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High achievers: Laura Pintur, of Mt Eliza, shows off her trophy backed by other winners of Victorian Young Achiever Awards and Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos. Picture: Supplied

Flight, award for anti-porn campaigner LAURA Pintur, 24, of Mt Eliza, has won the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year Award. She receives a $2000 flight voucher and trophy. The awards aim to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young people. Ms Pintur, co-founded the “What’s normal” program which aims to engage and educate young people on issues relating to pornography and its

negative impacts on society. Workshops, such as “Living in a pornified culture”, aim to equip young people to be creators of culture – not just consumers. As part of the workshop, Ms Pintur spearheaded a campaign to remove Zoo magazine from supermarket shelves. She gathered 40,000 signatures and, ultimately, forced the magazine’s closure. She has written

many articles and has appeared on radio and TV. “There are no words,” she said later on social media. “To be honoured as the winner of the social impact and community service award, and then to also win the overall Victorian Young Achiever Award for 2017. I feel incredibly honoured and completely overwhelmed. “Thanks to everyone who has

supported me, encouraged me and inspired me to do what I do. “Culture can’t change in an hour workshop but, together, if we continue to stand up and speak out against the cultural norms that don't speak truth and life to us, we will see culture shift. “I'm excited for the next adventure of this great journey of life, God is so faithful and so good.”

Continued from Page 3 “Our protective overlays may still apply, limiting houses to two storeys, but in parts of Rosebud, Hastings and Mornington local character is not protected by overlays and three storeys could become the norm.” Cr Gill said Mr Wynne had broadened state-wide planning provisions for permit applications called Vicsmart that deny rights of appeal and councillors the right to intervene on ratepayers’ behalf. He said planning decision under Vicsmart would be made by council officers “while councillors, your elected representatives, have no say on these permit applications”. “The first you will know about a Vicsmart development, even next door, will be when work starts. There will not even be the normal permit pending yellow sign on the subject property,” Cr Gill said. “Vicsmart was meant to allow for quick, 10-day processing of minor permit applications like front fences, carports and small sheds but now will apply to much larger and costly proposals, this includes a range of developments in our precious agricultural and rural areas. “Council officers make all Vicsmart planning decisions. Councillors, your elected representatives, have no say on these permit applications. “We often complain about the fairness of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) that hears planning appeals but now an increasing number of planning matters will be beyond any appeal at all.”

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