Trades Skills Centre for Western Port

Funding has been approved for a Trades Skills Centre at Western Port Secondary College. The $1.1million facility will assist in up-skilling young people in the trades sector so they are able to take up local employment opportunities. Project funding agreements have been amended to improve industry engagement and collaboration. There is a keen interest among…

Local Sporting Champions grants

I am pleased to announce the recipients of the latest round of Local Sporting Champions grants. These grants of $500 for individuals and $3,000 for teams allow our budding athletes to pursue their sporting endeavours. Playing sport is synonymous with the Australian way of life and it is excellent to see so many people of…

Trades Skills Centre for Phillip Island

Funding has been approved for a Trades Skills Centre at Newhaven College on Phillip Island. The $1.5million facility will assist in up-skilling young people in the trades sector so they are able to take up local employment opportunities. There is a keen interest among many young people to take up employment in trade industries and…

Thanks to Ken Smith

I would like to thank Ken Smith for his dedication to the community over the past 30 years, following his announcement that he will be retiring from State Parliament in November. I have known Ken since I was a small boy. He worked with my father Alan Hunt in the Upper House where they both…

Residents invited to make submissions to Mobile Coverage Programme

People frustrated with poor mobile phone coverage across the Mornington Peninsula, Western Port, Bass Coast and Phillip Island are invited to make a submission to the Mobile Coverage Programme.  The Australian Government initiative aims to extend mobile phone coverage and competition in regional, remote and outer metropolitan areas.   The $100 million programme includes $20 million…

Campaign for speed limit reduction at Boneo Primary

I am visiting Boneo Primary School today to show my support to have the speed limit reduced along Boneo Road. We have already seen a fatal accident outside the school in September this year, which was sadly witnessed by pupils at the school. The 100km speed limit is not appropriate where you have young children in…

Federal Environment Minister visits Somerville

It is a pleasure to visit Somerville Secondary College today to see the progress students have made on the Yumarrala Wetlands. Students, with the assistance of parents, teachers, community members and a number of generous sponsors have turned a patch of land into thriving wetlands. The Wetlands Redevelopment Project was created by Victorian Certificate of…

Dromana Pier tender process nears completion

I am delighted that we are closer to stepping onto a refurbished pier at Dromana after tenders to repair the pier closed in October. The Dromana Pier is an iconic landmark of the Mornington Peninsula and these works will ensure it can be enjoyed for many years to come. I congratulate Nepean MP Martin Dixon…

Centenary of Anzac – Gallipoli ballot open

Australia’s part in the Gallipoli campaign stretched from 25 April to 20 December 1915. In 2015, Australians will commemorate 100 years since thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops first set foot on a beach far away in Turkey. Charged with the notion of a great adventure in service of ‘King and Country’, thousands left…

Construction commences on Koo Wee Rup Bypass

Koo Wee Rup residents can look forward to faster travel times, reduced traffic congestion and a more peaceful town centre with the construction of the Koo Wee Rup Bypass. Today I joined Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Gary Blackwood and State Member for Bass Ken Smith as they turned the first sod for construction of…