National Stronger Regions Fund Round Two opens to support local projects

Round Two of the Australian Government’s landmark $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund is now open. The fund will provide a significant injection for 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 enjoy. The Fund…

Local Sporting Champions grants help young athletes reach their goals

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…

Providing funding to strengthen our local communities

Communities in the Flinders electorate will benefit from a significant boost in funding announced in the 2015 Budget. The Government’s new Stronger Communities Program will provide $45 million over two years to fund small capital projects. In my electorate of Flinders, we will receive funding of $150,000 per year over two years to support projects…

Green Army makes a difference in Mount Eliza

The team of young Australians working to improve the natural environment of Mount Eliza’s Linear Reserves were today acknowledged for their hard work as they officially graduated from Green Army. The team has spent 26 weeks carrying out extensive weed control, contributing to fuel reduction and improving the biodiversity of indigenous species. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said…

Stronger Regions Fund delivers $10 million for Bunjil Place

I am delighted that the Australian Government is providing $10 million to develop the Casey Cultural Precinct, now known as Bunjil Place. This is a terrific outcome for the community and I look forward to seeing Bunjil Place inject a new cultural hub for the community to enjoy. In particular, I have been working with…

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…