The State Budget 2019-20

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The State Budget was released the other day. A summary page for the southern region (excluding Monash) can be found on the Government website – here

SEM in the news this week

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You can find an article on SEM, Greater Dandenong Mayor Roz Blades, and our advocacy for Melbourne’s south east on page two in this week’s Dandenong Star Journal! (see above or click here) SEM was featured in last week’s Dandenong Star Journal as well – read below.

Recycled water for farmers

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It’s good to see SEM’s advocacy making an impact! We hope all candidates match Mr Hunt’s commitment and then go further by supporting the $20 million needed to build the actual infrastructure. Read the article here.

What you can do this election

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As advocates for the 1.2 million people living in the south east of Melbourne, SEM has contacted the Federal candidates in our region to urge them to be fierce advocates for the south east during the election campaign.  Now we need your help to ensure they understand the importance of the projects this region needs. With another 300,000 people moving …

SEM launches election platform

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Ahead of the upcoming federal election South East Melbourne (SEM) has launched our 2019 Election Platform where we call on politicians to act as fierce advocates for the south east region. To future-proof the south east we need investment in roads, public transport, an airport in the south east, recyclable water solutions, more job opportunities closer to where people live, …

Federal Budget announcements

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SEM welcome the roads funding announced in last night’s budget! Now we hope to see similar commitments to infrastructure, jobs, and education opportunities for Melbourne’s south east in the coming Federal election! Pakenham, Cranbourne and Dandenong are in for even more funding than initially thought due to a previously unannounced initiative. The $396 million Urban Congestion Fund will be supported …

Why we need top education

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More than 670,000 workers live in South East Melbourne, that’s 20 per cent of the Greater Melbourne total. While Victoria’s unemployment rate sits at an overall 4.5 per cent, parts of South East Melbourne are experiencing much higher levels of unemployment. Dandenong and Doveton have very high rates, and so does Pakenham, Noble Park, Springvale, Frankston and Rosebud. One of …

Why we need more jobs

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ABS released new figures yesterday showing that 2018 was the second year in a row that Cranbourne East experienced the largest population increase in Australia, equating to an extra 14,500 people. Melbourne’s south east is a great region to live, work, and enjoy free time, and this can be seen by the thousands of people to choose to make this …

Why we need better transport

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Some people who live in Melbourne’s south east have to spend almost an hour to get to and from work every day. And the majority spend more than 40 minutes in the car every morning and every afternoon. That’s not good enough. We need roads adapted for the large number of people travelling in our region but more importantly – …

Why we need more investment

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There are areas in South East Melbourne which are among the most socially disadvantaged areas in Australia. The SEIFA index, which is used to look at disadvantage in Australia, looks at things such as: Percentage of low-income households Unemployment rate Percentage of low-skilled occupations and people without qualifications Percentage of households without a car Percentage of people living overcrowded dwellings …