Responding to the Endeavour Hills Incident – Wed 24 Sept 2014

Sep 24, 2014

“Bringing our community together” – Interview with Leigh Sales on the 7:30 Report.

Statement by Anthony Byrne MP regarding the incident at the Endeavour Hills Police Station last night.

Record attendance at the 2014 Doveton Show

Sep 23, 2014


On Sunday 21st September 2014, Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, along with Cr Geoff Abblett, Mayor of the City of Casey, officially opened the 10th 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 20,000 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 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, Joey the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.”

“I wish to congratulate the Doveton Show events committee including Myuna Farm Manager Mr 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.

Anthony Byrne MP accepts Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Sep 1, 2014


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, last Saturday was nominated by local resident Julie Paull to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Julie’s husband Rex Paull recently passed away from Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
According to Julie Paull, ‘MND is the most horrible of diseases a person can get it robs you of the ability to Move Speak Eat And eventually Breathe. Our lives were forever changed with the three little letters MND. There is no cure and no treatment.’

‘I wish to thank Anthony Byrne MP and also the Casey Community who have been very supportive for example the Cranbourne 1st Scout division did the challenge last Friday in honour or my husband as have several local and non-local people,’ said Ms Paull.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a neurological disease that affects over 350,000 of the world’s population, and kills over 100,000 every year. MNDAV produces a range of information and resources to assist and inform people living with MND, carers, families, friends and health professionals.

The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS/MND is a social media campaign that was initiated by Pete Frates, a former Boston College captain who is living with motor neurone disease (MND) in the US. Since Peter Frates posted his challenge online, the Ice Bucket Challenge quickly went viral and is now spreading across Australia’s MND, sporting and entertainment communities.

“I only accepted this challenge after I received Julie’s message nominating me and hearing the tragic story of Julie’s husband who she lost due to MND. I accepted the challenge to assist Julie in raising awareness of MND and to let Julie and her family know how much I appreciate their courage and their efforts to combat MND,’ said Mr Byrne.

After undertaking the challenge Anthony Byrne MP nominated Kevin Rudd, Charlie Rimmer – Manager of Westfield Fountain Gate & Kirk Edwards – CEO of Village Cinemas – Exhibition.

To donate to Julie’s MND team directly visit

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.


Australians for Mental Health

Aug 26, 2014

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, joined with Prof Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year 2010 & Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, to launch “Australians for Mental Health” at the National Youth Mental Health Campaign Launch & Forum, which took place today at Village Cinemas at Fountain Gate.

Australians for Mental Health will be a Mental Health Advocacy Campaign similar to “Get Up”. To join this mental health advocacy campaign please visit:

Australians for Mental Health – The problem:

• The neglect of mental ill-health is a form of national self- harm that must be stopped;

• Despite increased coverage and awareness of mental health, there still exists a political inertia about mental ill- health.

Australians for Mental Health – What we want”

• The voices of Australians affected by mental ill-health to be heard and responded to;

• Equal access to, and quality of mental health care, as physical health care by 2020 through transformational reform and investment;

• A reduction in the suicide toll to 75% of its current rate – 2,361 deaths per annum – by 2016 and to 50% of its current rate by 2020;

• An increase in annual funding for mental health to 10% of the total health budget by 2016 and to 13% by 2020; as it currently stands at 7%.

• Improved access to mental health care from a level of 40% in 2008 to 60% by 2016 and 80% by 2020

“Mental illness poses by far the greatest threat among all the non-communicable diseases to health, happiness, and economic productivity”, said Prof Patrick McGorry.

“We want to encourage the community to make its voice heard on the need for mental health across the whole lifespan. Our political leaders on both sides of the spectrum need to be further empowered to act and invest in 21st century mental health care for all Australians”, said Prof McGorry.

“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 our 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 at the launch of the National Mental Health Campaign called ‘Australians for Mental Health’ at the forum. It’s time to reenergise our campaign for greater national attention and awareness on youth mental health issues and ensure that the voice of Casey’s youth is heard again nationally,’ said Mr Byrne.



Casey Regional Veterans Welfare Centre Receives Funding Boost

Aug 20, 2014


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, caught up with John Hopkins & Peter Godfrey from the Casey Regional Veterans Welfare Centre, as the organisation received $3,191.60 under the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program from the Australian Government.

The BEST program, administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), provides support and resources to ex-service practitioners for pension and welfare work to assist veterans, war widows and widowers. Further information can be accessed on DVA’s website at

BEST grants are an important part of the Government’s commitment to support ex-service organisation pensions officers, welfare officers and advocates and it is vital to the provision of support to veterans seeking compensation, and their families.

“Local organisations like the Casey Regional Veterans Welfare Centre carry out wonderful work in the local community and it is fantastic to reward the organisation with extra funds to support their vital programs for local Veterans, said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Tax Help in Holt

Jul 14, 2014

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, and Tax Help Volunteer Tina Jom are reminding residents that the Tax Help Program in Holt will be starting on Tuesday 5 August 2014 and running until the end of October 2014.

Tax Help is a program run in partnership with the Australian Taxation Office to assist people on a limited income to complete their tax returns. Tax Help is suitable for people earning $50,000 or less a year with tax returns.

“Completing a tax return can be quite a stressful process for many people. I would encourage eligible people to take advantage of this free service that aims to make their lives easier. Our office has already had many enquires this year because our Tax Help volunteer Tina Jom provides such a great service,’ said Mr Byrne.

If you need assistance with completing your tax return this year then please sign up for the free Tax Help program by calling the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 61 or contacting one of the three local Tax Help Centres directly. Please see below for the contact details of the three Tax Help Centres in Holt.

Tax Help Centres in or near Holt

1. Anthony Byrne MP’s Electorate Office

Shop HM 2B 8-10 Overland Drive Fountain Gate VIC 3805.
To make an appointment please call: (03) 9796 7533

2. Casey North Community & Information Support Service

Suite 1, 90-92 Victor Cres Narre Warren 3805 VIC
To make an appointment please call: (03) 9705 6699

3. Cranbourne Information & Support Service

156 Sladen Street Cranbourne VIC 3977
To make an appointment please call: (03) 5996 3333

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Blessing of the Convent at St Agatha’s Parish, Cranbourne

Jun 11, 2014

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, today had the pleasure to attend the official opening and Blessing of the Convent at St Agatha’s Parish, Cranbourne. Anthony Byrne MP attended this event along with Father Denis O’Bryan (Parish Priest – St Agatha’s Parish, Cranbourne), Father Peter Slater (Administrator of the Sale Diocese) and special guest Bishop Michael Apochi (Bishop of the Diocese of Otukpo in Benue State in Nigeria).

“This Blessing was a special event, as it was the blessing of a convent which houses three very special women from Nigeria. They are Nigerian Catholic nuns who basically have, as part of a project of the exchange between Nigeria and Australia, come to Cranbourne to spend their time nourishing and enriching the area. They are amazing people. I would like to mention particularly Sister Grace, Sister Mary and the very formidable Sister Mercy, who is the head nun,’ said Mr Byrne.

“This project of inviting Nigerian Catholic nuns and seminarians from Nigeria to Australia was embarked upon as a consequence of a discussion between Bishop Michael Apochi, the Bishop for Nigeria, and Bishop Christopher Prowse, who is now the Archbishop of Canberra. It is amazing seeing the great works which are occurring here. A couple of priests have come over from Nigeria as well. I am very grateful to Bishop Prowse for the work he has done. The St Agatha’s Parish Convent is an amazing new building, certainly much larger than the smaller one which curently houses three nuns. This great project just goes to show the strength and resilience of the Catholic Church and its reach into the international community as well,’ said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Delay in the rollout of the headspace Fountain Gate

May 30, 2014


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, met with Casey’s Youth including Dani Rothwell, Emily Cooper, Jake Downward and Steph Bruders to raise concerns about the delay in the rollout of headspace Fountain Gate due to the Abbott Government’s cuts to Medicare Locals.

Earlier this year the South East Melbourne Medicare Local (SEMML) was awarded the tender to be the lead agency that would run the headspace Fountain Gate/Narre Warren. SEMML was awarded the tender having successfully established headspace Dandenong within four months.

Despite their excellent work in establishing headspace Dandenong, SEMML has been informed by the Abbott Government that they can no longer establish the headspace Fountain Gate/Narre Warren due to a decision in the Budget 2014 to abolish Medicare Locals in favour of Primary Health Care Networks. This has created enormous confusion and potentially means a new tender process which would significantly delay the establishment of the headspace Fountain Gate.

Young people dealing with depression, substance abuse and other mental health issues in the local community are disappointed by this delay in establishing a headspace at Fountain Gate/Narre Warren.

The popular headspace service provides support in areas ranging from mental health issues, to drug and alcohol problems, physical health, social and vocational support.

Anthony Byrne MP said ‘We need this service as soon as possible. Our area has a significant youth population and deserves a youth friendly mental health service as soon as possible. Why should our young people be denied a service they deserve and desperately need’.

‘We need to keep fighting. There are more than 60,000 young people in the City of Casey. It’s simply not good enough to let politically fuelled reform overtake the establishment of headspace Fountain Gate as a priority. Our young people need this headspace and we need it now,’ said Dani Rothwell.

For more information about the national headspace program, see

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Final Call for Anzac Centenary Grant Applications

May 23, 2014

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, met with Barry Rogers, Secretary of the Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, for a Final Call for Anzac Centenary Grant Applications, which close on 30 May 2014.

The Anzac Centenary Grants Program is an important Australian Government program which commerates the Centenary of Anzac. Each Federal Electorate including the Federal Electorate of Holt has up to $125,000 available to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.

The Holt Anzac Centenary Grants Committee advises that proposed projects and events must be directly commemorative of the involvement, service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in the First World War. Types of projects eligible under this program include:

• public commemorative events, including the commemoration of important military anniversaries, enlistments and other First World War events that have had a significant impact on the local community;
• new First World War memorials or honour boards;
• the restoration of existing First World War memorials or honour boards;
• the preservation, interpretation and display of First World War wartime and military memorabilia and artefacts; and
• relevant school projects, such as research with a focus on military involvement and social impacts, and the products of research, e.g. written material, documentaries etc.

“Next year’s Anzac Centenary will be a special occasion and the Anzac Centenary Grants Program provides funding to assist the local community in commemorating the involvement, service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in the First World War and the Anzac bond that was forged at Gallipoli in 1915,” said Mr Byrne.

To find out more about the Anzac Centenary Grants Program and to download an application form please visit If you have any queries about this grant then please do not hesitate to contact Anthony Byrne MP’s office on 9796 7533.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.


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