Following the Federal Election in 2013, the new electoral boundaries of the federal seat of Calwell came into effect. The suburbs of Sydenham, Taylors Lakes Keilor, Keilor North, Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Keilor Village and Calder Park join Attwood, Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, parts of Craigieburn, Dallas, Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Jacana, Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Roxburgh Park, Somerton and Westmeadows to form the boundaries of the new seat of Calwell.This is the second redistribution to affect the boundaries of the seat of Calwell in the time that I have been the Member. I will be relocating my electorate office, currently at the Broadmeadows Railway Station, to the Keilor Shopping Centre on November 10, 2014.The decision to relocate the electorate office from its long standing location was not an easy one to make. I had to consider, however, what would be the best way of servicing all of the constituents of Calwell. It is my intention to remain accessible to all, and together with my office staff, I will be running mobile offices and making appointments to see constituents in the City of Hume area.
The new office details are: Office of Maria Vamvakinou MP
Federal Member for Calwell Shop M0004 Keilor Shopping Centre
80 Taylors Road, Keilor Downs, Vic 3038
Ph:(03) 9367 5216; fax:(03) 9367 3064; Canberra (02) 6277 4249
I begin by associating myself with the contributions made by many of my colleagues on the passing of Gough Whitlam. I offer my
Federal Labor Members for Calwell and Wills Maria Vamvakinou and Kelvin Thomson, have today expressed serious apprehensions about the latest unemployment figures for their electorates. The latest Department of Employment report ,Small Area Labour Market Figures for Wills and Calwell are extremely concerning.In Calwell a real catastrophe is unfolding. In the City of Hume, unemployment has increased since June 2013 from 6.9% to 10% in June 2014. In Broadmeadows unemployment has risen since the change of government from 21.9% to be 26.4%. Unemployment in Campbellfield and Coolaroo has risen from 18.8% to be 22.9%, and unemployment in Meadow Heights has risen from 18.6% to also be 22.9%. These are terrible figures. They are a recipe for social disadvantage on a massive scale, with the certainty of crime, drugs, and mental health problems to follow.The figures also show that unemployment in Melbourne’s inner north is now higher in some cases than the unemployment crisis facing Europe.
I want to congratulate the Turkish sub-branch of the Victorian RSL and its President, Ramazan Altintas, for initiating and making a reality the Turkish Friendship Memorial Sculpture. Its official public announcement ceremony took place today in Melbourne.Ramazan Altintas has pursued the idea of a memorial sculpture for many years and, despite earlier setbacks, his efforts and those of the community have now come to fruition. The sculpture will be built on Birdwood Avenue, Kings Domain, Melbourne, in the gardens of the Shrine of Remembrance. It will be an enduring symbol of the friendship between our two countries, Australia and Turkey.