It’s 2017 and a new estate in Clyde has no phone, internet or mobile services

Mar 7, 2017

“It’s 2017 and the wonderful residents of a new estate in Clyde have no phone, internet or mobile service since November. This is a national disgrace. I will do everything in my power to ensure these good people get these essential services as soon as possible’, said Mr Byrne.

Anthony Byrne MP met with local residents who are outraged that they have not had phone, internet or access to a mobile service since November.

The Office of Anthony Byrne MP first became aware of this issue of a lack of a phone line access and internet communication when a local resident contacted our office seeking assistance in January 2017. She advised our office that she did not have access to a phone line or internet at her residence. She also advised that over 40 local residents were experiencing the same difficulties.

Subsequently this office raised these concerns with the Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the Arts & NBN Co. We also contacted Telstra to seek assistance with the phone line, and they said if a landline order was submitted a Universal Service Obligation landline service could be arranged. This order has been submitted but the local residents are yet to receive a phone service.

We have since heard a number of concerning stroies from local residents about the harm it has caused not having access to a phone line or intenet service. In one instance a family bought an expensive 3G service but the connection frequently drops out when trying to make calls. In a second instance a resident’s brother had passed away back in the UK and her family was trying to call her but she did not receive this urgent message until she left the estate the next day.

“We are concerned that a phone line and internet connection may take until May 2017 to be installed due to an issue with an exchange. We believe this entire situation is completely unacceptable and it should be resolved as quickly as possible,’ said Mr Byrne.

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2017 Holt Australia Day Awards

Jan 26, 2017


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, honoured 28 outstanding individuals and seven local organisations for their contribution to our community on Australia Day.

The 2017 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 2017 Holt Australia Day Awards were an opportunity to recognise people like Leonard O’Brien. Len joined Narre Warren Bowls Club on the 9th September 1999 upon his retirement due to deteriorating eyesight.

Upon joining the club Len soon became one of the Club’s most active volunteers. On bowls day’s Len is always there setting up the greens, putting out the mats, jacks, rakes, scoreboards, Flags, umpires kit and all the other equipment that everyone else tends to forget about for the day’s play. After completing his outside duties Len then proceeds to fill the urn, setup tables & chairs, makes sure that the toilets are clean, with adequate toilet rolls, paper hand towels, sun block and hand soap.

Len considers it one of his many duties to walk some considerable distance from home to the club to make sure that the rubbish/re-cycling bins are emptied & put out for council collection.
ln 2000 Len joined Blind Bowls Victoria and in his first year Len entered the Victorian Blind Bowls Championships, representing Victoria in the Australian Blind Bowls Championships.
Len has represented Victoria in every Championship since.

Also amongst the Award Recipients were the Cranbourne Library. The Cranbourne Library in partnership with the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation launched a ‘Forgiving Tree’ initiative last year that delivered much needed resources for local charities in the lead up to Christmas.

In its first year ever, the initiative of the library to forgive book fines and other fees in exchange for a donation to the libraries’ ‘Forgiving Tree’ raised More than $15,000 for local charities. Each of the libraries under the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation banner chose a local charity to partner with and passed on the community’s donations so those less fortunate could enjoy a decent Christmas.

Cranbourne Library partnered with the Cranbourne Information and Support Service (CISS) who provide services and referrals to the Cranbourne community. Furthermore, almost $18,000 worth of lost items were returned and just over $8000 worth of fines and fees were paid back rather than forgiven for a donation. Cranbourne Library Staff Wendy Morrison & Sue Sleet and Casey Cardinia Library Corporation CEO Chris Buckingham were instrumental in making the ‘Forgiving Tree’ initiative a success that has greatly benefited the Cranbourne Community.

Another recipient was Destanee Aiava who captured people’s imagination across the country by playing in the Australian Open 2017 as a 16 year old from Narre Warren. As a junior Destanee was involved in the Serious Tennis program run by Justin Yeo in Doveton. In 2012 as a 12 year old Destanee became an international star by winning the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France. Her prize was an opportunity to hit with 22-time Grand Slam winner Steffi Graf.

Sixteen players from around the world converged on the clay vying for the under 13 title and it was great to see twelve-year old Destanee from Narre Warren win the fourth edition of the future tennis aces tournament back in 2012.

This year Destanee broke on to the world stage and broke a record that nobody born in this millennium can match. The 16-year-old Destanee Aiava advanced through qualifying before becoming the first player born in the 2000s to win a main draw match at an elite WTA event, beating veteran American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a first-round match at the Brisbane International.

Destanee also competed in the first round of the Australian Open. She has become a star of the future and has inspired many other juniors tennis players and many locals in Narre Warren.

“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

Abdul Wahid
African Australia Women’s Group
Amarjit Singh
Amber Summerfield
Cranbourne Library
Daya Wijewardana
Denver De Rozario
Destanee Aiava
Ven. Digamadulle Wimalananda
Doveton Salvation Army Thrift Shop
Endeavour United Soccer Club
Frank Lamattina
Islander’s Creole Club
Jan Gilchrist
Jenny Colvin
Jason Gerdes
Jennie Toyne
Jodie Ann Bedford
Leonard O’Brien
Lisa Neindorf
Long Chen
Lyndhurst Football Netball Club
Lynne Bradley
Mala Pethiyagoda
Mat Harry
Melinda Perry
Paula Correia
Peter Aguto
Revati Ilanko
Rex Ashenden
Sally McCracken
Serbian Cultural Club
Tania Sacco
Tim Allan
Leeanne Browning (In Memorium)

2016 Holt Community Spirit & Leadership Awards

Dec 16, 2016


45 students from 41 local schools were last night recognised at the 2016 Holt Community Spirit and Leadership Awards held at the Cranbourne Community Theatre.

The Awards ceremony, attended by over 200 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 a student whose passion for orang-utans and other endangered species has seen her hold numerous fundraisers and participate in fun runs and walks during her time at primary school. In 2014, she travelled to Borneo where she visited orang-utan sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres. Whilst in Borneo, she was given the opportunity to participate in a ‘Ranger for a Day’ program, working with orphaned orang-utans, assisting with feeding and other activities. Since returning, she has joined petitions to help support mandatory labelling of palm oil, as well as giving talks at school assemblies and in the classroom. She has raised funds to purchase 40 hectares of protected forest habitat for endangered species in Borneo and Sumatra. She recently adopted two orang-utans, Rahayu and Chocolate, through the Orang-utan Project,’ said Mr Byrne.

‘There were many other impressive stories including a student who collaborated with the Student Voice leadership team to introduce the CESC Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is held two days per week and students are proud to provide a nourishing breakfast to 40-60 people at each session. His dedication to the Breakfast Club (along with his reliability, persistence and hard work) has inspired other students and staff at the school,’ said Mr Byrne.

“The Holt Community Spirit & Leadership Awards is in its 15th year and 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.

All award recipients received a framed certificate and a Village Cinemas voucher.

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Alkira Secondary College Justin Coleman
Casey Grammar School Bradley Harris
Chalcot Lodge Primary School Maleisha Fernando
Coral Park Primary School Aaron Konwalow
Courtney Gardens Primary School Bianca Buckley
Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School Brooke Galley
Cranbourne East Primary School Prabhu Annavai Prabhakar
Cranbourne East Secondary College Bailey Smith
Cranbourne Park Primary School Haylee Phillips
Cranbourne Primary School Maali Albert
Cranbourne Secondary College Neil Reilly
Cranbourne West Primary School Remi Minto
Dandenong Valley School Rai Miranda
Doveton College Karissa Peters
Doveton College Kimberly Dou
Fountain Gate Primary School Ed Moreno
Fountain Gate Secondary College Jasmine Gonzalez
Gleneagles Secondary College Anthony Clarke
Hallam Primary School Arnela Haisila
Hallam Senior College Sohaila Ahmadi
Hampton Park Primary School Victoria Kumari
Hillsmeade Primary School Kai Maas
James Cook Primary School Daniel Selimi
Kilberry Valley Primary School Yasara Abeysekara
Lynbrook Primary School Spencer Tarnok
Lyndhurst Primary School Charlotte Gruneklee-Smallman
Lyndhurst Secondary College Matthew Cooper
Marnebek School Cranbourne Kayla Damon
Mossgiel Park Primary School Sienna Volkoff
Narre Warren South P-12 College Sheza Malik
Narre Warren South P-12 College Garry Ford
Nossal High School Emily Lai
Rangebank Primary School Tayissah O’Donnell
Southern Cross Primary School Cooper Robertson
St Agatha’s Primary School Isabella Duiker
St Catherine’s Primary School Charlie Nelson
St Kevin’s Primary School Angana Santhosh Kumar
St Paul Apostle North Primary School Nandira Xavier
St Paul Apostle North Primary School Avantiika Singh
St Paul Apostle South Primary School Alessia Biondi
St Peter’s College Chloe Harbour
Strathaird Primary School Adele Carthew
Thomas Mitchell Primary School Lily-Rose Campbell
Waverley Christian College Leticia Riyanto
Waverley Christian College Garrett Munyard


Nov 16, 2016

The Turnbull Government must match Labor’s commitment to invest in an upgrade of Thompsons Road at Cranbourne after failing to include this important project in road funding announcements made this week.

During this year’s election campaign Labor proposed a package of works on roads in growth areas of outer Melbourne, including Thompsons Road, O’Herns Road, Craigieburn Road and Bridge Inn Road.

The package was specifically aimed at ensuring that high-growth areas are provided with adequate infrastructure as they are developed, rather than responding retrospectively when population growth creates traffic congestion.

While Labor welcomes the Government’s decision to invest in a range of Melbourne projects using money it withheld after the cancellation its flawed East-West Link project, Thompsons Road should have been
included in the package.

Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said worsening traffic congestion across Australian cities made it imperative that the Federal Government work with states and local government to deliver adequate infrastructure in growth areas.

“Labor remains committed to upgrading Thompsons Road,’’ Mr Albanese said.

“The Turnbull Government’s road announcements this week copied Labor’s election policy on projects like the O’Herns Road upgrade but it should also commit to Thompsons Road.”

Member for Holt Anthony Byrne welcomed the Commonwealth commitment to additional investment to upgrade the Monash Freeway, which reversed funding cuts the Government made when it took office.

“However, the upgrade to Thompsons Rd is a key priority,’’ Mr Byrne said.

“It is clear that the Coalition is not committed to easing congestion for people living in Cranbourne who use Thompsons Rd each day.’’

Mr Albanese also condemned Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester’s comment on Monday that $1.5 billion allocated to new road funding this week had been “sitting in the bank doing nothing’’.

“The Coalition Government chose to leave this money sitting in the bank doing nothing for two years since the cancellation of the East-West Link project,” Mr Albanese said.

“It could have been re-allocated to other projects years ago, which would have seen many of these projects already completed or underway.’’



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A Very Special Day – Mossgiel Park Primary School

Nov 14, 2016


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, visited Mossgiel Park Primary School for a very special presentation on Monday morning. Mr Byrne said ‘it was fantastic to present the Young Writers Awards to the very talented students at Mossgiel Park Primary School. I congratulated the Principal Jennifer Scott, teachers and parents for this wonderful initiative’.

At Mossgiel Park we believe that the gift of Literacy is the most important experience we can share with our children. Recently, we celebrated the annual Young Writers’ awards at our special school assembly, recognising the talent, efforts and improvements of our students’ said Ms Lynette Pentland from Mossgiel Park Primary School.

‘There was great excitement when the winners were announced and presented with a medal, certificate and book by Mrs Jennifer Scott the Principal and Mr Anthony Byrne the Federal Minister for Holt. There were 2 winners and a highly commended for each year level and 2 Young Writers of the Year awards’, said Ms Pentland.

‘Over the past 2 years the school has implemented a whole school writing program called VCOP/Big Write and there has been a marked improvement in the children’s writing. Our NAPLAN results for writing this year were outstanding. Our Young Writers competition gives all children across the school a chance to showcase their writing’, said Ms Pentland.

‘The children have enjoyed a wonderful year of developing and improving their writing skills. We would like to congratulations all the Young Writers at Mossgiel Park Primary School and thank them for sharing their ideas and stories with us. The staff and parents are very proud of their writing achievements’, said Ms Pentland.

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Volunteer Grants 2016 – St John’s Anglican Church Cranbourne

Jul 12, 2016


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, joined Rev David Powys from the Anglican Church of Australia Parish of Cranbourne to congratulate the church on receiving a $4,977 for electronic, audio and video equipment for use by volunteers at the church.

Under the Volunteer Grants Program 24 local organisations have been awarded funding. They will receive total funding of $100,857.

Volunteers play a critical role in helping shape our region and building stronger and more resilient communities. Their generosity permeates almost every aspect of Australian society; whether it be helping out local sporting clubs or land care groups, assisting our most disadvantaged, or helping recover from natural disasters.

The successful organisations will receive grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to purchase small equipment items, contribute towards the cost of training courses and background checks, and to help to reimburse volunteers for the cost of their fuel or transport.

“I wish to congratulate all the organisations that received Volunteer Grants this year, as each grant is vital to continue to support the work of volunteers in our local community,’ said Mr Byrne.

“I also congratulate Rev David Powys on successfully obtaining $5,000 under the Holt Stronger Communities Grant Programme for a new audio visual fitout at the St John’s Anglican Church in Cranbourne. All the seven community groups that use the St John’s Community Hall will greatly benefit from use of the new audio visual equipment and I wish the church all the best with all their future endeavours,” said Mr Byrne.

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2016 Federal Election – Holt Result

Jul 5, 2016

Following the Federal Election on Saturday 2nd July 2016 Anthony Byrne MP was honoured to be returned as the Federal Member for Holt.

‘I wish to thank the voters of Holt for electing me as their representative again. It is an immense honour to represent this wonderful diverse and vibrant community,’ said Mr Byrne.

“Congratulations to the Liberal Candidate James Mathias and the other candidates on their campaigns in Holt. I pleased to have, at present, received a 5.3% 2PP swing to Labor in Holt. However, we will continue to work closely with our community to work on issues such as community safety, infrastructure, job security and jobs growth. I wish James Mathias all the best with his future endeavors,’ said Mr Byrne.

‘We will now have to wait and see who will form Government over the next few weeks but I am extremely proud of our local campaign in Holt. I wish to thank my staff and volunteers. Without their support this result would not have been possible,’ said Mr Byrne.

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Visit My Electorate

Jun 6, 2016


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, was proud to win 3rd prize in the ‘Visit My Electorate’ national photographic competition run by the Tourism and Transport Forum in conjunction with Tourism Australia after submitting a photo of the Australian Garden at the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens.

As part of the ‘Visit My Electorate’ photo competition Anthony Byrne MP received a $1,000 prize to donate to a local charity or community group.

“I have decided to donate this funding to the Cranbourne Information Support Service for the amazing work Leanne Petrides and her staff do for the local community,’ said Mr Byrne.

“I encourage all Australians and all Victorians to come down and visit the iconic Cranbourne Botanic Gardens where you can witness the beautiful Australian Garden, as well as immerse yourselves in the native bushland that is home to an amazing range of native flora and fauna,’ said Mr Byrne.

The winning photos are:

· 1st Prize – Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, Port Willunga Beach (Kingston, SA)
· 2nd Prize – Rick Wilson MP, Greens Pool William Bay National Park (O’Connor, WA)
· 3rd Prize – Hon Anthony Byrne MP, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (Holt, VIC)

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Volunteer Grants 2016

May 28, 2016


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, joined Viv Paine, Christopher Morgan, Paul Graham, Vanessa Watson, Robin Dzedins from the Lynbrook Residents Association at the Banjo Paterson Reserve in Lynbrook to congratulate the group on receiving a $3,750 for a barbeque under the Volunteers Grants Program.

Under the Volunteer Grants Program 24 local organisations have been awarded funding. They will receive total funding of $100,857.

Volunteers play a critical role in helping shape our region and building stronger and more resilient communities. Their generosity permeates almost every aspect of Australian society; whether it be helping out local sporting clubs or land care groups, assisting our most disadvantaged, or helping recover from natural disasters.

The successful organisations will receive grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to purchase small equipment items, contribute towards the cost of training courses and background checks, and to help to reimburse volunteers for the cost of their fuel or transport.

“I wish to congratulate all the organisations that received Volunteer Grants this year, as each grant is vital to continue to support the work of volunteers in our local community,’ said Mr Byrne.

In Holt the following organisations received Volunteer Grants:

African Christian Kush Aid Program of Australia $4,500
Angel Light Link $2,626
Anglican Church of Australia Parish of Cranbourne $4,977
Care Africa $5,000
Casey Chinese Senior Support Group Inc. $5,000
Colman Education Foundation $3,130
Cranbourne West Primary School Parents & Friends Club $3,620
Doveton Baptist Benevolent Society Inc. $3,000
Doveton Football Club Inc. $4,200
Hampton Park Turkish Seniors Group Inc. $3,200
Lynbrook Residents Association Inc. $3,750
Magwi Development Agency Australia Victoria Branch Inc. $5,000
South Sudan Entertainment Kids Group $5,000
Dongo Lobo Woman Group $5,000
Acholi Kids and Mother Tongue Class Group $5,000
Mauritian Silver Edge Club Inc. $3,000
Narre Community Learning Centre Inc. $2,895
Narre Warren Christian Church Inc. $5,000
EI Hokamma Senior Citizens $4,200
The Association of Hazaras in Victoria Inc. $4,500
U3A Cranbourne Inc. $3,350
Women’s Friendship Cafe Hampton Park $5,000
Friendship Enterprise $5,000
Girl’s Friendship Club $4,909

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Headspace Narre Warren Visit

Apr 28, 2016


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, was joined by Senator Katy Gallagher, Shadow Minister for Mental Health; Simon Curtis, Labor Candidate for La Trobe & Jennifer Yang, Labor Senate Candidate for Victoria for a visit to Headspace Narre Warren.

Headspace Narre Warren staff provided an update on their service and the Headspace YEPP program, and emphasized how vital this service was for Casey’s youth.

Since the Summit on Youth Suicide in 2012 Anthony Byrne MP has led efforts to ensure two headspaces were built in Dandenong & Narre Warren.

During the visit to Headspace Narre Warren Senator Katy Gallagher outlined Labor’s plans to provide better support for people with a mental illness and action to prevent suicide in the lead up to next year’s Federal Election.

“Headspace Narre Warren has been of enormous benefit to Casey’s youth. However, after our briefing it appears as though the future of this facility is not being guaranteed. Since 2014 three lead agencies have managed or will manage Headspace Narre Warren. This has led to Headspace staff to be concerned about their future employment during each retendering process. It is vital we guarantee the future viability of Headspace Narre Warren for the long term,’ said Mr Byrne.

“It is also beyond comprehension that the Turnbull Government is cutting funding to the Youth Early Psychosis Program (YEPP) at Headspace Narre Warren. In 2016/17 there will be a 25 per cent budget cut to the YEPP program and in 2017-18 there will be a 70 per cent cut to the YEPP program by the Turnbull Government. In November 2015, the Southern Melbourne headspace YEPP treated 206 young people experiencing early psychosis and their families. Those numbers are continuing to rise, and it is expected that by June 2016, headspace YEPP will provide clinical care to over 600 clients. Reduction in the size of headspace YEPP or its closure will result in the disruption of current clinical care arrangements and impact young people and families adversely. Labor opposes these cuts and instead of making decisions that would leave vulnerable people without supports we would work with YEPP and the local Primary Health Network to deliver a coordinated service that meets the needs of young people in Casey living with mental illness,’ said Mr Byrne.

“As a local school teacher, I am directly aware of the enormous need for top quality Mental Health services in our community. It was young people in or community who lobbied so hard for a local Headspace. It is sad that the Turnbull Government has not been able to see the human story behind these heartless cuts. Anyone who underestimates the need for Mental Heath services in our local community is clearly out-of-touch. Only a year ago, Liberal MP Jason Wood, came here to Headspace Narre Warren for the official opening, now he wants to cut funding to the centre,’ said Mr Curtis.

“Wherever I go in Melbourne and Victoria, young people tell me that mental health is the biggest challenge facing the youth of today. In addition to early prevention mental health services, Headspace offers young people support and advice on general health issues, alcohol and drug services, education and employment. These are vital services that need to be adequately funded to ensure it continues to support young people in the long run. Unlike the Turnbull Government’s uncertainty on mental health funding, Labor is committed to delivering an integrated, cross-sector and whole of government mental health care system. Services such as Headspace play a critically important role in this process and it needs to be appropriately funded,’ said Ms Yang.

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