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Top 10 regional transport priorities named

Six Victorian municipalities in the Loddon Campaspe corridor have signed-up to a new strategy that prioritises key transport projects needed to drive future progress in the region.

The Loddon Campaspe Integrated Transport Strategy considers the transport drivers and issues for Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Campaspe, Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges and Central Goldfields and endorses a strong and unified approach to seeking project funding and support.

The strategy has taken around 18 months to complete and has been undertaken by the six councils in partnership with: Vic Roads; Public Transport Victoria; the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Regional Development Victoria; and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

It lists 46 projects for development or advocacy, including 10 key projects:

  • Murray Basin Rail Project
  • Echuca Moama bridge
  • Capacity improvements on the Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca passenger rail services
  • Increased passenger rail services throughout the region
  • Bridges, structures and higher mass limit access study
  • Develop a functional road use hierarchy for freight, community access and tourist routes, then prioritise investment on these road networks
  • A freight hub study for Loddon Campaspe region
  • A railway station access improvement program, encouraging active and public transport
  • Rail trails and recreational tourism bike networks
  • Small towns connectivity plans.

The strategy acknowledges that the projects require support from other levels of government and in some cases the local councils will only play an advocacy role. It also includes a new evaluation tool to assist in building strong business cases for projects and assist in developing applications for State and Federal funding.

Greater Bendigo City Council Mayor, Rod Fyffe, said, “The Loddon Campaspe Regional Transport Strategy is an important regional initiative which will help councils across the region to continue to deliver improved services to the community. Benefits should be seen in tourism, business costs, safety and convenience.

“By allowing the region to have a clear focus on what are the most significant regional issues, we will be better placed to coordinate our activities for project funding.”

Chief Executive Officer, Craig Niemann said, “The Loddon Campaspe Regional Transport Strategy is a living example where officers from across councils and government are working together to improve regional infrastructure.

“It is not unusual for a transport asset to be within one municipality but still deliver benefits to the other municipalities. By taking a regional co-operative approach we are able to help one another and share expertise.”

Saying sorry at the birthplace of the Aboriginal flag

Saying sorry at the birthplace of the Aboriginal flag

One of the ways Adelaide City Council is marking today’s National Sorry Day and the coming Reconciliation Week is by flying additional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags around the city. The gesture is particularly fitting as the Aboriginal flag was first flown in Adelaide’s Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga when it was created in 1971. Read more >

Stand for the mob

Stand for the mob Moree Plains Shire Council’s Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson, Mayor Katrina Humphries and General Manager Lester Rodgers say diversity should be reflected in those elected to represent the interests of the community and encourage prospective candidates to come and ask questions about the roles and responsibilities of being a Councillor.

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Community feedback sought on digital innovation

Residents of the City of Parramatta are being encouraged to have their say on what kind of digital initiatives they would like to see in their local area.  

The Council has released its first Smart City survey, which has been designed as a benchmarking tool to gauge public interest in new services and to guide the ongoing development of the City of Parramatta’s Digital City and Smart City strategies.

City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said, “Creating a Smart City that improves access and liveability for residents and visitors is at the forefront of our plan to build Australia’s next great city.

“We want to hear from the community about what they would like Council to prioritise as part of our Smart City strategy.

“Among the questions we’re asking is ‘which new tech-services should be prioritised to make Parramatta more liveable?’ and ‘how could technology best enhance your city experience?’

“A Smart City is one that listens to its community and caters to their needs and what they would like to see achieved in their city. I encourage people to complete the survey and play their part in helping Parramatta become a globally recognised Smart City.”

Survey responses will be received for a period of approximately two months and the results will be used to develop the City’s annual Smart City Smart People report to guide future planning and to scope public perception of the City’s capacity to be transformed into a place of major trade and innovation.

Preventing family violence as a community

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has today released three reports on the impact of family violence on the local community and how the system responds to this serious issue.

The ACT Government welcomes the recommendations contained within the reports which contribute towards a whole of government and service provider response to prevent family violence.

The Government has announced that it will deliver a comprehensive whole-of-government family violence package in the 2016-17 Budget to ‘ensure as a community we keep our families safe’.

Family violence is a national issue and governments across the country are united in their commitment to change. The ACT Government has made significant investments to address family violence and now has a clear direction for local change as a result of these reports. Support for the National Campaign on Violence Against Women and Children has already resulted in strengthened laws to better protect vulnerable domestic violence victims.

Attorney-General Simon Corbell said, “These reports are detailed and raise complex issues so it is appropriate for the ACT Government to consider these reports together, rather than each in isolation, so that we can have a holistic response to the issues that they raise.”

“The reports all examine critical aspects of the ACT Government’s family violence service system and the best approach for change to meet the needs of victims and their families while holding perpetrators to account.

“A common theme is a need for greater information sharing and a more collaborative response to family violence, so the Government will address these reports together, not in isolation, to ensure action is taken early.

“We must keep Canberra families safe, it is our community responsibility. The ACT Government will continue to work in partnership with the community to help bring about change for those experiencing family violence and ensure the right services are available.”

The reports are available online at:

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