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Fremantle WA 6959

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Building skills training boost for Fremantle young people through Fremanshed

The Federal Government has given a lifeline to an important Fremantle service that has seen great outcomes in training at-risk young West Australians in trade and life skills.

Employment Participation and Youth Minister Kate Ellis said the Government had provided $45,000 to allow the Fremantle Men's Shed to resume its important work after the WA Liberal Government withdrew funding.

Ms Ellis joined Fremantle MHR, Melissa Parke, at the Men's Shed to deliver the good news.


$10 million for Cockburn Integrated Sports Facility

The Federal Government today announced it would invest $10 million towards a planned Integrated Sports and Recreation Facility at Cockburn Central.

The Prime Minister made the announcement at a press conference with Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, and Dockers CEO Steve Rosich.

Ms Parke said the $114 million complex will become a hub of sporting and community life in Cockburn.

"The City of Cockburn is one of the fastest growing regions in the country," Ms Parke said.

"This funding represents an important and much needed investment in community sporting and recreational infrastructure in the City of Cockburn."


NBN rolling out across Freo, Cockburn & Melville

Federal Member for Fremantle, the Hon. Melissa Parke today welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that work would commence to dramatically increase the number of connections to Labor's National Broadband Network (NBN) in Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville by 30 June 2016.

"This announcement builds on work already commenced and will see around 76,000 Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville homes and businesses connected or close to being connected to fast, reliable broadband through the NBN's fibre network by 30 June 2016," Ms Parke said.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.