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At the Ordinary Council meeting 18 November 2014, the draft Early Childhood Education and Care Public Policy was tabled for Council’s consideration. Council resolved to undertake a four week consultation process prior to adopting the proposed Early Childhood Education and Care Public Policy so as to further engage the community to better inform the Council policy position. Council further resolved to bring the updated proposed Early Childhood Education and Care Public Policy back to Council in the New Year for adoption and for a review in 2018. 

As such Council is seeking submissions from the community in regard to the draft Early Education and Care Public Policy. The intent of the policy is to stand as a broad overarching document which outlines the guiding principles that will inform future service planning. In considering your feedback it is critical you refer to the Council adopted Children and Young People’s Plan (201418). The Children and Young People’s plan was informed by extensive community consultation and is the key strategic document outlining Council’s commitment to local children and young people. It is the Children and Young People’s Plan (not the policy) which details specific actions Council will undertake over the coming years. 

Council has requested the public consultation be undertaken over a four week period. Submissions are to be provided in writing or via email and will close 5pm Friday 19 December 2014.

For details on how to make a submission visit the consultation webpage

The candidates for Altona have nominated rail and road as two main issues for the region and Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Gates agrees.

The Mayor says there has been a lack of investment across the Western region for integrated transport.

“When investment is considered it is usually for roads but we need a connected and integrated approach,” she said.

“Plan Melbourne talks about twenty minute neighbourhoods. That’s fine if you have a car and you’re travelling off-peak. But if you’re dependent on cycle paths, buses, trains or peak hour travel then twenty minutes can be more than double.”

Hobsons Bay City Council wants to see more commitment on the following from the state government:

  • increased frequency and reliability of connections, especially for the Altona loop and bus services across the municipality
  • universal access for commuters including people with restricted mobility
  • improved safety and transport flow at the interface with level crossings
  • support for local governments to deliver effective, well connected active transport pathways such as the Western Metropolitan Regional Trails Plan
  • an increase to road funding and maintenance of gateways, Vicroads and Victrack land
  • better management of trucks on residential roads and the development of regional freight strategies

Quotes attributable to the Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Colleen Gates:

“We want to see the Victorian Government link more than East to West – we want to see bus routes linked to trains, cycle paths linked with stations.

“It’s no longer just about roads, it’s about an integrated approach.

“If we’re working towards 20-minute neighbourhoods we need state investment in all types of transport, not just roads.”

For more information see the Hobsons Bay Advocacy Strategy: http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Council/State_election_2014_advocacy

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Colleen Gates said the state election candidates for Williamstown were right to prioritise development concerns around Major Hazard Facilities (MHFs).

Current regulations regarding planning around MHFs are unclear and outdated.

Cr Gates said this is an issue which requires strong direction from state government.

“Our community have been waiting a long time for clearer direction from state government on this issue. This is not a subject to tiptoe around. It’s a case of sooner rather than later as the potential impacts from poor regulatory controls are enormous.”

Cr Gates welcomed Wade Noonan’s recent call for a parliamentary inquiry into land use around Major Hazard Facilities (MHF).

Mr Noonan MP, Shadow Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response and local member for Williamstown, made the announcement at the Save Williamstown Candidates Forum in October.

MHFs are generally industrial land uses that store, handle or process large quantities of hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods, including petroleum products.

There are 45 MHFs within Victoria of which Hobsons Bay houses eight.

 

Statement from the Mayor:

“We’re trying to lock in some certainty for our community.

“It is unacceptable in this day and age that we still have ambiguity around MHFs.


“Our community have been saying for a long time: when will we have greater clarity around planning controls? Our community remembers Coode Island. They know the importance of learning from the past and leading through strong regulation.”

 

For more information visit the Hobsons Bay Advocacy Strategy: http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Council/State_election_2014_advocacy

In accordance with Section 189 of the Local Government Act 1989 ('the Act'), Hobsons Bay City Council gives notice of its intention to sell the land at 35 Cresser Street, Altona North shown shaded on the plan below.

The land is more particularly described as Lot 684 on Plan of Subdivision No. 12103 and contained within certificate of title Volume 8611 Folio 020. 

The land is to be sold by public auction at not less than the current market value.

In accordance with section 223 of the Act, any person wishing to make a submission on the proposal must do so in writing to the undersigned by no later than 19 December 2014.

A person making a submission is entitled to request in the submission that they wish to appear in person, or to be represented by a person specified in the submission, in support of the submission at a meeting of the Council or its Committee on a date, time and place to be determined by the Council.

All submissions will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Act.

Following the consideration of any submissions, the Council may decide to sell the land, part of the land or not to sell the land.  In the event that Council decides to sell the land the building will be demolished before the site is offered for sale.

Submissions received will be included within the official Council Agendas and Minutes, including personal information about the submitter’s identity and location. Agendas and Minutes are made available to the public on the Council’s website. If you do not wish to be identified in Agendas and Minutes please indicate this in your submission.

Council is also required to maintain and make available for public inspection a register of submissions received during the previous 12 months in accordance with section 223 of the Act.

Submissions quoting reference No 2014.8611 should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Hobsons Bay City Council, PO Box 21, Altona 3018 or delivered to the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona.

For further information regarding this proposal please contact Melanie Odendaal (03) 9932 1304.

Cresser St

In accordance with Section 189 of the Local Government Act 1989 ('the Act'), Hobsons Bay City Council gives notice of its intention to sell part of the land at 26-28 Thomson Avenue, Laverton shown hatched on the plan below.

The land is more particularly described as part of Lots 484 and 485 on Lodged Plan 66395 and contained within certificates of title Volume 8607 Folios 931 and 932. 

The land is to be sold by public auction at not less than the current market value.

In accordance with section 223 of the Act, any person wishing to make a submission on the proposal must do so in writing to the undersigned by no later than 19 December 2014.

A person making a submission is entitled to request in the submission that they wish to appear in person, or to be represented by a person specified in the submission, in support of the submission at a meeting of the Council or its Committee on a date, time and place to be determined by the Council.

All submissions will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Act.

Following the consideration of any submissions, the Council may decide to sell the land, part of the land or not to sell the land.

Submissions received will be included within the official Council Agendas and Minutes, including personal information about the submitter’s identity and location. Agendas and Minutes are made available to the public on the Council’s website. If you do not wish to be identified in Agendas and Minutes please indicate this in your submission.

Council is also required to maintain and make available for public inspection a register of submissions received during the previous 12 months in accordance with section 223 of the Act.

Submissions quoting reference No 2014.8607 should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Hobsons Bay City Council, PO Box 21, Altona 3018 or delivered to the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona.

For further information regarding this proposal please contact Melanie Odendaal (03) 9932 1304.

Thomson Ave
Monday, 17 November 2014
VicRoads is advising drivers of nightly ramp and lane closures on the West Gate Freeway at the Williamstown Road interchange and on the West Gate Bridge for routine works this week.

Drivers are advised to allow extra travel time and plan their journey in advance.

In order to safely carry out street lighting and bridge works, the following ramps and traffic lanes will be closed from Monday 17 November to Thursday 27 November:
  • Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 November, 10pm to 6am – West Gate Freeway/Williamstown Road exit ramp outbound
  • Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 November, 10pm to 6am – West Gate Freeway/Williamstown Road entry ramp outbound
  • Friday 21 and Monday 24 November, 10pm to 6am – West Gate Freeway/Williamstown Road entry ramp inbound
  • Saturday 22 November, 9pm to 9am – Three lanes closed in the outbound direction on the West Gate Bridge
  • Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 November, 9pm to 5am – West Gate Freeway/Williamstown Road exit ramp inbound

All works are weather dependent and may be moved to the next available night or weekend.

While the ramp closures are in place, drivers will be able to detour via Melbourne Road, Blackshaws Road, Williamstown Road, Geelong Road, Millers Road and the West Gate Freeway.

VicRoads expects travel times to increase by 5-10 minutes during these ramp closures.

Nightly lane closures on the West Gate Freeway associated with these works will also be in place. The speed limit at these locations during the works will be reduced to 40km/h.

The lane closures in the outbound direction of the West Gate Bridge on Saturday 22 November include the peak traffic period between 10pm and midnight. VicRoads will have the ability to open a third lane during this time, subject to congestion.

For more information, please visit: http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

For one month, money grows on trees – or at least it does if you have a library fine.

As part of Hobsons Bay’s sixth Food for fines program, libraries are accepting food such as tinned fruit and vegetables as payment for overdue charges.

From Monday 17 November until Sunday 14 December, library members with overdue materials will be able to donate one food item to pay up to $10 in overdue charges, with no limit on how much they can pay.

 

Quotes from the Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Colleen Gates:

“While borrowers will have the option to pay for their overdue fines with food or money, people with no fines can also contribute to the collections.

“We’ve done it for six years now and a staggering 9,500 items have been donated.

“This is a great example of how our libraries, through the activities they run, foster a sense of community – how they can educate beyond the more traditional format of reading and studying.”

The program is a unique initiative that benefits local charities, which are inundated by requests for help at this time of year. Hobsons Bay City Council provides its support by allowing the fines to be waived in exchange for food donations.

Food should be tinned or in sealed packages, such as tinned meat, fruit and vegetables or specialty Christmas items such as puddings, mince pies or shortbread. Expiry dates of the items must be 2015 or later.

Coordinators from emergency food relief agencies will then collect the food, package it into hampers and deliver the hampers to local families in need. In the four years Food for fines has run, thousands of dollars in fines have been waived and almost 7,000 items of food collected, equating to about 350 hampers.

For more information visit http://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/ or phone 1300 HOB LIB (1300 462 542).

Please note charges for printing, copying, lost and damaged items can only be paid with cash or by EFTPOS. Due to space restriction, the libraries can only take food donations during the campaign dates.

The deal between US and China to cut emissions made one thing clear: Australia is a long way behind when it comes to tackling climate change.

Coastal inundation is the biggest threat for Hobsons Bay, and Mayor Colleen Gates said now is the time to review the State Government Planning Policy.

Cr Gates said planning criteria must be clearer to help Council manage and avoid potential risks.

Council is calling on policy makers and state election candidates to:

  • fund capital works that address coastal inundation and flooding risks
  • support a third pass assessment of Port Phillip Bay (a detailed, site-specific assessment that highlights the areas of greatest variation and concern)
  • fund a detailed local risk assessment for at risk areas
  • clarify state and local government adaptation roles and responsibilities
  • change planning controls to provide greater clarity around land-use planning decisions

Statement from the Mayor:

“The State Government’s Victorian Coastal Strategy states quite clearly that our coastline will likely be impacted by climate change.

“Acknowledgement is ineffective without action.

“We need to be able to identify where risk-minimising, site-specific capital works are needed now and in the future. We also need a greater clarification on our roles and responsibilities.

“Each year we wait for the winter storms and each year the need for funding becomes more critical.

“While councils are working together to develop a Regional Coastal Adaptation Framework for Port Phillip Bay, state government needs to come to the table.”

More information see the Hobsons Bay Advocacy Strategy: http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Council/State_election_2014_advocacy


Hobsons Bay City Council has repeatedly identified youth mental health as a priority for the region. And now a recent poll shows that four out of five Victorians agree.

With this issue so squarely on the state agenda, Council is calling on all candidates to address the following:

  • increase funding for specialist and preventative mental health services across Hobsons Bay, specifically for young people
  • commit to specialist mental health services that are accessible and appropriate for young people with a disability, and/or are from a GLBTIQ or a CALD background
  • fund a headspace for the inner western region

Statement from the Mayor:

“This is the reality. We have double the rate of psychiatric hospitalisation in Hobsons Bay compared to the rest of the western metropolitan region.

“In one year alone in Hobsons Bay 20% of young people report high levels of psychological distress (compared with WMR 14% and Victoria as a whole 13%).

“There is a gaping lack of services in the area and Council is the only provider delivering a free youth counselling service for young people aged 12-25.

“The average waiting time can be up to 16 weeks. That’s 16 weeks for the situation to get worse, perhaps critical.

“There can be no stronger call for action. With four out of five Victorians seeing this as a top priority, the state government can no longer ignore the reality.”

 

More information see the Hobsons Bay Advocacy Strategy: http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Council/State_election_2014_advocacy


Hobsons Bay Councillors have elected Wetlands Ward Councillor Colleen Gates unanimously as the Mayor of Hobsons Bay.

Cr Gates was elected at an Ordinary Council Meeting on Friday 7 November.

Cr Gates said she believed 2015 would be an exciting year for Hobsons Bay and that Council would focus on delivering the results that support their strategic vision.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be elected Mayor of Hobsons Bay and to know I have the support from Councillors to represent the community,” said Cr Gates.

“The timing couldn’t be more symbolic for me. Yesterday recognised 100 years of women in local government, and today I have been elected as the third consecutive female Mayor of Hobsons Bay.

“As Mayor, I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Councillors, the council administration, our residents, community volunteers and local businesses, to ensure Hobsons Bay remains a healthy, inclusive and resilient community.”

The new Mayor said she looked forward to working with Council to deliver the upgrades, projects and services most in need for Hobsons Bay.

“This Council has more than $30 million of capital works underway this year alone, with significant work delivered right across the municipality to improve our public spaces, our roads, footpaths, parks, gardens and the myriad of facilities this Council provides to the community.

“I will also continue to advocate, to get our big community issues on the agenda of decision makers.”

The Mayor thanked her predecessor Cr Sandra Wilson and acknowledged her many achievements.

Strand Ward Councillor Paul Morgan was also appointed Deputy Mayor unanimously.

“I am honoured to represent the area I’ve lived in my whole life and I look forward to working with the new Mayor and my fellow Councillors to deliver on our vision for Hobsons Bay,” Cr Morgan said.

“Along with the Mayor, I will work hard to tackle economic development in the region, one of the biggest issues facing the municipality.

“We are already working closely with other councils, local businesses and agencies, to provide our community with security and growth beyond the changes we are seeing in the manufacturing sector.”

Cherry Lake Ward Councillor and former Mayor, Sandra Wilson said the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor would lead council strongly and with integrity.

“I’m proud of this values based Council and what we’ve achieved as a team and I look forward to working with the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor over the next year and continuing to work hard for our community,” Cr Wilson said.