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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 17:00

Victoria’s racing industry to thrive under Liberal Nationals

Victoria’s harness racing and greyhound racing sectors will get a $10 million boost under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.

Victoria’s racing industry is a key driver of our State’s economy, supporting tens of thousands of jobs, particularly in Regional Victoria.

Greyhound racing and harness racing contribute more than $1.1 billion to our state, supporting nearly 10,000 jobs – many in communities in Regional Victoria.

The Liberal Nationals have always supported our racing industries to grow and prosper, with further investment to boost confidence and secure jobs.

If elected, the Liberal Nationals will provide the harness racing industry with a $6 million boost in prize money over two years.

Greyhound racing will also be supported to thrive, with a $4 million investment.

Unlike Labor, we will work with industry to determine its priorities and ensure this investment goes where it’s needed most.

It follows our commitment to boost thoroughbred industry investment, continue the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) and major infrastructure announcements at Ballarat, Cranbourne, Wodonga and Terang.

Comments attributed to the Shadow Minister for Racing Tim Bull

Racing is a key driver of Victoria’s economy supporting the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Victorians.

All of our industry deserves our support, which is why a Liberal Nationals Government will invest more in the sector and give industry more of a say in where the funds are spent.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will make sure Victoria’s racing industry is strong with the investment needed to build confidence and support local jobs.

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:13

Liberal Nationals to boost jobs for Victorians with a disability

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will boost employment opportunities for Victorians with a disability, supporting social enterprises to start-up and expand.

Nationally, about 50 per cent of people with a disability participate in the workforce, compared with 83 per cent of people with no reported disability.

Disability social enterprises are proving to be an effective source of employment in many communities, but there is more we can do to support growth in this sector.

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will establish a new $10 million fund to support disability social enterprises to start-up and expand, helping Victorians with a disability to gain meaningful work and build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Half of the fund will be earmarked to empower social enterprises to develop or expand operations in the recycling industry – with a specific focus on e-waste recycling.

We will partner with disability service providers and other suitable agencies to assist with start-up and expansion costs to create good, secure jobs for people with a disability. Grants will be provided on a matching basis, enabling $20 million of investment.

Successful social enterprises already operate in Victoria, including coffee shops, op-shops, Laundromats and nurseries, but high start-up costs are preventing more from entering the sector.

Lack of employment can lead to welfare dependency, depression and associated mental health problems.

Daniel Andrews and Labor have failed to actively address poor employment rates and it’s clear more must be done to support Victorians with a disability and their families.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will boost opportunities for people with a disability to help them to live independently and get in control of their future.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Disability Tim Bull

I have seen first-hand in my own family the positive benefits of the job opportunities offered through social enterprises.

These jobs boost confidence and independence, giving people with a disability control over their future.

We already have some very successful enterprises operating now and an elected Liberal Nationals Government will do more to create good, secure jobs for Victorians with a disability.

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:08

Noweyung respite centre a step closer

East Gippslanders will be closer to having a disability respite service in their community if a Liberal Nationals Government is elected next week.
 
The Nationals Member for Gippsland East and Shadow Minister for Disability, Tim Bull, today announced the Liberal Nationals would launch a $5 million fund to help build new – and expand existing – facilities, partnering with disability service providers to enable $10m of investment in the sector.
 
“This is a big announcement for East Gippsland, particularly with Noweyung seeking to build a respite facility here locally, a project I am very keen to see occur,” Mr Bull said.
 
“This new funding stream will really open the door on this project commencing,” he said.
 
Noweyung Chief Executive Officer Mike Amor said there was high demand for a respite service in East Gippsland, along with much of regional and rural Victoria.
 
“Having provided services to the East Gippsland community since 1954, we now want to expand and offer respite, but due to expensive start-up costs this has not been possible,” Mr Amor said.
 
“We commend Tim and the Liberal Nationals for taking a lead on this and putting forward such a commitment.”
 
Mr Bull said the lack of facilities was causing enormous stress and pressure on family members who just want to be able to take a break knowing their loved one is being cared for appropriately.
 
“Carers provide critical support for Victorians with a disability and they deserve our support too,” he said.
 
“Many disability service providers struggle to afford the capital costs of building new facilities or expanding existing centres. This fund will break down these barriers to grow the number of respite services.
 
“Only the Liberal Nationals will care for our carers.”
 
Almost one in five Australians are living with disability and those who care for them also need a high level of support.
 
Placement in respite centres has traditionally been funded out of Individual Support Packages, which currently are being transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
 
Caption: Local Nationals MP and Shadow Minister for Disability Tim Bull, with Noweyung Life Members John and Liz Hansen, CEO Mike Amor and parents Shane and Linda Pendergast at this morning’s announcement a Liberal Nationals Government will establish a $5 million state-wide fund to build new, and expand existing, disability respite centres.
 
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:03

Liberal Nationals will put locals first

Having already made many popular local funding commitments for the Wellington Shire, Nationals MP Tim Bull says residents will also benefit from a returned Putting Locals First Fund under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.
 
“With the $13.4 million for the Phase 2 of the Macalister Irrigation District modernisation, $100,000 for Boisdale Recreation Reserve lights and $125,000 for both Stratford RSL Sub Branch and Heyfield Tennis Club refurbishments already committed to, it is pleasing to announce we will bring back the Putting Locals First Fund,” Mr Bull said.
 
“This fund was critical in delivering good outcomes for local communities, including Heyfield (Apex Park upgrade), Boisdale (Stables refurbishment) and Tinamba (Meeting Rooms refurbishment) to name a few, when we were last in government, and I am sure will fund a number of other badly needed local investments, on top of the projects and policies to which we have already committed.”
 
“The Putting Locals First Fund is part of the $1 billion Decentralisation Fund, a targeted investment to deliver better infrastructure and create the jobs required to support growing communities in regional Victoria.”
 
Mr Bull said while Melbourne was growing at more than 126,000 people per year, just over 20,000 people move to regional Victoria in 12 months.
 
“Regional and rural areas such as the Wellington Shire are missing out under Daniel Andrews, while unplanned, unmanaged population growth in Melbourne spirals out of control, worsening traffic congestion and putting the squeeze on housing availability, which is why we want to decentralise the state and have therefore launched this new funding stream,” he said.
 
“While the Decentralisation Fund is a new initiative, Putting Locals First was scrapped by Daniel Andrews and Labor upon coming to government, abandoning local groups, including service clubs and sporting clubs, which are at the heart of communities.
 
“Unlike Labor, we believe local people know their community best, which is why a Liberal Nationals Government will back local ideas to drive local development.
 
“From funding much-wanted upgrades to buildings and amenities, improvements to tourist trails and better facilities at our grassroots sporting clubs – an elected Liberal Nationals Government will right Labor’s wrong.”
 
Mr Bull said the Decentralisation Fund would also include targeted investment, which will support business growth and local job creation, enable communities to attract and retain new residents and raise education outcomes for the youngest Victorians.
 
In addition to the MID modernisation and upgrades to Boisdale Recreation Reserve, Stratford RSL Sub Branch and Heyfield Tennis Club, the Liberal Nationals’ commitments include:
 
• Delivering new, faster trains for the Gippsland line;
• Providing an additional $1b to fix country roads;
• Establishing a Livestock and Rural Crime Squad;
• Introducing presumptive legislation for CFA volunteers;
• Increasing country patient transport subsidies;
• Making rate changes to benefit our farmers; and
• Providing $50m to better support families touched by autism.
 
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 15:43

Liberal Nationals will deliver for region

A fourth-generation East Gippslander, The Nationals candidate for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, is promising a better deal for country Victorians under a Liberal Nationals Government.
 
“When last in Government our region had significant investment into road improvements, two new schools, kindergarten upgrades, hospital upgrades, support for our farmers through the Macalister Irrigation District improvements and much more,” he said.
 
“The past four years has been in stark contrast with very little investment and cuts to roads funding hurting while we have this blanket roll out of wire rope barriers in areas where they are not needed.
 
“We will bring a common sense to the barrier installations, most importantly putting them where they are required,” he said.
 
Mr Bull said the greatest need for this community was the $15 million to complete Stage two of the Bairnsdale Secondary College and he was bewildered Labor has shown no interest in this at all, particularly with its candidate being a school principal.
 
“Nothing would make me happier than for this to have bipartisan support, but I am not hopeful given the Minister has not even bothered to visit in four years after he told school council he would.”
 
Mr Bull said other commitments he looked forward to delivering included:
• $1 billion in additional funding to fix country roads;
• $2.2 million to build a new Bairnsdale Fire Station;
• $200,000 for the Paynesville Foreshore Redevelopment Plan;
• Rate changes and cap to benefit our farmers;
• Increased patient transport subsidies and more funds for Bush Nursing Centres;
• Payroll tax cuts for country businesses;
• $13.4 million to upgrade Macalister Irrigation District;
• $195 million for grassroots sport, not AFL;
• $3.5 million to build a new Orbost Police Station;
• $1.5 million for a Bullock Island development;
• Upgrades to Lucknow Recreation Reserve, Mick Baum Park (Cann River) and Mallacoota WWII Bunker Museum; and
• $50 million to better support families touched by autism.
 
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals candidate Tim Bull, pictured with wife Kim and children Lachlan, Daniel and Nikita, says a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver for the region.
 
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:03

Liberal Nationals caring for our carers with more respite support

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will make sure families and carers have access to respite services – no matter where they live.

There’s currently a shortage of disability respite services in Victoria, leaving a critical gap in support for families caring for loved ones.

Almost one in five Australians are living with disability and those who care for them also need a high level of support.

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide $5 million in matched funding over four years to help disability respite services with set-up costs or to expand, helping to grow the sector to meet demand. This will enable $10 million to be invested in the sector.

We’ll partner with service providers to assist them with building costs, which have been a barrier to many services setting up.

There’s growing demand for disability respite services in suburban growth areas and Regional Victoria, with some locations having long waitlists to access the service, while other communities have no access at all to respite.

Placement in respite centres has traditionally been funded out of Individual Support Packages which currently are being transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The lack of facilities causes enormous stress and pressure on family members who just want to be able to take a break knowing their loved one is being cared for appropriately.

More needs to be done to change this and make sure carers are also getting the support they need.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will make sure Victorian families and their loved ones are getting the support they deserve by funding better disability respite services.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Disability Tim Bull

Carers provide critical support for Victorians with a disability and they deserve our support too.

Many disability service providers struggle to afford the capital costs of building new facilities or expanding existing centres, this fund will break down these barriers to grow the number of respite services.

Only the Liberal Nationals will care for our carers.

 

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