Mildura Weekly : Friday February 12 Vol 10 No 14
20 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 Have your say on Mallee climate change MALLEE Catchment Management Au- thority is calling for public comment on the Draft Mallee Natural Resource Management Plan for Climate Change. The plan is the first of its kind in the region and considers climate pro- jections recently released by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology to evaluate the impact that climate change may have on land, water and biodiversity in the Mallee. “Changed climate conditions are likely to exacerbate the negative im- pacts of existing threats such as inva- sive species, habitat loss and fragmen- tation,” Mallee CMA deputy chair Dr John Cooke said. “It is important that we plan for these expected changes by identifying and implementing actions that both minimise the impact of these threats and improve the adaptive capacity of our landscapes. “We are seeking feedback on this Consultation Draft to help us make informed decisions about issues and locations that are important to Mallee communities.” To read the draft plan and have your say, visit the Mallee CMA website at http://www.malleecma.vic.gov.au. Hard copies are also available by request to the Mallee CMA by phone: 5051 4377 or by email: info@malleec- ma.com.au. Submissions close Friday, March 4 at 4.30pm. MEMBER for Mallee An- drew Broad has welcomed the announcement that La Trobe University’s Mil- dura campus will benefit from Higher Education Participation and Partner- ships Program (HEPPP) funding. The funds – which Mr Broad described as a valu- able investment in the fu- ture – will be put toward projects that encourage students from low socio- economic backgrounds to access tertiary education. “The HEPPP funding will support the Mildura campus’ Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP), which is offered to people who are looking to return to ter- tiary study,” he said. “TEP, which is provid- ed at no cost to students, is run over an 18-week pe- riod, and covers modules in literacy, maths, science and sociology whilst also offering career guidance. “The program has proven to be very success- ful, with 75 percent of participants going on to enrol in further study. “These are the sorts of programs that deliver solid outcomes for in- dividuals and the wider community, particularly in regional areas like Mil- dura.” The HEPPP will also fund the Mildura campus’ Schools Participation Pro- gram, which has a dedi- cated partnerships officer who works with students in all secondary schools across the district, engag- ing them with campus life and giving them the opportunity to undertake activities at the University. Head of Campus at La Trobe University Mil- dura, Dr Deb Neal, has welcomed the funding announcement. “HEPPP funding con- tributes to a number of important programs at La Trobe’s Mildura Campus, centred around re-engag- ing low socio-economic status students and pro- viding the best educa- tional outcomes for our students,” she said. “Our student cohort at the Mildura Campus will benefit greatly from these new projects.” Mr Broad said it was vital that the Federal Gov- ernment ensures that all Australians have access to high quality education and training, regardless of where they live and no matter what their back- ground. “The funding for the Mildura campus means more students will be able to undertake further study, which will offer them greater opportuni- ties for success,” he said. More information about HEPPP funding is available online at www. education.gov.au, simply follow the links. Funding aims to increase higher education numbers MEMBER for Murray Adrian Piccoli has encouraged Wentworth Shire Council to apply for one-off grants as part of the New South Wales Government’s $4million In- novation Fund. The initiative has been established to deliver better services and infrastruc- ture to local communities, with Mr Pic- coli saying that small Councils in rural and regional NSW who are not a part of a merger proposal – and who have commu- nities of fewer than 10,000 people – were eligible to apply. “Small regional and rural communi- ties face unique issues and challenges, and the Innovation Fund recognises that one size does not fit all NSW Councils,” he said. “The grants are being offered over two, $2million rounds to help eligible Coun- cils and their communities develop new ideas and new ways of working to provide better services and better infrastructure for their communities. “This might include developing more efficient processes, different ways of deliv- ering services, sharing resources with oth- er Councils, or using technology to help overcome the challenge of distance. “It is important that all Councils across NSW receive support to deliver bet- ter services and better infrastructure, re- gardless of whether they are subject to a merger proposal or not.” Mr Piccoli said that in addition to the $4million being made available through the Innovation Fund, the NSW Gov- ernment was also offering more than $5million in seed funding to establish new regional joint organisations to help Councils work with the State Government on important regional issues. 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