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Support For Next Generation Of Women On Councils

Women elected to their first term on council will have the chance to develop skills and learn from experienced and capable mentors over the next three years, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane this week welcomed participants to the..

25th Feb 2021 Flying The Veteran Flag In Beaufort

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local veterans and the Beaufort RSL preserve their past through the careful restoration of a decades-old Union Flag. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane was at the Beaufort RSL today to formally unveil the flag – a historical and emotional..

New Shrine Of Remembrance Chair Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the appointment of naval veteran Stephen Bowater as incoming Chairperson of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees. A veteran of more than 40 years’ service, Captain Bowater was most recently the Executive Director of the Royal Australian Navy’s Commander Shore..

Building Up Our Veteran Community

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting organisations that support veterans to apply now for grants of up to $50,000 to spruce up their buildings and facilities. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today opened the Veterans Capital Works Grant Program, which helps eligible organisations fund facility upgrades,..

New Year Of Investment In Local Government Begins

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in Victoria’s fastest-growing communities, with applications open for the highly successful Growing Suburbs Fund. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today visited Moorabool Shire Council with Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Melton Steve McGhie..

Expanded Living Libraries Program Launched

The Andrews Labor Government is modernising and upgrading libraries across the state, with councils now able to apply for dedicated new funding. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today announced applications for this year’s round of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program were open. The $10..

New Family Centre For Officer South

A brand-new childcare and family centre will soon be constructed in Officer South, providing more kindergarten places for children in the fast-growing suburb. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane joined local MPs Harriet Shing and Jordan Crugnale today to turn the first sod on the $7.7..

Forty New Jobs For Women Building Surveyors

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring new career opportunities for forty women who will soon begin training as municipal building surveyors thanks to funding from the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane today joined the Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous, Darebin City Council Mayor..

Helping Councils Keep Local Communities Safe

Councils across Victoria this week received increased funding allocations to help them prepare for emergencies, with support made available for planning, education, COVIDSafe initiatives and the hiring of specialist personnel. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 allocated an extra $1 million to the Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program,..

Improving Hardship Support In Response To Rates Review

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce reforms to improve the local government rates system in response to a major review. The Local Government Rating System Review, released today, provides an in-depth analysis of Victoria’s rates system. A 2018 election commitment, the review assessed the fairness and equity..

Backing New Generation Of Women Building Surveyors

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring new career opportunities for women in local government, with applications open for the Women Building Surveyors Program. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane unveiled the $6.3 million program which will create 40 positions for women looking to re-train as municipal..

Backing Victorian Libraries To Change Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in public libraries across Victoria with a record level of funding. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has announced $45.8 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and collection items, run online services..

HMAS Castlemaine Makes Heritage Register

The Andrews Labor Government is honoring more of the state’s war history with the elevation of Williamstown’s HMAS Castlemaine to the Victorian Heritage Register. A Bathurst-class Minesweeper, the HMAS Castlemaine is one of eight vessels of its kind to be constructed at the Williamstown Naval..

Putting Communities At The Heart Of Our Recovery

As tough as 2020 has been, we’re reminded of just how important our neighbours and our neighbourhoods really are. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will continue to build strong, connected communities – recognising that investing in our communities means investing in the people who call them home. With $148..

Keeping Communities Connected

This year we’ve been reminded that the greatest strength of our state is our people. That’s why the Victorian Budget 2020/21 will invest more than $88 million in our communities who supported each other throughout the year — to make their links even stronger. Throughout the pandemic,..

Record Number Of Women Elected To Councils

The Andrews Labor Government is on track to reach gender parity in councils by 2025 with a record number of women elected in the 2020 Local Government elections. With results now confirmed by the Victorian Electoral Commission, 272 women will take their place on councils..

Annual Local Council Performance Data Released

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring accountability and transparency in local government with the release of the latest performance data for Victoria’s 79 councils. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has welcomed the data, which shows councils have served an important role during the coronavirus..

Delivering Support For Victoria’s Veterans

The Victorian Government is continuing to support veterans and their families, with the latest round of grants injecting more than $1.1 million in mental health and welfare support. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane today announced all the successful recipients from three separate veterans’ grants programs,..