Category Archives: Health

Call for Support to Alleviate Coming Kinder Squeeze

The closure of Bowen Park Kindergarten at the end of 2017 will place significant pressure on local kindergarten services Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week told State Parliament.

In his address to the Legislative Assembly, Mr Blackwood said funding was urgently needed to help meet the loss of capacity with the closure of Bowen Park Kinder at the end of the year and cope with the significant increase in the population of Warragul and surrounding areas.

‘Baw Baw Shire has four community-based sessional kindergartens in Warragul which are already under pressure with a huge growth in the number of young families moving to the area,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘Bowen Park, one of those community-based facilities supported by Baw Baw Shire, is closing at the end of 2017 and will result in a loss of 52 places increasing stress on kindergarten capacity.

‘Warragul is a fantastic place to live and we have seen an influx of young families moving to the town. This year will also see West Gippsland Hospital deliver more than 1,000 babies and with only around  600 four year old kinder places currently available the situation is fast reaching crisis point.

Mr Blackwood said funds had been allocated by the Baw Baw Shire and it was not unreasonable to expect the State Government to play their part to help address the impending shortfall.

‘In partnership with Warragul Primary School, Baw Baw Shire are proposing the delivery of a new co-located kindergarten facility which will offer children access to an integrated service that will ease the transition from kinder to primary education for students.

‘This is a perfect site for a new early learning centre, in a central location, with close proximity to the centre of town and ample room at the site to accommodate a new building.

‘This model for co-location is already a proven success with the establishment of early learning centres on primary school sites within my electorate at Yarragon Primary School and Drouin Primary School.

‘Each of these sites has thrived following the co-location and it makes sense to deliver a new early learning centre at Warragul Primary to enhance the high standard of education currently provided by the dedicated, hard -working  Teachers and Staff.

‘It is vitally important the State Government and Minister come to the table and help deliver this early learning infrastructure for Warragul before the already strained kindergarten services  reach a critical shortfall in capacity,’ said Mr Blackwood.

Victorian Coalition Commits to Free Flu Vaccinations for Children

The Victorian Liberal-Nationals have today announced that a Victorian Coalition Government will provide $7 million over four years for free voluntary flu vaccinations for all Victorian Children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said providing free voluntary vaccinations will help remove the financial barrier for parents andContinue Reading

Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland

A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian Liberal National Coalition. Member for Kew and chair of the Taskforce, Tim Smith, met yesterday with business leaders and community members in Traralgon and later spoke with the Committee for Gippsland in Warragul. Nationals Member for Eastern Region Melina BathContinue Reading

Six Months on, Labor Still Not Committed to West Gippsland Hospital’s Future

Today marks six months since the Matthew Guy and the Victorian Liberal National Coalition committed to delivering a new West Gippsland Hospital with no sight of Labor matching that commitment or even announcing what it plans to do into the future to grow the service. August 13 will also mark 1,000 days since Labor announcedContinue Reading

Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan projects off the map in this year’s State Budget, only investing the bare minimum in the region. In responding to the Victorian Budget Mr Blackwood said Daniel Andrews has misled Gippsland about potential V/Line improvements announcing funding he simply doesContinue Reading

Lack of Detail in Labor Budget

The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.   Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well shortContinue Reading

Call for West Gippsland Hospital Plan to be Released

  Investment in West Gippsland Hospital needs to be front and centre for the Andrews Government with a view to funding the establishment of a new West Gippsland Hospital to deal with population growth and increase in demand, Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood has said this week.   Mr Blackwood called on the Minister forContinue Reading

Men’s Sheds 2016 Grants Program Opens

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging applications to the 2016 Men's Sheds Program from Narracan communities to establish new, or refurbish existing Men’s Sheds. Mr Blackwood said Men’s Sheds play a vital role in local communities providing an exchange of skills and important meeting place for men. ‘Men’s Sheds are valuable community facilities thatContinue Reading

Disability Grants Open

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging disability self-help groups to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to increase the independence and community participation of people with disabilities.   “Grant funding is provided for a variety of practical purposes including general expenses, running costs, and minor works or equipment,” Mr Blackwood said.   “ThereContinue Reading

Blackwood Calls for Support to Help Melt Ice Addiction

Member for Narracan has called on the Andrews Government to support the Ice Melt Down project which is working to help support individuals and families dealing with drug addiction in Gippsland. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Blackwood said the volunteer driven program which supports addicts of Ice and Methamphetamine had been positively received and was alreadyContinue Reading

Grants for Sporting Facilities Now Open

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today encouraged local sporting groups and community organisations in the Narracan electorate to apply for funding through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund which is now open. Mr Blackwood said the program had been very popular in the past and helped local sport and community groups deliver the best facilitiesContinue Reading

Blackwood Highlights Budget Shortfalls for Narracan

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament this week to highlight the lack of investment in Narracan by the Andrews Government. Speaking in Parliament Mr Blackwood said that the West Gippsland Hospital had been forgotten by the Andrews Government and needed immediate support to meet growing population pressures. ‘In healthContinue Reading

Blackwood Calls on Labor to Back West Gipps Hospitals Future

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has called on the Andrews Labor Government to publically back the future of the West Gippsland Hospital. Mr Blackwood said that the Andrews Governments ‘comprehensive study’ announced at the 2014 State Election had all the hall marks of a plan to reduce services locally forcing patients to other major hospitalsContinue Reading

$1m for New Accommodation at West Gippsland Hospital

A re-elected Napthine Government will spend $1 million to construct accommodation for visiting health professionals at West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, announced today. Mr Blackwood said the funding will attract and retain highly skilled health professionals at West Gippsland Healthcare Group. “The new accommodation will replace ageing cottages and will beContinue Reading

Labor Risk Warragul Hospitals Future

Labor simply can’t get healthcare right. For 4 years on Opposition I lobbied to have the then Labor Government commit to upgrading the West Gippsland Hospital’s emergency department. Labor let the Emergency Department languish 8 beds short of what it needed on a daily basis for 11 very long years. In 2010 the Victorian CoalitionContinue Reading


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2017
Sep
22
Call for Support to Alleviate Coming Kinder Squeeze
“ The closure of Bowen Park Kindergarten at the end of 2017 will place significant pressure ...”
Victorian Coalition Commits to Free Flu Vaccinations for Children
“ The Victorian Liberal-Nationals have today announced that a Victorian Coalition Government will provide $7 million ...”
Aug
18
Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland
“ A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian ...”
10
Six Months on, Labor Still Not Committed to West Gippsland Hospital’s Future
“ Today marks six months since the Matthew Guy and the Victorian Liberal National Coalition committed ...”
May
02
Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan ...”
2016
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
Mar
10
Call for West Gippsland Hospital Plan to be Released
“   Investment in West Gippsland Hospital needs to be front and centre for the Andrews Government ...”
Jan
19
Men's Sheds 2016 Grants Program Opens
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging applications to the 2016 Men's Sheds Program from ...”
2015
Sep
25
Disability Grants Open
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging disability self-help groups to apply for grants of ...”
Aug
05
Blackwood Calls for Support to Help Melt Ice Addiction
“ Member for Narracan has called on the Andrews Government to support the Ice Melt Down ...”
Jul
31
Grants for Sporting Facilities Now Open
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today encouraged local sporting groups and community organisations in ...”
Jun
25
Blackwood Highlights Budget Shortfalls for Narracan
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament this week to ...”
May
28
Blackwood Calls on Labor to Back West Gipps Hospitals Future
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has called on the Andrews Labor Government to publically back ...”
2014
Nov
26
$1m for New Accommodation at West Gippsland Hospital
“ A re-elected Napthine Government will spend $1 million to construct accommodation for visiting health professionals ...”
24
Labor Risk Warragul Hospitals Future
“ Labor simply can’t get healthcare right. For 4 years on Opposition I lobbied to have the ...”


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