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Monday, 22 October 2018 12:40

Regional sport projects announcements expected

State funding for the Cameron Street Sporting complex in Maffra and the Omeo Mountain Bike Park are expected to be announced as early as this week.
 
That is the view of the Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, who has pushed hard for both projects, including raising them in State Parliament.
 
“These projects are important and that is why I have supported the community push to have both delivered,” Mr Bull said.
 
“Both developments have local government financial commitments from Wellington (Cameron Street) and East Gippsland (Omeo mountain bike park) Shires and although the state grants have been pending for some time, I am expecting some good news for the community on both.
 
“The Cameron Sporting Complex is the base for a large range of sports, including gymnastics and basketball, which have grown to the stage where bigger and more modern facilities are required, which is what I told Parliament.
 
“The Omeo project is slightly different as although it will be used by locals, it is expected to provide a strong economic stimulus for our region.
 
“I am a firm believer in sporting facilities being a great investment for communities. There is clear evidence that our children who are placed around good role models and participate in sport are all the better for it.
 
“If we can get out kids into sport and activity and enjoying it, they will reap the benefits in their development as a person,” Mr Bull said.
 
Monday, October 22, 2018
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Monday, 22 October 2018 12:37

Lib Nats to build new CFA station

Bairnsdale’s volunteer firefighters will get the new fire station they have been waiting for, if the Liberal Nationals are elected next month.
 
After a series of meetings with Bairnsdale Fire Brigade members, Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull has committed $2.2 million to build the new Hosie Street station, ending a long period of uncertainty.
 
“The station is more than 90 years old, doesn’t offer the brigade any room to expand and is situated in the busy central business district, which becomes a safety issue with so much traffic passing at all times of the day,” Mr Bull said.
 
“It is a location steeped in history and fond memories of great community service, but the time has come where it is not fit for purpose.”
 
Brigade Captain Aaron Lee said he was appreciative of the support offered by Mr Bull over a long period.
 
“A new station would allow us to have faster response times – a lot of our members work and live at that end of town, so it will be of greater benefit to the community. It gives us a greater training capacity and will help us facilitate new appliances in the future,” Capt Lee said.
 
“The current location is a problem in particular, given the brigade has experienced an increased number of callouts, so it is pleasing the Liberal Nationals have made this commitment.”
 
Mr Bull said he had sought a commitment towards a new station on various occasions, raising the matter with the Minister in written correspondence and directly in State Parliament.
 
“For some time now this has been ignored by the Andrews Labor Government, despite this being the highest priority within the south-east CFA region,” he said.
 
“I have worked with the brigade to seek a financial commitment from the Andrews Government towards this station, but Labor has refused to support our local CFA and better facilities for our volunteers.”
 
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull, Bairnsdale Fire Brigade Captain Aaron Lee and Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin at the announcement this morning.
 
Monday, October 22, 2018
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Sunday, 21 October 2018 13:32

Liberal Nationals will upgrade Stratford RSL

A Liberal Nationals Government will refurbish the Stratford RSL Sub Branch Hall to make it more user-friendly, if elected on November 24.
 
Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull on Friday evening announced an elected Liberal Nationals Government would provide $100,000 towards desperately needed upgrades to the ageing facility.
 
“Having recently toured the hall and discussed a range of upgrades being proposed by members, I was able to see how much the Sub Branch needs this funding,” Mr Bull said.
 
Mr Bull said works would likely include the installation of disabled toilets, development of an outdoor area, construction of additional office space and removal of asbestos, among other minor improvements such as updating the flooring, relocating the front entrance and making the building more accessible.
 
With the Sub Branch having been unsuccessful in sourcing external funding over the past 5-6 years, secretary Michael Hutchison said it was pleasing Mr Bull and the Liberal Nationals had offered their support.
 
“The RSL Sub Branch moved into this hall in 1942 and while we have attempted over a number of years to upgrade it bit by bit, with a small and ageing veterans population it has not been possible to do all that is required with our own funds,” Mr Hutchison said.
 
“This will be appreciated by the entire Stratford community,” he said.
 
Mr Bull said he was aware the Sub Branch would continue to seek other funding sources to complete all required works, “but it is critical we step in to provide this first level of financial support”.
 
“Stratford RSL provides an important service to the local community, so we need to make sure they are supported with the appropriate infrastructure so they can keep up the great work.”
 
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull, pictured with Acting President John Harrap and Secretary Michael Hutchison, has announced Stratford RSL Sub Branch will receive $100,000 for badly needed upgrades, if the Liberal Nationals are elected next month.
 
Sunday, October 21, 2018
 
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Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:25

Lib Nats to hand Bush Nursing Centres a lifeline

East Gippsland’s six Bush Nursing Centres will be handed a funding lifeline to continue providing quality health care services, if the Liberal Nationals are elected next month.
 
The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said the Ensay, Swifts Creek, Buchan, Gelantipy, Cann Valley and Dargo BNCs would each receive $10,000 per year for two years, while a review will be undertaken to inform the development of a flexible funding and delivery model for the services.
 
“The recurrent funding model of bush nursing centres from this city-centric Labor Government has not changed to keep pace with the growth in their services, with many running on the smell of an oily rag,” Mr Bull said.
 
“They do an exceptional job with reasonably limited resources, but are not funded in the same manner as large public hospitals and do not have the same opportunities to raise additional funds.
 
“We have received a number of representations from BNCs about their viability in recent months, which makes the need for additional funding paramount,” he said.
 
Ensay BNC committee member Barry Newcomen said: “To Ensay in particular, additional funding will mean the ongoing existence of the bush nurse.”
 
“A bush nurse is a vital part of our community, particularly given we are an ageing community, and having had discussions with Tim about our viability in the past, it is pleasing the Liberal Nationals have offered their support,” he said.
 
Shadow Minister for Country Health Emma Kealy said the Andrews Labor Government had abandoned BNCs, refusing to provide adequate recurrent funding despite its recent changes to the nurses EBA that’s pushed up costs and left centres with no choice but to reduce services or cut back nursing hours.
 
Mr Bull said there were 15 BNCs across Victoria operating as community-based, not-for-profit organisations governed by boards of management.
 
Caption: The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said the Ensay, Swifts Creek, Buchan, Gelantipy, Cann Valley and Dargo Bush Nursing Centres would receive a funding lifeline under a Liberal Nationals Government.
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:45

Liberal Nationals pledge Cann River upgrade

Cann River’s Mick Baum Park will undergo a major upgrade under a Liberal Nationals Government.
 
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, has announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will partner with East Gippsland Shire to upgrade the facility, providing a $125,000 grant.
 
“Following a significant downturn in our local timber industry, Cann River has reshaped itself as an important stopover point for holidaymakers going through to Mallacoota, Merimbula and our other fantastic communities along the Sapphire Coast,” Mr Bull said.
 
“The park is a critical piece of infrastructure for Cann River – situated in the heart of town, travellers will often get a bite to eat and a drink from one of our local eateries, which in turn supports local jobs and families.”
 
Mr Bull said there was a desperate need to upgrade the public amenities, which cannot keep up with demand during busy periods.
 
“I have been told the toilet block at Cann River is one of the busiest in the shire and that unfortunately at peak holiday times there are people lining up outside, which is far from ideal when the town promotes itself as a stop-over point,” he said.
 
“This town’s economy is so dependent on tourism so it is pleasing to announce the Liberal Nationals will support this proposed upgrade.
 
“Tourism is a growing local industry, creating jobs and investment in our communities in East Gippsland.
 
“Delivering better facilities for our towns, including Cann River, are one way an elected Liberal Nationals Government will achieve our vision to decentralise our state and support growing communities in East Gippsland and across Regional Victoria.”
 
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, has announced a $125,000 upgrade to Mick Baum Park, including the amenities facility.
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Monday, 15 October 2018 08:31

Cultural tourism boost

A Liberal Nationals Government will increase indigenous tourism offerings, according to Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
 
Mr Bull, who is also Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, said if elected, the Liberal Nationals would fund a grants program to support indigenous program providers to further develop growing businesses.
 
“One place in East Gippsland that could really benefit from this is the Lakes Entrance area, with the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation recently moving into the Forestech facility in the Colquhoun Forest,” Mr Bull said.
 
“I was pleased to help this move to take place, and now there is the potential for the site to become a great spot to encourage cultural tourism, and welcome new visitors to our area,” he said.
 
GLaWAC chief executive officer, Roger Fenwick, said the organisation was “very supportive” of cultural tourism and was pleased it is a priority for the Liberal Nationals.
 
“GLaWAC is investing funds and working very hard to build relationships and partnerships with the Gunaikurnai and wider community regarding improved economic development outcomes for our Traditional Owners and Gippsland,” Mr Fenwick said.
 
Mr Bull said the fund would be for capital works grants of up to $15,000 and initial promotion costs such as signage and publication of educational material.
 
Victoria has hundreds of registered Aboriginal Heritage sites and while many are considered sacred, there are many more that have the capacity to be shared and admired, providing a terrific experience for visitors, Mr Bull believes.
“With a high indigenous population in East Gippsland, and already being a popular location for tourists, this can only benefit our region,” he said.
 
“There is a strong demand for more indigenous tourism offerings and that’s why this program is so important.”
 
Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events Heidi Victoria said indigenous tourism was one of the State’s great opportunities and would create jobs and boost the economy.
 
“This policy will ensure our significant cultural heritage sites are preserved and showcased properly for visitors to enjoy and learn,” she said.
 
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull, pictured with GLaWAC CEO Roger Fenwick, has announced a Liberal Nationals Government will increase indigenous tourism offerings.
 
Monday, October 15, 2018
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