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Nola was elected as the Federal Member for the seat of Forrest on November 24, 2007.
She is currently the Chief Government Whip and has been able to speak up for Forrest by investigation and developing policy areas which are of benefit to her constituents.
There has been a big win for regional families by Nola when she led the way to help reverse Labor’s cuts to Youth Allowance access. This was of great assistance to families with children who wanted to pursue their education dreams beyond high school.
The Member for Forrest Nola Marino has today welcomed the announcement of funding under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round for the South West.
Jobs South West will receive funding to deliver services that will improve outcomes for First Australians in Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Collie, Brunswick, Harvey, Donnybrook, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Pemberton, and Northcliffe.
Mrs Marino said the project would deliver demonstrable benefits for local First Australians.
“The delivery of real services on the ground is at the heart of the Government’s plan for indigenous communities” Mrs Marino said. “This program is designed to support people and communities in a tangible and practical manner.”
Jobs South West CEO Posy Barnes said “the project will enable clients experiencing safety and wellbeing problems to access qualified staff that will assist them with a range of issues including homelessness, parenting difficulties, financial hardship, family and domestic violence, mental and physical health, youth justice and education training and employment”. Ms Barnes said that highly experienced Indigenous woman Tamara Rassip will coordinate the program. She will work with Indigenous mentors to promote and support the continued emotional and social wellbeing of clients.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million to $1 billion, with 996 organisations to receive funding for over 1,350 projects throughout Australia.
“The increased investment through the grant round is the result of the Government honouring its commitment to provide longer funding agreements for important frontline services and ensure that any gaps that emerged as part of the round were filled as quickly as possible,” Minister Scullion said.
“This increased investment will help deliver on the Government’s key priorities of getting children to school and adults to work and making communities safer.”
The South West has been a major beneficiary of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot funding Program.
The Member for Forrest Nola Marino today welcomed the Commonwealth commitment of $3 million towards fourteen new or upgraded mobile phone towers in the Forrest electorate.
“The Government is investing to provide mobile services in a number of underserviced areas in the South West, especially in more regional and remote parts” Mrs Marino said.
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“This is a massive investment in coverage across the South West, and it will improve the lives of many living and working in our regions” Mrs Marino said.
“In total 75 of the 106 identified mobile black spots in the Forrest electorate will receive coverage under the program.”
The program includes funding from the Commonwealth and service providers, and will see a total spend of $15.52 million across the Forrest electorate.
More than 500 premises in Ambergate and West Busselton are ready to join the superfast internet era with the NBN Co activating its fixed wireless network in the region, offering Internet speeds more than twice as fast as city-based ADSL connections.
The fixed wireless network utilises advanced 4G technology to deliver speeds of up to 50 megabits per second, enabling multiple high definition videos to be streamed at one time.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the activation of two fixed wireless towers in the Capes region in recent weeks, showing the Coalition Government is delivering on its pledge to get the NBN rollout back on track.
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“Since the election the fixed wireless network has grown exponentially, now reaching more than 240,000 homes and business in rural and regional Australia compared to just 39,000 premises in September 2013” Mrs Marino said.
“It is great to see more South West residents getting access to this critical service.”
“Construction trials have demonstrated we can dramatically lower the cost and time it will take to deliver fast broadband to all Australians, especially those in regional areas.”
A Strategic Review conducted by the NBN Co revealed that Labor had drastically underestimated demand in rural Australia, meaning that 200,000 premises would not have been able to order a service once the networks had been built. The Coalition will invest up to $1.2 billion more in rural Australia to ensure the satellite and fixed wireless networks are able to cope with demand.
The Government’s changes to the NBN rollout will save $32 billion, will see upgrades delivered four years sooner than under Labor and will avoid Internet retail bills increasing by up to 80 per cent.
Potential customers can see the areas served by NBN Co’s fixed wireless service at www.nbnco.com.au/maps and can order a new service by contacting a retail service provider. A list of providers is available on the NBN Co website at www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address/choose-a-provider.html.
Work has started to deliver the NBN to around 28,000 premises in Greater Bunbury, under a revised rollout approach that will save months in construction time and see the project completed nationwide years sooner and at less cost.
Across Australia 436,000 premises are due to start NBN construction in coming months.
The NBN’s monthly update shows that pre-construction activities, for example readying pits and pipes ahead of the physical network construction, have begun in:
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The new approach will see the upgrades accelerated throughout the country. The NBN will use different technologies used where they are most appropriate, including fibre to the node.
In early deployments, the technology has delivered average download speeds of 91 megabits per second and upload speeds of 36 megabits per second.
Those speeds would enable a premise to stream up to 18 high definition Netflix streams simultaneously, or other bandwidth intensive applications such as online learning and tele-health consultations.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said today’s announcement demonstrates the Coalition’s plan to deliver the NBN sooner and at less cost to taxpayers is working.
“Around the country, the pace of the NBN rollout has greatly accelerated, with more than 1 million premises now serviceable by the NBN’s various technologies, up from 275,000 serviceable premises at the time of the last election.”
A new contracting model recently signed by NBN will reward those contractors who can demonstrate they can complete construction quickly while meeting specified levels of build quality.
“The great thing about the NBN’s new approach is that we will see the benefits of broadband much sooner and services will be much more affordable – avoiding the 80 per cent price hikes that were foreshadowed under Labor’s project” Mrs Marino said.
By September 2016, more than three million Australian homes and businesses will have an NBN service in place or under construction.
Residents can check their suburb at www.nbnco.com.au/rolloutplan
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Sporting opportunities for children are set to expand with the announcement that local South West primary schools can apply for funding through the Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said that the before, during and after school hours sporting programme is designed to deliver sports for local schools’ particular needs and ultimately to get Australia’s children active, engaged and having fun, more often.
“I urge local schools who have not yet registered to register and apply for funding as part of the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme,” Mrs Marino said.
“The new Sporting Schools program gives local primary schools more versatility to run activities before, during or after school time.
“We know it’s vitally important that we help children to develop healthy and active habits early in life.”
Mrs Marino said local primary schools could apply for funding between now and 26 June, and be part of a national programme that’s set to improve children’s participation in sport.
“Sporting Schools is about developing children’s love of sport during those early years,” Mrs Marino said.
Approximately three quarters of children spend their spare time watching television, and only one third of children are managing the recommended hour of physical activity a day and only half are involved in sport.
Over 2,000 primary schools have registered for the programme, which aims to eventually include 5,700 primary schools across the country and to target over 850,000 children to get involved in a before, during or after school sporting activity.
This year’s round of programme delivery grants will enable primary schools [in relevant region] to deliver sports-based activities during Term 3 and 4 this year.
Towns in the South West such as Collie and Donnybrook are among 450 country towns who will find it easier to attract doctors under an overhauled GP Rural Incentives Program, local Member for Forrest Nola Marino said today.
Under changes announced by the Government some 450 country towns will receive increased subsidies to attract and retain doctors.
“The new GPRIP system will deliver a fairer system for smaller towns; redirecting money to attract more doctors to smaller towns that have genuine difficulty attracting and retaining doctors,” Mrs Marino said.
“I’m pleased that towns such as Collie and Donnybrook will benefit from these changes.
“In rural and remote areas, we all know how difficult it can be to attract doctors.
“For decades, Australia’s small rural towns have struggled to attract enough doctors. This change is one way we’re tackling that.”
The highest incentive paid to work in remote Australia will jump from $47,000 a year to $60,000 a year. The maximum incentive to work in a town of less than 5,000 in regional Australia will increase from $18,000 to $23,000.
Doctors in Collie and the Margaret River were previously receiving $12,000 per year, and they will now receive $18,000 per year.
The new incentive arrangements will start from 1 July 2015.