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Year 8 students and teachers at Gladstone Park Secondary School today got a lesson in internet safety under the  Federal Government’s ThinkUKnow Program. Local Member Maria Vamvakinou helped organise the presentation at the school following community concerns about cyber-bullying and internet safety.

The Labor Government and local community groups have joined forces to strengthen education opportunities and tackle unemployment in Hume. Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr today announced $523,586 for 10 projects, including $96,000 to the Salvation Army to develop a program to train and mentor young parents and jobless families in the retail sector.
“It’s exciting to see so many local community groups come forward with innovative ideas to help improve the lives of people in Hume,” Senator Kim Carr said.

Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou has welcomed Acara‟s decision to include Modern Greek in the National Curriculum as a language for second language learners, rather than one pitched at background learners.

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, today visited UnitingCare in Broadmeadows to speak to parents about the Gillard Government’s new participation requirements for jobless families.Under the program, which begins this week, unemployed parents with young children in the Hume area will have new participation requirements and support services to help them prepare for work and make sure their children are ready for school.

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program, which is teaching healthy eating habits to primary school aged children all over Australia, will receive a further $5.4 million investment from the  Government. This will build on the $12.8 million committed in 2008-09 over four years for the development of the program.

Federal Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson, and Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou, have slammed the Baillieu Liberal Government’s TAFE Cuts, which will result in severe ramifications for young people in Melbourne’s North.Mr Thomson and Mrs Vamvakinou met with the Chief Executive Officer of Kangan Institute, Ray Griffiths, to discuss the cuts and what they will mean for locals.“We are very concerned to learn that cuts to TAFE funding will mean that up to 52 courses offered by Kangan Institute could be cut. This will mean less opportunity for young people in Melbourne’s north to learn skills and qualifications that would otherwise help them secure a job long term, and help our state up skill its workforce”, Mr Thomson said.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten and Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou today expressed concern for employees and families affected by the closure of the LTQ Engineering aircraft maintenance facility at Tullamarine.

Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell congratulated Hume City Council for receiving $127,830 to combat graffiti in Hume. The grant was recently announced by Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare, and is funded from money stripped from criminals.