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Maria Vamvakinou the Federal Member for Calwell today welcomed the announcement of a $103 million grant  to help boost fuel efficiency and emissions performance in the Ford Falcon and Territory.The announcement was made after a meeting in Detroit between the Minister for Manufacturing, Senator Kim Carr, Ford Asia Pacific-Africa President Joe Hinrichs and Ford Australia President and CEO Bob Graziano.

Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou today welcomed the Government’s decision to provide $500,000 in assistance to Turkey following the recent earthquake.

Two local initiatives in the Calwell community have received Australian Government funding to help honour the service of local veterans, Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou said today.
Ms Vamvakinou said $3200 had been approved by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, as part of the Saluting Their Service commemorations program.

Federal Member for Calwell  Maria Vamvakinou  today congratulated 3  local educators  who have been awarded $5000  each as  part of a Australian Government Scholarship for Career Advisers.
Ferah Kevser Gunduz, George Georgostathis and Kate Crowhurst are the career advisers at Isik College, Gladstone Park Secondary College and Hume Central Secondary College respectively. The three are currently guiding students in taking the major step from school to further education or employment.

Frontline health services in Coolaroo will be expanded, with a $500,000 boost from the Gillard Government, Federal MP for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou announced today.

Vulnerable people, including seniors and people with disability, will benefit from a new social housing development opened in Broadmeadows today.
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness Mark Arbib and Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou said the new development in Pearcedale Parade was supported by more than $16.9 million from the Australian Government.

Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou today welcomed the inclusion of  15 languages in the National Schools Curriculum.
Ms Vamvakinou said the support of language learning in schools would be of great benefit to Australia’s large multicultural community.

Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou is encouraging residents to help promote community participation by nominating for a place as a People of Australia Ambassador.Ms Vamvakinou said forty ambassadors will be chosen from across Australia to advise the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) about effective initiatives to promote social harmony.