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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.
School students in the South West will have unprecedented access to more than 250 entrepreneurial, science, digital technology, engineering and mathematics programmes with the release of a new guide.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the release of SPI (STEM Programme Index) 2016, which is effectively a one-stop catalogue of innovative initiatives provided by business, universities, government and non-government agencies.
The workshops, competitions and a range of other activities – delivered in-class, online, after school or during holidays – cater to today’s evolving student schedules and learning practices.
“Many of the jobs of the future do not yet exist” Mrs Marino said. “While on the one hand that may sound a little scary, it’s also a time of tremendous excitement and opportunity. We owe it to our young people, the future drivers of prosperity, to embed the skills they need not just to survive but to thrive in our transitioning economy.”
“That means a cultural shift to embracing innovation and entrepreneurialism from early childhood to high school and positioning our classrooms at the cutting edge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).”
Mrs Marino said SPI 2016 was compiled by the Australian Industry Group and the Office of the Chief Scientist, as part of the STEM Skills Partnerships programme, and copies of the guide would soon be distributed to local schools.
“It’s an invaluable kick-starter, bringing together hundreds of inventive programmes from agencies and organisations with a flair and passion for innovation,” Mrs Marino said.
“I urge all local principals and school leaders to get involved in these great opportunities as we prepare, encourage and motivate our students of today to be the innovators of tomorrow.”
SPI 2016 can be downloaded at www.chiefscientist.gov.au
The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup has received funding under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme to support vital upgrades of local bridge infrastructure.
Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Bridges Renewal Programme underpins the Government’s support for local bridges, which are vital in ensuring communities and local businesses have easy access to essential services, traffic movement and the efficient transportation of road freight.
The project will be managed by the Shire, and involves replacing a one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge over the Preston River on Trevena Road. The Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme will contribute $750,000 to the project, which is expected to cost a total of $1.5 million.
“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia’s local bridges, and give councils the support they need to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement ” Mrs Marino said.
“It is clear that Council has thought seriously about how well their proposal addresses the objectives of the Programme and has taken the time to consult with local community and industry on their needs and priorities.
“These upgrades mean the local communities will have access to safer and more reliable road access.”
More on the Bridges Renewal Programme is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.
The Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the Australian Government activation of both the Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance for eligible residents in the Peel and South West Regions affected by the Waroona Bushfire.
“By making these payments available today, the Australian Government will ensure that those who have lost loved ones, their homes or livelihoods have the additional assistance they need to help them on the road to recovery” Mrs Marino said.
People eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment – those who have lost their homes or suffered injury as a result of the disaster – can access a one-off payment of $1000 per adult and $400 for each child.
People eligible for the Disaster Recovery Allowance can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance. This assistance is designed to help those employees, primary producers and sole traders affected by the disaster to get back on their feet.
Equivalent financial assistance will also be available to eligible New Zealand citizens (‘non-protected’ Special Category Visa, subclass 444 holders) affected by the bushfire.
The Commonwealth Government assistance announced today is over and above the support already being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, which were announced on Saturday.
Claims for the Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance can be made online at www.humanservices.gov.au or by calling the Commonwealth Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm local time, Monday to Friday.
Further information on Commonwealth Government assistance is available online at www.disasterassist.gov.au.
Around 7,300 premises in Greater Bunbury are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with construction on the fibre-to-the-node network now underway.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said it was an important milestone for the area, with greater certainty for homes as businesses as they prepare for superfast broadband in the suburbs of Usher, Withers, South Bunbury, College Grove, Dalyellup, Gelorup, South Bunbury, and Carey Park.
“Final network designs are now complete, and we have already seen NBN Co subcontractors in the streets of South Bunbury, laying out fibre and building cabinets to house the electronics needed to supply superfast broadband” Mrs Marino said.
Today’s announcement is part of the Government’s ongoing reform of the NBN project, to ensure that superfast broadband can be rolled out sooner, more cost effectively and where possible targets underserved areas.
Speeds on the new network will allow high definition streaming on several devices at once.
Mrs Marino said that the project will provide much needed relief for the region, which has traditionally had poor broadband infrastructure.
“We have taken the steps to get this project on track after so many years of misinformation and frustration.
“These upgrades will truly revolutionize the way people connect in their homes and businesses. It is vitally important Australia doesn’t waste another decade years waiting for gold-plated broadband upgrades.”
Once construction is complete, connecting end-users is simple. Households just need a new modem gateway to plug in to the faster speed.
Total connections to the NBN’s various networks, including the fixed line and wireless networks and the interim satellite service now stand at over 600,000 across Australia.
Earlier this year NBN Co released an updated national rollout plan indicating that by September 2018 three-quarters of all homes and businesses across Australia will be able to connect to the NBN or have construction underway in their neighbourhoods.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the release of the redesigned NBN construction plan was delivering on the Government’s promise to get the rollout back on track.
“When we came into Government, one of our chief priorities has been to get this rollout done sooner, cheaper for taxpayers and more affordably for consumers” Mr Fifield said.
The NBN will continue to update its online maps to inform residents when the network will be ready for service.
Households and businesses can also register their details at www.nbnco.com.au to be provided with future updates.
Catching up with Lachlan and Hayden from Red Frogs Western Australia – amongst other things, this program provides education seminars in High Schools, student support in Universities and helps young people during Leavers week, festivals and other events. Did you know that Red Frogs Australia gives out over 16 tonnes of red frog lollies each year and their 24hr Hotline receives over 11,000 calls during Leavers?
How’s this for local creativity at the Margaret River Show? 150 – 200 volunteers work for months with help from High School cadets to make the Show a feature event in the community.
On Saturday I was privileged to open the new wing, which is the expansion of Tuia Lodge, a community-managed aged-care facility in Donnybrook in my electorate of Forrest. The Commonwealth government invested $2.76 million in this project, and the local community and the Tuia Lodge Committee have added $1.4 million to make this project a success. It is a great partnership between the committee, the community and the Commonwealth, and I congratulate all those who were a part such a wonderful project. In particular, I want to mention Mr Lui Tuia and the Donnybrook Aged Care Committee, who have been absolutely resolute and steadfast in their support, and magnificent in their actions to make this project happen. The Donnybrook Community, led by Lui and the committee, have been fundraising for the Lodge for decades.
There are two critical times in our life when we need support from the community, from family and from the government—that is, in childhood, as we grow and are educated, and when we are aged and needing care. Hubert Humphrey was a Vice President of the United States in the sixties, and he said in his final speech, words that were taken from others who went before him, like Ghandi:
The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
Those words are equally valid today, and no more so than in a small regional centre like Donnybrook. Country towns should not have to see their elderly go off to a major regional centre for care—it is not good for the resident, it is not good for the families and it is certainly not good for the community. We need to encourage families to maintain their bonds with their elderly relatives, and not simply see them go off to another major regional area, and potentially limit the amount of time that they can be in touch with their relatives. It makes it very difficult for the family.
As we know, our senior citizens are an absolute asset and we must be sure that they can be reached by us all. Keeping families close enough to be in contact is critical to the welfare of not only the elderly citizen but also all of the family members.
The other issue is that people must remember that when we go into an aged-care facility, we are actually swapping one home for another. When we go into a facility, this becomes our home. That is why having the community around to assist and care for us in that environment is so important, because most of us want to spend whatever days that we have left in the company of those that know us best—who we have perhaps grown up with, who we have lived with all our lives, and even community members who have known us throughout our lives and who are there as volunteers, as they are in this community of Donnybrook.
Tuia Lodge has so many volunteers who fundraise. Donnybrook is a shining example. The local community recognise the growing need for aged-care services and they took personal and community responsibility to provide that within their community for their people. With such passionate and wise leadership of Lui Tuia and the commitment of the Donnybrook community, they have worked tirelessly to build their capacity to support aged care within their community.
Tuia Lodge was born out of this environment. It has not been easy. It has taken an awfully long time and it has grown over the years, but this is a community that has looked after itself and its vulnerable members. It has not simply waited for somebody else or a government, for instance, to do the hard work—they have done it themselves. That is why this is such a special facility.
I congratulate Lui and his committee, and the entire community of Donnybrook who have contributed in so many different ways—whether it was buying a raffle ticket or helping out on a cake stall—this has been an outstanding outcome, and this latest expansion is just part of that. Some contributed by buying a brick in the previous expansion, and I recognised so many names there. Every dollar counts in aged care in small communities.
Of course, across Australia we have seen community managed aged-care facilities often whither, mainly because often those communities have become completely reliant on government to provide those services, and as a result most regional aged-care centres are now owned or managed by large corporations. But it does not have to be that way. Donnybrook is the beacon. This small community, this small caring community shows how such communities can manage if they are really dedicated.
What also matters to the people who live in that community are the people who look after them. I wanted to mention Keryn, the manager at Tuia Lodge. She provides so many personal touches and cares about each of those residents as if they were her own. Those of us who have loved ones in aged care want to know that those we love are being loved, and that is exactly what Keryn and her team do for the residents in Tuia Lodge. It is the most beautiful place, and it is special because of the love and care that is provided by Keryn and her staff and all of that army of volunteers who help out.
There are many different forms of aged care, and we also see right throughout the broader Donnybrook community a range of people who come in as volunteers to Tuia Lodge in so many ways. On the weekend there were so many people there for the opening, and so many people who not only had residents into Tuia Lodge, but those who for many years had worked as part of the original fundraising and management committees and those who felt a real connection or who had loved ones within Tuia Lodge. The new wing is a beautiful area that has ensuites. They have a long waiting list and their services are in great demand. But it is not just the building that is in demand; it is the level of care that is provided. That is what Tuia Lodge offers.
It is really a credit to Lui Tuia and to his team. I really want to focus on the efforts of Lui and his wife Helen. There was great tribute paid to Lui at the opening of this particular part, and people actually gave him a standing ovation which touched him and his wife very much. It is very fitting because Lui has put his heart and soul into Tui Lodge and done an extraordinary job over many years. Yes, he has had a whole raft of community members and various committee members and those who fundraise tirelessly, but one of the best things about this particular centre is that it is for the community and by the community.
I think living in small rural and regional towns, often when you get to later in life it is very difficult to find the care that you need. To be able to live in a really small community like Donnybrook and yet have access to such great quality aged care is a real tribute to the community itself. Again, it is being brought about by extraordinary leadership and there are very few people in Australia who would know more about aged care and the aged-care system and the challenges facing aged care than Lui Tuia. He is at the lodge almost on a daily basis. Whatever needs doing, he will be there to do it, along with his family and, as I said, a whole raft of amazing volunteers of all age groups.
They were there on Saturday, providing a wonderful afternoon tea for all of the visitors. They are constantly available for any help that Tuia Lodge needs. I really want to commend the whole community of Donnybrook —all of the volunteers and everyone who has done anything to support Tuia Lodge and who will continue to do so. I encourage each and every one of them to continue their efforts to make sure that what is offered at Tuia Lodge now continues to be offered into the longer term, for all of the residents and for the benefit of the whole community.