Locally Josh works hard supporting and delivering many initiatives in our community as well as representing you in Canberra.
Delivered $1.278 million in grant funding to Giant Steps in Kew.
Delivered $300,000 to establish a women's shelter
Delivered $200,000 for CCTVs in Camberwell and Kew
Delivered $500,000 to support Crohn’s & Colitis Australia in Hawthorn to improve early diagnosis and treatment.
Supporting research with funding for Swinburne University and Astronomy Australia in Hawthorn.
Delivered $3.2 million in federal funding for the establishment of the North East Community Hub, Balwyn North.
Delivered $2 million to upgrade the kennels and breeding facilities at Guide Dogs Victoria in Kew.
Delivered $900,000 under the Capital Grants Program to assist Alia College in Hawthorn East.
Delivered over $68,000 for equipment and upgrades for local kindergartens and childcare centres.
Delivered $49,000 in grants to support local volunteers.
Delivered $20,000 to establish the North Balwyn Rotary Men’s Shed.
Delivered more than $24,000 for upgrades to scouts groups in Kooyong.
Distributed $120,000 to local community organisations under the Centenary of Anzac Local Grants Program for commemorative activities.
Delivered $16,000 for facilities for the Boroondara Stroke Support Hub in Kew.
Provided $16,000 to upgrade facilities at the Hawthorn Community House.
Provided $7,000 for equipment at The Green at St Columbs Church, Hawthorn.
Assisted in the establishment of a headspace youth mental health site in Hawthorn.
Committed $1.3 million to Ability Works in Kew (Australian Disability Enterprise)
Committed $5.2 million to Endeavour Foundation in Kew (Australian Disability Enterprise)
Backing hardworking small business
Kooyong is home to a over 23,000 businesses that will benefit from Government initiatives to support business growth. These include tax cuts for small and medium businesses, the instant asset write-off, taken up by more than 2,000 local businesses, and cutting more than $5.8 billion in federal regulation red tape and compliance costs.
Backing local innovation with over $3.1 million in grants for local businesses in Kooyong.
Keeping Australians safe
The first priority of any government is to keep its citizens safe. The Turnbull Government is undertaking the most significant reform of Australia’s national intelligence and domestic security arrangements in more than 40 years investing an unprecedented $200 billion in our defence capability over the next decade and introducing enhanced counter-terrorism laws which build on existing national security legislation and an additional $1.5 billion investment for counter terrorism. Additionally the National Firearms amnesty has led to more than 50,000 firearms being handed in across Australia. Locally I have fought for a number of initiatives that support a safer local community:
Committed $300,000 for Servants Community Housing in Kew to assist homeless women including those subjected to domestic violence.
Committed $100,000 for CCTVs in Kew Junction.
Delivered $100,000 for CCTVs in Camberwell.
$60,000 to St Paul’s College for security upgrades.
Supporting sport in our local community
Participating in sports can help keep kids stay active and healthy and teach them important life lessons about teamwork and fair play. I am delighted to support the many local sporting clubs in Kooyong.
Committing $275,000 to improve the facilities at some of our local sporting clubs including: Balwyn Tigers Football Club Camberwell Hockey Club Camberwell Sharks Junior Football Club Canterbury Cobras Junior Football Club Hawthorn Hockey Centre Kew Box Hill Hockey Club Kew Comets Junior Football Club Kew Rovers Football Club Greythorn Falcons Junior Football Club Hawthorn Citizens Junior Football Club The Boroondara Netball Association
Delivering over $118,000 in Federal Government Local Sporting Champions grants to local individuals who are participating in state and national competitions.
Delivering over $21,000 in Federal Government Local Sporting Champions grants to local teams who are participating in state and national competitions.
Delivering $30,000 to resurface the netball courts and warm-up area at Boroondara Netball Centre at Macleay Park, Balwyn North.
Relay For Life
Relay For Life is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for cancer research, prevention and support services. For more information, please visit Relay For Life.
Josh and his team, the Kooyong Colts, have so far raised over $116,000 for the Cancer Council of Victoria since our team first participated in the Hawthorn (Boroondra) Relay for Life in 2012.
The Kooyong Colts have been named the highest fundraisers of the Hawthorn Relay for the last five years.
The Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree
Josh established the Kooyong Giving Tree in 2012, with the proceeds going to Servants Community Housing, which provides affordable accommodation to 89 homeless members of our local community.
Since 2012, we have raised over $60,000 in generous donations from our local community for the residents of Servants Community Housing through the Kooyong Giving Tree.
The Kooyong Student Prize
The Kooyong Student Prize medal prize is awarded to two students at every primary and secondary school in Kooyong. Please click here for more information.
Josh established the Kooyong Student Prize to recognise students in the electorate of Kooyong for general excellence, leadership, and their contribution to the community. It is appropriate to acknowledge those students who go above-and-beyond and whose example is an inspiration to others.
With 51 schools and over 32,000 students, Kooyong is home to some of our nation’s greatest government and non-government schools.
Our strong commitment to the environment
In my portfolio of Environment and Energy I am firmly focused on balancing our energy and environmental needs. In energy, our focus is on energy reliability and affordability for Australian households and businesses. In terms of emissions reduction, the Government is taking a technology-neutral, non-ideological approach and remains in a strong position to meet its international targets. Locally we are supporting local community organisations with renewable energy solutions such as solar panels and battery storage funding.
Prividing $100,000 in new funding to local community organisations under our Solar Communities Program.
Delivering $15,000 for Servants Community Housing in Kew for the installation of solar panels
Delivering $400,000 for two new Green Army projects that will restore the biodiversity of the iconic Yarra River and Koonung Creek Reserve.
Delivering $500,000 for completed Green Army projects for revegetation and weed control along the Yarra River in Kew, Fairview Park in Hawthorn and South Surrey Park in Surrey Hills.
Improving local roads
Traffic and congestion are major issues in our local community and whilst these matters fall within the responsibility of the state government, the federal government is providing record funding for infrastructure.
In Kooyong, the Federal Government has provided more than $1.7 million under the Roads to Recovery Program.
We have also funded over $312,000 under the Black Spot Program for improvements to local roads.
Investing in our health & wellbeing
The Government is delivering record levels of funding to support health services nationally and in our local community.
Investing over $23 billion in Medicare in 2017-18.
Providing a record $103 billion nationally to public hospitals over the next 5 years, amounting to a 21% increase in Victoria.
Providing an additional $368 million from 2016 to strengthen frontline mental health services.
An additional $202 million in world-leading medical research, building on our $6bn commitment over 5 years to improve the lives of patients battling cancers, mental health illnesses, and chronic disease.
Since coming to office Coalition added around $7.5 billion of new drugs to the PBS including more than 60 new cancer medicines to treatment advanced pancreatic cancer, melanoma, advanced breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer.
Expanding the $460 million annual National Immunisation Program (NIP) to protect Australians against vaccine preventable diseases.