Liberal Nationals backing sport in Wattle Park
As our population grows, the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get ahead of grassroots sport infrastructure. That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will contribute $1.2 million towards the redevelopment of facilities at Wattle Park in Burwood, as a part of the $195 million Liberal Nationals’ Grassroots Sport Revival Fund which will deliver the funding for local sport that [...]
Bennettswood Neighbourhood House AGM

Officially opened the Street Library Australia at the Bennettswood Neighbourhood House AGM.

Darling Station Listening Post

Bright and sunny this morning at Darling Station.

Goodbye to the Shepherds

Goodbye to the Shepherds, off to Bristol Edge Church.

Rowen St. Kindergarten Fun Day

Great work by the organisers of the Rowen St Kindergarten Fun Day. Happy to support and help.

Farewell Geoff Pound

Ashburton Baptist Church (Australia)’s loss is West Melbourne’s gain. Geoff Pound and Lynn will be sorely missed.

Our Lady’s Fete
Helping with sausages at Our Lady's Primary School Fete.
St. Paul’s Canterbury Spring Fair

Popped in to see some friends at St. Paul’s Canterbury Spring Fair.

Ashburton Village Listening Post

Interesting morning in Ashburton Village.

Victorian Flag for Roberts McCubbin

Happy to visit Roberts McCubbin Primary School to present a Victorian flag. Thanks to Leo for organising it.

Chatham Station Listening Post

A little bit wet at Chatham Station listening post. Weather was bad but the mood was good.

Liberals to intervene in Markham Estate

The Liberal Nationals will provide much needed public housing, while protecting the residential amenity, in a new plan for the redevelopment of Markham Estate, commencing with genuine community consultation. The Andrews Labor Government has completely lost control of population growth in our suburbs and is desperately trying to push through an inappropriate high-density development on the Markham site, which has …

Wave of Light

Losing a child is the most difficult thing a parent will ever have to deal with. Even when they’re gone they are not forgotten. The Wave of Light movement commemorates International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Thank you Anne-Maree, City of Boroondara and Sands Victoria.

Whitehorse Leader Warrigal Rd Landslip

My letter to the editor in today’s Whitehorse Leader.

Youth Preventive Mental Wellbeing Conference

Representing Matthew Guy at Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus for the Youth Preventive Mental Wellbeing Conference – Mental Health Foundation Australia.

Ashburton Supernova Guides – Queen’s Guide Awards
With Cr Garry Thompson, honoured to be present for Evelyn and Nicole receiving the Queens Guide Award, the peak achievement award for youth members of Girl Guides Australia.
St. Tom’s Craft & Food Fair

Assisting with the barbeque at the St. Tom’s Burwood Craft & Food Fair.

Public and Proud Community Dinner

A great evening at the Public and Proud Community Dinner with the Ashburton, Ashwood and Chadstone Public Tenants Groups – Victorian Public Tenants Association.

Glen Iris Station Listening Post

Overcast this morning at Glen Iris Station, luckily the rain held off.

St Benedict’s Primary Burwood Tigers

Massive win first game in to the new season for St Benedict’s Primary Burwood Tigers, someone heard mumbling the f word – “finals!”

1st Bennettswood Scouts Trivia Night

Great to join 1st Bennettswood Scout Group for their trivia night. Well done to Lizzie for organising the whole night.

AUSC Presentation Night
Handing out awards at the Ashburton United Soccer Club Seniors End of Year Presentation Evening for 2018, together with Cr Garry Thompson.
Burwood Electorate Parliamentary Bowls Tournament

Great day, thanks to all of the clubs for attending the Burwood Electorate Parliamentary Bowls Tournament – Bennetswood Bowling Club, Burwood District Bowls Club, and of course congratulations to the winners Ashburton Lawn Bowls Club.

Monash Business Awards

Thank you to the organizers of the Monash Business Awards. Honoured to join Cr. Theo Zographos, City of Monash, Andrew Edmonds – Liberal for Oakleigh, Maree Davenport – Liberal for Mulgrave and Michael Gidley for a State Election discussion.

3WBC Graham with Iain Messer
August interview with Iain Messer 3WBC 94.1. Visit 3WBC here…
Alamein Station Listening Post

My last listening post for this school holiday fortnight, at Alamein Station.

Jordanville Station Listening Post

This morning’s listening post at Jordanville station. Really enjoying the warmer weather.

ABAW Spring Festival
Asian Business Assoc of Whitehorse Inc. Change Over Dinner, along with celebrations for Whitehorse Spring Festival, 69th Anniversary of People’s Republic of China & Box Hill Community Safety Month.
AFL Grand Final Eve Netball Tournament

With the Ashwood Netball Club team for the AFL Grand Final Eve Netball Tournament, at Action Indoor Sports Box Hill.

Chinese Cultural Group Mid-Autumn Festival
Great to join the Chinese Cultural Group at the Ashwood Hall with City of Monash Cr Mt Pang Tsoi for their Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.
Eastern Lions Soccer Club Junior Presentations
Great to join the Eastern Lions SC for the Junior Presentations.
VSCA Mid-Autumn Festival

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) with the Vietnamese Senior Cultural Association at Samarinda Aged Services Ashburton.

Shirdi Sai Sansthan Melbourne’s Soulful Rhythms
At Shirdi Sai Sansthan Melbourne's Soulful Rhythms, a benefit concert at Wesley College Glen Waverley for Leukodystrophy Australia, by 27 Youth Artists - enthralling the audience with their dance performance and North and South Indian Music.
Ashwood Netball Club BBQ

Assisting the Ashwood Netball Club on the BBQ at the Waverley District Netball Association

Moon Festival Opening Ceremony
Moon Festival opening ceremony with the Melbourne Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce 墨爾本台灣商會, Robert Clark MP, Whitehorse City Council Mayor Andrew Davenport and many others to watch the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne Lion Dance.
Whitehorse Scouts ARAP
Congratulations to all those who received achievement awards at the Whitehorse Scouts Victoria ARAP.
Ashwood High Bugsy Malone

Thanks to Principal Brett Moore for the invitation to watch Ashwood High School’s performance of Bugsy Malone the Musical.

International Day of Democracy

Sometimes we forget that in many other countries governments are not able to be changed by the people, or that a change of government can lead to disaster for their populations. Sometimes an individual’s difference of opinion is not even able to be openly expressed. Sir Robert Menzies stated in 1940 that, “In a democratic country there is no source …

Interview with Matt Evans
My latest interview with Matt Evans from dscribe, discussing the upcoming election.
Building Bridges

Presenting certificates on Building Bridges graduation night, Interfaith Dialogue in Schools.

The Little School on the Hill
Great to see the Parkhill Primary School concert, The Little School on the Hill. I'm proud to have been a part of the true story of the school rebuild that inspired the performance. Thanks to Martin Dixon MP and Denis Napthine. Wonderful kids, wonderful concert, wonderful school.
East West Link

Today is the fourth anniversary of the most expensive lie in Victorian history. Four years ago today Daniel Andrews relied on so called “high-level legal advice” regarding the East West Link contract. Daniel Andrews claimed the East West Link contract ‘wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.’ That cost Victorian taxpayers $1.3 billion, the most expensive lie in Victoria’s …

More PSOs to Cover More Shifts

Guy-O’Donohue: Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs to cover more shifts Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs to cover more shifts Every Victorian deserves to be safe and feel safe while using public transport. That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will expand the successful Protective Services Officers (PSOs) program to include the deployment of 100 additional Transit PSOs to a new dayshift …

Neighbourhood Watch Long Service Awards

Congratulations to all those who received long service awards from Neighbourhood Watch MON017.

Landlords and Tenants losers with new law

The Andrews Labor Government has dramatically affected the way Victorians rent out properties with the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018. The Liberals voted against the bill out of concerns that this legislation will lead to unintended consequences such as the withdrawal of properties from the market and an increase in rents. Unfortunately this flawed Bill has recently passed the Legislative …

Camberwell Sharks JFC Presentation Night
Great to join Darcy Vescio and Darcy Byrne-Jones at the Camberwell Sharks Junior Football Club Presentation Night, with Mike Sheehan and Jonathan Brown.
Front Line Police Cuts
Article from the Herald Sun 9th of September about front line police cuts, In Burwood and Ashburton we already knew there was a problem.
Surrey Hills Baptist Children’s Centre BBQ

Roaring trade for the Surrey Hills Baptist Children’s Centre BBQ at Bunnings Warehouse Australia Box Hill

Box Hill United Soccer Club Gala Day
Dropped into Box Hill United Gala Day with Whitehorse City Council Mayor Andrew Davenport and Riversdale Soccer Club, Boroondara Eagles FC and Glen Waverley Soccer Club.
Papilio Early Learning Centre Working Bee

Helping out at Papilio Early Learning Ashburton with their working bee today.

Planning in Burwood
Neighbourhood character and the rights of local residents need to be protected. This week in Parliament I outlined our vision for the future.
Channel 7 Warrigal Road coverage
It's been more than nine months since the landslip at Warrigal Road. Channel 7 covered the issue in Parliament.
Labor divided on Gas

The Andrews Labor Government are all out on their own with gas policy, after Federal Labor questioned the moratorium on conventional gas exploration in Victoria. When interviewed on Sky News, Labor Leader Bill Shorten said: “I think we need to reconsider opposition to conventional gas extraction in Victoria.” This is in direct disagreement with Premier Daniel Andrews’ position, which has …

Toorak Road Safety
Article from today's Progress Leader, regarding the issue of safety on Toorak Road near Hartwell Primary School.
Women’s Health Week

As the brother of 10 sisters, I encourage all women to think of their health, especially during Women’s Health Week. Find out more on Women’s Health Week… 03-07 Sept 2018. https://www.womenshealthweek.com.au/

Footy Colours Day

Footy colours day in Parliament of Victoria with Bernie Finn MP. May the best team win and may Richmond FC enjoy playing next week as well. Go Hawthorn Football Club.

National Flag Day
Joining John Pesutto MP and local Councillors outside Camberwell Library, to celebrate the anniversary of the Australian National Flag first being flown, on 3 September 1901, at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
Ashy Redbacks YJFL Grand Final

Good luck Ashy Redbacks u16 Girls (2) in the YJFL LIVE Grand final v Ivanhoe Junior Football Club

National Meals on Wheels Day
Today is National Meals on Wheels Day. Joined with Cr Garry Thompson, Cr Lisa Hollingsworth and the team at Samarinda Aged Services Ashburton to deliver meals to those in need. Thanks as always to Neil for letting me ride along.
Concerned Parents on Toorak Road Safety Issues

As the Member for Burwood, I’ve been campaigning for some time to improve Toorak Rd. I have been contacted by many constituents about improvements to the road following various incidents, including a motorcycle fatality, over the last few years. I will continue to advocate to both the Government and the Opposition to improve Toorak Rd., which is why I invited …

Greenlink at Ashburton Community Centre AGM

Great to see Greenlink Box Hill at the Ashburton Community Centre AGM, and to hear about the great work they are doing to assist with the rehabitation of our local area with indigenous plants.

Lynden Park Scouts ARAP

Joined Scouts Victoria Boroondara District Governor Johann Anderson for Lynden Park Scouts ARAP.

Street Food Market at St. Tom’s

Discovered St. Tom’s Burwood Minister John Carrick has Russian heritage and apparently a talent for Borchst, others have shown a talent for karaoke at the Savour Street Food Market. I have none of the three.

Waverley Hockey Club Sponsors Lunch

May have missed the food from the Sponsors Lunch but still managed to catch up with President Roger Andrews and catch some of the Waverley Hockey Club v Hawthorn Hockey Club Womens Premier League Game – Hockey Victoria.

Bennetswood Bowling Club Opening of the Greens

Joined members of the Bennettswood Bowling Club, Mayor of Whitehorse Andrew Davenport and others for lunch following the opening of the greens for the 2018/19 Bowls Victoria season

The Park Artists 27th Annual Exhibition

Another impressive Annual Watercolour Exhibition by the Park Artists with teacher Pat and Pam at Box Hill South Neighbourhood House.

Wattle Park Shops Listening Post

2nd listening post at Wattle Park shops and people are really engaged this morning.

Through Road Listening Post

First listening post for the morning of the 25th August at Through Rd, Camberwell. No prizes for guessing the topic of the day

Waverley Bridge Club
Thanks to Lee from the Waverley Bridge Club for telling me a bit about the game of bridge, and introducing me to some of the members.
Vulcan Heaters Adjournment
Following the Coroner's report, I raised in Parliament the issue of dangerous open flued gas heaters in public housing.
Warrigal Road Update
As of 17th August it's been eight months since the Warrigal Rd. landslip and nothing has happened...
Power Prices
I raised in Parliament the increase in power costs due to the policies of the Andrews Labor Government.
Ashwood Listening Post

Final listening post for a Saturday morning this time on the corner of High Street Rd and Warrigal Rd, Ashwood

Ashburton Village Listening Post

Another listening post at Ashburton Village 3147 handing out Watt’s Cracking? and talking to local shoppers.

Glen Iris Listening Post
Even before setting up mobile office I started chatting with residents about local issues such as Dorothy Laver Reserve - West and planning
Whitehorse Showtime

Joined Neil Angus MP, Nick Wakeling MP and Mayor Andrew Davenport for opening night of Whitehorse Showtime by Scouts Victoria and Girl Guides Victoria

Box Hill United and Eastern Lions Local Derby
Local derby Box Hill United v Eastern Lions SC-The Official Site with City of Whitehorse Mayor Andrew Davenport.
Lions Club of Melbourne Sino Innovation

Lions District 201v1-4 Zone meeting, hosted by Lions Club of Melbourne Sino Innovation team.

Ashwood Netball Club WDNA BBQ

Despite the weather the snags were a hit at the Waverley District Netball Association BBQ run by the Ashwood Netball Club — at Ashwood Netball Courts.

Holmesglen Listening Post

At the Metro Trains Melbourne replacement stop near Holmesglen Chadstone campus with my latest newsletter.

Burwood Village listening post

Out and about this morning in Burwood Village Shopping Centre with my latest newletter

Box Hill South Neighbourhood House Heart Health

Interesting presentation by Prof. Franklin Rosenfeldt from The Alfred on heart health at Box Hill South Neighbourhood House

Puppies and Pancakes

Puppies and pancakes in Parliament of Victoria with Guide Dogs Victoria

Ashy Redbacks Gala Night

I may have missed out on some Hawthorn Football Club memorabilia at the Ashy Redbacks Gala night but I did manage to walk away with this pic with President Steve Carlisle, Cr Garry Thompson and myself.

Clinton “Cocky” Lander 1,000 Goals
Cocky 1000 Goals featured

Well done Cocky scoring his 1000th Lacrosse Victoria State League goal during the Camberwell Lacrosse Club v Surrey Park Lacrosse Club match.

Ashburton Senior Centre
Inspecting City of Boroondara plans for the Senior centre in Ashburton. As a former board member of the Ashburton Support Services it is great to see the dreams are about to become a reality.
54th Camberwell Showtime

Opening night of the 54th Camberwell Showtime with Robert Clark MP. Congratulations to the Scouts Victoria and Girl Guides Victoria from City of Boroondara and Yarra City Council for another great show. — at Hawthorn Arts Centre.

Lions Club Box Hill

As President of the Parliament of Victoria Lions Australia, it was great to speak at the Lions Club of Box Hill and share a meal with the members.

3WBC Graham with Iain Messer
August interview with Iain Messer 3WBC 94.1. Visit 3WBC here...
1st Bennetswood Scouts ARAP

With Whitehorse District Commissioner Bill Henley and 1st Bennettswood Scout Group leader Sue Henley for their ARAP.

Hartwell Primary School Crossing

Discussing safety on Toorak Road with parents and kids at Hartwell Primary School.

National Tree Day

Planting trees with Friends of Back Creek on National Tree Day

Warrigal Road Landslip
Questioning the Minister for Roads and Road Safety on the Warrigal Road landslip.
Protecting our Neighbourhood Character

From the Monash Leader. 24th July 2018.  

Burwood Police Station
After 7 weeks, the Burwood Police Station still has a pile of rubble. I questioned the Minister.
Warrigal Road Landslip

Following on from the incident last year, VicRoads will be starting construction on the new wall at the Warrigal Road landslip soon, and expect to finish by the end of this year.

Liberals to Get Victoria Moving

An elected Liberal Government will Get Victoria Moving: – Extending the metro train line to Baxter – Building parking in Sunbury – Upgrading Ferntree Gully Station – Building Cranbourne to Clyde rail extension – Duplicating the Hurstbridge line between Greensborough and Eltham stations – Building extra car parking at Eltham, Montmorency and Greensborough stations

Bonne Fête Nationale
Bonne Fête Nationale With One Voice Ashburton on #Bastille Day at Ashburton Community Centre/ Boroondara Library Service for the Official Ashburton Community Residents Association Inc Artisan Market.
FFV Community in Business
With Club Builder 2035 and the Presidents of Eastern Lions SC-The Official Site & Riversdale Soccer Club at the Football Federation Victoria Community in Business Lunch.
Edge Church Run to Red

With Edge Church – Melbourne for another Run to Red.

Surrey Park FC President’s Lunch

At Surrey Park Football Club Presidents lunch listening to Geelong Cats great and current Collingwood Football Club assistant coach Garry “Buddha” Hocking aka “Whiskas”.

Lynden Aged Care Redevelopment
Honored to help officially open the Lynden Aged Care Redevelopment, with Senator James Paterson.
3WBC Graham with Iain Messer
Discussing the issues of the day with Iain Messer. Visit 3WBC here.
Youth Parliament with PLC
Very proud to be at Youth Parliament of Victoria with the girls of Presbyterian Ladies' College Melbourne - Parliament of Victoria members of the future.
One Voice Ashburton Choir

Joined With One Voice Ashburton Choir as they prepare for the Official Ashburton Community Residents Association Inc Artisan Market on the 14th of July at the Ashburton Community Centre and the Surrey Hills Music Festival.

Fire at Alamein Avenue
Discussing recent fire at Alamein Avenue public housing with an affected tenant.
Cost of Living – July 2018

When Daniel Andrews forced the closure of Hazelwood, 22% of Victoria’s energy supply was ripped out of the market, wholesale electricity prices rose by 85% and household electricity bills have jumped by $300. Under Labor, Victorians are paying up to $500 more for gas, stretching household budgets to breaking point and forcing vulnerable Victorian’s to do without heating this winter …

Liberal government to build East West Link
Only the Liberal Nationals have a comprehensive congestion-busting plan for Melbourne’s highways and arterial roads.
Liberals to give young leaders a platform

A Liberal Government will ensure more young Victorians from Burwood have the chance to participate in Youth Parliament to influence and develop legislation that matters to them. A Liberal Government will provide $120,000 a year for four years to the YMCA to run the Youth Parliament program – an increase of $20,000 a year compared to current arrangements. The funding …

Red Nose Day 2018
Red Nose Day - buy your red nose through http://www.rednose.com.au/.
Retirement Housing Ombudsman
The Liberal Nationals believe every older Victorian deserves a comfortable and secure retirement. A Liberal Nationals Government will establish an Ombudsman for Retirement Housing to ensure those older Victorians living in retirement and lifestyle villages feel safe and protected. An Ombudsman for Retirement Housing will provide binding resolutions to eligible disputes in the retirement housing sector. Currently there is no [...]
Cop shop a haven for crims
Open PDF: Herald Sun Burwood Police Station
New planning laws to save the character of Burwood
A Liberal Government will introduce strict new planning rules within its first 100 days of office, to protect the liveability and character of suburbs like Burwood, Ashburton and Ashwood. Melbourne can’t keep growing the way it currently is, our city needs to have the right growth in the right places, not a one size fits all free for all. As [...]
Bennetswood Reserve Pavilion
Proud to be at the Bennetswood Reserve Pavilion official opening with the Mayor Cr. Andrew Davenport. The facility, funded by City of Whitehorse Council, and the former Liberal Victoria State Government, will go to great use by Emmaus St Leos OCFC - The Animals, Deakin Cricket Club, Surrey Park JFC and others.
Crime up 11.41% in Whitehorse

The latest crime statistics for the year ending March 2018 released yesterday are once again a damning indictment on the Andrews Labor Government. Data compiled by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show that crime in Whitehorse has increased by 11.41% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. Since the election of the Andrews Labor Government: Crimes against the person …

Crime up 20.66% in Monash

The latest crime statistics for the year ending March 2018 released yesterday are once again a damning indictment on the Andrews Labor Government. Data compiled by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show that crime in Monash has increased by 20.66% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. Since the election of the Andrews Labor Government: Crimes against the person …

Crime up 4.45% in Boroondara

The latest crime statistics for the year ending March 2018 released yesterday are once again a damning indictment on the Andrews Labor Government. Data compiled by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show that crime in Boroondara has increased by almost 4.45% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. Since the election of the Andrews Labor Government: Crimes against the …

World Blood Donor Day
It's World Blood Donor Day. Thanks to the team at the Mt. Waverley Australian Red Cross Blood Service for taking my blood and making the process (almost) painless. One in three Australians will need blood during their lifetime. If you can give blood, please do. https://www.donateblood.com.au/
Supporting grassroots sport and the WDNA
Pledging to support grassroots sport and the WDNA in Parliament, 6th of June.
Vulcan heaters Parliament 5 June 2018
My public housing tenants have contacted me about heating. I have raised their issues in Parliament.
Grand Cedar Aged Care
Great conversation with the staff and residents at Grand Cedar Aged Care.
Civics at St Mary Magdelen’s

Discussing Civics with the kids at St Mary Magdalen’s School.

Makeover for WDNA netball facility
Local netball in Burwood is growing at a rapid rate and only the Liberals will support local sports clubs instead of spending $225 million on Etihad Stadium like the Andrews Labor Government. The netball facility managed by the Waverley District Netball Association is the largest sporting facility in the Burwood electorate with participation by over 3000 girls playing on weekends. [...]
St Benedict’s Primary Burwood Tigers

Big win for the St Benedict’s Primary Burwood Tigers v Jets 33-32, finals may be on the cards AFL 9s – Victoria — in Burwood.

Wattle Hill Kindergarten
Dropped in to the Wattle Hill Kindergarten for their combined Family Fun Day and Open Day.
Ashwood Memorial Kinder

Popped in to Ashwood Memorial Kindergarten for the Open Day and had a chat to Robyn about the challenges they face.

Liberals to reopen Burwood Police Station
A future Liberal Government will provide funding of $2 million to upgrade and reopen the closed Burwood Police Station. This will allow police to once again, directly engage with the local Burwood community and provide improved community safety through a proactive visible police presence. I have been fighting to have the Burwood Police Station reopened since its closure by the [...]
Ashwood High School new facilities
Visiting Ashwood High School with Principal Brett Moore and students following the opening of the new $15.5 million facilities funded by the former Liberal Victoria government.
Camberwell Sharks

With the President of the Camberwell Sharks Junior Football Club watching a big win for them in the U13 Blues v Glen Iris Junior Football Club – Yarra Junior Football League

The Animals – Ladies High Tea

Congratulations to the Emmaus St Leos OCFC – The Animals fundraising for National Breast Cancer Foundation with the Ladies High Tea – VAFA HQ

Civics at St Benedict’s
Discussing Civics with the kids at St Benedict's Primary Burwood.
Afternoon Session 20180509 Burwood Police Station
I continue to ask the Minister for Police when we are going to get funding to reopen Burwood Police Station.
Interview with Matthew Evans DSCRIBE
Interview May 8 with Matthew Evans of Dscribe News, regarding the latest State budget, and what it means for the people of Burwood. Visit DSCRIBE here.
St Benedict’s Primary Burwood Tigers

Celebrating the big win with the boys St Benedict’s Primary Burwood Tigers v MHT Lions 36 – 33 in the AFL 9s – Victoria.

Edge Church Run to Red

Congratulations to Edge Church – Melbourne for another great effort with Run to Red today — in Burwood.

Samarinda Residential Care Facility Opening

Very happy to catch up with old friends at the official Opening Ceremony of the Samarinda Aged Services Samarinda Residential Care facility this afternoon.

3WBC Graham with Iain Messer
Discussing the Victorian State Budget 2018 with Iain Messer. Unfortunately not much to discuss for Burwood. Visit 3WBC here.
St. Benedict’s Primary Burwood Tigers

1st game for St Benedict’s Primary Burwood Tigers against St Michael’s Parish Ashburton Muppets in the AFL 9s Victoria unfortunately the results didn’t go our way with a 55 – 38 loss.

Surrey Gardens ANZAC Day Dawn Service
Thanks to members of the Surrey Hills Progress Association for organising the 2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service at the shrine in Surrey Gardens, Surrey Hills, Victoria. Large crowd in attendance including Cr Lisa Hollingsworth, Jane Addis and Hon. Jeff Kennett AC.
Boroondara Citizenship Ceremony
Congratulations to our newest citizens - it was an honour to give the address at the City of Boroondara Citizenship Ceremony tonight. With John Pesutto MP Member for Hawthorn, Tim Smith MP - Member for Kew, Mayor Jim Parke and Cr Felicity Sinfield.
Shirdi Sai Sansthan Melbourne
Again with John Pesutto MP and CR Lisa Hollingsworth, congratulating Shirdi Sai Sansthan Melbourne in Camberwell on reaching 12 years and in commemorating the centenary of the passing of spiritual founder, Shri Saibaba of Shirdi.
Wattle Park ANZAC Day Service
Joined John Pesutto MP Member for Hawthorn, City of Whitehorse Mayor Andrew Davenport, City of Boroondara councillor Cr Lisa Hollingsworth, 1st Bennettswood Scouts Victoria, Burwood Uniting Church minister Rev. John Mann & Melbourne Legacy president Legatee Hugh Roberton for the Anzac Day Commemoration Service conducted by Wattle Park Hertiage Group on behalf of 24th Infantry Battalion AIF, 2/24th Battalion AIF [...]
Waverley District Netball Association
Great to meet up with Jo Weston and her Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver medal at the opening of the resurfaced Waverley District Netball Association courts tonight.
Surrey Park Breakfast

Thanks to Surrey Park Football Club for the SALT- Sport and Life Training breakfast this morning at Box Hill Golf Club. Great talks by Dave Burt and David Parkin.

Whitehorse Schools ANZAC Service
Whitehorse Schools ANZAC Service with City of Whitehorse Andrew Davenport, Robert Clark MP, Julia Banks MP, Neil Angus MP. Thanks to Box Hill RSL
Monash Schools ANZAC Service
Rotary Club of Monash organised the ANZAC Service For Schools, including Ashwood High School, together with Waverley R.S.L.
Alamein FC
Joined City of Boroondara councillors Cr Garry Thompson and Cr Coral Ross for the Alamein FC victory over South Melbourne FC 3-2 in the NPL Victoria. See my facebook post here.
Mount Waverley City Soccer
Joined the seniors and Major Sponsor Tony Iannetta from CCV Australia.
Amaroo Art Show
Amaroo Art show 12 April
Some wonderful artwork to inspire at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre. Thanks to all the artists involved.
3WBC Graham with Michael Crichton for Iain Messer
April's chat with Michael Crichton standing in for Iain Messer. You can listen to 3WBC here.
Markham Update End March 2018
The people of Ashburton continue to show their steely resolve, in rejecting the Andrews Labor Government’s overdevelopment of Markham Estate. There have been repeated attempts in Parliament to force this development through. I continue to call on the Andrews Labor Government to properly consult with the local community and the Boroondara Council. Unfortunately I have no doubt that they will [...]
Whitehorse Community Fair 2018
Great time at Kingswood College for the Whitehorse Community Fair 2018, with members of the Multibridge Community Centre and Full Gospel Church. Thanks to sponsors 89.9 LightFM, Lindellas Real Estate and Genesis Fitness Box Hill. Photos from Whitehorse
Burwood Village Autumn Fiesta
Although the weather was uncooperative, a great day was had by all. Looking forward to next year. Photos from the day
Boroondara Aged Care Expo & Symposium
Thanks to PrimeCare Financial Planning​ for organising Boroondara Aged Care Expo & Symposium​, so many good people - mecwacare​, McKenzie Aged Care Group​, Estia Health​, Regis Aged Care​, Epworth Camberwell, Grand Cedar Aged Care, Five Good Friends​, Menarock LIFE​, Royal Freemasons, Waverley Valley Aged Care​, Real Estate Care Service, Tabulam & Templer Homes for the Aged, Bartel Law​, Freedom Aged [...]
Eastern Cricket Association U14A Grand Final

Looking good for Glen Iris Cricket Club at Macleay Park. Canterbury Cricket Club 8/ 86 chasing 150+

Ashburton Primary School Grand Fair

Opened the APS Grand Fair with Bruce and Mr Hone, cleared away the rain, bought some jam and sold a few snags. There is plenty still happening at Ashburton Primary for the next few hours

St. Benedict’s Twilight Fair

It was a little windy at the snow cone stand for the St. Benedict’s Primary Burwood Twilight Fair. Although some say the windswept look suits me.

Crime up 7.86% in Boroondara – updated

New crime statistics for the year ending December 2017 released March 15 are a damning indictment on the Andrews Labor Government. Data compiled by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show that crime in Boroondara has increased by 7.86% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. Since the election of the Andrews Labor Government: • Crimes against the person in …

Crime up 13.27% in Whitehorse – updated

New crime statistics for the year ending December 2017 released March 15 are a damning indictment on the Andrews Labor Government. Data compiled by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show that crime in Whitehorse has increased by 13.27% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. In fact, since the closure of the Burwood Police Station: • Burglary/Break enter in …

Crime up 21.58% in Monash – updated

New crime statistics for the year ending December 2017 released March 15 are a damning indictment on the Andrews Labor Government. Data compiled by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show that crime in Monash has increased by 21.58% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. Since the election of the Andrews Labor Government: • Crimes against the person in …

Graham in Parliament week of 5th March
A brief look at my last week in Parliament.
Ashwood School Leadership Presentation

Honoured to be at the Student Leaders Badge Presentation today, 5th March, at Ashwood Special School.

Party on Power

Another great Party on Power with Power Neighbourhood House, Port Phillip Housing Association, Encounter Baptist, City of Monash, and many others.

Clean Up Australia Day

Thanks to the team for helping out with Clean Up Australia Day, and thanks to the guys from Encounter Baptist for organising the local event. It’s always concerning just how much rubbish we find.

Elections for School Captain at Ashwood School

Wonderful to see democracy in action at Ashwood school, with elections for School Captain. Regardless of the results, Ashwood School wins!

Ashburton Festival

Thanks to the Ashburton Traders Association for organising the Ashburton Festival. Although it was threatening rain, everybody had a great day, in a great community. Too many people to mention – thanks to all for a fantastic day!

Solway Primary Badge Presentation

Congratulations to all the students at Solway Primary School who received their badges on Monday, 19 February. If these students are anything to go by — and I am sure they are — the future is in good hands.

Happy Chinese New Year!

The Year of the Dog is an auspicious year in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. I attended many local events celebrating the New Year with the Chinese and Vietnamese communities. A Dog’s most distinguishing characteristic is their faithfulness. Dogs do not desert their friends, family or work. Honest and just, they are popular in social circles. Everyone needs a Dog friend …

Pancakes For Shrove Tuesday

I showed the new Minister Rev. John Mann how to make pancakes prior to his induction at Burwood Uniting Church on Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday means there are only 40 days until Easter. I welcome the Rev. John Mann to Burwood and hope he has a successful tenure with the Burwood Uniting Church.

Parliamentary Questions
Last year in Parliament I asked a number of questions, many of which remain unanswered. I continue to push for these questions to be answered by the relevant Ministers.
Badges For Senior Students

It is always an honour to meet with leaders of the future and hand out leadership badges at Wattle Park Primary School. Congratulations to all those who received badges. The presenting of school badges is something that I always enjoy doing. I am sure that somewhere amongst the student community of Burwood lies a future Premier or Prime Minister.

Box Hill Tennis Club Annual Open Day

It was great to catch up with players, club members and future tennis aspirants at the Box Hill Tennis Club on their Future Demand Tennis Open Day in Box Hill South. I discussed tennis and Box Hill’s coaching program with Simon Clarke, President of Box Hill Tennis Club, Simon Verbeek, Vice President of Box Hill Tennis Club and the Mayor …

Pink Stumps Day

I attended the Ashwood Cricket Club’s Pink Stumps Day at Essex Heights Reserve. The day raised funds for the McGrath Foundation to support the work they do placing Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia. The club’s A Turf First XI hosted the Glen Iris Cricket Club on the pitch at Essex Heights Reserve, as well as a lunch for …

Happy 125th Birthday Wyclif Cricket Club!

I was honoured to join President Alistair Reed, members of the Wyclif Cricket Club at their club rooms at Highfield Park, Camberwell, to celebrate 125 years of Cricket. Burwood lists a large sporting pedigree, ranging from junior and senior clubs to great sporting facilities for amateur and professional sportsmen and women. Guests included the President of the Box Hill Reporter …

Labor’s privitisation by stealth of Markam Estate
The Andrews Government wants to build a huge apartment development of mostly private apartments on public land. Graham Watt standing up for his constituents.
Law & Order Crisis
The introduction of lenient bail laws, slower police response times and the closure of local police stations by the Andrews Labor Government has turned Victoria into a safe space for criminals. Members of the Ashburton community, sick and tired of the excuses by the State Government for the ever rising tide of crime in our neighbourhoods.  Joined with local Burwood [...]
Law and Order Crisis – A Current Affair
The introduction of lenient bail laws, slower police response times and the closure of local police stations by the Andrews Labor Government has turned Victoria into a safe space for criminals.
Brazen Crooks Run Rampant in Burwood

Following on from the attack on the Burwood police station two weeks ago, on Monday, a train waiting at Alamein Train Station was hit by graffiti vandals in the middle of the day. Criminals have become so brazen so as to vandalise a police station and then a train in broad daylight. Even though they knew they were being filmed …

Govt has it wrong

Life is uncertain, business is volatile, but government should be reliable, consistent and trustworthy. When it comes to the taxi industry over the last few years; the Andrews Labor Government has been none of those. It was less than four years ago that the now Minister for Roads spoke of licences and assets interchangeably, he railed for compensation, he was …

Government hides Markham costs

The funding costs for the construction of the controversial Markham Estate redevelopment have been omitted from a Victorian Government Budget Website. The funding provision for the development of $23.38 million in the 2017/18 Victorian Budget on page 93 in Budget Paper 4, State Capital Program, has been left out of the user friendly website set up for Victorians. State Member …

Opposition Leader visits Markham Estate

The Opposition Leader Matthew Guy joined the Member for Burwood, Graham Watt in visiting the Markham Estate in Ashburton to consult with local residents. Mr Guy listened to residents’ concerns regarding the massive overdevelopment and the loss of local amenity the development will cause. Graham Watt MP reiterated his calls for the Minister for Planning in the Andrews Labor Government, …

Crime in Burwood rises in 2016

Data compiled by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show that crime in Victoria has risen by 10.2% in the last year. Crime statistics for the year ending December 2016 released this month reveal a disturbing increase in crime in Burwood. A breakdown of the suburb data shows: Crimes against the person in rose by 21.7% and property and deception offences …

Crime goes up in Burwood

New crime statistics for the year ending 30th September 2016 released last week reveal an alarming increase in crime across Burwood. Data compiled by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show that crime in Boroondara has increased by 26.9% and Monash by 24.4%. Postcode data shows crime in Ashburton/Ashwood has increased by 64.97%, Burwood by 8.96%, Camberwell by 19.96%, Chadstone by …

Super Profits from Markham Sale confirmed

The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed that it will make even more money from the Places Victoria development at Markham Avenue in the Parliament of Victoria last week. During a long debate on the Urban Renewal Authority Victoria Amendment (Development Victoria) Bill 2016 which merges the development arm with Major Projects Victoria, it was finally revealed that the Andrew’s Labor …

Fury expressed at lack of real consultations

Ashburton Library was filled to overcapacity for the Ashburton Residents Action Group (ARAG) community meeting on the Andrews Labor Government’s planned 22 metre, 7 storey tower at 2-18 Markham Avenue, Ashburton, on the evening of the 22nd of November 2016. Present were local community representatives such as Burwood MP, Graham Watt, Solway Ward Councillor, Garry Thompson, Boroondara Mayor, Philip Healy, …

Community expresses concerns at local forum

Following recent crime statistics revealing a 13.4% increase in crime across Victoria,  locals turned out to the Law and Order Forum, organised by Burwood MP, Graham Watt, in order to tell their personal stories. The well attended forum held Thursday evening on October 20, at Ashwood High School, was also an opportunity for local residents from across the Burwood electorate …

Questions raised on Police reductions in Parliament

The Minister for Police in the Andrews Labor Government, the Hon. Lisa Neville MP released a statement on Wednesday the 24th of August on changes to counter operations at Waurn Ponds Police Station in Geelong. In light of this, and a 71% cut in the hours of the Ashburton Police Station and the Burwood Police Station closed for at least …

The Effects of the Andrews Government’s State of Play Report on Burwood
Wattle Park Trams attacked by vandals

Local Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has called on the Minister responsible for Parks Victoria to remove the graffiti damage by vandals to the public playground and iconic trams at Wattle Park. After receiving complaints from local residents and a visit to the Wattle Park playground Mr Watt was shocked at the destruction of the popular community amenity. “Many …

Andrews Government drags heels in Markham consultations

After promising local residents to begin in August, the Andrews Labor Government is yet to begin consultations in relation to the large scale development at 4-18 Markham Avenue, Ashburton. The Governments lack of action has been noted by the Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, who criticized the lack of action in informing concerned residents of the consequences of the …

Alarming new crime statistics released for Burwood

New crime statistics for the year to date March 2016, released this week, reveal an increase in crime throughout the electorate of Burwood. Even more alarming is the crime rate in particular suburbs. Local Member for Burwood in the Victorian Parliament, Graham Watt MP, expressed concern at the alarming increase in crime in Burwood and across Victoria. “With crime on …

Police Missing In Action in Burwood

A media contingent quietly observed a fair share of foot traffic at the closed Burwood Police Station this morning. A number of locals requiring information, commuters needing documents witnessed, to people wishing to make a report were greeted by a sign on the locked door that the station was unattended, and that those needing assistance would have to travel to …

Minister Rezones 15-31 Hay Street for Development

The Minister for Planning in the Andrews Labor Government has approved Amendment C153 and rezoned land at the old St Leo’s College site at 15-31 Hay Street, Box Hill South. The Amendment rezones the entire site to General Residential Zone Schedule 5 (GRZ5) (from Special Use Zone and Public Use Zone) and allows an increased amount of development on the …

Whitehorse Biggest Loser in Dan’s Budget Spendathon

Despite numerous issues concerning increases in population, traffic congestion and badly needed public transport services and increased crime, the municipality of Whitehorse has been rewarded with zero extra funding from the Andrews Labor State Budget. According to the State Budget Website the Andrews Labor Government has not invested a single extra dollar in Whitehorse in this Budget. No additional funding …

Rise in Crime in Burwood

Offences recorded across Victoria jumped 8.1% overall, but when broken down into postcodes, the overall crime rate for suburbs in Burwood rose by 5%. Drug Offences recorded for Burwood rose by 73% according to the latest Victoria Police Crime Statistics. “The Burwood Police Station has been permanently closed for more than a year”, Mr Watt said, “You don’t have to …

Crime Wave Follows Ashburton Police Station Closure

Offences recorded across Victoria jumped 8.1% overall, but when broken down into postcodes, the overall crime rate for suburbs in Burwood rose by 5%. The overall crime rate for Ashburton has risen by a stunning 21.9%, with Crimes against the Person escalating by 47% according to the latest Victoria Police Crime Statistics. “The Ashburton Police Station has been downgraded from …

Fears for Leafy Suburbs Expressed at Community Forum

Almost 100 concerned residents attended planning forum at the Ashburton Library on Tuesday the 22nd of March, although the planning Minister, Richard Wynne MP, was invited he did not even bother to respond to the invitation. Residents expressed dismay and anger at a number of recommendations from the “State of Play” report, commissioned by the Andrews Labor Government. These planning …

Dan’s Budget Fails Burwood

Tuesday was a disappointing day for the people of Victoria, but particularly disappointing for the people of Burwood, who were short changed by the Andrews Labor Government’s first budget. Yesterday we learned that in his first six months, Daniel Andrews has already led Victoria into deficit. Once the $1.5 billion from the Commonwealth Government for the East West Link is …

Rise in Crime in Ashwood and Chadstone Follows Police Station Closures

Offences recorded across Victoria jumped 8.1% overall, but when broken down into postcodes, the overall crime rate for suburbs in Burwood rose by 5%. With one local Police Station closed and another downgraded, Ashwood and Chadstone have recorded a substantial increase in crime. The overall crime rate for Ashwood has risen by a stunning 21.9%, with Crimes against the Person …

Another Milestone for Ashwood High School

The official commencement of the Coalition funded second stage of Ashwood High Schools redevelopment began yesterday with the official turning of the sod at the site of the new senior learning centre. The $5 million, allocated in the 2014/15 Budget, was part of the $15.5m rebuild of Ashwood High School funded in the last term of the Liberal/National Coalition government. …

Is Democracy Dead in Victoria?

Minister for Planning in Andrews Labor Government overrules Whitehorse Council and Residents. I am writing to express my disappointment at the recent Andrews Labor Government decisions regarding the proposal by Deakin University to build a bridge between its two campuses across Gardiners Creek. On the 18th of December, the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP, called the project …

Cuts to Ashburton police station impact Burwood
The Ashburton Police Station will no longer be staffed from 9am - 5pm, 7days a week. Local members of the community voice their concerns to Channel 9 News.
Cuts to Ashburton Police station

In something of a scene reminiscent of the filmGroundhog Day,the re-election of a Victorian Labor Government has again led to cuts to police at the Ashburton Police station. Signage left on the door announced that manning of the police station will fall to only 2 days a week. It is disappointing that after such a long struggle to restaff the …

Dan’s Grand Final Day Eve Public Holiday Thrashes Business

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has lambasted the Andrews Labor Government after traversing his electorate on last Friday’s Public Holiday only to find most businesses closed. “This is Daniel Andrew’s contribution to Victoria’s prosperity”, Graham said. “Businesses, already struggling with tough trading conditions, were closed and paying staff not to come in. Those that were open were penalised …

Community Concerns Expressed at Meeting on Markham

At the community meeting, held on 1 October at the Ashburton Library, residents were angry with the lack of information and consultation about the Andrews Labor Government’s development of the Markham Housing estate development. This meeting, by locals for locals, was in response to the Andrews Labor Government’s recent announcement of the 240 unit development and sell-off of the Markham …

High Density Development for Markham Avenue

Local residents have for some time been concerned that the Andrews Labor Government had plans to build a large scale, high density overdevelopment at 2-18 Markham Avenue, Ashburton, which currently has only 56 units. Many local residents raised these concerns prior to the last election with the Labor Candidate for Burwood, who assured residents that talk of a Labor high …

South East Toll Pain for West Road Gain

40 years of tolls on the Monash to pay for Dan’s dud Western Suburbs Distributor  Why should motorists on the Monash pay extra tolls for at least the next 40 years for a road most will never see or use? Generally commuters pay a toll for the road they are using, but in this case Daniel Andrews wants commuters on …

Planning Consistency Missing at Monash

Consistency in planning is something that we all value when purchasing, developing or owning a home. In 2010 the Monash Council, encouraged by the then Labor Government, approved the building of a 7 storey tower along Power Avenue, Ashwood. I am amazed at the arrogance of the then Monash Council, including Labor Councillors Geoff Lake, Jieh-Yung Lo, Paul Klisaris, Micaela …

New School Fence for Wattle Park Primary School

I am glad that the new Education Minister has finally seen sense and listened to my pleas and the pleas from the parents at Wattle Park Primary School. I have been working with members of the Wattle Park Primary School community for some time to replace the school fence along Warrigal Road and Banksia Street. The previous Minister for Education …

Parkhill Primary School with all Portables

As the father of two young children, I understand the value of good education. That is why it is so disappointing that this Labor government is planning to short-change our local schools. In a quirk of history, despite all schools being entitled to permanent buildings, Parkhill Primary School currently has no permanent allocation, with all students forced to learn in …

A Safer Turn to the Right

A new right turn arrow has been installed for west bound traffic at the intersection of Warrigal and Toorak Roads. The improvement to the intersection, funded by the former Coalition Government, will lead to safer traffic flows along both Toorak and Warrigal Roads. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, welcomed the new traffic signal. “As a local resident I …

Monash Freeway 2.0

The State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has welcomed the continued implementation of the Monash Freeway Managed Motorway (MFMM) project along the M1 Monash Freeway from High Street, Glen Iris to Warrigal Road, Chadstone. “Providing commuters with the best available options when travelling on our congested roads is vital, given that there are no longer any other viable road …

Graham Watt Cleans Up Burwood

Local State MP, Graham Watt, got down and dirty amongst the shrubs and banks of Gardiners Creek as part of a local contingent of residents for Clean Up Australia Day 2015. The Member for Burwood and his merry band of Liberal helpers joined the volunteers from Encounter Baptist Church and local residents to remove large amounts of rubbish from wooded …

A Safer Turn to the Right

A new right turn arrow has been installed for west bound traffic at the intersection of Warrigal and Toorak Roads. The improvement to the intersection, funded by the former Coalition Government, will lead to safer traffic flows along both Toorak and Warrigal Roads. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, welcomed the new traffic signal. “As a local resident I …

Doubts Raised on Burke Road Level Crossing Removal

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has expressed dismay at reports that the Andrews Labor Governments has asked the Federal Government for funding towards the removal of the Burke Road level crossing, despite funds already being allocated by the former Napthine Government in the 2014 May budget. Funding of $457 million was allocated for the removal of three level …

Presentation to the Whitehorse SES

Graham Watt toured the local facilities of the Whitehorse State Emergency Service based in Box Hill South before presenting them with a plaque from the Government of Victoria. The plaque was in recognition of their continued hard work to protect and assist our community during emergency situations. The volunteers at the SES play a huge part in ensuring the safety of everyone …

Graham Declared Member for the District of Burwood

Graham Watt was officially declared the Member for the district of Burwood in the Legislative Assembly of the Victorian Parliament on the 12 December 2014. In a short official ceremony at the Victorian Electoral Commission offices on Huntingdale Road, Burwood , the Returning Officer for the VEC, Ed Bright, declared Graham as the Member after postal votes were tallied. Graham gave …

$1 Million to Upgrade Ashwood School

The Premier Dr Denis Napthine and the Member for Burwood Graham Watt met students and teachers at Ashwood School today, and announced a $1 million funding commitment to upgrade the school if the Coalition Government is re-elected. “The Victorian Coalition Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $1 million upgrade of Ashwood …

Safer Wattle Park Primary School – Part of Our Plan to “Build a Better Burwood”

Wattle Park Primary School will receive funding for a new fence under a re-elected Napthine Government, the local Member for Burwood , Graham Watt MP, announced at a school council meeting earlier this week. “After consultations with parents and members of the school community, I am now pleased to announce that a re-elected Napthine Government will commit $37,000 towards a …

Glen Iris Company Wins Technology Grant to Boost Competitveness

The Victorian Coalition Government has awarded Adhoc Software Pty Ltd of Glen Iris a $95,175 new technology grant to help boost productivity and increase export sales. The Member for Burwood Graham Watt today congratulated the electronics design and manufacturing business for its success in winning a grant under the Victorian Coalition Government’s Investing in Manufacturing Technology (IMT) program. “Adhoc Software …

99 Year old building veteran visits new Box Hill Hospital

99 year old Bill Edwards was the original Clerk of Works for Box Hill Hospital in the 1950’s. He supervised the commissioning of the building which opened in 1956. Bill joined the Eastern Health Foundation on a tour of Building A on October 23. Bill felt a sense of pride as he went through the new building. “It’s certainly different …

Minister Opens $10.5 Million First Stage of Ashwood Secondary College

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today officially opened the $10.5 million redevelopment of Ashwood Secondary College with the Member for Burwood, Graham Watt. On a tour of the new facilities, Mr Dixon said the stage one works – funded in the 2012-13 State Budget – included two new food technology kitchens, a gymnasium, new administration block, large flexible teaching space …

Chadstone Footy Set for Facilities Boost

Chadstone’s sports community will soon be able to get more active and healthy at Jordan Reserve with improved lighting, thanks to a $40,000 funding boost announced today from the Victorian Government’s Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP). Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the grant would help Monash Council support the sports lighting upgrade which will provide even more opportunities …

Discounts for Working Seniors in Burwood

The Victorian Napthine Government will expand the Victorian Seniors Card program in 2015 to provide business discounts to more than 160,000 seniors who are still working 35 hours or more per week, State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, announced today, during the 2014 Victorian Seniors Festival. “This is a significant expansion that will provide access to a wide range …

Coalition pledges $5 million to upgrade Parkhill Primary

Parkhill Primary School at Ashwood will receive a major $5 million upgrade under a re-elected Coalition Government, Premier Denis Napthine announced today. Dr Napthine made the announcement during a visit to the school today with the local Member for Burwood, Graham Watt, on the first day back at school in term 4. “The Victorian Coalition Government is building better schools …

Tough on graffiti vandalism in Melbourne

The State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today announced the beginning of a program of works to remove more than 10,000 square metres of graffiti on the Monash Freeway between Toorak Road and Narre Warren North Road over the next three months. “This program is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s investment of an extra $200,000 to crackdown on …

New laws to free up railway station car parks for commuters

The Victorian Coalition Government will introduce new regulations to crack down on non-commuters using railway station car parks, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today. Mr Mulder said that with the Coalition Government having introduced 1,276 extra weekly Metro train trips since it was elected in late 2010, the demand from passengers to use railway station car parks was …

$14,000 investment in Burwood’s youth programs

The Victorian Coalition Government is investing $14,170 in Burwood to help young people develop skills, build confidence and make new connections for life after school. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP has announced that the Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre will receive funding to support the Amaroo Young Leaders Program (YLP). Mr Watt welcomed the funding from the Napthine Government’s Engage program …

Local hockey club scores $1.5 million expansion

The Waverley Hockey Club located in Winbirra Parade Ashwood has ended the 2014 season on a high with a $1.5 million Napthine Government re-election commitment towards its expansion. Announcing this commitment on the Waverley Hockey Club’s grand final weekend, local Member for Burwood, Graham Watt, announced that this vital funding will be made available under a re-elected Napthine Government. “Sporting …

New Mental Health and Police response kicks off at Eastern Health

Eastern Health is one of twelve mental health services across the state to have been selected as part of the first tranche of the Victorian Coalition Government’s new Mental Health and Police Response (MHaP Response), State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP announced today. Mr Watt said the $909,000 investment in Eastern Health will deliver a more targeted and timely …

Zoning for appropriate development in Boroondara

Residents in Boroondara will have greater certainty about where development should occur, with an independent advisory committee ruling out higher density zoning in areas proposed by the council. “All councils are expected to achieve a sensible approach to the residential zones. Boroondara will have to undertake further strategic work to achieve this, and will have the General Residential Zone put …

Burwood kindergartens receive over $35,000 in grants thanks to Napthine Government

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today congratulated local kindergartens successful in their submission for minor infrastructure and IT grants. Alfred Road Kindergarten, Ashwood Children,s Centre, Highgate Early Learning Centre,  Box Hill South Preschool and Surrey Hills Baptist Church Child Care Centre all received a share in $35,994 worth of funding. “This is great news for families in Burwood …

Reckless Labor abandons Burwood

The benefits of the East West Link for Whitehorse and Boroondara would disappear if Labor gets its way and tears up the contract, Member for Burwood Graham Watt said today. The East West Link will deliver real benefits, including removing the bottle neck at the end of the Eastern Freeway at Hoddle Street, reducing congestion along the Monash Freeway Corridor …

Portable removal systems to help the community tackle graffiti

Yarra Ranges Shire is the latest area to benefit from the Victorian Coalition Government’s anti-graffiti initiatives after a local scout group received four portable graffiti removal systems to support a cleaner and graffiti-free community. Minister for Crime Prevention Edward O’Donohue was joined by Member for Burwood Graham Watt and Liberal candidate for Monbulk Mark Verschuur to present four specialist graffiti …

$110,000 boost for school in Burwood

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today announced that the Napthine Government has committed a total of $110,424 for maintenance at Wattle Park Primary School in Burwood. “Wattle Park Primary School will use the funding to repair the school’s Block A building, adding to the new facilities already completed at the school”, Mr Watt said. “This compliments the Victorian Coalition …

Coalition Government opens next round of Communities for Nature

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has invited community groups to share in $3 million for the Victorian Coalition Government’s next round of funding for Communities for Nature grants. “I encourage community groups and members, especially schools, in Burwood to apply for funding for projects that support local environmental initiatives across Victoria,” Mr Watt said. “These grants are set to …

Coalition delivers Box Hill Hospital redevelopment

Melbourne’s eastern suburbs will benefit from improved, innovative health care as part of the Box Hill Hospital redevelopment project, Premier Denis Napthine announced today. Construction has now been completed on a new 52,000m2 building – the first stage of the $447.5 million redevelopment. “This newly completed building will house all of Box Hill Hospital’s acute inpatient and day patient facilities, …

Customers pay $1 billion so far for Labor’s desal plant

Melbourne water customers have now paid $1 billion for Labor’s desalination plant. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the plant at Wonthaggi had been in standby mode since commissioning was completed in December 2012 but it had caused household bills to skyrocket. “The desalination plant is a legacy of waste and poor planning that will remind Victorians forever …

Scouts to wipe streets clean

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP presented the 2nd and 7th West Waverley Scout Group with a new Graffiti Removal Kit to assist them in their work in cleaning up graffiti in Burwood. Mr Watt said that the graffiti removal kits were a great way for young scouts to earn their community service badge. “It is great to see young …

Coalition Government supporting National Tree Day

The Victorian Coalition Government is teaming up with Planet Ark for National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day to provide free trees. Community groups and schools in Burwood who want to be part of National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day are encouraged to apply for free seedlings through the Coalition Government’s 2 Million Trees Program. State Member for Burwood, …

Work begins on $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital, creating more than 700 jobs

Premier Denis Napthine today joined Minister for Health David Davis and Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge in Clayton to mark the start of major construction works on the new $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital. “This $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton is part of our commitment to build a healthier south east region, and a healthier Victoria,” Dr …

State Grant for Local Skills

The Waverley Adult Literacy Program Inc. and Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre have received $7,500 in Training Delivery Support Grants from the Napthine Coalition Government, local State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, announced today. The grant will be used to purchase teaching and learning resources for programs and services to help disadvantaged residents overcome language and literacy barriers that …

Fire services levy rates to fall from 1 July

Residents and businesses right across the state are benefiting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s slashing of Fire Services Levy rates from 1 July, State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said today. Mr Watt said that under the Coalition Government’s reforms, the average Fire Services Property Levy payable in Boroondara  for an average residential property would be around $174. This …

Ashburton Rail Station Gets PSO’s

The Napthine Government continues to deliver on its commitment to make rail travel safer with Protective Services Officers beginning patrols at Ashburton station from tomorrow night. Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells, Member for Burwood, Graham Watt said PSOs would patrol the train platform, car parks and immediate surrounds. “PSOs are targeting crime, …

Victorian Coalition Government invests $350,000 in upgrading Surrey Hills Preschool

More children in Surrey Hills will now be able to access high-quality kindergarten programs with the Victorian Coalition Government’s $350,000 investment in Surrey Hills Preschool. Member for Burwood Graham Watt said the upgraded preschool will provide 26 additional kindergarten places for local families. “Not only is this great news for current and future generations of local children, this $350,000 investment …

Ashburton Business armed with the knowledge needed to cut energy costs

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today announced the Victorian Coalition Government has granted $50,000 in funding to Australian Industry & Defence Network – Victoria Inc so that their employees can further develop the skills and knowledge needed to be more energy and material efficient around the workplace. “I am delighted to announce that  Australian Industry & Defence Network in …

Safer Roads for Ashburton Residents

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt today welcomed the funding for road safety upgrades in Ashburton, part of the $17.7 million from the Victorian Coalition Government to treat and improve high risk roads and intersections across Victoria. The Victorian Coalition Government has invested $1 billion over the 10 years for the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), a key initiative of Victoria’s …

Coalition Government boost to battle against graffiti

– Extra funding to remove freeway graffiti – New Crime Stoppers anti-graffiti campaign – Coalition Government building a better Victoria and stronger, safer local communities Minister for Crime Prevention Edward O’Donohue has announced a renewed crackdown on graffiti vandalism on public transport and freeways. The Minister was in Narre Warren today with Liberal candidate for Narre Warren North Amanda Stapledon to unveil a …

$2.6 million to upgrade facilities at Solway Primary School

The Solway Primary School community will soon benefit from improved facilities with Minister for Education Martin Dixon today visiting the school with Member for Burwood Graham Watt to announce $2.6 million in funding. Mr Dixon said the funding was part of a $500 million investment in 12 new schools and upgrades to more than 70 existing schools as part of …

Venturers to clean up with help from MP

The Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, presented the Bennettswood Venturers with a new Graffiti Removal Kit to assist them in their work in cleaning up graffiti in Burwood. Mr Watt recalled that they had volunteered with removing graffiti from the W Class Trams at Wattle Park in July last year and said that the work that they did gave …

$9,725 to support young volunteers

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today announced $9,725 to support volunteer programs for Ashwood College and Ashwood School in Burwood.  Mr Watt today said that funding for the Victorian Coalition Government’s Advance volunteer program helps schools to support students take part in volunteering. “The Advance program engages over 20,000 secondary school students each year to help build local partnerships …

Lower water bills for Melbourne families

Melbourne families will get $400 of real savings on their household water bills thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government, Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, announced today. “The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to reducing cost of living pressures on families in Burwood and our Fairer Water Bills will deliver real savings for household budgets,” Mr Watt said. “Under Fairer …

$25,000 grants to tackle local graffiti issues

Councils can now access grants of up to $25,000 to combat graffiti in local neighbourhoods as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s graffiti grants program. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP is encouraging councils in Burwood to think about graffiti solutions that would improve the visual amenity of neighbourhoods and increase community confidence in the safety of public places. …

Victorian Coalition Government Building a Better Burwood

Member for Burwood, Mr Graham Watt MP, today welcomed the multi-million dollar investments to build a better Burwood in the 2014-15 State Budget. Today’s State Budget invests in the infrastructure that Burwood families and businesses need and delivers the services to build a better and more connected Victoria. The Victorian Coalition Government has invested in significant projects in the 2014-15 …

Three More Notorious Level Crossings to be Removed

$457 million project to remove three notorious level crossings · Relief for 80,000+ motorists travelling through Ormond, Glen Iris and Blackburn · Victorian Coalition Government improving safety and reducing traffic congestion across Melbourne Three notorious level crossings will be removed as part of a $457 million level crossing blitz, Treasurer Michael O’Brien and Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today. The Coalition …

Opportunity for Students to Commemorate the Spirit of ANZAC

The Victorian Government is sending 98 Victorian students and chaperones to Gallipoli to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in 2015. Victorian Students will join students from across Australia, as well as descendants of those who served at Gallipoli, Australian First World War widows, and the thousands of Australians who were successful in the national ballot, in participating in the …

New $6.3 Million Ashburton Library officially Opens

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, joined the Minister for Local Government Tim Bull, to officially open the $6.3 million state-of-the-art Ashburton Library and Ashburton Community Centre. Co-located with Boroondara City Council’s Ashburton Community Centre, the library will exceed the growing needs of the local Ashburton community. Mr Watt said the upgrade was partially funded by the State Government’s Living …

More Services Moving More People More Often

The Victorian Coalition Government is building a better public transport system by investing in trains and trams and now reducing fares. Recently the Premier Denis Napthine announced that commuters will be able to travel in Zones 1 + 2 for the cost of a Zone 1 fare. Tram travel in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands will be free. These changes save …

Rectifier Technologies Awarded Innovation Voucher by Victorian Coalition Government

Burwood based company, Rectifier Technologies Pacific Pty Ltd (RTP), will be supported by the Victorian Coalition Government under its Innovation Voucher Program to work with Successful Endeavours to develop a new high efficiency electrical current rectifier. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt announced today that Rectifier Technologies has been awarded a Business Research and Development (R&D) voucher worth $25,000 as part …

Commissioner Gets New Powers to Help Small Business

Small businesses in Burwood will now operate on a more level playing field with the government following the decision to enhance the authority of Victoria’s Small Business Commissioner to help small businesses resolve disputes with government bodies. Member Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the Commissioner had new powers to resolve disputes between small businesses and local councils, state government departments …

Landmark Reached –100 Stations Now Have PSOs

Premier Denis Napthine today joined Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells, the Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP and the Member for Hawthorn, the Hon. Ted Baillieu MP at Burwood Station to mark the 100th rail station at which Protective Services Officers (PSOs) have been deployed across Melbourne’s rail network. With a total of 682 PSOs patrolling 104 …

More Alamein Trains On Time More Often

The Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today announced that the performance of the Alamein train line has improved in several areas in February 2014. Of the 3364 trains scheduled in both February 2013 and 2014, train punctuality improved to 95.6 per cent compared to 94.3 per cent in February 2013. Similarly, the percentage of trips that actually operated increased …

Labor and Jacinta Allan Bag In Bendigo What They Barrack For In Burwood

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan has slammed the Labor Opposition for treating voters with contempt over the Victoria Coalition Government’s new public transport initiative. The Coalition Government announced yesterday that it would provide free tram travel within the Melbourne CBD and Docklands, meaning country visitors no longer need a Myki to use trams in the CBD and Docklands. “Labor leader Daniel Andrews backed the …

Local Clubs in Burwood Receive Funding Boost

Many sports and active recreation clubs across Burwood will benefit from funding as part of VicHealth’s $1.8 million Active Club Grants program. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the grants, of up to $3,000 each, aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help …

Works at Ashburton Station for PSO’s

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP welcomed the building works at Ashburton train station that have begun in preparation for the deployment of the Protective Service Officers on the Alamein line. “This is an important step in keeping the travelling public safe and prevent acts of graffiti and vandalism on our rail network,” Mr Watt said. “This will allow …

Register Now for Premier’s Active April

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today urged the people of Burwood to commit to a month of increased activity with the launch of a physical activity campaign, Premier’s Active April. In response to rising obesity rates, the new-look campaign encourages all Victorians to challenge themselves to do 30 minutes of physical activity each day during April. “Premier’s Active April …

Works to Resurface at Ashburton Station

Metro will begin remedial works to repair damaged pedestrian access to the bicycle storage area at Ashburton Train Station. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, announced that the resurfacing works to be carried out over the next week were a result of a number of bicycle commuters contacting him expressing safety concerns. The surface area leading to, and surrounding …

Jack’s Last Birthday Was His 22nd

Chadstone resident, Martin John Hannagan has celebrated his 90th year with a visit from his local MP, the Member for Burwood, Graham Watt. Despite being 90 years old, Mr Hannagan or ‘Jack’ as he is affectionately known, who was born on the 29th of February 1924 has only been able to celebrate his actual birthday 22 times. For a man …

Stand Up and Be Heard at Youth Parliament 2014

Young Victorians who want to stand up, speak out and be heard at the highest levels of State Government are encouraged to apply for the YMCA’s Youth Parliament program. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP said the Youth Parliament program would give up to 120 young people a fantastic introduction into the workings of Parliament. “This is an exciting opportunity …

New Tool To Help Wipe Out Graffiti In Burwood

Burwood is the latest area to benefit from the Victorian Coalition Government’s anti-graffiti program, with Burwood Neighbourhood House receiving a portable graffiti removal system to support a cleaner and graffiti-free community. Minister for Crime Prevention, the Hon. Edward O’Donohue MP and State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, presented a specialist portable graffiti removal system to Burwood Neighbourhood House in …

Highgate Early Childhood Centre Receives Grant Just In Time For The Start Of Term One

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP announced that the Highgate Early Childhood Centre will receive $8400 from the Victorian Coalition Government’s minor capital grants. Highgate Early Childhood Centre is among the 87 kindergartens across Victoria that will share the $700,000 in grants to improve play areas and facilities. Mr Watt said the grant will assist the service to provide outdoor …

Merry Christmas

I would like to take this opportunity to pass on to you what I believe is the true importance of Christmas. The true spirit of Christmas can be envisaged in the way we depict the birth of Christ in a manger with his loving family and well-wishers baring gifts. From this humble beginning, the Christmas season has become a time …

Making a Splash in Box Hill

The redevelopment of Aqualink Box Hill was officially opened by the Mayor of Whitehorse, Cr Sharon Ellis on Monday, December 15. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP attended the opening with the Hon. Richard Dalla-Riva, Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus MP, and Cr Andrew Davenport and said that the facility is one of the premier sporting facilities in …

Uniform Boost Gives Burwood Clubs a Whole New Outlook

Sporting clubs in Burwood can look forward to a share in more than $1000 worth of Victorian Government funding towards rejuvenating their club’s uniforms courtesy of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the Ashburton Junior Soccer Club, Mount Waverley Uniting Cricket Club, Surrey Park Netball Club and the STC South Camberwell Cricket Club would …

Safer Lighting For Holmesglen Station

More than $3.1 million splashed on Boroondara sports facilities State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, was pleased with Metro’s upgrading of lighting on pathways leading to Holmesglen Station. “There have been a substantial number of concerned commuters who have contacted me in regards to the poor lighting on the pathways leading to the station”, Mr Watt said. “It’s great …

Burwood MP Encourages Organisations To Apply For $20 Million In Children’s Capital Grants

The Victorian Government has announced $20 million in grants to build and upgrade children’s services across the state. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today encouraged local government, schools, community groups and children’s service providers in Burwood to apply for a grant. “This is a golden opportunity for our community to build or upgrade local children’s facilities,” Mr Watt …

More Than $3.1 Million Splashed On Boroondara Sports Facilities

More people in Melbourne’s inner southeast will be getting more active more often following today’s news of over $3.1 million in Victorian Coalition Government funding to upgrade facilities in Boroondara. Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty today joined Member for Burwood, Graham Watt at one of the facilities to be upgraded, the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre, to announce …

Burwood Schools Named As Finalists In The ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2013

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP today congratulated the students and teachers of Ashwood School and Solway Primary School who were named as finalists in the ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2013. The awards are part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $8.3 million commitment over four years to extend the reach of ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative to help more schools embed …

New Hours for Renewed Ashburton Police Station

Ashburton Police Station will be open to local residents seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm, from this week, State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, announced today. “The Victorian Coalition Government commitment for 1700 new police officers across the state has enabled us to fulfil our commitment to increase police presence in Burwood,” Mr Watt said. “The station …

Water Works Cause Traffic Diversions

Yarra Valley Water is in the process of replacing the water main near the corner of High Street and Summerhill Road, Glen Iris. The works have resulted in the traffic taking a detour through residential streets. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP suggested that for the next two days, those traffic travelling east on High Street should find an alternative …

Burwood Emergency Services Volunteers To Receive $7,891 Grant

Wattle Park based Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network (WICEN) volunteers will receive a $7,891 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government, Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP announced today. “The Coalition Government is committed to giving our emergency services the resources they need to protect the community,” Mr Watt said. “I am very pleased that WICEN has received this grant which …

Don’t Miss Nominating Your Community Sporting Hero

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today called for local communities to nominate their sporting volunteers, officials and clubs for the 2013 Victorian Coalition Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards. Now in its 17th consecutive year, Mr Watt said the awards have a long-standing reputation for celebrating the achievements of our grassroots sporting and recreation community. “It’s the time of …

Burwood MP Urges Citizens to Become Masters

With not long to go until the opening ceremony, preparations are in full swing for the 2013 Australian Masters Games, Member for Burwood said today. Graham Watt MP encouraged Burwood sporting enthusiasts to sign up to the nation’s largest multi-sport participation event, the 2013 Australian Masters Games Mr Watt said there was still time for people to sign up to …

Locals Asked to Support Small Business Day

The State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has called on local small businesses, traders’ associations, tourism operators and consumers to get behind the Victorian Government’s inaugural Support Small Business Day on Saturday 19 October. On Support Small Business Day, Victorians will be encouraged to purchase from their local small businesses, including retailers, cafés, restaurants and other service providers. “The …

Minister For Crime Prevention To Visit Burwood

The State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has invited the Minister for Crime Prevention, the Hon. Edward O’Donohue, to visit the Burwood electorate. In his adjournment debate on Tuesday September 17, Mr Watt asked the Minister to come to the Burwood electorate to discuss crime prevention measures with residents and community groups. Mr Watt said that police and emergency …

Victorian Coalition Delivers More Trains On Time

Since the Coalition was elected in 2010, there has been a marked rise in punctuality on Melbourne’s train services. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, says that the reliability of train services in the Burwood area has vastly improved from what it was under the previous Labor Government. “The Alamein Train line has seen a 5.4% increase in trains arriving …

Burwood Schools Energised By State Grants

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has congratulated Ashwood and St Mary Magdalen’s Parish Schools on receiving a Victorian Coalition Government grant of up to $10,000 to help reduce energy use and promote sustainability practices. Ashwood and St Mary Magdalen’s Parish Schools are among almost 200 schools across the state to receive funding in this latest round of grants …

Cutting Council Red Tape For Community Volunteers In Burwood

The Victorian Coalition Government will cut unnecessary red tape imposed by Councils on volunteers who manage community facilities such as public halls and sporting grounds. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has announced the release of a Government Practice note to Victoria’s local government sector on special committees that are established by Councils to manage public facilities such as …

Burwood Animal Welfare To Benefit From Grants

Not-for-profit and non-government organisations improving the welfare of animals are encouraged to apply for grants under Round 2 of the Victorian Government’s Animal Welfare Fund. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said small grants of up to $10,000 and large grants of up to $50,000 were available for projects such as reuniting pets with their owners, finding new homes …

Bully Stoppers Grants for Burwood Schools

Wattle Park and St Scholastica’s Primary Schools have each received a $5,000 grant as part of the second round of the Victorian Government’s Bully Stoppers grants program. The grant will be used by Wattle Park Primary School for the RESPECT Film Festival in which students will create short films around the theme of Respect which will then be showcased to …

Tonnes of Fun For Seniors in Burwood in 2013

Burwood seniors will be spoilt for choice with the 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival boasting a jam-packed program of entertainment and activities throughout October. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today urged seniors in Burwood to pick up a 2013 Seniors Festival program guide and start planning to make the most of what this great Festival has to offer this year. …

Victorian Services Slugged for Rudd’s FBT Clawback

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has lamented the repercussions of the Rudd Government’s Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) clawback on vehicles that will affect not only the motor vehicle industry and manufacturers, but also the provision of services such as health and education. “It seems Victorians are constantly facing collateral damage from ill-conceived financial decisions from a chaotic government …

Victorian Health Promotion Awards 2013 Entries Open

All Victorians living in Burwood are invited to nominate health promotion champions for the Victorian Health Promotion Awards, to be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne in December. The Awards recognise innovative and successful health promotion work throughout Victoria. Applications are open to health, sporting, education, not-for-profit and community organisations, as well as all levels of government. State Member for …

Sporting Uniform Grants Open

The State Member for Burwood is encouraging community sporting groups or organisations in the Burwood electorate to apply for the next round of sporting uniform grants. “Grants of up to $1000 are available for sporting uniforms and sports-gear including jumpers, shirts, skirts, boots, socks and bathers,” Mr Watt said. “The cost of participation in many sports is getting beyond the …

Communities Can Get Back to Nature With $4 million Program

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, is encouraging local community groups to apply for the latest round of 2013 Communities for Nature Grants. Mr Watt said $4 million was available in this latest round of the Victorian Coalition Government’s highly successful Communities for Nature program. Communities for Nature is the Coalition Government’s $20 million four-year program aimed at supporting environmental …

Acknowledging Students Volunteering in Local Communities

Secondary students from Ashwood College and Ashwood School have been recognised for their volunteering efforts as part of the Advance program to mark National Student Volunteer Week running from 4-10 August. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the Victorian Coalition Government’s Advance program provided opportunities for young people to work with local community partners to develop, plan and undertake …

Cypriot Health Minister Meets To Share Health Experiences and Challenges

The Republic of Cyprus Health Minister the Hon Dr Petros Petrides and the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, His Excellency Mr Yannis Lacovou, yesterday met with Victorian Health Minister David Davis MP and co-chair of the Victorian Parliamentary friends of Cyprus, Member for Burwood Graham Watt MP, to discuss public health challenges shared by their respective jurisdictions. The …

Bennettswood Volunteers Clean Up At Wattle Park

Local Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP joined members from the local the Bennettswood Venturers and Parks Victoria to remove graffiti from the “W” Class trams in Wattle Park. Mr Watt was particularly impressed by the hard work and dedication shown by the young Venturers, as they helped to restore the vandalised trams to their original lustre with a new …

Soccer Set To Shine Bright At Hartwell Sports Ground

More people in Glen Iris and surrounding suburbs will be getting more active, more often after the Member for Burwood, Graham Watt today officially switched on the new soccer pitch lighting at Hartwell Sports Ground, home of the Riversdale Soccer Club. Representing the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty, Mr Watt joined City of Boroondara Mayor, Cr Jack Wegman …

Small Business Festival Guide Now Available

Graham Watt MP, Member for Burwood, today encouraged small businesses in Boroondara, Monash and Whitehorse to make use of a new comprehensive 60-page guide to Victoria’s Small Business Festival, signalling the staging of the iconic event in Melbourne and regional Victoria in August. “The event guide is being widely distributed but small business operators and budding entrepreneurs can now also …

Ratepayers The Biggest Loser From Referendum

A proposed change to the Australian Constitution, by the Gillard Labor Government, will hit ratepayers hard and weaken our current system of government. This is the third attempt by a federal Labor government, to include local government in the Australian Constitution, after earlier attempts in 1974 and 1988 both failed. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt said that the referendum is …

No Cash for Councils From Referendum

Local councils throughout Australia are being duped into believing that funding will flow from Canberra following the referendum on 14 September 2013. “There are no rivers of gold, only fool’s gold,” said State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP. Mr Watt said the explanatory memorandum to the Gillard Government’s own bill on the referendum states “the proposed constitutional alteration would …

Social Engagement Grants Support Ethnic Seniors Groups In Burwood

Seniors from ethnic groups in Burwood will benefit from $3000 of Victorian Government funding to assist them participate more fully in the community and live active, healthy and independent lives. Member for Burwood Graham Watt said “the funding for the ‘Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Seniors’ grants program was a welcome contribution to the community.” “The Lac Viet seniors …

Council Library Services in Burwood Receive Funding Boost

The Victorian Coalition Government has allocated $1,004,489 to the Boroondara Council, $1,089,312 to the Monash City Council, and $1,675,570 to the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation as part of the $38.6 Million Public Libraries Funding Program for 2013-14. Funding will be provided as a single allocation at the start of the financial year, providing councils and library corporations with the …

Grants Available For New Men’s Sheds

Grants of up to $60,000 are now available to build new Men’s Sheds in local communities, the Member for Burwood Graham Watt said today. Mr Watt said “Men’s Sheds are valuable community facilities that give men a place to meet, establish social networks and work on meaningful projects that benefit the community” Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge said that …

Help Your School Get Water Smart With SWEP

Local schools have the opportunity to save water and money with the Victorian Government’s Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP). State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said there were up to 500 places are available on SWEP, and the program was open to all schools in Victoria. ”Already more than 190 Victorian schools have joined the voluntary program, which uses …

Hartwell Primary School Receives Grant To Stop Bullying

Local schools will receive grants of up to $10,000 to run new programs to tackle bullying and encourage positive behaviour. Education Minister Martin Dixon said Hartwell Primary School in Camberwell will receive a $5000 grant as a part of the first round of the Victorian Government’s Bully Stoppers grants program. Local Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said that the …

Healthier Smiles For Victorians

Health Minister David Davis has launched a new $14.9 million plan to prevent dental problems such as decay and gum disease as part of Healthy Together Victoria. Healthy Together Victoria is the Victorian Coalition Government’s comprehensive approach to prevention. It incorporates policies and strategies to support good health across Victoria, as well as locally-led Healthy Together Communities. Mr Davis said …

Safety Upgrade to Camberwell Intersection Complete

Local Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, announced the completion of work to improve safety at the intersection of Riversdale Road and Through Road in Camberwell. Mr Watt said the works marked delivery of the election commitment to install new traffic signals to improve access to the Through Road shopping strip. “The work involved saw the removal of the existing …

Coalition Supports Small Retail In Burwood – Streetlife Grants Round Two Now Open

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has announced that applications for funding under Round Two of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Streetlife program are now open. Councils and trader or business associations in Boroondara, Whitehorse and Monash are eligible to apply for funding under the program, which supports projects that aim to revitalise shopfront trading activity in local business districts. “Streetlife …

Record Boost to Fund Trucks, Tankers and New Equipment For Emergency Services Volunteers

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP today encouraged local emergency services groups to apply for grants of up to $100,000 under the Victorian Coalition Government’s multi-million dollar program for new operational equipment. Mr Watt said the Coalition was investing a record $12.23 million to ensure emergency services volunteers have the tools they need to do their job protecting communities. Under …

Cyber Safety Campaign Reminds ‘It’s There For Life’

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, is urging young people from Burwood to play a part in a Victorian Coalition Government online campaign aimed at protecting young people from the pitfalls of social media. Mr Watt said the It’s There For Life! campaign gave young people an opportunity to design the best way to get the message across that whatever …

Coalition Government Building for Growth in Burwood

Member for Burwood Graham Watt today welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government’s 2013/14 Budget investments in Burwood. “This Budget continues the Coalition Governments commitment to providing financial stability as well as much needed infrastructure without plunging future generations into unsustainable debt”, Mr Watt said. The Victorian Coalition Government’s 2013-14 Victorian State Budget invests in major infrastructure and high-quality services for all …

Environment the Winner From Melbourne Water Grants

Community groups across Melbourne have shared $612,000 in funding from Melbourne Water for projects to improve the health of rivers and creeks. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said two of those groups to share in Melbourne Water’s 2013 Waterways Community Grants were from the Glen Iris and Burwood region. “We have so many passionate volunteers in our community who …

Coalition Delivers $7.2 and $4.7 Million Boost for Monash and Eastern Health

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today welcomed the Premier Denis Napthine’s $120 million announcement to replace vital medical equipment and carry out infrastructure upgrades for Victorian hospitals, of which Monash Health will receive $7.2 million and Eastern Health will receive $4.7 million. “This $11.9 million, for medical equipment, is just another example of our commitment to improve health care …

New Energy Saving Guidelines For Heritage Homes

Homeowners can simply and effectively improve the energy efficiency of their heritage home and save significant costs, thanks to new guidelines released today. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the Sustainability and Heritage guidance sheets show that relatively simple interventions can result in significant cost savings, an increase in the home’s star energy rating and a reduction in environmental …

Solway Primary School Benefits From Increased State Government Funding

The Victorian Coalition Government will repair or rebuild every government school building in a poor condition with a $51.5 million investment. Across the state, 574 buildings at 250 schools will share in the money, part of the Government’s commitment to improving school infrastructure. Schools will spend the money on repairing and rebuilding facilities currently in a poor or worn condition. …

Camberwell Lacrosse Club To Share In $325,000 Sports Uniform Funding

Camberwell Lacrosse Club in Glen Iris can look forward to a share in more than $325,000 worth of Victorian Government funding towards rejuvenating their club colours courtesy of the Sporting Uniform Grants Program. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the Camberwell Lacrosse Club would be one of 337 clubs to receive grants up to $1000 as part of the …

$10,200 Towards Reserve Forces Day Council and Wattle Park Heritage Group’s War Veterans Initiative

The Reserve Forces Day Council and Wattle Park Heritage Group will receive a share of more than $265,500 in funding from the Veterans Fund announced yesterday by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Hugh Delahunty. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the Reserve Forces Day Council’s Reserve Forces Day Parade would receive $3000 and the Wattle Park Heritage Group’s Patriotic …

Gillard Rips $25 Million From Deakin University

The Gillard Government has slashed hundreds of millions in funding and support from Victorian universities and their students, including the most disadvantaged. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, lamented the loss of Federal Funding to Victoria’s Universities, including the potential cuts of up to $25 million to Deakin University, which has a campus in his electorate. “The Gillard Government …

Watt Helps Secure Funding for Small Business Again!

The Small Business Mobile Office run by the Department of Business and Innovation is in Burwood for a third time, thanks to the efforts of the State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP. The Mobile Office which provides services and information to help those who are either interested in, or are already running a business, and also includes one-on-one mentoring …

Graham Watt Invites Residents To ‘Team Up’ For An Active Burwood

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has today teamed up with VicHealth to unveil a free new smartphone app, TeamUp. TeamUp is designed to make physical activity more accessible to everyone. TeamUp offers Burwood residents a diverse list of sporting activities, seven days a week, right at their fingertips. It’s free to list an activity, browse and get in …

School Holiday Challenge for Burwood’s Young Readers

Young readers in Boroondara, Monash and Whitehorse can these school holidays join a challenge being taken on by thousands of young people across Victoria during the 2013 Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said the Victorian Coalition Government was providing a combined $80,040 so that the Boroondara and Monash Councils and the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corp. …

Lynden Park Scout Group Receives $40,000 to Upgrade Facilities

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, announced that the Lynden Park Scout Group will soon be enjoying improved facilities thanks to a grant of $40,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government. Lynden Park Scout Group will receive the funding to build a new kitchen, refurbish toilets, hot water service, repair ceiling, repair window frames, floor and tiles. “With their own …

Chadstone School To Share In $41 million For Literacy and Numeracy

St Mary Magdalen’s School in Chadstone will share in more than $41 million to help students who are falling behind to improve their literacy and numeracy the Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, announced today. “This is a great result for St Mary Magdalen’s,” Mr Watt said, “it will be most appreciated by the hard working and dedicated staff, parents …

Glen Waverley Train Line punctuality improves

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, welcomed the release of Metro’s punctuality statistics for the Glen Waverley Line for January. “This is a great result for the residents who use the Glen Waverley Line and an endorsement of our continuing commitment to improvements to the network across the Metropolitan area,” Mr Watt said. In January 2013 under the Baillieu …

Graham Watt MP Reminds Local Sports Clubs to Play By New Rules

Member for Burwood Graham Watt MP is reminding local sporting clubs that many will be playing by new rules after changes to the Victoria’s incorporated associations law in November last year. Mr Watt said many clubs were warming up for their annual general meetings, which must be held within five months after the club’s end of financial year. Mr Watt …

Local Clubs in Burwood Electorate Receive Funding Boost

A Number of local sporting organisations in Burwood electorate have been awarded grants up to $2500 from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) to train volunteers, purchase essential sports equipment, for injury prevention and management equipment, and portable sun shade. Mr Watt said the grants were designed to get more people in the community physically active and to support smaller …

Students Encouraged To Tell Their Stories On Stage

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP has called on local students to get their entries in and take centre stage in the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge. The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge replaces the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, following the Rock Eisteddfod Foundation’s announcement late last year that it would not be hosting the annual nation-wide competition in 2013. Mr Watt said …

Major Milestone in $447.5 Million Box Hill Hospital Development

The Victorian Coalition Government’s $447.5 million Box Hill Hospital redevelopment has hit an historic milestone with the new building now at its full height. Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Health David Davis today took part in a traditional ceremony to celebrate the final concrete pour that completes the building structure of Box Hill Hospital’s new clinical services building. “Just …

Wattle Park Becomes Home To W-Class Heritage Tram Again

Wattle Park is once again home to one of Melbourne’s much-loved W-Class heritage trams. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith and Member for Burwood Graham Watt today announced the new tram had arrived after careful re-conditioning by the Bendigo Tramways Trust for its new outdoor home. It replaces the one burnt by vandals in December 2011. Mr Smith …

Graham Watt MP Welcomes Commitment to Holmesglenn TAFE

Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall have announced the next steps in building a responsive, financially secure vocational training sector. Dr Napthine and Mr Hall have released the Independent TAFE Review Panel’s report on vocational education and training and also released the Victorian Coalition Government’s response – Next Steps for Refocusing Vocational Training in …

New Planning Zones to be Introduced by 1 July 2013

Dear Friends, This week the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy MP, announced significant and welcome changes to Residential Planning Zones that shape Victoria’s towns and suburbs. The changes announced are a response to the recommendations made by the Reformed Zones Ministerial Advisory Committee, who considered the draft paper and the more than 2000 public submissions. Three reformed residential planning zones …

Feedback sought on the role of Victoria’s Small Business Commissioner

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has urged local small business operators to make a submission to the Victorian Government’s review of the functions and powers of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner. The review will determine how the services offered by the Commissioner can best meet the future needs of all small and medium sized businesses in Victoria. Mr Watt …

New funding to improve retail business activity in Burwood

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today announced that the Burwood Village Traders Association will be offered a $5,000 grant as part of the first round of funding under the Victorian Coalition Government’s $6 million four-year Streetlife program. “Burwood Village Traders Association is one of 32 trader associations and municipal councils across Victoria that will be offered grants under …

Boroondara, Whitehorse and Monash council performance survey underway

Four hundred residents and ratepayers of Boroondara, Whitehorse and Monash councils will have their say on local government performance by taking part in the annual community satisfaction survey, Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, said today. Mr Watt said local residents and ratepayers in Burwood will be selected randomly for the telephone survey and urged those who do receive a …

Labor’s hospital reversal leaves other programs under the knife

Coalition Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP has called on the Federal Labor Government restore the full amount of funding it has cut from Burwoods hospitals. “While I welcome the news the Prime Minister had abandoned her decision to rip over $37 million this financial year from Eastern Health and Southern Health, which run both the Box Hill Hospital and …

Wattle Park Tram – Crane Movement of Tram
The number 861 ‘W-Class’ tram that has been donated was first used during the Second World War. It’s good to know that it will be used again after being in storage at the Preston Tram Workshop for many years.
New tram for Wattle Park Press Conference
Wattle Park is once again home to one of Melbourne’s much-loved W-Class heritage trams. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith and Member for Burwood Graham Watt today announced the new tram had arrived after careful re-conditioning by the Bendigo Tramways Trust for its new outdoor home. It replaces the one burnt by vandals in December 2011. Mr Smith [...]
Alamein Train Line punctuality improves in January

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, welcomed the release of Metro’s punctuality statistics for the Alamein Line. “This is a great result for the residents who use the Alamein Line and an endorsement of our continuing commitment to improvements to the network across the Metropolitan area,” Mr Watt said. Mr Watt also acknowledged the turmoil caused in February by …

Whitegoods for concession card holders rebate

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, urged concession card holders in Burwood to take advantage of the Baillieu Governments Whitegoods rebate. “Energy and water efficient whitegoods have lower running costs, which means householders can save on energy and water bills and reduce environmental impact,” Mr Watt said. “The rebate has been designed to help those most in need and …

Baillieu Government helps to keep costs down

The State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, has welcomed the Baillieu Government’s decision to introduce the largest reform in a decade to the Victorian electricity market to reduce the pressure on bills. “We have doubled the energy saving target for the Energy Saver Incentive, which helps Victorians to save money on their bills by discounting energy-efficient goods and services,” …

Nominations open for Victorian Disability Sector Awards

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP is calling on the local community to nominate individuals, teams and businesses that have made a difference to the lives of people with disability for the 2013 Victorian Disability Sector Awards. Mr Watt said there were many examples in the Burwood area where people had shown passion and a real commitment to improving the …

Burwood MP Fights against Federal Health Cuts

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, took the fight against the Federal Health cuts that were announced last year to the Victorian Parliament. In an adjournment debate on the floor of the Legislative Chamber on Wednesday the 6th of February, Mr Watt called for the State Minister for Health, David Davis MP, to take the necessary action to get …

Smarter Choice helps to keep cooling costs down

Making a Smarter Choice on appliances can help Burwood locals keep cooling costs down as the mercury rises this summer. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, urged anyone in the market for a new home cooling system, or other appliances, to take advantage of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Smarter Choice Retail Program to help save money on energy bills. …

Ashwood College and Ashwood School students set to Advance in 2013

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP announced that both Ashwood College and Ashwood School will receive funding for students to volunteer in the community thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government’s $4.5 million school-based Advance program. Mr Watt said about 17,000 secondary students at 421 Victorian Government Schools would be involved in this year’s Advance program, including students from 2 …

Could Burwood Be Victoria’s Sustainable City 2013?

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP has announced that entries for the 2013 Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Awards are now open. Mr Watt is encouraging Burwood locals to enter their community in this year’s Tidy Towns – Sustainable Cities Awards. The Tidy Towns – The Sustainable Cities Awards are for communities in metropolitan Melbourne and satellite cities including Bendigo, …

Extra Myki Readers for Ashburton

Ashburton Station will be receiving additional two Myki readers at a new entry/exit point at the station. State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP welcomed the decision from Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and Metro to increase to four Myki readers at Ashburton Station. “We have worked hard as a Government over the past two years to fix up the Myki …

Minister visits Ashwood College Works

The Minister for Education the Hon. Martin Dixon joined the Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP at Ashwood College today.  Despite the extreme heat of summer they were there for a tour of construction site for the first phase of the Ashwood College redevelopment. At the site they were met by the Senior Education Staff, Architect and Builders of the …

Have your say on differential Council rates

Boroondara, Monash and Whitehorse ratepayers are being asked for their views on the application of differential rates by Victoria’s 79 local Councils, State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP said today. Mr Watt invited all Boroondara, Monash and Whitehorse ratepayers, Councils and other interested organisations to participate in the state-wide consultation process. “The Local Government Act 1989 previously provided Councils …

Federal Health Cuts

How can Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek claim that funding for Victoria’s Hospitals has increased when the monthly December cheque arriving from the Federal Government for Southern and Eastern Health, which include both the Monash Medical Centre and the Box Hill Hospitals, was over $3 million less than the November cheque? An example at Southern Health of the impact on …

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2013

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, is informing women to the risks of Ovarian Cancer in the lead up Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in February. “Ovarian Cancer claims the lives of over 800 Australian women every year” Mr Watt said. “Although it is not a disease that affects males, its’ affecting someone’s daughter, mother or wife”. There is no …

Victoria – The Lowest Taxing State for Business

Victoria has the lowest business taxes in Australia according to the annual State Business Tax Calculator published by the Institute of Public Affairs. The report shows that payroll and land tax policies have given Victoria the most competitive state tax regime in the country. Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells MP welcomed the IPA’s findings. “We have reduced workplace injury insurance premiums, …

Safety upgrade to Camberwell intersection

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, today announced works to improve safety at the intersection of Riversdale Road and Through Road in Camberwell will soon begin. The delivery of this project will fulfil yet another election commitment of the Victorian Coalition Government. The contract has been awarded to Camlex Electrical Pty Ltd who will commence work in early 2013. …

Victoria – a leading state

Premier Ted Baillieu today released Securing Victoria’s Economy – Planning, Building, Delivering, the Victorian Coalition Government’s strategy to strengthen Victoria’s economic future. Mr Baillieu said the Coalition Government was implementing a clear and responsible economic strategy to position Victoria as a leading state. “This strategy builds on the significant reforms the government has delivered since coming to office,” Mr Baillieu …

2013 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Nominations Open: Individuals and companies in the Burwood electorate encouraged to apply by 15 February.

State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt, today called on companies and individuals in Burwood to nominate for the 2013 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards. “The Hall of Fame awards showcase the most innovative and productive of Victoria’s manufacturing industry,” Graham Watt said. “Established more than a decade ago, the awards are designed to demonstrate how locally based manufacturers can …

$300,000 Community Support Grant for the Ashburton Library and Learning Centre redevelopment

The Victorian Coalition Government has provided a $300,000 grant towards the Ashburton Library and Learning Centre redevelopment under the Community Support Grants program. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP said the grant would be provided to Boroondara City Council and would be used to improve out dated and functionally-inadequate community facilities to provide a purpose- built, flexible community library and …

Ashwood Schools a Winner

Ashwood School has won ResourceSmart Newcomer of the Year, State Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP announced today. “I wholeheartedly congratulate the Ashwood School community for their endeavours” Mr Watt said, “It shows just how resourceful we can all be in preserving our environment”. Ashwood School created an Environment Policy in 2012 and has introduced sustainability into its whole school …

Small business advice coming to Burwood

Small business information, support and mentoring will soon be coming to the Burwood area when the Victorian Government’s Mobile Business Centre visits on Thursday 29 November. Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher, said the Mobile Business Centre will be delivering free business mentoring and face-to-face assistance to Victorian small businesses. “The Mobile Business Centre is designed to …

Government Grants the Environment Millions

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP has encouraged local Landcare and environmental groups, schools and community groups to lodge their applications for around $1 million in community grants to support a range of environmental partnership initiatives. Mr Watt said $700,000 in round two funding was available as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $20 million Communities for Nature program and …

Young truth seekers at Parliament

Student representatives from both independent and public schools attended the first Burwood Youth Forum at Parliament House on Wednesday the 17th of October. The event organised by Burwood Member of Parliament Graham Watt MP, was a great opportunity for young people to raise issues that they felt were relevant to them, with the Minister for Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith. In …

MP Graham Watt Calls for Boost in Breast Screening Participation

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP today released participation statistics for women in the electorate who participate in the free BreastScreen program. “I am encouraged that 56% of women in the Burwood Electorate are having a regular mammogram every two years,” Mr Watt said. “This is higher than the state participation rate of 55% and a 6% increase on last …

All set for Whitehorse FReeZA, Inspiring Young People to rock Burwood

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP today announced that young people aged 12 to 25 in Monash will receive $57,600 over three years for Whitehorse FReeZA, Inspiring Young People from the Victorian Coalition Government’s popular FReeZA grants program. Whitehorse FReeZA, Inspiring Young People gives young people in the City of Whitehorse the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their creative ability …

All set for Quiksound Productions to rock Burwood

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP today announced that young people aged 12 to 25 in Monash will receive $72,000 over three years for Quicksound Productions from the Victorian Coalition Government’s popular FReeZA grants program. Quiksound Productions is the FReeZA group for the City of Monash. Quiksound Production is a committee of dedicated young volunteers who work collectively to create …

Coalition funding boost for Veteran welfare initiatives

An ex service organisation in the Burwood area has received a grant worth more than $1,200 to deliver projects and initiatives that enhance the wellbeing of Victoria’s veterans and their dependants. Member for Burwood Graham Watt today announced the project by the Burwood War Widows and Widowed Mothers Association that will be delivered from the 2012/2013 Veterans Council – ANZAC …

VICHEALTH’S $1M Funding for Active Clubs Now Open

Sports clubs in Burwood are encouraged to apply for VicHealth grants of up to $2,500 each for new equipment, portable shade and volunteer training. Applications for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) 2012/2013 Active Club Grants funding can be submitted now until 6 December 2012. A total of $1 million is available to local sporting clubs, regional sporting leagues and …

Power Neighbourhood House receives funding boost from Coalition Government

The Power Neighbourhood House in Ashwood will benefit from an $8,000 neighbourhood house grant from the Victorian Coalition Government, Member for Burwood Graham Watt MP announced today. The funding will be used for an upgrade to the out-dated computer lab and provide volunteers with ICT training to expand the reach of Power Neighbourhood House. “The funding recognises the important role …

Craig Family Centre receives funding boost from Coalition Government

The Craig Family Centre in Ashburton will benefit from a $5,000 neighbourhood house grant from the Victorian Coalition Government, Member for Burwood Graham Watt MP announced today. The funding will be used for an upgrade of the ‘Teapot Kitchen Garden’ to enable participation of young people with disabilities. The garden will provide an opportunity for people to learn new skills …

Bennettswood Neighbourhood House receives funding boost from Coalition Government

The Bennettswood Neighbourhood House in Burwood will benefit from a $3,844 neighbourhood house grant from the Victorian Coalition Government, Member for Burwood Graham Watt MP announced today. The funding will be used for a project that will install ICT equipment and programs specially designed for use by older people. The equipment has been adapted to specifically address age-related ailments including …

Budding sports reporters in Burwood get the call up for AFL duty

Rookie sports reporters looking to cut their teeth in the AFL arena have a fantastic opportunity ahead of them thanks to a new partnership between the Victorian Coalition Government and AFL.com.au. Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP said five young people would be recruited for a voluntary internship position through the AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program. “This is an …

Young musicians in Burwood apply now for FReeZA mentoring program

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP has called on young people aged 18 to 25 in Burwood who have a passion for music to apply for the new FReeZA mentoring and skill development program. Initiated by the Victorian Coalition Government and youth music organisation The Push, the mentoring program allows young people to receive mentoring and support to develop their …

Search is on for Victoria’s 2013 NYW Young Member

Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP has called for enthusiastic young Victorians aged 16 to 25 years in Burwood to apply to become the 2013 Victorian National Youth Week Young Member. The Victorian Coalition Government is looking for a bright and enthusiastic young person to be Victoria’s youth spokesperson and representative to the National Youth Week planning group. At the …

Nominations open for community sport awards

Victorian local sporting communities now have the chance to honour sporting volunteers, innovative clubs and sportspeople with nominations now open for the 2012 Victorian Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards. Member for Burwood Graham Watt today announced that sporting groups in Burwood can now nominate their local clubs and sports people for this award. “I encourage all sporting groups to …

Independent reports shows Vic Govt leading nation in vocational education investment

A report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research confirms again that Victoria invests more in vocational education and training than any other state. Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall welcomed the report showing that Victoria invests more money in training than any other state in Australia. “With a population that comprises 24 per cent …

Graham Watt Opens Camberwell Library

On Friday 14th of September the newly redeveloped Camberwell Library was officially opened by Mayor of Boroondara Cr Heinz Kreutz along with Member for Burwood, Graham Watt MP, on behalf of the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Jeanette Powell MP. “I am delighted to be here representing the Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell, who would be disappointed on …