Category Archives: Emergency Services

Common sense approach needed on Wire Rope Barriers

The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers. If done properly they can prevent some serious accidents and they can save lives.  
 
We are concerned that the latest round of wire rope barriers are being installed in the wrong places and without proper planning and making some roads more dangerous instead of safer. 
 
The extensive placement of Wire Rope Barriers on almost every meter of the Princes Highway through the heart of the Narracan Electorate is an example of what is happening across the state, as the city-centric Andrews Labor Government fails to manage yet another major project.  
 
Some of the specific concerns about some of the latest installations include:

  • Impeding access and manoeuvrability for emergency services;
  • Compromising motorcycle safety if a rider connects with the barrier;
  • Wire Roper Barriers installed too close to the side of the road that inhibit drivers pulling over safely due to a flat tire or a breakdown; and
  • Considerable vegetation growth under the barrier rope which pose a significant fire risk and maintenance issues.

 
A Liberal Nationals Government will suspend Daniel Andrews’ botched rollout of Wire Rope Barriers and undertake a review of the process.  
 
The review will include consultation with key stakeholders such as the CFA and RACV to determine a common sense approach to the placement and extent of future Wire Rope Barriers implementation. 
 
Daniel Andrews’ Roads Minister says country motorists with concerns about the placement of wire rope barriers are ‘dingbats’ and that “people can go round playing banjos, playing conspiracy theories and rubbish like that – they need to deal with the facts and the figures.”
 
As this local example shows, the real dingbats are Daniel Andrews and his Roads Minister from Fitzroy. 
 
Comments attributable to Gary Blackwood MP:
 
“Daniel Andrews has slashed funding for Country Roads and Bridges and now he’s giving us Wire Rope Barriers installed in the wrong places.
 
“The Minister for Roads has failed to answer questions I raised in Parliament relating to the rollout of the Wire Rope Barrier program in West Gippsland.
 
“Local residents want to be assured the rollout of the program is being done correctly and with the right data to back up the locations chosen for the barriers to be installed. Having every meter of the Princes Highway in our electorate lined with them does not suggest any survey or site work has been done to target high-risk locations.
 
“Daniel Andrews has ignored maintaining and repairing Victoria’s regional roads for the last three years and as a result they have become dangerous and are putting lives at risk. 
 
“Labor has been in government for 14 of the last 18 years and has ignored regional roads which have become dangerous and are putting lives at risk.” 
 
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
 
“Daniel Andrews governs for Melbourne’s inner-suburbs, a Liberal Nationals Government will govern for all Victorians.
 
“A picture tells a thousand words and these images clearly show that the government has botched the installation of these wire rope barriers and instead of saving lives it’s putting lives at risk.”
 
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads, David Hodgett:
 
“The Premier for Melbourne has botched the installation of Wire Ropes Barriers and it’s putting lives of motorists and emergency services at risk. 
 
“That’s why the Liberal Nationals policy is to suspend the current installation of the wire rope program and instead use that money to repair these roads so they are safer for all Victorians.” 

No Consultation on CFA Split by Andrews Creating Uncertainty for Volunteers

Daniel Andrews failure to consult CFA volunteers on the split of professional and volunteer members is a slap in the face to the thousands of volunteers who have protected our State for decades Mr Blackwood has told State Parliament this week. ‘The announcement last week by the Andrews Government to effectively break up the CFA,Continue Reading

Call for Minister to Intervene in Drouin Ambulance Delay

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in Parliament this week to call on the Minister for Health to intervene in the drawn out search for a permanent location for an ambulance station in Drouin. ‘Drouin is the largest town in country Victoria still without a permanent 24 hour ambulance facility,’ Mr Blackwood said.Continue Reading

Do Nothing Dan Oversees Increase in Crime Rate

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has said a huge increase in criminal offences is a result of the Andrews Labor Government not having a clear agenda on how it will tackle crime and had failed to strengthen legislation to help deter criminal activity. ‘The latest crime statistics show an average 10 per cent increase inContinue 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

2015-16 VESEP Grant Recipients Announced

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has congratulated five local CFA groups that will receive funding from the 2015/16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).   Mr Blackwood said the program assisted emergency service agencies with the purchase of life-saving equipment, trucks, boats and funds minor upgrades.   “Local emergency service volunteers make a significant contributionContinue Reading

Big Increase in Fire Services Levy

Home owners, businesses and farmers will face large increases in their property based Fire Services Levy (FSL) as a direct result of the Labor State Budget. Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said the Andrews Labor Government outlined a huge 7.2 per cent increase in FSL receipts in its recent State Budget. ‘This means Gippsland propertyContinue Reading

Coalition to Boost Warragul Ambulance Services

A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will further expand ambulance resources at Warragul, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood announced today. “A new Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Single Responder Unit will be based at the existing Warragul branch and will provide additional coverage to the local community and the surrounding district,” Mr Blackwood said. “The new MICAContinue Reading

Napthine Gov Delivers new CFA Equipment

A new $497,000 CFA station and $345,000 tanker for Darnum and Ellinbank CFA have strengthened emergency response in Cloverlea. Representing Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood today officially opened the Darnum and Ellinbank CFA station which he said builds on the Napthine Government’s significant investmentsContinue Reading

Coalition Commits to New Warragul Incident Centre

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, today announced a re-elected Napthine Government will commit $3.5 million to deliver a new administration and incident control centre for the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) in Warragul. “The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria and enhancing emergency response capabilitiesContinue Reading


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2018
Feb
14
Common sense approach needed on Wire Rope Barriers
“ The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers. If done properly they ...”
2017
May
25
No Consultation on CFA Split by Andrews Creating Uncertainty for Volunteers
“ Daniel Andrews failure to consult CFA volunteers on the split of professional and volunteer members ...”
Call for Minister to Intervene in Drouin Ambulance Delay
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in Parliament this week to call on ...”
2016
Jun
17
Do Nothing Dan Oversees Increase in Crime Rate
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has said a huge increase in criminal offences is a ...”
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
2015
Aug
17
2015-16 VESEP Grant Recipients Announced
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has congratulated five local CFA groups that will receive funding ...”
May
15
Big Increase in Fire Services Levy
“ Home owners, businesses and farmers will face large increases in their property based Fire Services ...”
2014
Nov
26
Coalition to Boost Warragul Ambulance Services
“ A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will further expand ambulance resources at Warragul, Member for Narracan ...”
09
Napthine Gov Delivers new CFA Equipment
“ A new $497,000 CFA station and $345,000 tanker for Darnum and Ellinbank CFA have strengthened ...”
05
Coalition Commits to New Warragul Incident Centre
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, today announced a re-elected Napthine Government will commit $3.5 million ...”


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