Local Updates

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…
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…
I was please to attend the Yarra Glen and District Men’s Shed Coffee Morning on Wednesday to present an Australian flag to President George Miller and members. It was great to see so many attending the first coffee morning in the recently opened shed. For further information, including how to join as a member, visit www.yarraglen.com/mensshed
Congratulations to the Mooroolbark Community who helped plant over 1000 trees in less than two hours last Sunday. Trees were planted along the side of Mooroolbark Road near Landscape Drive as part of National Tree Day. It was great to see so many Mooroolbark residents, community groups and organizations working together to enhance the local environment.
Earlier today I was pleased to announce that if the Coalition is elected, restoration efforts along Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Walk will be greatly assisted by a Green Army program. A Green Army team of 10 young people between the ages of 17-24 will work with the local Friends group and the Council over a 26-week period to remove weeds, repair pathways and conduct other improvement projects. This will enhance the attractiveness of the Aqueduct as a local amenity and tourist destination for wider social and economic benefit of the Mt Evelyn community.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the formation of the Committee for the Casey ANZAC Centenary Grants Program, led by Mr Ray Yates, as the Committee Chair and composed of ten outstanding local residents with a proven track record of community contribution and who will give representation to all parts of the Casey electorate. The Anzac Centenary Community Grants Committee will provide advice on applications made by the local community. They will assess applications for funding and make recommendations to me about projects to be submitted to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for consideration. The Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant national period of commemoration in our nation’s history, and together we are pleased to announce that applications have opened for funding from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. Locally, we encourage communities to work together to ensure that our electorate pays appropriate tribute to those…
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