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“The City of Port Phillip Council says it will make significant changes to the proposed St Kilda Triangle development after the release of two major reports.

They recommend 28 changes, including moving two buildings and reducing the number of retail shops.

The council will meet on Thursday to consider the changes.

Port Phillip Mayor Janet Cribbes says the council is listening to the concerns of the St Kilda residents.

“We don’t anticipate there being any delays. We’re negiotating to make the changes that will reflect the concerns of the community,” she said.”

http://stkildatriangle.com.au/

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“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

At the 3rd of January 2008, 1 875 people were waiting for organ transplants:

Kidney 1388 Heart 100, Liver 198, Lung 141, Pancreas 48.

In 2007, 198 people had donated organs, allowing 626 transplants to be performed.

In 2007, a total of 1108 people in Australia and New Zealand had donated eyes, allowing corneal transplants.

By the end of May 2007, 1706 people donated other tissue while 1260 people had received donated tissue implants.

http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/services/aodr/how-register.jsp

http://www.healthinsite.gov.au/topics/Organ_Donation

http://www.australiansdonate.org.au/

“On World Environment Day, we’re left scratching our heads as Kevin Rudd and Brendan Nelson race to the bottom of the petrol bowser. They’re arguing about rising petrol prices whilst ignoring the elephant in the room – our rising greenhouse pollution.

We don’t need to remove the GST on petrol, we need to start weaning Australia off its oil addiction, with a 3 point recovery plan – massive federal investment in public transport, laws for dramatically more efficient cars, and an Emissions Trading Scheme which includes transport.

We’re tired of waiting for the bus while our politicians dither in Parliament. Tell your MP you want far-sighted, low-carbon transport solutions now!

The world is running out of cheap oil and head-on into the climate crisis caused by burning fossil fuels. World oil prices have more than quadrupled in the past six years and more than doubled in the past year. At the same time, transport is 14% of Australia’s greenhouse pollution and rapidly rising. Both these reasons mean we need to move Australia away from oil, and fast.

Previous governments have failed to prepare Australia’s transport system for rising oil prices. Our governments, Federal and State in partnership, must begin making major long term adjustments now. First, we demand a world class public transport system starting with a $5 billion investment from the new Building Australia Fund. Second, we must include transport in the Emissions Trading Scheme. Third, we need mandatory fuel efficiency standards for all vehicles to match other OECD countries.

Tell our political parties about the three steps to kicking Australia’s oil addiction and jump-starting cleaner transport.

We have only a short time left to re-frame this debate while the issue of petrol prices is still the main item in the news.

The government is scrambling to re-gain its climate credentials after their ill-informed decision to means-test the solar rebate, which has decimated Australia’s solar PV industry.”

www.getup.org.au/campaign/FixTransport

“Multicultural Arts Victoria is Victoria’s peak arts organisation promoting cultural diversity in the arts.

MAV is a membership based organisation representing individuals, groups and communities across all art forms; music, dance, theatre, film and TV, visual arts and new media.

Multicultural Arts Victoria was established in 1983 and evolved from the Festival of All Nations. Since that time, it has worked consistently to support artists and communities in Victoria and has a strong history of quality program delivery and of encouraging innovation and creative cultural expression in the arts.

MAV produces an annual program of projects and events promoting Victoria’s diverse artists and different art forms, offering fresh ideas about what is seen as contemporary and traditional, established and experimental, mainstream and community. MAV is a specialist arts resource agency offering a wide range of services and information. MAV is an agent and broker for artists and groups with expertise in arts marketing, promotion and publicity, project administration, assistance and information regarding arts funding, grants and applications.”

http://www.multiculturalarts.com.au/

http://www.multiculturalarts.com.au/services/membership_form.pdf

http://www.multiculturalarts.com.au/events2008/emerge_volunteers_flyer.pdf

Being a Gemini city it’s not hard to imagine why Melbourne has a reputation as a vibrant and progressive city. A city I am proud to call my home.

“The City of Melbourne has been consulting across the community for the past 11months to develop Future Melbourne, a long-term strategy for Melbourne guiding all aspects of life in the city until 2020 and beyond. Now the draft plan has been made available online as a “wiki” or collaborative website where everyone is invited to log-on, comment and contribute their ideas.

As far as we know, this is the first time a local government has used this style of consultation to develop a shared strategic vision for its municipality. This is a bold and exciting opportunity for the people of Melbourne, so please take advantage and have your say on Future Melbourne.”

John So, Lord Mayor.

                  

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/info.cfm?top=23&pg=966

http://www.futuremelbourne.com.au

“This is an important initiative to harness the best ideas for building a modern Australia that is ready for the challenges of the 21 st century.

With the complex challenges that Australia is facing, we need to get the best ideas we can from all Australians – business people, experts, community leaders – and just ordinary Australians.

I know from travelling around the nation that many of the most creative solutions to our big future challenges are in the minds of Australians whose voices normally aren’t heard in our national Parliament.

The Summit will help us shape a long term strategy for the nation’s future – covering the economy, the nation’s infrastructure, our environment, our farmers, health care, indigenous Australians, the arts, national security, how we improve our system of government, and how we strengthen our communities and ensure nobody is left out of Australia’s future.

It’s a big agenda, but we need to think big.”

This is so exciting for me; as a nation we are gathering momentum as to who we are and our place in this world and what we have to offer it. 

Each day, I grow more proud of Australia – MY HOME.

But with this pride comes the sense of responsibility and I ask myself; what can I do to help?!

http://www.australia2020.gov.au/

“”Despite living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, more than 36,000 young Australians will be sleeping on the streets tonight”

The National Youth Commission will today release results of the first independent national inquiry into youth homelessness in almost 20 years. In that time the number of homeless teens has doubled.

Each night, half the homeless youths who seek a bed in emergency accommodation are turned away because services are too full, the report revealed.

NYC commissioner Assoc Prof David MacKenzie angrily condemned the figures as a “national disgrace”. “No young person should be homeless in a country as prosperous as Australia. Part of the economic surpluses from our prosperity needs to be used to eliminate homelessness.” ”

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23503426-661,00.html

But I wonder, is this really a lack of government funding issue or a reflection of the psychological issues being faced by the Australian people….???

If half the youth on the streets are being ‘forced’ there by incompetent, negligent and/or abusive family situations, maybe this is what really needs to be addressed…?

Maybe the questions that need to be asked are:

Why are families not coping…?

What are the relationship issues?

How can these be addressed?

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