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

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.



2014 Community Spirit & Leadership Awards

Dec 16, 2014


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


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