Christmas Lights Up Holt

Nov 28, 2013


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, caught up with Ruth Murray and her daughter Jenny Colvin today in Doveton to check out their famous Christmas Lights display.

For over 14 years, Ruth and Jenny have run an annual Christmas BBQ for neighbours, local community members, family and friends at their home in Doveton. Over 150 people are invited to the local BBQ, which coincides with the launch of their amazing Christmas lights display.

“One of the highlights of the Christmas period are the increadible displays of Christmas Lights and decorations that great community minded people like Ruth & Jenny assemble,” said Mr Byrne.

“There is an enormous amount of effort that gets put into these displays in the lead up to Christmas. One of the great festive traditions is walking around or driving around to a neighbour’s house to admire their Christmas Lights display and see all the similes on people’s faces as they see the displays”, said Mr Byrne.

“Thank you to Ruth and her family on their huge pride in their neighbourhood and a commitment to bringing people together to build a stronger sense of community. I hope many local residents feel inspired by their commitment during the festive season’, said Mr Byrne.

During December 2013 Anthony wants to hear from you about great Christmas Lights Displays around the Holt area. You can send a Facebook Message, Tweet, email or phone Anthony on 9796 7533 to let him know of Christmas Light Displays in our area.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Calling for Nominations for the 2014 Holt Australia Day Awards

Nov 28, 2013

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, caught up with Brittany Leo and her mother Tracey to promote the 2014 Holt Australia Day Awards.

On Australia Day 2014, Anthony will again be hosting the Holt Australia Day Awards. Anthony is calling for community, sporting and service organisations and members of the public to nominate one individual they believe to have made a significant contribution to the local community in a voluntary or philanthropic capacity.

This year Anthony Byrne MP honoured 33 outstanding individuals and two local organisations for their contribution to our community on Australia Day. One of the recipients from this year’s award ceremony was Brittany Leo. Brittany is a very talented 17 year old singer from Narre Warren. She has been performing regularly at venues and events around Casey and the wider Melbourne metropolitan area for the last 3-4 years.
When a charity or fund-raising event needs performers, Brittany is always one of the first to put her hands up. She has very caring parents, Tracey & Bert Leo, who provide excellent support and guidance. Brittany is a very talented young lady who gives freely of her time to perform and is a credit to the Casey community.

If you wish to nominate or have any questions relating to the Holt Australia Day Awards then please contact Anthony Byrne MP’s office on 9796 7533. Nominations close on 16 January 2014.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Ceasefire Armistice of the Korean War in 1953

Nov 4, 2013


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, & Cr Angela Long, Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong yesterday attended the Noble Park RSL’s 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Ceasefire Armistice of the Korean War in 1953 ceremony to remember the fallen.

The ceremony was attended by more than 100 people including Raffaello Di Domentico and Dina Redzepagic from Dandenong High School (who read the Naval Ode), John Laughton JP, former Dandenong RSL Secretary, Barry Rogers, Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch Secretary; guest speakers Graham Savage, NAA National Victorian Vice President, Cdr. Aaron Nye, Royal Australian Navy, Mr Victor Dey, President, Korean Veterans Association of Victoria, and Father John Whitesde who read the Naval Prayer.

“On behalf of the local community I wish to thank all the Korean veterans who attended the ceremony for your courage, fortitude and dedication to your country. You are all deserving of our utmost respect and our community will be forever thankful for the sacrifices you and your comrades in arms have made,” said Mr Byrne.

The Korean War began on 25 June 1950, when North Korean forces launched an invasion of South Korea. Personnel from the Australian Army, RAAF, and RAN fought as part of the United Nations (UN) multinational force of 21 nations, defending South Korea from the Communist force of North Korea.

The end of the war came with the signing of an armistice on 27 July 1953, three years and one month after the war began. Just over 17,000 Australians served, 339 of whom were killed and just over 1,200 wounded. Almost half a million South Koreans died as a result of the war, and an unknown number of North Koreans and Chinese.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Last Two Weeks of Tax Help in Holt

Oct 15, 2013


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, and Tax Help Volunteer Tina Jom are reminding residents that there is only two weeks left of the Tax Help Program in Holt.

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 become quite a stressful process for many people and thus eligible people should take advantage of this free service that aims to make their lives easier. Our centre has been extremely busy 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 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.

2013 Mental Health Week

Oct 9, 2013


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, caught up with Dani Rothwell, Mark Haughton from Beehive, Sarah Ardiente, Madison Moore and Tamara Savkov from Stream of Light and Sally McCracken and Rachelle Eddy from Angel Light Link today to promote Mental Health Week, which is the week of 6-12 October 2013.

With almost half of Australians experiencing mental illness at some point in their lives it is wonderful to have so many local groups such as Beehive, Stream of Light and Angel Light Link that provide much needed support for people either suffering from a mental illness or going through difficult times. Locals groups that complement the work of national organisations like Lifeline and Headspace are important in providing much needed mental health support, especially for our young people.

“On behalf of the local community I wish to acknowledge the tremendous work of all our local community groups and volunteers involved in mental health groups such as Beehive, Stream of Light and Angel Light Link who provide a vital service for our community during times of need,’ said Mr Byrne.


Beehive is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at implementing structured programs to help our youth in the ages of 13-21 by developing coping strategies, and help develop self-esteem and confidence through life skills that focus on work ethic, motivation, and goal setting.

Beehive’s primary focus will be on Australia’s 3000+ junior sporting organisations – with over 1 million teenagers playing spoirt. Supported by just under 1 million parent helpers.

What does Beehive do?

- The Hive: The Hive is an off-field leadership program that encourages players to become more involved in the running of their club.
- The Buzz: The Buzz is a program aimed to help parents in junior sport to be good role models, and build a culture that encourages fair play, inclusiveness and a safe environment for children to enjoy their sport and develop self-esteem and confidence.
- The Edge: The Edge is our cornerstone program – run in various formats (over a full day, 2 half days or 8 one hour sessions. The Edge is about teaching our youth basic life skills and coping strategies that can be applied in sport, school and life.
To find out more please contact Mark Haughton 0452 205 929.


Stream of Light is a Youth Mental Health Support and Awareness Group who overall aim is to lower the alarming number of deaths by suicide. This is hoped to be achieved by focusing on mental health disturbances that children, youth and young adults can face.

What does Stream of Light do?

- Educate youth on the dangers of not seeking help when it is required, and reality education on the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety which they may see in their friends and family.
- Run a peer support program in schools, and also outside of schools. No youth should have to face their struggles alone.
- Bring awareness to the mental health disturbances that are plaguing our youth, and to the professionals that are there to help.

To find out more please contact Madison Moore via email at [email protected]


Angel Light Link focuses on the care and support of young women who are at-risk or who are struggling with issues such as poor body image, eating disorders, sexual abuse, depression, peer pressure and low self-esteem. As an organisation inspired by values of integrity, compassion and excellence, our purpose is to help prevent harmful or abusive behaviours and to provide information, counselling and support to young women in need.

What does Angel Light Link?

- The All About You 8 week program, ideal for students in Year Seven & Eight, covers one 45 minute session a week for eight weeks and can be used in school during class or lunch time.
- Angel Light Link runs workshops which are an extension of the All About You Program. These workshops are run during class time and provide schools with an opportunity to allow a large number of girls to participate in the program by running multiple sessions of one or more workshops. The workshops are designed to run for 90 – 120 minutes.
To find out more please contact Sally McCracken on 9796 5054.


Mental health is the single biggest issue facing young Australians with 1 in 4 experiencing these problems every year. Headspace has put together five things you can do to help make a difference:


Take part in the ZIP IT challenge by donating your voice on 10 October (World Mental Health Day) for up to 24 hours to help raise the volume on mental health. Choose headspaceas your charity to help raise awareness and funds to support our work.

2. Support your local centre

Find out where your nearest headspace centre is and take part in local activities they have planned for Mental Health Week.

3. Share our infographic

Visit our Facebook page and share our ‘Mental Health and You’ infographic. You can also watch our ‘Mental Health and You’ video featuring the headspace Youth National Reference Group.

4. Make a pledge to yourself

Take part in the Mental Health Council’s ‘Mental Health Begins with Me’ campaign by making a pledge to yourself for World Mental Health Day.

5. National Band Competition with Big Day Out

We have teamed up with Big Day Out to provide a once in a lifetime chance for young bands across Australia to play at Big Day Out. Check out the competition and help spread the word.
To find out more information please visit Headspace at

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery

Oct 1, 2013


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, visited the Cranbourne CFA this morning with Graeme Symons to remind local residents to change your smoke alarm battery when Daylight Saving starts on Sunday 6 October, when people will wind their clocks forward one hour at 2am.

“I encourage all local families to periodically take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and change the batteries”, said Mr Byrne.

“It is also a good opportunity to help others in our community, particularly the elderly or disabled who are unable to reach their smoke alarms,” said Mr Byrne.

The start of daylight saving marks the start of the summer months, traditionally a high-risk time for household and bushfires fires.

While it is now law that every household must have a smoke alarm installed, many are not in working order because batteries have been removed or have gone flat, or a lack of maintenance has resulted in malfunction.

Helpful Hints

• Smoke alarms are intended to detect smoke before it reaches the bedrooms. Alarms should be located in the path of travel that people will most likely take to evacuate the building such as hallways and near the base of stairs leading to 2nd story bedrooms.
• In newly built houses, mains powered smoke alarms have back-up batteries, which should be checked and replaced.
• Avoid locating alarms near cooking appliances and bathrooms. Alarms are extremely sensitive and will detect smoke and moisture i.e. smoke from burning toast or steam from a shower.
• Avoid dead air spaces such as corner junctions of walls and ceilings, the apex of cathedral ceilings and between exposed joists/beams. Detectors should be placed a minimum of 100mm from walls.
• Keep in mind closed doors. If you close your bedroom door an alarm should be located in the bedroom as well as passageways.

For more information or a Smoke Alarm Brochure please visit:

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

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.”

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

St Peter’s College – Cranbourne East Campus Second Stage Opening

Sep 3, 2013


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, Principal Tim Hogan & Most Rev. Christopher Prowse, Bishop of Sale, had the pleasure of officially opening the new $7 million second stage of the St Peter’s College – Cranbourne East Campus this morning.

The $7 million second stage of the St Peter’s College – Cranbourne East Campus entails $6 million for the construction of the new year 7 & 8 building and $1 million for the construction for the new oval.

“I am proud to say that the Australian Government has contributed $2 million under the Capital Grants Program for this particular project, and it is money incredibly well spent,’ said Mr Byrne.
The aim of the Cranbourne East campus is to provide an educational setting that is Catholic in its outlook and operation. The second stage has built a new year 7 and 8 Learning Community, which is divided into two sections to accommodate each year level. These sub-communities are separated by an Innovation Centre. Each year level community will have 5 General Learning areas that are flexible in their use of space through operable walls, oversized doors and flexible furniture design. They will have access to “break-out” spaces to allow collaborative learning as well as self-directed and constructivist pedagogies.

The Innovation Centre will be the hub for the Integrated Curriculum for both year levels. The Integrated Curriculum will focus on contextualizing student learning that is project and task based. These projects and tasks will encompass the following fields of endeavour:

• Design Technology
• Information Technology
• Media
• Drama
• 2D and 3D Art
• Visual Communication
• Science

These spaces will be connected by a central Innovation and Design studio that will allow for collaborative work, direct instruction and individual design work.

Principal Tim Hogan said: “The celebration of student learning is an integral part of Integrated Curriculum Model. The inclusion of a Flexible Display Space throughout will allow us to achieve this goal.

Year 7 and 8 Learning Community Building

• Green screen and control booth to be set up in Media/IT with dual use of booth in Drama space
• Use of single and 3 phase power for Design Tech, Vis Com, Drama and Media /IT spaces
• Access to emergency power cut off in Design Tech space
• Network LAN Data capability in Media/IT space
• Wet areas in Design Tech and Vis Com spaces
• Wireless computer network access throughout building
• Interactive whiteboards/ data projection in all GLAs and Innovation Centre

This Year 7 & 8 Learning centre was named in honour of Sr Rosemary Graham rsm a member of the Mercy Order of Nuns who was the foundation Principal of St Agatha’s Primary School in Cranbourne.

Sister Rosemary has recently celebrated 50 years of Mercy service and now works at St Joseph’s Mildura where she still visits families new to the school and chases up students facing challenges at school or home. There would be many in our community who would have been educated by the sisters whether they be from the Josephite, Sion or Mercy orders and marvel at compassion, generosity and work ethic. Even to this day Sr. Rosemary is a living model for Mercy for the current staff and students she works with.

In naming this building in her honour the school acknowledged her foundational work as an educator in the parish of St Agatha’s, Cranbourne, but also the inspiring faith centred work of the many religious orders of nuns who have worked selflessly for their communities over the 150 year journey of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale.

The new Cranbourne East campus is currently taking enrolments for both 2014 and 2015. Anyone interested can contact the school registrar on 5996 6733.”

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

DisabilityCare Coming to Casey

Sep 3, 2013

Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, has welcomed the announcement that a re-elected Rudd Government would support Casey to be one of the first locations in Victoria to benefit from the rollout of DisabilityCare Australia.

“Labor built Medicare and now Labor is building DisabilityCare,” said Mr Byrne.

“DisabilityCare will give all Australians the peace of mind that if they or their loved one has a significant and permanent disability, they will get the care and support they deserve, when they need it,” said Mr Byrne.

“I’m very pleased by Labor’s announcement that a re-elected Rudd Government will work with the Victorian Government to start delivering DisabilityCare in the Casey local government area from July 2016,” said Mr Byrne.

“This means around 4900 people with a disability and 2000 carers in Casey will be next in Victoria to benefit from DisabilityCare from mid-2016.”

DisabilityCare Australia is already operating in four launch sites around Australia, including the Barwon region in Victoria. The rest of Victoria will be progressively rolled out from July 2016 until the entire state is covered by mid-2019 to support more than 100,000 Victorians with a disability.

DisabilityCare Australia will also significantly expand the disability services sector in Casey, meaning more local jobs.

“Here in Casey, there could be up to an extra 1000 skilled job opportunities for local workers,” said Mr Byrne.

Labor has invested more than $14 billion in addition to existing Commonwealth disability funding to roll out DisabilityCare Australia across the country by 2019.

If Labor is re-elected, the Commonwealth will contribute around $2.6 billion in 2019-20 to support people with disability in Victoria.


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Sherrin Rental Official Opening

Aug 30, 2013


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, today met Mr Steven Goulding, General Manager of Sherrin Rentals, to officially open the new $4 million Melbourne Branch of Sherrin Rentals in Doveton.

The Sherrin family has a history in Victoria that dates back to the 1970’s and are a market leader in both the Capital Equipment Rental Industry and the Elevated Work Platform Manufacturing Industry throughout Australia.

This new facility represents a $4 million investment and expansion in Victoria and allows for future growth within Sherrin Rentals.

The construction of these premises was undertaken by Melbourne based businesses C&J Surace, utilizing local contractors and labour.

The $4 million investment provides purpose-built, environmentally friendly premises that will headquarter the Victorian operations into the future. This new facility consists of:

• Six Bay Workshop
• Two Overhead Cranes
• Covered Wash Bay
• Re-cycled Water System
• 4 x 16,000 ltrs Water Tanks
• Modern Oils Dispensary System
• Total area of over 8,000 sqm

Sherrin Rentals is the industry leader in the supply of heavy earthmoving equipment rental: from wheel loaders, dump trucks, and compactors to all application rollers, excavators, graders and access equipment. In total the Melbourne Branch of Sherrin Rentals amounts to a $30 million investment with $26 million of rental goods on hand to service the local area.

“This is a wonderful $30 million investment for Doveton and Sherrin Rentals will be of great service to many local manufacturing and business companies,’ said Mr Byrne.

For more information visit Sherrin Rentals at

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.


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