News In Brief 13 February

13:43' 07-02-2019
Glen Waverley is celebrating the Year of the Pig with a free community festival at Kingsway, Glen Waverley, on Sunday 17 February from 11am to 9pm.
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    Glen Waverley New Year and Lantern Festival

    Glen Waverley is celebrating the Year of the Pig with a free community festival at Kingsway, Glen Waverley, on Sunday 17 February from 11am to 9pm.

    The event is organised by the Monash Chinese Events Committee in conjunction with Monash Council. It is a celebration of the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year and will include outdoor stalls of food and merchandise, entertainment and cultural activities.

    Traditional Chinese lion and dragon dance performances are a highlight, with the spectacular lion dance on poles to delight all ages.

    The annual Lunar New Year celebration is the most important cultural festival for the Chinese and broader Asian community. It celebrates the coming of the New Year and has rituals, traditions and ceremonies designed to bring new luck and good fortune for the upcoming year.

    Thousands Of Homes Save On Solar

    Nearly 7,000 Victorian households have installed solar panels since the State Government’s Solar Homes package was launched in August, amounting to more than $3.4 million in rebates.

    The Solar Homes package provides up to $2,225 to support the installation of solar panels. Around 1,600 households have already received a rebate, with many more solar installation projects underway.

    Tarneit tops the list of busiest areas for new solar installations with 212. It is followed by Clyde North (161), Craigieburn (131), Truganina (123) and Cranbourne East (98).

    From 1 July 2019, Victorians will be able to install a solar panel system for half price and pay the rest of the cost back over four years with an interest-free loan. Those who purchase solar panels prior to July are eligible to apply for a rebate on their upfront costs.

    Student Safety At Level Crossings

    As Victorian students head back to school after the summer break, they are being encouraged to stay safe around level crossings thanks to Operation Jet, a new educational partnership between Metro Trains and Victoria Police.

    Police officers, Protective Services Officers and Metro staff members will conduct a series of visits to schools, level crossings and railway stations over the next 11 weeks to discuss rail safety issues with students, with the aim of reducing the number of incidents.

    There are more than 200 pedestrian incidents reported at level crossings every year.

    School communities will be invited to observe the taskforce’s work in high incident areas. School captains will also have an opportunity to be role models to their fellow classmates and discuss ways they can improve their behaviour around trains.

    Renewable Energy Gets A Boost

    The State Government has announced over $1.1 million worth of grants under the Renewable Communities Program, to support nine renewable energy projects in local communities across Victoria.

    The Renewable Communities Program supports community-owned renewable energy projects and the local groups and associations delivering them. This includes community solar and battery storage initiatives, smart grid technology and bioenergy projects.

    Funding has been awarded to projects that increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, consider energy justice and social benefit, promote community participation, and reduce greenhouse emissions.

    The projects include solar panel installation at Stony Creek Racecourse & Recreation Reserve, solar PV and battery systems on community buildings in and around the township of Yackandandah, and replacing gas heating at Skipton Hospital with locally produced straw pellet fuelled heating to reduce hospital heating costs.

     

     

     

     

     

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