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COMMUNITY CABINET TO VISIT SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN GRAMPIANS SHIRES

From the Premier

Monday, 14 April 2008

Premier John Brumby today announced that Community Cabinet would take place in Southern Grampians Shire and Northern Grampians Shire next week.

Mr Brumby said the upcoming meeting would be the 82nd Community Cabinet since the Victorian Government created Community Cabinets in 1999.

When we came to office we committed to make government more accessible to people across Victoria and Community Cabinet is delivering on that commitment,” Mr Brumby said.

Community Cabinet gives local communities an opportunity to raise their ideas and concerns directly with ministers and senior government officials.

It gives Victorians – no matter where they live, an opportunity to speak directly with the decision-makers of this state.’
The Victorian Government introduced Community Cabinet in 1999 as a way to bridge the gap between government and communities. 

The Southern and Northern Grampians Shires Community Cabinet will be held across April 21 and April 22 and include site visits by ministers, a series of forums and roundtable meetings with community members with some announcements also expected.

Mr Brumby said regional Community Cabinets, including the most recent in the Alpine, Indigo and Towong shires had been successful, with residents and community leaders using the opportunity to present a wide range of issues to the Government.
“In addition to our ongoing Community Cabinet program we are boosting access for all Victorians to government information through a redesigned and improved website,” he said.

“The new website which I launched last month offers visitors to the site new ways to interact with our government. As well as giving site visitors access to speeches, media releases and interview transcripts the site will also enable Victorians to get a whole new view of government with new video and audio content.

"It will also enable reports from our Community Cabinets to be done in a whole new way.”

Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government was looking forward to having the opportunity to hear first-hand concerns and ideas from communities in the Southern and Northern Grampians shires.

For more information about the Victorian Government’s Community Cabinet program visit www.premier.vic.gov.au

 
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