Coalition to build stronger communities

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said communities across regional Victoria can access grants worth between $1,000 and $20,000 to fund local projects that deliver important social benefits. Senator McKenzie said the Coalition Government announced the new Stronger Communities Programme in the 2015 Budget. “The new Stronger Communities Programme will provide $45 million over…

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Students from farming families to be better off

Thousands of students from asset rich but cash poor farming families will be around $7,000 a year better off following the Federal Coalition Government’s decision to remove the Family Assets Test when considering eligibility for Youth Allowance. Under the Coalition Government’s changes which were announced as part of the 2015/16 Federal Budget, the value of…

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Classroom ready, set, go!

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie welcomed today’s $16.9 million Coalition Government investment that will ensure teacher graduates are classroom ready. “As a former school teacher, I understand how important it is to ensure our graduate teachers are ready to teach from the first day they enter the classroom,” Senator McKenzie said. “To have…

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Local schools encouraged to be Sporting Schools

The Australian Government is investing $100 million to help local schools, teachers and sporting clubs encourage more primary school students to become more active before, during and after school. The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the $100 million Sporting Schools Programme was part of the Government’s plan to build healthier and more active…

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McKenzie welcomes preschool funding commitment

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the Commonwealth Government’s $840 million investment to extend Universal Access funding to enable 15 hours of preschool for every four-year-old child will ensure they are ready for lifelong learning. Senator McKenzie, who has been a strong advocate for a funding extension to National Partnership Agreement on Universal…

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McKenzie opens Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

More students from Wangaratta and the North East will have the opportunity to participate in higher education in their local community thanks to a $6.8 million Australian Government investment. The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment, today opened the new Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, which…

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