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Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:47

$422K to improve Benambra Road

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has welcomed a funding boost to upgrade Benambra Road just south of the Benambra township between Old McLeinster Road to Church Lane.

“Regular travellers of Benambra Road will be familiar with various sections of road that have been patched up in recent times”, Mr Bull said.

“$422,000 will now be invested to overhaul this 1.1km long section of road to make it much stronger, more waterproof and resistant to future damage.

This older section of damaged and potholed road surface will be dug up and rebuilt, providing a smoother and safer journey for all road users.   “We’ve had strong feedback from the community who are keen to see more money invested in repairing damaged roads in this area,” Mr Bull said.

Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, said Victorians will see more roads restored this year as a result of extra funding in the State Budget.

“The Victorian Coalition Government’s recent budget allocated an extra $130 million to maintain Victorian roads on top of a $170 million boost for road maintenance last year,” Mr Mulder said.

“This takes the State’s road management budget to more than $500 million for the year 2014-15.   “This announcement for Benambra Road is another example of how the Coalition Government is investing in better, safer roads for Victorians,” he said.   Works on Benambra Road will start from later this year during the warmer and drier weather conditions required for successful road construction.

The Victorian Coalition Government’s 2014-15 State Budget also includes $5.5 million towards Princes Highway overtaking lanes between Orbost and Nowa Nowa and $625,000 for a rest area upgrade at Murrungowar.

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Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:46

$1.02 million to improve Great Alpine Road

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has welcomed a funding boost to upgrade the Great Alpine Road between Omeo and Mount Hotham.

“Regular travellers of the Great Alpine Road will be familiar with various sections of road between Omeo and Mt Hotham that have been patched up in recent times”, Mr Bull said.

“$1.02 million will now be invested to overhaul key sections along this road, making it much stronger and more resistant to weather conditions,” he said.

“Sections of damaged and potholed road surface will be dug up and rebuilt, to provide a smoother and safer journey for all road users.   “We’ve had strong feedback from the community who are keen to see more money invested in repairing damaged roads in this area,” Mr Bull said.

“Work on the Great Alpine Road will commence later in the year during the warmer and drier weather conditions required for successful road construction.

“This length of road will be re-examined to select the highest priority sites for remedial works.

“These works are in addition to repairs carried out along this stretch last summer,” Mr Bull said.

Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, said Victorians will see more roads restored this year as a result of extra funding in the State Budget.

“The Victorian Coalition Government’s recent budget allocated an extra $130 million to maintain Victorian roads on top of a $170 million boost for road maintenance last year,” Mr Mulder said.

“This takes the State’s road management budget to more than $500 million for the year 2014-15.   “This announcement for Great Alpine  Road is another example of how the Coalition Government is investing in better, safer roads for Victorians,” he said.   The Victorian Coalition Government’s 2014-15 State Budget also includes $5.5 million towards Princes Highway overtaking lanes between Orbost and Nowa Nowa and $625,000 for a rest area upgrade at Murrungowar.

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Friday, 25 July 2014 12:45

$330,000 to improve Bengworden Road

State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, today welcomed a funding boost to upgrade Bengworden Road around the Avon River causeway.

“Regular travellers of Bengworden Road will be familiar with sections around the Avon River causeway that have been patched up in recent times”, Mr Bull said.

“$330,000 will now be invested to overhaul this section of the road, making it much stronger and resistant to water damage.

“Sections of damaged and potholed road surface will be dug up and rebuilt, to provide a smoother and safer journey for all road users.   “We’ve had strong feedback from the community who are keen to see more money invested in repairing damaged roads in this area,” Mr Bull said.

Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, said Victorians will see more roads restored this year as a result of extra funding in the State Budget.

“The Victorian Coalition Government’s recent budget allocated an extra $130 million to maintain Victorian roads on top of a $170 million boost for road maintenance last year,” Mr Mulder said.

“This takes the State’s road management budget to more than $500 million for the year 2014-15.   “This announcement for Bengworden Road is another example of how the Coalition Government is investing in better, safer roads for Victorians,” he said.   Works on Bengworden Road will start from later this year during the warmer and drier weather conditions required for successful road construction.

The Victorian Coalition Government’s 2014-15 State Budget also includes $5.5 million towards Princes Highway overtaking lanes between Orbost and Nowa Nowa and $625,000 for a rest area upgrade at Murrungowar.

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:48

$760,000 for Princes Highway at Newmerella

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has welcomed a $760,000 funding boost to upgrade a 1.3 kilometre section of the Princes Highway near Newmerella.

“Regular travellers of the Princes Highway will be familiar with this section of road just west of the Newmerella township that has been regularly patched.

“It is a problematic section of road that suffers surface damage whenever there is heavy rainfall - requiring constant short term patching works,” Mr Bull said.

“I’ve had strong feedback from the local community, including the Orbost Chamber of Commerce, whose representatives met with myself and VicRoads recently to highlight this particular section as a high priority for the region.

“It is very pleasing to be back at the site today to announce the road surface will be completely rebuilt during the summer months when we have warmer and drier weather conditions required for successful road construction,” he said.

Mr Bull said this funding announcement brings the total road repair funding announced over the past fortnight to $2.5 million for East Gippsland roads, with recent announcements at Bengworden Road ($330,000), Benambra Road ($422,000) and Great Alpine Road between Omeo and Hotham Heights ($1.02 million).

“This is on the back of many other projects underway or set to commence in East Gippsland.”

Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, said Victorians will see more roads restored this year as a result of extra funding in the State Budget.

“The Victorian Coalition Government’s recent budget allocated an extra $130 million to maintain Victorian roads on top of a $170 million boost for road maintenance last year,” Mr Mulder said.

“This takes the State’s road management budget to more than $500 million for the year 2014-15.   “This announcement for Princes Highway East is another example of how the Coalition Government is investing in better, safer roads for Victorians,” he said.   The Victorian Coalition Government’s 2014-15 State Budget also includes $5.5 million towards Princes Highway overtaking lanes between Orbost and Nowa Nowa and $625,000 for a rest area upgrade at Murrungowar.

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Monday, 07 July 2014 12:44

Taking the scissors to hairdresser red tape

East Gippsland hairdressing businesses will benefit thanks to a State Government initiative that will see the Victorian hairdressing industry save up to $240,000 a year under proposals to cut registration red tape, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull said.

The Public Health & Wellbeing (Hairdressing Red Tape Reduction) Bill introduced in State Parliament last week means that hairdressers and make-up businesses will only have to register once with local councils – rather than annually renewing.

Mr Bull said cleanliness and hygiene standards will still be enforced by local councils, but the change will remove the need for registration renewal.

Higher-risk personal care and body art businesses involving skin penetration, such as tattooing, body piercing and colonic irrigation, will still require periodic renewals.

“This change recognises that hairdressers are not a high-risk in terms of compliance with public health standards,” Mr Bull said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to cutting red tape for businesses, and this amendment for hairdressers makes good sense.

“There are around 4,000 hairdressing and barbering businesses in Victoria, and most of them are very small enterprises.

“They are still required to ensure that their premises, equipment and work systems are clean and hygienic, and do not put public health at risk.

“Public health continues to be the number one priority under the proposed amendments and local councils will continue to monitor and enforce compliance with health standards.

“The change will, however, give councils the chance to focus on businesses that pose a more serious risk to public health and safety,” Mr Bull said.

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 12:43

State support for farmer health centre

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has welcomed joint State and Federal funding for the National Centre for Farmer Health.

Mr Bull said he had been contacted by a number of local farmers over the past 12 months in relation to funding the centre.

"Now that the Federal Government has committed funds, the Victorian Coalition Government can deliver on its commitment of $250,000 in partnership funding to the Centre, money that was always on the table pending a Federal contribution.

“This weeks funding announcement allows the important work of the centre to carry on, whilst also providing some breathing space to continue discussions with other States, the Federal Government and private providers for a sustainable outcome,” Mr Bull said.

“I would now encourage other State Governments to step up, as the Victorian Coalition Government has done, and commit to supporting an ongoing partnership.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has repeatedly requested a partnership funding arrangement for the centre, in line with the delivery of outcomes that benefit not only Victorian Farmers, but farmers and rural communities nationally,” Mr Bull said.

“Geoff Handbury was instrumental in establishing the Centre in 2008, and the Handbury Family Trust has provided substantial philanthropic support to the Centre.

“It is important that this investment in the establishment of the Centre and the delivery of positive outcomes for Australian farmers is not lost,” he said.

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