Whale viewing platforms provide boost for Kilcunda

Tourists, locals and enthusiastic whale watchers in Kilcunda will now have a better view of migrating whales as they travel up and down our coast with $25,000 in funding from the Australian Government’s Whale Trail initiative. The Whale Trail initiative provides Commonwealth funding to the local community to help build whale viewing platforms and interpretive…

ANZAC Centenary grant for Koo Wee Rup

Koo Wee Rup’s Avenue of Honour will be enhanced in time for the Centenary of Anzac commemorations next year thanks to an $11,750 Commonwealth government grant.  “I am delighted to formally present this Anzac Centenary grant to the Koo Wee Rup RSL Sub-branch for the creation of a WWI Honour Wall and installation of plaques…

Helping raise awareness during Mental Health Week

This Mental Health Week (October 5-12) I am supporting the Ties for Lives SPOTaTHON in its quest to curb youth depression and anxiety. Unfortunately mental health problems are all too prevalent in our society, with many young people struggling to cope with life’s daily challenges. Ties for Lives aims to raise awareness about youth mental…

Green Army marches in to start work on the Mornington Peninsula

It was terrific to join participants, project sponsors and service provider Conservation Volunteers Australia at Chinamans Creek today to launch the Mornington Peninsula Green Army project. This is one of seven sites across the Mornington Peninsula that will be revegetated and rehabilitated over the next 26 weeks by the Green Army team. The team will…

National Stronger Regions Fund opens to support local projects

I am delighted to announce that the Australian Government’s landmark $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund is now open. The fund will provide a significant injection to local towns and communities to ensure residents in regional areas have access to top-class facilities. This is about making our regions more attractive places to live, work and…

Flinders councils to share in $24 million for local roads

Frustrated road users will see significant improvement to the condition of local roads as the Commonwealth Government injects $2.1 billion through its Roads to Recovery Programme. Councils in the Flinders electorate will share in more than $24 million over the next five years to improve and upgrade roads. Local roads provide key links between our…

Local veterans supported through BEST grants

I am pleased to announce that the Southern Peninsula Veterans Centre has received a Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grant of $53, 4322. This grant will enable the centre to continue its day-to-day operations, providing veterans and returned services members with practical and emotional support. The team at the Southern Peninsula Veterans Centre…

Payment increase for more than 3.7 million pensioners

I am pleased that more than 3.7 million pensioners across the country have received an increase to their payments from September 20, the second rise this year. Single age pensioners will receive an increase of up to $11.50 a fortnight, while age pensioner couples will receive up to $17.40 extra a fortnight. This means total…