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…

COVID small steps forward

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said that today’s announcement of an easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the State Government had been met with some optimism but also disappointment from Regional Victorians. The Premier’s statement today essentially bought metropolitan Melbourne in line with existing restrictions in Regional Victoria. One of the biggest changes announced today…

Big Battery received mixed views

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said yesterday’s announcement by the State Government that a 300 megawatt battery would be installed near Geelong by the 2021-22 summer period had been met with mixed views by the local community members. Mr Northe said questions were being asked and disappointment expressed as to the cost and location…

Ambulance Stations still on hold

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has expressed his extreme disappointment in the State Governments lack of communication and information regarding the progress of the promised new Morwell and Moe Ambulance Stations. Mr Northe had again posed questions in Parliament earlier in the year by asking the very simple question as to when the ambulance stations…