Advocating for community needs

We are one of Melbourne's 10 outer 'Interface Councils', which means we face challenges such as rapid population growth, lack of infrastructure, high demand for services, social disadvantage and balancing the needs of our rural and urban areas.

We advocate to the State and Federal Government, as well as other stakeholders, on a wide range of issues that impact our community.

The aim is to influence decisions about policy and funding, and attract funding to key projects in the City of Whittlesea.

Our advocacy priorities

What can you do about these issues? Contact your Local Member of Parliament.

Note: this list of issues is not in priority order

Roads

Public transport

Family violence

Unfortunately the City of Whittlesea has one of the highest incident rates of family violence in the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne (NMR).

View our Family Violence Strategy and Gender Equity Strategy.

Some key statistics

  • The rate of family violence incidents per 100,000 population has increased 35 per cent in two years
  • 60 per cent of all assaults recorded in the City of Whittlesea arose from family violence
  • Family violence was the context for 31 per cent of all rapes, and 34 per cent of all other sex offences
  • At the moment there is only one specialist family violence service located in the City of Whittlesea

What we are seeking

We are seeking State Government funding for specialist family violence services and programs for our community, including:

  • $413,330 for the Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Project - this project aims to reduce family violence within CALD communities.
  • $140,000 for an Arabic-language Men's Behaviour Change Program - the aim of this pilot program is to improve Arabic-speaking men's access to family violence intervention programs. This is the first of its kind in Australia.
  • $300,000 for specialist family violence services for women and children - we are requesting the State Government provide additional funding for local family violence specialist services that will:
    increase the response from agencies to police referrals, provide more services for women and children and undertake case-work and therapeutic response for women and children.

Services for young people

Mental health is the single biggest health issue facing young Australians today.

Limited access to mental health services, stigma and lack of transport make it even more difficult for young people to receive vital help.

View our Youth Plan.

What we are seeking

  • $550,000 to establish local mental health services for young people - in partnership with Whittlesea Community Futures, we are seeking State and Federal Government support and investment to establish mental health services specifically for young people.
  • $11 million for a youth supported accommodation facility in South Morang - we are also seeking an investment for a facility in South Morang that will include 15 units and provide young people with access to specialist homelessness, mental health, education and employment services.

Gambling

In 2013 and 2014, $96 million was lost on pokies in the City of Whittlesea.

Problem gambling causes negative social and economic impacts for some individuals, their family and friends.

Find out how poker machines are harming our community.

View our Gambling Strategy and Action Plan.

What we are seeking

We are calling on the Victorian State Government to take action on gambling via policy and legislative reform, including:

  • reducing the maximum allowable bet on pokies to $1 per person per spin and maximum $120 losses per hour
  • limiting access to cash withdrawals from EFTPOS machines in gaming venues
  • reducing operating hours of gaming venues.

South Morang Justice Precinct

We are seeking State Government commitment to provide court services in South Morang including:

  • Magistrates Court
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
  • County Court
  • Police Station

Facility-based respite care

In 2011, there were 13,606 carers living in the City of Whittlesea who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long-term illness or old age.

Current demand for respite services in our community exceeds supply.

All services report excessive waiting periods, with some services recording a 3 or 4 year waiting period.

What we are seeking

We are seeking funding from the State Government to establish 2 overnight respite facilities in our municipality, this includes $450,000 per annum per facility.

These facilities would provide accessible, overnight-based respite for local carers and people living with a disability.

Expansion of the Northern Hospital

There is a critical need to expand the Northern Hospital to adequately service the growing population in the City of Whittlesea and Melbourne's north.

The Northern Hospital is the only public hospital in the northern growth corridor.

We are advocating for additional beds and Royal Children's Hospital paediatric services.

Last Updated: 24 August 2016

Contact

Telephone 9217 2170 Email Address