trade with Latin America topped $1.9 billion in 2019-20, driven by international education, mining and engineering technology and services, agricultural innovation, digital technologies, professional services, medical technology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Victoria has recently secured a number of investments from Latin American companies, including games developer Cocodrilo Dog and Chilean-based international designer and manufacturer Conymet Duratray, who have both relocated their global headquarters to Melbourne. Quote attributable to Minister for Trade Martin Pakula “We’ve got top-notch negotiators posted around the globe because every deal done means stronger Victorian businesses and more jobs for Victorians.” Quote attributable to Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas “Trade and investment are critical to our economic recovery and creating jobs, so it’s great to have representation in these markets to directly promote Victoria as a trade and investment destination of choice.”

Commissioners To Boost Trade, Investment With Americas

Victoria’s strong focus on export recovery and international investment attraction continues with the appointment of new senior trade executives to drive growth in the crucial United States, Canadian and Latin American markets. Minister for Trade Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Ms Caroline Edwards and Mr Nigel Warren as Victoria’s new Commissioners for Victoria to the Americas, bringing with them significant experience and expertise that will help Victoria leverage economic opportunities available in the region. Ms Edwards will be based in New York to oversee Victoria’s trade and investment attraction activities with the US East Coast and Canada, while Mr Warren will be based in San Francisco to focus on our trade and investment ties on the US West Coast and in Latin America. A lawyer and mediator, Ms Edwards has held senior roles with the Commonwealth Government and has represented Australia as an executive board member of the World Health Organisation. Mr Warren is a former Australian Consul-General in the US who also held Senior Trade Commissioner roles in San Francisco and Santiago, Chile. He is also a member of the Council on Australia Latin America Relations. The appointment of two Commissioners to the Americas underlines the importance of the region to Victoria’s export performance. The United States is Victoria’s second largest trading partner with two-way trade valued at $14.5 billion in 2019-20 and has long been the number one source of foreign direct investment into Victoria. The US economy provides Victorian businesses with significant export opportunities in digital and medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, defence and aerospace, and tourism. Latin America is the world’s most urbanised region with 80 per cent of the population living in cities and towns, providing a growing market for Victorian exporters. Victoria’s strong capabilities, particularly in the digital technology sectors and health and life sciences, have made the state a destination of choice for world-leading companies from North America such as Illumina, AWS, Square, Zendesk, Canopy Growth and Sledgehammer. Two-way trade with Latin America topped $1.9 billion in 2019-20, driven by international education, mining and engineering technology and services, agricultural innovation, digital technologies, professional services, medical technology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Victoria has recently secured a number of investments from Latin American companies, including games developer Cocodrilo Dog and Chilean-based international designer and manufacturer Conymet Duratray, who have both relocated their global headquarters to Melbourne. Quote attributable to Minister for Trade Martin Pakula “We’ve got top-notch negotiators posted around the globe because every deal done means stronger Victorian businesses and more jobs for Victorians.” Quote attributable to Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas “Trade and investment are critical to our economic recovery and creating jobs, so it’s great to have representation in these markets to directly promote Victoria as a trade and investment destination of choice.”

 

“J CURVE” CHARTS RISE OF NEW TRARALGON GREYHOUND TRACK

The first single-turn greyhound race track in Australia is on course for completion in Traralgon by the end of the year – with majority funding contributed by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula confirmed a $3 million investment from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards construction of the “J” track, with Greyhound Racing Victoria contributing $2 million. The “J” track design was developed following research by the University of Technology Sydney into risk management and extensive modelling on how to reduce physical stress on greyhounds during racing. It features one turn and a 300-metre straight. The $5 million Traralgon project also includes a pedestrian underpass and central access path for trainers, stewards and other participants, along with new lighting, irrigation and broadcast facilities. The works are creating around 200 jobs. Prior to the closure of the old track, the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club held 106 race meetings and 192 trials annually. Since 2014 the Labor Government has approved more than $3.36 million to support infrastructure projects and race meetings at Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club. The greyhound racing industry in Gippsland generates almost $50 million for the economy and supports more than 420 full-time-equivalent jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “It will be fantastic to see greyhound racing return to Traralgon on a track that breaks new ground in Australia. Animal welfare is paramount and this is an innovation built on research and science.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Traralgon is a major greyhound racing centre, and across Gippsland the code supports hundreds of jobs. The new track will be a boon for trainers, owners and fans and a step forward for animal welfare.” Quote attributable to Greyhound Racing Victoria chair Peita Duncan “The welfare of our dogs is paramount and we’re grateful for the Government’s support to re-establish racing in Traralgon. We look forward to seeing the completion of the new ‘J’ track.” Quote attributable to Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club president Don Haley “This project is a tremendous development for our greyhound community – it will improve the operating environment, enhance animal welfare and reduce operating costs. It’s a winner all round.”

“J CURVE” CHARTS RISE OF NEW TRARALGON GREYHOUND TRACK

The first single-turn greyhound race track in Australia is on course for completion in Traralgon by the end of the year – with majority funding contributed by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula confirmed a $3 million investment from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards construction of the “J” track, with Greyhound Racing Victoria contributing $2 million. The “J” track design was developed following research by the University of Technology Sydney into risk management and extensive modelling on how to reduce physical stress on greyhounds during racing. It features one turn and a 300-metre straight. The $5 million Traralgon project also includes a pedestrian underpass and central access path for trainers, stewards and other participants, along with new lighting, irrigation and broadcast facilities. The works are creating around 200 jobs. Prior to the closure of the old track, the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club held 106 race meetings and 192 trials annually. Since 2014 the Labor Government has approved more than $3.36 million to support infrastructure projects and race meetings at Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club. The greyhound racing industry in Gippsland generates almost $50 million for the economy and supports more than 420 full-time-equivalent jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “It will be fantastic to see greyhound racing return to Traralgon on a track that breaks new ground in Australia. Animal welfare is paramount and this is an innovation built on research and science.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Traralgon is a major greyhound racing centre, and across Gippsland the code supports hundreds of jobs. The new track will be a boon for trainers, owners and fans and a step forward for animal welfare.” Quote attributable to Greyhound Racing Victoria chair Peita Duncan “The welfare of our dogs is paramount and we’re grateful for the Government’s support to re-establish racing in Traralgon. We look forward to seeing the completion of the new ‘J’ track.” Quote attributable to Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club president Don Haley “This project is a tremendous development for our greyhound community – it will improve the operating environment, enhance animal welfare and reduce operating costs. It’s a winner all round.”

Business Support Package

The Victorian Government is backing businesses most affected by the seven-day circuit breaker action, including operators in the hospitality, retail, events, and creative industries with further targeted support. Victorians and Victorian businesses are doing the hard thing, but the right thing - keeping their doors shut to keep all of us safe. That’s why we are announcing a $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to help up to 90,000 Victorian businesses that have been affected by the restrictions that will run until 11:59pm on Thursday, 3 June. The package features three initiatives for small to medium-sized businesses and sole traders. The $190.01 million second round of the Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of $2,500 for eligible businesses directly affected by the circuit-breaker industry restrictions, including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers. A $40.7 million new round of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will provide businesses holding an eligible liquor licence and food certificate with a $3,500 grant per premises. An allocation of $20 million will be dedicated to supporting operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the circuit-breaker restrictions, with more details to be provided shortly. Businesses can register their interest in the Business Costs Assistance Program at business.vic.gov.au, so they can be notified when applications open this week. Operators eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payment will be contacted directly by email in coming days. The new package builds on more than $6 billion in direct economic support from the Labor Government to help businesses get through the pandemic, including through three rounds of the Business Support Fund.More information about the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package is available at business.vic.gov.au.    

Business Support Package

The Victorian Government is backing businesses most affected by the seven-day circuit breaker action, including operators in the hospitality, retail, events, and creative industries with further targeted support. Victorians and Victorian businesses are doing the hard thing, but the right thing - keeping their doors shut to keep all of us safe. That’s why we are announcing a $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to help up to 90,000 Victorian businesses that have been affected by the restrictions that will run until 11:59pm on Thursday, 3 June. The package features three initiatives for small to medium-sized businesses and sole traders. The $190.01 million second round of the Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of $2,500 for eligible businesses directly affected by the circuit-breaker industry restrictions, including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers. A $40.7 million new round of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will provide businesses holding an eligible liquor licence and food certificate with a $3,500 grant per premises. An allocation of $20 million will be dedicated to supporting operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the circuit-breaker restrictions, with more details to be provided shortly. Businesses can register their interest in the Business Costs Assistance Program at business.vic.gov.au, so they can be notified when applications open this week. Operators eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payment will be contacted directly by email in coming days. The new package builds on more than $6 billion in direct economic support from the Labor Government to help businesses get through the pandemic, including through three rounds of the Business Support Fund.More information about the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package is available at business.vic.gov.au.    

SUPPORTING COMMUNITY SPORT

Our local sporting clubs and leagues are the heart and soul of the Keysborough community. I know COVID-19 has made things challenging, with the necessary cancellation of training, development programs and competition this year. That’s why I was so pleased when a number of our local clubs received grants under the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. In total, Keysborough clubs received over $30,000 to help keep their heads above water, meet fixed costs, and prepare for a return to play. As restrictions gradually ease and competitions recommence, these grants will help clubs reboot, rebound and recover.

SUPPORTING COMMUNITY SPORT

Our local sporting clubs and leagues are the heart and soul of the Keysborough community. I know COVID-19 has made things challenging, with the necessary cancellation of training, development programs and competition this year. That’s why I was so pleased when a number of our local clubs received grants under the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. In total, Keysborough clubs received over $30,000 to help keep their heads above water, meet fixed costs, and prepare for a return to play. As restrictions gradually ease and competitions recommence, these grants will help clubs reboot, rebound and recover.

UPGRADES TO YARRAMAN AND SANDOWN PARK STATION CAR PARKS

Early feasibility and site assessment are underway for construction of up to 55 new and upgraded car parking spaces, improved lighting and CCTV at Yarraman Station. This will make it easier and safer for residents to catch the train. Works on the Sandown Park Car Park Upgrade are also underway.  The upgrades will maximise the car spaces available in the old gravel area by creating more than 400 marked parking spaces.  Over 100 parking spaces will also be created along Lightwood Road (west of the station) as part of the upgrade.

UPGRADES TO YARRAMAN AND SANDOWN PARK STATION CAR PARKS

Early feasibility and site assessment are underway for construction of up to 55 new and upgraded car parking spaces, improved lighting and CCTV at Yarraman Station. This will make it easier and safer for residents to catch the train. Works on the Sandown Park Car Park Upgrade are also underway.  The upgrades will maximise the car spaces available in the old gravel area by creating more than 400 marked parking spaces.  Over 100 parking spaces will also be created along Lightwood Road (west of the station) as part of the upgrade.