Delivering jobs, growth and opportunity for local residents

The 2015-16 Budget is a ‘have a go’ Budget that will help local families and small businesses.   The Budget will help build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians. It will deliver jobs, growth and opportunity in a way that is responsible, measured and fair. Highlights of the Budget include: The $5.5…

Engaging seniors in the digital age

I am delighted that seniors are getting the assistance they need to move into the digital age with $1.3 million invested in the Broadband for Seniors program. After hosting a seniors forum this week, I am well aware our older residents are increasingly taking up new technology and seeing the benefits. Many of our older…

Anzac grants commemorate a Centenary of service

In commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac, I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government has funded 24 local grants totalling more than $125,000 to groups across the Flinders electorate. Through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Programme, community groups have had the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice that epitomises the Anzac spirit.…

Roads to Recovery funding flows in for Bass Coast Shire Council

Bass Coast Shire Council has received $390,000 in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program to assist with local road construction and maintenance. Quarterly payments through the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery Program allow councils to direct local road funding to where it is needed most. This latest installation of Roads…

Roads to Recovery funding flows in for Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Shire Council has received $1.17 million in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program to assist with local road construction and maintenance. Quarterly payments through the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery Program allow councils to direct local road funding to where it is needed most. This latest installation of Roads…

NBN broadband for Catani and Bayles

More than 250 residents in Catani, Bayles and surrounds will soon be able to access superfast-broadband as the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across the region.  I am pleased that fixed wireless broadband construction has started in these townships. Residents should be able to connect broadband and phone services through the NBN within 12…

Green Army marches in to enhance the natural environment

I’m pleased to announce the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port region will host four new projects under Round 2 of the government’s Green Army programme. Projects include restoring bushland, mangrove planting, track maintenance, re-vegetation and weed control. The Westernport Bay Green Army Project delivers on an election commitment and I am delighted to see this…

Calling for Green Army participants on Phillip Island and the Bass Coast

The Green Army is looking for enthusiastic 17-24 year olds on Phillip Island and the Bass Coast to  join what will become the largest team of young Australians supporting environmental action across the country. We are looking for young people who want to gain valuable skills, training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields. …

Disaster assistance for residents in Somerville and Tyabb

Residents of Somerville and Tyabb who were victims of the storms and floods on January 7 will be eligible for Emergency Relief Assistance, jointly funded by the state and federal governments. The Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements will provide emergency grants to eligible people in Somerville and Tyabb who suffered personal hardship and…