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Melissa Parke appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health, Homelessness and Social Housing
"It is an honour to have been asked to make a contribution to the government as the Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health, Homelessness and Social Housing, working with the Minister for Mental Health, Aged Care, and Housing, the Hon. Mark Butler," said Melissa Parke, Federal Labor Member for Fremantle.
"I am grateful that my work in Fremantle with a range of individuals and organisations, including my engagement with groups like St Patricks Community Support Centre, services like headspace, and events like Gimme Shelter, has given me some foundation of understanding in these areas – and I know how important they are at the local, state and national level. I will certainly be taking the input, insights, and encouragement that I have received from my Fremantle constituents into the work I undertake as a Parliamentary Secretary.
Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, today congratulated Mrs Norma King of South Fremantle on her award of a general division Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) over the Australia Day weekend.
"The award is a well deserved recognition of Mrs King's contribution to the recording and documenting of the history of the Western Australian Goldfields and of her dedication to sharing her time and expertise with students, writers, journalists, researchers, film-makers and tourists," said Ms Parke.
Federal member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, today welcomed the Federal Labor Government's extended investment in a new Western Australia Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership.
"Improving literacy and numeracy is critical to improving the education outcomes and future success of our students," Ms Parke said. "This in turn will raise Australian productivity and competitiveness."
Around a dozen schools in the Fremantle electorate are among more than 200 schools across the state receiving a share of $29.6 million following a new agreement to participate in the Improving Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership.
Ambrosia Quality Foods, a Kardinya smallgoods manufacturer and wholesaler, will reduce both its power bills and carbon emissions with the help of a $42,000 grant from the Federal Labor Government's $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs.
Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, congratulated Ambrosia for its initiative and said the grant would help lower the company's power bills and carbon emissions by around 13 percent.
"The Federal Labor Government is working in partnership with Ambrosia to reduce emissions and save costs. The energy efficiency project will see Ambrosia install a 21.6kW photovoltaic solar array and replace fluorescent lighting with LED lamps," Ms Parke said.
Local community organisations can now apply for funding from the Federal Labor Government under two expanded programs targeting mental health — the Personal Helpers and Mentors initiative and the Mental Health Respite Carer Support program.
"We are expanding these programs because we know they work and I encourage local community organisations with experience in providing this kind of support to apply for these new rounds," said Ms Parke.
Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke MP, today welcomed the government funding of a new training post for an anaesthetist with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) at Jandakot Airport as part of the Australian Government's $346 million commitment to provide people better access to specialists nationwide.
"We are making substantial investments in the health workforce and this crucial funding will boost the capacity of the RFDS, an iconic Australian health service that is indispensable to the wellbeing of people living and working in the regional and remote areas of our vast state," Ms Parke said.
Federal Member for Fremantle today congratulated Smileys Child Care Centre in White Gum Valley for winning the 2012 Australian Childcare Week Award for providing the Best Program Involving Families.
"It's marvellous that the hard work of the dedicated team at Smiley's has been rewarded with this accolade," said Ms Parke. "Everyone wants the best care for their child while they work and parents using Smiley's can take comfort in the knowledge that their children are attending one of Australia's best centres.
Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke today congratulated Jarrod Pickett of Yangebup for winning an inaugural Jim Stynes scholarship.
"It's wonderful to see Jarrod's passion and talent for football rewarded with this prestigious scholarship," said Ms Parke.
More than $595,000 from the Gillard's Government's $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Program (CTIP) will help Fremantle area manufacturers Alba Edible Oils (Hamilton Hill) and D'Orsogna (Palmyra) to reduce their energy costs, improve efficiency and lower carbon pollution.
Federal member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke today congratulated the local manufacturers for their work in moving towards a clean energy future by transforming their operations to reduce energy emissions and improve competitiveness.
Fremantle-based Challenger Institute of Technology has been named the Large Training Provider of the Year for the 2012 Australian Training Awards.
Member for Fremantle Ms Melissa Parke MP said it was fantastic to see recognition of the Institute's achievements.
"Challenger has an impact on thousands of students from Fremantle and across Western Australia. It is very exciting to have a local training provider named as best in the country," said Ms Parke. "This win rewards Challenger's focus on innovation and excellence, and its dedication to building skills and knowledge of staff and students."