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Friday, 15 December 2017 10:07

Mallacoota’s World War Two Story

The Mallacoota and District Historical Society has been quietly developing a unique collection of historical artifacts and photos from the days when Mallacoota’s airfield was an RAAF Advanced Operations base for aircraft patrolling the coast for enemy submarines.
 
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull recently visited the restored Operations Bunker Museum to present a certificate to the Mallacoota and District Historical Society acknowledging their success under the Local History Grants Programs for a grant of $7,310 to purchase display cases.
 
“The Operations Bunker Museum is a credit to the Mallacoota and District Historical Society. The high quality of the exhibits and photographs vividly bring to life the story of how Mallacoota’s airfield took part in the campaign to protect coastal shipping from submarine attack during World War Two”, Mr Bull said.
 
“It was pleasing to see the large number of visitors at the museum and the dedicated, welcoming and knowledgeable volunteers who were on hand to explain the exhibits and answer questions.
 
“A lot of our war time history focusses on things that happened in far away Europe or the Pacific islands, and the Mallacoota and District Historical Society has done a wonderful job of preserving and honouring the story of the very real action that occurred right here in East Gippsland.
 
“I would recommend to anyone with an interest in our local history that they visit the Mallacoota Operations Bunker Museum and allow plenty of time to properly take it all in” Mr Bull said.
 
Visitors are welcome at the Bunker on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am with last entry at 11:30am.
 
 
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, congratulates Joanne Grant, Secretary of the Mallacoota and District Historical Society on being awarded a grant under the Local History Grants Program at the Operations Bunker Museum.
 
 
Friday, December 15, 2017
 
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:48

Police question remains unanswered

The Omeo and Tambo Valley communities are still in limbo in relation to policing levels, with a question regarding coverage of these areas, asked in State Parliament by Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, still unanswered.
 
On October 31, Mr Bull asked the Minister for Police whether there were any plans in place to cover for staff absences, when they occur concurrently at the Omeo and Swift’s Creek stations.
 
Parliamentary guidelines state the Minister must respond within 30 days, with that date having passed.
 
“I again raised the matter in Parliament to remind the Minister that these communities are awaiting response, given the 30-day timeline has clearly been missed,” Mr Bull said.
 
When first raising the matter, Mr Bull said: “I have been advised by several local residents that there have been a number of times recently, including this week, when both officers have been absent or off duty and policing coverage is provided from Bairnsdale.
 
“This of course is problematic as Omeo is over 90 minutes away and other locations covered by this station are over two hours away from Bairnsdale.
 
“Given the distance from Bairnsdale, I ask the Minister what is the plan to cover these absences when they occur as coverage provided from Bairnsdale is not deemed as adequate.
 
“There are always short-term absences that are hard to cover, but when the absences are known days or weeks in advance, arrangements should be put in place, especially at this time of the year.
 
“Local police do a fantastic job in responding to incidents across the region, however the community needs an assurance there will always be a presence provided at one of these stations as a minimum.”
 
Mr Bull said he was hopeful of a response in the coming days.
 
Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:10

Toll extension just not fair

East Gippsland motorists and freight operators travelling to and from Melbourne will be slugged with CityLink tolls for up to an additional 12 years to pay for the construction of the West Gate Tunnel – a road many Gippslanders will never use – under an Andrews Labor Government plan.
In Parliament today, Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, labelled said it was unfair for those who travel on the Monash Freeway to pay for the construction of a road in the western suburbs.
 
“Many Gippsland motorists use the Monash Freeway and City Link to access the city and accordingly pay the tolls that are paying it off. That’s how a fair user pays system works,” Mr Bull said.
 
“But what they won’t stand for is the proposal that see East Gippsland motorists who use the Monash paying for a tunnel on the other side of the city many will never use.
 
“This is why the Liberal-Nationals have voted to disallow the tolls extension.
 
“The only people benefitting here are Transurban shareholders, not motorists from East Gippsland or those living in the northern, south-eastern or eastern suburbs who regularly use the Monash.”
 
 
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
 
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Monday, 11 December 2017 10:22

Neighbourhood House is vibrant

The Cann River Community Centre and Neighborhood House is at the heart of the Cann River community enabling people from all walks of life, abilities, backgrounds and ages to come together to meet, share and participate and learn in a supportive environment.
That was the message Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull received when he met with the Cann River Community Centre’s President, Vice President and Coordinator last week to see first-hand the entrepreneurship and innovation that is reshaping the organisation and its positive flow on effects into the wider community.
“There is definite buzz of activity about the Cann River Community Centre and that is a reflection of the commitment of Coordinator Susie Bady and the executive who have seized every opportunity to improve and expand the quality and reach of the services they provide.
“Cann River’s growing population is evidence that it is successfully transitioning from a timber town into a diverse services economy.
“This growth and the future development of Cann River is ably supported by the advocacy and lobbying efforts of the Community Centre and Neighbourhood House, but like the other twelve Neighbourhood Houses in my electorate, their resources are stretched.
“Cann River, for example, needs an increase in its funding from 20 hour to 30 hours per week because without that the volunteers and staff won’t be able to continue to meet their growing community’s needs
“This week I will be tabling in Parliament the Victorian Neighbourhood Houses post card campaign that calls on the Minister for Families, Children and Youth Affairs to deliver on the ALP’s 2014 election commitment to invest in and expand the network of Neighbourhood Houses
“I would urge everyone to call in to their local Neighbourhood House and sign a postcard in support of this campaign.” said Mr Bull.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, promotes the Victorian Neighbourhood Houses post card campaign for increased funding with Sarah Smith, Susie Bady and Debbie Stone at the Cann River Community Centre.
Monday, December 11, 2017 
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Friday, 08 December 2017 13:06

Labor further silencing volunteers

The Andrews Labor Government has continued to wage its war on volunteer firefighters by cutting funding for Firewise, an important country brigade communication tool.
 
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said this was a publication used by Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria, the CFA Chief, Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Craig Lapsley and local volunteers to communicate messages on issues that affect volunteers.
 
“Firewise includes information on service delivery, volunteer awards and coming fire services events and I fear that if the publication is reduced to an online presence, it will miss hundreds of volunteers across our region who rely on the hard copy,” Mr Bull said.
 
“It’s not just the Opposition saying this, I’ve heard directly from CFA volunteers, while the VFBV has also expressed its disappointment.
 
“Its chief executive officer, Andrew Ford, said in the latest edition that funding was cut ‘with no explanation of the logic, no consultation with volunteers and no regard for what it means for volunteers’.”
 
Mr Bull said that if elected, the Liberal-Nationals would ensure funding is reinstated to ensure all firefighters, including volunteers, continue to have a voice on their fire services.
 
“The cut comes only a short time after the announcement of the Liberal-Nationals’ plan for a Royal Commission into Victoria’s fire services and only days after Firewise reported on the need for this to occur,” he said.
 
“We have committed to restoring confidence of communities and volunteers in the CFA, however unfortunately all this government wants to do is silence them.”
 
 
Friday, December 8, 2017
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Friday, 08 December 2017 13:01

Awards a way to say ‘thanks’

East Gippsland residents considered to have made positive change to the Victoria’s coastal and marine areas should be nominated for the 2018 Victorian Coastal Awards, says Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull.
 
Mr Bull said the awards recognised the people and organisations helping to protect local coastal and marine areas, of which East Gippsland is abundant.
 
“We live in an amazing part of the world rich in natural beauty with pristine coastlines, the world renowned Gippsland Lakes and a number of beautiful inlets and rivers, all often cared for by ‘friends of’ groups, individual volunteers, committees of management and a number of other organisations,” he said.
 
“These people volunteer so much time in protecting our region’s natural beauty and for this work, they deserve to be recognised and these awards are the ideal way to say ‘thanks’.”
 
In their 17th year, the awards aim to highlight the importance of the community and partnerships in safeguarding Victoria’s coastal and marine areas.
 
Nominations are sought in the following categories:
 
• Improving the physical environment;
• Biodiversity Conservation;
• Education;
• Community Engagement;
• Planning and management;
• Research and monitoring;
• Outstanding individual achievement.
 
Mr Bull said nominations would close on Friday, February 23, 2017, with the awards being presented at a gala ceremony next April.
 
Further information and nomination forms are available at www.vcc.vic.gov.au.
 
 
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