THE Horsley & Cecil Park Report A COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER FROM CHRIS BOWEN – YOUR FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PROSPECT MAY 2006 115 The Crescent Fairfield • PO Box 802 Fairfield 2165 Ph: 9726 4100 Fax: 9724 6115 www.chrisbowen.net Are we getting Chris Bowen writes ... a doctor soon? There has been a great response Chris Bowen provides an update on the from people in and campaign for a doctor for Horsley Park. around Horsley Park ‘We are continuing to work to to the petition to get a doctor in Horsley Park, have Herceptin as well as a pharmacist.’ placed on the ‘I’ve had discussion with several Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. doctors who have made enquiries about opening up at Horsley This drug helps about 25% of women Park,’ said Chris Bowen. FLASHBACK who have breast cancer fight the cancer off and can stop it coming back. A Development Application was lodged with Fairfield Council At the moment, it is not on the PBS, and for some new shops in Horsley women are paying on average $66 000 Park Shopping Centre, which for one year's course of treatment. would be ideal for a new doctor’s surgery and chemist. While on the subject of cancer, it is great Hopefully we can look forward Fairfield Council has recently to some further positive to see the Our Lady of Victories Social given approval for this developments on this issue soon. Group organising another ‘Australia’s Development Application, It’s been a long wait for the Biggest Morning Tea’ at Horsley House, meaning that construction people of Horsley Park, but we with the proceeds going to cancer can start immediately. will hopefully see a doctor soon! research (for more information please see page 4). The story so far… As you can read on this page, our 6 June 2005: People raise the need for a doctor at Horsley Park with campaign to get a doctor at Horsley Chris Bowen during a Mobile Office at Horsley Park. Park continues. I’ll provide you with more 9 June 2005: Chris writes to everyone in Horsley Park requesting news on this as it comes to hand. them to sign a petition calling on the Federal Government to declare the Horsley Park an ‘Area of Workplace Shortage’. In early May I attended an Anzac Day commemoration attended by students July 2005: The Federal Department of Health writes to Chris letting him from Marion Primary School and Horsley know the area has been declared an ‘Area of Workplace Shortage’. Park Public School (see page 6). August/September 2005: Chris takes out adverts in the two magazines for GPs asking them to consider opening a practice at As always, if I can be of help with any Horsley Park. A number of doctors contact Chris to discuss the option. matter, please feel free to contact me. 10 October 2005: Chris presents 631 signatures to Federal Parliament. 18 January 2006: A local pharmacist applies for a pharmacy license to practice in Horsley Park. 25 January 2006: DA is lodged with Fairfield Council for new shops Chris Bowen including an ideal location for doctor’s surgery. Federal Member for Prospect INSIDE: P.2 BREAST CANCER PETITION P.3 TASSIE, TEAS & TOURS P.5 MEN WHO SAVED AUSTRALIA NEED NEW HEADING Marie lends Support breast cancer sufferers: a hand For the past three months Put Herceptin on the PBS Horsley Park student Marie Scarfone has been doing Local MP Chris Bowen is encouraging everyone in Horsley Park and work experience in Chris Cecil Park to support the campaign to give more breast cancer Bowen’s office. sufferers’ access to the drug Herceptin. ‘I really enjoyed it. It was a great opportunity to see how our Federal MP works for us,’ said Marie. ‘During the time I spent at Chris’ office I certainly learnt a lot about government and politics.’ WORK EXPERIENCE: Marie Scarfone recently completed some work experience in Chris’ office. PETITION: Chris collecting signatures for the Herceptin campaign. Information To date Chris has collected more (PBS) we are giving those with HER-2 than 25,000 signatures for his positive breast cancer a much better kits available Herceptin petition. chance at survival. Free information kits are Herceptin is not supplied on the ‘I would encourage everyone to sign available on the following areas: Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for this petition that will then be tabled in • Pensioners and Seniors; all stages of breast cancer and incurs the Federal Parliament,’ said Chris • Youth issues; a cost of $66,000 for one year of Bowen. • Veterans; treatment. Approximately 20 to 25% of women • Superannuation; and Breast cancer is the most common diagnosed with breast cancer each • The Environment cancer amongst women in Australia. year have HER-2 positive breast cancer, which is a more aggressive There is a also information on the Herceptin has resulted in significant form of the disease. 'Do Not Call Register'. improvements in survival, disease progression and the quality of life for Herceptin greatly reduces the risk of Please phone Chris Bowen’s women suffering from breast cancer. breast cancer returning by blocking office on HER-2 a protein associated with 9726 4100 ‘This is often a matter of life or death cancer growth. to place and at a cost of $66,000 for one your order. year’s treatment of Herceptin, it is an For a copy of the petition please almost impossible cost to meet,’ phone Chris Bowen’s office on Chris Bowen said. 9726 4100. By having Herceptin listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Tassie, teas and tours for Our Lady of Victories Social Group The OLOV Social Group and greatly appreciated and can be made We invite the community of Horsley friends have had an exciting by contacting either Theresa on 9620 Park and Cecil Park to join us for any return to 2006. 1570 or Josephine on 9620 1680. of our functions and please feel free to bring along your friends. In January we had a group travel We would also like to invite all to Tasmania for 10 glorious days. businesses in the Horsley Park and Thank you to our regular supporters Cecil Park areas to unite with our who give us a reason to continue Then in February 122 members our community in this worthwhile cause. with our work. community and their friends joined us for a cruise on the Georges River. This was a wonderful day renewing friendships and welcoming others back after the Christmas break. We were even treated to entertainment by some of our local talent. In March we toured Garden Island including the Naval Museum. On Thursday 25 May we will hold our Morning Tea for Cancer Research at the Horsley Homestead. Last year was a big success with $5500 being raised which placed us in 9th position in the Western Suburbs. A certificate will be presented to recognise the efforts of our community at this year’s morning tea. Any donations towards our OUR LADY OF VICTORIES SOCIAL GROUP: Members of the OLOV raffle/chocolate wheel would be Social Group enjoying the cruise along the Georges River in February. Tribute to the late Bob Stein This was an extract from Chris industries in its early years. thing he cared more about than his Bowen's speech to the Federal community was his family: Lorna, Parliament on 9 February 2006. In 1981 Bob suggested to Fairfield Drew, Megan and grandchildren. City Council that the former council Today I wish to inform the House of chambers on Horsley Drive at Bob Stein was not a passenger the achievements of Robert Stein. Smithfield be purchased and turned in life. He believed in making a Bob Stein died in January this year into the Fairfield City Museum and difference. His life can be an and in this, the first sitting week of Gallery. Council wisely accepted inspiration. His deeds, of course, the year, I want to inform the House Bob's suggestion, and the Fairfield will not die with him; they will live of Bob's achievements and pay museum is a wonderful facility that on. … His legacy will certainly live tribute to him. Bob was born in many residents and visitors to the for as long as his family continues 1928. He was born into a family of city have utilised … his tradition of service. I express my Smithfield pioneers. Even in 1928 sympathy in the House, as I have his family was one of our area's In 1991 Bob was declared Fairfield done privately, to his family. May long-standing institutions having Citizen of the Year, an achievement Bob Stein rest in peace. been major players in the local wine that has not fallen to many. industry, which is now extinct, but For a full copy of the speech … Bob cared deeply about his please contact James in the which was one of our area's major community. I dare say that the only office on 9726 4100. PRACTICAL POLICY IDEAS FOR A BETTER AUSTRALIA Labor to abolish foreign Protecting apprenticeship visas children from An incoming Labor Government will Instead of helping young Internet porn abolish the Federal Government's Australians into work, Mr Howard foreign apprenticeship visas, which is making it harder for them by Many parents have raised are ruining the job prospects of encouraging employers to hire concerns about their children young Australians. foreign apprentices instead. accessing violent and pornographic sites on the The Government brought in the Coupled with the industrial relations Internet. Trade Skills Training Visa (subclass changes – it is a one-two punch on 471), giving apprenticeships to wages, conditions and security for Labor has a plan that all Internet unskilled migrants, rather than Australian workers. Service Providers (ISPs) must young Australians. offer a filtered ‘clean feed’ Internet service to all homes, schools and other public Internet points accessible by children. Building a stronger community This ‘clean feed’ system would with Peace and Community Teams prevent users from accessing any content that has been identified A Labor Government would set up the Australian Peace and as prohibited by the Australian Community Teams (A-PACT) to give young people the opportunity Communications and Media to help build stronger local communities. Authority, including sites containing child pornography, A-PACT will also help foster civic • Literacy, numeracy, and acts of extreme violence or pride and good citizenship amongst computer skills in schools; cruelty, and X-rated material. Fairfield’s youth. • Vital food supplies, medical care, and affordable housing delivered Internet filter software just won’t ‘This initiative would be a great by international aid agencies; do! Almost two-thirds of parents boost to local community groups • Basic repairs and maintenance of don’t have Internet filters on their like Meals on Wheels and St Johns essential infrastructure; family computers. Ambulance,’ Chris Bowen said. • Conservation and environmental Research shows that the A-PACT work could include management projects; and exposure of children and others in helping with: • Post Emergency response clean the community to this sickening • Basic health care and health up and redevelopment activities content can lead to aggression awareness campaigns in remote in regions affected by natural towards women and child abuse. Australian communities; disasters. Last year a Government report confirmed that the technology to implement mandatory filtering by ISPs is feasible. Overseas British Telecom and Telenor are already employing this technology. Labor would also look to put extra resources into the Net Alert program to promote Internet safety and strengthen ties with international law enforcement to bring publishers of illegal content to justice. MEALS ON WHEELS: Chris with volunteers at Meals on Wheels discussing Labor’s A-Pact policy. COMMUNITY CORNER NEWS IN BRIEF Remembering those Saluting their service: Australian Defence Medal who saved Australia Australia will recognise the service of current and former Defence Force personnel in the electorate of Over 600 local residents met at Cosgrove, who made time for the Prospect, with the Australian Defence St Marys, Fairfield and Smithfield event on the night before he flew to Medal (ADM). Eligibility has been RSLs to honour the heroes of the North Queensland to head up the relief extended to those who have: Kokoda Trail. effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Larry. They saw the documentary film • died in service; ‘It’s important we thank the heroes of screening - The Men who Saved • been medically discharged with Kokoda while they are still with us. The Australia - by ABC Four Corners a compensatory impairment at legend of Kokoda is one that needs to journalist Chris Masters.At St Marys the time of their discharge, be taught to current generations,’ said RSL we were joined by General Peter rendering them unable to serve Chris Bowen. the minimum qualifying period; or • due to some Defence workplace enlistment policies of the time, were unable to serve the minimum qualifying period. Application forms are available at www.defence.gov.au or from Chris’ office on 9726 4100. Parliament on ABC 630AM ABC NewsRadio – Sydney 630AM – broadcasts live proceedings from Federal GENERAL COSGROVE VISIT: Chris Bowen MP with General Peter Cosgrove, Parliament. This gives Australians Chifley MP Roger Price, and President of St Marys RSL Sub-branch Paul Martyn-Jones. the opportunity to obtain a unique insight into the policy decisions that affect their country and lives. Chris in Canberra You can listen live to NewsRadio at These are the speeches that Chris has made • Trade Practices Amendment (National Sydney 630AM or on the Internet since the last Horsley-Cecil Park Report: Access Regime) Bill – 8 Dec 2005 at www.abc.net.au/newsradio • Fairfield Community Aid – 10 May 2006 • Economy Trade Performance – 5 Dec 2005 2006 Parliament sitting days: • Export Market Development Grants • Welfare reform – 1 Dec 2005 May – 10 May 2006 • Mr Robert Gerard (Reserve Bank Board) – 22-25, 29-1 June House of Reps • Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill 1 Dec 2005 – 29 March 2006 • Reserve Bank Board – 30 Nov 2005 June • Cancer Australia and Herceptin • Human Rights – Falun Gong – 13-15, 19-22 Both Houses – 28 March 2006 30 Nov 2005 August • Prime Minister's Visit to Vietnam • Battle for Australia (Smithfield RSL) – 8-10, 14-17 Both Houses – 1 March 2006 28 Nov 2005 September • Millennium Development Goals • Motion on Notice (Petrol Prices) – 4-7, 11-14 Both Houses – 27 February 2006 28 Nov 2005 • Taxation – 27 February 2006 • Research and Development – October • Therapeutic Goods Administration 10 Nov 2005 9-12, 16-19 Both Houses 30-2 November House of Reps Amendment Bill – 15 Feb 2006 • Work Choice Bill – 3 Nov 2005 • Tribute to Bob Stein – 9 Feb 2006 If you would like copies of any Chris’ November 6-9 Senate • Student Assistance Bill – 9 Feb 2006 speeches in Parliament please phone 27-30 Both Houses • Future Fund Bill – 7 Feb 2006 his office on 9726 4100 and they can December • Human Rights in Iraq – 8 Dec 2005 be posted to you. 4-7 Both Houses Local schools mark Anzac Day Refurbishing Marion Horsley Park Public School and most important day in our calendar,’ Primary School Marion Catholic Primary School Chris said. During Term 1 four classrooms had a joint ceremony to mark at Marion Catholic Primary School Anzac Day. ‘As always, the students at both in Horsley Park were enlarged schools conducted themselves with and refurbished. ‘I was pleased to be able to attend great dignity, and it was a ceremony the event and it great to see the two that would make our diggers proud.’ These were the original classrooms schools coming together to mark this built in 1986 when architects and school planners appeared to believe that small children needed small spaces. The Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 classrooms have been enlarged from 56 square metres to 88 square metres. Other improvements include: • New wet areas added; • Glassed withdrawal area for each pair of classroom; • Old ‘mission brown’ exposed beams painted in a primary colour; • New carpet laid; • Colourful noticeboards installed; and COMMEMORATING ANZAC DAY: Marion Primary and Horsley Park Public School’s commemorate Anzac Day. Back Row from left to right: Mrs Helen Klein, • Weather affected timber skylights Fr Mario Zammit, Chris Bowen MP, Mr Mark Greentree, Mr Max Plant. replaced with aluminium framed Front Row from left to right: Jana Zabakly, Michael Vassallo, Tommas Marasco, glass. Taylah Hancock. Each group of students only spent a week out of their room while the builders completed the painting and Vicki carries Games baton carpeting. At the same time Years 4, 5 and 6 classrooms were also Vicki Fontana was chosen to carry as she and her family deal with the repainted and recarpeted. the Queens Baton in the lead-up recurrence of breast cancer.’ The next stage in the School’s to the Commonwealth Games for ‘I know it was a special experience for improvement plan is a new her contributions over the years Vicki, her family and supporters, and I Administration Block. to Club Marconi, Italian Seniors and the Fairfield communities. wish her well for this personal battle.’ For most of the school’s 24 year life the staff room and administration On 25 January, a day she will never offices have been housed in a red forget, Vicki carried the Baton along brick house that was once the Neil Street, Merrylands to thunderous presbytery for the Parish Priest at applause from hundreds of supporters Horsley Park. Work on this new from the Italian Seniors Club and building is expected to begin soon. Ladies Auxiliary. Local MP Chris Bowen congratulated Vicki on her achievements. ‘It was an honour to nominate Vicki to carry the baton and be present watching her carry it with such pride,’ Chris Bowen said. PASSING THE BATON: Chris with ‘Vicki’s determination to carry the local Commonwealth Games Baton BIGGER: One of the new classrooms. baton was made all the more special Relay carrier Vicki Fontana.