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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".…
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…
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…
A Coalition Government will contribute $500,000 towards the construction of a new sports pavilion at the Don Road Sporting Complex. If the Coalition is elected, this $500,000 contribution will see the Council prioritise this project in its sporting infrastructure budget. The plan for this new pavilion includes team change rooms, a first aid room, a canteen as well as meeting and storage space. This facility will be able to accommodate over 160 soccer players and 40 netballers. While intended primarily for soccer and netball, the facility can also be used to accommodate Australian rules football matches if the need arises.
A Coalition Government will provide $75,000 towards improvements to the facilities at Queens Park in Healesville. This funding package will see the Council prioritise this project in its sporting infrastructure budget. Queens Park is a major local sporting facility that accommodates up to 170 junior footy players and 150 cricket players. The Coalition’s new funding will be used to improve the pavilion’s existing canteen facilities and shelter/shade space. This project is fully supported by all the major sports clubs in the community, including the Healesville Junior Football Club, Healesville Cricket Club, Healesville Soccer Club and the Healesville Football and Netball Club. The Yarra Ranges Council will contribute a further $25,000 to the project.
A COALITION GOVERNMENT WILL FUND YARRA JUNCTION FOOTBALL/NETBALL CLUB PAVILION WORKS An incoming Coalition Government will contribute $50,000 towards the upgrade of the Yarra Junction Football/Netball Club football change rooms. With Council prepared to make a matching contribution, works to the value of $100,000 will be able to be carried out to extend the pavilion to provide a new storage area, and enable the existing storage area in the main change rooms to be turned into a gym for use by the footballers, netballers and cricketers.
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