The March E-news update will keep residents and community groups informed about upcoming grant applications and recipients of previous applications, local State Government initiatives as well as providing an opportunity for the community to become more engaged with Government decision making.
It is my hope that these emails will be shared and considered by anyone in your broader networks who may be interested in some of the initiatives below.
Government is a collaborative process and I encourage you to contact my office and pass on your feedback, questions and suggestions.
Final report from Royal Commission into Family Violence
New PSOs stationed at Wyndham Vale Station
Victoria's Water Future- Have your say
Future Industries Fund
Fishing Club Grants
Community Playgroup Grant
Click here to view the full report from the RCFV
FINAL REPORT FROM ROYAL COMMISSION
INTO FAMILY VIOLENCE
THE TIME TO FIX OUR BROKEN FAMILY VIOLENCE SYSTEM IS NOW
Family violence victims in Werribee will be at the heart of the Government’s implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The Andrews Labor Government will implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission and put victims at the heart of the reform.
The Government will work with victims and survivors, and with the people who help them, to build a better system that will help prevent family violence, keep people safe and hold perpetrators accountable.
This includes the Victim-Survivors Advisory Council, chaired by Rosie Batty, to ensure the Government makes the reforms that victims have been asking for.
My work begins now to help the Government repair our broken family violence system for the people of Werribee.
PSOs STATIONED AT WYNDHAM VALE
Earlier this month I welcomed the new PSOs who commenced their official duties at Wyndham Vale Station.
These PSOs are on patrol from 6pm until the last train every night and will work to address anti-social behaviour and violence while assisting commuters in order to ensure the public feel sale.
Victoria Police is on track to complete the PSO rollout by the end of June, which will see officers deployed at 212 metropolitan stations and four regional stations.
The Victorian Government has also funded an additional 109 PSOs and 62 Transit Police to support the Night Network trial, which will see trains running all night during weekends throughout 2016.
I am proud to be part of a Government working to deliver safer transport services for local commuters.
HELP SHAPE VICTORIA'S WATER FUTURE
I encourage local residents to have their say on the Andrews Labor Government’s draft water plan ‘Water for Victoria.’
The plan is now released for community feedback to ensure Victoria has the best possible plan to prepare for critical challenges such as climate change, population growth, an increased demand for water and water security.
Water for Victoria outlines the need to balance agricultural, industrial, recreational and environmental needs, to get the most out of one of our most precious resources.
The plan recognises that the sector needs to work closer with local communities when making critical decisions about their water supplies.
For the first time, the plan proposes to establish an Aboriginal Water Program which will help identify Aboriginal values and uses of water and help build the capacity of the sector to ensure the involvement of Traditional Owners.
The Government will work to ensure we respect and recognise the cultural connections Aboriginal communities have to land, water and resources through their associations and spiritual relationships with Country.
The Government will not change entitlements but wants to work with farmers to identify the best way to support them adapt to reducing water availability and build resilience of water supply.
The plan will now be tested with Victorian communities over the next six to eight weeks through online and face to face consultations.
Water for Victoria is about community and government working together to plan for those challenges – recognising how critical water security is to our economy, jobs and our liveability.
It’s nearly time for Active April! How do you plan to incorporate 30 mins exercise into your daily routine? To sign up visit: https://www.activeapril.vic.gov.au/
$20 MILLION JOBS BOOST AND BLUPRINT FOR FUTURE GROWTH
The Andrews Labor Government has released strategies to grow priority sectors of the Victorian economy – Victoria’s Future Industries – and announced a $20 million Sector Growth Program to support the strategies, boost economic growth and create jobs.
The sectors primed for growth are medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, new energy technologies, food and fibre, defence technologies, construction technologies, transport technologies, international education, and professional services.
These sectors have been chosen for their potential to deliver extraordinary economic growth for Victoria and the capacity to create high-skill, high wage jobs.
Collectively, they have the potential to generate up to $70 billion in additional economic output and 400,000 new jobs by 2025.
To help realise that potential, the Labor Government has committed $20 million towards a new Sector Growth Program, under the government’s $200 Future Industries Fund.
The program will provide up to $1 million in matched funding to support new projects that create new jobs and help grow our future industries.
I encourage businesses in the Werribee area to apply for assistance to grow their business and create new local jobs.
STRONGER FISHING CLUB GRANTS
I invite local clubs to apply for funding under the Stronger Fishing Club Grants Program.
The Andrews Labor Government recently announced that all incorporated fishing clubs will be eligible for a grant of up to $2,000 to increase membership and promote participation in recreational fishing.
Stronger Fishing Club Grants a part of our Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to get more people fishing, more often, by growing the number of recreational anglers in Victoria to one million by 2020. Target One Million actions already underway include:
Removing commercial netting from Port Phillip Bay
Establishing a Trout Cod Fishery in Beechworth, and
Increasing fish stocking and improve fishing and boating facilities.
You can learn more about Target One Million at http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/target-one-million
Applications for the Stronger Fishing Club Grants program will be accepted until 31 March 2017.
Guidelines to help your club to lodge a successful application include:
All projects must aim to result in stronger fishing clubs through increased membership and/or increased participation.
Grants will not be available to fund existing operating costs e.g. power, rent, electricity.
If intending to fund an event attended by the public, clubs will be responsible for public liability insurance and Working with Children checks.
Funding for merchandise/uniforms is capped at $1,000 and products must not be sold for a profit (remaining available funding may be spent on other projects provided this is detailed in the application).
The online application form and the full set of conditions and guidelines can be found at www.vic.gov.au/strongerfishingclubs.
You can also obtain more information about the Stronger Fishing Club Grants Program or discuss a potential project by contacting Alyce Parker from Fisheries Victoria via telephone 0407 805 153 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Andrews Government is investing more than $8 million to strengthen multicultural communities and organisations across Victoria.
The Community Harmony Program aims to support all Victorians to have a strong sense of belonging, whatever their religion, ethnicity, skin colour, or cultural identity, through creating opportunities for Victorians to build relationships with one another leading to increased understanding and respect for our common values and interests.