Local Updates

At the last election I pledged funding of $45,000 towards the construction of these netball change facilities. This funding has been delivered. Together with the $41,000 of funding provided by Council, work on the change rooms is now well underway. The construction is taking place at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. It was great to drop in and see the progress to date. This will be the last netball season that our Mt Evelyn players are without change rooms. All of us, particularly the netballers, look forward to the completion of the project and the installation and opening of the change rooms at Mt Evelyn towards the end of this year or early next year before the 2015 Season start.
As we commemorate the Centenary of Anzac as a nation, we are also rightly looking back 100 years in our local community. The Federal Government’s Centenary of Anzac local community grants programme has allocated $125,000 to each federal electorate to commemorate and tell the local stories of a century past. Here in our electorate I formed a Committee comprising 10 outstanding local residents led by the former Principal of Monbulk Primary School, former Councillor and Mayor of the Shire of Lillydale, Ray Yates. A number of grants have already been approved, and more will be in the months ahead. The first provided $5,200 for the plaques and storyboards at Lillydale Lake and Coldstream to commemorate the centenary of the Monash Camp of Instruction, that saw 3,000 future ANZACs travel to our district for a week long camp in February 1914 to prepare for a war they hoped would not eventuate.…
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.
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…
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:50): Today I want to pay tribute to five residents from the electorate of Casey who were recognised recently with the Queen's Birthday honours. Four received the Medal of the Order of Australia—OAM: Mr Ion Whykes for services to the community of Healesville—he was Charter President of the Healesville Rotary in 1977 and principal of the Healesville High School between 1974 and 1993; Vaughan Hinton of Monbulk for services to the media through television production and to the community of Monbulk—he was the executive producer of the Compass program for 14 years, a member of the Monbulk CFA since 2006 and its secretary since 2008; Rosemary Shaw of Croydon for service to the community through a range of volunteer roles, including the Office of the Public Advocate, Yooralla and the Wesley Mission; and Pauline Jones of Chirnside Park for service to people with a disability over…
The Coalition’s first Budget gets Australia off Labor’s runaway debt and deficit train, and puts us on a responsible and sustainable path to a stronger nation and a stronger local community. It requires some sacrifices today to ensure prosperity tomorrow. We cannot continue to do as Labor did – pretend that we can keep living beyond our means. Everyone will have to contribute in order to build a stronger economy and a better future for our local community. But by sharing the effort we lighten the load. Right now we are paying $1 billion each and every month in interest just to service Labor’s debt. Without responsible action this would rise to around $3 billion a month within 10 years. Under our plan, deficits will be cut by $43 billion, and debt by about $275 billion in a decade. At the same time, the Budget includes vital funding for infrastructure,…
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