2017 McPherson Awards

Some of the Southern Gold Coast’s hardest working community volunteers will be recognised at an awards ceremony at Robina this Friday.   The 7th annual McPherson Awards will be presented by local Federal Member Karen Andrewsto celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and commitment of volunteers in the electorate.   “There are many people in our…

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Giving back to our volunteers on the Gold Coast

Volunteer organisations on the southern Gold Coast are among nearly 2,700 across Australia who’ll benefit from $10 million in Turnbull Government grants to support the important work of community volunteers. Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, said the grants will provide vital support to local community organisations that help many of our…

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Gold Coast schools to boost digital literacy skills

Two Gold Coast schools will be taking a big step in skilling their students for the futurethanks to funding as part of a nation-wide digital literacy program run by the Turnbull Government.  Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced All Saints Anglican School will receive $48,000 and Somerset College will receive $50,000 throughthe Digital…

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Company tax cuts to provide more apprenticeship opportunities

Federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews, says the Turnbull Government’s tax cuts for small and medium businesses will provide more opportunities for young people to take up an apprenticeship.  Minister Andrews joined Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, to visit local company Corona Cabinets that already employs 17 apprentices servicing…

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M1 upgrade secured

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, says the deal that will end the gridlock between Exits 82 and 85 on the M1 is the result of local state and federal MPs working with their communities. “The deal is great news for anyone who travels along this section of the M1 but it was the work that…

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Karen Andrews calls community meeting on PFAS testing

Concerned residents will be able to hear directly from Airservices Australia and other government departments regarding the latest testing for PFAS at the Gold Coast Airport (GCA) at a meeting organised by Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews. The full report and Airservices Australia statement can be found at http://newsroom.airservicesaustralia.com/news/no-pfas-detected-in-cobaki-broadwater-seafood-testing. Mrs Andrews said…

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Former ADF members encouraged to take up apprenticeships

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews is encouraging former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to consider taking up an apprenticeship as they transition into civilian life. Speaking at the Australian Defence Force Skills and Apprenticeships Forum hosted by TAFE Directors Australia at Parliament House today, Minister Andrews said skills developed…

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Update from Assistant Minister Andrews on Skills Reform

Since I became Assistant Minister, I have met with many of the key stakeholders in this sector through roundtable discussions, forums and site visits. I have also had the opportunity to meet with many students undertaking vocational education and apprentices involved in training. These consultations have identified the importance of strong industry engagement and responsiveness…

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Nominations now open to recognise outstanding locals

Nominations are now open for the 2017 McPherson Community Achiever Awards which recognise residents who make outstanding contributions to our community.  Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP says the awards highlight the great contribution volunteers make to their organisations, clubs and groups.  “Australians are well known for their unwavering support and hours…

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Strengthening skills and training ties with Indonesia

The strengths of the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and opportunities for Australia to support Indonesia to meet its skills needs have been the focus of Ministerial talks in Indonesia this week. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today completed a successful visit to Jakarta after leading the Vocational Education…

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