Record attendance at the 2013 Doveton Show

Sep 24, 2013


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).”


“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.”

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Neighbour Day 2013

Mar 27, 2013


Neighbours across the country are getting ready for Australia’s annual celebration of community, Neighbour Day, that celebrates its tenth anniversary this year on Sunday 31st March on Easter Sunday.

“Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to unite residents of all ages and backgrounds, and to come together with our neighbours’, said Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt.

“Increasingly people want to come together to build a better community and a safer neighbourhood. We can start this process by inviting our next door neighbour over on neighbour day,” said Mr Byrne.

To promote Neighbour Day 2013 Anthony Byrne MP attended a pre-neighbour day afternoon tea at Erica Maliki’s home in Hampton Park with other members of the Hampton Park Networking Group.

“Erica is someone that continues to fight passionately for the betterment of our community, she has been President of the Cairns Road Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, former President of the committee of the Hampton Park Junior Football Club and one of the community representatives on the Hampton Park Community Renewal project. Erica has also been a great contributor to the Hampton Park Australia Day Event run by the Hampton Park Progress Association and Hampton Park Networking Group”, said Mr Byrne.

2012 NSW Volunteer of the Year and Neighbour Day founder, Andrew Heslop, says the focus of the day is still about building stronger and better-connected communities through street parties, barbecues and local events.

“No matter where we choose to call home we’re all part of the local community whether or not we actively participate in it,” said Andrew.

“Yet knowing who our neighbours are is vital to feeling connected and supported – not just by the people next door, across the street or on the next farm but in the surrounding area.

“Over the past 12 months we have again witnessed brave neighbours of all ages standing side-by-side to confront floods, storms and bushfires – then regrouping after the event to recover and rebuild. As well, record high temperatures have encouraged residents to check up on elderly and vulnerable neighbours to make sure they are okay”, Andrew said.

Always held on the last Sunday in March every year, Neighbour Day has five principal aims –

1. Strengthen communities and build better relationships with the people who live around us.
2. Create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns.
3. Promote tolerance, respect and understanding.
4. Break down community barriers.
5. Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

The free Neighbour Day kit for 2013 – containing invitations, name tags, posters and a ‘how to’ guide – can now be downloaded from

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Hallam Valley Trade Training Centre Opening

Feb 18, 2013

The Hon Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, and the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Federal Member for Griffith and former Prime Minister of Australia today officially opened the new Hallam Valley Trade Training Centre at Hallam Senior Secondary College.

The Federal Government invested $10.5 million in this Trade Training Centre cluster facility under its Trade Training Centres in Schools program.

“I wish to thank Hallam Senior Secondary College Principal Anne Martin, Assistant Principal John Lyall and Keith Pimblett for their contribution and to congratulate all those involved including the tradespeople and parents in delivering this important community project’, said Mr Byrne.

The Hallam Valley Trade Training and Skills Hub will provide job-ready training in traditional and emerging trades for senior school students at Hallam Senior Secondary College, Fountain Gate Secondary College, Gleneagles Secondary College, Endeavour Hills Secondary College, Hampton Park Secondary College, Narre Warren South P-12 College and St John’s Regional College.

The Trade Training Centre includes the construction of an automotive workshop, a construction workshop, two theory rooms, two seminar rooms, store rooms, a computer workshop and amenities, the refurbishment of two existing facilities to include a commercial kitchen, a teaching café and dining café and dining area, a hairdressing teaching facility, an electronics workshop, three theory rooms, an electronics facility, store rooms and amenities and the provision of equipment across four sites within the cluster.

“This trade training facility will provide industry relevant training in various industries, including qualifications in automotive, food processing, construction, electrotechnology, engineering, hairdressing, hospitality and manufacturing that will best prepare our students for the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow,” said Mr Byrne.

“In providing this opportunity for young people to obtain a trade qualification it will set them up to obtain employment by one of our local employers in an area that has a strong manufacturing, industrial and tradesperson’s base”, said Mr Byrne.

“Some 20 per cent of people in the City of Casey are employed in the manufacturing industry. 10 per cent work in construction and 18 per cent of employed Casey residents are technicians or trade workers”, said Mr Byrne.

“I am looking forward to seeing many of these secondary school students obtain employment with one of our local employers like Bombardier or Jayco”, said Mr Byrne.

“The trade training centre program was actually first announced by Kevin Rudd back in May 2007 and it was designed to address skill shortages and to provide an extra educational investment for our young people in their transition into the TAFE and apprenticeship stream,” said Mr Byrne.

“Kevin and I strongly believe that there is no difference in value between a trade certification and a university degree”, said Mr Byrne.

The program is one of a number of Labor Government initiatives designed to improve the quality of schooling nationwide and build a highly qualified, well trained Australian workforce.
Trade Training Centres are being established to help increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and help address skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries.

To date the program has approved $1.2 billion to fund more than 370 projects, benefiting over 1 070 schools around Australia.
Further information about the Hallam Valley Trade Training Centre and all schools funded under the Program is available at

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

2013 Holt Australia Day Awards

Jan 26, 2013

Anthony Byrne MP honours 35 Holt Australia Day Award recipients for their contribution to our community.

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

The 2013 Holt Australia Day Awards were presented at the Day of Nations celebrations in Hampton Park and at the Actively Diverse Day celebrations in Doveton, 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 2013 Holt Australia Day Awards were an opportunity to recognise people like Captain Shaun Trotter who joined the CFA as a volunteer at the age of 14 on Ash Wednesday and has been a volunteer now for over 31 years.Shaun was in charge of the Black Saturday Narre Warren North and Harkaway Fires in 2009 and is active member within the Community supporting campaigns such as stop violence against Women and Fire Safe Kids which promotes fire awareness.

Also amongst the Award Recipients were Margaret O’Callaghan who has been the Manager of the Cranbourne Community House for over two decades, and her passion for Cranbourne meant she works many unpaid hours. Her voluntary contribution has included, (as only one example), many after hours sausage sizzles to raise funds for much needed programs, including training for at-risk young people who are excluded from mainstream schooling. In addition, Margaret was the first female member of the Rotary Club of Cranbourne, and is also a volunteer community member of the Cranbourne Information & Support Service Committee of Management.

Another recipient worthy of mention is John Richardson who was a Welfare Officer for the RSL before he had to retire due to ill health. John has done a lot of work for Veterans in the local area; he was also the instigator in getting the RSL involved in the homeless persons campaign run by a local church within the Cranbourne Area which he volunteers a lot of his time in. He assists three Food Vans nightly in its runs to feed the homeless within Cranbourne. Besides his Justice Work, John is deemed a worthy recipient for this award by the RSL Cranbourne and also Dandenong.

“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.

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Award Recipients – Hampton Park

• Daryl Bowman
• Joe De Groot
• Joseph De Sousa
• Doug Dobson
• Frank Johnson
• Joyce Kellett
• Tess & Mairi-Anne Macartney
• Lauris McInerney
• Dale McInnes
• Margaret O’Callaghan
• Vishnu & Margaret Prasad
• John Richardson JP
• Dani Rothwell
• Prakash Samuel
• Roselyn Simmadri
• Mahbooba Tahsin
• Carols by Twillight Committee

Award Recipients – Doveton

• Lynne Bryan
• Maureen Dore
• Malgorzata Drajkopyl
• Coosje Dubach
• Enid Gibb
• Wajid Khan
• Lorraine Laughton
• Brittney Leo
• Ema Cristina Loyola
• Thomas Niazmand
• Simon Pollock
• Josephine Thompson
• Jamila Timiri
• Shaun Trotter
• Andrew Watson
• Here for Life Volunteers

Celebrating our young community leaders

Dec 11, 2012

57 students from 55 local schools were last night recognised at the 2012 Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards held at the City of Casey Council Chambers.

The Awards Ceremony, attended by over 300 people included award recipients, parents, teachers and family members was conducted by the Federal Member for Holt, Anthony Byrne MP.

“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 Anthony Byrne MP.

“On Monday night we heard outstanding stories of students going above and beyond to help others including Kevin Tangga from Cranbourne Secondary College. Kevin has a long list of accolades, including working with World Vision, being an Australia Day Study Tour recipient in 2011 and raising over $1000 for the 40 Hour Famine.”

“There were many other similarily impressive stories heard on the night inluding Brandilee Norris from Lyndhurst Secondary College who has been passionate about raising fund for Beyond Blue. She has organised many fundraisers and focused on educating others about Anxiety and Depression” said Anthony Byrne MP. “Brandilee has also raised money for Jeans for Genes day and completed work placement at a home for the elderly.”

“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 Anthony Byrne MP.

“It was a great honour to presents these awards on behalf of the community. I am very proud of the local community and I look forward to following the stories of the award recipients for many years to come”

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 Contact: Nick McLennan – Adviser, Office of Anthony Byrne MP – 9796 7533

Full List of Recipients:

Alkira Secondary College Ahdia Taher
Beaconhills College Village Campus Carly Wadsworth
Berwick Fields Primary School Olivia Henry
Berwick Secondary College Samuel Lui
Casey Grammar School Samantha Chapman
Chalcot Lodge Primary School Alia De Savery
Coral Park Primary School Richelle Smith
Courtenay Gardens Primary School Chloe Stone
Cranbourne East Primary School Yasmin Yassin
Cranbourne East Secondary School Bonin Sok
Cranbourne Park Primary School Mikayla Laffan
Cranbourne Primary School Courtney Zurek
Cranbourne Secondary College Kevin Tangga
Cranbourne West Primary School Bonni-Lee Hovey
Dandenong Valley School Anh Thu Nguyen
Don Bosco Primary School Jamie Lewis-Milaetis
Doveton College Anjali Mahesh
Fleetwood Primary School Alana Cole-Surjan
Fountain Gate Primary School Mansor Yaqubi
Fountain Gate Secondary College Justin Smith / Rebecca Herft
Gleneagles Secondary College Mikayla Newton
Haileybury College Edrington Campus Sara Forte
Hallam Primary School Emily Flentjar
Hallam Senior College Martin Zengbean
Hampton Park Primary School Melissa Lot
Hampton Park Secondary School Kathryn Hazell
James Cook Primary School Alyssa Jeffrey
Kambrya College Monique White
Kilberry Valley Primary School Jayden Bull
Lynbrook Primary School Ashleigh Jones
Lyndhurst Primary School Elli-Dion Martin
Lyndhurst Secondary College Brandilee Norris
Maramba Primary School Noor Sarai
Maranatha Christian School – Junior Campus Rebecca Jenkins
Maranatha Christian School – Senior Campus Luther D’Sa
Mary MacKillop Primary School Maria Pereleshina
Mossgiel Park Primary School Liam Madden
Narre Warren South P-12 College – Primary Joel Rogerson
Narre Warren South P-12 College – Secondary Natalie Francois
Nossal High School Natasha Aulia
Rangebank Primary School Hannah Halton
River Gum Primary School Samantha Malamatin
Southern Cross Primary School Dion Elefantis
St Agatha’s Primary School Brooke Rackham
St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School Joel Keating
St Francis de Sales Primary School Bridget Rae
St Francis Xavier College – Berwick Campus Taylah Algie
St Kevin’s Primary School Marie Alevizos
St Paul Apostle North Primary School Jessica Hannan
St Paul Apostle South Primary School Gurshan Dhaliwal
St Peter’s College Cranbourne East Lachlan Buckanen
St Peter’s College Cranbourne West Zoe Exner
Strathaird Primary School Michael Stevens
Thomas Mitchell Primary School Resalene Lavaka
Trinity Catholic Primary School David Huezo
Waverly Christian College Will Height

Summit on Youth Suicide

Aug 14, 2012

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, was proud to host a “Summit on Youth Suicide” in-conjunction with the City of Casey, which took place at the City of Casey Council Chambers on Saturday 11th August 2012 between 2pm and 4pm.

After listening to the tragic stories of young people taking their own lives in the local area over recent months, Anthony Byrne convened a community summit to address the issue of young people taking their own lives in our region.

Cr Sam Aziz, Mayor of the City of Casey, delivered some opening remarks before Anthony Byrne officially opened the “Summit on Youth Suicide”.

‘This summit is about our youth and giving them a chance to tell their stories. It is about giving our youth the opportunity to explain the challenges that they are confronting with dealing with friends who have recently taken their own lives in the community. By giving our youth a chance for their voices to be heard then we will be in a better position to create preventative measures that fully address the concerns raised by our youth,’ said Mr Byrne.

The keynote speaker was Patrick McGorry, former Australian of the Year 2010 and Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, who made it clear that “suicide is preventable but to solve the problem we must first talk about it”.

‘Unlike the road toll, which has reduced by one third to 1,600 deaths a year and continues to decline, suicide remains a taboo subject and is sidelined in social policy’, said Mr McGorry
‘Our lack of conversation around the topic has only endorsed the silence that surrounds our young people who often feel too ashamed, too guilty and too stigmatised to put up their hand and ask for help,’ said Mr McGorry.

‘By asking a young person about these feelings we will give them permission to talk, and in most cases they will feel relieved and better able to overcome periods of suicidality. If effective help is provided suicidal urges almost always subside,’ said McGorry.

Jo Robinson, Co-ordinator for suicide prevention research at Orygen Youth Health, also spoke about the need for a multi-faceted approach to preventing youth suicide including using new e-health initiatives such as “Re Frame it’. While, Dani Rothwell, a local Year 12 student provided an inspirational address, as she noted how sick she was of seeing so many young people losing their lives and that now it was time to act.

“I wish to thank all our guest speakers, our MC Tracey Ezard and our partners to our summit including the City of Casey, Headspace, Southern Health, the Beehive Foundation, Windermere, Crisis Support Services and Enlighten Education for all their work in setting up stalls and providing information about services and programs for the local community”, said Mr Byrne.

“This summit is just the first step in trying to tackle this issue that is of great concern to members of the local community. The key with the summit was to make sure that the community’s voices were heard and now the task is to take action to form a local working group to address the issue and to campaign for more youth mental health services in our local area”, said Mr Byrne.
Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

National Diabetes Week 2012

Jul 11, 2012

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, met with Mairi-Anne & Tess Macartney today to promote National Diabetes Week 2012, 8-14 July 2012.

According to Diabetes Australia, “Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease. Around 1.7 million Australians currently live with diabetes (known and diagnosed) and a further 275 Australians develop diabetes every day. Type 2 diabetes represents the vast majority of diabetes in Australia (85-90 per cent) and has been called the epidemic of the 21st century.”

At the age of 10 Tess Macartney was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the unpreventable type of diabetes. According to Mairi-Anne, “Tess’s pancreas stopped working and doesn’t produce insulin, so she needs to inject insulin into her body 6-8 times a day to live.” Over the last 4 years, Tess, with the help of her mum Mairi-Anne and family, has been learning to live with this chronic disease. Tess has been a Youth Ambassador for Juvenile Diabetes, raising awareness in the community, fundraising and spending time with other children and families affected by this disease.

“Tess and Mairi-Anne are also active community campaigners. Last year they fought a campaign to ensure that the allowance for carer’s of children with diabetes was extended up to the age of 16”, said Mr Byrne.

More recently, Tess and Mairi-Anne are working on their next campaign – to have juvenile diabetes recognised in schools in the same way as asthma and anaphylaxis.

According to Mairi-Anne, “Type 2 diabetes is the curable type, by watching what we eat and with more exercise we can prevent Type 2 diabetes. We are asking all government and health bodies to work together to raise awareness of what measures you can do now to prevent Type 2 diabetes. We also hope that one day there will be a cure for Type 1 diabetes too.”

As part of National Diabetes Week 2012 Diabetes Australia has launched the “Let’s Prevent Diabetes” campaign and if you wish to find out more about this campaign please visit

For more information about diabetes, visit or call the national Diabetes Infoline: 1300 136 588.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2012

May 24, 2012

On Thursday 24 May 2012, Hon Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, caught up with Hon Kevin Rudd MP and Stephen Jones MP for a cup of tea at Parliament House to support the Cancer Council’s great initiative “Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea”, which was hosted by Hendy Cowan, President of the Cancer Council Australia, Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for Health and Hon Peter Dutton MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of the Cancer Council’s flagship annual fundraising and awareness-raising events. The event has raised over $100million since its inception in 1994 and this year Cancer Council is seeking to raise $11.5 million to help fund vital cancer research, prevention and support services (like the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20).

Last year over 35,000 households, workplaces and schools hosted a morning tea with over one million Australians coming together across the country to raise funds for Cancer Council and help reduce the impact of cancer on all Australians.

By taking part in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Australians can help Cancer Council support the 1 in 2 Australians who will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85.

All funds raised from the event are invested directly into life-saving research, cancer prevention and support services for people in Australia living with cancer and their families.

To find out more about Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea please visit:

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Fountain Gate Leads the Way

May 16, 2012

Fountain Gate Services Centre is helping to lead the nation when it comes to finding jobs for local people and aiding those with mental health issues.

The Department of Human Services Centre is one of just four involved in a state-wide trial to support people with mental health problems; and one of 40 across the nation helping job-seekers with interactive workshops.

Visiting the Centre today, Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr and the Member for Holt, Anthony Byrne MP, said local people were benefiting from early intervention in mental health.

“People participating in this trial meet with specially trained staff frequently, helping ensure they are referred to health professionals, housing and emergency support, financial advice and other local services as fast as possible,” Senator Kim Carr said.

Mr Byrne said he was pleased to see this trial rolled out in Narre-Warren.

“So far the results have been positive as we’ve seen people quickly referred to local services that they otherwise would not have been aware of,” Mr Byrne said.

“This trial has seen staff trained by specialists in early intervention – they are an asset to this centre and can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Senator Kim Carr said Fountain Gate also holds jobseeker workshops which give people looking for work a chance to talk with others in similar circumstances.

“Job hunting can be daunting. It’s good to see an approach that is supportive for recently unemployed jobseekers,” he said.

Mr Byrne said that since opening in March the purpose-built centre has assisted, on average, 450 people a day.

“The Centre is a hub for all people in the community – it is close to other service providers, such as Windemere Child and Family Service, Connections Uniting Care and other employment agencies,” Mr Byrne said.

Neighbour Day 2012

Mar 25, 2012

The tenth annual Neighbour Day will be held this Sunday 25th March 2012.

“Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to unite residents of all ages and backgrounds wherever we chose to call home, and to come together with our neighbours for the common good’, said Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt.

“We all need to work together to rebuild our sense of community and build a safer and friendlier neighbourhood. We can all make a start by inviting the people next door and in our street over on Neighbour Day,” said Mr Byrne.

To promote Neighbour Day 2012 Anthony Byrne MP attended a pre-neighbour day BBQ with twenty two others at Ruth Murray and her daughter Jenny Colvin’s home last Friday in Doveton. ‘Firing up the barbie is a great way to celebrate Neighbour Day. I was also impressed with how Ruth and Jenny had converted their garage into a communal space that included tables, chairs, coffee machine, TV, stereo, pool table and an Olympic Games mural, a great space for neighbours to come and enjoy each other’s company’, said Mr Byrne.

For over 13 years, Ruth and Jenny have run an annual Christmas BBQ for neighbours, local community members, family and old friends at their home in Doveton. Over 150 people are invited to the local BBQ, which coincides with their amazing Christmas lights display.

“Ruth and her family symbolize the Neighbour Day spirit –huge pride in their neighbourhood and a commitment to bringing people together to build a stronger sense of community’, said Mr Byrne.

According to Jenny, ‘our neighbours are the main reason for our success…so when we when asked to have a pre-neighbour day event how could we not have a barbaque! We are blessed, the Autumn place shop keepers when they heard about this dropped everything to be here, our butcher (Christian) manager of Jeff’s Meats donated the snags and our baker donated the bread, thanks guys, our two end shops always there when needed’.

Neighbour Day was founded in Melbourne in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop. Since 2003 there have been five principal aims which have shaped Neighbour Day –

1. Strengthen communities and build better relationships with the people who live around us.
2. Create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns.
3. Promote tolerance, respect and understanding.
4. Break down community barriers.
5. Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

‘When we catch up with our neighbours we are all strengthened and enriched but when we remain isolated from our neighbours we are all disadvantaged. So it is important to connect with our neighbours whenever we get the chance,” said Mr Byrne.

For more information on Neighbour Day visit

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533


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