NBN Rollout coming to Forde

Homes and businesses in Forde are a step closer to getting the National Broadband Network (NBN), with more than 8200 premises to benefit from the next build to commence on the network in the fourth quarter of 2016.   The NBN Co released a quarterly national rollout plan to December 2016, which includes part of…

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New jobactive service up and running

Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen has today welcomed the start of the Australian Government’s new employment service – jobactive.   “jobactive is the Government’s new $6.8 billion employment service which will help more job seekers in our region to find and keep a job,” Mr van Manen said.   “Through jobactive, local job…

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Small business measures pass Senate

June 15 was a great day for Forde’s hard working small business owners with the Senate approving the Coalition’s tax cut for small business companies.   Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said the tax cut was part of the Coalition Government’s Growing Jobs and Small Business package.   “The Senate also approved…

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Yatala business awarded grant

Forde based business Smart Steel Systems Pty Ltd at Yatala will receive a $1 million grant to propel their bright ideas from the drawing board into the marketplace under the Australian Government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program.   Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP announced the grant as part of a $10.6 million Accelerated Commercialisation element…

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Better support for families with youth allowance changes

More generous means testing arrangements for youth payments from January 1, 2016 will give Forde families better opportunities to support their children from school to further study.   The Federal Government will remove the Family Asset Test and Family Actual Means Test from the Youth Allowance Parental Income Test to provide a more generous means…

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Double funding boost through Roads to Recovery

LOCAL streets and roads in Forde will benefit from the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme being doubled in 2015–16 to $13.1 million   Tuesday’s 2015-16 Federal Budget confirmed a national commitment to doubling the Roads to Recovery investment in the next financial year to support greater access for Australians and improved safety, economic and…

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Forde – Budget 2015

The 2015 Budget is a ‘have a go’ Budget that will help local families and small businesses.   Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said the big winners of this Budget were families and small businesses.     “This Budget will deliver jobs, growth and opportunity in a way that is responsible, measured and…

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Kicking goals with community soccer programme – Joint Media Release 17 March 2015

The Big Issue’s Community Street Soccer Programme will continue to provide positive health outcomes for disadvantaged and marginalised Australians following a $2 million Australian Government funding commitment today.   The Minister for Health Sussan Ley and Independent Senator for Queensland Glenn Lazarus today announced the sport-based programme would continue to provide a range of activities…

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