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  • New funding announced for local sports projects
    Female and youth sport in the Casey electorate will receive a major boost thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP has announced. This programme provides funding for small-scale local infrastructure projects, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, which are matched dollar for dollar. Mr Smith said following consultation with his committee of local representatives, a selection of projects that encouraged female and youth participation in sport were recommended as priorities. “I strongly believe that female sports do not receive enough recognition or funding. Our female athletes are high achievers and strong…
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  • New car park for Woori Yallock Primary School
    Woori Yallock Primary School families are enjoying a new car park with construction now complete. Council built the $259,000 car park with funding from the Federal Government as pledged by Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith prior to the last election. The carpark provides 43 spaces for the school community and other community groups that use the school’s facilities after hours. Works included drainage, kerb and channel, asphalt surfacing and footpath construction. Yarra Ranges O’Shannassy Ward councillor Jim Child said the carpark project was another example of Council working in partnership with the Federal Government and the community. “Council is…
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  • Funding for two local Men’s Sheds
    Bens Shed in Yarra Junction and the Montrose & District Men’s Shed will be able to purchase more equipment and supplies with Coalition Government funding of $7000. Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP said he was pleased to see the two deserving clubs receive funding through Round 11 of the National Shed Development Programme. Bens Shed received $5000 for a lathe and accessories, pressbrake, guillotine and rolls, drill sharpener, welder, and metal cutting band saw. “Bens Shed has been a strong and constant presence in the Yarra Junction community, giving men in the local area a place to socialise…
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  • Bayswater North business named Exporter of the Year
    Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP has congratulated advanced manufacturer ANCA for being named Exporter of the Year at the 53rd annual Australian Export Awards in Melbourne on 27 November 2015. ANCA, which specialises in producing hi-tech tool and cutter grinders, was also named the winner in this year’s Manufacturing category. “ANCA is a very successful business in the local electorate, with its headquarters still based in Bayswater North,” Mr Smith said. “It is fantastic to see the company go from strength to strength, expanding globally and establishing sales and service offices in nine other countries since its inception…
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  • Local volunteers recognised in Casey Community Volunteer Awards
    Volunteers across the local Casey electorate have been recognised for their dedication and hard work as part of the annual Casey Community Volunteer Awards on Saturday 5 December. Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP said he was pleased to present awards to 56 volunteers from a variety of organisations, including schools, sporting groups, emergency services, environmental groups, and support services. “We are blessed in the Yarra Ranges with a great sense of community spirit,” Mr Smith said. “Without our volunteers, our local community would cease to function. “These volunteers touch people’s lives and help to make our community a…
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  • Join me for an Online Safety Forum
    I regularly hear from parents and teachers about cyber-bullying and their concerns about online safety. According to research by the University of NSW Social Policy Research Centre, cyberbullying is estimated to effect 20 percent of Australians aged 8-17. In 2013, 72 per cent of schools reported at least one incident of cyberbullying. As you would know, the consequences of cyberbullying can be more far reaching and have more serious effects than bullying in the schoolyard, because it is conducted before an audience online and is longer lasting. Earlier this year, the Federal Coalition Government established the office of the Children’s…
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