Yan Yean electorate

This year’s Valentine’s Day saw the Andrews government well and truly sharing the love with Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Valentine’s Day morning saw three ministers at three projects across the north. The members for Eltham and Ivanhoe and I welcomed the Minister for Industry and Employment to see firsthand the great work underway on the Hurstbridge rail line, including track duplication between Rosanna and Heidelberg, the new Rosanna station and two level crossing removals — and this project is six months ahead of schedule. All up, there are 1000 people in work, including former Ford workers and 60 trainees, apprentices and cadets.

Next I joined Minister Tierney and the member for Eltham at the reopened Greensborough TAFE for an almost $2 million announcement with Melbourne Polytechnic to train employees working in the residential out-of-home care system.

The morning was rounded out by the official opening of the Mernda police station, which has been operational since November. I joined Ian Hunter from the Wurundjeri land council, Chief Commissioner of Police Graham Ashton, the Minister for Police and community campaigners like Cr Tom Joseph. Mernda now has a state-of-the-art, 24-hour police station and 45 more police on the beat.

Thousands of jobs, better public transport, a reopened TAFE college, investing in our police — all done before midday on Valentine’s Day — show the love and respect that Labor has for Melbourne’s north and that we are getting it done.