MIL-OSI Australia: New fruit and vegetable stalls wanted for Gleadell Street Market

Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Tuesday 22 January 2019

We are looking for two new fresh fruit and vegetable stallholders to trade at our weekly Gleadell Street Market.
Every Saturday, Gleadell Street in Richmond is transformed into a bustling fresh food market, overflowing with seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, herbs, flowers and other gourmet delights.If you are interested, please contact us on 9205 5166 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.
Please note, we are currently only looking for stallholders that will sell fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are not proposing to sell fresh fruit and vegetables, please do not contact us regarding this vacancy.

We are looking for two new fresh fruit and vegetable stallholders to trade at our weekly Gleadell Street Market.
Every Saturday, Gleadell Street in Richmond is transformed into a bustling fresh food market, overflowing with seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, herbs, flowers and other gourmet delights.If you are interested, please contact us on 9205 5166 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.
Please note, we are currently only looking for stallholders that will sell fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are not proposing to sell fresh fruit and vegetables, please do not contact us regarding this vacancy.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Mini-HEY Day To Showcase Youth Mental Health Projects

Source: Premier of Victoria

The 11 successful recipients of round 8 of the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) small grants program gathered in Flagstaff Gardens today to showcase and discuss their planned projects to promote the health and well-being of LGBTIQ+ young Victorians.

Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams congratulated the recipients and introduced the screening of the film ‘Masked’, which explores issues facing LGBTIQ+ young people and was produced by young people in partnership with round 7 grant recipient, Knox City Council.

The HEY grants program aims to raise awareness, promote acceptance of diversity, eliminate stigma and discrimination and improve mental health in young same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) people.

HEY Round 8 funding totalling $110,000 will support a wide range of activities in Ringwood, Richmond, Fitzroy, Carlton, Coburg, Epping, Dallas, Beechworth, Swan Hill and Wangaratta.

The ‘Mini-HEY Day’ is an annual event connecting HEY partners with grant recipients and provides a forum for past recipients to showcase how HEY Grant funding was used to support and empower young LGBTIQ+ Victorians.

The annual grants program is administered and coordinated by Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic). To date the program has supported more than 65 organisations to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young SSASGD Victorians.

While most LGBTIQ+ Australians experience good mental health, rates of suicide and poor mental health are much higher among LGBTIQ+ people than for other Australians.  This is even more pronounced among young people.

Late last year the Victorian Government announced a Royal Commission into Mental Health – the first of its kind in Australia. The Royal Commission will provide a comprehensive set of recommendations on how best to support Victorians with mental illness, including those at risk of suicide.

The Government allocated a landmark $705 million to mental health in the 2018-19 Budget.

Further information on the HEY Grants and grant recipients is available on the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria website: https://www.yacvic.org.au/get-involved/hey-grants/

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams

“Promoting diversity and acceptance in our community should be a priority for all of us. These grants go a long way towards establishing long-term support networks and eliminating stigma and discrimination from the ground up.”

“By actively supporting young people to live full, healthy and functional lives we’re building a stronger, more resilient LGBTIQ+ community in Victoria for the future.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Helping Young Aboriginal People Get The Care They Need

Source: Premier of Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is partnering with the Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative (BDAC) to build stronger futures for Aboriginal children in care.

The local organisation becomes the second of its kind in Victoria to be part of the Australian-first Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care program.

The $13.7 million initiative is a vital step forward in Aboriginal self-determination and gives approved Aboriginal organisations greater responsibility for the safety and protection of vulnerable children subject to Children’s Court protection orders.

With BDAC joining the program, more Aboriginal children and young people will be cared for by Aboriginal community services, meaning their support meets their cultural and community needs.

It means Aboriginal children will stay in their communities even if they are living in out-of-home care, and remain connected with family, culture and community.

BDAC will provide care and support for up to 36 children in the Dja Dja Wurrung area, and by 2020 it’s expected 216 Aboriginal children will be supported as part of the Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care program.

The program and pilots have been co-designed alongside Aboriginal agencies, the Commission for Children and Young People and Community Service Organisations.

Quote attributable to Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan

“We’re working closely with Aboriginal communities to make sure their kids get the best care, because all Aboriginal children and young people deserve a connection with their community and culture.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“This is part of our bold plans to make sure all Aboriginal children on protection orders and placed in out-of-home care with Aboriginal organisations.”

Quotes attributable to Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative CEO Raylene Harradine

“Full authorisation of Mutjang Bupuwingarrak Mukman is not just a significant achievement for our community, but for all Australia.”

“We have seen transformational changes for our families. Our children are remaining connected to family and their culture through full authorisation.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Regional Victorians Have Their Say On Mental Health Royal Commission

Source: Premier of Victoria

Mental health experts in regional and rural Victoria will get their say on the issues that matter to them as the Andrews Labor Government’s historic Mental Health Royal Commission starts to take shape.

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley will hold regional roundtable discussions in Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton today and tomorrow to hear from the people best placed to help shape the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission.

The roundtables will include representatives from the mental health workforce, service providers, community support groups, academics and most importantly, people and their families who have lived experience with mental illness.

Every year, one in five Victorians experience a mental illness, but only about half of these receive treatment. Last year alone, we lost 621 Victorians to suicide.

The Royal Commission is the first of its kind in Australia and will provide comprehensive recommendations on how to best reform the current mental health system and support Victorians with mental illness, including those at risk of suicide.

Last month, the Labor Government gave all Victorians an opportunity to have their say over the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission. Already, more than 5,000 Victorians have made a submission online.

Regional roundtables will also be held in Geelong and Traralgon over the next fortnight. To have your say on the Terms of Reference into Mental Health, visit engage.vic.gov.au

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“One in five Victorians experience mental illness every year. We know we don’t have all the answers to improve the system – only a Royal Commission will help us do that.”

“Regional Victorians are disproportionately affected by poor Mental Health. We want to know what matters to them – and what we can do better.”

“The Mental Health Royal Commission Terms of Reference won’t just be developed by the experts – it will be shaped by the everyday Victorians who count on the system to be the best it can be.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Victorians Urged To Be Careful During Extreme Heat

Source: Premier of Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is pleading with Victorians to heed the warnings this summer and look after themselves and others – particularly the elderly and young children – when the weather heats up.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today joined Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton, Ambulance Victoria and the Bureau of Meteorology to promote the Never Leave Kids in Cars and Survive the Heat campaigns.

The Labor Government’s Never Leave Kids in Cars campaign warns parents about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars where they are at great risk of life-threatening heatstroke, dehydration and organ damage.

The temperature inside a car can double in just minutes in extreme conditions and a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s, meaning there is no safe amount of time to leave children unattended.

Between 1 September 2017 and August 31 2018, paramedics responded to 1,587 calls to people ‘locked in vehicles’ – the majority being children aged under 13. The five local government areas with the most callouts were Casey (113), Wyndham (79), Whittlesea (69), Greater Geelong (60) and Hume (60).

Extreme heat kills more people in Australia than any natural disaster and can affect anybody – during the 2009 heatwave, the number of deaths in Victoria was 374 more than under normal conditions and almost 80 per cent of those deaths were people over 65. During the 2014 heatwave the number of deaths increased by 167.

On a 44 degree day in January 2014, there was a 700 per cent increase in paramedic call outs for cardiac arrests.

The Survive the Heat campaign urges Victorians to take heatwaves as seriously as they would any natural disaster.

Simple steps to stay safe during heatwaves include:

  • Drinking more water by taking small sips from a drink bottle throughout the day
  • Keeping cool and seeking out air-conditioned buildings
  • Planning ahead and scheduling activities in the coolest part of the day
  • Looking out for most vulnerable – this might be your neighbour living alone or the elderly.

People at the highest risk of heat exhaustion include people aged over 65, people with a pre-existing medical condition, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and babies and young children.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos

“We want Victorians, especially the elderly and those with medical conditions, to stop underestimating heatwaves – they are just as dangerous as floods and bushfires and we need to be prepared.”

“Hot cars can kill. Even if you’ll only be a couple of minutes, you should never leave kids unattended in cars.”

Quote attributable to Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton

“Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can affect anyone, but isolated elderly people are especially at risk. That is why, as a community, we need to look out for one another and check on your neighbours on hot days.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Cigarette butt fire spreads to two Greensborough units

Source: Government of Victoria 2

22 Jan 2019

A cigarette butt is believed have ignited a blaze which took hold of two separate units in the same block in Greensborough overnight.

Firefighters were called to Patterson Crescent just before 1:30am to find flames had taken hold of the balconies on the second floor of the four unit apartment complex.

Wearing breathing apparatus crews entered the units to ensure no one was inside.

Crews attacked the fire and swiftly brought it under control just 17 minutes after they arrived at the property.

Thankfully the residents evacuated and there are no reports of injury, however emergency accommodation had to be arranged for all residents in the four unit block.

At the peak of the blaze there were five MFB and two CFA crews working together at the scene.  

This fire is the second serious fire which is believed to have been caused by a cigarette butt this month, and comes just weeks after MFB urged smokers to properly extinguish and dispose of their cigarette butts.

Victorians can follow these simple steps to ensure the safety of their family and to protect their property from damage:

  • Always fully extinguish cigarettes before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  • Fully extinguish cigarettes in heavy, high-sided ashtrays to prevent them tipping over.
  • Only working smoke alarms save lives. Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order by testing them monthly.
  • All residential tenants are responsible for regularly cleaning and testing smoke alarms in their homes and to report any faults to the landlord or agent.
  • MFB recommends 10 year, tamper proof, photoelectric smoke alarms.

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Source: Government of Victoria 2

22 Jan 2019

A cigarette butt is believed have ignited a blaze which took hold of two separate units in the same block in Greensborough overnight.

Firefighters were called to Patterson Crescent just before 1:30am to find flames had taken hold of the balconies on the second floor of the four unit apartment complex.

Wearing breathing apparatus crews entered the units to ensure no one was inside.

Crews attacked the fire and swiftly brought it under control just 17 minutes after they arrived at the property.

Thankfully the residents evacuated and there are no reports of injury, however emergency accommodation had to be arranged for all residents in the four unit block.

At the peak of the blaze there were five MFB and two CFA crews working together at the scene.  

This fire is the second serious fire which is believed to have been caused by a cigarette butt this month, and comes just weeks after MFB urged smokers to properly extinguish and dispose of their cigarette butts.

Victorians can follow these simple steps to ensure the safety of their family and to protect their property from damage:

  • Always fully extinguish cigarettes before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  • Fully extinguish cigarettes in heavy, high-sided ashtrays to prevent them tipping over.
  • Only working smoke alarms save lives. Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order by testing them monthly.
  • All residential tenants are responsible for regularly cleaning and testing smoke alarms in their homes and to report any faults to the landlord or agent.
  • MFB recommends 10 year, tamper proof, photoelectric smoke alarms.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Heat health alert issued for 24 January 2019

Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Monday 21 January 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a heat health alert for Thursday 24 January, 2019.
Extreme heat can put your health and risk, so make sure you know how to keep yourself and others safe.
Many of us are vulnerable to the heat which can have adverse health impacts including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, dehydration, cramping or even death.
It is important that you are aware of your own health as the heat can make existing conditions worse, or bring on new health concerns. It is also important that you keep an eye on those around you to make sure we all stay safe.
How to stay cool
Plan ahead
Choose the coolest parts of the day to be outdoors. Store medicines at the recommended temperature. Check your air conditioner works and be prepared in case of a power failure. 
Check on others
Extreme heat can affect anyone, but older people, young children and people with a medical condition are more vulnerable. Regularly check in on anyone who might be at risk.
Give pets plenty of water and shade
Find cool places
Spend time outside of the sun, in air conditioning, for example a library, shopping centre or cinema. Wear loose, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Seek shade, and don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.
Drink more water
Always carry a water bottle and sip often. Alcohol, tea and coffee dehydrate you – water is always best.
Never leave anyone in the car
Especially kids and pets. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a parked car can be far hotter than it is outside.

To find out more, see heat safety resources offered by the Victorian government.
Keep updated on weather warnings by visiting the Bureau of Meteorology website or call them 1300 659 217
For life-threatening emergencies, call 000. For more information, email us at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au or call us on 9205 5555

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a heat health alert for Thursday 24 January, 2019.
Extreme heat can put your health and risk, so make sure you know how to keep yourself and others safe.
Many of us are vulnerable to the heat which can have adverse health impacts including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, dehydration, cramping or even death.
It is important that you are aware of your own health as the heat can make existing conditions worse, or bring on new health concerns. It is also important that you keep an eye on those around you to make sure we all stay safe.
How to stay cool
Plan ahead
Choose the coolest parts of the day to be outdoors. Store medicines at the recommended temperature. Check your air conditioner works and be prepared in case of a power failure. 
Check on others
Extreme heat can affect anyone, but older people, young children and people with a medical condition are more vulnerable. Regularly check in on anyone who might be at risk.
Give pets plenty of water and shade
Find cool places
Spend time outside of the sun, in air conditioning, for example a library, shopping centre or cinema. Wear loose, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Seek shade, and don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.
Drink more water
Always carry a water bottle and sip often. Alcohol, tea and coffee dehydrate you – water is always best.
Never leave anyone in the car
Especially kids and pets. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a parked car can be far hotter than it is outside.

To find out more, see heat safety resources offered by the Victorian government.
Keep updated on weather warnings by visiting the Bureau of Meteorology website or call them 1300 659 217
For life-threatening emergencies, call 000. For more information, email us at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au or call us on 9205 5555

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MIL-OSI Australia: Faces of Yarra: Christa Hubik

Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Monday 21 January 2019

17-year-old Christa Hubik is vice-captain of the Academy of Mary Immaculate in Fitzroy and a strong advocate for protecting our environment. 
“I’ve always felt a strong connection to nature. My mum has been a horticulturalist for almost 20 years – I’ve always grown up with an incredible garden at home and an appreciation for all living things.” 
At the end of her Year 9 in 2016, Christa wrote a pitch to her principal with two other Academy students to create a student group focussed on improving attitudes and actions towards protecting our planet. 
Earth at Academy was launched in 2017 and currently has around 30 student members. 
“Our motto for Earth at Academy is the quote from Robert Swan: ‘The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.’” 
There has been ‘green’ groups at the Academy in the past, “but they never really took off,” Christa explains. 
“I think the difference with Earth at Academy is we hit it at a really good time. The ABC’s War on Waste was on mainstream television, the media were discussing the plastic bag ban – sustainability was on everybody’s minds so were able to get good leverage from that.” 
Examples of the work the group have done includes: Earth at Academy Hour, where for one hour per term, all lights, heating and air conditioning are turned off across the campus to save electricity. They’ve also created Academy branded reusable coffee cups and water bottles which are sold to staff, students and families. The profits have been used to buy a worm farm for the school. 
“We’ve also installed recycling bins and scrap paper boxes in classrooms across the school,” Christa adds. “This was a great achievement for Earth at Academy and the school!” 
Last year, Christa started the Instagram account, @174metres. With the help of her rubber duck, Wanda, Christa collects rubbish she finds over the 174 metres between her house and the tram stop, takes a photo of what she collects and shares it to Instagram. “I want to show people how much litter just one person can find in a short distance and then think about the impact this is having on the entire planet. We can do better than this!” 
Christa attended the School Strike 4 Climate Action in November last year at Parliament House with some of her schoolmates. “It was an amazing feeling to speak up with other youth who feel passionately about the environment! We are constituents of this country and we don’t feel listened to or respected by our politicians. Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison says we need less activism in schools. It’s unfair to discount our opinions simply because of our age. We can see the damage that is being done to our Earth and we need urgent climate change action from our political leaders.” 
This year, Christa would love to introduce a soft plastics recycling program at her school, as students go through so much GLAD Wrap, muesli bar wrappers and other soft plastics in their lunches that are currently going to landfill. 
“I feel privileged to be in a position where I can be a voice on this topic. I am passionate about our planet’s future and I feel I have an obligation to lift up the people whose voices might be lost.”

17-year-old Christa Hubik is vice-captain of the Academy of Mary Immaculate in Fitzroy and a strong advocate for protecting our environment. 
“I’ve always felt a strong connection to nature. My mum has been a horticulturalist for almost 20 years – I’ve always grown up with an incredible garden at home and an appreciation for all living things.” 
At the end of her Year 9 in 2016, Christa wrote a pitch to her principal with two other Academy students to create a student group focussed on improving attitudes and actions towards protecting our planet. 
Earth at Academy was launched in 2017 and currently has around 30 student members. 
“Our motto for Earth at Academy is the quote from Robert Swan: ‘The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.’” 
There has been ‘green’ groups at the Academy in the past, “but they never really took off,” Christa explains. 
“I think the difference with Earth at Academy is we hit it at a really good time. The ABC’s War on Waste was on mainstream television, the media were discussing the plastic bag ban – sustainability was on everybody’s minds so were able to get good leverage from that.” 
Examples of the work the group have done includes: Earth at Academy Hour, where for one hour per term, all lights, heating and air conditioning are turned off across the campus to save electricity. They’ve also created Academy branded reusable coffee cups and water bottles which are sold to staff, students and families. The profits have been used to buy a worm farm for the school. 
“We’ve also installed recycling bins and scrap paper boxes in classrooms across the school,” Christa adds. “This was a great achievement for Earth at Academy and the school!” 
Last year, Christa started the Instagram account, @174metres. With the help of her rubber duck, Wanda, Christa collects rubbish she finds over the 174 metres between her house and the tram stop, takes a photo of what she collects and shares it to Instagram. “I want to show people how much litter just one person can find in a short distance and then think about the impact this is having on the entire planet. We can do better than this!” 
Christa attended the School Strike 4 Climate Action in November last year at Parliament House with some of her schoolmates. “It was an amazing feeling to speak up with other youth who feel passionately about the environment! We are constituents of this country and we don’t feel listened to or respected by our politicians. Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison says we need less activism in schools. It’s unfair to discount our opinions simply because of our age. We can see the damage that is being done to our Earth and we need urgent climate change action from our political leaders.” 
This year, Christa would love to introduce a soft plastics recycling program at her school, as students go through so much GLAD Wrap, muesli bar wrappers and other soft plastics in their lunches that are currently going to landfill. 
“I feel privileged to be in a position where I can be a voice on this topic. I am passionate about our planet’s future and I feel I have an obligation to lift up the people whose voices might be lost.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Crews stop Chapel Street shop fire from spreading

Source: Government of Victoria 2

21 Jan 2019

Quick work from MFB firefighters has ensured a fire which tore through a restaurant was stopped before it could spread to the connected row of shops on Chapel Street.

Crews were called to the second storey of building on Mechanics Lane in Windsor just before 1:15pm, after a fire engulfed the back of the shop.

Firefighters from Windsor Fire station arrived on scene in just three minutes to find the building well alight.

Wearing breathing apparatus they made their way into the building through the front and back doors to attack the fire from the inside.

At the peak of the blaze there were approximately 26 firefighters working to contain the fire.

Their efforts ensured the inferno was brought under control in just 19 minutes.

Although there have been no reports of injuries Ambulance Victoria Paramedics are at the scene monitoring the situation and ensuring the welfare of attending firefighters.

Crews will remain at the scene until the fire has been completely extinguished, which is expected to take some time.

Vehicles and pedestrians should avoid the area, and trams travelling in both directions down Chapel Street have been stopped to ensure the fire fight can continue.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.  

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MIL-OSI Australia: Poor campfire knowledge fans fire fears

Source: Government of Victoria 3

Park Rangers are concerned by survey findings that just over a quarter of people know how to correctly extinguish a campfire.
When presented with two options, only 26% of people correctly identified that water should be poured onto a campfire. The remaining 74% thought that a fire should be extinguished by covering it with soil or sand.
Campfires must always be fully extinguished with water, not soil, and must be cool to touch before being safe to leave.
The findings come during a peak time for camping and as Victoria, one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, experiences a period of high temperatures.
With around 10% of bushfires caused by campfire negligence, Park Rangers have been out-and-about reminding people of fire regulations and to be aware of the very dry conditions.
In addition to assisting park visitors, Park Rangers perform an important role as firefighters and will be responding to bushfire situations this summer.
The survey, conducted last month, also revealed half of respondents didn’t know where and when a campfire could be lit in a national park. In national parks, campfires may only be lit where designated fireplaces are provided. Fires are prohibited on days of Total Fire Ban.
Information about campfires is available from the Forest Fire Management website. Before heading out to camp, people should also check the Parks Victoria website for any changes to park conditions.
Quotes attributable to David Nugent, Director of Fire and Emergency Services–Parks Victoria:
“These survey findings are worrying, particularly given the number of people camping in Victoria during summer.”
“Once you light a campfire, you’re legally responsible for ensuring that it is safe, does not escape, and is completely extinguished before you leave.”
“There’s plenty of information online to help people be fire aware. Now is the time to make sure you know what’s required.”
Media enquiries
Josh Maher0448 373 986Parks Victoria media centre

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