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Achievements: Celebrated 150 years in 2008.
Anger, disappointment and disbelief - these were some of the reactions within the St Mary’s and St Brigid’s congregations to the recent news that a parish priest had sexually abused a boy in the early 1970s.
That priest was Father Leo Halloran, who served in the parish from 1968 to 1993. Fr Halloran died in 1998.
Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, did not relay the news in person; he instead communicated the matter in a letter via parish priest Fr Wahid Riad. The serious sexual abuse complaint was brought directly to the Melbourne Response and the case against Fr Halloran was investigated and upheld by Mr Jeffrey Gleeson QC. Archbishop Hart was advised of Mr Gleeson’s findings in April.
Help drive the bus out of the RED!
The Baringhup~Maldon Community Bus needs your help.
Early next year the bus bank account will dip into the red and annual expenses fall due. A generous grant from the Maldon Community Bank pays most of the lease costs, but the volunteer committee still has to find the balance of the lease as well as the annual costs of rego, insurance, compliance etc. We need to get through this cashflow shortfall to keep our wonderful community asset on the road.
CFA/UFU Dispute - Still Smouldering
The long-running dispute between the United Firefighters’ Union and the CFA volunteers smoulders on. After the CFA Board’s decision to adopt the UFU’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement last week, Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria will be taking legal action in the Supreme Court.
The VFBV CEO Andrew Ford said that the EBA fundamentally alters the nature of CFA organisation, operations and support for volunteers and hands control of key activities to the UFU. The VFBV’s application to the Supreme Court will seek to stop the UFU overriding the powers of the CFA Chief Officer and stop union interference with volunteers’ work.
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