I want to pay my respects to Vietnam veterans and to the commemorative service at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. A shout‑out to veteran volunteers and veterans themselves, including Jeff Freeman; our RSL presidents at Greensborough and Ivanhoe, Lee Webb and John Beezley; and to the Minister for Veterans for attending an event at the repatriation hospital on Wednesday to announce further support for veterans. Lest we forget.
I was very pleased to join the Premier, the Deputy Premier, the Minister for Training and Skills and the member for Eltham at the opening of the Banyule‑Nillumbik Tech School, a $10 million project to invest in our young people. Some 14 000 students from 19 secondary schools across the Banyule and Nillumbik local government areas will benefit from that tech school. The Premier also announced the next 10 free TAFE courses for high‑demand industries.
Pedestrians and local residents will be safer with four speed and red‑light cameras to be installed at Rosanna Road intersections by the end of the year, funded by the Andrews Labor government. I am pleased to announce today that contracts for the new cameras have been signed with Sensys Gatso Australia. That is a $900 000 project.
Macleod families will get the world‑class local school their kids deserve with a re‑elected Andrews Labor government committed to delivering a massive upgrade at Macleod College. We will be investing $4.9 million to upgrade block A, which houses the science and counselling rooms. These tired old classrooms and facilities will be transformed to give students and staff the state‑of‑the‑art facilities they need to achieve their best.
The State government has completed extensive restoration works to repair the three heritage‑listed Viewbank silos, and I was pleased to attend the community’s celebration and to officiate at the rededication last Friday.
My adjournment matter is for the Treasurer, and the action I seek is that the Treasurer visit the Ivanhoe electorate to review future job and investment opportunities in the Ivanhoe electorate. In particular we could go and meet with some of those who have worked on the $140 million Hurstbridge line track duplication between Heidelberg and Rosanna, which is now complete and will see a new timetable with extra services in the morning and afternoon peaks operating from August. We could visit my old school, Viewbank College, where an $11.5 million redevelopment is almost complete in terms of a new performing arts centre which will be operating in August this year.
I rise to congratulate and to thank the newly inducted life members of what was in 1975 the West Heidelberg Community Health and Welfare Centre and today is the Banyule Community Health Service.
I rise to congratulate the local community on their perseverance, support and hard work in seeing two level crossings removed on the Hurstbridge line and the reopening of train services last Friday.