A word from Jill Hennessy MP
I would like to congratulate those that made it out to Point Cook and rallied against the selling off of ‘green wedge’ land and loudly demanding better infrastructure for the West. Local families are understandably outraged about a Baillieu Government push to handover 443 hectares of Melbourne’s ‘green wedge’ in Point Cook to housing developers. In September, the Baillieu Government’s Growth Areas Authority recommended that houses be built on ‘green wedge’ land bordering Point Cook Road, Aviation Road and Hacketts Road. Shadow Minister for Planning, Brian Tee met angry residents from Point Cook and Werribee South who gathered to protest against the Point Cook rezoning and Planning Minister Matthew Guy’s troubled green wedge review. Point Cook residents were worried about the impact of an influx of new residents on already stressed local services and infrastructure. What we need desperately, before increasing the population with more housing, is improved local infrastructure. Mr Guy needs to come down to Point Cook and talk to residents about what they want for their community instead of telling them what he wants.
On another note please be aware that Local History Grants are currently open. *The Local History Grants Program provides grants of up to $12,000 to community organisations to support the cost of any project that preserves, records or publishes Victorian local history. $350,000 is to be distributed to projects in the 2011-12 financial year so there is quite a bit of money up for grabs for organisations who have a long and proud history to preserve. Applications for this grant are due to close on Friday 11 November 2011. I would encourage any local organisations who have an interest in applying for this grant to contact my office and I will do my best to supply a letter of support. An information session will occur at: The Victorian Archives Centre 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne 10am on Wednesday 14 September 2011 Bookings not necessary Further information is available at the following website: http://prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/ grants-awards/local-history-grants I hope you have a fantastic month! Regards Jill Hennessy MP Member for Altona