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  • Southwick delivers safety to Balaclava railway station

    The Napthine Government continues to deliver on its commitment to make rail stations safer with Protective Services Officers beginning patrols at Balaclava rail station from tomorrow night. Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services and Member for Caulfield 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. “The Coalition Government is getting on with the job and has this week fulfilled its commitment to recruit, train and deploy 940 PSOs as well as 1,700 additional frontline police.” Mr Southwick said the milestone achievement was yet another law and order promise delivered - beyond expectations - by the Coalition Government. “We have exceeded our initial commitment to deliver 940 PSOs, with 950 now patrolling stations, and committed a further 96 to the program,” Mr…

Planning

  • Victorian Coalition Government funds repairs to St Kilda Shule

    • St Kilda Synagogue receives $150,000 for works to copper domes • The second round of heritage grants for communities in Victoria have been announced with almost $700,000 in funding for nine places • Minister announces opening of third round for heritage grants St Kilda’s Hebrew Congregation Synagogue has received a heritage grant for works to the building’s distinctive copper domes. It is one of nine community owned and publicly managed heritage places in Victoria that have been awarded grants allowing vital conservation works to take place, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said today. The second round of the Victorian Heritage Register Places & Objects grants will provide total financial assistance of almost $700,000 to custodians of publicly owned heritage places and objects. “These grants will ensure these places can continue to be used and enjoyed by all Victorians,” Mr Guy said. David Southwick said this investment by the Victorian Government…

Education

  • Glen Eira College to receive $9.5 million redevelopment from re-elected Napthine Government

    • A re-elected Napthine Government will commit $9.5 million to undertake a major redevelopment of Glen Eira Secondary College • Glen Eira College is the only government secondary school in the Caulfield electorate • The redevelopment will increase flexible learning spaces, a range of sports and technology facilities, access to an innovative language centre and enhanced performing arts programs. David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield today announced that a re-elected Napthine Government will invest $9.5 million to local secondary school, Glen Eira College. “Over my term as the Member for Caulfield, I have had a great relationship with Glen Eira College and have witnessed its growth through the strong leadership of Principal Sheereen Kindler and her skilled staff,” Mr Southwick said. “The reality is the current facilities do not match the quality of teaching in addition to the increase of students at the school, which is why a re-elected Napthine…

Jewish Community

  • $1 million fund for social cohesion and security

    On Tuesday 11 November, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Matthew Guy and I announced money from the Victorian Government regarding social cohesion. This is a two year program for $1 million per year. The Victorian Coalition Government stands by its announcement that Jewish day schools and community organisations will receive funding from this program for security. Media claims in today's Herald Sun that the Government's announcements will not be honoured are untrue. Please see the above article published in this week's Australian Jewish News for more information about the Victorian Coalition's election commitments including security funding.

Caulfield Electorate

  • Festive Cheer at the Mirabel Foundation

    Christmas and the festive season is a special time to reflect on the year that was and enjoy the company of friends and family. Sadly, not everyone is able to celebrate the festive spirit. Continuing the Victorian Coalition tradition, Leader Matthew Guy MP and Member for Caulfield David Southwick MP today visited the Mirabel Foundation to deliver Christmas cheer with presents donated through the annual Victorian Coalition Christmas Drive for Mirabel. The Mirabel Foundation are an organisation which supports children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in kinship care. Member for Caulfield, David Southwick MP who organised this initiative said it was always a special moment delivering gifts to the children supported by Mirabel. “Each year the Victorian Coalition hosts a gift drive to spread joy to the children and families supported by the Mirabel Foundation,” Mr Southwick said. “Every child…

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…