Argus Column 1st May
Last Wednesday I attended five Anzac Day ceremonies across the electorate joining the thousands who turned out to remember all those who sacrificed so much in their service to our nation. My thanks to all our RSL Sub Branch members and the ladies in the Auxiliaries who support them for helping to make the day so special.
Lest We Forget.
New fortnightly payments of the child care rebate are helping more than 270,000 families manage the costs of care. Being able to receive the Child Care Rebate fortnightly at the time the bills are coming in is making it easier for families to manage their out of pocket costs. Families can choose to receive the payment yearly, quarterly and fortnightly which means parents can choose what works best for their family.
Previously, a family earning $80,000 with one child in full time care would be paying more than $240 per week in out-of-pocket cost until they receive the rebate at the end of every year. With fortnightly payments in place that same family's out-of-pocket costs reduces to just over $138 per week.
The Government is committed to providing real help for Australian families. Over the next four years around 800,000 Australian families will receive $18.1 billion in child care payments through the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. The payment is designed to help people juggle work and family life. Thats why it makes sense to have options. More than a quarter of families have chosen the Child Care Rebate fortnightly payment option since it was introduced in July last year.
People who are working, training or studying may receive the Child Care Rebate. We want this payment to help people in a range of situations, and be as practical as possible. Thats why families can now update their Child Care Rebate payment option for the 2012-13 financial year online or using phone self service.
Families can choose to have their Child Care Rebate paid fortnightly direct to their child care service provider or into their nominated account, or access existing quarterly or annual payment options.
To find out more about the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate visit humanservices.gov.au or call 13 6150.
Keep Australia Beautiful is calling for grant applications from local communities to implement local beverage container recycling projects.
The Keep Australia Beautiful grants, funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, are open to all communities across Australia and range from $3,000 to $10,000 for projects that will result in a measurable increase in beverage container recycling within the local communities.
Applications are open to community groups, local associations, schools*, small to medium enterprises and local government authorities and will be awarded to:
projects which address the specific issue of beverage container recycling and its by-products; practical local solutions that can be used as examples for others and leave a legacy; projects that do not duplicate existing recycling activities; and projects that result in measurable volumes of recycled materials.
Applications for the 2012 grants funding close on Friday 15th June 2012 with successful applicants confirmed at the end of July.
Further information and application forms are available from your respective KAB state office or the national KAB website.