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  • Community tackles drug pandemic in ‘Breaking the Ice’ Forum

    On May 12 2014, an open forum on ‘Ice’ was held at St Kilda Town Hall. The public event was organised by David Southwick MP, the City of Port Phillip and St Kilda PCYC. The Q & A panel featured Victoria Police, a former user of ice from SHARC, a local social worker from ISCHS and Mr Southwick, the Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services. Ice is a dangerous addictive drug often leading to brain and mental health issues which results in violent or anti-social behaviour. Ice use affects not only the user, but their friends, families, and the community. The forum dealt with questions on the impacts of ice, and provided the community the opportunity to voice their concerns and suggest how best to tackle the problem. Those present expressed increasing apprehension for the devastation of the drug in society. Member for Caulfield David Southwick, a member of the Parliamentary…

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

  • Funding available for initiatives that help young Victorians

    David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield today welcomed the Napthine Government’s $12 million investment into the 2015- 2017 Engage program. The funding assists local initiatives that help build the skills needed for life after school. “I am pleased to invite community groups in the Caulfield electorate to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to deliver initiatives, including volunteering and mentoring programs, for and with our young people” said Mr Southwick. “The Victorian Coalition Government’s $12 million 2015 - 2017 Engage program is an example of our commitment to young Victorians. The program will provide more opportunities for young people to become involved in their own community. “The funding will support organisations, including councils, to deliver a wide range of initiatives including volunteering and mentoring programs, and projects that boost real-life skills and connect young people to further education, training or careers. Since 2012 young Victorians have had access to…

Jewish Community

  • A tragic loss of three innocent lives

    Dear Friends,   It is with great sadness we hear of the horrific news that our three Israeli boys have been found killed by Hamas. I mourn with the Jewish and Israeli community the tragic loss of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16. My thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.   The extremist murderers whose barbaric actions saw these innocent lives stolen to further their terrorist cause must be held to account. The threat and absolute inhumanity displayed towards Jews living in Israel and indifference for life cannot be tolerated.   This terrible loss yet again demonstrates to the world that Israel is the only nation sincerely wanting a path to peace in the Middle East.   Yours sincerely,   David Southwick MP Member for Caulfield

Caulfield Electorate

  • Rolf Harris Mural Painted Red

    On Monday 7 July Frank Penhalluriack, joined by Member for Caulfield and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services David Southwick MP and Founder and CEO of Tzedek Manny Waks, destroyed the mural painted by Rolf Harris in 1990 at the local hardware store Penhalluriack's Building Supplies. The famous mural was painted red following a London judge decision to sentence Rolf Harris to five years and nine months jail after a jury found him guilty of 12 charges of indecently assaulting four girls (now women) in the UK between 1968 and 1986. "It’s difficult to imagine the emotions of an abused person. I invite any others who have been affected by immoral behaviour to join in painting the wall — whether or not they admit to suffering ignominy at the hands of other powerful men or women," Mr Penhalluriack said. Mr Waks added "The Rolf Harris case sends a very powerful message irrespective of who…

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…