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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 Bath said it was critical that regional communities were engaged in population discussion as the current rate of growth in metropolitan regions was unsustainable.

‘The current population boom, centralised in Melbourne, is truly unsustainable and having negative impact on the aspect of many Victorians’ lives,’ Ms Bath said.

‘We are seeing commuters continually stuck in traffic, over-crowded trains and trams and important services such as schools and hospitals are struggling to keep up with demand.

‘Coupled with the cost of housing skyrocketing, it is clear that we need a policy framework to help guide population growth right across the state, including regional Victoria.

‘Regional Victoria truly is a beautiful place to live and work and with the right policy frameworks and investment we can help move some of the population boom away from Melbourne to regional centres and that feedback has been echoed to me in Traralgon today,’ said Ms Bath.

Speaking in Warragul, Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood said it was important that regional communities were part of the conversation around population growth and that policy was not left to Melbourne based decision makers.

‘Every day I hear feedback that regional communities and residents feel disconnected from Melbourne and the discussion around population and cost of living.

‘By consulting local residents, communities and business we can build a policy framework designed to guide the growth of the entire state, not just our metropolitan centre which can only take so much.

‘The development of a state wide population policy will highlight opportunities in regional communities, particularly West and Central Gippsland who are uniquely placed to offer regional living, close to Melbourne.

‘The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition have already committed to the construction of a brand new West Gippsland Hospital to help meet growing health needs and through this taskforce and policy framework we will be able to highlight other key investment opportunities such as road, rail, schools and community facilities that will help meet the needs of a growing population in our region,’ Mr Blackwood said.

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

$2.5m Maternity Boost for Warragul Hospital

A re-elected Napthine Government will spend $2.5 million towards the expansion of the maternity ward and construction of a new operating theatre at West Gippsland Healthcare Group in Warragul, Minister for Health David Davis announced today. Mr Davis said the funding will relocate the High Dependency Unit into the medical and surgical wards. “This relocationContinue Reading


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2017
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 ...”
$2.5m Maternity Boost for Warragul Hospital
“ A re-elected Napthine Government will spend $2.5 million towards the expansion of the maternity ward ...”


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