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Monitor To Guide South Gippsland’s New Council

Local government elections will be held next month to elect a council for South Gippsland Shire, following more than two years under administration. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced a municipal monitor will be appointed to the Council following the election in..

Record Investment On The Books For Public Libraries

The Victorian Government is supporting public libraries to expand and adapt their services for local communities, providing connection and learning opportunities during the pandemic. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that public libraries and Vision Australia will receive a 3.5 per cent..

Municipal Monitor To Guide Strathbogie Shire Council

A municipal monitor has been appointed to the Strathbogie Shire Council to help guide good governance. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the appointment of Janet Dore as monitor for Strathbogie Shire Council for a term of six months. The appointment was..

Loans For Councils To Improve Services, Infrastructure

Victorian councils will now have improved access to low-interest loans to support the development of key infrastructure and other projects, to make local communities even better places to live. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the new Local Council Lending Framework, giving councils access..

Tackling Weeds And Pests On Victorian Roadsides

The Victorian Government is continuing its support for regional and rural councils to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals across the state. Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas today announced a further $11.5 million in funding over the next four years for..

Statement From Shaun Leane

Over the past month, I’ve been receiving radiation therapy across my shoulders and chest to treat a number of skin cancers. My prognosis for recovery is very good, but I’ve reached a point in recent days where I’m struggling with the physical effects of the..

Sign Of The Times: Revitalisation Takes Hold In Reservoir

Better footpaths, landscaping and signage, innovative youth programs and new opportunities for First Nations people are among a raft of new revitalisation projects for Reservoir backed by the Victorian Government. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane today announced $1.2 million for six projects through the..

Community Partnerships Continue To Shape Local Areas

Communities in Melbourne will have more say on the issues that matter to them with the continuation of the important work of the Metropolitan Partnerships for the next four years. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane congratulated 25 new and 33 ongoing community members who..

Building Stronger Council Culture For Everyone’s Benefit

The Victorian Government has commissioned a wide-ranging review into what influences culture in Victorian councils. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced the start of the Local Government Culture Project. The Project will be delivered by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in partnership with two eminent academics:..

Current situation in Afghanistan – Veteran support

The emerging situation in Afghanistan is something that we should all be concerned about and whilst Defence is a matter for the Commonwealth Government, I do have concerns for veterans in Victoria at this time. I would urge friends or family members of Afghanistan veterans..

Funding Boost For Councils To Respond To Emergencies

Councils across Victoria will receive more funding to help them prepare for and respond to emergencies, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. An extra $1 million will be invested in the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program, taking the total funding for Victoria’s 64..


Eastern Metropolitan Region student’s have been recognised alongside the state’s best performing VCE students in the Premier’s VCE Awards. Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region today congratulated Shayna Daljit Sedeora, Lorraine Luo and Eric Wong on their outstanding achievement. Shayna Daljit Sedeora was recognised with an..

Supporting Victorian Veterans And Preserving Their Legacy

The Victorian Government is supporting the welfare of veterans and their families and ensuring their sacrifices are remembered by future generations. Acting Minister for Veterans Luke Donnellan today announced grant applications are open thanks to the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the Victoria Remembers Grant..

Beach, Festivals Focus – Altona Foreshore Works Revealed

Major upgrade works at Altona’s foreshore will provide easier access for locals and visitors, improvements to marquee Pier Street to allow for festivals and community events, and better protection for the beach. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane today announced details of the Altona Foreshore..

Streetscape, Rail Station Boost For Lilydale

Lilydale residents can look forward to improved streetscapes and public artworks due to a new investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane made the announcement while opening the Lilydale Community Gardens with Member for Eastern Victoria and Chair of the..

Backing Libraries And Learning Across Victoria

The Victorian Government is building on the central role that libraries play in communities across the state, backed by record investment in services and resources. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane joined representatives from the Victorian public library sector for the Libraries by Design Conference,..

Councils Supporting Communities To Get Through Crisis

The Victorian Government has lauded the efforts of local councils to support their communities in the wake of the storms that have devastated parts of the state. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane visited the Yarra Ranges today to meet with volunteers and council workers as..

Mechanics’ Institutes Serving Communities 180 Years On

The Victorian Government is helping Mechanics’ Institutes continue to serve hundreds of Victorian towns, cities and suburbs – more than 180 years after the first one was opened to the public. The Institutes were established to provide free education and a meeting place for the..