Creative Young Stars

Young people in Forde urged to apply to help them be creative young stars   Bert van Manen MP today urged students and young people in Forde to apply to share in $23,500 to help them develop their talents and chase their dreams by taking part in creative, cultural, academic and community activities.   The…

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Statement – 30th May 2013

STATEMENT     I want the people in Forde to know that I was not prepared to support an increase in public funding to political parties.   Ultimately, it is not the Governments money to play with it is the Australian people’s taxes.   The Government can’t be making budget cuts because they are broke…

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Media Release on the Address in Reply -16th May 2013

COALITION COMMITMENT TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF FORDE HOUSEHOLDS   The Coalition will help Forde families, households, retirees and pensioners get ahead and plan their futures with confidence by scrapping the carbon tax as well as ensuring that tax cuts and fortnightly pension and benefit increases are kept.   Bert van Manen MP Member for Forde…

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Letter to the Editor – NDIS – 2nd May 2013

Letter to the Editor – Tuesday, 2 May 2013   The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) seeks to bring a positive change for Australians living with a disability.   On a number of occasions I have spoken in support of the NDIS both here in our community and in the federal parliament. In Canberra I…

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Local Tree Now Protected

LOCAL TREE NOW PROTECTED   Federal Member for Forde Bert Van Manen MP is proud to announce the inclusion of the threatened Ormeau Bottle Tree (Brachychiton) under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999   Mr van Manen said members of the Ormeau community have been fighting long and hard to save the endangered…

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Send a Care Package to our Troops for Anzac Day

Anzac Day 2013 marks an important period in Australia’s contemporary military operations. It is the first Anzac Day since our troops have withdrawn from Timor-Leste and it will be the last observed by Australian troops in the Solomon Islands.   As we pause to mark the sacrifices of Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen this…

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Local Community Services Roundtable – February 2013

Bert van Manen MP invited the Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services to the electorate to hear what our local community service providers had to say.   The roundtable representatives from Night Light, Rosies, M.A.D, Lighthouse care, Soul Centre, the police, State Government and the Logan City Council discussed issues such as homelessness,…

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