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WHITTLESEA AREA TO PARTICIPATE IN SUICIDE PREVENTION TRIAL

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, have today welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to run an intensive community based support trial in the local government area of Whittlesea as part of a commitment to halve the rate of suicide over the next 10 years. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget invested $356 million investment in mental health, with a focus on providing better access to services and investing in prevention. The Labor Government today released the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework, which aims to halve the number of suicides over the next decade and provides a $27 million investment for new suicide investments. The Government is investing in local community approaches which help support communities implement strategies such as workforce training, school-based support and mental health literacy programs within six local government areas:   Mornington Peninsula/Frankston Brimbank/Melton Whittlesea Mildura Latrobe Valley Ballarat   Support will also be provided for intensive community based support trials for people who have attempted suicide in six locations throughout Victoria:   Peninsula Health Alfred Health St Vincent’s Hospital Barwon Health, Geelong Maroondah Hospital Wangaratta Hospita   The areas for the trial locations are based of the prevalence of suicide in Victoria, population and community demographics, as well as local capacity. This investment is a key component of the Government’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan which ensures we have a coordinated, integrated approach to mental health which ensures Victorians can access mental health services in the right place and at the right time. More information on the trials can be found at www.mentalhealthplan.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Danielle Green MP: “In 2014 alone, we lost 646 Victorians to suicide – that’s twice as many lives as our road toll.” Quote attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP: “For every suicide, there are many more people deeply affected - family, friends, carers, colleagues and communities. This is something we urgently need to change.” Quote attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP: “Mental health has been a key issue in our community for some time. This investment will ensure we get the best support to those who need it most and most importantly, save lives.”

WHITTLESEA AREA TO PARTICIPATE IN SUICIDE PREVENTION TRIAL

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, have today welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to run an intensive community based support trial in the local government area of Whittlesea as part of a commitment to halve the rate of suicide over the next 10 years. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget invested $356 million investment in mental health, with a focus on providing better access to services and investing in prevention. The Labor Government today released the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework, which aims to halve the number of suicides over the next decade and provides a $27 million investment for new suicide investments. The Government is investing in local community approaches which help support communities implement strategies such as workforce training, school-based support and mental health literacy programs within six local government areas:   Mornington Peninsula/Frankston Brimbank/Melton Whittlesea Mildura Latrobe Valley Ballarat   Support will also be provided for intensive community based support trials for people who have attempted suicide in six locations throughout Victoria:   Peninsula Health Alfred Health St Vincent’s Hospital Barwon Health, Geelong Maroondah Hospital Wangaratta Hospita   The areas for the trial locations are based of the prevalence of suicide in Victoria, population and community demographics, as well as local capacity. This investment is a key component of the Government’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan which ensures we have a coordinated, integrated approach to mental health which ensures Victorians can access mental health services in the right place and at the right time. More information on the trials can be found at www.mentalhealthplan.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Danielle Green MP: “In 2014 alone, we lost 646 Victorians to suicide – that’s twice as many lives as our road toll.” Quote attributable to Lily D’Ambrosio MP: “For every suicide, there are many more people deeply affected - family, friends, carers, colleagues and communities. This is something we urgently need to change.” Quote attributable to Bronwyn Halfpenny MP: “Mental health has been a key issue in our community for some time. This investment will ensure we get the best support to those who need it most and most importantly, save lives.”

Doctors in Secondary Schools: Wallan and Whittlesea

MS GREEN (Yan Yean) — (8138) I wish to raise a matter for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is that eligible schools in my electorate of Yan Yean for the Doctors in Secondary Schools program be approved to run the program in their schools from next year. In Yan Yean electorate, Whittlesea and Wallan secondary colleges are two of the 166 eligible schools in Victoria which have been invited to apply to participate in the program. I want to put on the record and highlight to the minister the exceptionally high need for this important service in the growing outer northern suburbs and townships of Melbourne, in particular for Wallan and Whittlesea. As the minister well knows, because of his regular visits to my and surrounding electorates in Melbourne's north, we are experiencing a population surge, and with that comes young families and of course increasingly high levels of school enrolments. I am proud to be working with the minister on the largest school infrastructure program ever seen in the Yan Yean electorate, with upgraded school buildings and new schools being built from the ground up across my electorate. This is reversing the neglect and cuts we saw from the former coalition government over their four sorry years in government, when Victoria was put into neutral and nothing was done to service population growth. The Andrews government's most recent state budget invests over $43 million into the Doctors in Secondary Schools program. It will put GPs in 100 Victorian secondary schools for up to one day a week and help ensure young people get the health care they need. Schools participating will also get funding for a fit-for-purpose examination room. In parts of Yan Yean, in areas like Whittlesea and Wallan, there is a complete lack of access to doctors. When I doorknocked particularly in Wallan, which came into the Yan Yean electorate prior to the last election, the no. 1 issue that people at the doorstep identified was poor access to medical services. Both Wallan and Whittlesea are designated areas of medical workforce shortage. I know this innovative program will make a huge difference to that medical workforce shortage, particularly for students at these schools. Both were impacted by Black Saturday. I know, having been on the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority expert reference panel, that when we were making recommendations about what was needed it was definitely identified that there was a medical workforce shortage. As the member for Footscray mentioned, young people do have needs, especially in relation to mental health and particularly young people in these communities, and right up through the Kinglake Ranges they actually need them even more. Importantly, young women need access to women's health as well. I note tonight that four out of the five members who raised matters on the adjournment on this side of the house were women, with zero on the other side. Seventy-five per cent of those who remain in the chamber on the government side are women, with none on the other side.

Doctors in Secondary Schools: Wallan and Whittlesea

MS GREEN (Yan Yean) — (8138) I wish to raise a matter for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is that eligible schools in my electorate of Yan Yean for the Doctors in Secondary Schools program be approved to run the program in their schools from next year. In Yan Yean electorate, Whittlesea and Wallan secondary colleges are two of the 166 eligible schools in Victoria which have been invited to apply to participate in the program. I want to put on the record and highlight to the minister the exceptionally high need for this important service in the growing outer northern suburbs and townships of Melbourne, in particular for Wallan and Whittlesea. As the minister well knows, because of his regular visits to my and surrounding electorates in Melbourne's north, we are experiencing a population surge, and with that comes young families and of course increasingly high levels of school enrolments. I am proud to be working with the minister on the largest school infrastructure program ever seen in the Yan Yean electorate, with upgraded school buildings and new schools being built from the ground up across my electorate. This is reversing the neglect and cuts we saw from the former coalition government over their four sorry years in government, when Victoria was put into neutral and nothing was done to service population growth. The Andrews government's most recent state budget invests over $43 million into the Doctors in Secondary Schools program. It will put GPs in 100 Victorian secondary schools for up to one day a week and help ensure young people get the health care they need. Schools participating will also get funding for a fit-for-purpose examination room. In parts of Yan Yean, in areas like Whittlesea and Wallan, there is a complete lack of access to doctors. When I doorknocked particularly in Wallan, which came into the Yan Yean electorate prior to the last election, the no. 1 issue that people at the doorstep identified was poor access to medical services. Both Wallan and Whittlesea are designated areas of medical workforce shortage. I know this innovative program will make a huge difference to that medical workforce shortage, particularly for students at these schools. Both were impacted by Black Saturday. I know, having been on the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority expert reference panel, that when we were making recommendations about what was needed it was definitely identified that there was a medical workforce shortage. As the member for Footscray mentioned, young people do have needs, especially in relation to mental health and particularly young people in these communities, and right up through the Kinglake Ranges they actually need them even more. Importantly, young women need access to women's health as well. I note tonight that four out of the five members who raised matters on the adjournment on this side of the house were women, with zero on the other side. Seventy-five per cent of those who remain in the chamber on the government side are women, with none on the other side.

Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

MS GREEN (Yan Yean) — I am delighted to join the debate on the Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. The bill before the house amends several acts relating to the management of Crown lands. It seeks to improve the effectiveness of enforcement for contravention of regulations made under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987, the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, the Land Act 1958 and the Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Act 1972. The bill will improve and modernise the regulation-making power in the Crown Land (Reserves) Act to enable better management of these reserves; improve the regulation-making power in the Land Act relating to fees; and make other minor or consequential amendments and corrections. I want to go fairly quickly to the Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Act. As a four-wheel driver myself, I really enjoy getting out into our beautiful network of parks, which are the envy of many around the world. When Victoria was established as a state, we were very fortunate that attention was paid to preserving large areas of land, and this has continued. I must say that I am disappointed that the Greens political party members are not in the chamber; they have not been in the chamber for this debate and do not seem to be participating in it. They are always critics of the so-called 'old' parties and talk about stewardship — that they would make better stewards of public land — yet when they have the opportunity to speak on this, they are not here; their appearance is found wanting. In the Green family we do not have that shyness about speaking on the importance of the management of our national parks. The Green family is very happy to get out in our four-wheel drives and be responsible. I was very fortunate to have the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change recently visit the Yan Yean Reservoir Park, which is the heart of the Yan Yean electorate and one of the many beautiful state parks within it. I joined with the minister and the four-wheel drive community there. Four-wheel drive owners and drivers cop a fair bit of stick, but just like licensed shooters in Victoria they are a great and responsible group that care for their environment whilst they are going out and undertaking outdoor activities, so much so that when I was with the minister on that day she announced a $750 000 grant to Four Wheel Drive Victoria. It is the first time that Four Wheel Drive Victoria has attracted recurrent funding from any government. The member for Gembrook before, in supporting the bill before the house, advised those of us on this side that we should undertake an education campaign and utilise the leaders of groups like Four Wheel Drive Victoria. I have no doubt, now that they have $750 000 worth of funding, that Four Wheel Drive Victoria will be in the absolute driver's seat and will be leading the education campaign about why it is really important to stick to existing tracks, not to make your own tracks and not to disturb your environment, which causes erosion issues, and generally educating those formally within their organisation but also those joining the four-wheel drive community. I also had the privilege some months ago to represent the government up in Jamieson, alongside beautiful Lake Eildon, also with the four-wheel drive community and one of the best, biggest and brightest characters in the four-wheel drive community that I have met — Rudi Paoletti. I was there launching interpretive signage that was almost single-handedly researched by Rudi Paoletti, but was very much supported by Parks Victoria and our water authorities, which means that people can go four-wheel driving. There are dirt roads and tracks that fan out from Jamieson right up to Matlock, into the High Country, and you can connect either down into Gippsland or back to Marysville and to Lake Mountain. It is just a beautiful, beautiful day out, with fabulous people to meet and just beautiful bird life. There is the forest, whether it is the parts impacted by the Black Saturday fires and you see that regrowth or other parts of the forest that were not affected then. It was just a fabulous day out. Rudi has spent decades just walking through the bush, finding old goldmining sites and finding old cemeteries of early European settlement. He is able to tell of hotels that operated in the High Country. I was surprised to learn that day that there is actually a trail that goes all the way from the back of Jamieson, right up into Mount Hotham, a place that I know really well, and I really was unaware that you are able to do that on a track. So Rudi and others very much show the way for how four-wheel drivers are contributing to us learning about our history and also learning about the fabulous environment that is within our park system. The benefits of four-wheel driving include that it supports the communities through which people travel. The four-wheel drive community actually contributes to the state's economic wealth to the extent of over $100 million annually. It is a fantastic way to access the natural beauty of Victoria and to be able to enjoy Victoria's natural landscapes and remarkable cultural heritage, and it is a great way to escape from the pressures of everyday life and to spend time with family or friends. We currently have the Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee. We used to talk about tourism only in that bland sense of, 'Let's go and have a holiday', but by naming tourism as the visitor economy, we understand that it is much broader than that and that it can be just getting out in nature, having a look at our cultural heritage and everything in between, all the while getting out and doing the four-wheel driving and visiting the many, many fabulous townships and villages across Victoria, which can certainly benefit from that. So I am sure we will see some future job growth in that. The Four Wheel Drive Victoria community have certainly been very welcoming of the increased penalties that have been proposed under the bill that is before the house, and I think that is a credit to them. I think the minister and departmental staff have done a great job in putting together the various amendments that are before the house, and I commend the bill to the house.

Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

MS GREEN (Yan Yean) — I am delighted to join the debate on the Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. The bill before the house amends several acts relating to the management of Crown lands. It seeks to improve the effectiveness of enforcement for contravention of regulations made under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987, the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, the Land Act 1958 and the Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Act 1972. The bill will improve and modernise the regulation-making power in the Crown Land (Reserves) Act to enable better management of these reserves; improve the regulation-making power in the Land Act relating to fees; and make other minor or consequential amendments and corrections. I want to go fairly quickly to the Land Conservation (Vehicle Control) Act. As a four-wheel driver myself, I really enjoy getting out into our beautiful network of parks, which are the envy of many around the world. When Victoria was established as a state, we were very fortunate that attention was paid to preserving large areas of land, and this has continued. I must say that I am disappointed that the Greens political party members are not in the chamber; they have not been in the chamber for this debate and do not seem to be participating in it. They are always critics of the so-called 'old' parties and talk about stewardship — that they would make better stewards of public land — yet when they have the opportunity to speak on this, they are not here; their appearance is found wanting. In the Green family we do not have that shyness about speaking on the importance of the management of our national parks. The Green family is very happy to get out in our four-wheel drives and be responsible. I was very fortunate to have the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change recently visit the Yan Yean Reservoir Park, which is the heart of the Yan Yean electorate and one of the many beautiful state parks within it. I joined with the minister and the four-wheel drive community there. Four-wheel drive owners and drivers cop a fair bit of stick, but just like licensed shooters in Victoria they are a great and responsible group that care for their environment whilst they are going out and undertaking outdoor activities, so much so that when I was with the minister on that day she announced a $750 000 grant to Four Wheel Drive Victoria. It is the first time that Four Wheel Drive Victoria has attracted recurrent funding from any government. The member for Gembrook before, in supporting the bill before the house, advised those of us on this side that we should undertake an education campaign and utilise the leaders of groups like Four Wheel Drive Victoria. I have no doubt, now that they have $750 000 worth of funding, that Four Wheel Drive Victoria will be in the absolute driver's seat and will be leading the education campaign about why it is really important to stick to existing tracks, not to make your own tracks and not to disturb your environment, which causes erosion issues, and generally educating those formally within their organisation but also those joining the four-wheel drive community. I also had the privilege some months ago to represent the government up in Jamieson, alongside beautiful Lake Eildon, also with the four-wheel drive community and one of the best, biggest and brightest characters in the four-wheel drive community that I have met — Rudi Paoletti. I was there launching interpretive signage that was almost single-handedly researched by Rudi Paoletti, but was very much supported by Parks Victoria and our water authorities, which means that people can go four-wheel driving. There are dirt roads and tracks that fan out from Jamieson right up to Matlock, into the High Country, and you can connect either down into Gippsland or back to Marysville and to Lake Mountain. It is just a beautiful, beautiful day out, with fabulous people to meet and just beautiful bird life. There is the forest, whether it is the parts impacted by the Black Saturday fires and you see that regrowth or other parts of the forest that were not affected then. It was just a fabulous day out. Rudi has spent decades just walking through the bush, finding old goldmining sites and finding old cemeteries of early European settlement. He is able to tell of hotels that operated in the High Country. I was surprised to learn that day that there is actually a trail that goes all the way from the back of Jamieson, right up into Mount Hotham, a place that I know really well, and I really was unaware that you are able to do that on a track. So Rudi and others very much show the way for how four-wheel drivers are contributing to us learning about our history and also learning about the fabulous environment that is within our park system. The benefits of four-wheel driving include that it supports the communities through which people travel. The four-wheel drive community actually contributes to the state's economic wealth to the extent of over $100 million annually. It is a fantastic way to access the natural beauty of Victoria and to be able to enjoy Victoria's natural landscapes and remarkable cultural heritage, and it is a great way to escape from the pressures of everyday life and to spend time with family or friends. We currently have the Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee. We used to talk about tourism only in that bland sense of, 'Let's go and have a holiday', but by naming tourism as the visitor economy, we understand that it is much broader than that and that it can be just getting out in nature, having a look at our cultural heritage and everything in between, all the while getting out and doing the four-wheel driving and visiting the many, many fabulous townships and villages across Victoria, which can certainly benefit from that. So I am sure we will see some future job growth in that. The Four Wheel Drive Victoria community have certainly been very welcoming of the increased penalties that have been proposed under the bill that is before the house, and I think that is a credit to them. I think the minister and departmental staff have done a great job in putting together the various amendments that are before the house, and I commend the bill to the house.

Ride to School Day – Hazel Glen College

MS GREEN (Yan Yean) — Last Tuesday I had the pleasure to join students, parents and staff at Hazel Glen College and St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School for their inaugural Ride2School day. Students, parents and staff were encouraged to ride, scoot and walk to school, and there was a high level of participation. The leadership and collaboration shown by principals Phil Doherty and Darryl Furze is outstanding. I would go so far as to say that Darryl Furze is the leading advocate of active transport across the north-east with his pioneering work as principal at Hazel Glen College, Laurimar Primary School and Diamond Creek Primary School. A special mention to teacher Jarrod McGough, who worked extremely hard to organise the event, and to all the teachers and parents who assisted by participating and directing students along the path routes. Of course it was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic students from the schools participating as they rode their bikes and scooters. I also want to acknowledge Ride2School, the nationwide initiative by Bicycle Network, supported by the Victorian government. They have developed a map of five designated safe walking and cycling routes to get to these schools. They are supported by on-path decals that give both school distance and safety advice. It is sad to see that the rates of walking and cycling to school have dropped from 8 out of 10 students in the 1970s to just 2 in 10 today. We need to change this and keep our kids fit.

Ride to School Day – Hazel Glen College

MS GREEN (Yan Yean) — Last Tuesday I had the pleasure to join students, parents and staff at Hazel Glen College and St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School for their inaugural Ride2School day. Students, parents and staff were encouraged to ride, scoot and walk to school, and there was a high level of participation. The leadership and collaboration shown by principals Phil Doherty and Darryl Furze is outstanding. I would go so far as to say that Darryl Furze is the leading advocate of active transport across the north-east with his pioneering work as principal at Hazel Glen College, Laurimar Primary School and Diamond Creek Primary School. A special mention to teacher Jarrod McGough, who worked extremely hard to organise the event, and to all the teachers and parents who assisted by participating and directing students along the path routes. Of course it was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic students from the schools participating as they rode their bikes and scooters. I also want to acknowledge Ride2School, the nationwide initiative by Bicycle Network, supported by the Victorian government. They have developed a map of five designated safe walking and cycling routes to get to these schools. They are supported by on-path decals that give both school distance and safety advice. It is sad to see that the rates of walking and cycling to school have dropped from 8 out of 10 students in the 1970s to just 2 in 10 today. We need to change this and keep our kids fit.

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Building The Education State

Two New Tech Schools - Diamond Valley College - Yarrambat Park Primary School - Other Schools Being Upgraded

Safer Communities

Mernda Police Station - Keeping Victoria Safe - Action on Family Violence

Safer Communities

Mernda Police Station - Keeping Victoria Safe - Action on Family Violence

Better Public Transport

Mernda Rail - Hurstbridge Line Duplication - Better Buses

Better Roads

Plenty Road Upgrade -Yan Yean Road Duplication-O'Herns Road Funding

Better Roads

Plenty Road Upgrade -Yan Yean Road Duplication-O'Herns Road Funding