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.
LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPIONS
Are you pursuing your sporting dream? Are you aged between 12 – 18?
If you answered yes to these questions you may be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champion grant.
The grant provides financial assistance for young people towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official nation sporting organisation endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.
Round 2 opens 1 July, 2015 and closes 31 October, 2015.
For more information visit the Local Sporting Champion website
MARK BUTLER ART PRIZES
Calling local artists!
I'm really pleased to invite artists living in my electorate to submit their artwork for the 2015 Mark Butler Youth Art Prize and the Mark Butler Art Prize.
Now in its fifth year, the Mark Butler Youth Art Prize is open to those aged between 12 and 24 and acknowledges the wonderful contribution young artists make to our community. Prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding artwork, in any medium that is created this year, in four categories: 12 - 13 years, 14 - 15 years, 16 - 18 years and 18 - 24 years. Prizes will be $60, $100, $150 and $200 respectively.
To further support the Arts across the electorate of Port Adelaide, I am proud to continue my association with the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival. The Mark Butler Art Prize will acknowlege the most outstanding work, in any medium, at this year's SALA Festival. This art prize is open to individuals living in my electorate and the award prizes are $500, $250 and $150.
Entries close 10 July, 2015.
Do you know somebody living in the electorate of Port Adelaide who has made an outstanding contribution to the Arts through their support, encouragement, assistance or participation? If you do, why not nominate them for a Local Artists Certificate of Honour.
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.
Thank you for supporting these events commemorating 100 years of ANZAC.
Other events commemorating 100 years of ANZAC include:
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.
News from Mark Butler
The decision by the World Heritage Committee not to list the Great Barrier Reef as "World Heritage In Danger" confirms Labor's legacy for world-class environmental management policy.
Labor welcomes the cooperation of the business, manufacturing, energy, social services and environmental sectors on one of the most challenging policy areas of our time.
Labor welcomes today's announcement by GE and Downer of the expansion of the Ararat Wind Farm following the passing of Renewable Energy Target legislation earlier this week.
This week's segment with Christopher Pyne on Adelaide's ABC 891.
Overnight, the Senate passed legislation for the revised Renewable Energy Target (RET), providing the much-needed certainty for the renewable energy industry to get back on track.
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.