Sporting grants announced

An announcement by the State Government today that a number of local clubs and organisations were successful applicants under the ‘Sporting Club Grants Program’ is welcome news for the many groups who have struggled through a tough time due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today announced that more than 580…

Crime Prevention Grants

A new $11 million Building Safer Communities Program was recently announced by the State Government that seeks to improve community safety will open for application in January 2021. Under this, community organisations and councils as well as other stakeholders will be able to apply for grants to improve safety and prevent crime in their local…

Bus inconsistencies raised

Member for Morwell Russell Northe said he was concerned for some local private bus operators who are contending with different sets of rules with respect to the number of passengers they are able to transport during COVID-19 restrictions. It seems that buses described as “tourism vehicles” are restricted to 20 passengers yet this same rule…

Northe calls for budget for big builds

Member for Morwell Russell Northe used Question Time in Parliament this week to call upon the State Government to provide meaningful support for economic recovery to the Latrobe Valley, in this year’s important Budget. He has used the opportunity to publicly release his commissioned report, regarding how our local economy could be stimulated and encouraging…

Mixed bag budget for the Valley

Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today’s budget handed down by the Victorian Treasurer was a mixed bag for the Latrobe Valley community. Mr Northe said this year’s budget was one of the most important in a generation given the economic damage attributable to COVID-19 and the costs to the State’s coffers. “The fact that…

Animal welfare grants now open

The latest rounds of the Victorian Animal Welfare Fund Grants are now open for applications. Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging local eligible not for profit animal shelters, foster care organisations and community vet clinics to apply. “Many of our local not for profit and foster care organisations rely heavily on fund-raising and donations…