Due to indexation, around 23 102 pensioners in the Calwell electorate will receive an increase in their pensions from 20 September 2010.

The Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou said pension payments would increase by $15.00 per fortnight for singles on the maximum rate, and $22.60 per fortnight for couples combined on the maximum rate.

People in Melbourne’s north can look forward to a GP Super Clinic for Hume city under a Gillard Labor Government.

To be constructed in Hume City, the GP Super Clinic will take pressure off existing health services, offer after-hour GP services and provide training for future health professionals.  



The Hume GP Super Clinic is being funded because of the strong financial management of the economy by the Gillard Labor Government.  GP Super Clinics provide an excellent setting to help train the more than 3,000 nurses and 1,300 GPs who will come on line as a result of the Government’s investment in health.

Craigieburn families will have access to a range of early childhood services in one convenient location thanks to the new $6.3 million children’s centre opened in Calwell today.

Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou welcomed the opening of the centre. “The centre shows the Federal Government has delivered on its 2007 commitment to the Craigieburn community.



Gov. GrantsMaria Vamvakinou, Member for Calwell announced that 37 local organisations will receive $142,000 in federal funding to support their volunteers.The local community organisations are sharing in $21 million in volunteer grants delivered across the country by the Gillard Government.


“Exercise Your Mood Week is a great initiative to highlight the benefits of exercise in combating depression,’’ Ambassador for the Black Dog Institute and Calwell MP Maria Vamvakinou said.“I encourage Calwell residents to participate in Exercise Your Mood Week campaign, being held across Australia from 11 to 19 September to underline the importance of exercise for maintaining good mental health.”

Ford 85yearsFord Australia today celebrated two unique milestones – 85 years of Ford production and innovation in Australia and 50 years of the Ford Falcon.


Speaking at the event, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said that the innovative Falcon is the longest-running Australian-made brand.



The Federal  Government will invest $30 million to increase Australia’s research and development capacity through CSL Limited. This investment forms part of a $235 million project that will strengthen our ability to protect Australians from disease.

Communities in Calwell are set to benefit from Federal Government funding that will help them secure their water supplies in a future with less water. Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou today, welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Water, Senator Penny Wong, that $259,000 in funding had been awarded to Hume Council for the Securing Water for Sunbury Community Facilities project.