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  • Address-in-reply – Election 2014 – 16 April – Russell Northe
    we opened that facility last year Mental health investment has also been substantial We were proud in government to ensure that we were able to deliver additional acute mental health beds in the Flynn ward at Latrobe Regional Hospital We have a supported accommodation project which is near completion in Traralgon now The Doorway project which assists people with mental illness in getting into private rental is another project that has been very successful I turn now to law and order Sometimes we forget the shortage of police we had in November 2010 I can assure members that we were able to deliver an additional 65 to 70 police officers I know many of the police officers in our region and they have are absolutely thrilled that there have been no vacancies at the Latrobe Valley police station for a period because of the investment our government made In addition to that in the area of community safety and crime prevention there have been some great programs including the closed circuit television system in Traralgon and the provision of alarm systems security systems and fencing for a range of recreation clubs and other community organisations We were able to deliver real community projects As I mentioned men s sheds were supported not only in Boolarra but also in Traralgon and Morwell There were upgrades to the headspace centre in Morwell as well as to the town hall Newman Park in Traralgon and Morwell Town Common both had substantial upgrades Investment was made in the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden Our scout halls in Churchill Morwell and other places are also examples of the many investments we were able to make In addition to that we were able to make a substantial investment in education Primary school welfare officers were funded and there was additional maintenance across a number of our schools including Kosciuszko Street Primary School in Traralgon and Yinnar Primary School With respect to skills and training our Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund was very successful in the Morwell electorate Our investment in emergency services included the Country Fire Authority stations across a number of areas in the Morwell electorate New vehicles were bought including a new State Emergency Service vehicle for the Morwell team In the area of the environment there was lots of support for friends of groups established in relation to our national parks and other parks in the region There was support for Landcare and substantial investment was made in trails such as the Grand Strzelecki track the Grand Ridge rail trail and the Gippsland Plains rail trail A whole heap of bus services were added to the network with 800 additional weekly bus services in the Latrobe Valley Roads and sports and recreation clubs were also well supported during the course of our term in office I also want to refer to jobs We had a fund called the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund to which 50 million was attached The whole purpose of the

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  • Matters of public importance – 18 March – Russell Northe
    Events Achievements Petitions Newsletters Contact Matters of public importance 18 March You are here Home Statements Matters of public importance 18 March Mr Northe On a point of order Deputy Speaker in reference to the member s contribution and referring to a decision you made earlier during a contribution by another member regarding the use of the word you the member is using the word you quite consistently and I ask you bring her back to speaking through the Chair Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate funding Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Members Statement Country Fire Authority district 27 Tuesday 22 March 2016 March 30 2016 Members Statement V Line services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28 2016 Got a story Tell Russell Your confidentiality and anonimity is assured Stay updated and make a difference Email Address First Name Last Name Russell Northe Electorate Office 66 George Street Morwell VIC 3840 PO Box 214 Phone 5133 9088 Fax 5133 9388 Email russell northe parliament vic gov au Find us on Facebook Twitter YouTube Linkedin I hope you find my website

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  • March 18, 2015 – Russell Northe
    point of order Deputy Speaker in reference to the member s contribution and referring to a decision you made earlier during a contribution by another member regarding the use of the word you the member is using the word you quite consistently and I ask you bring her back to speaking through March 18 2015 Statements By scribblevision Bill Veterans and Other Acts Amendment 18 March Debate resumed from 25 February motion of Ms GARRETT Minister for Consumer Affairs Gaming and Liquor Regulation Mr NORTHE Morwell It gives me pleasure to rise to speak on the Veterans and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015 It might not be as exciting as the previous bill about hairdressing Indeed I hope that you Acting Speaker will have March 18 2015 Statements By scribblevision Bill Veterans and Other Acts Amendment point of order 18 March Mr NORTHE On the point of order Acting Speaker clause 8 of this bill refers to debt collection and debt collection practices Lead speakers are always given the liberty of putting forward a broad ranging view I am referring to debt collection and I am now getting to my point of making sure that the house well March 18

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  • Bill – Veterans and Other Acts Amendment – 18 March – Russell Northe
    is an important element of the bill Clause 4 deals with the amalgamation of patriotic funds and enables the director to approve on the written application of the trustee of a patriotic fund either the amendment of the trust deed of that patriotic fund or the adoption of a new trust deed for the fund Again on the surface that seems a sensible provision and it is supported by the veterans community Unfortunately in some jurisdictions where RSL sub branches are finding it difficult to remain viable and to survive we might see the merging or amalgamation of those sub branches The problem we have at the moment is that if both of those sub branches have patriotic funds there is no capacity or vehicle to amalgamate those funds An important provision of this bill under clause 4 is to ensure that that can now occur We support the amendments to the Veterans Act 2005 After I sought feedback on the bill from RSL president David MacLachlan wrote to me The bill provides the mechanism for us to improve our corporate governance arrangements particularly when sub branches come together and there will be more of them doing so in the future This comes about primarily from membership changes and more importantly the availability of volunteers with the requisite experience to run organisations of this nature These sub branches are essential to the provision of welfare and commemorative support in communities and we certainly don t wish to see them close altogether hence amalgamation becomes desirable In closing he said This bill as I said earlier will allow us to amalgamate patriotic fund accounts and reduce administration This year is a very important one as we commemorate our history marking the centenary of Anzac and the Gallipoli landing A range of activities are occurring across the state I personally think it has been fantastic to observe and witness in my own community over the last 10 years or so more and more people becoming involved in activities to commemorate such important dates on our calendar For example I remember going to the Traralgon dawn service 10 years ago and the number of people there was moderate but last year it was absolutely jam packed with people of all ages It is particularly overwhelming and really encouraging to see so many young people attending services whether they be Anzac Day or Remembrance Day services It is absolutely wonderful A great initiative supported by both sides of politics has been the Premier s Spirit of Anzac Prize Just recently the latest recipients of the prize were announced I was proud and privileged that in my electorate of Morwell two young people were successful applicants Cameron Brinsmead from Levalla Catholic College and Laura Campbell from St Paul s Anglican Grammar School I think they commence their trip on 28 March and will head over to Lemnos and Athens in Greece Istanbul and Gallipoli in Turkey and Paris France all over the place It is a wonderful initiative that gives our younger people an understanding of what happened in those terrible times so that the next generation can continue to tell the story That is really important I sat down with young Cameron and asked if I could have a copy of his application It was an amazing historical narrative which was meant to recreate the hardship and emotions of Gallipoli He had a transcript of communication between Douglas who was serving in Gallipoli at the time and his wife Margaret his loved one back at home It was an emotional and heartfelt read They are the types of things that will be commemorated I was going to say celebrated but that is not quite the word to make sure that future generations completely understand the horror of war and what occurred back in 1915 I also take the opportunity to say thank you to our local RSL clubs and veterans groups which have done so much over a long period of time to make sure that we honour and respect those who have served To digress slightly I did a bit of research on my own family and have just recently found out that a couple of my great uncles served in the Second World War one on the HMAS Lonsdale and one in the 2 3rd Pioneer Battalion and an uncle served in Vietnam But I had better get back to the bill Part 2 of the bill is reasonably well supported by those on this side of the house In terms of part 3 which amends the Sale of Land Act 1962 from some correspondence received by the government from the Law Institute of Victoria my understanding is that the institute was concerned about the phrase terms contract In effect part 3 deals with some of the terminology that is used For example section 29A 1 of the act sets out two circumstances in which a contract for the sale of land will be a terms contract for the purposes of the act Broadly these are where a purchaser under a contract is required after execution of the contract to make multiple payments to the vendor before the purchaser is entitled to transfer of the land or where a purchaser is entitled to possession or occupation of the land before the purchaser is entitled to a transfer of the land Clause 7 1 amends section 29A 1 b of the Sale of Land Act 1962 to substitute the words possession of the land or to the receipt of rents and profits for the words possession or occupation of the land As was explained to me in the briefing and as is set out in the explanatory memorandum removing the word occupation is an important element of this The example was given that if one were to store goods in a shed that could potentially instigate a terms contract under the current description that is provided Clause 7 2 amends section 29A 1

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  • Bill – Veterans and Other Acts Amendment – point of order – 18 March – Russell Northe
    order 18 March You are here Home Statements Bill Veterans and Other Acts Amendment point of order 18 March Mr NORTHE On the point of order Acting Speaker clause 8 of this bill refers to debt collection and debt collection practices Lead speakers are always given the liberty of putting forward a broad ranging view I am referring to debt collection and I am now getting to my point of making sure that the house well and truly understands some of the amendments and propositions that were put forward by the coalition as well Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate funding Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Members Statement Country Fire Authority district 27 Tuesday 22 March 2016 March 30 2016 Members Statement V Line services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28 2016 Got a story Tell Russell Your confidentiality and anonimity is assured Stay updated and make a difference Email Address First Name Last Name Russell Northe Electorate Office 66 George Street Morwell VIC 3840 PO Box 214 Phone 5133 9088 Fax 5133 9388 Email russell northe parliament vic gov

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  • Extract from the Veteran and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015 – 18 March – Russell Northe
    gone wrong in respect of that That is an important element of the bill Clause 4 deals with the amalgamation of patriotic funds and enables the director to approve on the written application of the trustee of a patriotic fund either the amendment of the trust deed of that patriotic fund or the adoption of a new trust deed for the fund Again on the surface that seems a sensible provision and it is supported by the veterans community Unfortunately in some jurisdictions where RSL subbranches are finding it difficult to remain viable and to survive we might see the merging or amalgamation of those subbranches The problem we have at the moment is that if both of those subbranches have patriotic funds there is no capacity or vehicle to amalgamate those funds An important provision of this bill under clause 4 is to ensure that that can now occur We support the amendments to the Veterans Act 2005 After I sought feedback on the bill from RSL president David MacLachlan wrote to me The bill provides the mechanism for us to improve our corporate governance arrangements particularly when subbranches come together and there will be more of them doing so in the future This comes about primarily from membership changes and more importantly the availability of volunteers with the requisite experience to run organisations of this nature These subbranches are essential to the provision of welfare and commemorative support in communities and we certainly don t wish to see them close altogether hence amalgamation becomes desirable In closing he said This bill as I said earlier will allow us to amalgamate patriotic fund accounts and reduce administration This year is a very important one as we commemorate our history marking the centenary of Anzac and the Gallipoli landing A range of activities are occurring across the state I personally think it has been fantastic to observe and witness in my own community over the last 10 years or so more and more people becoming involved in activities to commemorate such important dates on our calendar For example I remember going to the Traralgon dawn service 10 years ago and the number of people there was moderate but last year it was absolutely jam packed with people of all ages It is particularly overwhelming and really encouraging to see so many young people attending services whether they be Anzac Day or Remembrance Day services It is absolutely wonderful A great initiative supported by both sides of politics has been the Premier s Spirit of Anzac Prize Just recently the latest recipients of the prize were announced I was proud and privileged that in my electorate of Morwell two young people were successful applicants Cameron Brinsmead from Levalla Catholic College and Laura Campbell from St Paul s Anglican Grammar School I think they commence their trip on 28 March and will head over to Lemnos and Athens in Greece Istanbul and Gallipoli in Turkey and Paris France all over the place It is a wonderful initiative that gives our younger people an understanding of what happened in those terrible times so that the next generation can continue to tell the story That is really important I sat down with young Cameron and asked if I could have a copy of his application It was an amazing historical narrative which was meant to recreate the hardship and emotions of Gallipoli He had a transcript of communication between Douglas who was serving in Gallipoli at the time and his wife Margaret his loved one back at home It was an emotional and heartfelt read They are the types of things that will be commemorated I was going to say celebrated but that is not quite the word to make sure that future generations completely understand the horror of war and what occurred back in 1915 I also take the opportunity to say thank you to our local RSL clubs and veterans groups which have done so much over a long period of time to make sure that we honour and respect those who have served To digress slightly I did a bit of research on my own family and have just recently found out that a couple of my greatuncles served in the Second World War one on the HMAS Lonsdale and one in the 2 3rd Pioneer Battalion and an uncle served in Vietnam But I had better get back to the bill Part 2 of the bill is reasonably well supported by those on this side of the house In terms of part 3 which amends the Sale of Land Act 1962 from some correspondence received by the government from the Law Institute of Victoria my understanding is that the institute was concerned about the phrase terms contract In effect part 3 deals with some of the terminology that is used For example section 29A 1 of the act sets out two circumstances in which a contract for the sale of land will be a terms contract for the purposes of the act Broadly these are where a purchaser under a contract is required after execution of the contract to make multiple payments to the vendor before the purchaser is entitled to transfer of the land or where a purchaser is entitled to possession or occupation of the land before the purchaser is entitled to a transfer of the land Clause 7 1 amends section 29A 1 b of the Sale of Land Act 1962 to substitute the words possession of the land or to the receipt of rents and profits for the words possession or occupation of the land As was explained to me in the briefing and as is set out in the explanatory memorandum removing the word occupation is an important element of this The example was given that if one were to store goods in a shed that could potentially instigate a terms contract under the current description that is provided Clause 7 2 amends section 29A

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  • Members statement – Hazelwood Jeeralang Community Association – 17 March – Russell Northe
    Jeeralang Community Association 17 March Mr NORTHE Morwell I was pleased to recently attend the launch of the Hazelwood Jeeralang Community Association Inc s community safety project In 2013 the Hazelwood Jeeralang Community Association was successful in receiving 10 000 through the coalition government s Community Safety Fund grants program The association subsequently developed a fantastic and informative booklet that will assist local residents in matters ranging from bushfire safety and prevention through to managing neighbourhood disputes Well done to John Arkinstall Peter Ruzicka and Garry Mauger along with members of the Hazelwood Jeeralang Community Association for such a terrific outcome Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate funding Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Members Statement Country Fire Authority district 27 Tuesday 22 March 2016 March 30 2016 Members Statement V Line services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28 2016 Got a story Tell Russell Your confidentiality and anonimity is assured Stay updated and make a difference Email Address First Name Last Name Russell Northe Electorate Office 66 George Street Morwell VIC 3840 PO Box 214 Phone 5133 9088 Fax 5133

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  • March 17, 2015 – Russell Northe
    Morwell I was pleased to recently attend the launch of the Hazelwood Jeeralang Community Association Inc s community safety project In 2013 the Hazelwood Jeeralang Community Association was successful in receiving 10 000 through the coalition government s Community Safety Fund grants program The association subsequently developed a fantastic and informative booklet that will assist local residents in March 17 2015 Statements By scribblevision Members statement Spirit of Anzac 17 March Mr NORTHE Congratulations to Cameron Brinsmead from Lavalla Catholic College Traralgon and Laura Campbell from St Paul s Anglican Grammar School Traralgon on being successful applicants for the 2015 Premier s Spirit of Anzac prize competition Both secured a place in the final group of 12 students who will participate in an overseas study tour to Lemnos Gallipoli and March 17 2015 Statements By scribblevision Members statement Churchill 50th anniversary 17 March Mr NORTHE On Sunday the Churchill community celebrated 50 years since the town was proclaimed on 15 March 1965 It really was a proud occasion and I say well done to all Churchill residents who have contributed to the success of the town over these past decades Margaret Guthrie from the Churchill and District Community Association and

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