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Parke brings armoured rescue vehicle 'BearCat' to WA Police

Federal member for Fremantle, the Hon. Melissa Parke today handed over the keys to WA's newest $400,000 counter-terrorism and crime fighting tool, an Armoured Rescue Vehicle known as the 'Bearcat'.

Ms Parke said the handover of the vehicle to the WA Police was an excellent example of the Federal Government's commitment to building our national security capability.

"National security remains a key focus of the Federal Government," Ms Parke said.

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International Fire Fighters Day message from the PM

Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Andrew Leigh today visited the Cockburn Fire & Emergency Services HQ to celebrate International Fire Fighters Day with the South Coogee Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.

To celebrate the day Ms Parke and Mr Leigh delivered a letter from the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard in support of the Brigade's vitally important work.

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Married Quarters to get multi-million dollar upgrade

The Fremantle Married Quarters are set to get a multi-million dollar upgrade after a deal was struck for the site to be sold to Defence Housing Australia to once again be used by defence families.

Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke said the sale was an important step forward in the maintenance and restoration of the iconic Commonwealth Heritage listed cottages.

"This is a great outcome that will revitalise both the physical and social heritage of the cottages, bringing them back into occupation at a time when housing availability is a serious issue in Western Australia," Ms Parke said.

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South Fremantle science winner dreams of NASA

Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke today met with South Fremantle student Abbey Mclean, who has been selected to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair later this year as an Australian International Youth Ambassador.

In January Ms Mclean, a year 12 Iona student, was selected from 2000 applicants to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Canberra where she demonstrated exceptional levels of interest, capacity and potential in the field of science.

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YHA to build backpackers in Freo Prison

Visitors to Fremantle could be sleeping behind bars very soon after YHA Australia received nearly $250,000 from the Federal Government to convert a section of the World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison into traveller accommodation.

The grant which is provided through the Federal Government's Tourism Industry Regional Fund will see around 200 new dormitory and private beds made available in a section of the prison previously occupied by TAFE.

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A rare voice speaks up in Canberra

An Electorate Officer for the Federal member for Fremantle Melissa Parke, Conor Murphy, last week attended a Rare Voices Australia Parliamentary BBQ in Canberra where he made a presentation to more than 100 parliamentarians and staff.

Conor, a 23-year-old Beaconsfield resident, spoke about his life living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DSD), a rare disease that affects around one in every 3,600 Australian boys.

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National Volunteer Grants Now Open

Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, today encouraged not-for-profit organisations in the cities of Fremantle, Melville, and Cockburn, and the Town of East Fremantle to apply for funding through the 2013 National Volunteer Grant Program.

The grants are worth between $1,000 and $5,000.

"The Australian Government is providing $16 million this year for volunteer grants that will help community organisations and thousands of volunteers across the country as they strive to enhance their communities through an enormous and selfless contribution of time and effort," said Ms Parke.

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National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday, March 15

Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, today said schools taking part in the third annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence this Friday are sending a clear message and saying NO WAY to bullying and violence.

"We must say no to bullying in all shapes and forms including cyberbullying, physical violence and intimidation," Ms Parke said. "There is no place for bullying or violence in, or outside, our schools."

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Federal government providing $100,000 for Anzac centenary in Fremantle electorate

Federal Member for Fremantle, the Hon Melissa Parke MP, today announced that projects to commemorate the Anzac Centenary in the Fremantle electorate would be able to share in $100,000 in federal funding grants.

Ms Parke said between 2014 and 2018 Australia would commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

"Fremantle is of course a place of considerable significance in the context of this period of reflection and remembrance," Ms Parke said.

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Helping Fremantle's young people at risk of homelessness

The Gillard Government is investing more than $440,000 over three years to help young vulnerable people in the Fremantle electorate and South Metropolitan Region break the cycle of homelessness.

Member for Fremantle, the Hon Melissa Parke, said the funding would continue to support the Mercy Reconnect services in Jandakot until June 2016.

"Reconnect services are critical to helping some of our most vulnerable young people in the Fremantle electorate get their lives back on track so they can avoid or move out of homelessness," Ms Parke said.

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