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Aircraft: No ramp access to platforms until late 2021 (pedestrian-underpass works).
Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works.
Mooroolbark: Station closed until late 2021 (level-crossing removal). A shuttle bus will operate Croydon - Mooroolbark - Lilydale, connecting with trains. There will be no access to station platforms or facilities during this time.
Edithvale/Chelsea/Bonbeach: Stations closed until late 2021 (level-crossing removal). A shuttle bus will operate Mordialloc - Carrum, connecting with trains. There will be no access to station platforms or facilities during this time.
The level crossings at Argyle Avenue, Bondi Road and Edithvale Road are closed until early-October.  Chelsea Road is closed permanently. See http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/chelsea-road-chelsea
Buses replace trains on sections of the Frankston/Stony Point lines until the last train of Sun 31 Oct (level-crossing works).
Buses replace trains between Newport and Williamstown until the last train of Friday 12 November (level-crossing removal).
Maroondah Highway, Lilydale closed in both directions at the train line for one month, as level-crossing work ramps up on Friday night. John Street will also be closed at this time. See http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/disruptions/maroondah-highway-and-john-street-lilydale-road-closure. ; Buses will replace trains for 6 weeks.
Buses replace trains Ringwood - Lilydale until the last train of Sun 24 Oct (level-crossing works).  Opening the new Mooroolbark and Lilydale stations on Monday 25 October
17.01 Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: Major delays (an equipment fault at Richmond).
17.03 Frankston Line: Major delays (an equipment fault at Richmond). Citybound trains will run via the loop to Flinders Street. Passengers for Werribee & Williamstown trains change at Southern Cross.
- 17.18 Trains depart altered platforms Richmond - Caulfield.
17.05 Werribee/Williamstown lines: Minor delays (an equipment fault at Richmond). Trains will terminate/originate at Flinders Street.
17.10  Sandringham line: Major delays (an equipment fault near Richmond).
- 17.29  Consider St Kilda Road trams for local trips between the City and Elsternwick.
17.39: Delays on all six lines clearing.  Stopping patterns may change; trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations.
- There is no way you can tell me that "I need" to go to the CBD "to activate the economy" while suffering this horrendous metro service. Not at all. Working from home is here to stay.
Pakenham/Cranbournelines: Buses replace trains Caulfield - Westall from 20.40 until the last train (works).
23.03 Frankston line: Major delays after an 'operational incident' and a police action.
23.20 Glen Waverley line: Major delays (police). Trains may be held at platforms.

JULY 29 2021 Jessica Willard Tasmanian borders to reopen to Victoria

Every Covid exposure site in Melbourne and Victoria September 30, 2021
Public transport, hospitals, supermarkets and fast-food outlets among Victoria’s current Covid exposure sites. See every location as soon as it’s announced.
video: Victoria records 1,438 new COVID-19 cases. Victoria has recorded 1,438 new COVID-19 which is a significant increase on Wednesday’s numbers. The state also recorded five deaths in the previous 24 hour period.
This list of Covid exposure sites - from shopping centres to schools, public transport to apartments - across Melbourne and Victoria is updated by the state government.
New exposure sites are published as soon as they are listed by the Department of Health.
Follow the health advice if you visited one of the locations.

As it happened: Victoria records 1438 new local COVID-19 cases, five deaths; NSW reports 941 new cases, six deaths; Queensland has five new cases Broede Carmody and Megan Gorrey September 30, 2021
* 21.30 ‘Significant’ number of tram drivers forced to isolate, disruptions loom. Victoria’s tram operator says services on routes 57, 58, 59, and 82 are expected to be disrupted on Friday with further impacts expected over the coming days after a driver tested positive to COVID-19.
In a statement on Thursday night, Yarra Trams said the positive case had forced a significant number of drivers based at the Essendon depot and City (Tram Hub) depot to isolate “to keep everyone safe.”
It said most of those isolating are secondary contacts and will be allowed to return to work after returning a negative test.
The tram operator said it will endeavour to provide as regular a service as possible across the four most impacted routes, but a high number of service cancellations are expected.
The impacted routes are:
Route 57 – West Maribyrnong to Flinders Street Station
Route 58 – West Coburg to Toorak
Route 59 – Airport West to Flinders Street Station
Route 82 – Moonee Ponds to Footscray
* 18.44 Melbourne childcare centre among new COVID-19 exposure sites Erin Pearson
The workshop at Geelong bus company McHarry’s Buslines in Breakwater is listed as an exposure site on September 27 from 7am to 5pm after a case attended the Reeves Court premises.
At Kerang in northern Victoria, the Exchange Hotel on Wellington Street is an exposure site on September 26 from 10.40am to 1.35pm.
There are two tier-1 sites at Shepparton. They are the Victoria Hotel’s gaming area on Wyndham Street on September 26 from 9pm to 11.59pm.
Anyone who has visited these locations during these times must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.
* 9.47 In an Australian first, music festival to offer on-site vaccinations, Martin Boulton. Music fans at a festival in Far North Queensland will be offered vaccinations this weekend.
In partnership with Queensland Health, the Savannah in the Round festival will provide a vaccination hub on Friday, October 1, between 8am and 4pm.
The three-day festival runs until October 3 and features the likes of John Butler, Shepherd and Sneaky Sound System.
“Creating a festival in the middle of a pandemic is no easy task, but vaccination is the key to freedom,” festival director James Dein said.
“We have worked hard for over two years now on ensuring our COVID plan is best practice. We are urging our patrons to join us in getting the jab so that normal life can be just around the corner.”
Last month, more than 400 Australian performers joined forces with leaders of the live entertainment industry for a national campaign urging people to get vaccinated.
Live events have been crushed since lockdowns came into effect in March last year and, according to the newly established LIVE Alliance, a vaccination target of 80 per cent is the ticket back to live performances.
RELATED ARTICLE The new #VaxTheNation campaign launches across Australia on September 6. Musicians, live events companies join forces for #VaxTheNation campaign

Thurs.30.9.21 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'.  YT laptop theft.  GENEVIEVE ALISON
A FORMER Yarra Trams employee has avoided jail after stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of laptops from the company in a two-year crime spree.
Paul Hewer used his position in the IT department to steal more than 130 laptops before onselling them.
The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday heard the illegal scheme netted him about $54,000 between September 2018 and November last year.
Yarra Trams had initially purchased the devices for about $230,000.
Hewer was sentenced to a two-year community correction order — with conviction — after he pleaded guilty to two rolled up charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception and theft.
Magistrate Tara Hartnett said the offending was “serious” and a gross breach of trust and ordered Hewer to complete 300 hours of unpaid community work and undergo mental health treatment.
Ms Hartnett said if not for Hewer’s early guilty plea and limited criminal history he would have faced a length jail sentence.

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