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…

Carbon Tax repeal a boost for local small businesses

Small businesses are set to benefit from the Coalition’s introduction of new laws to repeal the Carbon Tax. The idea that a punitive electricity tax is the right approach to tackling climate change was unequivocally rejected by the Australian people at the recent election. Small businesses were hit hardest by the Carbon Tax as they…

Tourism funding grant for Maru Koala and Animal Park

Maru Koala and Animal Park in Grantville is set to benefit from a Federal tourism grant of $74,591 to create a dinosaur-themed children’s playroom. The playroom will overlook the kangaroo paddock and will contain interactive displays where visitors can learn about the dinosaur dreaming fossil dig site that extends along the Bunurong Coast. Maru Koala…

Local ANZAC Centenary Projects Win Support on Remembrance Day

The forthcoming Centenary of ANZAC will be commemorated in the Flinders electorate with a diverse and creative range of community projects. On Remembrance Day today, I am delighted to announce that the Flinders ANZAC Centenary Community Grants Committee has approved a total of 22 local projects from across the Mornington Peninsula, Western Port and Phillip…

National Whale Trail to Include Bass Coast

A Coalition Government will provide $25,000 towards the cost of creating a whale watching platform at Kilcunda as part of a new National Whale Trail. The funding will form part of a $500,000 package to create a National Whale Trail to encourage land-based whale watching and create a national network of whale watching sites along…

Commitment to Improve Youth Mental Health

A Coalition government will provide further help to young people facing mental illness by establishing a National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Youth mental health is a growing issue both here in the Flinders electorate and across Australia. Close to 300 people, including students, teachers and parents attended my Youth Mental Health Forum…