Media Releases 2015

Local Animal Hero and Federal MP Honoured for Contribution to Lion Conservation

–17 November 2015 –

“Ms Patman has undertaken remarkable work to protect endangered wildlife and I applaud her commitment.” Jason Wood MP

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Emerald Museum Receives Funding through Community Heritage Grants

–29 October 2015 –

“This funding will provide important support for Emerald Museum in La Trobe to preserve their collection and contribute to Australia’s national identity.” Jason Wood MP

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Union Sham Debate Stunt Wastes Member’s Funds

–28 October 2015 –

“The ACTU has used the hard earned funds of its members to pay for expensive newspaper ads, social media campaigns, autobot phone calls and flyers all over the country to advertise debates between Liberal MPs and senior union officials which they knew were not going ahead.” Jason Wood MP

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Monash Freeway Widening Support

–12 October 2015 –

“I’m glad that Minister Hunt has come out in public support of my proposal to widen the Monash Freeway. We desperately need this in La Trobe, and I hope that although the State Labor Government have been ignoring the outer south eastern suburbs with the abandonment of the East-West Link, they will come to the table on the Monash Freeway” Jason Wood MP

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One step closer to implementing Bullen Bullen bush tours

–5 October 2015 –

“Not only will this project provide a great insight into Indigenous culture and practices for visitors, but it will also provide the Wurundjeri community with employment and business opportunities in the tourism industry, while supporting their ability to pass down their culture to the younger generations” Jason Wood MP

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Motion Against Cosmetics Animal Testing Welcomed By #becrueltyfree

–22 September 2015 –

“..testing the ingredients of cosmetics like mascara and shampoo on living creatures is a completely unnecessary cruelty and it’s time Australia joined a growing number of countries by banning it.” Jason Wood MP

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Local Youth to Develop De-Radicalisation Programs

–14 September 2015 –

“I am very happy to be hosting the very first Victorian MYHACK Program soon. This shows that here in La Trobe we look for solutions to address issues that our community faces – and I’m glad to be a part of that solution” Jason Wood MP

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Officer netball pavilion to boost club’s appeal

–27 August 2015 –

“Funding for infrastructure is a high priority for this government to build strong and prosperous communities as well as create thousands of jobs across Australia.” Jason Wood MP

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Learning Potential App to Benefit La Trobe Students

–27 August 2015 –

“The Learning Potential app, which is available for free on Android and Apple devices, makes it easier for parents and carers to be part of their child’s learning, and will help get the most out of the time they spend with their child.” Jason Wood MP

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$1.5 Million Well Spent at Emerald Primary School

–26 August 2015 –

“I’m so proud to see this funding commitment of $1.5 million for the construction of a basketball centre at Emerald Primary School. Our funding means that this facility can now cater for both school students and the Emerald Lakers Basketball Club who urgently required a home base and training ground for its 300 plus members, who play in 35 teams. Jason Wood MP

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Same-sex Marriage Referendum/Plebiscite

–12 August 2015 –

“Thank you to all those have shared their views on #LATROBEVOTES. I am proud to say that we have had over 5,000 local respondents – which is the largest response to any survey on same-sex marriage in Australia.” Jason Wood MP

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New Middle School Centre for Belgrave Heights Christian School

–21 July 2015 –

“Students and the whole school community in Belgrave Heights will benefit from using the new facilities. These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively,” Jason Wood MP

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#LATROBEVOTES Hitting Letterboxes Soon

–10 July 2015 –

“The #LATROBEVOTES survey on same-sex marriage will be hitting La Trobe letterboxes between the 20th and 25th of July 2015.” Jason Wood MP

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National Broadband Network coming to La Trobe

–6 July 2015 –

“The nbn will deliver Internet access that’s fast, reliable and affordable. Better broadband will transform the way homes and businesses communicate, do business and access online services.” Jason Wood MP

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Weeds on the run, Community Weed Alliance first year success

–1 July 2015 –

“Wandering Trad is a huge environmental issue in the Dandenongs. It forms a smothering carpet and displaces native ground cover plants including herbs, grasses and orchids. This funding is a great boost to our local community efforts. It will enable us to literally gain ground from this weed and replace it with native plants to keep the bushland healthy and provide better habitat for our native animals”. Jason Wood MP

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Faster nbn Rollout Kicks Off in La Trobe

–16 June 2015 –

“Under Labor, the experience from residents was one of frustration. We were told the nbn would revolutionise connectivity and offer a new range of online services and applications, yet construction has been painfully slow and La Trobe wasn’t even on the map for Labor.” Jason Wood MP

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Environmental and Bushfire Reduction Grants $1 Million to improve the Dandenongs

–15 June 2015 –

“I wanted to make sure that this Grants Programme took a logical approach to the issue that needs to be addressed here – which is balancing environmental care with bushfire fuel management whilst acknowledging that the weeds that often cause these problems are not bound by fences, or who owns what land.” Jason Wood MP

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Labor Candidate Soft on Terror

–28 May 2015 –

“For the Labor candidate to accuse me of scaremongering when we’ve had multiple local examples of the risk we face already, I wonder what it would take for him to take the threat of radicalisation seriously?” Jason Wood MP

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Local Industry Support in La Trobe

–25 May 2015 –

“It’s great to see family businesses like Mountain Harvest Foods not only growing their company capability and capacity, but also increasing local employment from three staff in 2009 to 60 casual and full-time staff currently.” Jason Wood MP

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New Headspace Supports Youth

–22 May 2015 –

“Addressing mental health support for our youth was one of my key areas of focus when I was elected, and I am very proud to be here today opening this facility in Narre Warren.” Jason Wood MP

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Labor Opposes $15,335,000 Funding for La Trobe

–22 May 2015 –

“I encourage applicants from our community to put forward projects that demonstrate strong economic outcomes to give themselves the best opportunity for success under Round Two.” Jason Wood MP

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Ten Days for Local Schools to Apply for Sporting Schools Funding

–16 June 2015 –

“This is one of the Liberal Government’s cornerstone preventative health programmes aimed to improve our children’s health through getting more kids involved in physical activity.” Jason Wood MP

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Ten Million Dollar Man Does it Again

–15 May 2015 –

“I am very proud to have secured so much funding for such a worthwhile project. Not only will Bunjil Place serve as a central community destination, but it will be a much needed outlet for the Arts in the outer eastern suburbs.” Jason Wood MP

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Engaging La Trobe Seniors in the Digital Age

–1 May 2015 –

“This funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to ensuring older people in La Trobe don’t get left behind in the digital age.” Jason Wood MP

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New Facility for St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School

–24 April 2015 –

“Students and the whole school community will benefit from using the new facilities. These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.” Jason Wood MP

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Labor’s East West Link Betrayal

–16 April 2015 –

“Daniel Andrews’ unprecedented announcement that he’ll pay hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to not build the East West Link is crushing. Hard working Victorians are forking over money to Daniel Andrews for him not to build a road – it’s madness and it’s unforgivable.” Jason Wood MP

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Seniors Commemorate ANZAC Centenary

–11 April 2015 –

“I hope this commemorative plaque at Villa Maria serves not only as a mark of the sacrifices that were made for our nation, but also as an appreciation for the strength of the nation we have today.” Jason Wood MP

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Jason Wood MP Congratulates New Jobactive Services

–1 April 2015 –

“The Coalition’s new jobactive system will provide clearer incentives to ensure employment service providers are focused on better preparing job seekers to meet the needs of local employers and helping people to find and keep a job.” Jason Wood MP

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nbn coming to Narre Warren South

–31 March 2015 –

“The nbn will deliver Internet access that’s fast, reliable and affordable. Better broadband will transform the way homes and businesses communicate, do business and access online services.” Jason Wood MP

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Legal Aid Funding Secured for Casey Cardinia Community Legal Services

–30 March 2015 –

“Over the past 18 months, a national conversation about domestic family violence has grown with increasing momentum. This is a vital service that should be maintained for our community.” Jason Wood MP

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Avenue of Honour for Ferny Creek Veterans

–30 March 2015 –

“It was only a few weeks ago that we had the Governor-General and the Minister here in La Trobe opening the Anzac Walk so it is fantastic that we now have another great commemorative project finished ahead of Anzac Day.” Jason Wood MP

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Shooters and Fishers Party Takes Aim at Jason Wood MP

–24 March 2015 –

“After making his opposition to Mr Wood’s pursuit of the canned hunting issue, Mr Borsak further goes on to explain that “[The Shooters and Fishers Party] will be directing [their] first preferences to the Australian Labor Party”. Jason Wood MP

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$380,000 approved for the Officer Recreation Reserve Netball Pavilion

–11 March 2015 –

“I’m proud that this project will also have broader economic benefits for the local community, with 10 full-time jobs created during construction, and contractors encouraged to source labour and other resources from within the local community.” Jason Wood MP

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Global March for Lions Friday 13 March at 6 pm Federation Square, Melbourne

–8 March 2015 –

“Canned Hunting is where lion cubs are taken from their mothers and reared specifically for ‘trophy hunts’ by hunters who come from all parts of the world.” Jason Wood MP

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$2.4 Million for Environmental and Bushfire Reduction community grants in the Dandenongs

–14 February 2015 –

“This $3 million initiative has a number of components. In addition to the community grants project that we have launched today, a $450,000 project to remove the threat of Wandering Trad and other weeds delivered by the Community Weed Alliance of the Dandenongs is already underway.” Jason Wood MP

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Opening of ANZAC Walk in Emerald

–19 January 2015 –

“I am very proud to see this project come to life through federal funding. Anzac Walk will provide a space for locals and visitors to learn more about our local community’s involvement in a great part of Australia’s history.” Jason Wood MP

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