Column for Hurstbridge Roundabout

Hurstbridge Pre-School needs your help

I hate to start with bad news and I am hoping we can band together to change it. I was shocked to hear that the Hurstbridge Pre School’s Committee of Management announced that the pre-school would have to close next year due to lack of enrolments. But there is still hope!

The HPS Committee of Management has met with a couple of not-for-profit organisations in the hope one of them will manage it as a part of a bigger cluster they operate.   The HPS COM is hoping to know the outcome by the start of July and then proceed with first round offers for 2017.

Its important families with children enrolled next year –PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE YOUR PREFERENCES AT THIS STAGE. The higher the enrolments, the better chance HPS has of securing a new cluster manager. The best thing the community can do is? ENROL NOW!   They need the community to show the cluster managers that they want this kinder by enrolling for 3-4-year-olds at HPS.

Better train service along the Hurstbridge line are another step closer after the Andrews Government announced duplication of the train line between Rosanna and Heidelberg in this year’s Victorian Budget. The $141 million project has begun with geotech work starting and will include power upgrades, better signalling and redesign of Hurstbridge and South Morang timetables to achieve additional services and improved reliability. Investigative work is also being done on how to improve the line past Greensborough station and I hope to have more to say about that in the future.

Another winner in the Budget was Diamond Valley College. I was very happy to support the public awareness campaign by students, staff and local resident to improve the buildings at DVC. The school will receive $2 million to upgrade old buildings and improve learning spaces at the school.

Many resident in Hurstbridge and surrounding areas use and rely upon the Austin Hospital. This year’s Victorian Budget provides $41 million to improve critical infrastructure and modernise and upgrade the hospital. Also around 200,000 Victorians will get the surgery they need sooner, cutting waiting lists for elective surgery with a $335 million boost to the health budget.

The Victorian Government has a number of community grants for volunteer and sporting groups. I encourage residents to check out www.vic.gov.au/grants The website lists all the Victorian Government grants, the guidelines and important dates you need to know to put in applications.

Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants provides up to $10,000 in funding for councils and not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects to help prevent crime, improve safety and strengthen community engagement. It could be new security equipment such as locks, lighting, alarms, fencing and gates. Applications are now open. Councils and community groups have until 4pm on Friday 1 July 2016 to apply. For further information about the grants, including guidelines for applicants, please visit: crimeprevention.vic.gov.a