More Sporting Grants available

The application period for the third round of the Sporting Club Grants Program is open until July 29 this year. There are a number of sporting grants available from Sports and Recreation Victoria (SRV) and I encourage all clubs to check out the SRV website..

The Eagles See the Light

Local sporting clubs are the lifeblood of our communities and there is nothing I like more than getting out on a weekend and watching the Northern Football League and some of our local netball teams. It was a real pleasure to join the Sports Minister,..

Plenty of Buses, Plenty of Jobs

July 24 will see more buses, to more places, more often on the Plenty Valley Bus Network. The new Route 381 has already started – This new service runs from South Morang to Diamond Creek via Doreen and Yarrambat, 7 days a week. It has..

Ambulance Branch needed for Mernda & Doreen

Now the Police station is underway I’ve turned my attention to calling on the Minister for Ambulance Services, Jill Hennessy to fund an ambulance branch for 3754. Premier Daniel Andrews when Health Minister had a good history of funding ambulance services in our region delivering..

New Mernda Police Station a Step Closer

Last month I had the pleasure of joining new Police Minister, Lisa Neville, Mayor Stevan Kozmevski and police station community campaign members to announce that Mernda’s new police station is one step closer to completion. The Minister publicly announced the appointment of a design and..

Column for the Town Crier

Standing up for the North Since my last column the Victorian Budget has been released and it is a bonanza Budget for Melbourne’s north! I am so proud to have worked with so many active community minded residents across the Yan Yean electorate to deliver..

Column for Hurstbridge Roundabout

Hurstbridge Pre-School needs your help I hate to start with bad news and I am hoping we can band together to change it. I was shocked to hear that the Hurstbridge Pre School’s Committee of Management announced that the pre-school would have to close next..

Column for the Wallan Whistle

I write this column for the Wallan Whistle from my sick bed. As some of you would know, I had an operation last month which has put me temporarily out of action. Rest assured, I am keeping up with all local issues via the internet..

Danielle in Recovery

This week I’ve undergone major surgery which will require some weeks to recover. It’s in no way life threatening and I will be as good as new when fully healed. My staff will still be available to serve the Yan Yean electorate and will work..

Farmers Market Support

Grants of up to $30,000 are available to establish new farmers’ markets or to expand existing market activities. The grants are available through the Farmers’ Markets Support Program. Set-up and expansion grants of up to $30,000 are available as well as funds of up to..

Hazel Glen P-12 College

I was delighted to join students and staff at Hazel Glen P-12 College last month. It is amazing to see this wonderful school continue to grow and develop. There are up to 14 graduate teachers starting in 2016, plus 750 new students. There will be 210..

Community Facilities at Mernda P-12 School

  A lot of residents are not aware that many of the school facilities at the new Mernda P-12 School will be designed with the local community in mind. Some of the planned ‘community access’ facilities include a 20 metre Learn To Swim pool (LTS),..

Mernda Rail Update

The Level Crossing Authority is responsible for building the new train line to Mernda and has been working with residents living close to the rail corridor over the last couple of months, including conducting doorknocks and letterbox information. There have also been information sessions and..

Building the Education State in Melbourne’s North

The Andrews Government is delivering the biggest education program in Victoria’s history with schools across the Yan Yean electorate being provided with extra ‘real increases’ in funding and a roll out of the biggest infrastructure improvements in years. Local schools will be provided $17.7 million..

Wallan Wins with New Community projects

The Andrews Government committed to new Sports and Community Infrastructure Funds, particularly for growing regions.  We are rolling out new and improved facilities across the north and we are starting with new investment in Wallan.  There will be further rounds of funding for communities going..

Yan Yean Rd Upgrade

Yan Yean Rd is congested and unsafe.  Our State Budget has allocated funding to commence duplication of the road, with surveying works underway.  Over the coming months, locals will have the opportunity to comment on proposed designs and attend consultation meetings.  Work continues on declaring..