Early Christmas present

  28 November 2011 Warracknabeal families have received an early Christmas gift with news that Federal Government could soon reinstate slashed Take-a-Break funding. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has expressed her delight with an “about-face” from the Gillard Government to restore funding for Victoria’s occasional childcare services. Labor joined with the Coalition, Greens and…

Funding criteria changed

  07 November 2011 Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has welcomed changes to the criteria for the second round of Regional Development Australia Funding. Senator McKenzie said the guidelines had been completely rewritten and the application process had also been reformed. ‘‘The criteria for the new application forms has been finalised and I welcome the improvements,’’…

Valley’s funding miss

   27 October 2011 ALLEGATIONS of Australian Labor Party favouritism have surfaced, following the rejection of two key Gippsland projects by the Regional Development Australia Fund. Gippsland Senator Bridget McKenzie questioned the distribution of about $1 billion by the RDAF in Senate estimate hearings last week, following the rejection of a key Latrobe City Council…

NEHTA faces high staff turnover

  21 October 2011 STAFF turnover at the National e-Health Transition Authority is “high” at 30 per cent per annum, its chief executive Peter Fleming has conceded, prompting “research” into the reasons. Mr Fleming said employees were talented and working long and hard towards establishing the nation’s e-health record infrastucture for the benefit of all…