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Community Safety Grants Now Open

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood is calling on local community groups to apply for grants of up to 25,000 to help improve community safety.

‘Community safety grants can be used for projects by not-for-profit groups and can help deliver wide range of positive outcomes,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘Projects can include security equipment such as lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates or be used to deliver small scale public space upgrade for improved community safety.

‘Programs like this are really important for our small regional towns and I encourage local not-for-profit groups who have a project in mind to apply,’ said Mr Blackwood.

The grants are available under two streams. The first stream offers up to $10,000 for projects that aim to prevent crime relating to community facilities and public spaces.

The second stream offers up to $25,000 for projects that improve education and awareness on home safety, theft from business, personal property theft in public places and theft of or from motor vehicles.

For more information or to lodge an application visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/safetygrants.

Applications close Friday 18 October 2019.

Britnell Joins Battle for Fair Roads Funding in West Gippsland

Shadow Minister for Rural Roads, Roma Britnell, has today visited West Gippsland to see firsthand how a lack of investment in regional roads by Daniel Andrews is hurting local communities. Speaking in Warragul, Mrs Britnell said the upcoming State Budget, due to be handed down next week, needed to deliver a significant boost to regionalContinue Reading

Daniel Andrews Must Stand Up for Local Timber Workers

Shadow Assistant Minister for Forestry Gary Blackwood has today called on the Andrews Labor Government to step in and take action against protesters who are illegally protesting in Noojee.   Speaking in Warragul today, Mr Blackwood said the illegal protest had gone on long enough and it was now seriously jeopardising a local business withContinue Reading

Growth Continues With No Plan From Premier for Better Healthcare in West Gippsland

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released this week shows that Baw Baw Shire grew by 1,339 new residents in 2017-18 to more than 52,000 residents yet still the Andrews Labor Government refuse to commit to a plan to build a new West Gippsland Hospital. Mr Blackwood said Premier Daniel Andrews neededContinue Reading

Gippsland drivers pay for Labor’s Transurban deal

Narracan motorists can’t get local pot holes fixed, but Daniel Andrews is shamelessly forcing them to pay for his West Gate Tunnel deal. Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said drivers going in to Melbourne via CityLink will take a hip pocket hit after the Andrews Labor Government signed a secretive deal with Transurban that willContinue Reading

Call for Financial Support Following Steelvision Collapse

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Premier Daniel Andrews to take action to support Latrobe Valley businesses following the collapse of Steelvision. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Blackwood said serious questions needed to be answered regarding Steel Vision and the process that was followed for the approval of a significant grant from theContinue Reading

Liberal Nationals to build High Speed Rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style High Speed Rail between the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne, slashing travel times to 62 minutes.  The Liberal Nationals’ plan for high speed rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne will more than halve travel times from a current time of 2 hours and 12 minutes to just 62Continue Reading

Liberal Nationals to rebuild Drouin Police Station

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build a new Drouin Police Station including the capacity for increased police numbers and opening hours in the future. A Matthew Guy Liberal Nationals Government will commit $6 million to give Victoria Police the infrastructure and resources it needs to keep the Drouin community safe. For too long, localContinue Reading

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.   AContinue Reading

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


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2019
Sep
11
Community Safety Grants Now Open
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood is calling on local community groups to apply for grants ...”
May
22
Britnell Joins Battle for Fair Roads Funding in West Gippsland
“ Shadow Minister for Rural Roads, Roma Britnell, has today visited West Gippsland to see firsthand ...”
16
Daniel Andrews Must Stand Up for Local Timber Workers
“ Shadow Assistant Minister for Forestry Gary Blackwood has today called on the Andrews Labor Government ...”
Mar
28
Growth Continues With No Plan From Premier for Better Healthcare in West Gippsland
“ New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released this week shows that Baw ...”
19
Gippsland drivers pay for Labor’s Transurban deal
“ Narracan motorists can’t get local pot holes fixed, but Daniel Andrews is shamelessly forcing them ...”
Feb
22
Call for Financial Support Following Steelvision Collapse
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Premier Daniel Andrews to take action ...”
2018
Oct
03
Liberal Nationals to build High Speed Rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style High Speed Rail between the Latrobe Valley ...”
Sep
26
Liberal Nationals to rebuild Drouin Police Station
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build a new Drouin Police Station including the capacity ...”
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 ...”


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