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Fairfield City Council pays tribute to Gough Whitlam

Fairfield City Council has paid tribute to Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC, who passed away today aged 98.

The Mayor of Fairfield City, Frank Carbone, said Whitlam was highly committed to his electorate of Werriwa.

“Gough Whitlam sought improved services and amenities for the area.

“This included his work in drawing up the legal paperwork to establish the Cabravale Diggers Club, which is still a major institution in the area today.”

Fairfield City Council reported that Whitlam was attentive to the needs of his community, and when his electorate office was closed on weekends, a line would form outside his family home, with constituents being invited into his living room to discuss their concerns.

“Gough’s wife Margaret was also strongly involved in the local community.

“Her lobbying led to the opening of the first swimming pool in the area, where she served as president and also taught local children to swim”.

As Prime Minister, he achieved many key reforms including improving pay rates for women, abolishing national service, improving Aboriginal rights and reducing the voting age to 18.

He was also the first Prime Minister to establish diplomatic relations with China, abolished the White Australia Policy and introduced the policy of multiculturalism.

“Whitlam’s legacy of multiculturalism for Australia has had a huge positive impact here in Fairfield City,” said Mayor Carbone.

“His commitment to diversity has contributed to the strength of our community.”

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Almost 23,000 mercury vapour style street lights will be replaced by more energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

The project will reduce energy consumption, save 180,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and provide regional communities with savings of more than $57 million in energy costs over 20 years.

Lighting the Regions Project Chairperson Councillor Ray Kingston said 16 local governments across north, west and central Victoria have formed to implement what will be the largest street lighting partnership in Australia.

“Lighting the Regions is the largest partnership of its type ever undertaken in Australia, and represents a once in a generation opportunity to engage regional communities and individuals to make positive energy efficiency changes in the home and the workplace.

“This collaborative partnership will yield significant economic and environmental project benefits for the 16 local government Councils involved in the project and will pull together the expertise, resourcing and financial resources required to take energy efficiency action together with their communities.”

The local government partners in the project are the City of Greater Bendigo, Central Goldfields, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Loddon, Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Mount Alexander, Buloke, Ararat, Northern Grampians, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Yarriambiack, West Wimmera and Mildura.

The City of Greater Bendigo will undertake the role of lead council for the partnership group.

Powercor is the Distribution Network Service Provider for the Lighting the Regions project and maintains and operates the street lighting infrastructure on behalf of the local government partners.

The $11.6 million project includes $5 million of funding from the Australian Government and will run until June 2016.

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