Power bill rebates
If you received the Federal Government Family Tax Benefit A or B at any time during the 2011/12 financial year, you may be eligible for a $75 rebate on your home energy costs. But be quick – families only have until June 14 to apply for reimbursement. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.
To read more about this program to assist lower income households click here.
Woman of the Year
It was a pleasure to be able to attend the Women of the Year Awards with Jeanette Suttie at Parliament House in Sydney. Jeanette is a tireless worker for her community and is an inspiration and help to many in need. Jeanette is the Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year! My congratulations and thanks to her for all her hard work.
NSW Government Community Service Awards
If you know someone worthy of being nominated for this award, please contact my office.
The NSW Electoral Commission is undertaking a process to determine the redistribution of state electoral boundaries. The last redistribution took place in 2004.
The commission is currently reviewing suggestions and comments received during the public submission stage. It will then release proposed new boundaries for discussion and undertake a public inquiry.
For further information about the 2013 NSW Electoral Districts Redistribution visit www.redistribution.nsw.gov.au/ or call 1300 135 736.
The new Seniors Directory for 2013 is available from my office, or can be read here
To find out what funding opportunities are available for your group click here.
Volunteer Nursing Home/Seniors' Group Entertainers
Click here for contact details.
The Department of Fair Trading advises that in most cases these door-to-door traders target elderly and rural consumers, frequently offering to perform work on their property for a low price. Often they start work without consent and bully customers to obtain payment.
Consumers are encouraged to contact the Department on 133 220 to report any such activity.
Download the free "Do not Knock" sticker from here.
Sampling has been completed at all 1,226 participating properties. Over 80% of properties have returned results within abatement categories 1 and 2, which require little to no abatement works.
Read the update here
If you need to be appointed as a JP, either within your local community or in your employment click here to download an application form.
Tickets to the concerts, which are held each December and in March during Seniors' Week, are available to seniors 60 years and over. The free tickets may be obtained through Ticketmaster in person by visiting any of the outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com.au, or by phoning 1300 855 501 (expect delays).
Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person.
Members of Parliament receive a limited number of tickets to distribute to seniors in their electorate. To enter a ballot for any surplus tickets, please contact my office.
The Department of Community Services can provide new spectacles to financially disadvantaged people once each two years.
Please click here to view to the Self Eligibility Test
For more information visit http://www.visioncarensw.com.au/
Are you a member of a club or a community/interest group in the Lake Macquarie electorate (eg seniors, sporting, youth, Probus, Lions, RSL, etc)?
By ensuring my office has your organisation's current contact and office bearer details your group can be kept up to date with information which could be of assistance.
Click here for useful information on accessing funding and grants.
Apply now for a Local Sporting Champions Grant!
Do you know a Local Sporting Champion or a dedicated young athlete, coach or official participating in State or national sporting championships?Are you one of these people?
If so, you or your team could be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant to help meet costs such as uniforms, travel, accommodation and equipment.