Media Releases 2014

Local Businesses Urged to Unlock Export Potential of Korea FTA

–15 December 2014 –

“From today, 84 per cent of Australia’s merchandise exports to Korea by value enter duty free, including agricultural and industrial goods. This will rise to 99.8 per cent when the Agreement is fully implemented.” Jason Wood MP

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Grants to help La Trobe GPs take on trainees and GP Registrars

–10 December 2014 –

“This is a very welcome initiative by the Australian Government that will boost the health workforce in our area and give people in La Trobe better access to quality health services.” Jason Wood MP

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Christmas for the Troops 2014

–14 November 2014 –

“Messages are always appreciated by ADF personnel and sending a message that simply says ‘thank you for your service’ can have a tremendous positive impact.” Jason Wood MP

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New Primary School Takes Shape with $4.6 Million Project

–5 November 2014 –

“The Government believes in an education system that puts students first. We are committed to helping equip all Australian students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world by creating the best possible learning environments.” Jason Wood MP

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La Trobe Community Awards

–28 October 2014 –

“The La Trobe Community Awards are a great example of what our community is capable of when we work together.” Jason Wood MP

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Jason Wood MP Fights for Headspace in The Hills

–21 October 2014 –

“Headspace is a vital part of our youth mental health strategy. The help they provide for young people, who can go through tough times, is invaluable.” Jason Wood MP

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Local Roads Funding Boost

–2 October 2014 –

“As someone who’s lived in the Dandenong Ranges for nearly all my life, I know what it’s like living on unsealed roads and sometimes poorer quality roads. This is some much needed funding that I know local residents will be very happy about.” Jason Wood MP

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La Trobe School Wins National Literacy and Numeracy Week Prize

–30 September 2014 –

“I’m delighted that students from La Trobe have had their literacy and numeracy skills recognised by picking up some fantastic prizes. We have many talented students in our community and I’m sure they’ll enjoy using these resources as they continue their literacy and numeracy learning journeys.” Jason Wood MP

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Government Announces Funding Available for Soliris

–19 September 2014 –

“It’s one of my personal priorities to ensure that children with life threatening illnesses have access to the medications they need. They should be afforded all the same opportunities a healthy child is.” Jason Wood MP

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Councils in La Trobe to get $9.4 Million in Roads to Recovery Funding

–30 September 2014 –

“These funds will make a real difference in building roads, repairing streets and creating better access across our community.” Jason Wood MP

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Local Liberals Slam Flip-Flop Dan

–9 September 2014 –

“As a local who uses the freeway system on a regular basis I am pleased the Federal Government has supported this vital infrastructure.” Jason Wood MP

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Beaconsfield Quilters Guild Throw a Show

–25 August 2014 –

“Not only is the group a great way to maintain social interaction and create a bonds within our area, the Guild is also a great supporter of other community groups through charitable donations.” Jason Wood MP

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Olinda Reserve Lights Up The Night

–1 August 2014 –

“I am very happy to support this real sporting icon for local residents and visitors. The way things were at the Olinda Reserve made it essentially unusable for evening training session, particularly in the colder months.” Jason Wood MP

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Research to Focus on Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes

–18 July 2014 –

“The approval of this funding by the Minister allows payments to commence and for this vital Initiative to begin, and I would like to thank local resident Deb Bayley for bringing the issue to my attention.” Jason Wood MP

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Scrapping the Carbon Tax Will Benefit La Trobe

–17 July 2014 –

“Scrapping the Carbon Tax will save the average household around $550 a year, including around $200 on the average household electricity bill and around $70 on the average gas bill. This will reduce cost of living pressures for all Australians.” Jason Wood MP

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Emerald GP Visits Canberra to Discuss Local Doctor Shortages

–17 July 2014 –

“In the past I pushed to get Emerald classified as DWS under the Howard Government, but given the changes in Governments, this classification wasn’t maintained. Even with a population of 15,000 people, the nearest hospital is over 20kms of dangerous roads away. Local graduates aren’t willing to make the journey out to Emerald, so we need to find an alternate solution – again.” Jason Wood MP

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Jason Wood MP Takes up the Fight to Stop Barbaric Practice of Canned Hunting

–2 July 2014 –

“I was shocked when Donnalea showed me the videos of what’s going on in South Africa right now – so many beautiful creatures being killed in such a barbaric manner.” Jason Wood MP

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Strategy for Chaplaincy Program Begins to Take Shape

–22 May 2014 –

“All schools will be invited to apply for the programme and can receive up to $20,000 per year.” Jason Wood MP

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Restaurant Australia Campaign Showcases Local Food and Wine to Millions

–14 May 2014 –

“Research conducted by Tourism Australia in 15 of Australia’s key tourism markets in 2013 identified food and wine as a key factor in holiday decision making, along with a destination’s natural beauty.” Jason Wood MP

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La Trobe to benefit from $3 Million Budget Boost for Dandenong Ranges

–13 May 2014 –

“The tall forests, fern gullies and scenic hills of the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne, are home to rich and rare plant and animal life as well as a growing population.” Jason Wood MP

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Abbott Government’s First Budget Makes The Difficult But Necessary Choices To Repair The Budget Says Jason Wood MP

–13 May 2014 –

“At the election, the Coalition made the solemn promise to get the Budget back under control, as well as scrap the Carbon Tax, end the waste, stop the boats and build the roads of the 21st century. This Budget keeps that pledge.” Jason Wood MP

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National Volunteers Week 2014

–12 May 2014 –

“There are so many great things happening in La Trobe, whether you’re in Beaconsfield, Cockatoo, or Upwey, there’s always some way to help out – that’s why I wanted to work with Do Something so that we can connect those wanting to help with those needing help.” Jason Wood MP

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Trade Skills Boosted Through New Training Centre

–7 May 2014 –

“The Hills Hospitality Trade Training Centre was an example of the local community putting students first – an approach also being followed by the Australian Government in regard to school education generally.” Jason Wood MP

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Progress on listing of Soliris on PBS

–5 May 2014 –

“When it comes to helping out with life-saving medication, I’ll always fight in a resident’s corner. Jenny needed to get Bianca the Soliris that would help save her life, so of course I wanted to see what could be done for Bianca and other aHUS sufferers.” Jason Wood MP

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$47,245 for Emerald RSL creation of ANZAC Walk

–29 April 2014 –

“The creation of ANZAC Walk in Emerald encourages community involvement, understanding of what those before us have fought for, and a chance to support a healthy lifestyle by encouraging people to do the walk.” Jason Wood MP

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$8.5 Million School Facilities Opened

–23 April 2014 –

“The Government believes in an education system that puts students first. We are committed to building a world-class education system that will equip all Australian students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.” Jason Wood MP

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Jason Wood MP and Wife Judy Welcome Baby Jasmine

–22 April 2014 –

“Judy and I are incredibly happy to announce the arrival of our first child, Jasmine. We’re thrilled to be embarking on to this new stage of our lives as a family and the community support we have had has been overwhelming.” Jason Wood MP

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Boost for La Trobe Home and Community Care Services

–22 April 2014 –

“This extra funding will help expand existing services or create new ones in identified priority areas of need across the state, including in La Trobe to support Victorians who need help to continue to live at home.” Jason Wood MP

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Calling for Green Army Projects in La Trobe

–16 April 2014 –

“We’re looking for projects that will make a real difference to the environment and local communities, much like the already very successful Wandering Trad Removal Program that has taken place in Ferny Creek.” Jason Wood MP

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Ferny Creek’s Mother of the Year

–11 April 2014 –

“Meeting Samantha highlighted to me how many every-day heroes we have living with us, right under our noses, here in La Trobe. Samantha serves as an inspiration to everyone – not just parents or mothers – and the great thing is it seems to come naturally to her.” Jason Wood MP

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Coalition Government Support for Thriving Local Industry

–4 April 2014 –

“APT is not just good for La Trobe because of its’ manufacturing abilities and diversification of their product. They have also developed a cutting edge training system, working with Chisholm TAFE to develop training that gives employees staged training on state-of-the-art machinery and opens the eyes of young students to the exciting opportunities in Engineering.” Jason Wood MP

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Saluting Their Service

–2 April 2014 –

“The program is designed to preserve our wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of activities and projects – a very worthwhile cause in my opinion.” Jason Wood MP

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Berwick’s Living Treasure Mrs Margaret Board Turns 100

–31 March 2014 –

“It was wonderful to meet with Mrs Board – she has a wealth of knowledge about the history of our electorate and an interesting life story to accompany it.” Jason Wood MP

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Cutting Red Tape to Create Jobs

–24 March 2014 –

“Ultimately, it’s small businesses who create jobs and good citizens that build communities and we have to make sure our government works for them, not the other way around.” Jason Wood MP

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Casey Australia Day Study Tour

–5 March 2014 –

“The awards are designed to give young people the opportunity to explore the political and administrative systems of our nation.” Jason Wood MP

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New Clyde Road a bonus for Berwick

–21 February 2014 –

“The improved access to and from the road and improved traffic flow through the area have been a bonus for local businesses, as well as locals going about their daily travel, and our local institutions like Monash University, Berwick Station and Berwick Activity Centre.” Jason Wood MP

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La Trobe Indigenous youth urged to apply for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament 2014

–21 February 2014 –

“This is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a week-long leadership program and receive expert training in how government works, public speaking and dealing with the media.” Jason Wood MP

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Ash Wednesday Anniversary

–7 February 2014 –

“I am committed to building the Ash Wednesday Memorial in the Cockatoo township and have secured $500,000 in Federal funding towards its construction. In partnership with the Cardinia Shire Council a significant place will be built for people to better appreciate the enormous impact these fires had on our community.” Jason Wood MP

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Lifesaving drug required for Bianca

–3 February 2014 –

“I will be lobbying the drug company on Bianca’s behalf to try and get access to Soliris for her on compassionate grounds.” Jason Wood MP

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Local Sporting Champion Grants awarded

–29 January 2014 –

“The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.” Jason Wood MP

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$4.68 Million for La Trobe Community Development projects confirmed

–21 January 2014 –

“These were part of my election promises and have now been confirmed by The Hon Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.” Jason Wood MP

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La Trobe to Benefit from 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants

– 16 January 2014 –

“We all have a part to play in caring for the land. These projects are one way we can ensure that our agricultural practices are sustainable and our natural environment is healthy for future generations.” Jason Wood MP

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