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Volunteers are important to the lives of residents in Calwell. They contribute to a socially inclusive society, and make a positive difference to those they help. Why don’t you nominate someone you know for the National Volunteer Awards?
Volunteer award categories include:
1. MP’s Volunteer of the Year
2. Junior Volunteer Award (17 and under)
3. Youth Volunteer Award (18-25)
4. Senior Volunteer Award (65 and over)
5. Business Volunteer Award
6. Education Award
7. Emergency Management Volunteer Award
8. Environment Award
9. Innovation in Volunteering Award (organisation or individual)
10. Long–term Commitment to Community Service Award.
Details: www.notforprofit.gov.au/volunteering
Nominations close: 5pm ,8 November 2012

BROADMEADOWS was abuzz with excitement on Saturday morning as Denmark's Crown Princess Mary arrived at the Hume Global Learning Centre.
Crowds braved the pouring rain to catch a glimpse of "our Mary". She was accompanied by her husband Prince Frederik, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Premier Ted Baillieu.

In its 2009/10 budget, the Labor Government delivered the most significant reforms to the pension system in its 100 year history. These historic reforms included unprecedented pension increases, a new consolidated pensioner supplement, better indexation and a pensioner work bonus. Since these reforms came into effect in September, they have delivered pension increases of $154 per fortnight for singles on the maximum rate and $156 per fortnight for maximum rate pensioner couples. And now, the Federal Labor Government is giving pensioners another payment boost through our household assistance package, with one-off payments of $250 for single pensioners and $190 for each member of a pensioner couple, already paid in June 2012.

 

A further $200 million is now available for Round Two of the $1 billion Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou announced today.

From next week, free financial information sessions are available for people in Tullamarine.
Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr encouraged people to take advantage of the assistance. “We are committed to helping people plan their future. That’s why we provide local, practical services – to help make informed choices,” Senator Carr said.

37 local community organisations in Calwell are among 4,600 across Australia to benefit from the Federal Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants initiative. These local organisations will share in almost $150,000 to support the work of their volunteers. Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou said the Government’s investment was delivering much-needed support to local volunteers.

Frontline health services in Coolaroo will be expanded, with a local clinic executing an agreement to receive a $500,000 funding boost from the Federal  Government.
Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou said the grant given to the  Coolaroo Clinic Services would make it easier for patients to see their doctor closer to home.

Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou, congratulated Nexteer Automotive Australia (Nexteer) on being awarded $63 million under the Australian Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund (GCIF) for a project that will generate hundreds of new jobs.