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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Regional Victorians left fending for themselves

10 May 2019

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley, has called on the Andrews Government to address the shortfall in Police resources in regional Victoria. There have been a number of startling incidents across Victoria that have fuelled local concern about police numbers and hours of operation in Ripon. Reports that the victim a...

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Ripon students amongst most bullied in the State

23 April 2019

The recently released 2018 Attitudes to School report conducted by the Victorian Education Department report has revealed that government country schools are hotbeds for bullying with rural students more likely to experience bullying than their metropolitan counterparts. The report reveals some of Ripon local government areas have the highest rates...

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Labor Government cannot hide behind Federal Court decision

16 April 2019

A recent Federal Court decision that has quashed a previous Federal Government decision to allow the duplication of the Western Highway from Buangor to proceed is not a stop work order on the Western Highway Duplication project. The Federal Court decision relates to the Djab Wurrung Traditional Owners appeal to...

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Maryborough trains still running late

12 April 2019

Passengers on the Maryborough lines are on slow, unreliable trains under the Andrews Government and it’s only getting worse. VLine figures show the Maryborough lines have continued their poor performance with just 78.1 per cent of services running on time last month, falling far short of the target of 92 per cent. The...

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Ararat trains still running late

12 April 2019

Passengers on the Ararat line are on slow, unreliable trains under the Andrews Government and it’s only getting worse. VLine figures show the Ararat line have continued their poor performance with just 78.1 per cent of services running on time last month, falling far short of the target of 92 per cent....

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Price relief for Wimmera Grampians gas consumers

27 February 2019

Ripon MP Louise Staley has welcomed the announcement by Origin and Red Energy that they are considering entering the Wimmera Grampians gas market. EnergyAustralia currently has a monopoly on the region, consumers have no option but to use EnergyAustralia for natural gas. Ms Staley said EnergyAustralia’s monopoly on the region...

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Young leaders encouraged to have their say

21 February 2019

State Member for Ripon, Louise Staley is encouraging young people aged 16 to 25 to make their voices heard as part of the annual YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament.  “Youth Parliament is a program designed to give young Victorians a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government,...

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Local impacts due to Port of Melbourne price hikes

21 February 2019

Users of the Port of Melbourne are alarmed that the Ports Minister, Melissa Horne, failed to explain in Question Time yesterday why access fees charged by the major stevedoring companies have increased from $3.60 to $80.00 per container over the past 2 years. Following the lease of the Port of...

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Daniel Andrews uses cancer compensation for firefighters to play politics in Ripon

20 February 2019

The Liberal-Nationals this week reintroduced a bill for presumptive cancer rights for firefighters to protect those who protect us, and again Daniel Andrews and Labor voted down this bill to play politics. “The health and wellbeing of all our firefighters continue to be used as a political football by Daniel...

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Staley backs Ballarat Racing Industry

05 February 2019

Horse owners who are being forced to relocate horses away from Darren Weir’s Forest Lodge stables, have been urged to consider other Ballarat based trainers. Local MP, Louise Staley, said today she understood some owners had to make urgent decisions on the future of their horses due to the stage...

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