Category Archives: Kindergartens and Early Education

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.

Former Hill End Primary School Site Must Remain for Community Use

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has called on the Minister for Education to intervene in the sale of the former Hill End Primary School site to ensure it remained available for community use. Speaking in State Parliament Mr Blackwood said that HECI (Hill End Community Inc.) were already maintaining the site without any support fromContinue 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

Shade Grants for Local Schools Open

Local schools across the Narracan electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 School Shade Grants Program which is now open. The grants program provides grants of up to $25,000 to Victorian Schools to develop shaded areas including the establishment of new shade, repair of old shade areas or assistance in creating naturalContinue Reading

Kinder Funding Welcomed – More Needed

Member for Narracan has congratulated 9 local kindergartens who will receive funding for Minor Information Technology upgrades & one which will receive a Minor Infrastructure Refurbishment Grant. The successful local kindergartens include; Goodstart Drouin – $1,500 Drouin Kindergarten – $1,500 Oak Street Kindergarten – $1,500 Longwarry Preschool – $1,037 Goodstart Warragul (Burke St) – $1,500Continue Reading


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News Archives

2017
Aug
18
Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland
“ A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian ...”
Jun
08
Former Hill End Primary School Site Must Remain for Community Use
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has called on the Minister for Education to intervene in ...”
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 ...”
Feb
26
Shade Grants for Local Schools Open
“ Local schools across the Narracan electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 ...”
2015
Oct
13
Kinder Funding Welcomed - More Needed
“ Member for Narracan has congratulated 9 local kindergartens who will receive funding for Minor Information ...”


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