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Kardinya food plant wins federal clean technology grant

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.


Federal goverment boosts mental health funding

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.


Flying Doctor to gain from record specialist investment

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.


Fremantle child care is nation's best

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.


Yangebup footballer wins inaugural scholarship

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.


Clean Technology Investment Program supports local manufacturers reducing emissions, power costs

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.


Challenger Institute wins national training award

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."


Jandakot GE Skills Training Centre Opens

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.


Melissa Parke welcomes plan for better schools

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.


Melissa Parke: Private Member's Bill to Stop Supertrawler

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.