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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 of Bowen Park Kinder at the end of the year and cope with the significant increase in the population of Warragul and surrounding areas.

‘Baw Baw Shire has four community-based sessional kindergartens in Warragul which are already under pressure with a huge growth in the number of young families moving to the area,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘Bowen Park, one of those community-based facilities supported by Baw Baw Shire, is closing at the end of 2017 and will result in a loss of 52 places increasing stress on kindergarten capacity.

‘Warragul is a fantastic place to live and we have seen an influx of young families moving to the town. This year will also see West Gippsland Hospital deliver more than 1,000 babies and with only around  600 four year old kinder places currently available the situation is fast reaching crisis point.

Mr Blackwood said funds had been allocated by the Baw Baw Shire and it was not unreasonable to expect the State Government to play their part to help address the impending shortfall.

‘In partnership with Warragul Primary School, Baw Baw Shire are proposing the delivery of a new co-located kindergarten facility which will offer children access to an integrated service that will ease the transition from kinder to primary education for students.

‘This is a perfect site for a new early learning centre, in a central location, with close proximity to the centre of town and ample room at the site to accommodate a new building.

‘This model for co-location is already a proven success with the establishment of early learning centres on primary school sites within my electorate at Yarragon Primary School and Drouin Primary School.

‘Each of these sites has thrived following the co-location and it makes sense to deliver a new early learning centre at Warragul Primary to enhance the high standard of education currently provided by the dedicated, hard -working  Teachers and Staff.

‘It is vitally important the State Government and Minister come to the table and help deliver this early learning infrastructure for Warragul before the already strained kindergarten services  reach a critical shortfall in capacity,’ 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

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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News Archives

2017
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
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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