The Port Renewal Steering Committee and the Port Adelaide Rowing Club held their inaugural Australia Day Sprint Regatta on the Port River, with a viewing platform aboard the One and All. It's terrific to see the reactivation of water sports in the Port.
Under Labor, the childcare rebate was increased to cover 50% of costs. The Coalition Government have now put childcare under review. Labor will fight for affordable childcare and pay rises for childcare workers.
Labor introduced the Schoolkids bonus of $410 for each child in primary school and $820 for each child in high school to help pay for things like uniforms and books.
The Liberal Government is scrapping the School Kids bonus, affecting more than 7,730 families in the Port Adelaide electorate, at the same time as they're pushing through cuts to the Family Tax benefit and ripping billions of dollars from schools.
Mark attended the Port Open Day with Premier Jay Weatherill and State Member for Port Adelaide Susan Close. The Open Day followed extensive community consultation on the government's exciting redevelopment plans for the Port.
The Premier has announced the establishment of the Port Adelaide Renewal Steering Committee to ensure locals have a voice and are fully informed about the planning process and all other aspects of the Port Adelaide Renewal. More
The South Australian Aviation Museum at Port Adelaide is one of only six organisations nationwide to receive a retired F-111 fighter jet to display from the former Labor Government.
It is fantastic news that an iconic F-111 Fighter Jet is housed right here in Port Adelaide, providing a huge boost in tourism to our area.
I attended the official opening of new facilities at Settllers Farm Primary and Junior Schools. The former Labor Government provided $5.85 million for undercover shade areas, new classrooms, a green upgrade with a recycled water and irrigation system, and a significant upgrade to ICT infrastructure and hardware across the campus. I'm proud of the investment in our local schools carried out under Labor.
Over 220 local seniors joined Mark at the Port Adelaide "National Conversation on Ageing" Forum. The views of local seniors helped guide the former Labor Government's aged care reform package 'Living Longer Living Better'. Only Labor stands up for older Australians.
Labor completed the most comprehensive review of school funding since 1973 and signed up with the states to improve the school system. Before the election, the Liberals said they were on a "unity ticket" with Labor on school funding, but now they're ripping up the agreement. Labor will not allow Tony Abbott's Government to rip funding from schools.
When in Government, Labor invested $4.36 million to build three full sized soccer pitches and two large regional playgrounds at Burton Park and a new soccer pitch, new lighting, upgraded clubrooms, 100 new carparks and improved power supply at Adams Oval. More than 2000 people per week use the Burton Park and Adams Oval facilities.
Mark's next round of street corner meetings kicks off shortly in the inner west and northern areas of the electorate - keep an eye out for an invite.
Largs Bay Primary School, Salisbury Downs Primary School, LeFevre High School and Our Lady of the Visitation are just some of the local schools that benefitted from the former Labor Government's $16.2 billion investment in schools.
Under Labor, the Government supported the long-term unemployed and people living with a mental illness to lead more socially and economically productive lives. Mark visited UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide to see the great work they do helping our community.
Thanks for visiting my website. I hope you will find some useful information about what’s happening in the Port Adelaide electorate, local media releases, and links to the latest news from Canberra and my parliamentary speeches.
While Federal Parliament meets in Canberra for around 20 weeks a year, I believe it is important to be active in the local community, to know what is going on, and to find out what's important to people living in the electorate.
If you would like to let me know about a community event, or suggest a location for a street corner meeting, please give my office a call.
2015 VOLUNTEERS AWARDS NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
Volunteer Recognition Awards, Youth Encouragement Award and
Local Legends Prizes
I am pleased to announce nominations for my annual Volunteer Awards are now open and all community groups, schools and clubs in the Federal Electorate of Port Adelaide are encouraged to nominate volunteers for the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Awards, Youth Encouragement Awards and Local Legends Prizes.
This is a great initiative that acknowledges and recognises the work our volunteers do across our local communities.
Nominations close Friday 24 April, 2015.
ANZAC CENTENARY LOCAL GRANTS PROGRAM
Congratulations to the local RSLs, schools, museums, community groups and organisations who were successful recipients under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. My office has put together a list of the successful recipients along with their events, exhibitions, memorials and publications in the below brochure. If you are hosting an Anzac Centenary event in the Port Adelaide electorate, please let me know so I can share it with our community on my social media pages.
Other events commemorating 100 years of ANZAC include:
LEST WE FORGET 100 YEARS OF THE ANZAC SPIRIT - The Black Diamond Gallery, 66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide. The exhibition was opened by Mark Butler MP on Saturday 18 April, 2015. The exhibition is open daily from 11am to 4pm from 19 April to 3 May, 2015 (closed for Anzac Day).
Dawn Services - ANZAC DAY - Saturday 25 April - Port Adelaide electorate:
Largs Bay RSL - Cnr Dover & Canarvon Terraces - March 0635 hours - Service 0645 hours
Naval Association - 35 Quebec Street, Port Adelaide - 0630 hours
Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL - Semaphore War Memorial, Esplanade, Semaphore - 0600 hours
Salisbury RSL - The "Cross of Sacrifice" memorial - Orange Street, Salisbury - 0600 hours
West Croydon Kilkenny RSL - Time capsule unveiling - 19 Rosetta Street, West Croydon - 0615 hours
St Paul's Parish - Commemorative service - 1 Church Place, Port Adelaide - 0800 hours
Friday 1 May
Alberton Primary School - Anzac Centenary Garden opening
Mount Carmel College - Anzac Centenary Mural opening
Whitefriars Primary School - Anzac Centenary Garden opening
Saturday 2 May
Vietnamese Veterans' Association - Commemorative Ceremony, Remembrance and Tribute - 1100 hours - Torrens Parade Ground
Sunday 3 May
St Bede's Anglican Church - "Service of Intercession and Remembrance of the Fallen" - Display of local WW1 memorabilia - 200 Military Road, Semaphore at 1000 hours. Attendees are encouraged to wear fashions of 1915 to the service.
April - November 2015
City of Salisbury and Salisbury RSL will be hosting one talk a month as part of an eight month educational campaign inspired by the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. For more information contact the City of Salisbury on 8406 8222.
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News from Mark Butler
Tony Abbott has made another woeful 'Captain’s Call', but this one has come at the expense of taxpayers not just his political capital.
Tony Abbott's taxpayer funded slush fund will fail to meet Australia’s abatement challenge, despite it implementing a carbon price that is one of the highest in the world.
The transcript of my interview on RN Drive about the Government's Emissions Reduction Fund.
The Climate Change Authority (CCA) has told the Abbott Government its weak climate stance is insufficient to meet Australia's obligations to do its fair share to reduce pollution.
As expected, Tony Abbott's weak stance on climate change is being criticised by our major trading partners who have committed to take strong action.
SAVE OUR SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
ASC at Osborne maintains our Collins Class submarines and is building our Air Warfare Destroyers - the largest defence project ever undertaken in the nation. Around 3,000 people are employed at ASC and nearby suppliers. ASC was set to build our Future Submarines. The Liberal Government has recently sent shipbuilding contracts overseas and now seems set to break their promise to build the submarines at ASC.