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Law & Order

  • Protective Services Officers Delivered to Glenhuntly Railway Station

    The Napthine Government continues to deliver on its commitment to make railway stations safer with Protective Services Officers beginning patrols at Glenhuntly rail station from tomorrow night. Representing Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells, Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services David Southwick said PSOs would patrol the train platforms, car parks and immediate surrounds. “PSOs are helping to prevent anti-social behaviour, property damage, violence and alcohol and transport-related crime on our rail network,” Mr Southwick said. “We have increased our initial commitment to deliver 940 PSOs on our rail stations by adding a further 96 to the program. “The government is getting on with the job and has delivered on its commitment to recruit, train and deploy 1,700 additional frontline police. “This $863.1 million investment in police and PSOs represents the single largest law and order recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history.” PSOs will be deployed to 212…

Planning

  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Caulfield

    Member for Caulfield, Mr David Southwick MP, today welcomed the multi-million dollar investments to build a better Caulfield in the 2014-15 State Budget. Today’s State Budget invests in the infrastructure that Caulfield families and businesses need and delivers the services to build a better and more connected Victoria. The Victorian Coalition Government has invested in significant projects in the 2014-15 Budget that will help strengthen our local community, including: The removal of the North Road, Ormond level crossing as part of a $457 million level crossing removal blitz; Building stages 1 & 2 of the East West Link; Building the new Melbourne Rail Link, which includes the airport rail link; and $390,000 to upgrade Glen Huntly Primary School. “The investments made in the State Budget will cut congestion for local road users and continue our proud record of investing in infrastructure our community needs for the future,” Mr Southwick said.…

Education

  • Southwick MP Awards Grant for Hardworking St Kilda Youth Service

    Member for Caulfield David Southwick and Liberal Candidate for Albert Park Shannon Eeles today announced $4,500 in Training Delivery Support Grants for St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS) Learning Centre in the City of Port Phillip. Shannon Eeles said the money would support the delivery of programs and services in City of Port Phillip. “These grants will enable the St Kilda Youth Service to enhance the great work they do in our community.” SKYS will use the money to purchase teaching and learning resources, to aid the delivery of programs and services to vulnerable learners that may face barriers to participation in skills training. “The Victorian Coalition Government believes it’s crucial that those with limited access to learning opportunities - early school leavers, unemployed, low skilled workers and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) – have an opportunity to access quality education,” Mr Southwick said. More students facing barriers…

Jewish Community

  • Online Hate Prevention Institute launch hate-fighting software

    On 31 August 2014, OHPI hosted an event to highlight the rising antisemitism on social media and to launch tools to help combat it. At the core of the event was the beta-launch of an online tool developed by OHPI to report and monitor online hate on social media. The tool enables antisemitism as well as other forms of hate to be reported.  The event also launched a booklet to empower people in responding to online antisemitism in particular. The booklet also included guidance on report online hate on Facebook in particular both to Facebook and through OHPI’s new tool. All participants were given a free copy of the booklet to take home with them. OHPI will soon be making the book available for sale as an e-book, with the proceeds helping to support OHPI’s work combating online hate. The two new tools were launched by David Southwick, the MP for…

Caulfield Electorate

  • ‘Premium’ experience coming soon to Balaclava station

    Catching the train to and from Balaclava Station will become a ‘premium’ experience from Friday 10 October, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today. “Balaclava station’s new waiting area, customer amenities and customer service office open on Friday 10 October and will be staffed from first to last train,” Mr Mulder said. “Protective Services Officers are also due to commence patrolling the station from 6pm until last train, later this year.” Member for Caulfield David Southwick said the station upgrade is a key initiative in the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $24 billion investment in better transport infrastructure to move more people, more often. “The Carlisle Street entry to Platform 2 will be re-opened on 25 September providing customers with a new accessible ramp and the option to use stairs to access Sandringham-bound services,” Mr Southwick said. “Opening of the ramps will complete the works to make the station much…

Small Business

  • Southwick Supports Victoria and Israel collaboration in science and technology research

    At the launch of an exhibition celebrating Israel's innovation, Mr David Southwick MP, on behalf of the Hon Louise Asher MP, Minister for Innovation, announced the opening of Victoria Israel Science and Technology Research and Development (R&D) (VISTECH) program grants. The bilateral program will provide Victorian and Israeli partners with the opportunity to collaborate on research and development projects in the realm of science, innovation and technology. The Victorian Government will offer grants of up to $250,000 for Victorian companies and the Israeli Government will offer soft loans of up to 50% of R&D expenses to Israeli companies. “The Coalition Government is committed to the development of the science and technology sectors, and we also recognise how important it is to continue to strengthen ties with our international counterparts to promote growth in these areas,” Mr Southwick said. “As Victoria and Israel are both internationally recognised for the quality of…
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Caulfield

    Member for Caulfield, Mr David Southwick MP, today welcomed the multi-million dollar investments to build a better Caulfield in the 2014-15 State Budget. Today’s State Budget invests in the infrastructure that Caulfield families and businesses need and delivers the services to build a better and more connected Victoria. The Victorian Coalition Government has invested in significant projects in the 2014-15 Budget that will help strengthen our local community, including: The removal of the North Road, Ormond level crossing as part of a $457 million level crossing removal blitz; Building stages 1 & 2 of the East West Link; Building the new Melbourne Rail Link, which includes the airport rail link; and $390,000 to upgrade Glen Huntly Primary School. “The investments made in the State Budget will cut congestion for local road users and continue our proud record of investing in infrastructure our community needs for the future,” Mr Southwick said.…
  • Glen Huntly Village Street Festival 15 March

    The upcoming Glen Huntly Village Street Festival is your chance to support the local community and businesses by shopping locally and supporting jobs in the area. “It’s really important for local residents to buy produce and other items at local businesses to help keep the Glen Huntly area strong, and to support employment in the area,” Member for Caulfield David Southwick MP said. “The Glen Huntly Village Street Festival provides the perfect opportunity for locals to check out shops in Glen Huntly, use local services and meet friends for a coffee at your local café,” he said. The Glen Huntly Village Street Festival will run on the 15th March at the railway car park north from 10am to 4pm. Festivities for the day include a bouncing castle, animals, hacky sack competitions and face painting. As well as roving performers, a treasure hunt, trader stalls, bake sales and a cafe and food area…