Prahran News - December
Warmest wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season and for a wonderful new year.
In this edition of Prahran News you'll find information on:
- Prahran State Secondary School
- South Yarra Station
- Punt Road
- LGBTI Equality
- Safer Cycling
- Cleaning Up Politics
My office is a donation point for the Connections Christmas Food and Gift Appeal. Make sure everyone has something to celebrate this Christmas by donating gifts or non-perishable food at my office 94 Chapel Street, Windsor.
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran.
Prahran State Secondary School
I recently joined the School for Prahran Community Group for a picnic at Victoria Gardens to hear from local parents about their aspirations for the new Prahran State Secondary School.
With the government committing to building the school at the Melbourne Polytechnic site by 2018, it’s critical families’ voices are heard to ensure the new school is a success.
If you share in the passion for a high quality school in Prahran, you can keep up to date with progress here.
Upgrade South Yarra Station
My campaign to upgrade South Yarra Station continues.
Documents I obtained through Freedom of Information reveal thousands of commuters would have up to 10 minutes faster journey time if an interchange with Melbourne Metro was built.
The latest PTV data also shows daily station entries at South Yarra Station have risen 61% over the past two years to 13,000. This demonstrates the clear need for an upgrade to South Yarra Station after years of neglect by successive governments.
Sign the petition to upgrade South Yarra Station here.
The Punt Road public acquisition overlay (PAO) must go and future widening prevented.
Submissions to the advisory committee have now closed, with public hearings to occur in February and a final report to be handed down in April 2016.
I encourage local residents to join the community campaign to remove the overlay and protect our neighbourhood from a destructive, unnecessary road widening.
More information can be found here.
Equal Love Equal Laws
The Adoption Equality Bill has passed Parliament meaning same-sex couples with children can now adopt, however, full equality was blocked by the Liberals who voted to give faith-based adoption agencies the right to deny same-sex couples access to their services.
Private Members Bill
I am pleased to have released an exposure draft of my first private members bill, the Equal Opportunity Amendment (LGBTI Equality) Bill, for public consultation.
- removes the special religious exemptions for faith-based schools and organisations
- strengthens the powers of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
- creates new protection for people with intersex variations, for the first time in Victoria
- overhauls the outdated definition of 'gender identity'
Find out more and have your say here.
I have moved a Notice of Motion calling on the Victorian Parliament to support marriage equality legislation and tell the Federal Government to abandon the proposed plebiscite. Victoria must join WA, NSW & Tasmania in support of marriage equality.
For more information, please visit my website.
I have called on the government to improve cycling infrastructure in the Prahran electorate.
There are many opportunities for safer cycling in Prahran including separated bike lanes on St. Kilda Road, peak hour bike lanes along major roads, secure bike parking at train stations and expanding Melbourne Bike Share.
Read my full speech here.
I also encourage you to download the bikeblackspot app and log a report on where cycling infrastructure can be improved. Reports will be sent directly to the state & federal transport ministers and Greens transport spokespeople.
You can download the app here.
Cleaning Up Politics
The Victoria Greens are continuing our efforts to clean up politics.
I again challenged the Premier in question time on political donations reform, for the third time this year, this time asking if he would raise the matter at upcoming COAG meeting and if not commit to reform in Victoria. He again avoided answering the substantive question. You can read more here.
The Victorian Greens also moved a bill to ban political donations from property developers but Labor and Liberal voted to prevent the bill from even being introduced.