Reno moves forward
By JUSTIN JENVEY
PLANS to extend the Porepunkah CFA station have received a welcome boost thanks to a substantial cash donation.
The brigade recently received $110,000 from the Porepunkah Union Church to go towards a major renovation of their 20 year-old home on Station Street.
An official cheque presentation took place at the Porepunkah Community Christmas Party on Sunday evening with CFA captain Mick Dalbosco expressing his gratitude to the committee of the Union Church.
“It’s a $400,000 project which involves a new engine bay, larger meeting room as well as kitchen and small office/communications room,” he said.
“The existing shed is 20 years old and has done well but since it was built the amount of residents in Porepunkah has doubled so this upgrade is much needed and will hopefully serve us for another 20 years.
“We’ve already done some initial work with planning and have made a submission to the CFA’s Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program.
“Without this money we wouldn’t have been up to move forward and now that the State Election is over and Labor has retained government we’re hopefully of hearing something in the next few months.”
The donation to the CFA was the third handout by the Porepunkah Union Church after they sold their 110-year-old church in July for $235,000.
Mark Wallace said $43,500 was initially given to Hawthorn Village for reverse cycle air conditioners and $20,000 to the 4 Kids and Carers Future Fund.
“It was always the committee’s plan to donate money to the local community and other charities we were interested in supporting,” he said.
“We’re happy that we’ve been able to assist the CFA and while the church no longer exists it lives on in the community helping in a different way.”
Mr Wallace said the remaining funds will be given to the Bright Uniting Church for distribution.
ALPINE Health and the Alpine Shire Council are calling on the community to commit to actions that change the culture that drives family violence.
Respect Victoria, an organisation dedicated to the prevention of all forms of family violence, are launching a campaign which coincides with the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign.
This year Alpine Health and the Alpine Shire Council are partnering to deliver and coordinate a number of activities using the messages of Respect Victoria, and are encouraging the community to promote and engage with the local campaign.
Inspired by the penalty system in soccer, the #OrangeCard is a social platform designed to give Victorians a way to speak up, speak out and become a genuine part of the solution to family violence.
Orange is the universal colour representing a global movement to end violence against women.
Across the Alpine Shire there will be posters and ‘Call it out’ Orange Cards, as well as a strong presence on social media, and Alpine Heath and Council are encouraging the community to follow social media pages and ‘like’ or share the posts.
Alpine Shire Council chief executive officer Charlie Bird said Council is proud to work with Alpine Health to tackle gender-based violence and support a diverse and inclusive Alpine Shire.
“This is an extremely important initiative and one that we are committed to supporting, during the 16 Days of Activism and beyond,” he said.
“We are proud to lead by example with a gender-balanced, inclusive and supportive workplace.
“Part of our commitment to the community is to work closely with Alpine Health to support initiatives and activities that change the conversation around family violence, and encourage people to speak out.
“As leaders in the community, our Councillors recognise the importance of supporting all community members to feel safe and respected at all times.”
For more information and resources contact Lisa Neville at Alpine Health on 5755 0132 or Jenny Corser at the Alpine Shire Council on 5755 0524