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Liberal Nationals to upgrade Neerim District Secondary College

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will deliver $3 million to upgrade Neerim District Secondary College.
 
The College has remained largely unchanged since its establishment in 1963 and the commitment will allow the school to upgrade a range of classrooms and modernise the learning environment to achieve the best outcome possible for students.
 
A new Science and Technology Learning Centre, named after former Member for Narracan John Delzoppo OAM, was funded by the Baillieu Government in 2013 and this commitment will build on that investment.
 
Only a Liberal Nationals Government will support Neerim District Secondary College and modernise the facility to meet the future needs of local students.
 
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:
 
“Daniel Andrews and his Melbourne centric government has completely ignored rural and regional Victoria.
 
Education Minister James Merlino, who is also Minister for Emergency Services, has spent more time smashing up the CFA then delivering for regional students and school communities.
 
We will ensure regional school communities receive the attention they deserve and this announcement today is just one small step towards a better future for regional schools.
 
Only a Liberal Nationals Government is committed to governing for all Victorians not just in the City.”
 
Comments attributable to Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood:
“Students and teachers deserve the best facilities we can offer them and this commitment today will provide investment that will enhance the high quality of education currently being delivered.
 
Most of the buildings at Neerim District Secondary College reflect the era of the 1960’s and the time has come to provide significant investment to modernise the facilities.
 
I’ve worked tirelessly with the school to secure this commitment and I’m proud a Matthew Guy led Liberal Nationals Government will deliver this commitment for my local community.”

Liberal Nationals to support Olivia’s Place

The Liberal Nationals will provide a $200,000 boost to Olivia’s Place to support their important community work if elected this November. The Liberal Nationals are committed to supporting carers in our community. Olivia’s Place is a family support service established in 2012 focused on supporting families through pregnancy and early parenting for the first 12Continue Reading

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 insteadContinue Reading

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


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2018
Sep
10
Liberal Nationals to upgrade Neerim District Secondary College
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will deliver $3 million to upgrade Neerim District Secondary College.   The ...”
Jul
05
Liberal Nationals to support Olivia’s Place
“ The Liberal Nationals will provide a $200,000 boost to Olivia’s Place to support their important ...”
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 ...”


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