2017 Holt Australia Day Awards

Jan 26, 2017

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, honoured 28 outstanding individuals and seven local organisations for their contribution to our community on Australia Day.

The 2017 Holt Australia Day Awards were presented at the Day of Nations celebrations in Hampton Park with a large crowd of families and friends turning out to support the recipients.

‘Australia Day is a wonderful day when we can recognise those people who contribute to the community and make our community a better place’, said Mr Byrne.

The 2017 Holt Australia Day Awards were an opportunity to recognise people like Leonard O’Brien. Len joined Narre Warren Bowls Club on the 9th September 1999 upon his retirement due to deteriorating eyesight.

Upon joining the club Len soon became one of the Club’s most active volunteers. On bowls day’s Len is always there setting up the greens, putting out the mats, jacks, rakes, scoreboards, Flags, umpires kit and all the other equipment that everyone else tends to forget about for the day’s play. After completing his outside duties Len then proceeds to fill the urn, setup tables & chairs, makes sure that the toilets are clean, with adequate toilet rolls, paper hand towels, sun block and hand soap.

Len considers it one of his many duties to walk some considerable distance from home to the club to make sure that the rubbish/re-cycling bins are emptied & put out for council collection.
ln 2000 Len joined Blind Bowls Victoria and in his first year Len entered the Victorian Blind Bowls Championships, representing Victoria in the Australian Blind Bowls Championships.
Len has represented Victoria in every Championship since.

Also amongst the Award Recipients were the Cranbourne Library. The Cranbourne Library in partnership with the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation launched a ‘Forgiving Tree’ initiative last year that delivered much needed resources for local charities in the lead up to Christmas.

In its first year ever, the initiative of the library to forgive book fines and other fees in exchange for a donation to the libraries’ ‘Forgiving Tree’ raised More than $15,000 for local charities. Each of the libraries under the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation banner chose a local charity to partner with and passed on the community’s donations so those less fortunate could enjoy a decent Christmas.

Cranbourne Library partnered with the Cranbourne Information and Support Service (CISS) who provide services and referrals to the Cranbourne community. Furthermore, almost $18,000 worth of lost items were returned and just over $8000 worth of fines and fees were paid back rather than forgiven for a donation. Cranbourne Library Staff Wendy Morrison & Sue Sleet and Casey Cardinia Library Corporation CEO Chris Buckingham were instrumental in making the ‘Forgiving Tree’ initiative a success that has greatly benefited the Cranbourne Community.

Another recipient was Destanee Aiava who captured people’s imagination across the country by playing in the Australian Open 2017 as a 16 year old from Narre Warren. As a junior Destanee was involved in the Serious Tennis program run by Justin Yeo in Doveton. In 2012 as a 12 year old Destanee became an international star by winning the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France. Her prize was an opportunity to hit with 22-time Grand Slam winner Steffi Graf.

Sixteen players from around the world converged on the clay vying for the under 13 title and it was great to see twelve-year old Destanee from Narre Warren win the fourth edition of the future tennis aces tournament back in 2012.

This year Destanee broke on to the world stage and broke a record that nobody born in this millennium can match. The 16-year-old Destanee Aiava advanced through qualifying before becoming the first player born in the 2000s to win a main draw match at an elite WTA event, beating veteran American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a first-round match at the Brisbane International.

Destanee also competed in the first round of the Australian Open. She has become a star of the future and has inspired many other juniors tennis players and many locals in Narre Warren.

“I congratulate all those receiving a Holt Australia Day Award for their exemplary community spirit and endless hours of volunteer work making our community a better and safer place to live. These people do not get the same acolades as celebraties in the media but in their own quiet Australian way they do tremendous work and make other people’s lives better’, said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Award Recipients

Abdul Wahid
African Australia Women’s Group
Amarjit Singh
Amber Summerfield
Cranbourne Library
Daya Wijewardana
Denver De Rozario
Destanee Aiava
Ven. Digamadulle Wimalananda
Doveton Salvation Army Thrift Shop
Endeavour United Soccer Club
Frank Lamattina
Islander’s Creole Club
Jan Gilchrist
Jenny Colvin
Jason Gerdes
Jennie Toyne
Jodie Ann Bedford
Leonard O’Brien
Lisa Neindorf
Long Chen
Lyndhurst Football Netball Club
Lynne Bradley
Mala Pethiyagoda
Mat Harry
Melinda Perry
Paula Correia
Peter Aguto
Revati Ilanko
Rex Ashenden
Sally McCracken
Serbian Cultural Club
Tania Sacco
Tim Allan
Leeanne Browning (In Memorium)

2016 Holt Community Spirit & Leadership Awards

Dec 16, 2016

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45 students from 41 local schools were last night recognised at the 2016 Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards held at the Cranbourne Community Theatre.

The Awards ceremony, attended by over 200 people included award recipients, parents, teachers and family members was conducted by Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt.

“These awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by the students and the difference their hard work and dedication has made to their schools and the wider community,’ said Mr Byrne.

“On Monday night we heard outstanding stories of students going above and beyond to help others including a student whose passion for orang-utans and other endangered species has seen her hold numerous fundraisers and participate in fun runs and walks during her time at primary school. In 2014, she travelled to Borneo where she visited orang-utan sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres. Whilst in Borneo, she was given the opportunity to participate in a ‘Ranger for a Day’ program, working with orphaned orang-utans, assisting with feeding and other activities. Since returning, she has joined petitions to help support mandatory labelling of palm oil, as well as giving talks at school assemblies and in the classroom. She has raised funds to purchase 40 hectares of protected forest habitat for endangered species in Borneo and Sumatra. She recently adopted two orang-utans, Rahayu and Chocolate, through the Orang-utan Project,’ said Mr Byrne.

‘There were many other impressive stories including a student who collaborated with the Student Voice leadership team to introduce the CESC Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is held two days per week and students are proud to provide a nourishing breakfast to 40-60 people at each session. His dedication to the Breakfast Club (along with his reliability, persistence and hard work) has inspired other students and staff at the school,’ said Mr Byrne.

“The Holt Community Spirit & Leadership Awards is in its 15th year and is run annually to celebrate the positive contributions young people have made in the local community,’ said Mr Byrne.

“It was a great honour to present these awards on behalf of the community. I am very proud of the local community and the inspirational efforts of our kids who are making our community a better place,’ said Mr Byrne.

All award recipients received a framed certificate and a Village Cinemas voucher.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

FULL LIST OF RECIPIENTS

Alkira Secondary College Justin Coleman
Casey Grammar School Bradley Harris
Chalcot Lodge Primary School Maleisha Fernando
Coral Park Primary School Aaron Konwalow
Courtney Gardens Primary School Bianca Buckley
Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School Brooke Galley
Cranbourne East Primary School Prabhu Annavai Prabhakar
Cranbourne East Secondary College Bailey Smith
Cranbourne Park Primary School Haylee Phillips
Cranbourne Primary School Maali Albert
Cranbourne Secondary College Neil Reilly
Cranbourne West Primary School Remi Minto
Dandenong Valley School Rai Miranda
Doveton College Karissa Peters
Doveton College Kimberly Dou
Fountain Gate Primary School Ed Moreno
Fountain Gate Secondary College Jasmine Gonzalez
Gleneagles Secondary College Anthony Clarke
Hallam Primary School Arnela Haisila
Hallam Senior College Sohaila Ahmadi
Hampton Park Primary School Victoria Kumari
Hillsmeade Primary School Kai Maas
James Cook Primary School Daniel Selimi
Kilberry Valley Primary School Yasara Abeysekara
Lynbrook Primary School Spencer Tarnok
Lyndhurst Primary School Charlotte Gruneklee-Smallman
Lyndhurst Secondary College Matthew Cooper
Marnebek School Cranbourne Kayla Damon
Mossgiel Park Primary School Sienna Volkoff
Narre Warren South P-12 College Sheza Malik
Narre Warren South P-12 College Garry Ford
Nossal High School Emily Lai
Rangebank Primary School Tayissah O’Donnell
Southern Cross Primary School Cooper Robertson
St Agatha’s Primary School Isabella Duiker
St Catherine’s Primary School Charlie Nelson
St Kevin’s Primary School Angana Santhosh Kumar
St Paul Apostle North Primary School Nandira Xavier
St Paul Apostle North Primary School Avantiika Singh
St Paul Apostle South Primary School Alessia Biondi
St Peter’s College Chloe Harbour
Strathaird Primary School Adele Carthew
Thomas Mitchell Primary School Lily-Rose Campbell
Waverley Christian College Leticia Riyanto
Waverley Christian College Garrett Munyard

2016 Holt Australia Day Awards

Jan 27, 2016

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, honoured 33 outstanding individuals and seven local organisations for their contribution to our community on Australia Day.

The 2016 Holt Australia Day Awards were presented at the Day of Nations celebrations in Hampton Park with a large crowd of families and friends turning out to support the recipients.

‘Australia Day is a wonderful day when we can recognise those people who contribute to the community and make our community a better place’, said Mr Byrne.

The 2016 Holt Australia Day Awards were an opportunity to recognise people like Nicole Ryan, the mastermind of the Narre-Cranbourne Relay For Life, who officially stepped down as chairwoman last year.

It was just after Christmas about 12 years ago and Nicole’s father, Clive, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In Nicole’s words her dad just “shut down” and with nowhere left to turn for help, Nicole rang the Cancer Council who suggested they take part in the Relay for Life.

Seeking to start up her own cancer fund-raiser Nicole set the wheels in motion to run her own event, and by 2012 the Narre-Cranbourne Relay For Life was established. Four years on, and now with 15 people on the cCommittee, the event has raised over $300,000.

Also amongst the Award Recipients were the Young Veterans RSL. Young Veterans started when three mates and fellow veterans realised there was a lack of social welfare groups providing activities for the growing number of young veterans and ex-serving defence members across Australia.

In conjunction with Dandenong RSL they set out to purchase three ex-defence Landrovers and drive them from southernmost point of the Australian mainland – Wilson Promontory to the northernmost point at the tip of Cape York. This is one of several adventure activities Young Veterans organised throughout 2015, which raised funds and increased awareness of the contribution of our young veteran community

The Young Veterans engaged as many RSL sub branches as possible along the way and have had some great feedback.

They also visited schools, conducted presentations and set up catch ups with Sub-Branches about contemporary veteran issues as well as conducting a few other activities along the way to engage recently returned veterans and get them active within the RSL, whilst providing them with an outlet to meet with fellow young veterans.

Another recipient worthy of mention is Shabnam Safa. 21-year-old Shabnam Safa, was born in Afghanistan, raised as a refugee in Pakistan, and migrated to Australia in 2009. Shabnam has a passion in Martial Arts and serving her community, challenging traditional gender roles and norms within her Afghan community where female participation in extra curricular and non-educational activities isn’t greatly encouraged. Shabnam has been an Australia Day Study Tour recipient, was the 2012 Casey Youth Ambassador and promotes the importance of preserving Victoria’s marine environment.

In 2014 Shabnam founded the Noor Foundation that aims to assist migrants and refugees to make Australia their ‘home away from home’. Through the ‘Yana Program’ run by the Noor Foundation volunteers tutor new migrants so they can successfully pass their citizenship test.

“I congratulate all those receiving a Holt Australia Day Award for their exemplary community spirit and endless hours of volunteer work making our community a better and safer place to live. These people do not get the same acolades as celebraties in the media but in their own quiet Australian way they do tremendous work and make other people’s lives better’, said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Award Recipients

Suz Arnott
Senior Sergeant Phillip Byrne
Jennifer Davis
Francine Dishon
Wendi Emmerson
Elsie Hoare
Tina Jom
Ron Lamb
Raisa Lashkariov
William Logan
Kevin Manning
Shami & Charlotte Jane Marandawela
Chris Marsh
Ron & Val Marshall
Sultan M Miakhal
Nerraj Nanda
Nivas Nivandhana
Daniel Phillips
Rev Dr David Powys
Tehana Ranatunga
Chantelle Riordan
Rev Peter Roberts
Nicole Ryan
Shabnam Safa
Tracey Scott
Shirley Smith
Judy Symons
Mark Titford
Doug Tucker
Kaushaliya Vaghela
Father Albert Yogarajah
Doveton North Cricket Club Committee
Islamic Education and Welfare Association of Dandenong
Lynbrook Residents Association
Meals on Wheels Cranbourne
Nanaksar Thaat Sikh Temple
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia
Young Veterans RSL

2015 Holt Community Spirit & Leadership Awards

Dec 15, 2015

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41 students from 39 local schools were last night recognised at the 2015 Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards held at the Cranbourne Community Theatre.

The Awards ceremony, attended by over 200 people included award recipients, parents, teachers and family members was conducted by Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt.

“These awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by the students and the difference their hard work and dedication has made to their schools and the wider community,’ said Mr Byrne.

“On Monday night we heard outstanding stories of students going above and beyond to help others including from Chelsea Dodos from Dandenong Valley School. Chelsea is always eager to help out other students in the classroom with jobs that they find difficult and has spent some time helping and working with the students and teachers in the early intervention program. She has shown great leadership skills by taking initiative with group activities and taking responsibility for many different tasks in the classroom and around the school. Chelsea also takes the time to meet new people and enjoys working with volunteers at school and out in the community,’ said Mr Byrne.

“There were many other impressive stories including from Haley Kelly from Cranbourne West Primary School. Hayley is a year 4 student who is actively involved in numerous clubs at school and is always the first to offer help to others. She is a Choir Captain and a Ukulele Mentor. Hayley has also been assisting with the Cranbourne West Primary School Breakfast and Brunch Club since she was three years old. Hayley assisted in making the sandwiches and doing the dishes. Now Hayley co-ordinates the emergency lunch program,” said Mr Byrne.

‘Another example was Angelo Leaupepe from Hallam Senior College. Angelo is a promising athlete, receiving a rookie contract with the Melbourne Storm. Despite numerous setbacks and injuries, Angelo has excelled as an athlete and devoted his time to training hard and using his gifts and abilities to serve his school and community, all while managing his final year of schooling and VCE. Angelo has also lad the Hallam Senior College Touch Football and Rugby Union 7’s to state finals. This earned Angelo the School’s Sportsperson of the year award. In addition, Angelo has assisted in organizing school events such as the school’s Multi-cultural Day,’ said Mr Byrne.

“The Holt Community Spirit & Leadership Awards is in its 14th year and is run annually to celebrate the positive contributions young people have made in the local community,’ said Mr Byrne.

“It was a great honour to present these awards on behalf of the community. I am very proud of the local community and the inspirational efforts of our kids who are making our community a better place,’ said Mr Byrne.

All award recipients received a framed certificate and a Village Cinemas voucher.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

FULL LIST OF RECIPIENTS
Alkira Secondary College Nathanael Brindas
Casey Grammar School – Primary Tanysha Hogan
Casey Grammar School – Secondary Amber O’Donnell
Chalcot Lodge Primary School Kaelen MacKinnon
Coral Park Primary School Naomi Huynh
Courtney Gardens Primary School Layla Hargreaves
Cranbourne East Primary School Rhys Bryant
Cranbourne Park Primary School Anna Sorensen
Cranbourne Primary School Joel Miller
Cranbourne Secondary College Koro Sofaa
Cranbourne Secondary College Paige Sutherland
Cranbourne West Primary School Hayley Kelly
Dandenong Valley School Chelsea Dodos
Doveton College Judith Te’O
Fountain Gate Primary School Ataylia Melkic
Fountain Gate Secondary College Charlotte Mager
Gleneagles Secondary College Georgia Kristalyn
Hallam Primary School Nikitha Ramkumar
Hallam Senior College Angelo Leaupepe
Hampton Park Primary School Jasmin Crutchley
Hampton Park Secondary College Rebecca Wilson
James Cook Primary School Kaelan Lazaro
Kilberry Valley Primary School Teodora Bingula
Lynbrook Primary School Claudia Berke
Lyndhurst Primary School Ben Tawharu
Lyndhurst Secondary College Michael Stapleton
Marnebek School Cranbourne Daniel Woods
Mary MacKillop Primary School Alyssa Breeden
Mossgiel Park Primary School Shakelea Ringdahl
Narre Warren South P-12 College Adam Williams
Narre Warren South P-12 College Sitarah Mohammadi
Nossal High School Madeline Spooner
Rangebank Primary School Kayla Patrick
River Gum Primary School James Fisher
Southern Cross Primary School Safaa Rahmani
St Agatha’s Primary School Alana Manoj
St Catherine’s Primary School Keane Noronha
St Kevin’s Primary School Taylah Harvey
St Paul Apostle South Primary School Ben Abraham
Strathaird Primary School Joshua Jenkins
Thomas Mitchell Primary School Paris Dudfield.

2015 Holt Australia Day Awards

Jan 26, 2015

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, honoured 30 outstanding individuals and eight local organisations for their contribution to our community on Australia Day.

The 2015 Holt Australia Day Awards were presented at the Day of Nations celebrations in Hampton Park with a large crowd of families and friends turning out to support the recipients.

‘Australia Day is a wonderful day when we can recognise those people who contribute to the community and make our community a better place’, said Mr Byrne.

The 2014 Holt Australia Day Awards were an opportunity to recognise people like TeHeapera Nikora who has been involved in the Centre for Multicultural Youth. TeHeapera is of Maori heritage and is committed to improving the perception of young people within her community in Melbourne and demonstrating cultural pride.

Not only is TeHeapera a full time Carer for her Mother but in addition to these duties she remains active in her community, something she has been doing since a young age.
Due to her passions, creative ideas, and energy, TeHeapera then became employed by the Centre for Multicultural Youth as a youth facilitator for one year in 2013-2014 on a weekly basis where she co-facilitated community consultations amongst young people of diverse backgrounds, a weekly local action group and developed practical projects in the City of Casey around social cohesion. These included a sports day in partnership with schools and a short film available through social media.

Also amongst the Award Recipients were Pastors Graham & Julie Shand who have been Senior Pastors for over 25 years. During this time they have planted three churches, and currently serve as Senior Pastors at the Casey Life Church in Hampton Park.

Each year both Graham & Julie help to organise a number of local community events such as the Carols by Candlelight in Hampton Park. These holy Carols are held at the Cairns Rd Reserve in Hampton Park each year and thousands of people come to enjoy a wonderful night of music and entertainment. Senior pastors Graham and Julie Shand are passionate about reaching out to the community, and under their leadership the church welcomes everyone with open arms.

Another recipient worthy of mention is Tim Howell who joined the SES 15 years ago in the Nunawading Unit before moving to the Narre Warren Unity 6 years ago where after only 1 year he was appointed controller, a position he continued to hold for 2 ½ years.

After some time off Tim returned to the Narre Warren SES Unit and now serves as the Deputy Controller of Administration, a position he has held for the last 12 months.

In 2012 Tim was awarded the National Emergency Medal for his role as an SES Volunteer in the Black Saturday Bushfires in Kinglake and for a local fire in Narre Warren
In addition to volunteering with the SES, Tim works for Vic Roads as part of the emergency response team helping those in need on our roads.

“I congratulate all those receiving a Holt Australia Day Award for their exemplary community spirit and endless hours of volunteer work making our community a better and safer place to live. These people do not get the same acolades as celebraties in the media but in their own quiet Australian way they do tremendous work and make other people’s lives better’, said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Award Recipients
• Casey Lowen
• Charles Geriesi
• David Esmore
• Debra Jackson
• Elizabeth Watson
• Erin Wallace
• Glenda Colthurst
• Senior Pastors Graham & Julie Shand
• Helen Evans
• Jake Downward
• Jason Sadler
• Jennifer Corcoris & Elizabeth McLennan
• John Bell
• Rev John McMahon
• Pastor Julie Ohlson
• Margaret Luxford
• Mark Haughton
• Maryann D’Costa
• Ni Tec Leong
• Pastor Norman Cayzer
• Norman McLennan
• Inspector Paul Breen
• Sebit Tot
• Sima Mohammadzayee
• TeHeapera (Bebs) Nikora
• Tim Howell
• Vincent Manno
• Vitali Lashkariov
• Casey Regional Veterans’ Welfare Centre
• Dandenong Emir Sultan Mosque
• Inner Wheel of Cranbourne Inc
• Kane’s Crusade (Fawn Brady & Jessica White)
• Kalgidhar Sports & Cultural Association
• One Vision Aid
• South Eastern Region Oromo Community Members (Sinke Wesho, Biftu Gutama & Abdeta Hanna)
• Vision of Hope

2014 Community Spirit & Leadership Awards

Dec 16, 2014

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46 students from 45 local schools were last night recognised at the 2014 Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards held at the Cranbourne Coummunity Theatre.

The Awards Ceremony, attended by over 250 people included award recipients, parents, teachers and family members was conducted by Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt.

“These awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by the students and the difference their hard work and dedication has made to their schools and the wider community” said Mr Byrne.

“On Monday night we heard outstanding stories of students going above and beyond to help others including from Casey Lowan who has been a key member of the “Helping Hands” catering group at Narre Warren South P-12 College. Casey was also involved in the “Walk for Andrea” – a VCAL fundraising walk from Narre Warren South to Flinders St Station spanning 48km, which raised over $5000 for Breast Cancer Awareness’, said Mr Byrne.

“There were many other impressive stories including Daniel Lightowler from Clyde Primary School who this year his dedication towards the community has shone through. Daniel is a member of the local scout group and the Clyde CFA,’ said Mr Byrne.

“Another example was sisters Rachel and Kelly Jones from Beaconhills College who in response to their, much loved PE Teacher, Scott McConchie, fighting terminal brain tumours; Rachel and Kelly completed a 20 km walk in around three and half hours, raising about $1700 through sponsorship. Sadly, Scott has since passed, nut he has been and will continue to be an inspiration to both Rachel and Kelly,’ said Mr Byrne.

“The Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards is an event which is run annually to celebrate the positive contributions young people have made in the local community” said Mr Byrne.

“It was a great honour to present these awards on behalf of the community. I am very proud of the local community and the inspirational efforts of our kids who are making our community a better place”, said Mr Byrne.

The gift voucher that recipients received was donated by the Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Full List of Recipients:

Alkira Secondary College Jorja Henry
Beaconhills College Village Campus Rachel & Kelly Jones
Berwick Fields Primary School Jaden Essex-Ball
Berwick Secondary College Mikayla Vincent
Casey Grammar School William Banks
Chalcot Lodge Primary School Keenan Ferguson
Clyde Primary School Daniel Lightowler
Coral Park Primary School Ky-ya Ward
Courtenay Gardens Primary School Tiarna Owen
Cranbourne East Primary School Steven Julien
Cranbourne East Secondary College Antuon Fau
Cranbourne Primary School Jade Toleafoa
Cranbourne West Primary School Ajok Malou
Dandenong Valley School Rhys Hope
Doveton College Natalie Puroku
Fleetwood Primary School Alix Rozynski
Fountain Gate Primary School Darcy Gibbs
Fountain Gate Secondary College Zulaikha Noor
Gleneagles Secondary College Awais Ahmed
Haileybury College Edrington Jack Forte
Hallam Senior Secondary College Taylah Budd
Hampton Park Primary School Saige Dupuy
Hillsmeade Primary School Maddison Howard
Kambrya College Raymond Murray
Kilberry Valley Primary School Brayden Hogan
Lynbrook Primary School Jasmine Barros
Lyndhurst Primary School Chelsea Tanti
Lyndhurst Secondary College Rhys Johnston
Maramba Primary School Madeline Vivian
Marnebek School Cranbourne Thomas Schmutter
Mary Mackilliop Primary School Jessica Cunningham
Mossgiel Park Primary School Mitchell Johnston-Young
Narre Warren North Primary School Abbey Thomas
Narre Warren South P-12 College Casey Lowen
Nossal High School Lillian Charman
Rangebank Primary School Abigail Eldridge
Southern Cross Primary School Bailey Conlan
St Agatha’s Primary School Jordan White
St Catherine’s Catholic School Courtney McLeish
St Francis de Sales Primary School Ashley Betreen
St Kevin’s Primary School Janidu Sampathawaduge
St Michael’s Catholic School Allison Hibbert
St Paul Apostle South Primary School Jerome Labutte
St Peter’s College Cranbourne West Dominic Williams
Thomas Mitchell Primary School Luke Gablek

National Youth Mental Health Campaign Launch & Forum

Aug 13, 2014

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, joined with Emily Smith, Vanessa Jayasinghe, Alycia Kiehne, Stefan Koomen, Tom Morrall, Dani Rothwell and Jake Downward last week to invite Casey’s youth to attend the “National Youth Mental Health Campaign Launch & Forum”, which will take place at Village Cinemas at Fountain Gate (VMAX Cinema 11) on Saturday 23rd August 2014 between 10am and 12pm.

Prof Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year 2010 & Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health will be the keynote speaker at the forum. The forum will also provide an update to Casey’s youth on the rollout of the Headspace for Fountain Gate and the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) at the Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre precinct.

“The ages between 12 and 25 years are a crucial time in the development of our young men and women and Mental Illness accounts for 50 per cent of the total disease burden among young people in Australia. The forum will continue our ongoing campaign to empower Casey’s youth in national and local efforts to reduce the risk of youth depression and other mental health issues in our community”, said Mr Byrne.

“We are really proud to partner again with Prof Patrick McGorry from Orygen Youth Health who will be launching a new National Mental Health Campaign at our forum. We encourage Casey’s youth to come along and be part of this exciting event. This continues our campaign for greater national attention and awareness on youth mental health issues and ensures that the voice of Casey’s youth is heard again nationally,’ said Mr Byrne.

National Youth Mental Health Campaign Launch & Forum

EVENT: National Youth Mental Health Campaign Launch & Forum
DATE: Saturday 23rd August 2014
ADDRESS: Village Cinemas at Fountain Gate VMAX Cinema 11
TIME: 10am-12pm
RSVP Office of Anthony Byrne MP 9796 7533 or email [email protected]
COST: Free to attend but registration is required.

To register for the summit please call Anthony Byrne’s office on 9796 7533 and to find out the latest about the forum please visit www.anthonybyrnemp.com

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

2014 Holt Australia Day Awards

Jan 28, 2014

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt honoured 39 outstanding individuals and two local organisations for their contribution to our community on Australia Day.

The 2014 Holt Australia Day Awards were presented at the Day of Nations celebrations in Hampton Park with a large crowd of families and friends turning out to support the recipients.

‘Australia Day is a wonderful day when we can recognise those people who contribute to the community and make our community a better place’, said Mr Byrne.

The 2014 Holt Australia Day Awards were an opportunity to recognise people like Joan Graham who has provided a home for over 300 children in her 40 years as a foster carer. She has fostered kids, some with difficult backgrounds, since she was in her 20′s and even though her husband passed away 4 years ago, she still continues to foster. Looking after children became a strong part of her family with her own four children who are now grown up with children of their own. Joan still sees many of her foster children and is very fond of all of them.

In 2012 Joan’s house burnt down, yet she managed to soldier on. The community rallied around Joan and raised funds to help her get back on her feet and buy much needed necessities. Joan was also on the Board of the Fostercare Association of Victoria and assists other carers as a “mentor”. Joan is loving and well-grounded and offers her foster children much needed stability, security and love.

Also amongst the Award Recipients was Keith Pimblett who is proof of the impact a teachers can have on students and the community, his foresight was instrumental in developing the idea of a Trade Training Centre at Hallam Secondary College, which has now become a reality not only in Hallam but right across Australia.

As a secondary school teacher himself, Keith is passionate about addressing skill shortages and providing extra educational opportunities for young people in their transition into TAFE and the apprenticeship stream. The Program allows secondary students from years 9 to 12 to access vocational education and training to give students a broader range of options to help improve Year 12 attainment and enhance pathways into vocational careers.The then government embraced this initiative developed by Keith and rolled it out to other schools in Australia as a result of Keith’s initial idea.

This has provided a career opportunity to many thousands of young students wishing to qualify in a trade and assisted business with well qualified and trained students all because one man believed so passionately in his students and the roles that trades men and women can play in our community.

Another recipient worthy of mention is Marianne Dawes who is a wildlife carer and rescuer and whilst she works with all species she specializes in kangaroos, rescuing them and caring for their orphans. Like many carers and rescuers Marianne’s days can range from 12-18 hours as one Kangaroo or Wallaby rescue can last up to 8 hours and sometimes even days.
Kangaroos that are injured can be very dangerous and are often hard to help as they cover long distances across hazardous terrain, Marianne has also taken on the role of teaching and mentoring many other volunteers who are learning how to best help injured wildlife.

“I congratulate all those receiving a Holt Australia Day Award for their exemplary community spirit and endless hours of volunteer work making our community a better and safer place to live. These people do not get the same acolades as other famous people but in their own quiet Australian way they do tremendous work in giving their precious time to make other people’s lives better’, said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

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Award Recipients

• Alfred Goldburg
• Fr. Elias Matta
• Neville Worthington
• Helen Appleman
• Sean Balfour
• Thomas Barnes
• Keith Barrot
• Calvin Bell
• Roland Blaschak
• Colin Booth
• Rebekah Booth
• Johnathan Clarke
• Simon Dewar
• Savio Gonsalvez
• Steve Chapman
• Marianne Dawes
• Luke DeLutiis
• Mehmet Salih Dogan
• Keith Edwards
• Bryce Eishold
• Joan Graham
• Joan Green
• Mary Haigh
• Rosemary Hutchins
• Julie Johnstone
• Mary Jonker
• Mark Jouvelet
• Sriyani La’Brooy
• Peter O’Hagan
• Christine Gladwell
• Eileen Hillis
• Louise MacDonald
• Shaun Petrie
• Keith Pimblett
• Brian Regan
• Sadiq Sarwari
• Carolyn Scott
• Colin Smith
• Lima Stanikzai
• Oliver Thomson
• Sharon Thomson
• Slobadan Todic
• Shelly Peluso
• Eda Vistac
• Noorullah Noori (Posthumous Award)
• Carols by Twilight – Casey City Church
• Painting with Parkinsons

2013 Holt Community Spirit & Leadership Awards

Dec 18, 2013

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50 students from 49 local schools were last night recognised at the 2013 Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards held at the Cranbourne Coummunity Theatre.

The Awards Ceremony, attended by over 200 people included award recipients, parents, teachers and family members was conducted by Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt.

“These awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by the students and the difference their hard work and dedication has made to their schools and the wider community” said Mr Byrne.

“On Tuesday night we heard outstanding stories of students going above and beyond to help others including Jarryd Simmons who is a member of the Cranbourne CFA. He joined the CFA as a Junior Member in 2010 and has learnt how to handle the equipment from the fire hoses to the basic search and rescue gear. Jarryd has moved up to Seniors this year and this will enable him to go out on the trucks to assist with bushfire fighting, search and rescue,’ said Mr Byrne.

“There were many other impressive stories inluding Ashlee Willerton who took part in her 3rd Relay for Life event this year, a team event dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. Ashlee managed to walk 72 laps, over the 2 days. Her team “Giddy Up” were proud of her achievements and so too was her primary school,’ said Mr Byrne.

“The Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards is an event which is run annually to celebrate the positive contributions young people have made in the local community” said Mr Byrne.

“It was a great honour to presents these awards on behalf of the community. I am very proud of the local community and the inspirational efforts of our kids who are making our community a better place”, said Mr Byrne.

The Community Spirit and Leadership Awards is an event held annualy to celebrate the contribution young people make in the local area. Award winners are nominated by their school and receive a framed certificate and gift voucher. The gift voucher were donated this year by Westfield Shopping Centre.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Full List of Recipients:

Alkira Secondary College Jenna Hutton-Murdoch
Beaconhills College Village Campus Laura Doak
Berwick Fields Primary School Carmel Sabet-Rasekh
Casey Grammar School Sarah Dunstan
Chalcot Lodge Primary School Vivek Ravinthiran
Coral Park Primary School Courtney Blaschak
Courtenay Gardens Primary School Jaymi Muzzicato
Cranbourne East Primary School William Bastian
Cranbourne Park Primary School Lisa Paxton
Cranbourne Primary School Shanay Myloans
Cranbourne West Primary School Jacinta Watts
Dandenong Valley School Allira Noronha
Don Bosco Primary School Emily Ray
Doveton College Andrew Lish
Fleetwood Primary School Rhys Williamson
Fountain Gate Primary School Zohal Meraj
Fountain Gate Secondary College Jasmine Gonzalez
Gleneagles Secondary College Leeanne Lazos
Hallam Primary School Adele Casse
Hallam Senior College Stacey Baker
Hampton Park Primary School Petual Benham
Heritage College Tadiwanashe Danha (Tadiwa)
Hillcrest Christian College Alana Cohen
Hillsmeade Primary School Justin Marks
James Cook Primary School Mili Drazic
Kambrya College Hieu Tran
Kilberry Valley Primary School Haylee Dacey
Lynbrook Primary School Daniela Osafo Kwaako
Lyndhurst Primary School Dylan Carvell
Lyndhurst Secondary College Jarryd Simmons
Maramba Primary School Aaron Crichton-Nelson
Maranatha Christian School Casey Junior Campus Hope Lake
Maranatha Crhistian School Casey Junior Campus Amanda Caron
Marnebek School Cranbourne Nicholas Manneken
Mary Mackilliop Primary School Josephine Lee
Mossgiel Park Primary School Izabel Nalbandian
Narre Warren South P-12 College Shihan Izzedeen
Nossal High School Cherry Chan
Rangebank Primary School Ashlee Willerton
River Gum Primary School Britney Connolly
Southern Cross Primary School Olivia Pygis
St Agatha’s Primary School Angelin Tom
St Francis de Sales Primary School Cliona Barrientos
St Francis Xavier College – Berwick Campus Caitlin Dempsey
St Kevin’s Primary School Dilania Benevides
St Paul Apostle North Primary School Natasha John
St Paul Apostle South Primary School Jade Judd
St Peter’s College Cranbourne West Tess Macartney
Strathaird Primary School Olivia Antonello
Thomas Mitchell Primary School Andre Dababneh

Record attendance at the 2013 Doveton Show

Sep 24, 2013

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On Sunday 22nd September 2013, Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, along with Cr Amanda Stapledon, Mayor of the City of Casey, officially opened the 9th Annual Doveton Show at Myuna Farm.

Held on a Sunday each year at the same time as the Royal Melbourne Show, the Doveton Show has been an exceptionally successful community-driven initiative, attracting a record 18,000 attendees this year. The Doveton Show showcases the very best of the Doveton Eumemmerring community and provides a low-cost alternative to the Melbourne Show, as the entry fee is still only two dollars. The Doveton Show raised $33,000 this year and all funds raised this year will go to running next year’s show.

The Doveton Show is a full day event that is well supported by local community members and features a variety of activities including:

• music and dance performances;
• an animal nursery;
• amusements and rides;
• face painting;
• sporting activities;
• historical engine displays;
• show bags;
• market stalls;
• art and craft
• displays and workshops;
• food stalls;
• train rides

Anthony Byrne MP said: “This year’s Doveton Show at Myuna Farm was brilliant as Doveton Pride came to the fore. Huge crowds, great entertainment and fantastic activities made it a wonderful day for everyone. One of the highlights from the show was seeing one of the icons of Myuna Farm, which is Joey the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. He is a very spritely 71 year old (See picture).”

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“I wish to congratulate the Doveton Show events committee including Steve Hill on holding such a marvellous show this year and I wish to thank all the dedicated group of volunteers for their work in making the show run so smoothly on such a beautiful day,” said Mr Byrne.

According to the Doveton Show committee, “the Doveton Show was held for the first time on September 25th 2005. Event organizers were confident of attracting at least 1,000 and were hopeful that they might get as many as 2,000 people through the doors. Hopes were exceeded with over 5,000 people flocking to Myuna Farm, from as far as Nyora and Keilor.”

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

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