Middleton Prison Expansion To Deliver Regional Jobs

first_imgMiddleton Prison Expansion To Deliver Regional Jobs VIC PremierWork is set to start on a major construction project in Castlemaine, with the Andrews Labor Government signing a $37.6 million contract to expand the capacity of Middleton Prison by 39 beds.The project is expected to create 165 jobs during construction, including around 50 in the Bendigo area and generate opportunities for a range of local contractors.As part of the Labor Government’s contract with successful tenderer, Bendigo-based construction firm Fairbrother Pty Ltd, the project will also see targeted investment in social enterprises and jobs for disadvantaged Victorians.The Dja Dja Wurrung, traditional owners of the land on which the prison sits, have also been involved in planning upgrades to the prison’s indigenous garden and other landscaping, as well as on prison education and cultural awareness programs.Alongside the new cell accommodation being constructed, a number of supporting buildings will be refurbished, and security systems will be upgraded.Construction will start soon and the new beds at the minimum-security facility are expected to be operational in mid-2022 – increasing the capacity of the prison to a total of 287 prisoners.The expansion is part of the government’s $1.8 billion investment in delivering flexible prison capacity, boosting programs to break the cycle of reoffending and keep people out of prison.Middleton Prison is the second site a program to expand the capacity of five Victorian prisons, which includes:Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre in LaraMiddleton Prison in CastlemaineHopkins Correctional Centre in AraratMetropolitan Remand Centre in RavenhallConstruction across the five sites is expected to be completed in 2023, as part of a program delivered by the Community Safety Building Authority.As stated by Minister for Corrections Natalie Hutchins“These infrastructure projects are creating thousands of local jobs and a more secure prison system that boosts community safety.”“This is the second of five sites that are being upgraded, creating local jobs in Geelong, Central Victoria and Melbourne.”“Our investment in prisons will support the rehabilitation of prisoners and help keep staff and the community safe.”As stated by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards“This expansion will help create local jobs across Bendigo through design and construction of these improved facilities. I’m looking forward to seeing this investment help our area thrive.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, Ararat, AusPol, Australia, awareness program, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Central, corrections, disadvantaged, Geelong, Government, Indigenous, infrastructure, Melbourne, Middleton, Ravenhall, social enterprise, Victorialast_img read more

History comes alive at Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday

first_imgSanta Monica’s Woodlawn Cemetery is home to a variety of interesting historic characters and this Saturday, visitors will have a rare opportunity to experience the living history contained within the gates.Woodlawn will host its fourth annual Living History tour on Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Actors will be on site portraying individuals such as astronaut Sally Ride, actor Doug McClure social / political activist Tom Hayden, community activist Thelma Terry, and the City’s first and longest-serving librarian, Elfie Mosse.Officials said the event has grown out of a changing perception of cemeteries, particularly well-maintained ones. While they will always be places to rest and mourn, they are increasingly being seen as places where you can celebrate life. Woodlawn staff said people go to cemeteries to bird watch, paint, meditate, and even attend concerts and festivals. In a sense, cemeteries are being seen as parks.The facility hosts several community events throughout the year including a Tree of Life/Holiday Open House in December, Dia de Los Muertos celebration and a patriotic event on Memorial Day.The idea to expand with a Living History day came from the East Coast where the events have been successful and after two years of planning, the first local event was held in 2015.“All the events held at the Cemetery, in one way or another, honor those from our community who have passed on,” said Patrick Hayden, a Staff Assistant at Woodlawn Cemetery, Mortuary & Mausoleum. “Woodlawn is one of the City’s landmark resources. Having been founded by Santa Monica’s original Spanish settlers in 1875 and deeded over to the City in 1907, Woodlawn is deeply woven into the fabric of the City’s history. The events provide opportunities to learn about the Cemetery, its past and present, and the important services it provides to the community as its uniquely positioned as the only City-owned and operated cemetery and mortuary combination in the United States.”He said the cemetery has a stable of actors that have worked the event over the past few years and the information comes from a variety of sources, including biographies, Santa Monica Public Library archives, the Santa Monica History Museum, as well as from the families of notable persons.“For example, not only did the family of Miss America 1945 – Bess Myerson – help create the script for the 2016 tours, but Myerson’s granddaughter also portrayed her during the tours,” he said.The Living History Tours include informational presentation from the actors, a stroll through Woodlawn’s ornate Mausoleum and a stop at Eternal Meadow, Woodlawn’s new green burial section. Other activities will include “Movies in the Mausoleum” and a photography exhibit produced by students of the Santa Monica College Photography Department.Attendance has grown steadily over the years and officials will offer two guided tours on Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to accommodate as many interested participants as possible.“This year, we hope to host over 200 attendees, and we look forward to growing the event and continuing our collaborative efforts with the Santa Monica Public Library, the Santa Monica History Museum and other local organizations,” said Hayden.Woodlawn is located at the intersection of Pico and 14th Street (1847 14th St). Limited free parking is available on site and some street parking is also available on 14th Street. The use of public transportation is encouraged with Big Blue Bus Lines 7, Rapid 7, and 41 serving the cemetery. The cemetery is wheelchair accessible. Guests are asked to RSVP through Woodlawn Cemetery’s Facebook page. For more information, visit woodlawnsm.com or call (310) 458-8717. Follow Woodlawn Cemetery on Facebook at @[email protected] on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCulture WatchTourism Talks: Hospitality Industry Offers New Ways to Spring Ahead this SeasonYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours ago HomeNewsHistory comes alive at Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday Mar. 01, 2018 at 7:02 amNewsHistory comes alive at Woodlawn Cemetery on SaturdayMatthew Hall3 years agoNo tags  last_img read more

Dogs Earn More Cred For Sniffing Out Cancer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe evidence just keeps mounting that ordinary dogs can be trained to use their noses to detect various kinds of cancer with near-perfect accuracy — better than any standard test for the disease.In the latest study, an eight-year-old black Labrador was 97 percent accurate in nosing out colon cancer when she was asked to choose among watery stool samples doctors collected from 185 patients with and without cancer. The dog was almost as good at spotting cancer in breath samples. Breast, stomach and prostate cancer samples were also detected.(READ the story by Richard Knox at NPR)________________________________________RELATED STORIES: Cancer Sniffing Dog Saves Woman Dogs and Cats Can Sniff Out Cancer Scientists Identify Chemical Odor of Skin Cancer: Study AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

A statement on infrastructure

first_imgPrime minister Theresa May and her chancellor will be hoping to demonstrate complete dominance over the direction of infrastructure investment and development when the Autumn Statement is read out on 23 November.So what should we expect the Autumn Statement to say? A few thoughts. Heathrow has finally been announced. Crossrail 2 as a project has been bubbling away, rarely silently, in London planning circles for the past 35 years. Could this be the moment when it receives more than just a notional slug of money from the Treasury, or is it one of those projects which will be regarded as being simply too expensive and another example of infrastructure being too London-centric? Could it be sacrificed in whole or in part in order to provide infrastructure investment and funding in other parts of the UK?HS2, second phase, is up for review and while the message has become confused about what the project is supposed to be (capacity not speed), the second phase looks to be on the verge of being cut back with the chancellor looking to bring about some short- to medium-term funding on other road and rail projects.Social infrastructure – schools, hospitals and housing – continues to be at breaking point, and no one has suggested that the Brexit vote will mean population growth in the UK reverses. The housing crisis, particularly in London and the South-east, is now beyond the tipping point and whether it is via community land trusts, private rented sector on a mass scale or government directly funding some housing schemes, the time for change must surely be now. The recent line by the housing minister about the UK needing “to build more homes of every single type and not focus on one single tenure”, tells us clearly what government is going to do now – a huge shift towards supporting the rental sector is on the cards.Whether private finance will be appropriate for the financing of any infrastructure project will depend on the particular projectWhatever infrastructure projects are given the green light, the next questions will surely relate to what financial arrangements the government will be looking to put in place to meet the initial costs of any proposed projects and what sources of income will be used to repay the financing costs and any operating costs on an ongoing basis. Even with the new government’s recent positive signals towards infrastructure investment, public finances remain tight. Undoubtedly significant contributions towards the financing of any proposed schemes will be raised from the private sector through various mechanisms, such as the business rate supplement, but what, if any, steps will the government take to encourage private finance to help bridge the infrastructure financing gap?The question of whether private finance will be appropriate for the financing of any infrastructure project will depend on the particular project.For larger infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 2, a number of factors will be in play. From the government’s perspective, one key consideration will be whether the balance between the likely higher cost of private finance debt will be offset by a consequential transfer of risk from off the public sector balance sheet. From the private finance perspective, time will tell if the banks and numerous alternative lenders, including the insurers, pension and sovereign wealth funds, will have the appetite to invest in these larger projects without them being de-risked by the government. Historically PPP/PFI projects have demonstrated that private finance is unwilling to be left holding the entire risk.Even if, as has been the case with Crossrail 1, commercial lenders and alternatives do not play a significant part in the direct financing, there are certainly likely to be areas of interest for them, particularly in relation to the increases in real estate values around new or regenerated transport hubs that will result from any fundamental infrastructure improvements. In turn intensive development at, for example, selected areas along the proposed Crossrail 2 route could assist the government to kill two birds with one stone. Not only could this make a significant contribution to increasing new housing, but through the community infrastructure levy and innovative use of other local property taxes directly aimed as capturing value uplifts, the government could help raise funding for these anticipated infrastructure projects.The time is most unquestionably right for boosting Britain’s international competitiveness through a strong investment in infrastructure. The market is now waiting to see if the new government’s positive rhetoric turns into something more concrete in the Autumn Statement.Rodney Dukes is head of banking & finance at Taylor Wessing, Al Watson is head of planning & environment at Taylor Wessing, and Edward Avens is a senior associate in banking & finance at Taylor Wessinglast_img read more