Mill Park Community Update – September 2021

A Special Thank You to our frontline teams

Dear friends,

I want to thank the dedicated frontline teams at Northern Health, ambulance services, police and emergency services, Dianella Plenty Valley Community Health and the City of Whittlesea for the fantastic work they are doing every day under very difficult conditions.

The Delta variant of COVID has proven to be very tough for all of us to manage and it’s taking longer than we’d all hoped. These local teams have been working extraordinary hours to keep us safe –  from getting information out to our local communities, to delivering testing and vaccinations or caring for those with COVID – we owe them our thanks and appreciation.

To our teachers, school support people, students and parents: these times have been a great strain and we owe you so much by way of thanks and respect.

The best way to thank them is to live our lives safely, get tested as soon as we have symptoms and get vaccinated.

The sooner we can do this, the sooner we can get back to the things that matter most to all of us – being with the people we love.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your patience and commitment to following the expert health advice. We will get through this together.

If you need assistance on state government issues or further information, please feel free to contact my electorate office by calling tel: 9422 5171 or emailing me at lily.d’ambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au

Warm regards,

Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Member for Mill Park

Representing the communities of South Morang, and parts of Mill Park, Epping, and Wollert 

EASING OF RESTRICTIONS

Thanks to the incredible efforts of our community, our state hit our 70 per cent first dose vaccination target today – becoming the second state in Australia to do so.

That’s why Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has recommended some modest easing to restrictions from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September.

Here are the major changes:
–    Outdoor social interaction is added to the five reasons to leave home
–    One person may meet another person from another household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity.
–    Up to five adults (plus dependents) from two households will be able to gather outdoors if all adults present have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
–    Time permitted for exercise will increase from two to four hours per day.
–    The 5 km travel limit from home will increase to 10 km
–    Two people will now be able to train outdoors with a personal trainer.
–    Skate parks and outdoor communal exercise equipment will reopen.
–    Child-minding for school-aged children will be permitted if only one parent is an authorised worker.
–    Up to five people will be able to attend an entertainment venue or physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance, class, or concert.
–    Real estate inspections will resume by appointment only.
Only people from the same household can attend the inspection appointment and the real estate agent must stay outdoors during the inspection.


JOB DONE: PLENTY ROAD UPGRADE STAGE 2 COMPLETE

It’s good to see Stage 2 of the Andrews Government’s Plenty Road Upgrade now done!
All new lanes between Bush Bld and Bridge Inn Rd are now open and major works complete.
With Stage 2, we’ve added almost 14km of new lanes in both directions and upgraded 12 intersections.
I know it’s been frustrating at times but thank you for your patience during the build period.
You’ll still see some minor finishing works until late October but this shouldn’t cause any disruptions.

You can see an overview of the Upgraded Plenty Road here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXKQR4E9Dy8


Our schools Planned Maintenance Program continues to support schools across Victoria to do essential repairs and upgrades.

I’m pleased that in the recent round of funding, Mill Park Heights Primary School and The Lakes South Morang College will receive $55,000 and $30,000 respectively to keep their buildings working well and looking good.

In the past seven years, the Andrews Labor Government has invested $10.0 billion in building new schools and upgrading more than 1,700 schools. And we’ve created 13,500 jobs in construction along the way!


I’m really pleased to see  that we’ll soon have more social housing built in and for our local community!

We’re investing more than $6 million to build 20 new homes – 9 in Epping and 11 in Wollert.

The dwellings in Wollert will support Aboriginal women escaping family violence and older women at risk of homelessness. This is being delivered in partnership with Women’s Housing Ltd.

Meanwhile, the Epping housing will be delivered in partnership with VincentCare Community Housing.

These dwellings will support those in greatest need including people living with mental illness, disability and homelessness.

All up, the Andrews government is investing $18 million to deliver 68 new social housing homes in the broader Whittlesea municipality. This is a part of our $5.3 billion Big Housing Build – building 12,000 new homes and boosting social housing supply by 10 percent and creating 10,000 jobs each year over the next four years.


GREAT SUCCESS: VACCINATION CENTRE AT BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR IN MILL PARK

I would like to thank the Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – Mill Park for hosting a pop-up state-run vaccination centre at their Heath Court temple. Managed by DPV Health, this centre made it easier for our local community to get vaccinated.

As a result of this collaboration over 885 people received vaccinations at the BAPS Mandir in the 4 day period of the pop-up vaccination centre.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have rolled up your sleeves or booked in to get vaccinated and urge those who are not vaccinated yet to book their vaccination appointment right now. It’s only getting easier to book your appointment as from Monday 13 September, suburbs in the City of Whittlesea are in the 100 priority postcodes. That means thousands of additional vaccine appointments available at our state-run vaccination hub at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre in South Morang.

And if you have any questions about the vaccine please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

You can book your appointment by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au  or calling 1800 675 398.