Media Releases

Jobs drought continues in North West

30 August 2017

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley says drastic action is needed to reverse Daniel Andrew’s jobs disappearing act in North West Victoria.

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Daniel Andrews rips off country taxi users

07 September 2016

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has accused the Andrews Labor Government of ripping off country taxi passengers, who face a hike in taxi fees to fund the legalisation of Uber in Melbourne.

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Gagging Liberal MP’s will not end CFA dispute

25 August 2016

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has warned the Andrews Government that stopping local MP’s from speaking at CFA functions will not end the State Government's dispute with the CFA.

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Ararat Freight Hub is 18 months overdue

15 August 2016

Ripon MP Louise Staley has slammed the Andrews Government for dragging its heels on the Ararat Freight Hub project.

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Liberals to invest $20 million on rural level crossings

11 August 2016

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley will fight to ensure all level crossings on the reopening Maryborough-Ararat Railway line are upgraded as part of the Victorian Liberals $20 Million commitment to make level crossings safer.

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Ambulance figures blow out in Ripon

05 August 2016

Ripon MP Louise Staley has called on the State Government to take action following another blowout in Ambulance response times.

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Victoria will be a more expensive place to live from tomorrow

30 June 2016

Ripon MP Louise Staley has said Lucas, Miners Rest, Mitchell Park and other areas in the City of Ballarat region are going to be more expensive places to live from tomorrow due to the Andrews Labor Government increasing a whole range of government fees, fines and charges as of July...

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Country crime rates continue to climb

16 June 2016

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has demanded the Andrews Government properly resource Victoria’s over-worked police officers as crime rates in the Central Goldfields region.

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Country Crime rates continue to climb

16 June 2016

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has demanded the Andrews Government properly resource Victoria’s over-worked police officers as crime rates continue to climb in the Ararat region.

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Consulting with communities about kinders for St Arnaud

14 June 2016

The State of local kindergarten and childcare services was on the agenda recently with Member for Ripon Louise Staley being joined by Shadow Minister for Families Georgie Crozier as they embarked on a series of visits to kindergartens in the St Arnaud region.

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Victorian households brace for more budget pain

05 January 2020

Victorian household budgets will tomorrow come under more stress as Daniel Andrews’ increased charges come into play.

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Strikes leave Ripon rail users waiting again

12 December 2019

V/Line commuters in the Ararat, Ballarat and Maryborough lines have been left waiting for the bus due to industrial action today, says Member for Ripon Louise Staley. All trains on Thursday on the Ararat, Ballarat and Maryborough line were cancelled and replaced by buses in the second day of a...

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Another summer with no Aircranes for Ballarat

05 December 2019

The Andrews Labor Government continues to put Ballarat and Western Victorian residents at risk by refusing to station a firefighting Aircrane in Ballarat, says Member for Ripon Louise Staley. Today Ministers Neville and D’Ambrosio announced that the Andrews Government would station the two Aircranes at Essendon and Moorabbin Airports, with...

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Billions spent for slower trains to Ballarat

02 December 2019

Commuters from Ballarat to Melbourne are today spending more time on trains and less time at home doing the things they enjoy thanks to Labor’s slowed-down train timetables. Following months of disruption where commuters have endured terrible train performance, Labor’s answer to make trains meet their timetable targets is to...

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Staley says new data shows the State Government is ignoring Ballarat’s homeless problem

14 October 2019

The latest social housing waiting list data released by the Andrews Labor Government reveals that the Government would need to build 74% more social housing properties to house those people on the current waiting list. Member for Ripon Louise Staley said there are currently 2503 social housing properties in Ballarat,...

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Slowing down Remembrance Drive is a band-aid solution

15 August 2019

Ripon MP Louise Staley has hit out at the Andrews Government’s half-hearted plans to improve safety on the Remembrance Drive by reducing the speed limit to 60kpm. The Andrews Government this week announced their intention to reduce once again the speed limit in the accident-prone stretch of Remembrance Drive near...

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Greenlight for Western Highway Duplication

22 July 2019

Ripon MP Louise Staley said work finally resuming on the Western Highway Duplication is a big win for local drivers. Ms Staley today welcomed the Federal Government’s move to decline protection restrictions and greenlight work on the long-awaited Western Highway Duplication. The State Government has also welcomed the Federal Government’s...

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Ambulance times blow out in Buloke

11 July 2019

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said the Andrews Government needs to do more to combat rising ambulance response times. Patients in Buloke Shire are being forced to wait longer and longer for an ambulance to arrive. According to the latest response times released by Ambulance Victoria, response times in Buloke...

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Ambulance times blow out in Loddon

11 July 2019

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said the Andrews Government needs to do more to combat rising ambulance response times. Patients in Loddon Shire are being forced to wait longer and longer for an ambulance to arrive. According to the latest response times released by Ambulance Victoria, response times in Loddon...

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Ripon locals urged to be wound aware

11 July 2019

Ripon MP Louise Staley is urging the local community to take care of chronic wounds before they become a problem. Wound awareness week, which runs from 1 to 21 July, is an opportunity to raise awareness and remind the community of the importance of being wound aware. Each year, around...

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