Applications open for 2016 Resilient Australia Awards

Applications are now open for the Commonwealth Government’s 2016 Resilient Australia Awards.   Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said now in its 17th year, the awards recognise and promote initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience.   “Disaster resilience is about making our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage natural disasters,”…

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My Ormeau receives $20,000 Stronger Communities grant

My Ormeau is one of several successful community organisations to receive funding under Round 1 of the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.   Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said My Ormeau would receive $20,000 for their Community Events Parenting Room project.   “Every year My Ormeau offer a special parenting room at…

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Medicinal cannabis legislation passes Parliament

The Federal Parliament this week passed historic legislation which delivers the missing piece to legally-grown medicinal cannabis treatment in Australia.   Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said welcomed the historic moment and looked forward to informing the many patient advocates in his electorate who played a key role in bringing this important…

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End to excessive card charges

The Turnbull Government’s tough new laws to protect consumers from excessive card surcharging have passed Parliament.   Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said the Government’s Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015 passed the Senate on Monday (February 22) and would come into effect this year.   “While many merchants do…

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