National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week runs from 21 to 27 May and honours the more than eight million Australians who volunteer their time in the community. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said there were more than 18,000 volunteers in his electorate of Forde, and he wanted to thank each and every one of them…

Microbeads successfully phasing out

Industry has successfully risen to the challenge issued by Australia’s environment ministers to voluntarily phase out the use of microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products, with 94 per cent of these products now microbead-free. An independent assessment, commissioned by the Coalition Government, found that of approximately 4400 relevant supermarket and pharmacy products inspected, only…

Investment in Print Disability Services

Accessible print and digital materials will be free and easier to obtain for locals with disability in thanks to a $5.7 Turnbull Government investment to deliver a Print Disability Service Program over the next three years. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said Vision Australia and VisAbility would produce and convert materials into…

McVeigh visits Forde’s western pocket

The Mount Lindesay Highway, inland rail and Stronger Communities Grants were at the top of the agenda when the Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Dr John McVeigh joined Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP on a tour around the electorate’s western suburbs today. Mr van Manen said Minister McVeigh shared the…

Stronger Communities Grants to continue

Coalition Government extends Stronger Communities Programme to a fourth round The 2018-19 Federal Budget announcement will see local Members of Parliament invest directly in key community organisations by delivering infrastructure upgrades Members of Parliament will soon invite selected local organisations to apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding from a pool of $150,000 in…

More funding for school chaplains

The Turnbull Government has backed school chaplains with hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding as part of the 2018-19 Federal Budget. The Turnbull Government has announced its ongoing support of the National School Chaplaincy Programme, which provides vital pastoral care services to thousands of students and school communities across Australia. Federal Member for…

Building a more active Australia

The Coalition Government has delivered a $230 million package of sports and physical activity participation initiatives to encourage more Australians to be more active, more often. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said participation in sport and physical activity was vital for the health and wellbeing of those living in his electorate of…