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Launch of Generation West campaign marked by 10,000th baby born in Melbourne's West this year

LeadWest has launched new campaign to deliver essential services for babies and young families in Melbourne’s West. Generation West launched on September 7th, coinciding with the birth of the West’s 10,000th baby for 2018. 
Generation West is a community-led campaign of local health providers, Councils, and community groups coordinated by LeadWest. The campaign is calling on local MPs to commit to significant investment in services for the first 1000 days of life ahead of November’s State election.

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Generation West is calling for:
  • A Centre of Parenting Excellence in Melbourne’s West
  • Expanding services for vulnerable families where they live
  • Boosting dental health for children in our region
  • More support for new parents before birth and after, and
  • A comprehensive review and new plan for maternal and paediatric services in Melbourne’s West
With 14,610 babies born each year in Melbourne’s West, averaging more than 40 per day, the 10,000th baby was born on September 7th. 
LeadWest Health and Wellbeing spokesperson Councillor Samantha Byrne, urged the community to join the campaign to ensure every child in Melbourne’s West gets the best chance to thrive.
“I’m the mum of a toddler myself and know just how important the first thousand days of a child’s life is for their development. It is crucial we give children in the West the best start to life possible.
“We have a booming population. Over half of all households in the West are made up of families and children. It’s only September and in Melbourne’s West we’re already celebrating our 10,000th new baby born just this year!
“Melbourne’s West is a wonderful place to live and raise a family but if we don’t get funding to expand services families will face real problems accessing early years support they might need.
“It’s not only our massive growth but the lack of proper planning and provision of early childhood services that are problems. We need our local MPs to commit to action before this gets worse."

LeadWest Acting CEO Appointment

The Chair of Leadwest, Jim Williamson, has advised transition arrangements following last week’s announcement that Leadwest CEO Craig Rowley will step down from the role in November.
Mr Chris Eddy will step in as Acting CEO from today, and will work closely with the Board and Mr Rowley to effect a smooth transition over the coming weeks.
“We are pleased to be able to call on Mr Eddy to fill the role of Leadwest CEO on an interim basis while the Board prepares to conduct a recruitment and selection process over the next few months,” said Mr Williamson.
“Mr Eddy brings a broad range of experience of more than 35 years in public and private sector roles, including over 5 years as CEO of Hobsons Bay City Council. He has lived and worked in the west for 14 years, is a former Director of Leadwest, and knows our region, its challenges and opportunities.”
Upcoming events

LeadWest and Metropolitan Transport Forum Victorian election forum

Discuss what our region needs with representatives from Labor Party, Liberals and Greens in a discussion about transport, health and education in the West.

Ask questions and get answers direct from candidates in the coming State election.

Wednesday 17 October, 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Williamstown Town Hall
104 Ferguson St, Williamstown

RSVP and submit questions here. 

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