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Liberal Nationals will deliver faster, reliable rail for Gippsland

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 punctuality for Gippsland services once they entered the Metro network and this plan was desperately needed to find a solution for regional commuters.

“Gippsland Train travellers have been to hell and back over the last four years as they continue to take second place to Metro travellers and other Regional commuters,” Mr Blackwood said.

“As well as buying new trains for the Gippsland line, we’ll also invest $8 million in a business case to look at opportunities for a dedicated rail line to put an end to Gippsland passengers being delayed and frustrated when regional trains travelling to and from Melbourne get stuck behind metro trains that stop at all suburban stations.”

The business case will look at ways to separate regional and metropolitan trains out of Melbourne and resolve constraints caused by the Andrews Labor Government’s rushed, ill-conceived Sky Rail infrastructure.

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said Victoria’s unprecedented population growth was placing more strain on our existing passenger rail network, including Gippsland.

“The Liberal Nationals will do the work needed to deliver better rail services for the people of Gippsland, to connect these communities with each other and with Melbourne,” Mr Walsh said.

Shadow Minister for Public Transport David Davis said Labor has consistently taken communities in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland for granted.

“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver better train services for regional centres including Warragul, Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale,” Mr Davis said.

According to Public Transport Victoria, just 48.1 per cent of Bairnsdale services and 76.6 per cent of Gippsland services arrived on time in June this year – far short of the 92 per cent target. In the same month, 49 services were cancelled.

Our regional rail commitments also include a $633 million investment to deliver faster, more comfortable and more reliable trains for country passengers.

Minister Doesn’t Know How SkyRail Will Benefit Gippsland Commuters

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

Minister Puts Gippsland Commuters Last, Again

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

West Gippsland Hospital Commitment Confirmed

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

Liberal Nationals will bring back Country Roads and Bridges Fund for Baw Baw

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

Minister Confirms $530m Gippsland Line Upgrade Won’t Deliver One New Peak Service

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

Statement

Hill End Community Still Waits for Outcome on Former School Site

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

Great Forest National Park a Risk to Gippsland Job Security

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 Refuses to Answer Questions on Latrobe Valley Authority Funding

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

Euthanasia Debate – Hansard Record

    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

More Help Needed for Weed Control

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

Victorian Coalition to Deliver Record Funding Boost for Palliative Care

A Liberal-Nationals Government will provide an additional $140 million to deliver world class community palliative care in Victoria. Liberal Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood today said the announcement was the largest investment of its kind in Australia and that with an ageing population the investment was critical. ‘Research indicates that around 70% of Victorians wantContinue Reading

Calls for State Government to Save Local Sites for Future Community Use

Gary Blackwood, Member for Narracan, has called on the Andrews Labor Government to support both the Hill End and Yarragon communities by ending the uncertainty at two former school sites that have been marked for sale as surplus to Government needs. ‘The battle to retain the former Hill End Primary School site for community useContinue Reading

Matthew Guy – CFA Comments 19 May 2017

Daniel Andrews ripping apart the CFA   This attempt by Daniel Andrews to rip apart the CFA will result in the loss of thousands of volunteer firefighters and that will put the lives and property of Victorians at risk.   Daniel Andrews’ attempt to rip apart the CFA will mean the loss of volunteer firefightersContinue Reading


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2018
Aug
10
Liberal Nationals will deliver faster, reliable rail for Gippsland
“ A Liberal Nationals Government will complete a business case for a new, dedicated rail line ...”
Jun
22
Minister Doesn’t Know How SkyRail Will Benefit Gippsland Commuters
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said an extraordinary answer to a very simple question ...”
08
Minister Puts Gippsland Commuters Last, Again
“ The Andrews Labor Government have revealed today it doesn’t expect to complete the Gippsland portion ...”
May
18
West Gippsland Hospital Commitment Confirmed
“ The Liberal Nationals will build a new West Gippsland Hospital on the Greenfields site at ...”
Apr
18
Liberal Nationals will bring back Country Roads and Bridges Fund for Baw Baw
“ An elected Liberal Nationals government will fix country roads and save country lives.   Opposition Leader Matthew ...”
2017
Dec
18
Minister Confirms $530m Gippsland Line Upgrade Won't Deliver One New Peak Service
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said this week’s revelation from the Minister for Public ...”
Nov
15
Statement
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09
Hill End Community Still Waits for Outcome on Former School Site
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today met with representatives of the Hill End Community ...”
03
Great Forest National Park a Risk to Gippsland Job Security
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week warned that the creation of a Great ...”
Oct
19
Premier Refuses to Answer Questions on Latrobe Valley Authority Funding
“ Premier Daniel Andrews has this week refused to answer questions regarding the Latrobe Valley Authority.   Member ...”
Euthanasia Debate - Hansard Record
“     Mr BLACKWOOD — I rise to speak on this piece of legislation, which seeks to make it ...”
Sep
22
More Help Needed for Weed Control
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said noxious weed control on private land is becoming ...”
Aug
21
Victorian Coalition to Deliver Record Funding Boost for Palliative Care
“ A Liberal-Nationals Government will provide an additional $140 million to deliver world class community palliative ...”
11
Calls for State Government to Save Local Sites for Future Community Use
“ Gary Blackwood, Member for Narracan, has called on the Andrews Labor Government to support both ...”
May
19
Matthew Guy - CFA Comments 19 May 2017
“ Daniel Andrews ripping apart the CFA   This attempt by Daniel Andrews to rip apart the CFA ...”


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