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Working together to deliver for Casey

A re-elected Turnbull Government will deliver a major boost to health services in Melbourne’s East, allowing patients bulk billing access to access Eastern Health’s new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) service at Maroondah Hospital.

Liberal Member for Deakin Michael Sukkar said in contrast to most other areas of the city, residents across the east did not currently have access to publicly-owned and operated MRI services, with local outpatients forced to wait six to eight weeks for an examination.

Female and youth sport in the Casey electorate will receive a major boost thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP has announced.

This programme provides funding for small-scale local infrastructure projects, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, which are matched dollar for dollar.

Woori Yallock Primary School families are enjoying a new car park with construction now complete.

Council built the $259,000 car park with funding from the Federal Government as pledged by Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith prior to the last election.

Jamie Briggs

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

and

Tony Smith

Federal Member for Casey

Joint Media Statement

31 March 2014

Australian Government signs $3.56 million funding agreement for Yarra Valley Railway

The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to contribute $3.56 million towards the Yarra Valley Railway project in the electorate of Casey.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith today visited the Yarra Valley Railway to sign the funding agreement which will deliver funds for the key regional link between Yarra Glen and Healesville.

Mr Briggs said the funding was another example of the Australian Government’s commitment to providing long term improvements in productive community infrastructure for regions across Australia.

"The Australian Government has identified the Yarra Valley Railway as a priority economic development project which will create jobs and boost the productive capacity of the region".

"This funding would not have been delivered without Tony Smith’s strong commitment to the project and this region", Mr Briggs said.

Mr Smith, who has long supported the railway project, said it will deliver significant social and economic benefits for the local community.

"This funding will assist in the construction of a railway that will help grow our local area as a tourism destination, adding value to tourist experiences already on offer and attracting domestic and international tourists to the Yarra Valley".

This announcement will be welcome news for the community who were promised this funding by Labor but never received it.

Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Coalition delivers on its election commitments instead of just talking about them.

Media Contacts

For Mr Briggs: Andrew Ockenden 0429 877 721

For Mr Smith: Andrew Hallam 0404 043 764

TONY SMITH MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR CASEY

M E D I A R E L E A S E

CASEY ANZAC CENTENARY KICKS OFF AT LILLYDALE LAKE

The first of many grants to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC in our local Casey electorate has been approved by the Federal Government after recommendations from our local ANZAC Centenary committee, says Federal Member for Casey, Tony Smith.

“A grant of $5,200 has been approved to help provide interpretative signage and a plaque at the site of a large Militia Camp at Lilydale and the site of a mock battle at Coldstream. The unveiling ceremonies surrounding these will also help mark the start of the important centenary commemorations and raise awareness of an extraordinary episode in our local history”.

“The site, where the popular Lillydale Lake is today, hosted a week long ‘Camp of Instruction’ for 3000 soldiers of the 13th Infantry Brigade between 7-14 February, 1914 – some six months before the beginning of WWI”.

“Their training included company and battalion drills, musketry practice and a mock battle at Mount Mary near Coldstream” Mr Smith said.

The Commanding Officer for the camp was Colonel John Monash (later Major-General Sir John Monash). This event is considered to be the most important in his pre-war military career.

On 12 February1914, the camp was visited by the Inspector General of Overseas Forces, General Sir Ian Hamilton and the Governor-General Lord Denman. They observed the mock battle at Coldstream where Monash and Hamilton held an important meeting under a gum tree, an event so significant to both men that they would often refer to it during and after the ensuing war years.

Many of the men attending the camp were on active service with the AIF in the year after this event. Ironically some would serve under Hamilton when he was made the Allied Commander at Gallipoli and some would serve under Monash when he took command of the AIF in Europe in 1918. Sadly many of them were killed in action.

The Rotary Club of Lilydale is coordinating the production and installation of the plaques and storyboard signs and have organised two ceremonies to mark these important events.

On 9 February at 2.00pm, the unveiling of the plaques and storyboard sign will take place at Lillydale Lake.

The Lillydale Lake ceremony will include a fly over by a WWI bi-plane, military band and personnel, and attended by Michael Bennett, great grandson of Sir John Monash. Air League Cadets and The Australian Great War Association will also take part in the ceremony, and a book will be launched on the history of the camp.

On 13 February at 11.00am a storyboard sign will be unveiled at Maroondah Hwy Coldstream.

30 January 2014

Media Contact – Andrew Hallam 9727 0799

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Joint Media Release

TONY SMITH MP - Federal Member For Casey

&

BRUCE BILLSON MP - Federal Member for Dickson - Shadow Minister For Health and Ageing

A COALITION GOVERNMENT WILL HELP FUND A BUSINESS CASE STUDY FOR HEALESVILLE HOSPITAL

“A Coalition Government will make $50,000 available in the current financial year to help fund an independent business case study to investigate the feasibility of Healesville Hospital becoming independent with its own board of management, should the community wish it to occur”, said Mr Dutton.

“Tony Smith has spoken to me on a number of occasions in Canberra about the desire of many in the Healesville community to explore the possibility of the Hospital transitioning to an independent rural hospital with its own local board of management”, Mr Dutton said.

“Over many months I have spoken with many local residents and the local ‘Save the Healesville Hospital’ group about the importance of the Hospital to our community”, Mr Smith said.

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