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…Read more...
2015 School Leavers' Guide
Leaving school is an exciting time and there are many opportunities available to young people. Exploring your options means accessing current information on a range of pathways, talking to your parents, friends, teachers and career advisers. I have compiled a comprehensive School Leavers’ Guide as a great starting point. Click here for a pdf version of the guideRead more...
Media release - Fast broadband in sight for Casey Electorate - 23 October 2015
FAST BROADBAND IN SIGHT FOR CASEY ELECTORATE Superfast broadband is coming to more than 50,000 homes and businesses in our local electorate under an accelerated three-year rollout of the nbn. Across Australia the nbn is powering ahead with the release of a comprehensive construction plan to network 9.5 million premises nationwide. nbn has released its full construction schedule, providing Australians with the greatest detail yet on when the nbn will reach them. The new rollout plan, which extends out to September 2018, provides a breakdown of when the network will be starting in specific locations and the type of technology…in Local MediaRead more...
2015 Casey Volunteer Awards - Nominations now open
CASEY VOLUNTEER AWARDS 2015 There are more than six million volunteers across Australia who generously donate their time, efforts and energy in varying roles throughout their local communities. I would like you to join me in thanking our local volunteers. These individuals make such a generous contribution to so many in need of additional support and care. The Casey Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say thank you for all the work our volunteers undertake in our community. We take this opportunity to thank them for their compassion, dedication and commitment. I would like to encourage you to nominate a…Read more...
New funding available for men’s sheds
Member for Casey Tony Smith is encouraging men’s sheds in the Casey electorate to apply for up to $8000 funding as part of Round 11 of the National Shed Development Programme. Mr Smith said the Federal Government will provide funding for men’s sheds for a further three years to 2019. “Our local men’s sheds play a very important role in our community to keep men active and contributing to their mental health and physical wellbeing,” Mr Smith said. “Men’s sheds reduce social isolation, particularly for older men and people living in outer suburban and rural areas. “The decision to guarantee…Read more...
Media release - Budget 2015: Delivering Jobs, Growth and Opportunity for the Yarra Valley
The 2015 Federal Budget delivers for local families and small businesses, said Tony Smith, Federal Member for Casey. “It invests an additional $3.5 billion over five years on child care assistance that will make child care simpler, more affordable and more accessible. “The new $5.5 billion Growing Jobs and Small Business package will help local small businesses in the outer-east and Yarra Valley to invest more, grow their enterprises, and employ more locals.in Local MediaRead more...