Nominations open for National Disability Awards

The 2015 National Disability Awards are now open, giving Australians the chance to acknowledge the many people, organisations and initiatives across the country that make a positive impact on the lives of people with disability.   Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP, said the Awards help build awareness of disability issues and showcase…

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Fix the M1 Taskforce launched

A joint taskforce made up of representatives from all levels of government, local business people and various community organisations has been formed in a collaborative effort to fix the M1 highway congestion.   Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said the Fix the M1 Taskforce was a bipartisan group, ready to work together…

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New Trade Training Centre skilling Forde’s students

Students in Logan and Scenic Rim will be able to learn useful vocational skills with the opening of the new Logan Scenic Rim Trade Training Centre at Park Ridge State High School.   The Logan Scenic Rim Trade Training Centre will allow secondary school students to earn qualifications in automotive maintenance and repair, electrotechnology and…

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Funding boost for local veterans

Beenleigh and District RSL Sub-branch in Forde has today received Federal Government funding to assist ex-service organisations (ESOs) to continue their important work with the local veteran community.   Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said the funding was part of the Australian Government’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program, which…

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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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