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November 25, 2015

The No Jab, No Pay legislation designed to improve national immunisation rates and provide a stronger incentive for immunisation has now passed both Houses of Federal Parliament, on its way to becoming law. The legislation means that from 1 January 2016, parents will need to ensure their child’s immunisations are up-to-date if they are to continue receiving Child Care Benefit, Child Care Re...Click here for full story

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November 25, 2015

The Federal Government has released the terms of reference for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the regulation of the Australian agricultural sector. “The inquiry will focus on regulations that impact on the local and international competitiveness of farms and Australian agriculture. We want to remove or reduce unnecessary regulation where this action burdens productivity on farm busi...Click here for full story

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Funding for Early Childhood Education

November 20, 2015

The Federal Government has offered the States and Territories an extension on the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to early Childhood Education to include 2016 and 2017. "The $840 million of funding will ensure that children have access to 15 hours per week of preschool education to prepare them for school. Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone said, "Early years learning...Click here for full story

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Local organisations receive Arts Funding

November 20, 2015

Two local organisations, Gallery Kaiela and the Shepparton Arts Festival Inc have been successful in their applications for Federal Arts funding. "The Gallery Kaiela has been granted $70,000 to develop and publish paintings to illustrate a children’s book of stories collected from community Elders from Yorta Yorta Country. The stories will also be put onto a DVD using Yorta Yorta languag...Click here for full story

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November 19, 2015

St Mary’s Primary School in Mooroopna has been successful in their funding application for the Federal Government’s Capital Grant Programme. "The grant will enable the school to demolish an old building and build new modern learning and shared resource areas. "This grant will ensure St Mary’s has the best educational resources to help current and future students get the mos...Click here for full story

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CEWH 23GLTemporary Water Tender Sale Boost: 45 GLS to come from Victorian Water Retailers

November 19, 2015

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) has announced that of the 23 gigalites of Commonwealth environmental water offered for temporary trade in the last week of October, over 95% has been bought by Victorian Goulburn and Murray irrigators. There was significant interest from the irrigation community with 525 eligible bid offers submitted for the purchase of the share of the...Click here for full story

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Shepparton Jewish Synagogue remembered

November 17, 2015

The somewhat clashing tones of the Aboriginal didgeridoo and a Jewish shofar ram’s horn sounded together at the unveiling of a plaque near to the former site of Shepparton’s Jewish Synagogue. “This may have been a world first musical combination,” Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone observed. “Some of Shepparton’s rich cultural history has b...Click here for full story

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TONGALA - Birthplace of the Men’s Shed Movement

November 17, 2015

A book now celebrates Tongala as the home of the world’s first Men’s Shed. The launch of “The Men’s Shed Movement: The Company of Men” edited by Professor Barry Golding, recognises Tongala as the ‘birthplace’ of the vibrant Men’s Shed Movement. There are now over 1400 sheds from Australia to New Zealand, United Kingdom to Ireland. Sharman Stone, Fed...Click here for full story

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November 16, 2015

The Federal Government is inviting not-for-profit organisations to submit new and innovative ideas for funding about how to help 15-24 year olds who are long-term unemployed or at risk of becoming long-term unemployment to find and keep a job. “Applications for funding organisations under the $50 million Empowering YOUth Initiatives are open now and close on the 18th December. The successfu...Click here for full story

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Call for National Day of Recognition for Australian Farmers

November 14, 2015

On Monday 9 November, Federal Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone moved a motion in Parliament calling on the Federal Government to designate a National Day for Australian Farmers, to celebrate their great achievements and contribution to the nation. The motion received bipartisan support. “Throughout our history, farming families have made an outstanding contribution to our values and cultu...Click here for full story

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