Message from Russell Northe – June. 2011

Firstly, I hope everyone in the Boolarra and District community had a restful Easter and ANZAC Day holiday break, and I welcome all students and teachers back for a new school term.

Many ANZAC Day services were conducted around the Latrobe Valley on 25 April and it was pleasing to see so many local residents attend dawn and daytime services on this important day. I had the pleasure of attending the early service held in Boolarra on Sunday April 17, conducted by the Morwell RSL sub-branch. I congratulate Roz Carstairs and her team of volunteers for hosting such a wonderful tribute.

ANZAC Day was somewhat of a sombre morning given the news that long serving Morwell Returned and Services League (RSL) President Mal Bugg had just passed away. Mal was a well known identity in the Latrobe Valley and has helped provide extraordinary community service to veterans and their families over a long period of time. Our condolences are with wife Moira and the Bugg family.

The last couple of months have certainly been busy with the planning and release of the 2011/2012 State Budget. As intended, there are a number of projects that will be initiated in the upcoming financial year for the benefit of Latrobe Valley residents.

One such project which has been strongly fought for by the Boolarra community is the implementation of a Men’s Shed. I commend those involved with this project for being so active in gaining funding for this, and I’m sure they will see it right through to its completion. I am very pleased that I can say that $25,000 has been allocated to this great resource, which I am sure will be a great success.

There are also a number of wider budget allocations which I believe will be of great benefit to the Latrobe Valley community. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Victorian State Emergency Services
  • Agriculture and fisheries
  • Bushfire Royal Commission recommendations
  • Electricity and sewerage concessions for low-income households
  • 1,700 additional frontline Victoria Police; and more.

Should you wish to explore further Budget allocations, please visit www.budget.vic.gov.au/budget.html.

With the 2011 winter sporting season well and truly underway, I wish all individuals and teams the very best of success, whether that be football, netball, soccer or any other sport or recreation. It is fantastic to be involved in a team sport and I encourage all and sundry to participate as the benefits are enormous.

I look forward to continuing working with the Boolarra and District community to advance projects that will ultimately be of benefit to residents. I wish you all a very happy and productive next couple of months until we see the next edition of The Boolarra Link.