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Clontarf Foundation

Mr T. BULL — In the week just gone I joined the kids from the Clontarf Foundation and some Bairnsdale Secondary College staff for their limited overs cricket match at the school. Paul Carroll and the Clontarf team are doing fantastic work in the East Gippsland community, keeping young Indigenous men engaged in their schooling and the wider community. Although my side lost the match, it was a great interactive environment, and I am sure that all at the school benefited greatly.

Orbost Netball Courts

Mr T. BULL — Last week I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the new Orbost netball court, funded by the Orbost Snowy Rovers Football Netball Club and the previous coalition government. With the addition of lights, night matches can now be played for the first time at this facility. It was a great effort by the club to contribute so much and by the locals who volunteered time and effort. It is particularly pleasing to see so many children now using the new facility.

Bairnsdale Cup

Mr T. BULL — On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the Bairnsdale Cup, which was a great day of racing at my home track. There was a great turnout of people from across the region, including from Lakes Entrance, Orbost and Maffra. The club, under the leadership of Mark Graham and Greg Beadle, is going ahead in leaps and bounds, producing an increasing number of starters in recent years and strong crowds at each of the race meetings.

Maffra Show

Mr T. BULL — I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2015 Maffra Show, which showcased some of the many benefits that living in rural Australia brings. It had a program of events that retained the connection with our rural past, including horseriding, woodchopping, a pet parade and cheesemaking, just to name a few. I congratulate the show committee, led by president Matthew Coleman and secretary Kellie Harris, on yet another successful year of this fantastic event.

DELWP Firefighter dispute

Mr T. BULL — The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning firefighting teams make a great contribution to reducing the risk of fire and to containing outbreaks in Victoria’s parks and forests and on other public land. Gippsland East is one of the most fire prone locations in the world. It has had more than its fair share of bushfires over recent years that have impacted very significantly on our communities. Locations such as Bonang, Bendoc, Omeo, Swifts Creek, Orbost, Heyfield, Briagolong and Cann River, to name a few, have all been threatened in recent years and in many cases have suffered losses.
In all cases planned burning has been undertaken to protect these and other towns. It is heavily relied on by these communities to keep them safe. Therefore it was and is bitterly disappointing to see an industrial dispute that has resulted in this crucial planned burning not being undertaken over the last few weeks. This means our communities will not be protected to the level they should be. The only comment we have received from the minister is that she has encouraged parties to resolve this. I suggest that she demand it be resolved, as it is simply completely unsatisfactory that this has left communities more vulnerable this summer.

Illegal Deer Hunting

The problem of illegal deer hunting in our high country is not a new issue, but it has been growing in recent times. Residents around the towns of Dargo, Omeo, Benambra, Swifts Creek, Ensay, Buchan and Bonang have all reported instances to my office. The practice has a detrimental effect on high country residents, with illegal spotlighting, spotlighting from roadsides, property damage, weapons offences and stock theft being some of the many issues residents have had to live with. It is pleasing to see that the government is working with local residents to gather information about this activity, and as it has been doing this, a number of arrests have been made in these areas. I encourage our high country residents to remain vigilant, gather as much detail as possible about the activities of illegal hunters and continue reporting these to the relevant authorities so that this extremely dangerous practice stops taking place close to households.