Updates: Federal Candidates, Bridge Arts Project, Homelessness Strategy, Special Charge- Destination Marketing and Business Development Fund, Homelessness Strategy, Education
BRIDGE FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT
On 10th June 2016 the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP announced $97m towards the 2nd River Crossing for Echuca Moama following 50 plus years of advocating by the community and stakeholder groups for this position. (The Vic Govt $96m & NSW Govt $85m) Total= $278m)
C4EM has been integral in supporting this position over the years, organising community events, coordinating delegations, inviting key government and key stakeholders to the area and influencing some of the decisions that ensured the community's voice was heard.
As proud advocates for Echuca Moama, we would also like to recognise the participation, activity and persistence the community played in ensuring this outcome was delivered.
We look forward to the first sod being turned in the latter part of next year (so we are told), and we now hope that the bridge design will be iconic in nature and deliver a bridge of national significance across Australia's most renowned river.
SAVE THE DATE!
Dinner Thu 1 September
Symposium Fri 2 September
Where: The Moama Bowling Club
Major Sponsor: Moama Bowling Club
Background: Prior to the bridge funding announcement, the Bridge Arts Project and C4EM developed a concept that would highlight and communicate the second river crossing opportunity, both in construction and with an iconic bridge.
To explore the economic, business, community, social and other benefits that the bridge will offer both throughout its design and planning stages, through procurement and construction, and into the tertiary stages of long term economic impacts and community outcomes.
Key note speakers from across industry, academia and government will offer a lens through which we can understand the projects development, how it will roll out, and what outcomes are possible.
Who Should Come
The event expects to attract over two hundred delegates and will include local businesses and community, government representatives, architectural designers and the construction industry, engineering academics and students, other economic and community development decision makers and everyone who has an interest in the project.
Federal Candidates Forum Full House
With nine of the eleven candidates secured for the forum, the public got to hear and ask questions about their particular interests. A broad cross section of questions covered many topics relating to heath, education, social services, the environment, energy, investment, jobs, political leverage, water, agriculture and other topics.
All candidates presented well with an obvious passion for their communities coming through.
Homelessness Strategy- PROJECT UPDATE (Project Funded by the Moama Bowling Club)
We have sent our Homelessness Data Project to our service provider, academic and industry networks for them to distribute or respond with a proposal for our consideration. The project aims to develop a unique data set, specific to the Echuca Moama area, that will enable service providers and stakeholders to get greater access to funding and resources.
C4EM Commits $5K to RESEARCH- GMID Leadership Forum Socio-Economic Study
The request for project funds was oversubscribed for this study due to the identified need and level of interest in the outcomes for this project.The winning consultant isREMPLAN who is well renowned for quality research projects relating to the water and agriculture industries and a deep history in economic planning and research activities also.
C4EM will look forward to the outcome of this study that will help determine and align the future of the our activities and how we can best serve the needs of our members and the broader community.
SPECIAL CHARGE UPDATE
C4EM and Echuca Moama Tourism have been working diligently and closely with specialist consultant Peter McNabb to develop a proposal to send to the Campaspe Shire for their consideration. We are in the latter stages of the proposal development however we are confident that we will be able to offer the council a document that strongly outlines the benefits the business community of Echuca will yield, as a direct investment from all commercial and industrial rateable properties in Echuca. Essentially this means that if successful, the membership fees of both C4EM and EMT will be absorbed into the special charge and that multinationals, including 'big box' retailers and others, who have not been forthcoming in helping support the broader community, will also have to contribute to growing the township. It is a pivotal point in time with other regional centres having access to a similar pool of funding already and being very active in their destination marketing and business development campaigns. Watch this space...
TRAIN REPORT LACKING TIMELINES
C4EM's Train Spokesperson Alan Holding recently reported on the latest information offered by VLine with very little transparency or new insights offered throughout the report.
"No mention of the need to complete the works on the four remaining level crossings on the Bendigo – Echuca line. Nor is there any mention of the need to speed up trains on that route. Local Member, Peter Walsh is heading up a local petition on this currently.
When one digs deeper elsewhere however and published separate to this report, Section 13 of the “Bendigo Metro rail Vic Govt Response”, does refer to the need to “Upgrade signalling and level crossings to support increased services north of Bendigo”. Doesn’t refer to speed of trains though…
Digging deeper again…
There are, in existence already, “Mode-shift Incentive Schemes” by the Victorian Govt. whereby subsidies are being paid to at least four  of nine  Companies listed in the report in an effort to shift transport logistics from trucks to rail. The Melbourne to Deniliquin ‘Qube-operated’ rice train is NOT one of these."
Other references included;
C4EM & St Josephs's Explore Collaboration at Conference
The theme for the conference was ‘Collaboration for school improvement’ and explored collaboration between students, between teachers, between schools (local and overseas), and collaboration with education providers and agencies and also collaboration with business and community.
C4EM Education Spokesperson Judy Cook and conference delegate says this is another opportunity to understand how schools and various community groups and businesses can work together to provide greater outcomes for students and their futures.
“This conference is highly regarded right across the education sector as one of the best. And it really does show a commitment on St. Joseph’s behalf to adopt the topic truly and include a local community and business advocacy group by way of invitation. Is there any better way to show a commitment to the agenda?” said Mrs. Cook.