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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 the Victorian Government.

‘Steelvision established its operations in Morwell in March 2018 with the support of a state government grant apparently in the order of $750 000,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘Within a matter of months it became very apparent that Steelvision were facing serious financial difficulty, and this was having an impact on local businesses supplying goods and services to Steelvision.

‘They have now been placed into voluntary administration and administrators appointed.

‘It is very hard to understand how this company was able to attract hundreds of thousands of dollars in state government funding to set up its operations in Morwell, yet in a matter of months the same company is in administration and has subsequently left a trail of hurt in our community.

A number of Latrobe Valley businesses are now facing hefty financial losses following Steelvision being placed into administration.

‘This issue has left many local businesses extremely distressed from a financial and emotional perspective. 

‘I understand that Steelvision owes creditors more than $15 million.

‘This is an enormous hit to the local economy and the families caught up in this mess.

‘Admiral Towing and Ashby’s Electrical are two of the many unsecured creditors that have virtually no chance of being paid.

Mr Blackwood has called on the Premier to establish a compensation fund to assist Latrobe Valley businesses and employees to ensure more job losses and closures do not occur as a result.

‘In September 2018 even the Treasurer publicly noted concerns relating to Steelvision, yet took no action to investigate allegations or do anything to minimise the damage to local businesses and individuals who had acted in good faith when supplying goods and services to Steelvision.

‘This is about what is fair, just and right, and appropriate support for businesses and people who trusted the governments judgement in support of Steelvision and their Morwell operation,’ said Mr Blackwood.

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

Making Albert Street Primary School safer

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will commit up to $150,000 to install security fencing around the perimeter of Albert Street Primary School. Albert Street Primary School has suffered from a series of site issues due to a lack of security fencing including vandalism, drug and alcohol litter being left at the site over weekends andContinue 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

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

Inquiry Reveals Councils Struggling to Meet Roads Costs

The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils has heard this week that country councils are struggling to meet the high costs of maintaining their roads network. Giving evidence to the inquiry this week, Local Government Victoria confirmed that rural councils have a disproportionately large volume of infrastructureContinue 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

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

New Carriages Welcomed but Commuters not Fooled

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today welcomed the announcement of 3 new carriages for the Gippsland line which will assist commuters on two peak services at 6:27am to Melbourne from Traralgon and 4:58pm to Traralgon from Melbourne. ‘I welcome today’s announcement from the Victorian Government that new carriages will appear on these services butContinue Reading


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2019
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 ...”
Aug
17
Making Albert Street Primary School safer
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will commit up to $150,000 to install security fencing around ...”
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 ...”
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
Inquiry Reveals Councils Struggling to Meet Roads Costs
“ The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils ...”
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
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 ...”
Apr
11
New Carriages Welcomed but Commuters not Fooled
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today welcomed the announcement of 3 new carriages for ...”


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