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Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:49

Hope for local projects in State Budget

Funding for the Bairnsdale Fire Station relocation, a new police building at Orbost, the Hope residential rehabilitation facility and proposed Omeo mountain bike park are among the local priorities that will hopefully appear in next Tuesday’s State Budget papers, according to Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
 
“There are a number of fantastic proposals that have been floated with this government and while it is unrealistic to think we will get all, it would be good if this government could provide the funds for at least a couple of these projects,” Mr Bull said.
 
“One project I am optimistic about is funding for the Hope residential rehabilitation centre.
 
“Over the past 12 months I have had several fruitful discussions with the Minister on this project that have left me with a level of confidence it will be announced as clearly it is the most advanced option for such a facility in Gippsland.
 
“This is thanks to the great community volunteer working group effort, led by Peter and Margaret Down, Richard Rijs and John Glynn.
 
Mr Bull said the region’s highest priority is the redevelopment of Bairnsdale Secondary College, however given stage two funding was not included in last week’s pre-budget announcements, it would be highly unlikely if this appeared.
 
“Having had stage one funded and built under the former Liberal National Government (with a commitment to stage two), this continues to be completely ignored,” he said.
 
“A clear indication of the need is that the library and an adjoining classroom have again recently been shut down after the constant flow of water every time it rains has created a mould in the walls that makes the areas unusable.”
 
Mr Bull said continued investment into the roads network was another requirement.
 
“This was noted by Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure David Hodgett during his visit to the region last week to announce that an elected Liberal Nationals government would reinstate the $160m Country Roads and Bridges Program,” he said.
 
“These are just some of the many priorities for the Gippsland East electorate.”
 
Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Monday, 23 April 2018 12:17

College appears to have missed out … again

Bairnsdale Secondary College appears to have again been denied redevelopment funding from this year’s State Budget, to be handed down next week, with Labor today spruiking maintenance funding to some local schools, but making no reference to the badly needed stage-two college works.
 
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, says while it is pleasing some maintenance funding for some schools has been announced, it is disappointing Bairnsdale Secondary appears to have been overlooked for the fourth consecutive year.
 
“The present situation at the school is the library and one classroom are out of action after another rain event flooded the building and has resulted in mould taking over the wall cavities,” he said.
 
“Ridiculously this will be the fifth costly major repair in three years.
 
“It is throwing good money after bad when the Government should just fund the stage two works.
 
“Stage one of this redevelopment was provided under the previous Liberal Nationals Government, with a commitment to stage two in 2014, but here we are today with still no promise for this rebuild under four years of the Andrews Labor Government,” Mr Bull said.
 
Mr Bull said the Education Minister had also failed to visit Bairnsdale Secondary College, despite promising to do so over three years ago in February 2015 “when his diary permitted”.
 
Monday, April 23, 2018
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Monday, 23 April 2018 12:14

Dredge gets Shadow Minister’s approval

The Tommy Norton dredge has been given the tick of approval by Shadow Minister for Ports, David Hodgett, who labelled the vessel a “tremendous asset” during last Thursday’s visit to Lakes Entrance with Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
 
Mr Bull said he was pleased to host the Liberal Party Leader in Lakes Entrance, giving him an in-depth reminder about the importance of maintaining a navigable entrance to Bass Strait, while discussing other matters relating to the local economy.
 
“From Bullock Island, David and I were able to view the Tommy Norton while in operation in the channels and this was pleasing given he was the responsible Minister for the previous Liberal Nationals Government, which opened expressions of interest for its construction in 2014,” Mr Bull said.
 
Mr Hodgett said he was impressed by the capabilities of the trailing suction hopper dredge, which ensures the entrance will remain navigable in the longer term.
 
“This entrance serves the tourism and commercial and recreational fishing industries, with the port generating an estimated $200 million annually, so it is vital safe access is maintained,” he said.
 
Also the Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure, Mr Hodgett used his time in the region to view the state of the local road networks.
 
“Having recently announced that an elected Liberal Nationals government will reinstate the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program, it was pleasing to have a look at some local projects that may receive funding through this fund,” he said.
 
“This is a program that was scrapped by the Andrews Labor Government in 2015 and provided $1m per year directly to regional and rural shires across the state, including East Gippsland,” he said.
 
 
Caption: Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, and Shadow Minister for Ports, David Hodgett, on Bullock Island at Lakes Entrance this morning, chatting about issues affecting the local economy and watching the Tommy Norton in operation.
 
 
Monday, April 23, 2018
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 14:45

Liberal Nationals will bring back Country Roads and Bridges in East Gippsland

An elected Liberal Nationals government will reinstate the Country Roads and Bridges program, providing approximately $1 million in grants to Victoria’s rural shires each year for four years, State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, announced today.
 
“The popular program was axed by Daniel Andrews in 2014, leaving councils struggling to meet the cost of maintaining local roads. This included both the East Gippsland and Wellington Shires,” Mr Bull said.
 
“Some of the council projects that are awaiting this funding in my electorate that it will address, include new bridges at Mount Taylor, Johnsonville and Dargo and reconstruction of Willis Avenue in Marlo, Soldiers Road at Lindenow, Birrells Road and Lake Victoria Road intersection and Moroney and McMillan Streets in Bairnsdale.
 
“The grants will help restore and rehabilitate council-maintained roads and bridges, which have deteriorated further since Labor scrapped the program.
 
“The Country Roads and Bridges Program will help give rural Victorians the safe and reliable infrastructure they deserve.
 
“Our local roads and infrastructure are the critical link for parents taking the kids to school, for freight operators bringing goods and services into our towns and for the jobs that keep our communities moving.
 
“Restoring this program will be a shot in the arm for East Gippsland and Wellington Shires and make our communities, like Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota more liveable and support jobs in our region.”
 
Leader of the Nationals, Peter Walsh, said while Daniel Andrews is reducing speed limits on country roads, the Nationals have a plan for the safe, reliable infrastructure regional and rural Victorians deserve.
 
“If you fix country roads, you save country lives – and that’s exactly what this program will do,” he said.
 
Caption: Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, inspects the Boyds Road Bridge at Mount Taylor, which could be replaced by East Gippsland Shire thanks to the Country Roads and Bridges Program, if the Liberal Nationals are elected in November.
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Friday, 06 April 2018 17:38

Childhood issues need addressing

A timeframe on when operational and capital works issues will be addressed at Omeo Early Childhood Development Centre has been sought in State Parliament by Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
 
While the facility opened at the start of the year, Mr Bull said concerned parents were disappointed with what they say has been a complete lack of consultation and communication from above on the works that were required for completion.
 
“There are strong concerns this is now interfering with the services provided at this centre,” Mr Bull said.
 
“Most critically, I have been informed the operator, UnitingCare Gippsland, is still waiting on the finalisation of its funding and service agreement with the Department of Education and Training,” he told Parliament.
 
“I am told the centre would not have opened if it were not for three parents and one community member, who spent the day before resumption of kinder mowing, whipper-snipping and clearing lawn clippings.”
 
Mr Bull said the new building was also incomplete, with landscaping works required on top of small, but important, structural jobs staff had identified.
 
“Early childhood educators should not be burdened with these distractions, as they need to concentrate on their important work.
 
“Concerns reported to me suggest there has been complete lack of transparency and accountability towards the project, with this ultimately affecting the education and care of children who attend this facility.
 
“While parents have raised these matters with the powers above, I understand they cannot get answers when this work will be attended to, which is the reason why I am seeking a timeframe on when this will be completed,” he said.
 
Friday, April 6, 2018
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Thursday, 05 April 2018 17:48

Petition recognises Omeo MTB support

Support for the proposed mountain bike park development in Omeo was recognised in State Parliament last week, with Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, tabling a petition urging the Government to fund the project.
 
“It is pleasing to have 385 locals sign their name in support of this proposal,” Mr Bull said.
 
“It is clearly something the community wants and thinks will be of benefit to the town and its surrounds.
 
“I know the Minister has been made aware of this project and this is why I recently urged him in Parliament to give it strong consideration for funding in next month’s State Budget.
 
“This will promote East Gippsland, and the Omeo region in particular, as an all-year-round tourist location, so this it warrants strong consideration as far as I’m concerned.
 
“On top of visitors, there has been a significant number of local cyclists who have signalled their intention of riding at this attraction.
 
“We can also expect to see a number of construction and ongoing jobs created by the development of such a proposal so I urge the Minister now to strongly consider the petition that has been presented to the Parliament and include funding in the upcoming budget.”
 
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, in State Parliament last week before tabling a petition containing 385 signatories in support of the proposed Omeo mountain bike park development.
 
Thursday, April 5, 2018
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