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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR GRANTS TO HELP BARKER’S ENVIRONMENT RECOVER FROM THE BUSHFIRES

Men’s sheds, conservation groups, community organisations, not-for-profits and traditional owners can now apply for grants through the Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program to undertake on-ground recovery actions which will benefit their local environment.

The $10 million Morrison Government program, offering grants of between $5000 to $150,000, is part of the Government’s $200 million investment to help native wildlife and their habitats recover from the devastating impacts of last summer’s bushfires.

“Our community was deeply affected by the fires and the impact on wildlife. I know there are many people in Barker who are already getting out and rehabilitating bushfire affected environments. These grants mean more organisations can now take part in real on the ground action,” Member for Barker Tony Pasin said.

“The Government recognises that harnessing local knowledge and stewardship, along with financial support, is essential to recovery and building the resilience of native plants and animals.

“I encourage members of our community to apply for a grant and get involved in a hands-on way to help our environment bounce back.”

Grants from $5,000 to $150,000 are available to community organisations, conservation groups, Traditional Owners and local governments.

Eligible project activities include provision of supplementary shelter, nest boxes and artificial hollows, eradicating or reducing the impact of pest animals and weeds, protecting sensitive habitat and waterways, and seed collection, propagation and revegetation of native plants.

Applications are now open and will close on 27 November 2020.

Visit business.gov.au/brwhc for more information.

Media Contact: Katie Jackson – 0428 238 562

BUSINESSES IN MURRAY BRIDGE TO GET HIGH-SPEED FIBRE BROADBAND

Businesses in Murray Bridge will be able to order high-speed fibre broadband as NBN Co rolls out new Business Fibre Zones, which will help boost economic growth and productivity.

NBN Co’s Business Fibre Initiative is part of a $700 million package to transform the accessibility and affordability of business-grade fibre.

Under the new initiative, businesses located in the Murray Bridge Business Fibre Zone will be able to request a fibre upgrade through their retailer at no upfront cost.

The initiative will offer wholesale symmetrical speeds from 10 Mbps up to 1 Gbps on request to more than 700,000 businesses in 240 Business Fibre Zones and will reduce wholesale pricing by up to 67 per cent for businesses in Zones outside metropolitan centres.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin, who is also Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network, said the Government is backing this significant investment into Australia’s small and medium businesses, which will be critical to our economic recovery from COVID-19.

“During this global health crisis, the NBN has proven itself to be a vital national asset. It has supported Australian businesses as they have innovated and adapted to digital operating models to overcome the challenges of the pandemic,” Mr Pasin said.

“Our Government understands the importance of continued investment into Australian businesses and digital connectivity.

“That’s why we are making affordable ultra-fast broadband available to more businesses Australia wide.”

85 of the 240 Business Fibre Zones will be located in regional centres, allowing regional businesses to benefit from the transformation to NBN wholesale business pricing, which will bring regional pricing into line with capital cities.

“Businesses within NBN Co’s Business Fibre Zones across the country will have access to CBD zone wholesale prices, driving annual cost savings of between $1,200 and $6,000 for those based outside capital city centres,” Mr Pasin said.

“The Business Fibre Initiative will support business critical applications including cloud storage and online collaboration helping our local businesses stay competitive in the digital age.”

Enterprise Ethernet is NBN Co’s fastest wholesale product, which provides options for prioritised bandwidth, 24/7 dedicated support through NBN’s business operations centre, and symmetrical wholesale speeds suitable for data intensive applications such as online collaboration and cloud-based tools.

NBN Co will allocate $50 million to help expand these Business Fibre Zones by co-investing with Local Councils and State Governments.

More information about the Business Fibre Initiative is available at: nbnco.com.au/businessfibre

Media Contact: Katie Jackson – 0428 238 562

BUSINESSES IN RENMARK TO GET HIGH-SPEED FIBRE BROADBAND

Businesses in Renmark will be able to order high-speed fibre broadband as NBN Co rolls out new Business Fibre Zones, which will help boost economic growth and productivity.

NBN Co’s Business Fibre Initiative is part of a $700 million package to transform the accessibility and affordability of business-grade fibre.

Under the new initiative, businesses located in the Renmark Business Fibre Zone will be able to request a fibre upgrade through their retailer at no upfront cost.

The initiative will offer wholesale symmetrical speeds from 10 Mbps up to 1 Gbps on request to more than 700,000 businesses in 240 Business Fibre Zones and will reduce wholesale pricing by up to 67 per cent for businesses in Zones outside metropolitan centres.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin, who is also Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network, said the Government is backing this significant investment into Australia’s small and medium businesses, which will be critical to our economic recovery from COVID-19.

“During this global health crisis, the NBN has proven itself to be a vital national asset. It has supported Australian businesses as they have innovated and adapted to digital operating models to overcome the challenges of the pandemic,” Mr Pasin said.

“Our Government understands the importance of continued investment into Australian businesses and digital connectivity.

“That’s why we are making affordable ultra-fast broadband available to more businesses Australia wide.”

85 of the 240 Business Fibre Zones will be located in regional centres, allowing regional businesses to benefit from the transformation to NBN wholesale business pricing, which will bring regional pricing into line with capital cities.

“Businesses within NBN Co’s Business Fibre Zones across the country will have access to CBD zone wholesale prices, driving annual cost savings of between $1,200 and $6,000 for those based outside capital city centres,” Mr Pasin said.

“The Business Fibre Initiative will support business critical applications including cloud storage and online collaboration helping our local businesses stay competitive in the digital age.”

Enterprise Ethernet is NBN Co’s fastest wholesale product, which provides options for prioritised bandwidth, 24/7 dedicated support through NBN’s business operations centre, and symmetrical wholesale speeds suitable for data intensive applications such as online collaboration and cloud-based tools.

NBN Co will allocate $50 million to help expand these Business Fibre Zones by co-investing with Local Councils and State Governments.

More information about the Business Fibre Initiative is available at: nbnco.com.au/businessfibre

Media Contact: Katie Jackson – 0428 238 562

GOOD LUCK TO BARKER YEAR 12 COHORT

As 2020 comes to a close and Barker’s Year 12 cohort begins the process of undertaking their final exams, I wanted to wish them all the best.

You have faced a final year like no other. Despite this I know from speaking to your school leaders that you have not allowed COVID-19 and the significant challenges it has presented to disrupt your education nor will you allow it to define the next chapter of your lives.

This period marks a significant milestone in your life, and regardless of your exam results, there are many amazing opportunities ahead of you.

Whether that is pursuing tertiary education, studying a vocational qualification, entering the workforce otherwise or starting a business, I am confident you all will make the most of the opportunities afforded to you.

Although you may feel stressed or overwhelmed by the exam task ahead, please remember to look after yourselves and ask for help should you need it.

Finally, you will always be the cohort that showed the necessary determination and resilience to get Year 12 done despite the pandemic, we are proud of you for that and you should be proud of that achievement also.

Media Contact: Katie Jackson – 0429 238 562

PASIN TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING IN FRANCES

Member for Barker Tony Pasin has invited community members to a meeting in Frances as part of his continued effort to ensure local voices are heard in Canberra.

 

“I try and be as accessible as possible as I travel around the electorate,” Mr Pasin said.

 

“I am most effective in Canberra as a representative for Barker when I have a clear understanding about what is important to my constituents.

 

“I have mobile offices at farm fairs, field days and shows to ensure that I’m available as much as possible to speak with my constituents in person and whilst these events have been impacted by Covid-19, I’m looking forward to reinstating these community meetings.

 

“I’m encouraging residents in Frances and surrounds to come along and share their views with me.”

 

The community meeting is being held at the Border Districts Netball Clubrooms from 6pm on Thursday, November 5.

 

This is part of a series of community meetings held around Barker.

 

Visit www.tonypasin.com/community or call (08) 8724 7730 for more information.

 

Media Contact: Katie Jackson – 0428 238 562

PASIN TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING IN BEACHPORT

Member for Barker Tony Pasin has invited community members to a meeting in Beachport as part of his continued effort to ensure local voices are heard in Canberra.

 

“I try and be as accessible as possible as I travel around the electorate,” Mr Pasin said.

 

“I am most effective in Canberra as a representative for Barker when I have a clear understanding about what is important to my constituents.

 

“I have mobile offices at farm fairs, field days and shows to ensure that I’m available as much as possible to speak with my constituents in person and whilst these events have been impacted by Covid-19, I’m looking forward to reinstating these community meetings.

 

“I’m encouraging residents in Beachport and surrounds to come along and share their views with me.”

 

The community meeting is being held at Bompas of Beachport from 6pm on Wednesday, November 4.

 

This is part of a series of community meetings held around Barker.

 

Visit www.tonypasin.com/community or call (08) 8724 7730 for more information.

 

Media Contact: Katie Jackson – 0428 238 562

NBN REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE

Businesses across Mount Gambier are encouraged to participate in an online roundtable to discuss an exciting update for Mount Gambier’s access to high-speed, reliable internet via the soon to be established Business Fibre Service.

 

To be held on October 27 at 5pm, the online forum – with Member for Barker Tony Pasin and representatives from NBNCo – will discuss the NBNCo’s plan to invest a further $6 billion nationally, including plans to establish a Business Fibre Zone in Mount Gambier together with Fibre on Demand products.

 

Part of a $700 million package to transform accessibility and affordability of business-grade fibre, the Business Fibre Zone will see businesses located in Mount Gambier able to request a fibre upgrade through their retailer at no upfront cost.

 

Mr Pasin said the NBN had proven to be a vital asset for Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“As we move into a digital age, it has never been more important for businesses to have access to high-speed, reliable internet,” he said.

 

“Giving businesses in Mount Gambier access to the Business Fibre Zone will help them to stay competitive through supporting critical applications like cloud storage and online collaboration.

 

“Our Government understands the importance of continued investment into Australian businesses and digital connectivity – that’s why we are making affordable ultra-fast broadband available to more businesses Australia wide.”

 

Call (08) 8724 7730 to register for the online Microsoft Teams event.

 

Visit nbnco.com.au/businessfibre for more information about the Business Fibre Initiative.

 

Media Contact: Katie Jackson – 0428 238 562

 

PASIN COMMEMORATES SECOND WORLD WAR VETERANS

Four World War II veterans across the Riverland were presented with medallions last week by Member for Barker Tony Pasin commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

On Tuesday October 13, Mr Pasin attended the Loxton RSL Branch meeting where he presented Mr Howard Hendrick OAM with his medallion.

Between April 1942 to January 1946, Mr Hendrick served in the Royal Australian Air Force.

During his service, Mr Hendrick flew Lancaster Bombers and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and in more recent years the legion of Honour from the French Government.

Following the presentation on Tuesday, Mr Pasin joined Mr James Bennett, Mr Cyril Jacobs and Ms Beryl (Lin) Hodgens on Thursday, October 15 at Warrawee Retirement Village to present their medallions.

Mr Bennett served in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1942 to 1945 where he was stationed in Port Pirie, the Northern Territory, New Guinea and Labuan, while Mr Jacobs served in the Royal Australian Navy between 1943 and 1946 and was in the China Sea when the atomic bomb was dropped.

During her service, Ms Hodgens was part of the military training department and at the conclusion of the war continued her service with the Department of War Graves Services.

“Barker has a rich Second World War history and is proud to be the home to veterans from Australia’s greatest generation like Howard, James, Cyril and Lin who served our nation with distinction,” Mr Pasin said.

“We owe a great debt to these remarkable Australians for the free and prosperous nation we live in today.”

Mr Pasin said that while more than one million Australian men and women fought during the Second World War campaigns, 12,000 veterans who served during the Second World War are still with us today.

“Australia can never fully repay the debt we owe these amazing men and women but, to mark their service, the Federal Government is producing this Commemorative Medallion and Certificate of Commemoration for the remaining living Second World War veterans,” Mr Pasin said.

“I encourage all surviving veterans, or the families of living veterans if they haven’t already done so to apply to receive a medallion and certificate as a special thank you from a grateful nation for all they have done.”

For more information on how to apply contact Tony Pasin at Tony.Pasin.MP@aph.gov.au or 08 8724 7730.

MEN’S SHEDS GRANTS NOW OPEN

Men’s Sheds across Barker have been invited to apply for funding as part of the newest round of the National Men’s Shed Development Programme (NSDP).

Funded by the Morrison Government, Round 21 of the NSDP will specifically prioritise applications with a strong health, wellbeing or safety emphasis, in acknowledgement of the impact of COVID-19 and the needs of Sheds in the recovery period and beyond.

Additionally, in light of COVID-19, IT equipment and training will be prioritised to facilitate increased connectivity amongst shedders.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin encouraged all Sheds in Barker to apply.

“Now more than ever, Sheds offer men a critical avenue for social support and engagement,” he said.

“To stay healthy, we all need to do regular activities with the people around us, and our local Men’s Sheds has become a focal point for the Barker community.

“This funding can help our Sheds deliver programs with a strong health, wellbeing or safety focus and I urge all local Sheds to apply.”

Men’s Sheds can apply for financial support across the following funding categories:

  • Category 1: Health, Wellbeing, and Events $8,000 maximum
  • Category 2: Shed Improvements $8,000 maximum
  • Category 3: Equipment $5,000 maximum

Since 2013, the Government has provided $5.4 million to support men’s sheds across Australia.

Applications for the current funding round close Friday 27 November.

Visit https://mensshed.org for more information.