Local workers and businesses affected by the planned closure of Ford’s Broadmeadows plant will benefit from $450,000 in new assistance announced by the Rudd Labor Government today.

Australia is a vibrant multicultural society according to the findings of the Migration Committee report tabled in the Parliament today. The report received bi-partisan support and made 32 recommendations after receiving over 500 submissions and holding 27 public hearings over a two year period.The report found that Australian multiculturalism is a success story, and stands as a good example to the world on how to build a cohesive society.

 A recently completed stormwater harvesting and reuse project in Melbourne’s western suburbs is now set to save up to 127 million litres per year of drinking water in the City of Brimbank municipality. 

The new flyover ramp from the Tullamarine Freeway onto the M80 Ring Road (Altona bound) officially opened today.Federal Member Wills, Kelvin Thomson, and Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou, joined Victorian Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, at this important milestone for the M80 Ring Road Upgrade.

A new Headspace youth mental health service will open in Craigieburn to support young people dealing with depression, substance abuse and other mental health issues.Orygen Youth Health Research Centre was announced as the lead agency to deliver the service.Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou, welcomed the opening of headspace in the outer northern suburbs.

Local community organisations in Calwell are among 4,800 across Australia to benefit from the Gillard Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants program. Across Calwell, 21 organisations will share in $82,567.78 to support the work of their volunteers.

Eleven local community groups are set to receive more than $730,000 from the Australian Government to improve education, training and employment opportunities for people in Hume.Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou  welcomed  the  second round of funding allocated under  the Local Solutions Program.

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.