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Safer Internet, Boost in Immunisation May Please Carnegie Parents

By Matt Hurlston

Parents of school-aged children living in Carnegie real estate and other sought-after suburbs in Melbourne may be pleased by Victorian government initiatives recently confirmed.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon and Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith announced a $400,000 funding package that will help create "responsible digital citizens" on February 11.

Grants are available to community organisations and at $30,000 a pop they will provide significant thrust to internet safety programs pitched at young children.

"These grants are about working with young people to ensure that they are careful about what they say and do online," noted Mr Smith. 

Groups who successfully obtain grants will work alongside the coalition government's 'It's There for Life' campaign, which encourages children to consider the impact of what they might post or upload online.

Mr Dixon pointed out Victorian schools are "leaders" in the field of cyber safety education and are utilising the $10.5m eSmart government initiative to help schools with cybersafety issues.

Real estate in Carnegie is incredibly popular for young families looking to secure the perfect property in a kid-friendly suburb and the recent announcement may further benefit children living in the area. 

Meanwhile, the coalition government has also announced new immunisation targets, aiming "to have 95 per cent of children fully immunised before they start school" by 2015, according to a February 11 statement from the Premier of Victoria.

Currently, 93 per cent of Victorian children are immunised before starting school.

Contact Matt Hurlston at Ray White Carnegie if you're thinking about buying a new family home.

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