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Council leading way on recycling

Campaspe Shire Council is among regional councils leading by example in the recycling and waste crisis, according to the Victorian Legislative Council’s Environment and Planning...

Council leading way on recycling

Campaspe Shire Council is among regional councils leading by example in the recycling and waste crisis, according to the Victorian Legislative Council’s Environment and Planning...

Stony Creek Funding Optimism

"A Western suburbs MP says he is confident more funding will be found to complete the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project. As reported by Star Weekly, Brimbank council last month said it could be left with an $11.3 million hole in the ground after work on the project came to a halt because it was discovered the ground was contaminated with asbestos. The project, to transform a 1.2-kilometre section of Upper Stony Creek from a concrete drain to a natural state, is a partnership between all levels of government and private enterprise. Western Metropolitan Labor MP Cesar Melhem said the project was important and would be completed. He said government departments were working to find more money for the project. “I’m confident the project will be continued … it needs to be done,” he said. Brimbank mayor Lucinda Congreve said the council was concerned that while the contract for the project remained in place, machinery had been moved offsite and the gates padlocked. “The longer nothing happens on the site, the more difficult the situation becomes,” Cr Congreve said. “All of the project partners and agencies have indicated that they want to keep this project going.” The council has launched a petition calling for the state and federal governments to “show leadership” over what it says is fast becoming an issue of “environmental justice for the west”. The petition was signed by more than 600 people in the first week."   Click here to view the Star Weekly article

Stony Creek Funding Optimism

"A Western suburbs MP says he is confident more funding will be found to complete the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project. As reported by Star Weekly, Brimbank council last month said it could be left with an $11.3 million hole in the ground after work on the project came to a halt because it was discovered the ground was contaminated with asbestos. The project, to transform a 1.2-kilometre section of Upper Stony Creek from a concrete drain to a natural state, is a partnership between all levels of government and private enterprise. Western Metropolitan Labor MP Cesar Melhem said the project was important and would be completed. He said government departments were working to find more money for the project. “I’m confident the project will be continued … it needs to be done,” he said. Brimbank mayor Lucinda Congreve said the council was concerned that while the contract for the project remained in place, machinery had been moved offsite and the gates padlocked. “The longer nothing happens on the site, the more difficult the situation becomes,” Cr Congreve said. “All of the project partners and agencies have indicated that they want to keep this project going.” The council has launched a petition calling for the state and federal governments to “show leadership” over what it says is fast becoming an issue of “environmental justice for the west”. The petition was signed by more than 600 people in the first week."   Click here to view the Star Weekly article

Local Issues

EDUCATION EQUITY INVESTMENT IN THE WEST

The Andrews Labor Government has a track record in delivering for our schools. Schools in the Western Metropolitan Region have received $247.695 million in equity funding. This needs-based funding is used by schools to introduce programs that help disadvantaged students achieve better results at school and reach their full potential. Labor has also invested $21.930 million from the Campus, Sports and Excursions Fund and over 133,947 payments across the Western Metropolitan Region to ensure that every student, regardless of their background, gets the chance to go on camps and excursions. More than 9103 students in the Western Metropolitan Region benefit from the State School Relief program each year, with more than 98,541 items of clothing distributed since 2015. This program assists in schools being inclusive environments. No family should have to worry about affording a uniform for their child. There has also been over 687,000 breakfasts served to students in the Western Metropolitan region.

EDUCATION EQUITY INVESTMENT IN THE WEST

The Andrews Labor Government has a track record in delivering for our schools. Schools in the Western Metropolitan Region have received $247.695 million in equity funding. This needs-based funding is used by schools to introduce programs that help disadvantaged students achieve better results at school and reach their full potential. Labor has also invested $21.930 million from the Campus, Sports and Excursions Fund and over 133,947 payments across the Western Metropolitan Region to ensure that every student, regardless of their background, gets the chance to go on camps and excursions. More than 9103 students in the Western Metropolitan Region benefit from the State School Relief program each year, with more than 98,541 items of clothing distributed since 2015. This program assists in schools being inclusive environments. No family should have to worry about affording a uniform for their child. There has also been over 687,000 breakfasts served to students in the Western Metropolitan region.

VICTORIAN MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Victorian Mental Health Month runs from October 7th to November 6th in 2018. In 2018 the Mental Health Month focuses on youth between 16 and 25....

VICTORIAN MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Victorian Mental Health Month runs from October 7th to November 6th in 2018. In 2018 the Mental Health Month focuses on youth between 16 and 25....