In the News
The Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, together with Miss Ronie Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, hosted 153 local students at the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum at Vision Valley from the 12 – 14 October 2017.
“The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum was an amazing success with 153 students from 15 local high schools involved – the Forum is a significant opportunity for the students to be inspired and encouraged for their future potential in the lead up to their final year of school.
The Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, encourages young local athletes to apply for Round 2, 2017-18 of the Local Sporting Champions program.
The Local Sporting Champions program is designed to support young people participating in state, national and international level sporting championships as an athlete, coach or official.
“Our community has a wealth of outstanding junior sportspeople in the Hills district and it is important that we support the next generation of Australian sporting champions, said Alex Hawke.
Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, said former part-pensioners in Mitchell will have their Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) reinstated from this week.
These former part-pensioners lost the card in January as a consequence of reforms to the pension assets test, which were designed to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable for the future.
“Those reforms provided increased pension for people with lower levels of assets, whilst some part-pensioners with high levels of assets lost access to their part-pensions,” Alex Hawke said.
Leukaemia and lymphoma patients in Mitchell will benefit from affordable access to a new medicine, with the Turnbull Government subsidising the drug.
Ibrutinib (sold as Imbruvica®) would normally cost $187,390 on average per course of treatment, putting it beyond the reach of most patients.
This $466 million listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will save patients hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, is encouraging local preschools to introduce pre-schoolers to a new language in 2018.
Applications are now open for participation in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program which engages pre-schoolers with languages other than English through a series of fun, play-based apps, which are aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework.
Alex Hawke said this program is part of the Turnbull Government’s efforts to boost language learning backed by $15.7 million in funding.