March 27, 2015
The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are the largest and oldest in Australia and it has launched its 31st children’s poetry competition.
"The competition opened on March 1 and will close on the June 30, 2015. The awards are aimed at primary and secondary school students across Australia and are encouraging them to engage in and explore the world of creative writing and poetry. This yea...Click here for full story
March 27, 2015
Applications for the 2015 Community Heritage grants are now open for community groups around the electorate. The grants aim to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations.
"Community groups can apply for up to $15,000 in grant funding. The funding comes from the Australian Government through the Nat...Click here for full story
March 25, 2015
Shepparton is to receive a Youth Employment Pathways pilot program to support disengaged young people aged 15 to 18 years, helping them to get back in to school, start vocational education or move into the workforce.
Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone said, "It is good that again Murray electorate has been chosen as a pilot for a national program. Shepparton has one of the highest you...Click here for full story
March 20, 2015
Imagine a group of four year olds learning a language at pre-school. The Arthur Dickmann Childcare Centre in Shepparton has been chosen as a pilot site for the Federal Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.
"This program will see our pre-school aged children use special applications (apps) for mobile and tablet devices. These apps should help the children recogni...Click here for full story
March 18, 2015
The Australian Government has announced funding for priority projects on the Hume Freeway and Goulburn Valley Highway under the National Highway Upgrade Program.
Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone said the Australian Government will provide 4&.5 million and the Victorian Government $1.9 million for bridge strengthening works to improve the safety and productivity of the Hume Freew...Click here for full story
March 15, 2015
Every five years the Australian Government produces an Intergenerational Report (IRG) which compares current Government policies with how the population in supposed to grow, the workforce numbers, and public finances over the next 40 years.
"Australia has had strong economic growth over the last 40 years. Incomes have doubled over the last 40 years since 1975 and this wealth has been shared ac...Click here for full story
March 13, 2015
The rise of the internet over the last 20 years has seen us sending fewer letters through Australia Post. Australians are turning to the internet as their main form of communication.
"Australians are now sending one billion fewer letters a year than compared to 2008, and Australia Post has suffered a dramatic downturn in revenue because of this. Without changes the tax payer would have to help su...Click here for full story
March 8, 2015
On Saturday the 8th of March we celebrate the 104th annual International Women’s Day. The theme declared this year by the United Nations is Make it Happen.
"Our great electorate of Murray has many women in high profile positions. Women such as the Mayor of the Strathbogie Shire Debrah Swan, St. Joseph’s College Principal in Echuca Kate Fogarty, Wedderburn College Principal Margaret...Click here for full story
March 4, 2015
"Councils in Murray have just received $3,091,551 in Roads to Recovery and $11,345,800 in Financial Assistance Grants funding from the Australian Government. The breakdown of Roads to Recovery funding and Financial Assistance Grant funding per Shire is:
Greater Shepparton $1,390,031 of Roads to Recovery funding and $2,882,798 of Financial Assistance Grant funding.
Campaspe Shire $324,242...Click here for full story
March 4, 2015
The Murray electorate has been granted funds to see an upgrade to one of its rest areas on the Hume freeway through the Federal Government Round Four of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
"The rest area, ‘Flat Rock’ situated on the Hume Freeway eight kilometres south of Euroa, will have an almost $2 million upgrade to provide an additional 15 parking bays, an upgrad...Click here for full story