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  • Morwell electorate – Answer to constituency question – Thursday 14 April 2016 – Russell Northe
    I launched our Government s blueprint for driving economic growth and creating new jobs for Victorians in key priority sectors I also announced a 20 million Sector Growth Program to support the strategies boost economic growth and create jobs as part of our 200 million Future Industries Fund The sectors primed for growth are medical technologies and pharmaceuticals new energy technologies food and fibre defence technologies construction technologies transport technologies international education and professional services These sectors have been chosen for their potential to deliver extraordinary economic growth and the capacity to create high skill high wage jobs throughout Victoria including the Latrobe Valley In addition to the Future Industries Fund the Government has also established the 500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which will provide funding support to all of regional Victoria including the Latrobe Valley With regards to the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund you refer to I am advised by my department that this program closed in June 2014 It is disappointing to see the local Member and then Minister for Energy and Resources could not save the Fund from being axed by his own government despite 62 000 Victorian workers losing their jobs during the Coalition s term I would like to assure the Member for Morwell that the Andrews Labor Government will continue to support the development of our state s future industries and deliver sustained jobs growth for all Victorians Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Education Question on Notice Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Gippsland V Line services petitions Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Transparency in Government Bill 2015 Tuesday 12 April April 13 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28 2016 Got a story Tell Russell Your

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  • Education – Question on Notice – Thursday 14 April 2016 – Russell Northe
    businesses awarded and managing the project give preference to employing local contractors and workers based within the electorate of Morwell 2 As of 1 January 2016 how many businesses and employees based in the electorate of Morwell had been engaged in the project 3 From 1 January 2016 to the conclusion of the project what will be the total percentage of businesses and workers based in the electorate of Morwell employed in the project ANSWER The Andrews Labor Government is committed to local industry participation in public sector projects In support of this commitment the Victorian Industry Participation Policy VIPP ensures that government departments and agencies consider competitive local suppliers including small and medium enterprises when awarding contracts valued at 1 million or more in regional Victoria or 3 million or more in metropolitan Melbourne A VIPP plan must be provided by all tenderers for such school projects nominating Australian and New Zealand products and suppliers used and employment created for the project The contractor who was awarded the Morwell Primary School Project has provided a VIPP Plan to the Industry and Competition Network the body which administers implementation of the policy The Plan states that 53 existing and new jobs will be supported including eight apprenticeships Statewide the Education State infrastructure program will create more than 1200 jobs In addition to these projected jobs it is anticipated that local construction and supplier businesses will be heavily engaged in the development of the new Morwell Primary School Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate Answer to constituency question Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Gippsland V Line services petitions Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Transparency in Government Bill 2015 Tuesday 12 April April 13 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events

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  • Gippsland V/Line services – petitions – Tuesday 12 April 2016 – Russell Northe
    GCA provides important support and advocacy services across our region but it faces significant challenges if state government support is not forthcoming Through funding from the former coalition government and philanthropic sources GCA was able to recruit staff to assist its administrative and carer support services but this is now in severe jeopardy The coalition had previously allocated 100 000 to GCA with a further 120 000 committed prior to the 2014 election However the Andrews Labor government has completely ignored pleas for assistance Without a commitment from the Labor government GCA staff will most likely be lost services compromised and the financial position of GCA severely tested Similarly mental health advocacy group Barrier Breakers benefited from funding by the coalition government but yet again the Andrews Labor government has indicated that it will not provide any financial support for this organisation Barrier Breakers relies heavily on the goodwill of volunteers and without funding to assist its administrative operations I fear that mental health services and support will be reduced across the Gippsland region Our community has also campaigned long and hard for projects such as the redevelopment of the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre and a public heated indoor pool in Traralgon These projects deserve the support of the Labor government and I call on the Premier to provide funding in the upcoming budget for these initiatives along with recognising and funding the important work of both the Gippsland Carers Association and Barrier Breakers Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate Answer to constituency question Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Education Question on Notice Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Transparency in Government Bill 2015 Tuesday 12 April April 13 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28

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  • Transparency in Government Bill 2015 – Tuesday 12 April – Russell Northe
    for Malvern also raised some concerns about how the data will change including that the way it will be provided will affect the ability to compare data with that of previous years I think that is a handy tool not only for members of Parliament but for the community to understand where those areas are that are needing improvement or where improvement has already been made It will be difficult with the way that the data is proposed to be constructed to be able to compare data in the future That does cause members on this side some concern The member for Malvern also raised the issue around the potential delaying of the publication of reports due to an opinion that there might be industrial action I am not really sure that the Victorian community would consider that a reasonable argument for being able to delay providing important information to the Victorian community From a practical point of view it will be interesting to see how that plays out when and if this legislation does pass the Parliament Whilst I concede that the local government area data is critically important one would question why we will not have the urban centre localities included as part of the data going forward Will we have more or less data or information than there has been before given that what is proposed is that in the future that data around urban centre localities will be abolished From a local perspective we have the opportunity to talk about the response data and performance data of Ambulance Victoria I certainly want to take the opportunity of acknowledging those who work in the ambulance service in the Latrobe and Gippsland region On the whole they do a wonderful job There is no doubt that it is a difficult vocation and it can be a tough vocation We have some wonderful people in the ambulance service and paramedics in our region who do a wonderful job In recent times a couple of locals have been honoured for more than 40 years service which is an incredible and outstanding contribution to the Victorian community Most of that service was in the Latrobe and Gippsland community In particular I acknowledge that post the mine fire in 2014 our ambulance service officers were absolutely outstanding In a short space of time they were able to set up a health clinic and able to monitor a number of locals who may have experienced health issues at the time or who were concerned about their health They did an outstanding job at that time From a Country Fire Authority point of view again we have had some challenging and difficult times in the Gippsland region over the past 10 years or so The men and women both career and volunteer firefighters do an extraordinary job I know all members of the house absolutely acknowledge that When we are talking about response times from the CFA point of view it is important that

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  • Petitions- Gippsland rail services – Tuesday 22 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    the Gippsland rail line whilst in government the Liberal Nationals coalition prior to the 2014 election committed to delivering a number of projects that would provide greater reliability for commuters who utilise V Line services in Gippsland Some of these initiatives include additional V Line rolling stock to reduce overcrowding duplication of tracks to improve reliability more weekly services including peak services to increase flexibility and removal of level crossings and signalling upgrades to improve punctuality The Labor government ignored Gippsland when it initiated its regional rail link project and it still has not committed to any major investment that would improve the Gippsland V Line rail service its reliability or capacity The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria direct the Labor government to adopt the Liberal Nationals coalition s plan to invest in major rail infrastructure projects and service improvements to deliver a better public transport link for the Gippsland region By Mr NORTHE Morwell 159 signatures Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate Answer to constituency question Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Education Question on Notice Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Gippsland V Line services petitions Tuesday

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  • Rooming House Operators Bill 2015 – Second Reading Speech resumed – Thursday 10 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    has some concerns that the current disqualification criteria may force operators to walk away from their obligations That would mean of course that tenants and residents would be impacted as well They have also raised some concerns that the appeal rights that they have available to them are basically non existent One of the other concerns that has been raised is the disqualification criteria that are set to be part of this bill which talks about a number of offences across a range of acts as I said in my earlier contribution The concern is that we do not really know how many current operators might be impacted by that There have also been some concerns around the lease agreements that have been in place I note that without any consultation of course yesterday a number of amendments were circulated to probably address the majority of the concerns that had been put forward by the Registered Accommodation Association of Victoria One would have to say that very clearly if proper consultation had been undertaken with that organisation prior to the legislation being drafted the government would not have to move these amendments that it has proposed In closing from a coalition point of view we are supportive of the licensing regime that is introduced with this legislation However we do have some concerns about the disqualification criteria from the perspective not only of rooming house operators but also those tenants and residents who need that accommodation particularly as in many cases those residents are very very vulnerable in our community Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate Answer to constituency question Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Education Question on Notice Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Gippsland V Line services petitions Tuesday 12

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  • Constituency questions – Morwell – 10th March 2016 – Russell Northe
    requested by VicRoads to pay 17 40 for an appointment to register a golf cart trailer which staff did not even inspect Can the minister confirm if these charges imposed on Jim have been introduced by his government and if so when Jim was advised by staff that these fees were only implemented recently and his concerns are with the fact that motorists are now paying for appointments even without inspections taking place In Jim s case this is with respect to the registering of a golf cart trailer The Andrews government has wasted 1 1 billion to not build a road it has reduced regional road maintenance funding and it has abolished the country roads and bridges program On top of that it appears it is now slugging Gippsland motorists as well Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate Answer to constituency question Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Education Question on Notice Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Gippsland V Line services petitions Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28 2016 Got a story Tell Russell Your confidentiality and anonimity

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  • Victoria Police Amendment (Merit-based Transfer) Bill 2016 – Wednesday 9 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    police members were suffering from burnout It made it very difficult for local police members and I think that with that came a lot of resentment They resented doing the job that they initially started out loving and wanting to do They had wanted to make a difference in their community but a lot of them lost that desire purely and simply because they were overworked and overstressed I am really proud as I stand here today of the difference the coalition government made to increasing police numbers Today those police stations are reasonably well resourced and certainly a lot better than they were in the past I think it has made a difference to those police members and the whole vibe around the police stations and for those within the ranks there is a lot more positivity around purely and simply because they do have those resources available to them One statistic from the Morwell electorate which I am not that proud of is that we score well above average in terms of crime rates per capita and therefore the work the police do is critical It is a very high workload that they have as I said in difficult circumstances It does not matter whether that includes attending accidents bringing criminals to justice dealing with family violence issues or working around entertainment precincts the work they do in protecting and serving their community is probably not appreciated enough but from my personal point of view of course I do Indeed I work with the police in many forums probably like many members of Parliament We all work with our local police services In Traralgon there is an entertainment precinct and we have what is called the Traralgon CBD Safety Committee We meet regularly at the Traralgon police station obviously with the police but also with the council the local business community including the entertainment businesses and the community more generally Over time the police have done a great job in directing some initiatives that have really made a difference in terms of some of the violence that had unfortunately occurred across that entertainment precinct over a period of years All members of the committee have done a great job but the police have been driving it using additional CCTV holding some blitzes and using the additional resources they have available to them They have been able to make a difference to community safety in that precinct In the family violence sector many regions have a specific family violence section of the police force that does a great job While we cannot police our way out of family violence it is an important component of dealing with it and the police I think on the whole do a great job in addressing those particular issues From a road safety perspective I have been chair of the local L2P program which helps disadvantaged youth to get their 120 hours of learner probation driving They are linked with mentors and I

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