Grants contribute to the health and wellbeing of the veteran community

Veterans have received a welcome funding boost through the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants programme. It is my pleasure to announce that two veterans groups in the Flinders electorate will benefit significantly from these grants. Hastings RSL has received $70,160 for the refurbishment of its kitchen facilities to enhance activities provided to…

Threatened Species Commissioner soon to join ranks

I encourage local residents and environment groups to comment on the draft terms of reference for the newly created role of Threatened Species Commissioner. I have established the role of Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner to address the growing number of native flora and fauna faced with extinction. The Commissioner will bring a new national…

Historic sites on show for Australian Heritage Week

I encourage everyone to get involved in local events during Australian Heritage Week 2014. Australian Heritage Week is a national celebration of the places, buildings, landscapes and stories of our local communities and provides a link to our nation’s heritage. Our local heritage is being celebrated through a number of events. You can take a…

Antarctic protection a focus of new Phillip Island exhibit

I welcome the announcement that the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia (WWF-Australia) will partner with Phillip Island Nature Parks to create a new exhibition about the Southern Ocean and Antarctic region. The Phillip Island exhibit will provide a fabulous insight into the sights, sounds, smells and beauty of the Antarctic. The habitat, environment and…

Local Sporting Champions grants open

Young athletes are urged to apply for grants of $500 to help with the costs of competing in state and national events. The Local Sporting Champions grants program is an Australian Government initiative designed to support young people participating in state, national and international sporting championships as an athlete, coach or official. The grants contribute…

Supporting children with Autism through the NDIS

I am delighted that Abacus Learning Centre in Hastings has become one of the first providers on the Mornington Peninsula to offer assistance under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Abacus is a not-for-profit organisation that provides intensive early intervention therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), assisting them to reach their potential. I…

Submissions open for the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

I encourage budding young poets to put their writing skills to the test in the 2014 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. Submissions to Australia’s longest running poetry competition for students opened on March 1. Poetry is an age-old art form that delights and inspires many. One of my personal favourites is Tennyson’s Ulysses. I have often…

Assistance to keep young Victorians out of aged care

I am pleased to advise the Victorian At Home Care Grants scheme is open again to provide much-needed financial assistance to keep young people with a disability in their own homes. This year, Youngcare is offering $200,000 in grants for up to 30 young Victorians to help them avoid premature admission into aged care facilities.…

Phillip Island & Bass Coast Green Army project on the way

The Coalition Government is delivering another key election commitment with legislation to establish the Green Army introduced to Parliament. The Green Army Programme is a key part of the Government’s Cleaner Environment Plan under the Clean Land pillar. The Government will shortly be undertaking a tender process for service providers who will engage the Green…