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Federal Labor Members for Calwell  and Wills  Maria Vamvakinou and Kelvin Thomson, have today expressed serious apprehensions about the latest unemployment figures for their electorates. The latest Department of Employment  report ,Small Area Labour Market Figures for Wills and Calwell are extremely concerning.In Calwell a real catastrophe is unfolding. In the City of Hume, unemployment has increased since June 2013 from 6.9% to 10% in June 2014. In Broadmeadows unemployment has risen since the change of government from 21.9% to be 26.4%. Unemployment in Campbellfield and Coolaroo has risen from 18.8% to be 22.9%, and unemployment in Meadow Heights has risen from 18.6% to also be 22.9%. These are terrible figures. They are a recipe for social disadvantage on a massive scale, with the certainty of crime, drugs, and mental health problems to follow.The figures also show that unemployment in Melbourne’s inner north is now higher in some cases than the unemployment crisis facing Europe.

 Local company Textor Technologies is set to slash its carbon emissions intensity and break into new markets, using a Rudd Labor Government grant to help upgrade a production line at its textile manufacturing facility in Tullamarine.

Having destroyed Australia’s automotive industry the Abbott Government is now stalling on providing much-needed support for automotive workers and companies.

Local workers and businesses affected by the planned closure of Ford’s Broadmeadows plant will benefit from $450,000 in new assistance announced by the Rudd Labor Government today.

Applications are now being accepted for Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Program (SBP)

Closing date for applications is 5.00pm 28 February 2014.

 A recently completed stormwater harvesting and reuse project in Melbourne’s western suburbs is now set to save up to 127 million litres per year of drinking water in the City of Brimbank municipality. 

The online ballot for attendance at the 2015 Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli is now open – those who wish to go into the draw have until midnight on January 31, 2014 to apply at www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au.

A new Headspace youth mental health service will open in Craigieburn to support young people dealing with depression, substance abuse and other mental health issues.Orygen Youth Health Research Centre was announced as the lead agency to deliver the service.Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou, welcomed the opening of headspace in the outer northern suburbs.