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Commuters Fed Up with Public Transport Under Andrews

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said complaints to his office regarding V/Line service punctuality on the Gippsland line had exploded in recent months.
 
The most recent report from V/Line showed short and long distance punctuality for Gippsland commuters were the worst for any region in Victoria, at 82.6% for short distance travel and 72.4% for long distance.
 
‘In recent years there have been a significant number of people relocate to West Gippsland due to its proximity to Melbourne. They are able to enjoy a semi-rural lifestyle in towns such as Drouin, Warragul, Yarragon, Trafalgar and Moe and still commute to and from the city each day,’ said Mr Blackwood.
 
‘Under Daniel Andrews and Labor there has been a significant decline in the punctuality of rail services on the Gippsland line.
 
‘Commuters are spending longer waiting at stations for trains to arrive, longer sitting on trains getting where they need to go, and arriving later than ever.
 
‘The Andrews Government was given close to half a billion dollars to complete upgrade works along the Gippsland rail corridor by the Turnbull Coalition Government however this work will not address the underlying cause of the problem facing regional commuters, congestion in the Metro network.
 
‘Labor has also promised that SkyRail will benefit regional rail commuters however they have yet to provide a shred of evidence that shows that will be the case.
 
‘I challenge Premier Daniel Andrews, Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan or any member of the Labor Government to substantiate their claims about SkyRail and how it will benefit regional commuters trapped behind Metro rail services between Pakenham and the CBD.
 
The falling punctuality results came at the same time it was revealed that the Andrews Labor Government was pouring millions into advertising proposed rail projects, some of which won’t be completed until 2026.
 
‘Regional commuters have expressed to me their anger at reports that Daniel Andrews is choosing to spend significant amounts on advertising future rail projects rather than investing in our network now to ease congestion.
 
‘It was reported last month that $2.2 million alone was spent on advertising the Metro Tunnel, a project that won’t be completed until 2026.
 
‘Regional commuters need more frequent services, greater reliability, greater capacity and yet Daniel Andrews still chooses to waste funds on advertising projects that either won’t deliver anything to regional commuters or are nearly a decade from being completed,’ Mr Blackwood said.

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 ofContinue Reading

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

Labors Ideological Power Strategy Failing Victorian Businesses

Businesses are beginning to feel the pinch as power prices skyrocket following the closure of Hazelwood by the Andrews Labor Government earlier this year. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Blackwood said that an ideological approach by Daniel Andrews towards energy generation was having a massive impact on the cost of doing business in the state. ‘RecentlyContinue 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

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

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

Labor Plan to Break Up CFA Revealed

Concerns have been raised that a decision to split the professional and volunteer fire fighting services in Victoria may discourage current and future volunteers of the service Mr Blackwood has said today. Mr Blackwood said for months speculation had been rampant that this move would be made to appease the UFU and there were veryContinue Reading

Coalitions Federal Budget Commits to Transport Projects

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today thanked the Federal Transport Minister Hon. Darren Chester MP and Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent MP for their commitment to Victorian regional rail with the announcement of $500 million for upgrades in last nights Federal Budget. ‘This investment by the Federal Minister for Transport means projects like the duplicationContinue 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

Heyfield and Regional Victoria Need Support

The Heyfield rally held at State Parliament this week has shown that the Andrews Labor Government needs to listen to regional communities and support the industries they rely on, Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood has said this week. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Blackwood said there was a clear message to the government from the rally,Continue Reading

Speed Limit Changes Not a Replacement for Road Maintenance Funding

The Andrews Labor Governments cuts to country road maintenance funding are starting to bite in regional Victoria with VicRoads having to drop speed limits to protect motorists on roads where no funding is available to repair surfaces. Speaking in Parliament Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said a number of local residents had approached him regardingContinue Reading

Sand Road Interchange Upgrade Opens

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has welcomed today’s opening of the new Sand Road Interchange which has greatly improved safety at one of regional Victoria’s most dangerous intersections. Mr Blackwood said the upgrade was absolutely necessary to improve safety for motorists who relied on the intersection on a regular basis. ‘The grade separation of SandContinue Reading


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2017
Oct
18
Commuters Fed Up with Public Transport Under Andrews
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said complaints to his office regarding V/Line service punctuality ...”
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
24
Labors Ideological Power Strategy Failing Victorian Businesses
“ Businesses are beginning to feel the pinch as power prices skyrocket following the closure of ...”
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 ...”
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
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 ...”
19
Labor Plan to Break Up CFA Revealed
“ Concerns have been raised that a decision to split the professional and volunteer fire fighting ...”
10
Coalitions Federal Budget Commits to Transport Projects
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today thanked the Federal Transport Minister Hon. Darren Chester ...”
02
Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan ...”
Mar
23
Heyfield and Regional Victoria Need Support
“ The Heyfield rally held at State Parliament this week has shown that the Andrews Labor ...”
Feb
23
Speed Limit Changes Not a Replacement for Road Maintenance Funding
“ The Andrews Labor Governments cuts to country road maintenance funding are starting to bite in ...”
22
Sand Road Interchange Upgrade Opens
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has welcomed today’s opening of the new Sand Road Interchange ...”


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