Local Updates

Op-Ed: February 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017
Last Thursday we all reflected on our history and future as we celebrated Australia Day; all that our forebears have created, and all that we want to be in the future.
Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP has welcomed $208,000 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare local communities from the threat of bushfires. Mr Smith said the funding will be provided to the Southern Ranges Environment Alliance, Yarra Ranges Shire Council and Emtrain Fire & Community Safety Pty Ltd under the Federal Government’s $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme.
In partnership with Yarra Ranges Council, the Turnbull Government will contribute $20,000 towards the installation of a new electronic scoreboard at the Monbulk Football Netball Club and Monbulk Cricket Club’s home ground.
Margaret Lewis Reserve in Coldstream will receive new security lighting to provide improved safety for junior footballers at the Coldstream Junior Football Club, their families and school teachers.
Youth participation in sport in the Casey electorate will receive a major boost thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government’s Stronger Communities Grants 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.
It is truly a special honour to be chosen by you as Speaker, and especially so to be chosen unanimously. To have the unanimous support of the House is not just a welcome endorsement; it is an important reminder that I am Speaker not only of the House of Representatives but also for the House of Representatives—that is, for you, the members of the House of Representatives. I am always mindful of that as I discharge my duties—I was in the last parliament and I will be in this one as well.