Member for Narracan called on the Andrews Labor Government to back Victorian farmers, primary producers and property owners who are having their livelihoods put at risk by protestors and activists.
Mr Blackwood said his office had been inundated with complaints following the theft of animals by activists from the Gippy Goat Café in Yarragon.
‘This situation raises a serious number of concerns for local farmers, primary producers and even private property owners who may be a target of activist groups,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Livestock producers face significant penalties for breaches of the Livestock Disease Control Act and Animal Welfare Regulations, yet these activists who have illegally entered property, stolen livestock, moved livestock unsafely and put at risk biosecurity, have received nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
‘In addition to the $1 fine imposed, a charge of $250 for compensation, is grossly inadequate and sends the message that it is ok for these groups to target whoever they wish.
Mr Blackwood said he would write to the Premier seeking an assurance that the Government will ensure the rights of law abiding primary producers, property owners and individuals are protected from illegal activism that places their livelihoods and businesses at serious risk.
Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has called on the Minister for Health and Premier to release the long hidden details of a feasibility and business case that has been developed by the State Labor Government for West Gippsland Hospital. Speaking in State Parliament, Mr Blackwood said West Gippsland Hospital had been wiped off the AndrewsContinue Reading
The Liberal Nationals will continue to invest in our regional communities by investing $2 million towards planning and early works for the next stage of the Moe Activity Centre/ Moe Rail Precinct Revitalisation Project. A key project of the Latrobe City Council, the funding will enable the masterplan to be updated and work to beginContinue Reading
A Liberal Nationals Government will complete a business case for a new, dedicated rail line for regional trains through Melbourne’s south east metropolitan system to make services faster and more reliable for Gippsland passengers. Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said local commuters had been frustrated by the lack of investment to improve frequency, reliability and punctualityContinue Reading
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said an extraordinary answer to a very simple question in Parliament this week proves the Andrews Labor Government has been misleading Gippsland commuters regarding SkyRail and how it will benefit the region. The Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan was asked directly what benefits SkyRail works would deliver forContinue Reading
The Andrews Labor Government have revealed today it doesn’t expect to complete the Gippsland portion of the Victorian Regional Rail Revival until “late 2022”, the last of any Regional Rail Revival project. Speaking today Member for Narracan said it was proof that the Andrews Labor Government was prioritising every other region ahead of Gippsland asContinue Reading
The Liberal Nationals will build a new West Gippsland Hospital on the Greenfields site at the corner of Princes Way and Lardners Track. Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy visited the site today with Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood where a Liberal Nationals Government would build the West Gippsland Hospital. Every Victorian deserves access to quality healthcareContinue Reading
An elected Liberal Nationals government will fix country roads and save country lives. Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure David Hodgett announced today if elected, the Liberal Nationals will bring back the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program. By contrast, DanielContinue Reading
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said this week’s revelation from the Minister for Public Transport that not one new peak service would be delivered at the completion of the $530 million Gippsland Line Upgrade proved what a farce the project was. Mr Blackwood has asked the Minister “how many additional daily rail services willContinue Reading
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today met with representatives of the Hill End Community to hear their frustration at being kept in the dark about the outcome of a review regarding the future use of the former Hill End Primary School. ‘This issue has now been dragging on for months and the lack ofContinue Reading
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week warned that the creation of a Great Forest National Park would further cripple an already fragile jobs market within the Gippsland region. ‘Forestry and related industries are worth hundreds of millions of dollars to regional communities and for generations has provided ongoing stable employment opportunities for Gippslanders,’Continue Reading
Premier Daniel Andrews has this week refused to answer questions regarding the Latrobe Valley Authority. Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood had asked three Questions on Notice relating to the employment of staff at the Latrobe Valley Authority, how they were paid, and how much of the $266 million allocated had been spent to date.Continue Reading
Mr BLACKWOOD — I rise to speak on this piece of legislation, which seeks to make it legal for people to end their life in certain circumstances. I will outline at the outset that I will be opposing the legislation, and I intend to detail my concerns with the bill and why I will beContinue Reading
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said noxious weed control on private land is becoming a significant issue across the electorate following a jump in the number of complaints he has received on the issue. ‘I recently met with the Mount Worth and District Landcare Group as well as representatives from across South Gippsland andContinue Reading
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