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From Monday 5 February, trucks will be banned from the far right-hand lane on the Monash Freeway, in a trial to improve safety.

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    Right-Hand-Lane Ban Begins

    From Monday 5 February, trucks will be banned from the far right-hand lane on the Monash Freeway, in a trial to improve safety.

    The restrictions, intended to improve safety by reducing the number of lane changes, will apply to trucks travelling in both directions between Huntingdale Road, Mount Waverley and Jacksons Road, Noble Park. The trial will last for nine months.

    Permanent restrictions already apply along the Princes Highway from Melbourne to Geelong, and along sections of the Eastern Freeway.

    You can provide feedback to help inform the decision of whether to permanently apply the restrictions at engage.vicroads.vic.gov.au/monashfreeway.


    Barwon Health North Taking Shape

    People in Geelong’s northern suburbs will have access to additional health services through the $33 million Barwon Health North project, scheduled to be treating patients by mid-2019.

    The project will provide extra child and family support, an urgent care centre, medical imaging, pathology, pharmacy, consulting suites and renal dialysis services.

    Services offered by Barwon Health North and University Hospital Geelong will be co-ordinated to best and safely meet the health and emergency needs of the community.

    More severe emergency patients will receive care at University Hospital Geelong’s emergency department, while less severe but still urgent cases can seek treatment at Barwon Health North’s new urgent care centre.

    The urgent care services will operate beyond normal business hours and on weekends, and do not require an appointment.

    The Corio Community Health Centre, which is also run by Barwon Health will continue to operate and complement the range of services available at Barwon Health North.


    Adani Free City” from February

    Darebin Council passed a decision in December to cease any future association with organisations known to support the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine. Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf said the decision was unanimous.

    The proposed Adani Carmichael Coal Mine in Queensland has been a topic of fierce controversial debate for the last two years. Opponents generally question the alleged benefit the mine will have for Australia's future, and whether it is wise to invest in coal at the present time.

    “Council is committed to a coal-free future for Australia,” Mayor Le Cerf said. “For that reason we will no longer work with any organisations known to have a financial interest in, provide goods or services to or otherwise support the proposed Adani Carmichael Coal Mine.”

    He said Council will obtain “appropriate legal advice” about what policy and procedural changes need to take place so Darebin can become an “Adani Free City”.


    New Children’s Hub For Altona

    Altona families will have access to more kinder and childcare places, with work beginning on the Altona Early Years Hub.

    The new $6.9 million integrated children’s centre at Altona P-9 College will include long day care, three and four-year-old kindergarten, playgroups and Maternal and Child Health, as well as parenting, intervention and family support services.

    It will offer 76 long day care places, 99 kindergarten places, and a range of early learning programs to help young children transition to primary school.

    The Hub is scheduled to opening in January 2019. Families who wish to register for day care, kindergarten and other programs should contact Council’s Early Years team on 9932 1000 or email earlyyears@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.


    Join In the Global Fiesta

    Whitehorse Council invites all local culturally diverse community and social groups and not-for-profit organisations to apply to participate in the 2018 Whitehorse Global Fiesta.

    The Global Fiesta is held each March to celebrate Harmony Day, focusing on the diverse cultural history, traditions, food and art of everyone who calls Australia home. The event provides a fabulous opportunity for performing arts groups to share and showcase their skills on stage, while community and social groups can raise awareness, fundraise and increase membership numbers.

    Global Fiesta 2018 will feature an exciting mix of entertainment, dancing, music, food, games, art and craft from around the world. It will be held in Box Hill Gardens on Sunday 18 March, from 12 noon to 4pm.

    If your community, social or performing arts group would like to take part, please complete an expression of interest form online at www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Global-Fiesta.html.

    Applications must be submitted by Friday 16 February 2018.



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