Media Releases 2016

Labor finally comes to the table for $1b Monash Upgrades

–17 November 2016 –

“We need a strong transport network to support the region’s growing population, just as we need investment in our roads to support local businesses. Residents of this region will be well aware of the need for projects such as the Beaconsfield interchange, widening of the Monash and the extension of O’Shea Rd to be built and it’s great to see it included within this package.” Jason Wood MP

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La Trobe to benefit from Bushfire Mitigation Boost

–14 November 2016 –

“Bushfires are an all too real possibility in La Trobe, and our local community knows the effect they can have not just on our homes and people, but also our wildlife. That is why we are working together to ensure that our communities are disaster prepared and disaster resilient.” Jason Wood MP

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La Trobe Pre-Schoolers given chance to learn another language

–14 November 2016 –

“The Polyglots apps are an innovative program that has already seen around 10,000 children across the country learning new languages and better understanding other cultures.” Jason Wood MP

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Tailored support for Indigenous University Students

–14 November 2016 –

“This now means there is no nominal limit to the amount of tutoring hours Indigenous students can access should they need it. Funding will be used where it is most needed to get the best results for Indigenous students.” Jason Wood MP

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Palm Oil Petition Presented in Parliament

–8 November 2016 –

“We know that most Australians support labelling of vegetable oils, including palm oil. It’s time we stepped up and made this a reality. I’ll be presenting a Private Members Motion in the House of Representatives soon to support this push.” Jason Wood MP

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Monash’s Berwick Campus Joins Federation University Australia

–17 October 2016 –

“Together with many stakeholders, I have worked to secure the future of the Berwick campus so that it’s easier for students in the region to go to university and so local businesses and the broader community benefit from having a university in Berwick.” Jason Wood MP

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Coalition Government Delivers on Promise to Protect the CFA

–11 October 2016 –

“This is a victory for men and women who have fought to defend the CFA and the role of its volunteers. For seventy years, CFA volunteers have protected Victorian communities. Now we have taken action to protect them, despite the Labor and the Greens cosying up to the UFU yet again.” Jason Wood MP

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Labor Refusal to come to the table on the Monash Freeway

–3 October 2016 –

“Given Mr Donnellan lives in Fitzroy and doesn’t have to endure the same daily struggles on the Monash Freeway in the way that his constituents do, I guess it makes sense that he doesn’t understand the necessity of this project.” Jason Wood MP

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$300,000 for Parking in Upper Ferntree Gully and the 1,000 Steps

–27 June 2016 –

“I am happy to see that after Knox City Council consulted with its community for over 14 months. We have been able to deliver an election commitment which sees one of the community’s highest priorities met.” Jason Wood MP

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Berwick Campus – 2017: Open for Business

–26 June 2016 –

“I have worked hard quietly behind the scenes, working with Monash University and the local community and other higher education stakeholders to secure the best possible outcome for the community in and around Berwick.” Jason Wood MP

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Labor Slows nbn Rollout in La Trobe

–22 June 2016 –

“Labor’s NBN policy is to slow down the rollout in Kalorama, Montrose, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Olinda, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Ferny Creek, Kallista, Sassafras, Selby, Sherbrooke, Tecoma, and Upwey because they will dig up everyone’s front garden and driveway – despite technologies being available that avoid this.” Jason Wood MP

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$50,000 for 1st Narre Warren North Scout Hall Upgrade

–21 June 2016 –

“As a former Queen Scout myself, I understand the huge value that scouting facilities have for our community. They provide a space for young people and families to get together, form bonds and learn valuable life lessons in a safe environment.” Jason Wood MP

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$80,000 Upgrade to Lighting at Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club

–16 June 2016 –

“Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club is a safe, supportive and friendly place for children of all ages to learn and play sport. It fosters growth and inspires courage for all children of the community.” Jason Wood MP

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Protecting the Rights of Older Australians

–16 June 2016 –

“The Coalition is taking significant steps to confront the often hidden scourge of elder abuse and put the rights of older Australians on the national agenda.” Jason Wood MP

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$150,000 Upgrade to Lighting Facilities for the Basin Football Club

–16 June 2016 –

“Upgrading the lights at the Basin Football Club means that members of the club can play into the evening rather than risking their safety at times as early as 6pm during winter.” Jason Wood MP

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Labor Hypocrisy on Green Preference Swap Exposed

–14 June 2016 –

“This confirms that Labor is captive to the Greens and that given half a chance, they would sell out again and do another deal with the Greens to form a minority government.” Jason Wood MP

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Delivering Safer Communities in La Trobe

–14 June 2016 –

“Everyone has a right to gather safely in their community spaces, and this includes our sporting facilities. As a former police officer myself, I know that CCTV plays a vital role in not only deterring crime, but helping police catch offenders too.” Jason Wood MP

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Delivering Safer Communities in Belgrave

–14 June 2016 –

“Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.” Jason Wood MP

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$10,000 for Solar and Battery Storage Boost for Upwey Tecoma Community and Recreational Sporting Hub

–13 June 2016 –

“The Solar Communities programme will provide funding for groups across Australia to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and battery storage systems for community owned buildings.” Jason Wood MP

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$10,000 for Solar and Battery Storage Boost for Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club

–13 June 2016 –

“Unlike Labor, the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without hiking up power bills for community groups, families and businesses and putting Australian jobs at risk.” Jason Wood MP

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$10,000 for Solar and Battery Storage Boost for Narre Warren Junior FBC and Junior and Senior Cricket Club

–13 June 2016 –

“The Narre Warren Junior Football Club and Narre Warren Junior and Senior Cricket Clubs are all safe, supportive and friendly places for children of all ages to learn and play sport. They foster growth and inspire courage for all children of the community.” Jason Wood MP

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$10,000 for Solar and Battery Storage Boost for Gembrook Preschool

–13 June 2016 –

“Around 350 community groups are expected to benefit from the expanded programme, with $5 million available.” Jason Wood MP

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$15,000 for Solar and Battery Storage Boost for Coonara Community House

– 13 June 2016 –

“Coonara Community House is a safe, supportive and friendly place for all community members to use. It’s committed to providing and ensuring all members of the community has access to relevant and important opportunities to empower and inspire self-confidence.” Jason Wood MP

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$10,000 for Solar and Battery Storage Boost for Berwick Football Club

–13 June 2016 –

“The Berwick Football Club Group is extremely important to the local community, it’s a place that welcomes all families and community members and has a great sporting environment for the children.” Jason Wood MP

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$10,000 for Solar and Battery Storage Boost for Berwick Springs Junior Football, Netball and Cricket Clubs

–13 June 2016 –

“Unlike Labor, the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without hiking up power bills for community groups, families and businesses and putting Australian jobs at risk.” Jason Wood MP

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$10,000 for Solar and Battery Storage Boost for the Basin Football Club

–13 June 2016 –

“Around 350 community groups are expected to benefit from the expanded programme, with $5 million available.” Jason Wood MP

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New Mobile Base Stations in La Trobe

–11 June 2016 –

“New mobile base stations in Officer, Beaconsfield Gembrook and Guys Hill will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents.” Jason Wood MP

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$80,000 Upgrade to Lighting at Upper Ferntree Gully Sporting Club

–10 June 2016 –

“The Coalition recognises the important role sporting groups such as Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club play in the broader community. It is dedicated to assisting and supporting these groups so that they can continue to benefit their community.” Jason Wood MP

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$150,000 Upgrade to Lighting Facilities at the Basin Football Club

–10 June 2016 –

“Upgrading the lights at Upper Ferntree Gully means that members of the club can play into the evening rather than risking their safety at times as early as 6pm during winter.” Jason Wood MP

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$50,000 for Narre Warren Scout Hall Upgrades

–10 June 2016 –

“As a former Queen’s Scout myself, I understand the huge value that scouting facilities have for our community. They provide a space for young people to get together, form bonds and learn valuable life lessons in a safe environment” Jason Wood MP

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$500,000 for Stage Two of ROC Reserve Pavilion

–8 June 2016 –

“It’s great that Cardinia Shire are on board with this, and together we’re providing a central point for the community to gather and participate in sports, special events and general gatherings” Jason Wood MP

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$200,000 for Ferny Creek Scout Hall Upgrades

–7 June 2016 –

“This commitment of $200,000 for hall upgrades will deliver much-needed improvements to the hall, including the installation of a commercial grade kitchen, new shower facilities, replacement of roofs and a much needed facelift to the façade of the two buildings.” Jason Wood MP

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$500,000 for Holm Park Reserve Construction and Development

–7 June 2016 –

“The completion of new facilities at the Holm Park Recreation Reserve will assist in the development of three ovals, two pavilions, two netball courts, three multi-use courts (netball/tennis), a skate park, a sealed car park, family areas and supporting infrastructure to provide a full service to the local community.” Jason Wood MP

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$1 Million Boost for Gembrook-Cockatoo Football Netball Club

–4 June 2016 –

“We understand that the community needs groups like these to stay strong and I’m committed to making sure we have the modern facilities our growing community needs.” Jason Wood MP

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The Coalition Will Ban Cosmetics Tested on Animals

–3 June 2016 –

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

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Pakenham first in Victoria to Light Up under nbn’s faster rollout

–2 June 2016 –

“The nbn rollout is building momentum right across Victoria with construction due to get underway in Narre Warren, Berwick and Ferntree Gully later this year.” Jason Wood MP

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$2.4 Million Boost for the Dandenong Ranges Environment

–23 May 2016 –

“The projects would improve life for many of the communities in the Dandenong Ranges including Sassafras, Emerald, Cockatoo, Belgrave, Gembrook, Clematis and Ferny Creek.” Jason Wood MP

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New Prep Building for Rivercrest Christian College

–18 May 2016 –

“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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Minister for Small Business Visits La Trobe

–18 May 2016 –

“Small business is the engine room of our economy here in La Trobe. We are committed to easing the tax burden and making life easier for our hard working small businesses to ensure they can grow, prosper and create new jobs.” Jason Wood MP

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Push to Upgrade Thompsons Road Gains Attention of Federal Minister

–16 May 2016 –

“The Thompsons Rd arterial connection is the missing link in the fast-growing residential areas and jobs corridors of the south-east suburbs.” Jason Wood MP

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$1 Billion Plan for Monash Freeway to get People Home Safer, Faster

–16 May 2016 –

“It is forecast that there will be a 42 per cent increase in vehicle numbers on the Monash by 2031 and a 53 per cent increase in heavy vehicle numbers over that same period.” Jason Wood MP

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La Trobe to benefit from a Tax Plan for Australia’s Future

–3 May 2016 –

“This tax plan backs hard-working Australians. It will also drive jobs and growth across the country, with real benefits for individuals and businesses here in La Trobe.” Jason Wood MP

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O’Shea Road Extension and Beaconsfield Interchange to be Funded

–20 April 2016 –

“I have been fighting for a commitment to these two projects, along with improvements to the Monash Fwy, for a very long time now – and I know local residents are sick of having to divert to Clyde Rd in Berwick to enter the Monash Fwy when another potential entrance point is visible from their own backyards.” Jason Wood MP

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Tourism and History Package for La Trobe

–5 April 2016 –

“Not only will this be a great boost to the local economy of the Dandenong Ranges, but if the National Heritage Application is successful we can preserve an area that is a true gem of Australia and potentially boost international tourism as well.” Jason Wood MP

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Crime Forum for La Trobe

–4 April 2016 –

“It was great to meet with members of the community and discuss their concerns about local crimes and issues of national security. We know that crime is a major concern for many residents in the La Trobe region.” Jason Wood MP

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Is the Andrews Government serious about easing congestion in Melbourne’s East?

–8 March 2016 –

“… the infrastructure promise of one extra lane between Clyde Road and Eastlink is nowhere near adequate to deal with congestion. We need at least two lanes extra from Warrigal Road out to Cardinia Road for these works to be genuinely beneficial to those using the roads.” Jason Wood MP

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$1.2 million to fight weeds and pests in Dandenong Ranges

–27 January 2016 –

“This programme aims to address some of the fire risk issues that concern visitors and locals, while improving the biodiversity of the Dandenongs.” Jason Wood MP

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Over $1 million available for environmental and bushfire reduction projects in Dandenong Ranges

–18 January 2016 –

“This project is part of a 3-year, $3 million commitment I made to the Dandenong Ranges. Through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme wildlife recovery, weed management and bushfire fuel reduction in the Dandenong Ranges is being coordinated by the Port Phillip & Western Port Catchment Management Authority.” Jason Wood MP

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