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Council run childcare in Hobsons Bay (12 February 2014)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Local News |

Council run childcare in Hobsons Bay (12 February 2014)

Last November the council made an unfortunate decision while I was overseas.  It decided in a meeting closed to the public and without any community consultation to outsource the management of the two council-run childcare centres in Hobsons Bay (Altona Meadows and Altona North).  Council management also failed to consult with staff.  Incredibly, this motion was supported by all councillors present. I have opposed this decision and the process from the outset and am very pleased I successfully moved a resolution in the council last night to...

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Lots of local events in Melbourne’s West this summer!

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Local News |

Lots of local events in Melbourne’s West this summer!

Lots of local events in Melbourne’s West this summer! Melbourne’s west is the place to be this summer, so no matter where you live be sure to come and enjoy the events the local councils are supporting! Movies by the Bay – Altona and Williamstown (every Friday in January 2014) Free Dog’s Breakfast (Saturday 4 January 2014) Wildlife Display (13 – 17 January 2014) Midsumma comes to Melbourne’s West – Go West!  (12 January 12 to 2 February 2014) Australia Day in Altona (Sunday 26 January 2014) Summer...

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Council Meeting – 8 October 2013

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Local News |

Council Meeting – 8 October 2013

The following are some of the issues I raised in the council chambers tonight: Altona Beach – seaweed collection & recycling I requested an update about the council’s new seaweed collection process.  The council has experienced significant delays in receiving the new equipment which will improve the process to collect seaweed and recycle it into liquid fertilizer once it commences.  I am now waiting a report on this issue.   Clean-up following last week’s storm I conveyed the community’s general appreciation...

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Wedding news!

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Local News |

Wedding news!

I am pleased to announce Manja and I were married in Dunedin, New Zealand on 27 September 2013.  Sadly we were unable to marry in Australia as the law here requires marriage to be “between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others”.  It is difficult for someone born both male and female (like me) to fit such a narrow and outdated definition.  Thankfully, being intersex is not an impediment to marriage in a number of countries now, including New Zealand! Here are some newspaper articles about our wedding:  ...

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Snakes!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Local News |

Snakes!

A number of residents have reported that they’ve seen snakes recently in residential areas.  Here is some advice about what to do if you find a snake. Above all, leave it alone and report it to the council immediately on 9932 1000 (BH) or 9947 4685 (AH).  The council will arrange for a professional wildlife controller to remove the snake free of charge.  DO NOT attempt to remove the snake yourself.   IF YOU ARE BITTEN:- 1. Do not wash the wound 2. Apply pressure on the wound with a bandage & immobilise the injured area. 3....

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Council Funding Inequity

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Local News |

Council Funding Inequity

Council Funding Inequity Since being elected to the council I have pushed for essential capital works and services.  We have accomplished millions of dollars of improvements to the local area in that time, including improvements to the Altona Beach, Apex Park, the Altona Sports Precinct, Cherry Lake, Altona Boat Ramp, Laverton Community Hub, Altona North Community Library, Pier St improvements, new footpaths, upgrades of community centres, upgrades of local parks and playgrounds, and much more. We still have lots of work to do but am...

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Community Consultation Vital

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Local News |

Community Consultation Vital

Council officers have given Caltex approval for additional tanks in Spotswood – as close as 150 metres to homes – without any community consultation.  I am disappointed this occurred. The law sets out the minimum requirements in terms of community consultation, but the council should always try to exceed them and be fair with residents. I think it would have been entirely appropriate for the council to consult with the community before issuing a planning permit even though the council was not legally obligated to do so. I’m...

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My Intersex Story – Breaking down barriers

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Local News |

My Intersex Story – Breaking down barriers

The National Institute for Challenging Homophobia Education (NICHE) recently created a wonderful animation about my life as an intersex person as part of their “Your Story” campaign.  They have previously made animations for gay, lesbian and transgender stories. To see the animation, click here: - Tony Briffa’s experiences as an intersex person Thank you to Daniel Witthaus, Kenton Penley Miller and Jonathan Duffy for a great project.  http://thatssogay.com.au/yourstory/ The video is also available in German...

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Council decides not to run Altona Beach Festival in 2014

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Local News |

Council decides not to run Altona Beach Festival in 2014

The Altona Beach Festival will not be run next year as a result of a decision made by the council last night (moved by Cr Peter Hemphill and seconded by Cr Sandra Wilson). I would have been happy for the council to fully organise and resource the festival, but I was the only councillor to oppose the motion. The council decision means a community group can seek funding of up to $10,000 to run a festival. It can’t see that happening. We allocated around $40,000 to the festival last year when I was mayor. I would like to thank the Altona...

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Tony Briffa on ABC TV’s 7.30 Report

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Local News |

Tony Briffa on ABC TV’s 7.30 Report

On 8 July 2013 I appeared on the ABC’s 7.30 Report to raise awareness about intersex people.  The feedback from people across the country and in my electorate has been very positive. I would like to thank the ABC for giving me the opportunity to discuss these issues in front of a national audience.  It is my hope programs like this will help reduce the shame and stigma attached to being born biologically a combination of male and female. The transcript is provided below, and the video can be accessed here...

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