Victorian Timber Workers Memorial opens in Heyfield
The opening of the new Victorian Timber Workers’ Memorial at Heyfield today provides a fitting recognition for those who lost their lives and a great place of reflection for their families, State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said today.
“I was given the great honour to read out some of the names of workers who had lost their lives, and whilst there is certainly a strong element of sadness, the memorial is a fitting tribute.
"Heyfield is known as a timber town and when I was approached in relation to State funding for the project, I remarked at the time I could not think of a better place for this monument to be located than in the heart of Heyfield,” Mr Bull said.
“The project will enhance the Heyfield community’s sense of place, recognising the lives that have been lost over the years.
“This unique memorial will also add to a suite of attractions in and around the Heyfield area, drawing new visitors to the region.
“The site is well connected to facilities at Heyfield Park, an existing commemorative walk and the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail.”
Mr Bull said it is important to acknowledge the great support from within the community and the industry to bring the project to fruition.
“The local community was very active and it would be remiss to mention only some names, but to all those who contributed time and support, a massive thanks,” Mr Bull said.
The former Coalition Government provided $65,000, the Heyfield community provided $36,000 and the Wellington Shire $40,000 towards the project.
Shadow Minister for Education visits East Gippsland
Shadow Minister for Education, Nick Wakeling, visited the Bairnsdale Secondary College (BSC) today to hear the school community’s push for stage two to be funded urgently.
Mr Wakeling was in East Gippsland at the request of local State MP, Tim Bull, and the pair also visited Lakes Secondary College and Orbost Secondary College.
Mr Wakeling said the visit to BSC today highlighted the importance of funding stage two of the refurbishment at the college, which the previous Coalition Government committed to prior to the 2014 election, having already funded stage one.
“Talking to both staff and students today it was evident the new buildings are very popular and had created a dynamic learning environment, which was being embraced by the entire school community.
“A number of the buildings we visited in the old section of the school had been affected by a recent storm and damage from flooding included roof collapses, flooded carpet and damaged walls, making the area unsafe,” he said.
Mr Bull thanked the Shadow Minister for visiting and said it is disappointing that despite requests from both himself and school council, the Minister for Education hadn’t even bothered to respond to the requests to visit the school.