Treasure for Park Ridge Pirates

Park Ridge Pirates Junior AFL club has finished 2017 on a high, receiving a $10,000 grant from the Australian Government. See who else is STRONGER thanks to our grant program!>>> Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen confirmed the club was one of several successful applicants in Round Three of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities…

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Government backs sporting stars

Twelve of Forde’s local sporting superstars have been recognised for their stellar efforts in 2017. The ambitious young athletes were each presented with a $500 grant this month through the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program. Local Sporting Champions is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.…

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Brigalow gets support for seating

Brigalow Country Community Club has received a $3500 grant from the Australian Government. See who else is STRONGER thanks to our grant program!>>> Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen delivered the good news to Brigalow president Max Noble today. “The Brigalow Country Community Club is a stand out organisation providing fellowship and fun for…

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Please help celebrate our veterans

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen is calling on local businesses to celebrate the success and the contribution of veterans in the workplace by nominating for the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards. Nominations for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards close on December 22. Mr van Manen said the awards had been established…

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Free driving lessons on offer

The Australian Government today approved an additional $16 million to extend a safe-driving program for learner drivers – keys2drive – for a further four years. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the extension of the program, which follows a commitment in the 2017 Budget, would provide support for some of the most at-risk…

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New Framework provides a picture of Gold Coast-Tweed Head’s performance

The Australian Government’s National Cities Performance Framework is the first official framework to track the progress and performance of Australia’s largest cities. Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said the Framework brings together critical data on key issues such as infrastructure, housing and liveability in an easily accessible online dashboard. “The Performance…

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Please, shop local this Christmas

In the lead-up to Christmas Day, Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen has urged the community to back small business and shop local. “The holiday season is when many small businesses work their hardest and employ more locals to meet the demands of the Christmas retail trade period,” Mr van Manen said. “It is…

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