Welcome to the LeadWest Advocate - Issue 8
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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.
In between e-newsletters, you can keep up to date with what is happening in Melbourne's west via the LeadWest website news updates, facebook and twitter.  

We've been using these tools, our approach to advocacy for the region, and our interactions with people to help build a much more positive image of Melbourne’s west.  We've been helping people see the sense in supporting this region as it grows. We've been helping build investors' interest in our region as a place delivering a great deal of opportunity.

To reinforce the positive change in perception of our great region, we have arranged a very special event for the first week of September in the Parliament of Victoria. ‘Spring into the West’ comprises three elements:
  • A week long showcase in Queens Hall of some of the best of Melbourne’s west
  • A networking event at which Victoria’s parliamentarians and their staff can mix with representatives of LeadWest’s 20 members, 26 affiliates and stakeholders from Melbourne's west.
  • Meetings for a delegation of the Mayors and CEOs of local governments in Melbourne’s west.
For most of you, your opportunity to be involved is at the networking function.  Attendees will hear from the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Dr Denis Napthine; LeadWest's Chair, Mr Barry Harvey AM, as well as  Mr Gary Mehigan, owner of The Boathouse restaurant on the Maribyrnong River and a passionate advocate for Melbourne’s west. We do hope you will join us at this event. More information and registration

We'll also soon be seeking to stage an event with the Opposition Leader, key Shadow Ministers and local MPs.

We look forward to continuing to connect with you.
Craig Rowley - CEO LeadWest

The Western Agenda focuses on uniting leaders in
Melbourne’s west and 
working together to create a prosperous, sustainable, healthy and fair region.
In understanding the need for an integrated “joined up” approach and maintaining a strong social fabric because there are so many intertwined issues; we work together on each of these seven threads:
  1. Education and Skills
  2. Productive Economy
  3. Community Wellbeing
  4. Sustainable Liveability
  5. Enabling Infrastructure
  6. Experience and Enjoyment
  7. Regional Leadership
Would you like a hard copy of the Western Agenda? Please email us.


Vocational Education and Training:  LeadWest’s CEO presented to Victoria University’s  Education Managers on the topic of "Tertiary Education Needs in the West", covering especially VET/TAFE needs.  Victoria University has a strong and continuing commitment to provision of high quality vocational education and training that will supply the workforce our region needs now and for the future. More information 
Bayside P-12 Trades Training Centre:  LeadWest’s CEO attended the official opening of the Trades Training Centre, opened by Senator the Hon Scott Ryan.  The opportunity was taken to seek the Senator’s support for a regionalised version of the ‘Generation Success’ youth employment initiative involving large employers.  More information on ‘Generation Success’ is available here: More information
Footscray Learning Precinct:  LeadWest’s CEO has been briefed by Mr Wade Noonan MP (Member for Williamstown) on Victorian Labor’s commitment of $15 million to make Footscray the potential home of a preschool-to-postgraduate education precinct.  Labor’s proposal – a national first – will bring together on one campus early childhood education providers, Footscray City Primary School, Footscray City College, Victoria University and other stakeholders.  The precinct complements Victoria University’s and Maribyrnong City Council’s ‘University Town’ strategy for Footscray. Mr Noonan advised LeadWest’s CEO that once the proposal passes a feasibility study, a master plan would be developed with Victoria University, schools and other stakeholders, potentially including LeadWest.

100 Story Building:  It’s almost time to celebrate the 1st birthday of the centre for young writers in the heart of Footscray in Melbourne's west, 100 Story Building. We’ve got two good news stories to share about our friends at 100 Story Building. More information

Melbourne’s West Economic Response Taskforce: LeadWest’s CEO met with representatives of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to discuss the Victorian Government’s plans to established Workforce Development Centres (WDCs).  These representatives indicated that they had learned of the Taskforce’s concerns about the nearest WDC for people in Melbourne’s west being located in Broadmeadows (in Melbourne’s north) and were working on an adjustment that would see an ‘outreach’ element delivered through a part time presence at Toyota Boshoku Corporation in Laverton North.
FreshWest:  LeadWest joined the Mayor of Hobsons Bay City Council attending the official opening of NZ-based Prolife Foods (owner of the Mother Earth brand).  From humble beginnings in a garage in Hamilton, Prolife Foods had become a Waikato Food success story, and is now in it's 19th year of operation. The founders of Prolife Foods, Bernard and Kaye Crosby have been recognised in NZ for their services to business and philanthropy. 

Work for the Dole Programme: Work for the Dole is the primary component of the Australian Government’s new mutual obligation requirements in which eligible job seekers participate in work-like activities in return for receiving income support. LeadWest has calculated that in Melbourne's west we will need to find one million hours of work for the dole activity per month. More information

Dare to Connect: The Dare to Connect program aims to assist problem gamblers in their recovery by building social confidence, reducing social isolation and exploring alternatives to gambling. Brimbank, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Council's are proud partners of the Dare to Connect North West program.  Recruitment for participants and volunteers is now underway. More information
Primary Health NetworksLeadWest’s CEO participated in a workshop facilitated by PriceWaterhouseCoopers to explore developing a Primary Health Network for Melbourne’s west. PHNs will be responsible for integrating the care of patients across the entire health system, reinforcing General Practice as the cornerstone. More information
Sons of the WestThe final siren is sounding on the Sons of the West health program and online health checks close tomorrow, Friday, August 22.  Over 250 men are graduating from the 2014 Sons of the West program. Congratulations to all participants and the Western Bulldogs on a successful start to what is a great initiative for men’s health in Melbourne’s west!


Greening the West: LeadWest's CEO participated in a number of tree plantings around Melbourne's west in the lead up to National Tree Day, with events being held around the region on July 27. Green spaces create more liveable suburbs, and contribute to improved community health. City West Water's, Healthy Urban Habitat website has information about the Greening the West program, along with information and tips on greening your backyard and community. More information
Green Army Program: The Green Army is a hands-on, practical, grassroots environmental action program that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia. LeadWest are looking forward to the announcement of Green Army projects for Melbourne's west in September which will include; sites along the Werribee River, Maribyrnong River, Point Cook Coastal Park, Cheetham Wetlands, Toolern Creek, and 10 parks in Brimbank. More information 

Western Transport Alliance (WTA): 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 (WTA). The next meeting of the WTA is scheduled for Thursday August 28 from 8.30am - 10.30am at the Footscray Town Hall. The focus is railways. All WTA members are welcome to attend. More information

Arts West:  Arts West is a unique alliance of arts organisations who together reflect the exciting, vibrant and ever expanding arts and culture thriving in Melbourne's west and was officially launched by the Hon Heidi Victoria on July 16.  Collectively, Arts West delivers the bulk of arts and cultural activities and engagement throughout Melbourne's west locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Arts West has an extensive and diverse reach providing cultural services to over 200,000 people annually. 
5 of the 9 member organisations comprising Arts West are affiliates of LeadWest:  100 Story Building (Footscray); Big West Festival; Footscray Community Arts Centre; Snuff Puppets; The Substation (Newport). More information
Out and About in Melbourne's West: Melbourne’s west is a vibrant, creative hotspot 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's easy to get out and Discover Your Own Backyard via the links below, or click on your local Council. More information

LeadWest's Board: LeadWest's Board met at Essendon Fields this month. For this meeting, the agenda included presentation by Rory Kennedy, Precinct Infrastructure and Planning Manager on 'Essendon Fields Today' as well as updates and discussion on the Work for the Dole program. More information
LeadWest Welcomes New Affiliates: LeadWest works with and supports a number of organisations in Melbourne's west that are community-focused. We welcome Parks VictoriaBig West Festival, and Yarraville Community Centre who have now become LeadWest Affiliates. There are now 20 affiliates in total. More information
Registrations for the 'Spring into the West' networking function must close tomorrow: Friday, August 22 at 5.00pmWe are pleased to confirm that the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Dr Denis Napthine will be attending and speaking at the networking function, along with Mr Gary Mehigan of Masterchef fame and owner of The Boathouse restaurant on the Maribyrnong River. 
Join us for the opportunity to network, connect and explore the Melbourne's west showcase in the iconic Queens Hall at Parliament of Victoria. More 
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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