Locals Show Support for DisabilityCare Australia

Mike and Jenny Macklin, Minister for Disability Reform, visited Irabina Childhood Autism Services in Bayswater North to show their support for DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme.

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Have You Any Lost Money?

Mike is encouraging local residents to log on to the Government’s Moneysmart.gov.au website today to find any lost bank accounts they may forgotten about. 

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The Pastry Lounge Gets Grant for Solar Upgrade

The Pastry Lounge, located in Mitcham, will reduce its energy bill by $22,000 a year with the help of a $56,200 grant from the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program, funded by carbon price revenue.

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Australia Day 2013 in Deakin

Along with many Australians, Mike celebrated Australia Day by participating in both the Maroondah Australia Day Citizenship and Awards ceremony and that conducted by the Whitehorse City Council on Saturday 26 January. Mike was delighted to meet many new Australian citizens and to congratulate the recipients of each municipality’s annual Citizen of the Year and […]

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2012 Deakin Student Awards Conclude a Successful Year

In the last few weeks of the 2012 school year Mike visited schools in the area to present the Deakin Student Awards to primary and secondary students at 41 participating schools. As happens each year, Mike was amazed at the wealth of talent that exists in the young people of Deakin and which was exhibited […]

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Job Talks with Chinese and Burmese Communities in Deakin

In late January Mike Symon organised a round table for community leaders from the Chinese and Burmese community in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs to meet with Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis to discuss local employment issues faced by new migrants.

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Prime Minister Gillard Announces Election Day 2013

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has recently announced that the Federal Election will take place on Saturday 14th September this year. The Prime Minister has made this announcement to allow business and the community to plan their year with this date settled – rather than experience many months of uncertainty and speculation.

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Skin Health Checks for Mitcham Bowls and Heathmont Cricket Clubs

On Monday 14 January Mike organised for a leading dermatologist, Professor Christopher Baker to visit the Mitcham Bowls Club and the Heathmont Cricket Club to raise awareness of the importance of having regular skin cancer checks. 

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Safe Futures a National Disability Award Winner

The Australian Government’s National Disability Awards were presented at a gala dinner in Canberra on 28 November and I am delighted to congratulate local winner – the Safe Futures Foundation which was the recipient of the Excellence in Accessible Communities Award. Safe Futures Foundation is a local organisation which delivers early intervention, emergency and crisis […]

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