Jul 23, 2010

23 July 2010

Federal Member for Holt Anthony Byrne MP has today officially opened the refurbished courts at Endeavour Hills Tennis Club.

The existing clay courts needed regular irrigation, and due to water restrictions in the region 50% of the courts could not be maintained to an appropriate standard.

‘I am delighted that the facilities at the Endeavour Hills Tennis Club can now be utilised to their full capacity’ Mr Byrne said today.

‘The courts are significantly lower maintenance and will also save the Club money in terms of ongoing maintenance and water costs.  The new surface is far more environmentally friendly and can be used in all weather conditions, whereas the old surface could be washed out quite easily.’

‘This area is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, and this investment is a great example of how the Commonwealth Government and the City of Casey have worked collaboratively for the benefit of the community’ said Mr Byrne.

Six jobs were created in resurfacing the 17 existing tennis courts across the City of Casey Local Government Area.

The funding was provided from the Gillard Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

Media Contact:  John Paul Grima (03) 9796 7533

$112,543 in Volunteer Grants for Holt

Jul 19, 2010

19 July10

Federal Member for Holt, Anthony Byrne MP today announced that 35 local organisations will receive $112,543 funding to support their volunteers.

The local community organisations are sharing in $21 million in volunteer grants delivered across the country by the Gillard Government.

Cranbourne Lions Club Choir and Hallam Junior Football Club are two of 35 local organisations that will receive grants of between $1000 and $5000 to cover the cost of petrol and purchase much-needed equipment such as computers, barbecues, air conditioners and refrigerators.

Jennie Toyne from the Cranbourne Lions Club Choir said that the Choir will use the funding to purchase a computer for recording and rehearsing purposes.

Catherine Black from the Hallam Junior Football Club said that the organisation’s funding of $4,750 will be spent on IT equipment, uniforms and First Aid courses for their volunteers.  

“Volunteers are the backbone of our community,” Anthony Byrne said.

“Volunteers at Cranbourne Lions Club Choir and Hallam Junior Footy Club are great examples of the ongoing efforts of volunteers in our area, especially those that enrich our sporting and cultural life.

“The Gillard Labor Government values the enormous contribution volunteers make and this funding will help ease the financial pressure on community organisations in Holt.”

Media Contact: John Paul Grima 9796 7533


Australian Defence Medal Presentation Ceremony

Jun 8, 2010

Media Release
8th June 2010

Anthony Byrne, Federal Member for Holt, in conjunction with the Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL presented the Australian Defence Medal to local recipients today.

“This medal recognises the service of members of the Australian Defence Force, past and present, who make a significant contribution to our nation,” said Anthony Byrne.

“Members of the Defence Forces often contribute in unseen and unrecognised ways. It’s an honour on behalf of the community to express our gratitude for the commitment and sacrifice of Australian Defence Force members,” said Anthony Byrne.

“I would like to thank the Dandenong Cranbourne RSL and President Barry Jones for all their hard work in hosting the Defence Medal presentation and Navy representative, Lieutenant Commander David Lassam, for assisting with the medal presentation ceremony,” Mr Byrne said.

The Australian Defence Medal is awarded to Regular and Reserve Force members who have completed their initial enlistment period or four years service, since World War II from 3 September, 1945.

Any current or former Australian Defence Force Member requiring more information on eligibility or applying for the Australian Defence Medal can contact Anthony Byrne on 9796 7533.

Medal recipients:          Service Type        Years of Service

Christoper Phillips         Navy                           9
William Shepheard        Army                           8

Media contact: John Paul Grima on (03) 9796 7533.


Gillard helps with the cost of school uniforms

Jun 6, 2010

The Gillard Government is supporting Australian families.

To ease the burden on family incomes parents will receive a tax refund on the cost of school uniforms up to the value of $779 per child each year.

Parents will be able to claim up to 50 per cent of the cost of uniforms up to $390 per child in primary school or $779 per child in secondary school for uniforms purchased from 1 July next year onwards.

The Gillard Government currently provides refunds for a wide range of education expenses including the costs of textbooks, stationary, computers and trade tools for high school trade courses.

The additional available refund for uniforms is part of the Gillard Government’s commitment to delivering better education services for Australia.

“Parents bringing up our children make enormous sacrifices and deserve a helping hand.  It is important that parents are aware of the cost-saving initiatives that may be available to them,” said Anthony Byrne.

Parents should keep receipts of eligible education expenses as this will help to calculate entitlements and can be used as proof of purchase.

For more information about eligibility for the Education Tax Refund visit the website at or call

13 28 61.

Media Contact: John Paul Grima 9796 7533

National Volunteer Week a chance to say Thank you

May 23, 2010

“Every day hard working volunteers are making real and lasting differences in our local community through their work with vulnerable people, protecting our environment and even risking their lives during bushfires, floods and other disasters,” Federal Member for Holt, Anthony Byrne said.

 Anthony Byrne experienced first hand the invaluable contribution that volunteers are making to the community in Holt, visiting the local SES Unit in Narre Warren. 

 “I extend a thank you on behalf of the broader community for the efforts of this very important SES unit.  During the storms in August last year, Narre Warren SES received over 260 calls in a 12 hour period – making it one of the busiest in the state,” Anthony Byrne said.

 Narre Warren SES unit controller Tim Howell said that he was “very proud to receive recognition on behalf of the dedicated team of volunteers at the unit, who contribute their time and effort while balancing family and career commitments.”

 “Volunteer Week is a chance to recognise this enormous contribution and encouraging more people to discover the satisfaction of giving to the community in this way,” Anthony Byrne said.

 The Australian Government’s $21 million Volunteer Grants program provided small grants to over 6,700 organisations last year, benefiting over 366,000 community volunteers. Successful organisations in this year’s Volunteers Grants will be announced in coming months.

 Anthony Byrne encouraged those interested in volunteering to visit to search for local volunteering opportunities.

 For more information about National Volunteer Week, go to

Painting with Parkinson Art Exhibition

Mar 30, 2010

On Saturday 10th April, local organisation Painting with Parkinson will present its annual Art Exhibition, aptly titled, ‘More Expressions of Colour’.

Holt MP Anthony Byrne will be officially opening the exhibition and will receive a ‘golden paintbrush’ in reconition of becoming a Patron for the group.

“Painting with Parkinsons has been established to improve the living standard of people suffering Parkinson’s Disease, through the teaching of art,” said Anthony Byrne.

“I encourage all locals to turn out and support this worthy organisation,” said Anthony Byrne.

Anne Atkin, the group cordinator is a passionate ambassador for Parkinson’s Victoria and tirelessly volunteers her time promoting the organisation and its support services.

“PD is a hidden chronic illness and there are many totally incorrect beliefs about it in the community. This is one way to help
kill off a few of those myths,” said Mrs Atkin.

 “The exhibition is a chance for people who live with PD to show the community that they are still thinking, feeling human beings,” said Mrs Atkin.


Location: The Old Cheese Factory, Homestead Rd, Berwick
Time: Opening:10th April 2.00 -4.00
Exhibition open to the public:
April 10th-11th  10am-5pm
April 16, 17, 18th, 10-5pm
April 23, 24, 25, 26,  10am-5pm                                                                                  

Media Contact: John Paul Grima on (03) 9796 7533


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