Climate change is making Victorians and people around the world sick. Here's 7 reasons to take action, share them with your friends using the links on the left.
Let's go bowling:
When: from 3pm Sunday 13th October 2013
Where: Newport Bowls Club, 4 Market Street Newport. 100m from Newport Train Station
Bowls and food provided, bar available.
Children very welcome.
Bring a friend.
Do we need a new toll road from East to West?
Most people on the Eastern Freeway are commuting to the city or nearby. Only a tiny portion travel from east to west across the city.
There has been a lot of concern about changes happening at the Mercy Hospital for Women and to begin, there was little information available. What we did know is that the current Family Birth Centre model was planned to be replaced with the Maternity Group Practice model. This is a caseload midwifery model of care.
The Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee, describes the caseload midwifery model of care as ‘Women see the same midwife for the majority of antenatal check-ups, and this midwife is then on call for labour and birth and is involved in postnatal care in hospital and at home. Generally, one or two midwives provide ‘back-up’ care.’
We believe this is a good model and welcome the introduction of it. But we are concerned that this model is replacing, rather than complementing the current Family Birth Centre model and philosophy of care, which many women value dearly.
Victoria and South Australia are the only Australian states to still permit jumps racing. It was stopped in Queensland in 1903, WA in 1941, banned under legislation in NSW in 1997, briefly introduced in Canberra and stopped in 1988, phased out in Tasmania in 2007 and it appears that the Northern Territory never introduced it.
There has been a lot of concern about changes happening at the Mercy Hospital and to begin, there was little information available. What we did know is that the current Family Birth Centre model is being replaced with the Maternity Group Practice model, which offers a model of care where one midwife provides all or most of the care to one women, so the women receives continuity of care. We believe this is a good model and welcome the introduction of it. But we were concerned that this model is replacing, rather than complementing the current Family Birth Centre model and philosophy of care, which many women value dearly, and we had little detail about what the changes would mean for women.
In the past week we have been in contact with the hospital and seeking answers to questions the community have about the proposed changes. The hospital has been very cooperative and we are now starting to get some written responses and yesterday I met with the hospital and discussed issues at length.
The Victorian Government is yet to support fair protection for firefighters who get cancer due to their jobs. This isn't good enough, firefighters put their lives on the line for us every day and they, and their families, should be protected.
Use this easy form to write an open letter calling on your MP to protect firefighters, now. The letter will go to to your local paper.
Writing a letter to the editor is an effective way to put issues on the public agenda and influence decision-makers. Your letter is powerful.
Click on the region you want to write your letter to (preferably the area you live or work in):
Lakes Oil have been quietly drilling for gas in the Otways under petroleum exploration permits PEP163 and PEP169. These were issued under the Petroleum act for 'tight gas' not the MRSD Act for Coal Seam Gas or CSG. One permit allowed for 3 wells and to 'frack' one, the other permit for one well, drilling only.
What is the "East-West Link"?
The state government has announced a tollway and multi-lane road tunnel through inner suburbs of Melbourne between Collingwood and Flemington.
Where will the toll road go?
Videos released by Linking Melbourne Authority show the toll road starting at Hoddle Street, knocking over a lot of houses in Collingwood and Fitzroy then going underground in Alexandra Parade, continuing under hundreds of homes and the Melbourne Cemetery and emerging in two places inside Royal Park before ripping through parkland and sports ovals and destroying houses and the liveability of West Parkville.
In early 2013 Colleen Hartland launched a campaign, including a petition, calling on the Napthine Government to stop the proposed cuts to community and women’s health services in the State Budget.
Thanks to the hundreds of people that signed this petition, last week’s budget has returned $23 million in funding to community and women’s health!