Local Updates

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 apprentices and trainees. I am proud to announce the opening of nominations for the 2014 Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards. These awards are judged by an independent panel of prominent local business leaders that is chaired by Phil Munday of Phil Munday’s Panel Works. 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 pass it on to someone who may like to nominate a local apprentice or trainee for this…
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,…
by Kimberley Seedy RESIDENTS in high bushfire risk areas of the Yarra Valley who can’t use their mobile phones in an emergency because the signal is so bad are pushing for funding to fix the problem. Residents from East Warburton and Steels Creek, together with Casey federal Liberal MP Tony Smith and Yarra Ranges Council will make a joint submission for funding from a new $100 million Federal Government Mobile Coverage Program taskforce to fix the mobile phone black spots. East Warburton resident John Harry, part of an action group formed last year to try and get the problem fixed, said poor mobile phone reception was a huge safety problem in the area. Mr Harry said it was difficult to get reception to East Warburton, especially during bushfires, meaning ­residents couldn’t receive or send texts, access the FireReady App, or make phone calls. “It is a very, very serious safety…
Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War. We will be commemorating this significant event in our Nation’s history with many special activities to highlight the meaning, effect and relevance of this conflict for Australia and Australians - past and present. In addition to national activities, our Federal Government is encouraging local communities to organise commemorative events with a local focus to highlight the involvement, service and sacrifice of our first ANZACs. The ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program will provide funding of up to $125,000 to each federal electorate to assist local communities with appropriate projects and events to mark this important historical milestone. Projects that may be eligible for funding under this program include: public commemorative events, including the commemoration of important military anniversaries, enlistments and other First World War events that have had a significant local impact; new First World War…
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…
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