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My question to the Prime Minister in Question Time today - can the Prime Minister confirm how many pensioners will be negatively impacted by his legislation to cut the pension supplement?

The 2019 Communities Environment Program is now open to expressions of interest (EOI) from local environment groups across the federal Calwell electorate.

If your group is in need of funds to make an important environmental project happen, delivering social benefits to the wider community, I encourage you to submit a proposal to my office.

It was my absolute privilege to host the inaugural 'Memories of Menzies and Calwell' event alongside my parliamentary colleagues John Alexander MP and Dr Mike Freelander MP in Parliament. 

Firstly, a very special thank you to Heather Henderson (nee Menzies) and Dr Mary Elizabeth Calwell for sharing the wonderful memories of their fathers from very personal perspectives in a fascinating discussion moderated by Michelle Grattan, The Conversation.

In celebration of the arts community in Australia, I took the opportunity to talk about the art in my Parliamentary office by Greek Australian artist Vicki Varvaressos.

I’ve always thought of Banksia Gardens as a fixture in Broadmeadows, one of the pulse points of the local community. The team at Banksia Gardens know what’s going on in Broady – who is missing out, who needs a hand, and what the issues are that are of concern to all the different communities that make up this vibrant neighbourhood. Now I know how old you are, I guess this is no surprise.

 Above: At the Banskia Gardens Community Services morning tea.

How fortunate was I to be in Canberra at Parliament at the same time my home team Hume City FC played and beat Cooma Tigers 2-0 in round 32 of the FFA Cup. I got a chance to celebrate with the winning team at Deakin Stadium who are now in round 16 of the prestigious cup. 

 

Expressions of interest are open now for the fifth round of grants in the Stronger Communities Program. If you have a project that will increase community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Calwell, a Stronger Communities grant could help make it a reality. Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available for small capital works projects that meet the goals of the program and can show matched contributions (in cash or in kind) on at least a dollar for dollar basis. 

 

Above: With Maureen Leahy from Meadows Primary School in the playground they built from the funds they received in round four of the Stronger Communities Programme.

It was such an honour to officially launch the Australian Sickle Cell Advocacy Inc at the Royal Children's Hospital on Wednesday 19 June, 2019. The auditorium was filled with healthcare professionals, carers, patients, and families all there to advocate on behalf of those affected by sickle cell disease in Melbourne

I want to thank the group’s executive director and founder Agnes Nsofwa for all her hard work in raising awareness on sickle cell disease (SCD) in Australia. Agnes and her husband Preston have given up their time and energy to advocate on issues affecting sufferers of SCD after their beautiful daughter Mapalo Joy was diagnosed when she was a baby.

Above: With Mapalo Joy Nsofwa.