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Superfast broadband is coming to more than 50,000 homes and businesses in our local electorate under an accelerated three-year rollout of the NBN. Across Australia the NBN is powering ahead with the release of a comprehensive construction plan to network 9.5 million premises nationwide.
The 2015 Federal Budget delivers for local families and small businesses, said Tony Smith, Federal Member for Casey. “It invests an additional $3.5 billion over five years on child care assistance that will make child care simpler, more affordable and more accessible. “The new $5.5 billion Growing Jobs and Small Business package will help local small businesses in the outer-east and Yarra Valley to invest more, grow their enterprises, and employ more locals.
Young people involved in the Quinn Reserve & Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Protection Program Green Army project have commenced on-ground works. "This project will benefit Mount Evelyn and surrounding regions through protecting the natural and cultural heritage values of Quinn Reserve and the Aqueduct Trail," Tony Smith said. Participants will undertake activities on community reserve assets managed for ecological, cultural and passive recreational activities in Mt Evelyn.
Green Army makes a difference in Casey Young people involved in the Yarra Valley Green Army team are seeing the results of their hard work come to fruition after completing their on-ground project. "The wider Healesville area has seen significant benefits from this project through weed control, landscaping, planting, fencing, wildlife monitoring, vegetation surveying and waterway monitoring." “During the past six months, Green Army participants have made a significant contribution and through their dedication and teamwork, we can see firsthand the tangible results of their activities,” Tony Smith said. “These participants have not only generated real environment and conservation benefits for our community, but they have gained valuable practical training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce, pursue further training or improve their career opportunities.” As the Green Army grows, so too, do the opportunities for young people around Australia to get involved. “I encourage all those interested…
NEW CENTENARY OF ANZAC GRANTS APPROVED FOR CASEY I am pleased to announce that nine additional grants totalling $41,435 have been approved by the Federal Government to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in our local Casey electorate: The Mt Evelyn History Group will receive $6,450 for commemorative plaques at the Mt Evelyn Avenue of Honour Memorial. The Wanallock Branch of the Country Women’s Association will receive $7,685 for a grand quilt and textile exhibition celebrating the inspirational lives of our Anzac’s and the families who supported them. The Seville Public Hall Committee will receive $3,410 for construction and installation of a protective cabinet to house currently unprotected Honour Rolls in Seville Public Hall. The Lilydale Uniting Church will receive $795 to construct a plaque commemorating J.D. Burns’ poem ‘For England’. The Healesville RSL Sub-Branch will receive $1,000 for information boards marking Healesville’s World War One Avenue of Honour. The Wandin…
LOCAL ROADS FUNDING BOOST The Yarra Ranges Shire Council will receive more than $10 million over the next five years to upgrade and improve our local roads, with $1.6 million secured for this financial year doubling to $3.2 million next financial year. Local Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith and Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood announced they had jointly secured the funding as part of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme. “This funding is great news for local residents and businesses, and will make a real difference in improving the roads in our local community” said Mr Smith.
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