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Thursday, 05 October 2017 09:00

Tim welcomes Tom

Tommy Norton, the new Lakes Entrance dredge, was welcomed at the Bullock Island Wharf at Lakes Entrance today by Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull who joined East Gippsland Shire representatives, Parliamentary colleagues, Board members and staff of Gippsland Ports and fishing, tourism and shipping industry representatives for the official handover of the vessel.
 
“This is an important occasion for the recreational and commercial fishing industries operating within and through the Port of Gippsland Lakes and I’m pleased to see this day finally arrive, having initiated the expressions of interest process for its construction when in government back in 2014,” Mr Bull said.
 
“I congratulate Gippsland Ports on its success in bringing this state of the art vessel to Lakes Entrance. It is a credit to the vision of the Board members and to the technical skills and capacity for innovation of the staff of Gippsland Ports that we have this vessel here today.  
 
“The recreational boating and commercial fishing industries operating within and through the Port of Gippsland Lakes generate more than $200 million annually, so it is vital that safe ocean access at Lakes Entrance is maintained.
 
Mr Bull said he was pleased that the current State Government had seen the project through to its completion.
 
“The arrival of the new dredge gives confidence to the East Gippsland community that the entrance will now remain navigable for the long-term, which in turn provides security that will support ongoing investment in our region,” he said.
 
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull at the handover ceremony for the Tommy Norton. The former Liberal-Nationals Coalition initiated the expressions of interest process for the dredge’s construction in 2014.
 
Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 08:46

Bull seeks Maffra sports upgrade

The need to upgrade the Cameron Sports Complex in Maffra was the topic of discussion when Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull met today with representatives of the Maffra Gymnastics Club.

“This facility is the hub of community sport, particularly junior sport, in Maffra, a community that has strong participation levels and a proud sporting history,” Mr Bull said.

“I have a firm view a lot of the problems we encounter in wider society can be addressed by involvement in sports clubs. It puts our kids around good role models and teaches them about winning humbly, losing graciously and thinking about other people – sport in many ways is a crash course in life.

“It’s disappointing we have waiting lists for children wanting to be involved in community sport, so we need to respond to that by providing expanded facilities where required,” he said.

Robyn Dowse, Head Coach of Maffra Gymnastic Club, confirmed there was a waiting list of over 100 children who want to take up gymnastics.

“We’ve got a great club here but are certainly pushed for room and expanded facilities would assist us greatly,” she said.

Regular user groups of the Cameron Street Sports Complex include the Maffra Amateur Basketball Association, Maffra Cricket Club, Maffra Junior Football Club, Maffra Gymnastic Club and Maffra Hockey Club, all which have strong memberships that continue to grow.

“I strongly support the upgrade of the Cameron Sports Complex and last Parliament sitting week I urged the Minister for Sport, John Eren, to invest in the future of sport in Maffra by partnering with Wellington Shire Council to deliver these improvements,” Mr Bull said.

 

Caption: Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, discusses the need for upgraded facilities at the Cameron Sport Complex in Maffra today with Gymnastic Club Head Coach Robyn Dowse.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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