Media Release - Seasonal workers expanding to greener pastures in Mayo - Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Agricultural employers and industries across Mayo will benefit from changes announced to the Seasonal Worker Programme this week.   The Government announced the expansion of the Programme from primarily horticulture to the broader agricultural sector, increasing the types of low and unskilled jobs included under the Programme.   This will benefit Mayo businesses, with the agricultural sector throughout the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island generating some of Au... »

Media Release - Online safety for Mayo students - Monday, 8 February 2016

Schools across Mayo have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2016 through Virtual Classrooms run by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. More than 20,000 students across Australia are expected to participate in Safer Internet Day and with the school term having recently commenced, I encourage teachers and local schools to sign-up to this important initiative.   Virtual Classrooms use the latest developments in online shared learnin... »

Media Release - Superfast broadband now available across entire Victor Harbor region - Friday, 5 February 2016

The nbn fixed line network has gone live right across the Victor Harbor region, with the company’s superfast broadband service now available to connect customers.   This week’s connection of around 2,560 homes and businesses in the Waitpinga/Encounter Bay area takes the total number of premises that can now be serviced in the Victor Harbor region to around 11,300.   Residents and businesses can begin ordering internet and phone services through their existing provider or make the s... »

Media Release - Mayo features in new Tourism Australia Aquatic and Coastal campaign - Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Mayo’s world-class aquatic and coastal attractions feature in the latest instalment of Tourism Australia’s There’s Nothing Like Australia marketing campaign to attract more international tourists to Australian shores.Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale star in the new advert and showcase our local attractions to the world. Potential visitors viewing the campaign can take in the majestic landscape and unique wildlife around Kangaroo Island, see the views from the luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge sitti... »

Media Release - Grant to benefit men's health and wellbeing in Macclesfield

The Macclesfield Men’s Shed will receive $7,000 from the Australian Government to continue to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing in the Adelaide Hills and on the Fleurieu Peninsula.   The grant is part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to more than 100 Men’s Sheds across Australia.   The funding will be used by the Macclesfield Men’s Shed for upgrades to their shed, including installation of a water tank, pressure pump and internal wiring of the shed for... »

Media Release - Local bridges to be upgraded on Kangaroo Island - Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Kangaroo Island has secured $53,500 in funding under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme to support vital upgrades of local bridge infrastructure. The funding will be used to strengthen and widen Bridges 10 and 11 on Bark Hut Road, to allow the two bridges to support heavy vehicles. The Australian Government is providing half the total cost of this project. The Bridges Renewal Programme underpins the Government’s support for local bridges, which are vital in ens... »

Media Release - National Stronger Regions Fund Round 3 now open - Monday, 18 January 2016

Round Three of the Australian Government’s $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund is now open for applications seeking funding for priority infrastructure projects in regional communities.   The programme will welcome submissions from local governments and incorporated not-for-profits until 15 March 2016.   I encourage applicants in Mayo to put forward projects that demonstrate strong economic outcomes, address identified disadvantage, and deliver strong outcomes for local commu... »

Media Release - Grants to improve beach safety on the Fleurieu Peninsula - Monday, 14 November 2015

Four beaches across Mayo are set to become safer thanks to $20,000 provided to four Surf Life Saving Clubs in the latest round of the Commonwealth Beach Safety Equipment Fund.Four clubs locally – Chiton Rocks, Normanville, Port Elliot and Goolwa Surf Life Saving Service – will benefit from the grants which will mean they can purchase essential equipment, first aid and medical supplies. The latest allocation from the Beach Safety Equipment Fund also gives me a chance to thank our fantastic local ... »

Media Release - Community Grant supports veteran health and wellbeing project - Friday, 11 December 2015

Veterans and their families in Mayo will benefit from a $17,715 Veteran and Community Grant, which will allow the South Coast Veterans Association Incorporated to purchase a multi-purpose trailer.The Association plans to use the trailer, with cooking and storage facilities, to enhance activities provided for the veteran community. The trailer will be used at community events, as well as trips to rural areas to engage with isolated veterans. With the capability of hosting BBQs and displaying info... »

Media Release - Skills grants to help local businesses grow - Friday, 11 December 2015

Two Adelaide Hills businesses have received Australian Government Industry Skills Fund grants totalling $3,294 to assist with the costs of training staff to take advantage of new growth opportunities.Heirloom Harvest, based in Strathalbyn, supply traditional, heirloom, open-pollinated and organic vegetable seeds for home gardens. They will use their $1,809 grant to complete training in urban farming and permaculture design, and learn about sustainably growing maximum yields in small areas.John L... »

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