Government to continue Inborn Error of Metabolism Programme

Aug 5, 2015


Anthony Byrne MP today met with wonderful mums Wendi and Tracey and their sons Reef & Harrison to celebrate the Federal Government’s decision that will continue funding of $250 per month for the Inborn Error of Metabolism (IEM) Programme.

Over the past few months parents across Australia like Wendi & Tracey have led a successful community campaign to ensure they maintained their $250 per month IEM Grant to financially support them in continuing to purchase strict low protein products for their children who suffer from the Inborn Error of Metabolism disorder.

In the Budget 2015 the Abbott Government decided to finish the IEM Programme on 31 December 2015, as a $11.7 million budget saving measure but it would have increased the cost of living pressures on families with children suffering from IEM.

“I am so proud of the local community campaign led by Wendi Emmerson and Tracey Scott who as parents continue to go above and beyond in looking after their children Reef and Harrison but who need financial support to purchase the strict low protein products for their children. I welcome Minister Sussan Ley’s decision to continue the IEM Programme but I wish to point out that it should not have been cut in the first place. Children like Reef and Harrison have a unique condition, which should automatically result in Government support. I will continue to campaign to ensure this IEM Grant remains a permanent feature in the Federal Health Budget in the years ahead,” said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Anzac Centenary – “Compassion In War” – Australia & Turkey’s Enduring Friendship

Jul 14, 2015


Anthony Byrne MP today met with Turkish Vice Consul Mr Ersel Ozdemir to present the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Melbourne with a painting from the recent Holt Anzac Centenary Fine Art Show, which took place on 4-5 July 2015 in Narre Warren.

As part of the Holt Anzac Centenary Fine Art Show the Turkish Vice Consul Mr Ersel Ozdemir was invited by Provenance Artists Inc to attend and he was deeply moved by a painting entitled “Compassion In War” by Gabriele Jenkins depicting an Australian soldier sharing a drink from a mug with a Turkish Solider at Gallipoli in World War I.

Recognising the sacrifice made by both Australian and Turkish soldiers at Gallipoli and endeavouring to symbolise the deep connection between the Australian and Turkish people Anthony Byrne MP determined to donate this special painting to the Turkish Consulate in Melbourne.

“I am deeply honoured to meet with the Turkish Vice Consul Mr Ersel Ozdemir to present the “Compassion In War” painting on behalf of the local community to the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Melbourne. The first military encounter of Turkey and Australia was on the battlefields of Çanakkale (Galliopli) and this created a bond of mutual respect, admiration and close friendship that has endured for the last 100 years,” said Mr Byrne.

The warm sentiments between Turkish and Australian nations were best voiced in the message of the Great Turkish Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, which was sent to the Australian and New Zealander mothers in 1934 and is as follows: “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives… you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets where they lie side by side here in this country of ours… You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

“This painting is a recognition of Australia’s close friendship with Turkey. With over 60,000 Turkish Australians now living in our country we are keen to build on our friendship in the years to come,’ said Mr Byrne.

As part of the Holt Anzac Centenary Fine Art Show all the paintings on display will be donated back to the community after the art show. Any school, sporting group, community group or other organisation in Holt that is interested in an Anzac Centenary commemorative painting to be displayed in their facility should contact Anthony Byrne MP’s office on 9796 7533.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Tax Help in Holt

Jul 7, 2015


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 Monday 3rd August 2015 and running until the end of October 2015.

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.

Holt Anzac Centenary Fine Art Show – 4-5 July 2015

Jun 15, 2015


Anthony Byrne MP last week caught up with Calvin Bell from Provenance Artists Inc to promote and invite the local community to attend the upcoming Holt Anzac Centenary Fine Art Show on 4-5 July 2015 at the Mechanics Institute Hall, 59 Webb St, Narre Warren from 10am-5pm each day. Cost: Adults $5, Students $2 & veterans complimentary.

“I wish to congratulate Mr Calvin Bell and all the members from Provenance Artists Inc for organising this wonderful event that will showcase the finest Anzac Art from 30 local leading artists, which was funded under the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program,” said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.

Sky News Interview with Laura Jayes – 1 June 2015

Jun 2, 2015

Sky News Interview with Laura Jayes about National Security matters and the proposed Citizenship laws.

Plebs, Pros & Personalities 24hr Run

May 1, 2015


Personalities and Professional Athletes join forces with the Public to raise money for Suicide Prevention across the nation for 24 hours running on treadmills.

For the first time Melbourne will take part in a national 24 hour treadmill run raising money for Suicide Prevention Australia. The Plebs, Pros and Personalities 24 hr treadmill run will be hosted by Kane’s Crusade (Depression Support Charity) on Friday the 8th May 2015 (5pm start) till 6pm Saturday 9th May 2015. The event raises funds for Suicide Prevention Australia. It will be Hosted at Westfield Fountain Gate’s Community Mall. The event will coincide with events being held across the nation including in Perth, Gold Coast, Wollongong and Sydney.

The event will see members of the Public, Celebrities and Professional Athletes running against each on treadmills for the entire 24 hours. The idea of the 24 hr run is not to assess people’s level of fitness or skill or create a competitive environment. In fact the opposite is sought. The event centres around people encouraging, supporting and helping each other to complete their allotted 15 MIN spot on the treadmill.

Participants are of all ages, genders and athletic ability are welcome. You can run, walk or even crawl on the treadmills. The participants are able to gain a sense of giving back and helping support those suffering with mental health issues.

The event was created in Sydney three years ago by Ben Higgs and Matt Dee after losing loved ones to suicide. Both men felt compelled to do something. They wanted to create an event that not only raised funds for Suicide Prevention Australia, but also raised awareness of the issue with the community. An offset of this event, is that people struggling with mental health issues and suicidal thoughts were able to connect with the event, and find support and encouragement to fight their illness and seek help and treatment.

The event has raised over $500,000 since its inception and funds have gone towards creating the first stage of an online tool kit called ‘Communities Matter’. This toolkit had been created to help and assist community-driven suicide prevention. The toolkit provides guidance and information on how to deal with a suicide in your community, how to develop and promote community inter-connectedness and resilience and how to establish or improve suicide prevention groups in the community. More funds are needed in 2015 to allow for more ground work to be established and to allow communities to interact and communicate together on the issue of suicide prevention.

The Melbourne event is set to be a fun filled event with appearances from Jane and Emma from Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules, Australian Champion Boxer Sam Soliman and AFL champ Campbell Brown. There will be face painters, balloon artists, local bands and singers, online auctions and exciting presentations from local martial arts experts.

The Melbourne PPP4SPA event has had the full support from Federal Political Mr Anthony Byrne Member for Holt. Mr Byrne has been a fantastic supporter of Kane’s Crusade and has a mental health Background.

Mrs White said “Mr Byrne’s support for not only Kane’s crusade but the community as a whole is amazing, we cannot thank him enough for everything he has done for our charity as well as mental health as a whole in our community”

“I hope that the public will show their support for Fawn Brady and Jessica White from Kane’s Crusade on Friday 8th May 2015 and Saturday 9th May 2015 for the Plebs, Pros & Personalities 24 Hour Run at Westfield Fountain Gate. Kane’s Crusade has done incredible work in raising awareness about depression in our community and its terrible costs. Their work literally saves lives. We can help those with depression by supporting them and their ongoing work to assist those suffering from depression,” said Mr Byrne.

Jessica White and Fawn Brady, founders of Kane’s Crusade were thrilled to be asked to host the first ever Melbourne PPP4SPA event. “It is such a fantastic initiative for such a wonderful charity (Suicide prevention Australia)” said Mrs White.

Kane’s Crusade was founded in 2013 after Fawn Brady lost her younger brother Kane to suicide at the age of 23.

Mrs Brady said “if we can help one person, save one life, save one family from going through the heart ache my family feel daily, our mission is complete”.

Mrs White stated: “We have worked incredibly hard to create awareness and support of depression in our community. Suicide is a leading cause of death for young Australians, particularly young men. The national suicide toll is higher than that of the national road toll and yet the public are unaware”.

Kane’s Crusade continues to seek awareness and support of their major project of establishing a centre specialising in the treatment of depression in the community.

People can register to run/walk on the treadmills for $25 for 15 mins at the Melbourne event. Registrations are via the website

We would like to Thank Bianca Slater, Westfield Fountain Gate, UFT Playgrounds and Good Life Health Clubs for their amazing support with this event.

For more information about the event or to get involved please email [email protected] or visit

Contact details:Jess White -Event Organiser 0405 770 366
Fawn Brady -Event Organiser 0456 111 334
Bianca Slater -Event Organiser

Email: [email protected]
Website: or or
Instagram: @ppp4spa or @kanescrusade
Twitter @ppp4spa

National Youth Week 2015 at Headspace Narre Warren

Apr 14, 2015


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, visited Headspace Narre Warren as part of National Youth Week with a number of Casey’s young leaders.

As part of National Youth Week Anthony Byrne MP convened a meeting with representatives of Casey’s Youth that included Dani Rothwell, Amanda Carron, Adam Sullivan, Faisal Najibi, Syed Najibi, Mujeeb Najibi and Bao Truong, to receive a briefing from the staff at Headspace Narre Warren on how this local youth mental health service can assist Casey’s youth.

The ages of between 15 and 24 years are a crucial time in the development of a young person. It coincides with the peak onset of serious mental illness, including a first episode of psychosis. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, mental illness accounts for 50 per cent of the total disease burden among young people aged 12 to 25 years in Australia, and 75 per cent of mental disorders will have developed by the age of 25. Therefore, concerted efforts focusing on early identification and effective intervention have now become an increasing public health priority, not only for Australia but throughout the world.

In light of this it is important that we now have a Headspace in Narre Warren that will provide youth mental health advice, support and information to young people aged 12-25 years. There are approximately 60,000 young people in the Casey region. Headspace Narre Warren also provides early-psychosis treatment EPPIC or a Helping Young People Early (HYPE) service to young people. EPPIC is a world renowned model of specialised early intervention in psychosis care, first developed by Professor Patrick McGorry, former Australian of the Year, at Orygen Youth Health in 1992. Headspace Narre Warren will hold its grand opening shortly. After a long community campaign it is fantastic that the facility will be fully operational.

“National Youth Week is a great week to meet with young people. Casey’s youth have been instrumental in campaigning for Headspace Narre Warren. It is vital they understand what the facility has to offer so they can spread the word about the great benefits of this Headspace for local young people in our community,’ said Mr Byrne.

National Youth Week (NYW) is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia are involved in NYW each year. This is the perfect opportunity for young Australians to embrace the 2015 theme of It starts with us and jump on board the most epic celebration of young people in Australia.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

Restoring Funding to the Casey Cardinia Community Legal Service

Apr 13, 2015


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, visited the Casey Cardinia Community Legal Service today to discuss with Lisa Gross and Vina Fernandez the reinstatement of Legal Service Funding for the next two years for the centre.

“We welcome the recent announcement by the Federal Attorney General to reinstate legal service funding of $200,000 for the Casey Cardinia Community Legal Service for the next two years to allow the Narre Warren office to keep operating. However, while the Federal Government has restored legal service funding for this centre for the next two years the cuts to the centre’s financial counselling service still remain. This has led to the loss of three experienced financial counsellors that have provided much needed support to the local community. We will continue the campaign to have all the funding restored to the Casey Cardinia Community Legal Service,” said Mr Byrne.

The reinstatement of funding of $100,000 per year for two years to the Casey Cardinia Community Legal Service comes after a successful petition signed by 469 people that was tabled in the Federal Parliament by Anthony Byrne MP, that raised the concern that the cut in funding will lead to a loss of 1,144 hours of managerial work per year and would undermine the current assistance it provides to over 1,500 local people—mainly women—with family violence issues per year.

Federal Labor calls on Senator Brandis to fully reverse these unnecessary cuts to legal assistance funding to community legal centres. Senator Brandis may have restored some of the funding increase Labor gave to Community Legal Centres in 2013, but he has not backed away from the $6 million cut in the last Budget.

The uncertainty created by these cuts means Community Legal Centres in our region have already lost experienced staff and reduced the services they provide.

‘These services offered by the Casey Cardinia Legal Service are absolutely essential’, said Mr Byrne.

The funding of $400,000 over four years that was allocated back in 2013 under Labor to keep the Narre Warren office operating had been cut by the Abbott Government in last year’s Budget but that funding has now been restored to keep this vital legal service in our rapidly growing community operating. The aim now is to have funding restored to the Casey Cardinia Community Legal Service’s financial counselling program that had provided vital assistance to hundreds of people suffering from financial difficulty in the local community.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

City of Casey Australia Day Study Tour students visit the Australian Parliament

Mar 20, 2015


Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, met with 2015 City of Casey Australia Day Study Tour students this week during their visit to the Australian Parliament in Canberra.

“I had a great discussion with a group of ten of Casey’s future leaders who were chosen by the City of Casey to be members of the Australia Day Study Tour this year. We discussed the future of the Australian Economy, the role of leadership in Australian politics and local traffic congestion issues. These young leaders impressed me with their detailed thoughtful questions and their concerns for the community. Their parents and their community should be proud of them,” said Mr Byrne.

The City of Casey Australia Day Study Tour enables participating Year 11 students the opportunity to observe the workings of Local, State and Federal Government in Australia.

The Federal component of the tour is conducted over five days and features a three-day visit to Canberra where students meet Federal Members of Parliament, tour Parliament House, attend Question Time, and potentially meet the Prime Minister.

This year’s members included:

Leia Burrough from Cranbourne East Secondary College
Trent Buxton from Kambrya College
Arashdeep Dhaliwal from St Margaret’s School
Miriam Fares from Gleneagles Secondary College
Jasmine Gonzalez from Fountain Gate Secondary College
Liam Jolliffe from Cranbourne East Secondary College
Lauren Murrant from Kambrya College
Jarrod O’Donnell from Gleneagles Secondary College
Thomas Velican from Nossal High School
Olumide Yinka-Kehinde from Gleneagles Secondary College

“I wish to congratulate the City of Casey on running this successful program on an annual basis and I look forward to further engagement with the study tour students during the year,” said Mr Byrne.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

2015 Holt Australia Day Awards

Jan 26, 2015

Group Photo

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.

Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533

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


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