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19:36' 12-06-2018
The last four dangerous congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong have been removed in a blitz of work over the last few weeks.


    Last Four Crossings Gone

    The last four dangerous congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong have been removed in a blitz of work over the last few weeks.

    The level crossing removal program, combined with power and signalling upgrades, are one part of a phased program working towards a new “super corridor”, with bigger, more frequent trains from Cranbourne and Pakenham through to Sunbury, via the Metro Tunnel.

    To allow the works to take place, buses replaced trains on sections of the lines.

    Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said it was the end for “these dangerous and congested crossings”, and thanked people for their patience during the disruptions while the work was underway.

    Red Nose Saving Babies’ Lives

    Red Nose Day, the annual fund raising campaign for preventing the sudden death of babies, will be held this year on Friday 29 June, for the 30th year.

    Although almost 10,000 Australian children’s lives have been saved by the campaign, still nine children under the age of four die suddenly and unexpectedly every day, from causes including stillbirth, SIDS and fatal sleep accidents.

    Funds raised through the campaign go to research programs into the causes of sudden childhood deaths, educating the community on safe sleeping practices, and supporting families who have been devastated by the tragic loss of a child.

    The public can support Red Nose Day by making a donation or buying a Red Nose product from Big W, Spotlight, CUA and other leading retailers, as well as online at

    Teens Abandon Facebook

    Teenagers in the US are leaving Facebook in favour of other social media platforms, according to a study from the Pew Research Center.

    The study found only 51% of US individuals aged 13 to 17 said they used Facebook, a 20% drop from the previous study in 2015. The most preferred platforms were YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat.

    Instagram users have increased from 52% to 72%, and Snapchat users from 41% to 69%. The most popular program was YouTube, not included in the previous study but polling 85% in the recent one.

    A separate study in February this year estimated that American Facebook users aged 12-17 had declined by 9.9% in 2017, almost three times greater than predicted.

    Facebook remains the world’s largest social platform, with 2.2 billion monthly users.

    Schools Digging Into Minecraft

    The hugely popular game Minecraft will be introduced into Victorian government schools to help students build digital tech skills.

    Minecraft: Education Edition is a classroom version of the game, specifically created to promote creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration between students. Students will interact with virtual learning experiences that directly link and expand on the subjects being taught in the classroom.

    Teachers can also use the program to engage students, meet their learning needs and build their skills around a particular subject such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), history, geography or coding.

    Mobile Myki Trial Begins

    Victorian public transport passengers will soon be among the first in the world to use android smartphones to pay for travel on public transport.

    Mobile myki will use a smartphone app and near field communication technology to integrate with existing myki ticket barriers and card readers.

    Passengers will be able to top up on the go, check the balance of their myki, avoid queues, and reduce the chance of forgetting or losing a physical card.

    The trial will commence in the coming months in a small test group, before extending to a wider, public test group later in the year.

    For more information about the trial, visit





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