Merry Christmas

Happy Christmas everyone! I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a wonderful and joyous New Year.

As we come to the close of 2017 there is still so much going on.  The Andrews Government’s key focus is about the things that matter to you and your families such as better public transport and roads, building new school facilities, investing in our health and ambulance services and increasing police resources to make our communities safer.

The Mernda Police station is now open and that means a huge boost to policing across Mernda, Doreen and the Whittlesea town-ship.  There will be 45 extra frontline police for the Whittlesea area and that is great news as well.  Last month I met with the Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Victoria Police in Whittlesea to discuss possible future improvements the police station there, which is in need of an upgrade or rebuild.  I will continue to push for more police resources and infrastructure investment to make our community safer.

There is also a lot happening in the Health area.  Keeping ourselves and our family healthy is the most important thing in life and there are a number of recent initiatives the Government is working on.  Last month the Andrews Government opened a new Victorian-first clinic to support more women with polycystic ovary syndrome. The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Clinic at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton will provide statewide polycystic ovary syndrome support, education and care.  The clinic will include access to facial hair laser treatment, and a range of other treatments to manage their symptoms, along with important educational resources.

Another important health issue this year has been flu – Last month the Health Minister put another $115 million into our busy hospitals to support a big surge  in demand following one of Victoria’s worst-ever flu seasons. All public hospitals as well as 15 Bush Nursing Centres will share in a special funding support package.  This year’s flu season has resulted in sustained pressure on Victoria’s health system with more than 14,000 flu cases reported across Victoria so far.  The funding boost will support hospitals ensure a record number of patients can get the care they need from emergency departments faster, for the remainder of the year.

I want to touch upon the Plenty Road and Yan Yean Road projects that you will see being worked on over the summer.  Over 52,000 vehicles use Plenty Road and nearly 30,000 use Yan Yean Road each day.  Stage 1 of the Plenty Road project will be the stretch from McKimmies Road to Bush Boulevard and Stage 1 of Yan Yean Road will be between Diamond Creek and Kurrak Roads.  These important road upgrades will see extra lanes added to these busy roads and provide much needed increased capacity to improve travel times in Melbourne’s north.  To keep up to date on these road works I recommend you sign up for updates on https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

Finally, I want to end the year with a huge thank-you to my amazing constituents, in particular to all the community and sporting organisations who I have the pleasure to work with every day, working together to make our communities great places to live.  To every one of you who gives back to our communities.  Thank you very much and enjoy a little break over the summer.