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 will be provided to Gippsland commuters as a result of the Regional Rail Revival package when it is completed”.
In response the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan stated that “upgrades will provide capacity to deliver a 40 minute off peak frequency upon completion.”
‘Today, probably without even realising it, the Minister for Public Transport has told Gippsland commuters that when this massively expensive upgrade is finished, there will be not one new peak morning or evening train service for our region,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Peak morning and evening services between Gippsland and Melbourne are what commuters are asking for, not additional non-peak services which don’t address core transport issues facing commuters.
‘Earlier this year the Andrews Labor Government boasted that they had delivered a new daily service to the Gippsland line, which was later revealed to be a late evening train, and now commuters will be left asking how $530 million for off peak services is good value.
‘It’s time the Andrews Labor Government just admitted they have given up on the Gippsland line and confessed to commuters that they are getting a dud deal compared to the massive boost in services that Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong are receiving,’ Mr Blackwood said.
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
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Victorian Government to provide funding to Thorpdale Primary School to build a new boundary fence. Speaking in Parliament Mr Blackwood said the current fence had passed its life span and that staff and parents had to repair it on a regular basis to ensure students wereContinue Reading
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to urgently undertake a review of the current Leadbeater’s Possum management plan. Mr Blackwood said the current plan was overdue for review and that given recent survey results including third-party reporting, the time had come to update the managementContinue Reading
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