Local Updates

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War. We will be commemorating this significant event in our Nation’s history with many special activities to highlight the meaning, effect and relevance of this conflict for Australia and Australians - past and present. In addition to national activities, our Federal Government is encouraging local communities to organise commemorative events with a local focus to highlight the involvement, service and sacrifice of our first ANZACs. The ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program will provide funding of up to $125,000 to each federal electorate to assist local communities with appropriate projects and events to mark this important historical milestone. Projects that may be eligible for funding under this program include: public commemorative events, including the commemoration of important military anniversaries, enlistments and other First World War events that have had a significant local impact; new First World War…
The first of many grants to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC in our local Casey electorate has been approved by the Federal Government after recommendations from our local ANZAC Centenary committee, says Federal Member for Casey, Tony Smith. “A grant of $5,200 has been approved to help provide interpretative signage and a plaque at the site of a large Militia Camp at Lilydale and the site of a mock battle at Coldstream. The unveiling ceremonies surrounding these will also help mark the start of the important centenary commemorations and raise awareness of an extraordinary episode in our local history”. “The site, where the popular Lillydale Lake is today, hosted a week long ‘Camp of Instruction’ for 3000 soldiers of the 13th Infantry Brigade between 7-14 February, 1914 – some six months before the beginning of WWI”. “Their training included company and battalion drills, musketry practice and a mock battle at…
I was please to attend the Yarra Glen and District Men’s Shed Coffee Morning on Wednesday to present an Australian flag to President George Miller and members. It was great to see so many attending the first coffee morning in the recently opened shed. For further information, including how to join as a member, visit www.yarraglen.com/mensshed
Congratulations to the Mooroolbark Community who helped plant over 1000 trees in less than two hours last Sunday. Trees were planted along the side of Mooroolbark Road near Landscape Drive as part of National Tree Day. It was great to see so many Mooroolbark residents, community groups and organizations working together to enhance the local environment.

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Friday, 26 July 2013
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Earlier today I was pleased to announce that if the Coalition is elected, restoration efforts along Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Walk will be greatly assisted by a Green Army program. A Green Army team of 10 young people between the ages of 17-24 will work with the local Friends group and the Council over a 26-week period to remove weeds, repair pathways and conduct other improvement projects. This will enhance the attractiveness of the Aqueduct as a local amenity and tourist destination for wider social and economic benefit of the Mt Evelyn community.
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