Families on the Edge – A Fair Deal for Whittlesea
The City of Whittlesea is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia. Every year more than 10,000 new residents make the City of Whittlesea their home. Although there has been significant population growth, the services and infrastructure have not kept pace with these developments, exerting tremendous pressure on existing community service organisations. This lack of investment in services and infrastructure has led to greater economic and social disparities between the City of Whittlesea and inner-city communities.
The WCF Partnership has identified that an urgent investment is required in relation to Family Violence, Young People, Financial Hardship, Community and Assisted Transport, and Children and Families. ‘Families on the Edge - A Fair Deal for Whittlesea’ aims to highlight the needs of our growing community and secure a commitment to address these issues as a priority, in the first term of the next Government.
Families on the Edge Campaign in the Media
The members of Whittlesea Community Futures (WCF ) partnership has embarked on a mission to shed light on the social issues of the community which so far has been largely ignored or has not received the attention it deserves. The WCF Partnership has been publishing news stories and feature articles each week in media and will continue to do so until the election.
The WCF Partnership does not just talk about the issue, it also has put forward a number of solutions for the incoming Government to act on key priorities namely; Family Violence, Family & Children, Young People, Community & Assisted Transport and Financial Hardships. The WCF Partnership is working together to secure a pre-election commitment from the current Government and Opposition to act on the above priorities in the first term of the next Government, should they come into power.
The ‘Families on the Edge – A Fair Deal for Whittlesea’ campaign has received wider media coverage. Please follow the below links to read the stories. If you want to rally behind this campaign, please leave a comment on how its impacting you and go to www.fairerfunding.com.au and sign a petition requesting greater resources and investment for our City of Whittlesea and share your story on how lack of services is affecting you.
- Oct. 7 2014 - Northern Star Weekly - Families on the edge: Smith Family opens kids' window to world
- Sep 30, 2014 - Northern Star Weekly - FAMILIES ON THE EDGE: Salvation Army helps those at crossroads
- Sep. 23, 2014 - Northern Star Weekly- FAMILIES ON THE EDGE: Whittlesea unit fights rising violence
- Sep. 16, 2014 – Northern Star Weekly -FAMILIES ON THE EDGE: Whittlesea youth foyer plan wins backing of Mission
- Sep. 09, 2014 – Northern Star Weekly-FAMILIES ON THE EDGE: Whittlesea community groups fight for fair go
- Sep. 04,2014 – Herald Sun - Campaign against domestic violence in Melbourne’s north to launch at State Parliament
- Sep. 02, 2014 – Northern Star Weekly - Whittlesea Community Futures: Lobby formed for outer zone
- Sep. 02, 2014 – Northern Star Weekly - Families on the Edge: Agencies call for a fairer deal
Call For Action
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of family violence cases, mental health issues, youth unemployment and homelessness in the City of Whittlesea. With tremendous pressure on existing community service organisations, families are being pushed to the edge. In the lead up to the November State election, Whittlesea Community Futures, a collaborative network of 45 local agencies, have united to secure commitments from state politicians to improve a shortfall in critical services for families, children and young people.
If you are a member of a community service organisation based in City of Whittlesea or provide services to City of Whittlesea communities or if you are a community member who is dependent upon or receive such services in City of Whittlesea or simply if you are person living in City of Whittlesea and want your voice to be heard by the Government and Opposition regarding these issues, please get on board with ‘Families on the Edge- A Fair Deal for Whittlesea’ campaign.
- Sign the Fairer Funding petition at www.fairerfunding.com.au
- Share stories of how a lack of services impacts on you through video and photos on the Fairer Funding Facebook page
- Keep up to date with the campaign on twitter by following @fairerfunding on Twitter
Or simply grab a ‘Fair Deal for Whittlesea’ campaign postcard available from the local community service organisations, fill it and post it to us and we will do the rest on your behalf.
If you want to know more about this please feel free to call 9217 2524 and leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible.
Advocacy Fact Sheets
The Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership has identified five key areas as in need of urgent action and substantive investment. They are:
- Family Violence
- Young people
- Family & Children
- Community & Assisted Transport
- Financial Hardship
The WCF Partnership with its in-house expertise has put forward 11 potential initiatives to the current Government and Opposition for consideration in addressing the above 5 key social issues faced by the City of Whittlesea communities. The WCF Partnership is advocating for pre-election commitments from the government and opposition to address these issues as priority in the first term of the next Government.
The below are the brief descriptions of the 11 potential initiatives put forward for funding consideration by the incumbent Government.
|Creating Positive Social Outcomes for Whittlesea Residents||View (523 kb)||View (636 kb)|
|Taking Actionon Family Violence||View (384 kb)||View (558 kb)|
|Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Project||View (366 kb)||View (491 kb)|
|Primary Prevention in Schools – Preventing Violence against Women and Children||View (361 kb)||View (296 kb)|
|Additional Local Specialist Family Violence Services||View (362 kb)||View (296 kb)|
|Increased Access to Men’s Behaviour Change Programs||View (367 kb)||View (371 kb)|
|Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing||View (364 kb)||View (290 kb)|
|Youth Homelessness – Youth Supported Accommodation for the South Morang Civic Precinct||View (360 kb)||View (285 kb)|
|Support for the Pavilion School||View (359 kb)||View (280 kb)|
|Children and Families - Prevention and Early Intervention in the Early Years||View (367 kb)||View (352 kb)|
|Community Transport||View (362 kb)||View (449 kb)|
|Problem Gambling and Financial Hardship in the City of Whittlesea||View (373 kb)||View (561 kb)|
Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership Pledge : Families on the Edge - A Fair Deal for Whittlesea Campaign
The members of the Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership signed a pledge renewing its commitment to advocate and work for City of Whittlesea communities and to hold the Government accountable on their obligations. The pledge was signed on September 4 2014 at the launch of Families on the Edge – A Fair Deal for Whittlesea campaign at Parliament House, Victoria.
WHITTLESEA COMMUNITY FUTURES PARTNERSHIP PLEDGE
The City of Whittlesea is one of the State’s fastest growing municipalities and its rapid transformation has stretched services and infrastructure to the limits. A tipping point has been reached, with families on the edge.
Today, Thursday 4 September 2014, we, the members of the Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership, pledge to:
- Advocate for fairer distribution of resources for the growing communities of the City of Whittlesea to ensure we create liveable communities in Melbourne’s fringe.
- Work together in reducing the service gaps and improving the life outcomes of City of Whittlesea communities to ensure that they are not disadvantaged by where they live.
- Work in partnership with all levels of the government to support and ensure they fulfil their obligation in building sustainable and liveable communities in the City of Whittlesea.
A pdf version of the pledge is attached here for agencies to download.
Signatories to the Pledge
The following agencies signed the pledge on September 4 2014 at the launch of Families on the Edge – A Fair Deal for Whittlesea campaign at Parliament House, Victoria. More agencies are to sign the pledge soon.
- Berry Street
- Brotherhood of St. Laurence
- Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Centre
- Children's Protection Society
- City of Whittlesea Council
- Crossroads Network, The Salvation Army
- Hope Street
- Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership
- Hume Whittlesea LLEN
- Medicare Local
- Melbourne City Mission
- Mind Australia
- Northern Health
- Plenty Valley Community Health
- VICSEG New Futures
- Thomastown Neighbourhood House
- Whittlesea Community Connections
- Women's Health in North
- Whittlesea Youth Commitment
- Young Men's Christian Association -Whittlesea