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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 healthcare and building this new hospital will ensure that people in the region continue to get quality healthcare close to home.

This project is not just about today, it’s about the future.

Daniel Andrews’ failure to take action and build this new hospital has left regional Victorians disadvantaged and without the same healthcare as those in the city.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will build the new hospital and commence with detailed planning for construction – including detailed work on the timing and cost.

We will also work with the Federal Government to ensure their funding and support for the Hospital.

Victoria is growing at around 150,000 people every year and that’s why we have established a Population Taskforce to tackle the pressing issue of rapid population growth head-on, embarking on a long-term strategy for Victoria’s future.

Making sure that we have a plan for health, education and emergency services is a vital part of our population policy. Building the West Gippsland Hospital is about planning for regional Victoria’s future health needs.

Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“While Daniel Andrews is the Premier for Melbourne, I will be Premier for all Victoria.”

“Gary Blackwood has been a passionate advocate for his community in championing this upgrade of the local hospital.

“Victorians deserve the best quality healthcare and that’s why I’ll make sure works on West Gippsland Hospital are underway in the first term of a Liberal Nationals Government.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood:

“As a Life Governor of the West Gippsland Hospital who served nine years as a Board member and having had three generations of the Blackwood family born at the hospital, I am incredibly passionate about making sure it provides great service to the community.

“Our community is justifiably proud of the West Gippsland Hospital and this has been demonstrated time and time again through bequests and donations, in particular the contribution of the Drouin Auxilliary that raises around $100,000 each year.

“It is very pleasing that after almost ten years of lobbying and advocacy a new hospital will now be built on the Greenfield site and congratulations must go to the Board of management for their foresight by purchasing land in a perfect location between Warragul and Drouin.

“Matthew Guy and his team have understood the current needs of West Gippsland and have recognised the future demand the West Gippsland Hospital will face with enormous population growth and an aging population which is a very clear demonstration of their genuine commitment to Country Victoria.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge:

“Daniel Andrews is no friend of the Gippsland region.

“As Premier, Daniel Andrews has forced the shutdown of Hazelwood resulting in thousands of lost jobs and he’s failed to fund important local services.

“When it comes to funding health and education, this divisive Premier always plays favourites.”  

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

More Detail Needed on Gippsland Rail Announcement

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said details of todays announcement of $435 million in the State Budget for the Gippsland line will be heavily scrutinised by regional commuters.   ‘Details in this announcement are broad strokes at best and local commuters have been promised improvements before by Daniel Andrews,’ Mr Blackwood said.   ‘TheContinue Reading

Bus Service Upgrade Welcomed but Concern at Lack of Consultation

Member for Narracan has welcomed the recent announcement of new town bus services for Drouin and Warragul but said his office had been inundated with contact from residents whose properties would be affected by new stop locations. ‘Warragul and Drouin are growing at a rapid rate and we absolutely need a better town bus servicesContinue Reading

Data Shows Crime Up Significantly Under Andrews & Labor

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has said crime data released this week proves Daniel Andrews soft approach on crime has failed and the time has come for the Labor Government to outline exactly what it will do to curb rising criminal activity in our region. Mr Blackwood said while local police did an outstanding jobContinue Reading


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2018
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 ...”
Apr
30
More Detail Needed on Gippsland Rail Announcement
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said details of todays announcement of $435 million in ...”
10
Bus Service Upgrade Welcomed but Concern at Lack of Consultation
“ Member for Narracan has welcomed the recent announcement of new town bus services for Drouin ...”
Mar
17
Data Shows Crime Up Significantly Under Andrews & Labor
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