Category Archives: Local Issues

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.” 

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 andContinue Reading

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


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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
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 ...”


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