Category Archives: Transport

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 infrastructure to maintain compare to metropolitan counterparts, but significantly lower revenue streams.

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, said that the Andrews Labor Government had undermined regional road funding since coming to government and it was time proven funding program such as the Country Roads and Bridges Program were reintroduced to assist councils.

‘Regional councils on average manage an average of 2,200km of roads, four times more than city-based councils,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘The Andrews Labor Government was incredibly quick on coming to government in defunding the Liberal-Nationals’ hugely successful Country Roads and Bridges Program that directly assisted regional council road projects,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘Regional communities were rightly outraged in 2015 when Daniel Andrews used funding he described as for ‘country’ bridges to upgrade 10 bridges close to metropolitan Melbourne.

‘Primary producers, transport companies and locals are more and more seeing reduced speed limits, warning signs and road closures or detours due to this lack of funding.

‘Our road networks are crumbling in regional Victoria and urgent funding is needed to improve safety,’ said Mr Blackwood.

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

Call for Minister to Review Public Transport Failings

Gippsland rail commuters are suffering through constant delays, cancellations and replacement buses it has been revealed this week. Speaking in State Parliament this week, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said commuter complaints to his office had increased dramatically under the Andrews Labor Government and that frequently those complaints related to the clear lack of reliabilityContinue 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

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

Extra Off Peak Trains Will Not Help Gippsland Commuters

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement of 10 additional off peak services will not address overcrowding on the Gippsland Line.   ‘October's V/Line capacity report showed that again two of our three most important peak services, the 4:16pm and 4:58pm weekday services, operated at or above 100% capacity.   ‘Clearly if the Andrews LaborContinue 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

Gippsland Labor MP Slams Minister for Appalling Roads

  Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Ms Harriet Shing has openly criticised the state of roads in Gippsland during this week’s sitting of the Victorian Parliament. “I refer to the parlous state of roads in the Eastern Victoria Region and in Gippsland, which have in and of themselves contributed more than their fair share of fatalities,Continue Reading

More Consultation, More Conversations but no Action for Gippsland Commuters

The release of the Regional Network Development Plan designed to drive future investment in regional transport will come as a bad joke to local commuters according to Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood and Member for Morwell Russell Northe. After a year of waiting, the Regional Network Development Plan has been released and contains no immediateContinue Reading

Lack of Detail in Labor Budget

The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.   Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well shortContinue Reading

Call for Tourism Signs to Support Jindivick Community

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Government to support local tourism and businesses in Jindivick by providing directional tourism signs at the Sand Road & Princes Freeway interchange which is currently undergoing a major upgrade. The call for tourism signage comes following a petition by the Jindivick Progress Association whichContinue Reading

Andrews May Short Change Regional Communities Again

  State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Labor Government to keep its word and deliver at least 10 per cent from the proceeds of the sale of the Port of Melbourne to regional Victoria for transport investment as promised just weeks ago. The agreement for 10% of the Port saleContinue Reading

Gippsland Commuter Pain Centre of Victorian Parliament Debate

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week used debate in the Victorian Parliament to again seek information for local commuters on the Gippsland Line from the Minister for Public Transport. In addressing Parliament, Mr Blackwood said the failure by the former Brumby Labor Government to include Gippsland in the Regional Rail Link Project wasContinue Reading

Andrews Government Rail Release Fudges Numbers

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today said Premier Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan continue to mislead Gippsland commuters about the extent of disruptions on the Gippsland line. ‘Today’s release from Minister Allan attempts to hide the extent of disruption that Gippsland rail commuters will face until at least the 13 MarchContinue Reading

Gippsland Commuters Deserve Better

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to extend free travel and provide clearer and more accurate information to commuters about the disruption they are facing on the Gippsland line. ‘Gippsland commuters have suffered through another week of confusion and delay with still no date in place forContinue Reading


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2017
Aug
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 ...”
11
Call for Minister to Review Public Transport Failings
“ Gippsland rail commuters are suffering through constant delays, cancellations and replacement buses it has been ...”
May
10
Coalitions Federal Budget Commits to Transport Projects
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today thanked the Federal Transport Minister Hon. Darren Chester ...”
Apr
11
New Carriages Welcomed but Commuters not Fooled
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today welcomed the announcement of 3 new carriages for ...”
2016
Nov
22
Extra Off Peak Trains Will Not Help Gippsland Commuters
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement of 10 additional off peak services ...”
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
09
Gippsland Labor MP Slams Minister for Appalling Roads
“   Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Ms Harriet Shing has openly criticised the state of roads in ...”
May
30
More Consultation, More Conversations but no Action for Gippsland Commuters
“ The release of the Regional Network Development Plan designed to drive future investment in regional ...”
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
15
Call for Tourism Signs to Support Jindivick Community
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Government to support local tourism ...”
Mar
24
Andrews May Short Change Regional Communities Again
“   State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Labor Government to keep ...”
Feb
25
Gippsland Commuter Pain Centre of Victorian Parliament Debate
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week used debate in the Victorian Parliament to ...”
04
Andrews Government Rail Release Fudges Numbers
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today said Premier Andrews and Minister for Public Transport ...”
Gippsland Commuters Deserve Better
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to ...”


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