Close of Nominations for 2014 Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards
Saturday 16th August 2014
Launch of ANZAC Centenary project -
A story of Ralph Goode MBE
2.00pm at Lilydale Athenauem Theatre, Castella Street, Lilydale
Sunday 17th August 2014
Yarra Valley Vietnam Veterans Day
Combined Service commencing at 11:00 am at Mt. Evelyn Memorial Gardens
Cnr Birmingham Rd. & Wray Cr. Mt Evelyn
Commemorating the Centenary of Anzac and the role of Major Charles Morris
On Tuesday, I was honoured to speak at the unveiling of a plaque at Montrose War Memorial, at an event organised by the Rotary Club of Montrose and District to honour former Montrose resident Major Charles Morris.
Major Charles Morris served at the Fort situated at Point Nepean Heads.
On the morning of 5 August 1914, Major Morris ordered a warning shot be fired across the bow of German steamer, the Pfalz. This shot, having occurred just hours after war was declared in Europe, is acknowledged as the first shot fired in the First World War.
At this event I spoke of the importance of remembering those Montrose residents who served in the First World War. Three of the twenty listed on the Montrose memorial died in active service, all of them young men in their twenties and all were killed in action in France:
Frederick Davies - killed in action in 1918 in France aged 26.
Gordon Ewart – killed in action in 1918 in France aged 20.
Norman Hooke – killed in action in 1916 in France aged 20.
There will be many more events across the Casey electorate over the years to 2018 commemorating the Centenary of Anzac.
The ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Programme is helping to ensure that our electorate pays appropriate tribute to those from this area who answered the call and served our nation, especially those who died on active service. New grants for our local area will be announced over the coming weeks and months.
Speaker of the House visits Casey
It was an honour to welcome the Speaker of the House of Representatives, The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, to Casey this week.
The Lilydale Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast at Platinum Restaurant which was addresses by the Speaker and myself. The Speaker covered a range of issues including the importance of enterprise, community and small business.
Students at Bayswater North Primary School and Oxley College were also paid a visit. The Speaker spoke to students, teachers and parents about her role as Speaker, the importance of community leadership, and encouraged young people to strive towards fulfilling their personal potential.
Students enthusiastically took the opportunity to ask questions and discuss a wide range of issues with the most senior female office holder in Australia’s Parliament.
Last chance to nominate - 2014 Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards
In 2009, I initiated the Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards to recognise, reward and encourage careers in local trades and small business. The apprentices and trainees of today will help form the backbone of our future small businesses and our local economy.
I have long believed that we should be doing all we can to encourage and value excellence in our local apprentices and trainees.
I encourage you to nominate an outstanding local apprentice or trainee for an award by completing and returning a nomination form. Please also feel free to let others who may like to nominate a local apprentice or trainee know about this award.
Along with Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs, I announced on 12 June that the Australian Government had delivered $55,000 funding towards the Healesville Hospital Small Rural Health Service Business Case Study.
This funding fulfils the pledge I made during the last election to the Healesville community.
The funding will assist in the development of a business case to determine the best service, business and governance model for health services in Healesville.
The Hospital is a central part of the Healesville community. This $55,000 Australian Government grant will greatly assist the efforts of the Healesville community to provide the funding required for a feasibility study.
It was my pleasure to attend the official opening of the Hillcrest fire station and Yarra Valley group headquarters at Woori Yallock in May. The Hillcrest brigade was formed some seven years ago when three of the local brigades—Don Valley, Launching Place and Woori Yallock—decided to merge under the motto of 'Three communities, two stations and one brigade'.
I spoke in the Parliament and paid tribute to Captain Fiona Burns and the team for all of their work.