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E-waste collection and storage facilities across Victoria will be upgraded to help them receive and safely manage increasing levels of e-waste.

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    Upgrades planned to manage e-waste

    E-waste collection and storage facilities across Victoria will be upgraded to help them receive and safely manage increasing levels of e-waste.

    A government investment of $16.5 million will align with as ban on e-waste, starting 1 July 2019. This will allow extra time for new infrastructure to be in place, a statewide education campaign to reach more people, and for those managing e-waste (particularly local councils) to prepare for the new arrangements.

    E-waste includes everything from old mobile phones, computers and related equipment, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair driers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners. The amount of e-waste generated in Victoria is projected to increase from 109,000 tonnes in 2015 to approximately 256,000 tonnes in 2035.

    Fast rail planned for Geelong

    The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $50 million for detailed investigations of fast rail infrastructure upgrades, costs and train requirements for a high-speed rail link between Geelong and Melbourne.

    A number of options will be investigated, including the possible electrification to Geelong along the existing rail corridor, as well as new dedicated highspeed rail alignments with new rolling stock.

    The investigations will also consider a new fleet of dedicated trains capable of travelling between 250 and 300km per hour.

    A fast rail link from Geelong to Melbourne would slash travel times between Victoria’s capital and its second biggest city, as well as creating a rail pathway to Melbourne Airport.

    Taxi reforms good for drivers and passengers

    From 1 July, the annual Transport Accident Commission (TAC) insurance premium for taxis will be cut from $2586.10 to $510.40 in metropolitan Melbourne, while regional taxi operators will have their premiums reduced from $1289.20 to $396.

    The savings, up to more than $2000 per year, are among changes designed to ensure a level and fairer playing field with other commercial passenger vehicles, such as hire cars and ridesharing providers like Uber.

    Cutting the cost of running each taxi will help taxi companies improve services and cut fares, adding up to savings for both drivers and passengers.

    More jobs in South East

    Holden Special Vehicles in Clayton South is embarking on a $12 million project that will create more than 50 new jobs, all suitable for ex auto workers.

    The company, which built over 85,000 vehicles for Australian and overseas customers since it opened in 1988, is receiving government help from a $1.5 million Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) grant.

    The company has established a purpose-built facility and purchased new high-tech equipment, so it can diversify its vehicle production lines and expand into the modification of imported vehicles.

    Despite the closure of car manufacturing, more than 16,000 jobs have been created in Melbourne’s South East in the last 12 months and almost 78,000 since November 2014.

    LIFT has supported 40 projects so far, expected to create 1,150 jobs, more than 900 of which are suitable for former automotive workers.

    Crossings go from Dandenong Corridor

    A major construction blitz from 29 May to 17 June will remove the final four level crossings along the Dandenong corridor between Caulfield and Dandenong, as well as undertake critical signalling and infrastructure work.

    During this time, buses will replace trains on sections of the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. On Monday 18 June, trains will be running on the last section of elevated rail.

    Once the crossings have been removed, train services every ten minutes will be extended between Dandenong and the city line from 7pm to 10pm. There will also be additional services on the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines when the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade and Mernda Rail Extension are complete later this year.

    A new timetable incorporating the increased services will be available later this year.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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