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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."
Prime Minister Julia Gillard was in town this week with Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke to open a new multimillion dollar oil and gas skills development centre in Jandakot.
The Federal Government along with partners GE Oil & Gas, Chevron Australia and Conoco Phillips Australia have co-contributed approximately $5.37 million to train more than 300 workers from Certificate III to Certificate IV level at the centre.
Federal Member for Fremantle Melissa Parke MP today said all local schools will benefit under the Gillard Government's National Plan for School Improvement.
"We want to make sure every young Australian has access to a great education. And we want to provide school principals and teachers with the support they need to deliver this, through better funding and resources, and ongoing training opportunities," Ms Parke said.
Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, today announced she will introduce a private Member's bill when Parliament next sits to protect the future of Australia's oceans and fisheries.
"I have very serious concerns about the impacts of a super-trawler like the MV Margiris on the Australian marine environment and as a result I intend to bring a private Member's bill to prevent this kind of large-scale trawling operation in Australian waters," said Ms Parke.
Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke today welcomed the announcement of the Gillard Government's historic $4.1 billion dental health reform package.
"About 13,700 kids in the Fremantle electorate will now be eligible for government-subsidised dental care, in the same way that they're eligible for Medicare funded visits to their GP," Ms Parke said.
The package will also provide dental services to more than one million low income adults and Australians in rural and remote areas, focusing especially on pensioners.
Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke MP today said that a fairer and more sustainable approach to schools funding was the only way to ensure that the Australian education system lifted the bar when it came to outcomes, and closed the gap when it came to disadvantage.
"The current gap in reading, maths and science literacy between disadvantaged and advantaged students is equivalent to two years of schooling. That is not acceptable, and it is not in keeping with Australia's egalitarian ethos to keep on the current path," said Ms Parke.
New grants from the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs will help four Western Australian based manufacturers become more efficient and reduce their power bills.
The Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, said the new grants, worth a combined $1.8 million, would support these businesses with their installation of over $4.8 million worth of energy efficient equipment. "The Gillard Government is partnering with business through the Clean Technology Investment Programs to help local manufactures, food processers and foundries become more efficient, more competitive and more sustainable," Mr Combet said.
Notre Dame University will receive almost $6 million from the Gillard Government to partner with other universities and experts to enhance its research strength in the areas of Indigenous health and wellbeing.
Three of Australia's smaller, less research-intensive and regional universities will receive $19.6 million in federal government funding to improve their research capacity and drive stronger performance outcomes.
Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke MP, and the Minister for Childhood and Child Care, the Hon Kate Ellis MP, invite parents in the Fremantle electorate to express their views on child care at a Child Care Forum tonight.
Thousands of families, seniors and businesses in the Fremantle electorate will benefit from tax relief and increases to assistance and payments, said Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury and Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke.