Reno moves for­ward

Alpine Observer - - News -

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

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