Deakin Residents Honoured on Queen’s Birthday

Mike is delighted to congratulate six Deakin residents on their receipt of awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced this week. The awards in the Order of Australia are presented to Australians who have made significant contributions to their local community and the wider Australian community.

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$10 Million Makes a Splash for Aquanation

Mike was delighted to advise the Maroondah City Council that the Deakin community will receive an Australian Government grant of $10million from the Regional Development Fund for Aquanation, the new Victorian State Diving Centre and aquatic leisure centre to be constructed in Ringwood.

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Grant Helped Stephen Run in WA

Mike recently visited the Ringwood Athletic Track and met with Local Sporting Champion Stephen Dang and his coach Peter Benifer. Stephen, who is 14, came 2nd in the 200m event at the National Junior Championships held in WA recently. Mike congratulated Stephen and presented him with a certificate of achievement following on from a $500 […]

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Tintern Students Make the Great Hall Sing

Mike recently hosted a visit to Parliament House in Canberra for year six students from Tintern Junior School who were spending the week in Canberra on camp. The students were afforded the rare privilege of being invited to sing four songs in the Great Hall standing in front of the wonderful tapestry.

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Mums & Bubs Appy With New Delivery

New parents can now lodge Centrelink documents straight from the maternity ward using a fast, easy and secure smartphone app for families. Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas joined Mike recently to visit new parents at Mitcham Private Hospital to test drive the new option.

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National Action on Asbestos Safety

The Gillard Labor Government will invest more than $10.5million to deliver a national approach to protect Australians from asbestos related diseases. Widespread asbestos use in construction materials during the 20th century has left Australia with a deadly legacy.

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Active After-School Program Extended

The Gillard Government has extended the popular Active After-School Communities program for another year. The 2013-14 Budget contains almost $40million for the program to benefit nearly 200,000 primary school students across the country.

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Local Exporters Receive Federal Grants

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, The Hon Kelvin Thomson, and Federal Member for Deakin, Mike Symon, today announced 13 local businesses were reimbursed a combined total of over $407,000 under the Australian Government’s Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) Scheme in 2011-12.

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Community Cabinet Comes to Ringwood

A Community Cabinet event was held at Norwood Secondary College giving many locals the chance to meet the Prime Minister and discuss issues of concern with cabinet members such as the Treasurer, the Honourable Wayne Swan and Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Bob Carr.

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