Public notices to stay public in a win for country newspapers

The Victorian Nationals have stopped an attempt from the Andrews Labor Government to simultaneously hide changes impacting regional communities and axe an important source of revenue for local newspapers. Labor’s Regulatory Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2022, introduced in Victorian Parliament in February, would have removed the requirement for state departments and councils to inform communities…

New report finds regional Victoria “highly under-serviced” by public transport

Many communities in regional Victoria are “highly under-serviced” by public transport, with flow on effects to liveability acting as a handbrake on potential population growth, a new report has found. Infrastructure Australia released the 2022 Regional Strengths and Infrastructure Gaps report last week, shining a light on the poor state of transport infrastructure across regional…

More workers only road to restore declining mental health of young Victorians

A new survey today detailing the declining mental health of young people after the pandemic has further highlighted the urgent need to rejuvenate Victoria’s fatigued mental health workforce. The survey, conducted in February by research company Resolve Strategic, found a quarter of young Australians thought about suicide in the past two years. The highest number…

Jobs, education, opportunity: Victoria’s path to Close the Gap

Local outcomes on better health, education, employment and housing for Aboriginal Victorians is in the spotlight today for National Close the Gap Day. Victoria has failed to close the gap in four of the seven original priority target measures and has recorded declining outcomes in education participation, Indigenous suicide rates and out-of-home care. Aboriginal Australian’s…