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Sunday, 14 January 2018 10:16

High interest in Hall of Fame

The announcement on the weekend at the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria Get Together that a Liberal Nationals Coalition will establish a High Country Hall of Fame has already created considerable interest in East Gippsland.
 
Representatives from both the Omeo and Maffra/Heyfield communities have indicated a strong level of interest.
 
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said: “Having attended both days of the Get Together in Omeo, it is clear this policy is a popular one for the wider East Gippsland community.”
 
“There is no doubt it will also attract interest from other areas of the state and possibly other areas of East Gippsland as well,” he said.
 
“The Hall of Fame would be established in close consultation with High Country communities to determine the best location and design for the complex, starting with an expression of interest phase where communities can put forward a bid, and a shortlist phase where the three best bids receive financial assistance to help prepare detailed business cases.
 
“Planning in some communities has already begun. I look forward to these discussions continuing and I would encourage communities to come together and discuss their proposals,” Mr Bull said.
 
Nationals Leader and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation, Peter Walsh, said the Hall of Fame would aim to focus on all aspects of High Country history, including mountain cattlemen, indigenous heritage, exploration, winter sports, industry and high country life in general.
 
"Under an elected Liberal Nationals government, East Gippsland communities will have a unique opportunity to say how they want their role in shaping Victoria's High Country to be remembered,” Mr Walsh said.
"Victoria's High Country is an iconic part of our state's history - the High Country Hall of Fame will be a place all our communities can be proud of.”
Caption: Nationals MPs Tim McCurdy (Member for Ovens Valley), Melina Bath (Member for Eastern Victoria), Peter Walsh (Leader of the Nationals), Bridget McKenzie (Victorian Senator) and Tim Bull (Member for Gippsland East) with MCAV president Graeme Stoney and his wife, Wendy Jubb-Stoney, at the annual MCAV Get Together.
 
Sunday, January 14, 2018
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Friday, 12 January 2018 09:59

Better late than never

Owners of flood prone land adjacent to the Paynesville Road will be relieved to learn that the road safety works already started in that vicinity will now be subject to a flood impact study.
 
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, late last year questioned the Minister for Roads and Road Safety the Hon Luke Donnellan in Parliament why Vic Roads had not completed a flood impact study on Paynesville Road, prior to commencing road safety improvements that increased the height of the road surface.
 
“I received reports from property owners along Paynesville Road that the wire rope barrier installation works had resulted in the road surface being raised above its existing level and as everyone familiar with this area knows, it is prone to serious flooding,” Mr Bull said.
 
“These works were commenced without consultation with the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and without a technical assessment of their impact on future flood events on the floodplain south of Bairnsdale.
 
“The Minister has now advised me that when Vic Roads found that the road would need to be raised by 100mm to ensure the pavement was built to the right standard, a flood impact study was commissioned.
 
“I have received an assurance from the Minister that Vic Roads will now work with the East Gippsland Shire Council and the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority to identify and assess any potential flood impacts to private property associated with the works.
 
“While doing the study after the work has started is putting the cart before the horse, it is a relief for affected landholders that the impact of these works on future flood events on the floodplain south of Bairnsdale will now be properly studied, so it’s a case of better late than never and I thank local residents for their vigilance.
 
“Sadly, this project is another example of the haphazard nature of the road safety improvement projects currently being implemented by the Andrews government without proper planning and consultation,” Mr Bull said.
 
Friday, January 12, 2018
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 09:37

Victoria’s iconic High Country history immortalised in new Hall of Fame

An elected Liberal Nationals government will help Victoria’s High Country communities immortalise their heritage in a new High Country Hall of Fame.

Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh will announce the Liberal-Nationals’ commitment at the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria Annual Get Together at Omeo this weekend.

“Just as Banjo Patterson immortalised the region in his poem The Man from Snowy River, the High Country Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the people and industries that have shaped this unique region’s history,” Mr Walsh said.

Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull and Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath will also attend the MCAV Get Together at Omeo.

Mr Bull said the Hall of Fame would be another attraction and asset to one of Victoria’s iconic tourism regions.

“The High Country is a vital part of East Gippsland’s heritage and I have no doubt the local community will embrace the opportunity to be part of establishing the Hall of Fame, particularly with the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria having such a strong local presence,” Mr Bull said.

Ms Bath said High Country communities had a rich history that was important to preserve.

“This is a real opportunity to celebrate all that’s great about the High Country, including our indigenous heritage, exploration, mountain cattlemen, winter sports and other aspects of high country history, industry and life,” Ms Bath said.

The Hall of Fame would be established in close consultation with High Country communities to determine the best location and design for the complex.

“Our plan is for a two-step process,” Mr Walsh said.

“Firstly, an expressions of interest phase where interested communities can put forward a bid; and secondly, a shortlist phase where the best three bids would receive financial assistance and help from Regional Development Victoria to prepare detailed business cases.

“If the Liberal Nationals are elected at the November State Election we will ensure the rich history of this iconic region, and the people and industries that have defined it, are preserved and celebrated.

“This will be a place our communities can be proud of and it will add to the outstanding tourism attractions that already draw more than one million people to the High Country every year.”

 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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