• 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

  • 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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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.

GETTING ON WITH VICTORIA’S BIG BUILD

Across Victoria we have shovels in the ground. Our Road Maintenance Blitz has resurfaced more than 1,800 kilometres of road across the state, including Cheltenham Road in Keysborough. We’ve past the half-way mark in tunnelling for the ground-breaking Metro Tunnel Project, connecting the Sunbury Line to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. The project includes two nine-kilometre tunnels up to 30 metres below Melbourne, five new underground stations and an additional capacity for more than half-a-million passengers a week during peak periods. Our Big Build is creating and supporting thousands of jobs and delivering crucial improvements to our road and public transport networks.  But we’re not done yet. The Premier recently announced the route for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. This has been talked about for years.  Well, no longer. By 2029, Victorians will be able to catch a train to and from the airport. We are also gearing up to start construction on the Suburban Rail Loop – the biggest rail project ever built in Victoria. We’re providing a $2.2 billion boost in the 2020/21 Budget to commence Stage 1 of the project. The Suburban Rail Loop will link every major train line between Frankston and Werribee via Melbourne Airport. This includes new and extra stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash University, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.

GETTING ON WITH VICTORIA’S BIG BUILD

Across Victoria we have shovels in the ground. Our Road Maintenance Blitz has resurfaced more than 1,800 kilometres of road across the state, including Cheltenham Road in Keysborough. We’ve past the half-way mark in tunnelling for the ground-breaking Metro Tunnel Project, connecting the Sunbury Line to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. The project includes two nine-kilometre tunnels up to 30 metres below Melbourne, five new underground stations and an additional capacity for more than half-a-million passengers a week during peak periods. Our Big Build is creating and supporting thousands of jobs and delivering crucial improvements to our road and public transport networks.  But we’re not done yet. The Premier recently announced the route for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. This has been talked about for years.  Well, no longer. By 2029, Victorians will be able to catch a train to and from the airport. We are also gearing up to start construction on the Suburban Rail Loop – the biggest rail project ever built in Victoria. We’re providing a $2.2 billion boost in the 2020/21 Budget to commence Stage 1 of the project. The Suburban Rail Loop will link every major train line between Frankston and Werribee via Melbourne Airport. This includes new and extra stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash University, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.

$5.3 BILLION PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HOUSING BUILD

The Victorian Government recently announced Victoria’s (and Australia’s) biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget will deliver the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to construct more than 12,000 new homes throughout metro and regional Victoria, as well as supporting around 10,000 jobs, per year over the next four years. This package will boost our state’s social housing supply by 10 per cent in just four years – with 25 per cent of funding to be allocated to regional Victoria. This unprecedented investment will generate an estimated $6.7 billion in economic activity and support a peak of more than 18,000 jobs.

$5.3 BILLION PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HOUSING BUILD

The Victorian Government recently announced Victoria’s (and Australia’s) biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget will deliver the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to construct more than 12,000 new homes throughout metro and regional Victoria, as well as supporting around 10,000 jobs, per year over the next four years. This package will boost our state’s social housing supply by 10 per cent in just four years – with 25 per cent of funding to be allocated to regional Victoria. This unprecedented investment will generate an estimated $6.7 billion in economic activity and support a peak of more than 18,000 jobs.

 

KESYBOROUGH KIDS START KINDER STRONG

Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. That’s why the State Government’s needs-based School Readiness Funding is so vital. This program aims to reduce the impact of educational disadvantage on children’s learning and development and improve outcomes in communication, wellbeing, access and participation. Twenty-four early childhood services offering funded kinder in the Keysborough electorate, will share in approximtely $500,000 of allocated funds. This way, we can help kids who need it most, so they can get the best out of kinder and start school on track.

KESYBOROUGH KIDS START KINDER STRONG

Australian research shows that one in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable and once behind, they tend to stay behind. That’s why the State Government’s needs-based School Readiness Funding is so vital. This program aims to reduce the impact of educational disadvantage on children’s learning and development and improve outcomes in communication, wellbeing, access and participation. Twenty-four early childhood services offering funded kinder in the Keysborough electorate, will share in approximtely $500,000 of allocated funds. This way, we can help kids who need it most, so they can get the best out of kinder and start school on track.

$250 POWER SAVING BONUS

The Andrews Government is making a one-off $250 Power Saving Bonus available to all Victorian households with at least one JobSeeker, youth allowance recipient or pensioner. Households will need to visit Victorian Energy Compare and apply for the $250 payment through the website. While you’re there, I strongly encourage you to look around for a better energy deal – on average households save around $330 off their annual bill by using the Energy Compare website to get a better deal. The Power Saving Bonus is part of $797 million Energy Savings package to help households with their energy costs. This includes helping 250,000 low-income households to upgrade their heating and cooling, and upgrading 35,000 social housing properties with energy efficiency improvements.

$250 POWER SAVING BONUS

The Andrews Government is making a one-off $250 Power Saving Bonus available to all Victorian households with at least one JobSeeker, youth allowance recipient or pensioner. Households will need to visit Victorian Energy Compare and apply for the $250 payment through the website. While you’re there, I strongly encourage you to look around for a better energy deal – on average households save around $330 off their annual bill by using the Energy Compare website to get a better deal. The Power Saving Bonus is part of $797 million Energy Savings package to help households with their energy costs. This includes helping 250,000 low-income households to upgrade their heating and cooling, and upgrading 35,000 social housing properties with energy efficiency improvements.

BIG WIN FOR NOBLE PARK

The City of Greater Dandenong received $500,000 for the Noble Park Revitalisation Project from the State Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works Stimulus Package.  This project will revitalise the activity centre and complement the elevated rail line and station, gardens and meeting places in Noble Park. I am very proud of the investments the State Government and Council have made in our local area and especially pleased to see that Noble Park is getting a makeover.

BIG WIN FOR NOBLE PARK

The City of Greater Dandenong received $500,000 for the Noble Park Revitalisation Project from the State Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works Stimulus Package.  This project will revitalise the activity centre and complement the elevated rail line and station, gardens and meeting places in Noble Park. I am very proud of the investments the State Government and Council have made in our local area and especially pleased to see that Noble Park is getting a makeover.

MORDIALLOC FREEWAY UPDATE

We’re getting on with the job of building the new Mordialloc Freeway, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to the Dingley Bypass. It is on track for completion in 2021, creating a continuous freeway from Frankston to Clayton and cutting travel times.As part of the Mordialloc Freeway project, we will build:   Bridges over Springvale, Governor, Lower Dandenong and Centre Dandenong Roads, along with new freeway entry and exit ramps Bridges over Old Dandenong Road and the Waterways wetlands New entry and exit ramps at Thames Promenade An intersection with traffic lights at Wells Road and Thames Promenade An intersection with traffic lights to connect the Freeway with the Dingley Bypass A new shared walking and cycling path along the entire Freeway

MORDIALLOC FREEWAY UPDATE

We’re getting on with the job of building the new Mordialloc Freeway, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to the Dingley Bypass. It is on track for completion in 2021, creating a continuous freeway from Frankston to Clayton and cutting travel times.As part of the Mordialloc Freeway project, we will build:   Bridges over Springvale, Governor, Lower Dandenong and Centre Dandenong Roads, along with new freeway entry and exit ramps Bridges over Old Dandenong Road and the Waterways wetlands New entry and exit ramps at Thames Promenade An intersection with traffic lights at Wells Road and Thames Promenade An intersection with traffic lights to connect the Freeway with the Dingley Bypass A new shared walking and cycling path along the entire Freeway