E-News – January Edition 2013


Good afternoon,


Well 2013 is upon us with January almost behind us already. I hope that you had a great holiday with family and friends throughout what became an exceptionally hot summer. During the holiday break as we witnessed floods, fires and heatwaves ravish the nation, I was again reminded of Dorothea Mackellar’s famous poem My Country;



The love of field and coppice, Of green and shaded lanes. Of ordered woods and gardens Is running in your veins, Strong love of grey-blue distance Brown streams and soft dim skies I know but cannot share it, My love is otherwise.
I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me!
A stark white ring-barked forest All tragic to the moon, The sapphire-misted mountains, The hot gold hush of noon. Green tangle of the brushes, Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the tree-tops And ferns the warm dark soil.
Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When sick at heart, around us, We see the cattle die – But then the grey clouds gather, And we can bless again The drumming of an army, The steady, soaking rain.
Core of my heart, my country! Land of the Rainbow Gold, For flood and fire and famine, She pays us back threefold – Over the thirsty paddocks, Watch, after many days, The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze.
An opal-hearted country, A wilful, lavish land – All you who have not loved her, You will not understand – Though earth holds many splendours, Wherever I may die, I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly.



Like all Australians, I continue to think of our friends in the Eastern States who have been dealt a poor hand this summer with the devastating Cyclone Oswald, along with constant and stubborn fires. While we can disagree from time to time about issues such as GST distribution and very important matters such as football allegiances, at times such as this Australians come together to help those in need and we are thinking of our friends in the East. Donations are a very personal decision, however if you would like to contribute to the 2013 Queensland Floods Appeal, please follow this link; http://www.redcross.org.au/qld-floods-2013.aspx


Well we are certainly set for a fascinating and intense year for those who have even a fleeting interest in politics, with both State and Federal elections due. Just this week, Prime Minister Gillard used her National Press Club address to announce the federal election date is set for 14 September 2013. This means just nine more Parliamentary sitting weeks remain before we head to the polls in an election that will truly shape Australia’s future.


There will be a clear decision for Australians come 14 September. Voters will decide if they want to pursue a path of higher taxes, higher debt and the continued squandering of taxpayer’s money, or if they want to restore confident, responsible and accountable governance that Australians rightly deserve. Labor has now had control of the Australian economy for over five years and as a result we are in a far weaker position than we were in 2007, burdened by high debt when we once had significant savings in the bank. Wasteful spending has misappropriated vital taxpayer’s funds and we are now in a far more vulnerable position to weather any possible financial downturn in this very uncertain global economy.


I digress but it is important that Labor is held to account for their atrocious track record. Throughout the term of the Gillard government I have spoken to many constituents from across the electorate who have relayed to me that they understand that Labor have let them down and they are tremendously disappointed in the direction that Labor has taken the nation. Whether it be our growing national debt, the incessant cost of living increases, our now shambolic immigration system, Labor’s constant internal battles or the government’s inability to focus on issues of importance to most Australians, I understand that people are not only disappointed in Labor’s governance, but rather they are quite rightly asking the question – “What will be different under a Coalition government?”


The Coalition has a comprehensive, positive plan for Australia’s future and over the next eight months I will work tirelessly to explain how the nation will benefit from a change in government. Given the contrast between our plan for the future and what will continue under a Labor-led government, I genuinely believe that of the six federal elections I have contested, the result of this election will be of greatest consequence to Australians.


The Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott this week released the Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan. It is important that voters can see what we stand for, what direction we want to take the country and how this will improve the lives of Australians. I strongly encourage you to read the Real Solutions Plan and if you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me. You can find the plan by clicking here.


Next week the Federal Parliament resumes in Canberra and I am well aware that there will be many cynical viewers of Question Time who are tired of the typical politicking that dominated 2012. The Coalition has started 2013 with a positive plan for Australia’s future and from now until 14 September we are determined to present an appealing alternative to the high taxing, high spending Labor government. If we are elected to government we will work assiduously to deliver a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.


As always, I am available to meet with any Canning constituent who would like assistance with any issue you may be facing, or if you would simply like to share your views on a matter of importance to you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office on (08) 9390 1211.



Yours sincerely,


steve irwin poem 001Great breakfast was had by all.

Toast, sausages, tomatoes, eggs, bacon, spaghetti and baked beans.

Orange Juice, Tea and Coffee.

Thanks to everyone who helped and to everyone to came along.

Henk put up the Australian Flag and we sang Advance Australian Fair.

I read out an Australian Poem, it is attached.






•Grant Opportunities •Community Notice Board •Current Successful Peel Grant Recipients Help us answer the question RDA-Peel Image How can the region influence Government policy and strategy to create change? RDA Peel is seeking community volunteers to become part of a team which will provide valuable input into future strategic planning for the Peel region. The volunteers chosen to become part of this select group will be required to attend two workshops in Mandurah from 12 noon to 5.30pm on Monday, 25 February and Monday 18 March 2013 and complete some pre-reading prior to the about dates. A light lunch, refreshments and afternoon tea will be provided. To express your interest in being part of the team please contact RDA Peel via email community@rdapeel.org.au by Wednesday, 6 February 2013, providing a brief profile of yourself (less than 100 words) and your areas of special interest or concern (e.g. environment, early childhood education, business development). All personal information provided will be treated as confidential.

Grant Opportunities RDA-Peel Image Healthways Healthy Club Sponsorship Winter 2013 – Heathways and Sports Medicine Aust (WA Branch). Incorporated clubs playing in a recognised sporting competition over the Winter 2013 season may apply for up to $3,000. These funds can be used to address health issues within the club as specific education and training initiatives. Refer to the guidelines for more information. Applications close Friday, 15 February at 5pm. For guidelines and to apply online visit Sports Medicine Australia’s website www.healthyclub.org.au or phone 9285 8033. 2013 Coles Junior Landcare School Garden Grant Since 2008 Coles has been providing School Garden Grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth groups to help create gardens in their grounds or community, such as bush tucker gardens, water wise gardens or veggie gardens. These projects encourage students to learn about the environment through “outdoor learning” and interaction in developing their own school gardens. Round 1 is open and closes 5pm AEST Friday, 15 February. Round 2 and 3 close 5pm on 10 May and 2 August respectively. More information, guidelines, criteria, application form and reporting template CLICK HERE. Trail Funding – Lotterywest and the Dept. of Sport & Recreation (State Government) Funding is available to support various types of trails such as walking, cycling, horse riding and paddling routes. In general these grants fall into the four areas: •Planning •Construction •Upgrade •Promotion & Resources Applications for $15,000 or less can be submitted at any time. Applications of more than $15,000 (generally require a contribution from applicants and/or other sources on a matching dollar for dollar basis, in-kind contributions can be up to 25% of the total project cost) are currently open and close on 15 March 2013. For more information CLICK HERE. Lotterywest request that you first contact the DSR Trails Coordinator on 9492 9732 so that they understand what your needs and ideas are prior to making an application.

Community Notice Board Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) – Waterbird Ramsar Site Report Card The Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar listed System (PYS) is internationally recognised as an important habitat for migratory and resident shorebirds. It is home to a lot of birds – not only our local residents, but many from distant lands, who come to feed on its productive wetlands. They are a fascinating study in their own right and have long been seen as indicators of health of the environment. PHCC is always seeking ways of protecting these Ramsar Wetlands. Thanks to the many keen volunteers PHCC now have a good understanding of their numbers and their fluctuations which is necessary for proper management. CLICK HERE to access the Ramsar Site Report Card.

Current Successful Peel Grant Recipients RDA-Peel Image CSRFF 2013/14 – Dept. of Sport & Recreation (State Government) 55 projects totalling over $17 million was granted in January, including: • Shire of Murray – $300,000 towards construction of new pavilion at the Pinjarra Bowling Club. • Shire of Murray – $350,000 towards upgrade of the Coolup Regional Equestrian Centre. • Shire of Waroona – $125,000 towards upgrade and extension of the gymnasium at the Waroona Recreation Centre. Lotterywest – State Government In November and December 2012, Lotterywest granted over $29 million including: •City of Mandurah – $2,275 (Nov12) towards workshops to teach bush care volunteers how to build and install nesting boxes for bats in local bush land. •Compassionate Friends Mandurah Inc $6,418 (Nov12) towards information technology to enable the organisation’s volunteers to continue developing support to grieving families in the Mandurah region. •Event Assist Inc – $14,000 (Dec12) towards equipment hire and advertising for two classic car events to be held in April and October 2013 in Pinjarra. •Mandurah Lotteries House Inc. – $33,885 (Dec12) towards minor property improvements and furniture to enhance the services provided by the community organisations located in the Mandurah Lotteries House. •Murray Music and Drama Club (Inc) – $14,782 (Dec12) towards equipment to assist the group with its drama and music workshops and community performances in the Peel region. •Peel SeniorNet Assoc Inc. – $2,003 (Dec12) towards information technology to support the activities of this group which teaches and encourages seniors in the use of computers in the Peel region. •Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale – $7,215 (Nov12) towards equipment hire and advertising for an Australia Day event in Serpentine-Jarrahdale. •Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale – $85,000 (Dec12) towards construction of a pavilion and BBQ area as part of the Mundijong Railway Reserve precinct which will provide a meeting space for the community. •St Aidan’s Playgroup Byford – $2,074 (Nov12) towards early years educational and developmental resources for children and their families attending St Aidan’s playgroup in Byford.