Welcome to the LeadWest Advocate - Issue 11
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There's a new Victorian Government and LeadWest's advocacy remains focused on supporting cooperative efforts to create a prosperous, sustainable, healthy and fair existence for people living and working in Melbourne's west.  

In the past month, LeadWest's work with others to foster prosperity has been evident in our progress on the establishment of the Open Innovation West manufacturing productivity network, our continuing efforts in response to the exit of automotive manufacturers from Melbourne's west, and our appearance with the Mayor of Hobsons Bay before a Senate Committee inquiry into naval shipbuilding in Australia.

With an eye to prosperity and sustainability, the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action, Western Melbourne Regional Development Committee, and LeadWest launched the Low Carbon West strategy.  The aim of the strategy is to support continued strong economic growth in Melbourne’s west (plus Moorabool and Geelong), whilst also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  LeadWest has also been working with Greening the West alliance members and the Department of Environment to delivery on the Coalition's 2013 election commitment of 1 million trees for Melbourne's west under the Australian Government's 20 Million Trees programme.

With the change of government in Victoria we will see the construction of a Women and Children's Hospital at Western Health's Sunshine Hospital and LeadWest welcomes this development. Nevertheless, LeadWest will seek to work with the Victorian Government to secure much needed investments in Western Health's Footscray Hospital and the Werribee Mercy Hospital. 

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all who stood in the election for seats in Melbourne's west and congratulate those who were selected by voters to represent communities throughout our region. 

Whilst the Victorian Electoral Commission is still counting votes for the Upper House's Western Metropolitan Region, on the basis of the provisional count we congratulate returned MLCs Mr Cesar Melham (Labor), Mr Kahlil Eidah (Labor), Mr Bernie Finn (Liberal), and Ms Colleen Hartland (The Greens), and also congratulate and welcome a new MLC, Ms Rachel Carling-Jenkins (DLP).  We express our thanks to Mr Andrew Elsbury for his service these past four years whilst representing the Western Metropolitan Region and particularly for the cooperation and help he always provided to LeadWest. 

We also congratulate MPs from our region who have been sworn in as Ministers in Premier Andrews' Government: The Hon Tim Pallas as Treasurer; the Hon Jill Hennessy as Minister for Health; the Hon Natalie Hutchins as Minister for Local Government, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister for Industrial Relations; and the Hon Wade Noonan as Minister for Police and Minister for Corrections. Congratulations are also extended to the Hon Telmo Languiller on his appointment to Speaker in the Legislative Assembly, and Deputy Speaker, Mr Don Nardella, and Ms Marlene Kairouz who will serve as Cabinet Secretary.

We look forward to continuing to work constructively with the new Victorian Government and all the parliamentarians representing the communities of Melbourne's west. We also look forward to continuing to connect with you.
Craig Rowley - LeadWest's CEO
The LeadWest Advocate provides a summary insight into LeadWest's activities; including information on achievement of agreed priorities in the strategic action plan for Melbourne’s west, upcoming events in Melbourne's west, and opportunities for us to work together for the betterment of our region. You can keep up to date with what is happening in Melbourne's west via news updates on LeadWest's website, LeadWest's facebook page and LeadWest twitter feed. 
The Western Agenda focuses on uniting leaders in Melbourne’s west and working together to create a prosperous, sustainable, healthy and fair region. Understanding the need for an integrated “joined up” approach, and the importance of maintaining a strong social fabric when there are so many intertwined issues; we work together on each of these seven threads:


Future Workforce Planning Project:   LeadWest is set to work with the Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee and a variety of Victorian Government departments and agencies on a major project that will analyse what skills employers require, and what training will be needed to give employees those skills over the coming decades. The project will create a strategy setting out the action needed to address a relative decline of manufacturing jobs, overcome barriers to people acquiring skills for the service sectors and the knowledge economy, improve pathways to training and employment, and enhance the employability of older workers.
Brimbank Learning and Employment Steering Committee:  Through participation in the Brimbank Learning and Employment Steering Committee (BLESC), LeadWest contributed to the Brimbank Community Learning Strategy 2014–17 and is now participating in the process to set the priority actions to better ensure school aged children and teenagers have access to a broad range of engaging learning opportunities and young people have positive post-school education, employment and learning opportunities.

Low Carbon West:  LeadWest was very pleased to have worked with the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action, Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee and consultants AECOM and Arup to develop and launch the Low Carbon West strategy.  It is the product of two years' dedicated strategic thinking and consultation by the WAGA councils on how to catalyse action to reduce carbon emissions in Melbourne’s west and Geelong and Moorabool. More information
Open Innovation West: The successful funding bid for Open Innovation West has enabled the network for manufacturers in Melbourne's west to continue growing. LeadWest are pleased to welcome to the Executive Officer role Mr Andrew Baldacchino, who will assist in ensuring the development and facilitation of a program of activities that will support the network and participants into the future. For more information, please contact the Project Manager.
Manufacturing in Melbourne's west: As part of its response to the exit of automotive manufacturers from Australia, the Victorian Government has established the North and Western Region Workforce Development Centre (WDC) to assist workers in the automotive supply-chain.  LeadWest’s CEO is participating in the Regional WDC Working Group and using this role to ensure there is outreach and ‘pop-up’ services within Melbourne’s west. LeadWest also joined Hobsons Bay City Council in making submissions to and appearing before a Senate Committee inquiry into the future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry. A transcript is available here.
Essendon Fields Work Hub: LeadWest member Essendon Fields are set to launch an initiative to attract small businesses and entrepreneurs to the area, and boost the economic outcomes of the region.  The Essendon Fields Work Hub will provide a shared workspace and professional community for professionals, consultants and small businesses.
Work for the Dole Coordinator Services: Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC) is one of the providers for the 2014-2015 services for the Westgate region which includes the local government areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton and Moorabool. To date IMVC have confirmed 147 activities and secured 152 places for people out of work who will work on projects including; rehabilitation of a seedling farm, library and office administration, maintenance, and the creation of a secret garden for a public school. More information

Community Safety: LeadWest participated in Wyndham City's Annual Community Safety Summit which was aimed at further fostering the local partnership approach to community safety by bringing together key stakeholders to share current perspectives and to explore opportunities for future action. LeadWest is also participating in review of Brimbank City Council's Community Safety Strategy. 
Healthcare Innovation: The Macedon Ranges and North Western Melbourne Medicare Local Conference ‘Community First: Spotlight on Healthcare Innovation in the West’ was held on November 22.  LeadWest participated in this opportunity to hear all the good work that partners of the Medicare Local have done in our region, such as Victoria Police's Enhanced Family Violence Unit and the Police, Ambulance and Clinical Early Response (PACER) initiative being implemented in Melbourne's west, the HeLiPAd youth health literacy project by Westcare Medical Centre, Melton City Council's Healthy Children Growing Together project, the Supported Pathways Outreach Program by Volunteer West and the Sons of the West initiative run by the Western Bulldogs with a range of partners. 
Western Health:  LeadWest joined Western Health in welcoming an election promise from Victorian Labor to provide $250 million for a Women and Children’s Hospital at Sunshine Hospital, celebrating 60 years of Footscray Hospital, and touring the new Children’s ward and Highpoint Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital. The Changing Health for a Changing West brochure is now available for download from the Western Health website.
White Ribbon Day: White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women. The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, and workplaces, and across the broader community. White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10). This year on White Ribbon Day, LeadWest's CEO joined Community West at a community event in St Albans, leading the swearing of the oath with others including representatives from No to Violence Male Family Violence Prevention Association, Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre and a diversity of people from local communities.


Greening the West 1 Million Trees: LeadWest's application to obtain a significant amount of funding from the 20 Million Trees programme is being assessed by the Department of Environment.  In support of the Greening the West initiative, LeadWest's application proposes that over the next three years one million trees be planted throughout Melbourne's west, involving the following sub-projects: (1) 200,000 trees for the Werribee River Nature Link Enhancement; (2) 150,000 trees for the Point Cook Coastal Park and Port Phillip Bay Western Shoreline Nature Link Enhancement; (3) 300,000 trees for the Maribyrnong River Valley Nature Link Enhancement; (4) 150,000 trees for the Kororoit Creek Nature Links and Brimbank Urban Environs Enhancement; (5) 200,000 trees for the Toolern Creek and Melton Urban Environs Enhancement. More information
Lighting the West:  A partnership between Wyndham City, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay is bringing sustainable street lighting to Melbourne’s west. As part of the project, over 26,000 80W mercury vapour street lights will be changed to energy efficient technology across the municipalities.  Across the four Councils, this will result in 176,117 tonnes reduction in equivalent carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years and a $1.4 million saving in 2015 alone. The enhanced quality and reliability of street lighting will lead to a number of social benefits including reducing light spill and improved community safety. Councils will save significantly on energy bills and by adopting these and other energy efficient principles at home residents can benefit too, with a number of events planned to promote the benefits of being energy efficient, across the four municipalities.  The savings made as part of this project will allow Councils to reinvest in other areas which will bring a wide range of benefits to the community. Lighting the West received from the Australian Government $2.47 million in funding for Wyndham, Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay and $1.5 million for Maribyrnong. More information
Pride of Melton: LeadWest has provided a letter of support for Melton City Council's National Stronger Regions Fund application.  The application seeks the Australian Government’s support for a $12 million place making project that can leverage Melton’s location in Melbourne’s west and positioning between Melbourne and Ballarat.  The project would act as a catalyst to attract new investment and boost educational and economic opportunities.  It would extend the benefits of the Australian Government’s prior investments, such as the $4 million Regional Development Australia Fund contribution to the $20 million Melton Library and Learning Hub and the $14.6 million Suburban Jobs program contribution toward the $21 million Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence (Western BACE). More information

Western Transport Alliance: Local governments in Melbourne's west are taking a lead role in advocating for major transport improvements in the region through the Western Transport Alliance. The next meeting of the Western Transport Alliance is scheduled for Thursday December 18 from 8.30am - 10.30am at the Footscray Town Hall. The focus is on achievements over the year and the outlook for the year ahead. All Western Transport Alliance members are welcome to attend.
Kororoit Creek Trail: LeadWest has provided a letter of support for Hobsons Bay City Council’s National Stronger Regions Fund application seeking the Australian Government’s contribution toward construction of the Kororoit Creek Trail, the missing link in the Melbourne Western Metropolitan trail network.  The benefits of constructing the Kororoit Creek Trail are many. Of particular importance is that it will address the lack of connecting trails throughout the region, will have economic benefits beyond the construction phase through increased visitor spend, increase awareness and appreciation of the diverse environment within the Kororoit Creek reserve, and will also serve as passive surveillance, reducing the volume of illegal dumping of rubbish and other anti-social behaviour. More information 

Western Melbourne Tourism: A successful familiarisation visit involving eight senior staff
of Tourism Victoria was held on Friday November 28. WMT’s Board has approved a three-year strategic plan and the 2014/15 budget. 
Incinerator Gallery: LeadWest has provided a letter of support for Moonee Valley City Council’s National Stronger Regions Fund application for funding to help restore and extend the Incinerator Gallery.  The Incinerator Gallery building was designed by world renowned architect Walter Burley Griffin.  The building was saved from demolition by the citizens of Moonee Valley and over the years Council has invested funds to transform the building which housed incinerators that burned the municipal’s rubbish into a functioning facility that could be used and enjoyed by locals and the wider community. Over the past four years the Incinerator Gallery has established itself as Moonee Valley’s premier visual art centre. More information
Love_The_West: Love the West has found its way to Instagram and is being used to post great images, ideas and events from all over Melbourne's west. On Instagram? Follow Love_The_West and remember to use the hashtag #MelbsWest for a repost!
Out and About in Melbourne's West: Melbourne’s west is a vibrant, creative hot-spot with rich offerings of live theatre, cultural performances and art exhibitions for all ages. Home to a number of iconic visitor attractions, sport and recreation facilities, Melbourne's west has so much to offer and so much to explore. It is easy to get out and Discover Your Own Backyard (via the links below), or click on the logo of your local council (below). More information

LeadWest's Board: On November 12, LeadWest’s Annual General Meeting for the 2013-14 financial year was held at WestWaters Hotel in Caroline Springs. More information
New Member:  At its meeting in December, LeadWest’s Board will consider a membership application from Mercy Health. Werribee Mercy Hospital is located in Melbourne’s west and is a public hospital campus of Mercy Health.  A general community hospital of 200 beds,  Werribee Mercy Hospital offers maternity & neonatal services, general surgery, general medical, palliative care, day chemotherapy, renal dialysis, allied health services, hospital in the home, mental health services, rehabilitation programs, and a 24 hour emergency department, all in modern and comfortable surroundings.
Business West 21: Launched on October 21 by the then Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, the Hon Peter Ryan MP. Guest speakers were Peter Gordon, President of the Western Bulldogs and the Interim Chair of Business West 21 and Terry Christofides from GPT Group (Highpoint), Business West 21 has been established to attract jobs, investment and infrastructure to Melbourne's west. The formation of Business West 21 has been facilitated and assisted by the Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia committee and LeadWest.  It will provide a clear and effective voice for businesses based in this part of Melbourne, particularly when it comes to communicating with all levels of government. More information
LeadWest's membership includes all six local governments in Melbourne's west, joined by major companies and other organisations, each with substantial operations or interests that are based in Melbourne's west. LeadWest also has a growing number of Affiliates, primarily not-for-profit organisations and each playing a significant role in our region. Any organisation with operations or interests based in Melbourne's west may apply for membership. There is a process set down in the Constitution for approval of memberships by the Board of DirectorsContact LeadWest
Employers: Take advantage of the Post a FREE Job link in addition to your usual channels of advertising to access local talent in Melbourne's west.
Job Seekers: Job alerts are now live on Melbourne's West Jobs. Conduct a job search, set an alert via the email link and you'll be notified whenever a job fitting your search criteria is listed.  

Need help? The Employer User Manual and Job Seeker User Manual are available for download on the LeadWest website.
Melbourne’s west is a vibrant, creative hotspot with rich offerings of live theatre, cultural performances and art exhibitions for all ages. Home to iconic visitor attractions, sport and recreation facilities, Melbourne's west has so much to offer and so much to explore. More information

The Discover Your Own Backyard campaign aims to encourage residents to get out and discover things to see and do in their local area, and promote to their visiting friends and relatives.
For information on Small Business Victoria's 'Big Help for Small Business' workshops and seminars: click here.
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