Category Archives: Local Issues

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 from State or Local Government and that their success in doing so demonstrated just how valuable the site was to the local community.

‘HECI have been a very proactive, self-sufficient group, relying on their own initiative and resources to not only maintain this site on behalf of the department but also strengthening the very fabric of the community,’ said Mr Blackwood.

‘The school building has become the community hub due to the hard work and commitment of the HECI committee, and it hosts regular community events that are well supported by the local and broader community.

‘Australia Day and Anzac Day services are held annually at the school, along with a quarterly market. Every Queen's Birthday weekend the Tanjil Valley Art Show is held. It is very well supported by local exhibitors and large numbers of visitors from right across Gippsland.

‘The site is very clearly of current and continued significant value to the community of Hill End.

Mr Blackwood said that there had been a distinct lack of consultation by the Andrews Labor Government with the community and HECI around the sale of the site and that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning who were responsible for the site also supported it remaining in community hands.

‘HECI have not been consulted at all on the proposed sale of the site.

‘There has been no regard shown for the achievements of HECI in terms of community benefit and maintenance of the former school over the past 10 years.

‘It is very disappointing that no community consultation has taken place regarding the future use of the site in the context of the inherent value to the community provided at the site by HECI.

‘Seventy community members attended a public meeting on Thursday, 18 May, to discuss a response to the state government fast-track planning process.

‘A unanimous resolution was passed by the meeting for the sale of the site to be halted and HECI to be retained as the formal tenant.

‘DELWP Gippsland has indicated its support for the site to remain available for community use under their stewardship.

‘I urge the Minister for Education to remove the school from the fast-track planning process, take it off the government's surplus asset sale list and formally designate the Hill End Primary School site for ongoing community use, managed by HECI on behalf of DELWP,’ Mr Blackwood said.

 

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

Blackwood Calls on Andrews to Stand Up for Valley

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today called on the Andrews Labor Government to support the Latrobe Valley with a real plan to deliver investment and jobs with only 50 days remaining until Hazelwood closes.   ‘Today marks 50 days until the closure of Hazelwood and increasingly the commentary I hear from local communities isContinue Reading

Blackwood calls on Andrews to Stand Up to Greens and Protect Valley Jobs

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in Parliament to raise concerns about the closure of Hazelwood and the influence the Victorian Greens are having on the policies of the Andrews Labor Government. ‘We have heard a lot over the past two weeks about the fallout from the impending closure of the Hazelwood powerContinue Reading

Hazelwood Loss a Blow for our Local Community, Local Business and Future of our State

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to highlight the true impact of the closure of Hazelwood on the Latrobe Valley, Gippsland and wider Victorian community. Mr Blackwood said the closure of Hazelwood would have far reaching impacts on public and private sectors who have had access to reliable readilyContinue Reading

Closure of Hazelwood Marks Turning Point for Gippsland and Latrobe Valley

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement by Engie that Hazelwood will close is a major blow to an already struggling Latrobe Valley and wider Gippsland community. ‘Hazelwood has been a core employer within Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley for generations and today’s announcement will fundamentally change the future of our region,’ MrContinue Reading

Infrastructure Victoria’s Citizen Jury Wants Gippsland V/Lines Terminated at Pakenham

  Gippsland Coalition Members Gary Blackwood and Russell Northe have said they will oppose any move by the Andrews Labor Government to remove V/Line trains from using the metropolitan rail network as proposed by the Regional Citizen Jury which is part of Daniel Andrews Infrastructure Victoria. In a report released 30 July 2016, the Citizen JuryContinue 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


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2017
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 ...”
09
Blackwood Calls on Andrews to Stand Up for Valley
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today called on the Andrews Labor Government to support ...”
2016
Nov
24
Blackwood calls on Andrews to Stand Up to Greens and Protect Valley Jobs
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in Parliament to raise concerns about the ...”
10
Hazelwood Loss a Blow for our Local Community, Local Business and Future of our State
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to highlight the ...”
03
Closure of Hazelwood Marks Turning Point for Gippsland and Latrobe Valley
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement by Engie that Hazelwood will close ...”
Aug
05
Infrastructure Victoria’s Citizen Jury Wants Gippsland V/Lines Terminated at Pakenham
“   Gippsland Coalition Members Gary Blackwood and Russell Northe have said they will oppose any move by ...”
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 ...”


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