Healthy EatingChildren at Meadows Primary in Broadmeadows have received $60,000 as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.The program is designed to teach children from the Calwell electorate how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food and adopt healthy eating habits.

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.



AwardsMaria Vamvakinou MP today awarded two Gladstone Park schools for excellence in giving children healthy and fun activities after school.

Local lacrosse coach, Jack Wilkinson, who teaches the sport to children at the School of the Good Shepherd, and Gladstone Views Primary School After School Care Centre, were both honoured through the Australian Sports Commission Active After School Communities Program.



“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.”

Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP, welcomed a funding boost from the Gillard Labor Government that will help the local community better manage Australia’s natural and productive environment.




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.


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.