201601.14

Empowering Youth Initiatives to help young Dunkley people into jobs

Thursday 14 January 2016 Not-for-profit organisations with fresh ideas and innovative proposals intended to help vulnerable local young people find and keep a job now have a chance to secure funding support for these different approaches under a new Australian Government program. I urge the many terrific, effective and forward thinking local not-for-profit organisations to turn…

201601.06

Green Army 2016: Improving the local environment in Frankston

Wednesday 6 January 2016 Young people involved in the Frankston City Bushland Reserves – Weed Control and Fuel Reduction project are continuing with on the ground works. It is great to see participants already contributing through the Coalition Government’s Green Army project early in this new year at the Sweetwater Creek Reserve, off Liddlesdale Avenue,…

201512.18

Green Army Northern Peninsula projects ready to rollout

Friday 18 December 2015 Protecting the threatened species and rare cultural heritage along the Port Phillip coastline from Mount Eliza will be the focus of two new Green Army projects to be rolled out in our region in coming months. The Green Army teams will partner with local environmental ‘friends’ groups and Indigenous communities to…

201512.11

Local businesses, students and university big winners of National Innovation and Science Agenda

Friday 11 December 2015: Our region is full of entrepreneurs bursting with new ideas and innovative businesses delighting customers both here and overseas with fresh offerings. It is fantastic these hardworking men and women and their enterprises, as well as local students striving to be their best selves and researchers, are the big winners of…

201512.09

Support for local families, treatment services and sporting clubs-extra $300m to tackle ice

Wednesday 9 December 2015: As a community representative and father, I continue to be deeply concerned about the impacts of the drug ice and the pressure it is putting on users, local families, our frontline workers and treatment facilities. I therefore welcome a further $300m Commonwealth Government funding focused on support for communities, treatment services…

201512.06

Billson delivers almost $5 million boost for regional basketball complex redevelopment

The Frankston Regional Basketball Centre expansion and redevelopment project will receive $4.95 million from the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, boosting local jobs, community infrastructure and support programs.  Our energetic basketball fraternity and 7,000 members of the Frankston and District Basketball Association know that the growing popularity of the sport has seen the current…

201511.30

Significance of basketball complex redevelopment project for region reiterated at ministerial meeting

Monday 30 November 2015: Today I again met the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, to re-emphasise the case for the Frankston Basketball Redevelopment project to be granted funding under the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF). Assistant Minister McCormack has carriage of the highly competitive NSRF, and is expected…

201511.28

State Government backs Medicentre plan formulated at Billson meeting

Saturday 28 November 2015: I welcome the State Government’s adoption of the Medicentre sustainability plan formulated at a meeting I convened with Peninsula Health and South Eastern Primary Care Network (SEPCN). Attendees will remember this 45 minute discussion mapped out the Medicentre sustainability solution the State Minister has now echoed in her media statement. I…

201511.27

Billson leads ‘final push’ for basketball complex redevelopment as community hub

Friday 27 November 2015: With a decision likely in the coming weeks, today I convened a very constructive meeting with Frankston City Council and the Frankston and District Basketball Association (FDBA) to support my campaign to secure Commonwealth funding for the stadium redevelopment. I am pursuing a significant contribution through the National Stronger Regions Fund…

201511.24

Election 2016: Time to hang up the campaign R.M.Williams

Tuesday 24 November 2015: Today I advised my parliamentary colleagues I will not be seeking to earn the support of my beloved Dunkley community at the next election to represent ‘Melbourne’s Riviera’ for an eighth term. After two decades in public life, my family and I have reflected on circumstances following the change of leadership…