Category Archives: Employment

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 Bath said it was critical that regional communities were engaged in population discussion as the current rate of growth in metropolitan regions was unsustainable.

‘The current population boom, centralised in Melbourne, is truly unsustainable and having negative impact on the aspect of many Victorians’ lives,’ Ms Bath said.

‘We are seeing commuters continually stuck in traffic, over-crowded trains and trams and important services such as schools and hospitals are struggling to keep up with demand.

‘Coupled with the cost of housing skyrocketing, it is clear that we need a policy framework to help guide population growth right across the state, including regional Victoria.

‘Regional Victoria truly is a beautiful place to live and work and with the right policy frameworks and investment we can help move some of the population boom away from Melbourne to regional centres and that feedback has been echoed to me in Traralgon today,’ said Ms Bath.

Speaking in Warragul, Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood said it was important that regional communities were part of the conversation around population growth and that policy was not left to Melbourne based decision makers.

‘Every day I hear feedback that regional communities and residents feel disconnected from Melbourne and the discussion around population and cost of living.

‘By consulting local residents, communities and business we can build a policy framework designed to guide the growth of the entire state, not just our metropolitan centre which can only take so much.

‘The development of a state wide population policy will highlight opportunities in regional communities, particularly West and Central Gippsland who are uniquely placed to offer regional living, close to Melbourne.

‘The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition have already committed to the construction of a brand new West Gippsland Hospital to help meet growing health needs and through this taskforce and policy framework we will be able to highlight other key investment opportunities such as road, rail, schools and community facilities that will help meet the needs of a growing population in our region,’ 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

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

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

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

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

Grand Final Eve Public Holiday Feedback Clear

  The Grand Final Eve Public Holiday has not been well received by local businesses the Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has said today. Mr Blackwood used debate in the Victorian Parliament this week to highlight the feedback his office had received from local business through his 2015 Narracan Business Survey. ‘My 2015 Narracan BusinessContinue Reading

Kinder Funding Support Needed for Small Regional Communities

A review of kindergarten funding in regional communities is needed according to Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, who says fund shortfalls for operational costs are putting pressure on kindergartens. Mr Blackwood said he recently met with Willow Grove Kindergarten which is just one local kindergarten facing challenges in funding its operational costs. “There is currentlyContinue Reading

Concern Raised Over Port of Melbourne Lease Bill

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has raised concerns over the Andrews Governments haste in attempting to lease the Port of Melbourne. Speaking in Parliament on a Matter of Public Importance (MPI) Mr Blackwood said that the Government was attempting to block the Victorian Oppositions scrutiny of the Port of Melbourne Lease Transaction Bill 2015.Continue Reading

Business to Count the Cost of Public Holiday Mistake

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to call on the Andrews Government to prove their support for business owners and roll back the planned additional public holidays on Grand Final Eve and Easter Sunday. Mr Blackwood said one local winery operator would face costs so high that they wouldContinue Reading

Labor’s Back to Work Plan Falls Short

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back to Work Plan. Mr Blackwood said the Back to Work Act will establish a fund with an aim to provide financial relief to companies who hire unemployed or retrenched workers. "The Back to Work Plan will offer up to $1,000Continue Reading

Labors Back to Work Plan Farce

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back to Work Plan. Mr Blackwood said the Back to Work Act will establish a fund with an aim to provide financial relief to companies who hire unemployed or retrenched workers. “The Back to Work Plan will offer up to $1,000Continue Reading


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2017
Aug
18
Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland
“ A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian ...”
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 ...”
02
Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan ...”
Feb
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
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 ...”
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
2015
Oct
22
Grand Final Eve Public Holiday Feedback Clear
“   The Grand Final Eve Public Holiday has not been well received by local businesses the ...”
Aug
21
Kinder Funding Support Needed for Small Regional Communities
“ A review of kindergarten funding in regional communities is needed according to Member for Narracan, ...”
10
Concern Raised Over Port of Melbourne Lease Bill
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has raised concerns over the Andrews Governments haste in attempting ...”
06
Business to Count the Cost of Public Holiday Mistake
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to call on ...”
Mar
18
Labor's Back to Work Plan Falls Short
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back ...”
Feb
13
Labors Back to Work Plan Farce
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back ...”


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