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.

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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

Call for Independent Judicial Review

Dec 22, 2014

The Terrorism Event that occurred in Martin Place on the 15th and 16th of December, 2014 has seared itself into the national consciousness. This tragedy has struck at the heart of our country in the lead up to Christmas. It has also become clearly evident to me that Public confidence in our security apparatus and our agencies has been damaged.

The public have told me in large numbers that they now feel less safe. As someone who has spent ten years in the national security space, this is an intolerable situation that must be remedied. As a Federal Politician who has worked closely with many of the agencies in question for many years, I believe it is my duty to undertake or recommend any necessary actions to restore that confidence.

The Prime Minister was correct to initiate an internal inquiry into this matter by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).

But I believe that is not enough.

I believe that the public must have an independent inquiry into this event. The public must be assured that an inquiry is self-determining, impartial and objective. This is the only type of examination and evaluation of the siege event in which the public would have full trust and confidence.

Therefore, today I’m calling upon the Prime Minister and relevant Ministers to initiate an Independent Judicial Review into events preceding and during the Martin Place Siege.

This inquiry must have coercive and subpoena powers.

No agency, no government minister, no public servant or any person relevant to events that occurred in Martin Place can be exempt from the scope or the progression of this inquiry.

The Australian people want answers. The Australian people want an Independent Inquiry. The public must have their confidence in our agencies and security personnel restored. I believe an Independent Judicial Review will deliver that outcome to our people.

MONDAY, 22 DECEMBER 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: DANIEL WHITE 0400 945 239

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

Casey Youth Pride

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 Community 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 tumors; 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

headspace for Fountain Gate Opening Soon

Dec 12, 2014

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, visited the new headspace for Fountain Gate today to inspect building works. He was joined by Anne Peek and Christine Crosbie representing the South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local, the agency managing the headspace and youth advocate Amanda Carron.

Building works at the headspace for Fountain Gate located at 66 Victor Crescent, Narre Warren, will be finished before the end of the year. The facility will be fully operational on Tuesday 6 January 2015. In a rapidly growing community headspace Fountain Gate will provide health advice to young people aged 12-25 encountering mental health difficulties and challenges.
An official opening will take place in February 2015, however local young people will be able to visit the centre to receive mental health support from 6 January 2015.

“After a long community campaign led by Casey’s youth it is exciting that a large headspace centre will be fully operational in January 2015. Casey’s Youth should be proud of their campaign for this much needed service for the local community. Many young people go through some challenging times but to have a local mental health centre that can provide support and assistance to our rapidly growing youth population is vitally important. It is important that the families are aware of this facility in Fountain Gate, which will be of great value to young people in our region,’ said Mr Byrne.

HEADSPACE FOR FOUNTAIN GATE

OPENS: Tuesday 6th January 2015
ADDRESS: 66 Victor Cresent, Narre Warren
WEBSITE: http://www.headspace.org.au/

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Ruth & Jenny’s Christmas Lights Display

Dec 2, 2014

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, was honoured to attend the switching on of Ruth Murray & Jenny Colvin’s Christmas Lights Display at 62 Power Rd, Doveton on Monday night.

Over 150 people attended the local barbecue on Monday night and were entertained by wonderful live music and the switching on of their amazing Christmas lights display.

For 15 years Ruth & Jenny have thrilled thousands of children with their amazing Christmas Lights display in Doveton.

However, all good things must come to an end. This will be the final year of this iconic display.

Ruth and Jenny’s story is an incredible one. In 2000, Jenny and her husband, who sadly is no longer with us, were in a band called Country Pride. They used to go round the community and raise funds for organisations, including the Dandenong Hospital. Due to the large amount of money that was raised, Jenny became the No. 1 torchbearer for the City of Casey and ran in the name of the famous Australian Olympian and middle distance runner Edwin Flack.

Ruth and Jenny have lived in the Doveton community since 1979. For over 15 years, Ruth and Jenny have run an annual Christmas barbecue for neighbours, local community members, family and old friends at their home in Doveton.

Ruth started this Christmas lights display by simply putting up an angel on the front of her house. Once kids came to have a look, she started welding new objects in front of the house so that kids could come over and even climb on them if they wished.

The pair put on Christmas lights for the local community at their house, every year. Thousands of people come to see the lights and feel the sense of community created by this event.

“It is a true honour to attend the final year of Ruth & Jenny’s Christmas Light’s Display. Ruth & Jenny have gone above and beyond to help locals in need in Doveton enjoy the true spirit of Christmas. It may be the last year but their Christmas Light’s displays will never be forgotten. I encourage all local residents to view the Christmas Light’s display for one final time this year in the lead up to Christmas,’ said Mr Byrne.

RUTH & JENNY CHISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY

Ruth and Jenny have brought hope and cheer to so many over the years.

Come and join Ruth & Jenny one last time and celebrate these remarkable Christmas Lights this year.

DATES: 1st-25th December 2014
ADDRESS: 62 Power St, Doveton
COST: Free to attend

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

New Petrol Tax Hits City of Casey Residents

Nov 17, 2014

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, and Luke Donnellan MP, State Member for Narre Warren North, visited a major South Eastern Service Station to raise their concerns about the increase in the fuel excise that came into force last week, which will place an additional Cost of Living burden on residents living in the City of Casey.

From Monday 10th November 2014, local residents in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne will pay more for petrol because of the Abbott Coalition Government’s new $2.2 billion petrol tax.

Despite promising no new or increased taxes before the last election, Prime Minister Tony Abbott is making local residents pay more petrol tax.

The Abbott Coalition Government has snuck this tax hike through, bypassing Parliament to ensure the petrol tax goes up and up and up.

The indexation of the petrol tax to CPI by the Abbott Coalition Government means Australians will pay around $19 billion more for petrol over the next decade.

Within the next five years, the average Australian will be paying at least an extra $135 for petrol per car every single year because of this new tax from Prime Minister Tony Abbott. So a three car household could pay an additional $405 per year.

‘Casey Residents are already struggling to make ends meet with the cost of living – the last thing they need is to pay more tax every time they fill up the car’, said Mr Byrne.

‘This tax hurts those who live in the outer suburbs the most. Trades people, construction workers, small business operators, manufacturing workers and families that need their cards to travel,’ said Mr Byrne.

‘This new growth tax is a direct attack on working families in the Casey region’, said Mr Byrne.

“Denis Napthine’s Liberal Government has raised the cost of driving above inflation, with registration now averaging around $750 per year”, said Mr Donnellan.

“At the same time as Tony Abbott raises the cost of petrol and Denis Napthine raises the cost of rego, less is being spent on upgrading our roads,” said Mr Donnellan.

“Only Labor will invest $1 billion in a suburban roads fund to upgrade roads which have been neglected by the Liberals,” said Mr Donnellan.

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Noble Prize in Physics goes to the inventors of blue LED

Oct 17, 2014

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, caught up with Svetlana Zatsepin and Alex Zatsepin from Coolon LED Lighting today to celebrate the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 being awarded to Isamu Akasaki (Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan), Hiroshi Amano (Nagoya University, Japan) and Shuji Nakamura (University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA) for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.

According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Science Press Release dated 7 October 2014:

“This year’s Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source – the blue light-emitting diode (LED). In the spirit of Alfred Nobel the Prize rewards an invention of greatest benefit to mankind; using blue LEDs, white light can be created in a new way. With the advent of LED lamps we now have more long-lasting and more efficient alternatives to older light sources.”

“Many people are familiar with Moore’s Law, which is an observation that the complexity and performance of electronics doubles roughly every 1.5 to 2 years,” said Alex Zatsepin, Technical Director at Coolon LED Lighting. “This cannot continue indefinitely, due to the physical limitations of the dimensions to which components can be shrunk. The invention of new materials, in particular gallium nitride (GaN), which made the blue LED possible, allows electronics to move beyond Moore’s Law to enable better performance and innovation. It creates new opportunities that were unimaginable a few years ago.”

Australia remains at the forefront of the LED revolution. Residing locally in Hallam, Coolon LED Lighting, a leading Australian manufacturing company that produces world class LED lighting products, was particularly delighted to commemorate the Nobel Prize committee’s appreciation of research that is fundamental to advancing Coolon’s core vision of creating efficient, long-lasting and environment-friendly LED lighting.

Formed in Oakleigh in 2001, Coolon moved and expanded its R&D and manufacturing facilities to Hallam and currently employs over 40 personnel. Coolon invested heavily into R&D in order to utilize high quality LEDs to produce highly reliably performing products. The products from this research are now used on a daily basis around the world. Coolon’s LED lights are highly electronically sophisticated; in fact, they are probably closer to computers in complexity then they are to any conventional lamps. To compete successfully in the global market, Coolon LED Lighting is constantly improving and adapting its products to ensure it remains ahead of its competitors.

Coolon LED Lighting’s clients include mining companies, architectural firms and local governments like the Melbourne City Council, where its lights have been installed into many public projects. Coolon has been involved in Australia’s largest and most prominent projects, some of which have won industry awards, and have been recognized on the world scale.

By redirecting their expertise towards mining and heavy industrial applications, Coolon was able to create a range of industrial products that are now well known and globally recognized for being virtually indestructible. Coolon has since become an established supplier to many international mining leaders like BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Glencore, AngloAmerican, Barrick, and Xstrata, to name a few. The release of their first industrial product coincided with the GFC; however, during these tremendously challenging times, Coolon’s high performing products were sought by mining companies which helped Coolon to sustain stable growth, while ensuring mining companies by substantially reduced their lighting maintenance costs.

“It is wonderful to visit Coolon LED Lighting and celebrate the news that the 2014 Noble Prize in Physics was awarded to the inventors of blue LED. Coolon LED Lighting is an innovative local manufacturing company that produces high quality and world leading LED Lighting products. It is imperative that we support local manufacturers like Coolon into the future”, said Mr Byrne.

“When Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura produced bright blue light beams from their semi-conductors in the early 1990s, they triggered a fundamental transformation of lighting technology. Red and green diodes had been around for a long time but without blue light, white lamps could not be created. Despite considerable efforts, both in the scientific community and in industry, the blue LED had remained a challenge for three decades.

They succeeded where everyone else had failed. Akasaki worked together with Amano at the University of Nagoya, while Nakamura was employed at Nichia Chemicals, a small company in Tokushima. Their inventions were revolutionary. Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps.

White LED lamps emit a bright white light, are long-lasting and energy-efficient. They are constantly improved, getting more efficient with higher luminous flux (measured in lumen) per unit electrical input power (measured in watt). The most recent record is just over 300 lm/W, which can be compared to 16 for regular light bulbs and close to 70 for fluorescent lamps. As about one fourth of world electricity consumption is used for lighting purposes, the LEDs contribute to saving the Earth’s resources. Materials consumption is also diminished as LEDs last up to 100,000 hours, compared to 1,000 for incandescent bulbs and 10,000 hours for fluorescent lights.

The LED lamp holds great promise for increasing the quality of life for over 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity grids: due to low power requirements it can be powered by cheap local solar power.

The invention of the blue LED is just twenty years old, but it has already contributed to create white light in an entirely new manner to the benefit of us all.”

“The invention of blue LEDs is a tremendous achievement in its own right, but the impact of this technology will reach much further,” said Mr Zatsepin.

For more information please visit www.coolon.com.au

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

2014 Mental Health Week

Oct 10, 2014

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Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, caught up with Jessica White & Fawn Brady from Kane’s Crusade today on World Mental Health Day to promote Mental Health Week, which is the week of 5-11 October 2014.

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 Kane’s Crusade, Beehive, Angel Light Link, Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide & Windermere providing 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 want to thank all our local community groups and volunteers involved in mental health groups such as Kane’s Crusade, Beehive, Angel Light Link, Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide & Windermere who provide a vital service for our community during times of need,’ said Mr Byrne.

KANE’S CRUSADE

Kane’s Crusade plans to help change the stigma that is attached to depression/mental illness in our community and around the world for those suffering this debilitating illness. They want people to openly say they are not ok and try to seek help.

Kane’s Crusade plan to raise/seek funds so programs can be put in place around Australia in Schools, community groups, workplace environments and social settings to address the signs, symptoms and treatment of Depression. They hope to provide past survivor’s stories of overcoming depression. They aim to conduct motivational talks with students and workplaces to acknowledge the stigma and try to shift the negative perception of depression in the community. They aim to do this by providing workplaces with appropriate training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training (ASIST) and Motivational Depression awareness talks to management and the Work forces, community/sporting group, School etc. so that they can recognise the signs of depression before it the illness becomes too progressive.

Kane’s Crusade also has a plan to build an ALIVE CENTRE – a centre for recovery and rehabilitation for depression suffers.

To find out more about Kane’s Crusade please visit: www.kanescrusade.net or email kanescrusade@gmail.com

BEEHIVE

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 sport. 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.

ANGEL LIGHT LINK

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.

COMING TOGETHER TO PREVENT YOUTH SUICIDE

Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide is Facebook Page of around 20,000 members that provides a supportive community, which is primarily about peer-to-peer support, with adult moderators (list at the end of this post) who provide additional support and protect the safety of members on the page.

To find out more about Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/preventingyouthsuicide/

WINDERMERE

Suicide Prevention Program workshops:

General Awareness Session

This is a community awareness session and is ideal for schools, parents and others in the broader community. This one-hour presentation by a qualified facilitator is your ‘first step’ into the topic of suicide, aimed at encouraging you to consider your attitudes and gaining an understanding of the facts. You will get to explore the evidence, myths, attitudes and risk factors, and have a chance to ask questions both during the session and after.

LivingWorks Safe TALK

This workshop is for both young people and adults. Over half a day (four hours) two qualified facilitators will share a series of DVD clips with you, followed by discussion, questions and role play. You will also receive a pocket card to take away with you outlining some basic steps to saving lives, and the contact details of people who can help if you come across someone who is suicidal. You will learn how to:

- recognise a person’s distress and the ways they ask for help without actually asking
- respond to the warning signs (and why it’s ok to get it wrong)
- apply some basic Safe TALK skills including telling them that you have noticed, ask if they have considered suicide, listen to what they say and, if you are a young person, involve a trusted adult to help keep them safe, and link them to professional help.

LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

This workshop is suitable for everyone in the community, as long as you are at least 15 years of age. Over two days you will learn how to become ‘suicide alert’ and what to do to help prevent someone from acting on suicidal thoughts. You will:

- have a chance to reflect on attitudes and how this affects our ability to intervene
- explore the behaviours, expressions and feelings of someone at risk of suicide
- learn specific strategies, what to say and what not to say, and what you need to do (suicide first aid)
share ‘helper self-care tips’ with other participants.

To find out more about Windermere please call 9705 3200.

ACTIVITIES FOR 2014 MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

Mental Health Week is an opportunity to raise awareness and take action on the issue that affects 1 in 4 young Australians. Below are five ways that people could get involved with headspace activities during Mental Health Week:

1. headspace Stories video series
We’ve launched a new video series with young people sharing their stories of going through a tough time and seekign help. Watch the first two video storieswith Rania from Canberra and Nick from Melbourne.

2. ABC Mental As Campaign
headspace is a proud partner of ABC’s Mental As campaign for Mental Health Week. During the week ABC will host a series of shows and events focusing on mental health.

3. headspace centre events
During the week our 70 headspace centres across the country will be holding local events. Find your nearest centre to see what they’re up to.

4. Zip It on Mental Health Day
On World Mental Health Day October 10 we are encouraging people to pledge their voice and stay silent for up to 24 hours. The aim of Zip It is to raise awareness and funds for mental health organisations including headspace. Find out more and register for Zip It 2014 here

5. Yarn Safe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander campaign
headspace recently launched a youth-led campaign aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young people. Take time during Mental Health Week to check out the campaign and how it was put together by 12 deadly young people from across Australia. http://www.yarnsafe.org.au

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

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.

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