Local Updates

One of the many great features of the Yarra Ranges is the long roads winding through some of the Victoria’s most beautiful vistas. Drivers and motorcyclists flock to our area of a weekend to cruise along our highways. If we are to have improved living standards, greater opportunity, better services and more jobs in the years ahead, we must take a number of steps today to build a stronger economy—both locally and nationally. All of these steps require repairing the budget so that we can get off the runaway debt train, build trade opportunities so that our businesses can sell their products and services into new markets, and reduce business and household costs—like the carbon tax which has already been abolished. Another critical step is investing in infrastructure, particularly better roads; both at a local and state level. This is why the Federal Government is investing more than $10 million…
Today I visited the soon to be opened Pinks Reserve Regional netball facility. The President of the Lilydale and Yarra Valley Netball Association Toni Madden and local players joined me to look at the 24 court shelters that have been federally funded following my election pledge last year.

2014 School Leavers' Guide

Tuesday, 7 October 2014
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 guide
At the last election I pledged funding of $45,000 towards the construction of these netball change facilities. This funding has been delivered. Together with the $41,000 of funding provided by Council, work on the change rooms is now well underway. The construction is taking place at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. It was great to drop in and see the progress to date. This will be the last netball season that our Mt Evelyn players are without change rooms. All of us, particularly the netballers, look forward to the completion of the project and the installation and opening of the change rooms at Mt Evelyn towards the end of this year or early next year before the 2015 Season start.
As we commemorate the Centenary of Anzac as a nation, we are also rightly looking back 100 years in our local community. The Federal Government’s Centenary of Anzac local community grants programme has allocated $125,000 to each federal electorate to commemorate and tell the local stories of a century past. Here in our electorate I formed a Committee comprising 10 outstanding local residents led by the former Principal of Monbulk Primary School, former Councillor and Mayor of the Shire of Lillydale, Ray Yates. A number of grants have already been approved, and more will be in the months ahead. The first provided $5,200 for the plaques and storyboards at Lillydale Lake and Coldstream to commemorate the centenary of the Monash Camp of Instruction, that saw 3,000 future ANZACs travel to our district for a week long camp in February 1914 to prepare for a war they hoped would not eventuate.…
It was an honour to welcome the Speaker of the House of Representatives, The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, to Casey this week. The Lilydale Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast at Platinum Restaurant which was addresses by the Speaker and myself. The Speaker covered a range of issues including the importance of enterprise, community and small business. Students at Bayswater North Primary School and Oxley College were also paid a visit. The Speaker spoke to students, teachers and parents about her role as Speaker, the importance of community leadership, and encouraged young people to strive towards fulfilling their personal potential. Students enthusiastically took the opportunity to ask questions and discuss a wide range of issues with the most senior female office holder in Australia’s Parliament.
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