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Greenlight for Western Highway Duplication

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 intervention.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said work on this much-delayed project can now finally proceed.

“The Western Highway Duplication has dragged on for too long; local drivers are now much closer to having a safer and less congested highway.” Ms Staley said.

“Drivers from Stawell, Ararat and Beaufort who use this road everyday know how badly needed a duplication is, this decision brings us closer to a safer commute.”

“Our community has been patient while this badly needed project faced delay after delay, we now look forward to the duplication works finally kicking off.”


Ambulance times blow out in Buloke

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 Shire have increased by an average of 2 minutes and 10 seconds over the previous quarter.

Ripon MP Louise Staley said country patients would continue to suffer while the Andrews Government continues its obsession with Melbourne.

“Buloke residents desperate for faster medical treatment are being ignored by Daniel Andrews and his government’s city-centric policies.” Ms Staley said.

“Time is crucial in an emergency, every second is vital, Buloke residents don’t deserve to face massive delays to receive medical attention.”

“Spiralling Ambulance response times is not good enough, residents across Buloke Shire deserve the confidence of knowing that emergency help is available in a timely manner.”

“Time and time again, Daniel Andrews put’s Melbourne first and ignores regional communities like Donald and Charlton.”


Ambulance times blow out in Loddon

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 Shire have increased by an average of 53 seconds over the previous quarter, to now sit at 22 minutes and 7 seconds.

Ripon MP Louise Staley said country patients would continue to suffer while the Andrews Government continues its obsession with Melbourne.

“Loddon residents desperate for faster medical treatment are being ignored by Daniel Andrews and his government’s city-centric policies.” Ms Staley said.

“Time is crucial in an emergency, every second is vital, Loddon residents don’t deserve to face massive delays to receive medical attention.”

“Spiralling Ambulance response times is not good enough, residents across Loddon Shire deserve the confidence of knowing that emergency help is available in a timely manner.”

“Time and time again, Daniel Andrews put’s Melbourne first and ignores regional communities like Wedderburn, Inglewood and Bridgewater.”


Ripon locals urged to be wound aware

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 420,000 people suffer from some kind of chronic wound. People struggle with pain as well as embarrassment, large treatment costs and being unable to enjoy normal work or social activities.

However, the vast majority don't have to suffer. If people are ‘wound aware’, they can spot the warning signs and understand that treatment is available.

“A chronic wound is a skin break that doesn't heal normally or without complications. If that happens to you or a family member, you must see a healthcare professional immediately,” Ms Staley said.

“If a chronic wound is not treated quickly and properly it could lead to severe illness, amputations and even death.”

According to Wounds Australia, you should take action if a wound:

  • becomes red, swollen, hot or very painful
  • bleeds regularly
  • becomes black or yellow
  • has a thick, yellowish fluid or unpleasant smell
  • takes longer than a month to heal or has not decreased in size.

Ms Staley is encouraging locals to check in with older relatives because people over 65 are more likely to develop a chronic wound.

“As a community we tend not to talk about these types of medical concerns, but it’s important not to suffer in silence,” Ms Staley said.

If you think you might have a chronic wound you should make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible.

More information on Wound Awareness Week is at www.WoundAware.com.au


Gold tax puts Stawell jobs on shaky ground

Member for Ripon and Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley MP this week visited the Stawell Goldmine to discuss the impact of the Andrews Labor Government’s new gold mining tax on local jobs. 

Ms Staley and Shadow Resources Minister Ryan Smith met with Campbell Olsen, CEO and Troy Cole, General Manager of Stawell Goldmine.

Ms Staley said the meeting with Mr Olsen and Mr Cole confirmed that this is a tax on regional employers that puts local jobs at risk.

“The Treasurer, Tim Pallas needs to take into account the risk that this royalty poses to jobs in Stawell and the consequent loss of wealth injected every year into the local Stawell economy.”

“The gold industry is an important part of Stawell’s economy, and Labor’s latest big new tax is going to make life even tougher for regional Victoria.”

Stawell Goldmine directly employs local staff and contractors as well as supporting jobs at several local suppliers.

Mr Olsen said Stawell Goldmine was already being impacted by Labor’s new gold tax.

“Labor’s new gold tax has had a direct impact on our businesses current and future operations – we have been forced to carefully consider our forward investment and operations strategy.”

Despite the uproar from Victoria’s gold mining industry, Treasurer Tim Pallas is standing by his new 2.75% Gold Mining Royalty. The Treasurer is running out of ways to prop up his Government’s overspending and cost blowouts on major projects in Melbourne. He is now risking regional jobs to raid the pockets of Victorian gold miners. 

Shadow Resources Minister Ryan Smith said “Daniel Andrews and Tim Pallas have sprung this new tax on our gold mining industry without warning and without consultation,”

“The Stawell Goldmine deserves a fair hearing into the implementation of this Royalty.”

As many workers in Stawell face an uncertain future, the Treasurer has shown a complete disregard for the consequences these men and women face as a result of his decision. When asked recently at the Melbourne Press Club why he suddenly imposed a new gold tax, the Victorian Treasurer said: “because I could”.


Grants to help women and girls to get active in Ripon

VicHealth grants will create more opportunities for women and girls in Stawell and Creswick to become more active by participating in sport.

The Stawell Soccer Club and the Creswick Football Netball Club have both been successful in their applications for Active Club Grants.

Stawell Soccer Club will receive $3,000 for equipment, uniforms and promotion of new girls’ soccer teams. The Stawell Soccer Club will introduce at least two new girls’ teams with minimal financial barriers for participants.

The Creswick Football Netball Club will receive $1,564 for new uniforms and to support their This Girl Can program and a new D Grade netball competition. The new competition will encourage local women and girls to get involved in a more social netball competition.

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley MP, welcomed the funding, saying that support for local sporting clubs was a vital way to keep Ripon communities healthy and connected.

“Sport is a fun, social way to improve your fitness and overall health,” Ms Staley said.

“I spend a lot of time visiting sporting clubs across the Ripon electorate and it is always incredible to see how sport brings the community together and helps create a true sense of community.”

“It’s wonderful that these two Ripon sporting clubs will have the opportunity to extend their programs to include a wider range of women and girls in sport.”

For more information about VicHealth’s Active Club Grants visit http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub 


Animal Justice Party’s Andy Meddick backs Labor in axing CFA

Last week, former CFMEU member and friend of the Labor Party, Andy Meddick voted with the Andrews Labor Government to pass legislation to break up the CFA and risk the safety of all Victorians.

Daniel Andrews waited to bring this bill before the Parliament after the federal election –knowing the bill would shatter CFA volunteers across the state.

Andy Meddick who was rumoured to hold the deciding vote, unsurprisingly sided with the Government’s bill to split the CFA.

The Andrews Labor Government rushed this controversial bill through the Parliament, with the clear understanding that Fire Rescue Victoria will be the beginning of the end for Victoria’s beloved 74-year-old volunteer Country Fire Authority organisation.

The bill disrespects volunteers and threatens our community safety in future fire seasons.

Labor put two bills in one and refused to separate cancer compensation for volunteers from the bill to destroy the service that has proudly protected us for decades.

The Government have this year alone cut $40m from the CFA budget and millions from the emergency services – hindering our volunteers from protecting our community.

When we look back at the arrogant Andrews Labor Government, they will be remembered for removing the surge capacity to protect Victoria on days like 2009 bushfires.

The Liberal National party strongly opposed these changes, and we commit to always putting community safety first. 

 


Roads Minister confirms Western Highway Duplication project “not a priority”

Yesterday in Budget estimates hearings Roads Minister Jaala Pulford said the State Government has not provided funding to match $360 million in Federal Government funding for the Western Highway (Ararat to Stawell) Duplication Project because it is not a priority of the Labor Government. 

Under questioning yesterday the Minister said that there was no matched funding for the project because the 2019/20 State Budget was about delivering on the Labor Government’s election commitments and the Labor Government’s priorities. 

It is incomprehensible why the final section of the of the Western Highway project isn’t a priority for the Labor Government, given during the same hearing the Chief Executive Officer of VicRoads said funding was delivered to roads with the highest strategic importance and were the biggest economic drivers - categories this projects clearly fits inside. 

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said it was a disgrace that the Federal funding hadn’t been included in the budget and that furthermore, the State contribution of $90 million was also not included.  

“This project is already four years overdue”

“Including this money in the Budget would have enabled the project to finally get completed”

Ms Staley said drivers where fed up with driving on a substandard road that is desperately in need of an upgrade.

“The Treasurer, Tim Pallas also confirmed during his PAEC hearing that the this project was not a priority,”

“We have a Premier for Melbourne, his Taxing Treasurer and Roads Minister not caring about projects outside of the Melbourne Tram Tracks,”

“This project is overdue and it is needed now,”

Labor have been in Government in Victoria for all but four of the last 20 years.  The people of Ararat and Stawell should be questioning why the Labor Party doesn’t believe one of the most important roads in our region is a priority and why they are happy to let it crumble while they build new freeways in Melbourne.


Valuable police resources wasted on Labor’s vacuous political stunt

Victoria Police have today revealed that they will not take any further action into a State Labor complaint about the Coalition’s use of taxpayer funds and electorate officer resources.

Following a ten month investigation, senior Victoria Police detectives today confirmed no offences have been identified and no further action will be taken.

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley, who was referred under the investigation despite not even being an elected Member of Parliament at the time the alleged impropriety occurred, has slammed Premier Andrews and his devious deputy James Merlino for wasting precious police time and resources because of their vexatious claim.

“I am absolutely appalled at the extent to which Labor leaders and the Labor party will go to in an attempt to throw their political opponents under the bus,”

“In an act of pre-election pure desperation, Labor attempted to divert attention away from their disastrous Red-Shirt investigation by the police Fraud Squad by making up spurious claims about Coalition members,”

“And yet they couldn’t even get it right – they referred me, Tim Smith and John Pesutto – as part of this investigation and yet none of us were sitting MPs at the time,”

“My advice to Premier Andrews and James Merlino is get a mirror – because the people guilty of rorting the taxpayer is you two.”

It’s no wonder Victoria continues to have a crime problem when Labor thinks nothing of wasting valuable police time and resources on Labor’s vexatious claims.


Murray Basin Rail out of money and on hold

Under Daniel Andrews and Labor, the Murray Basin Rail Project is in disarray.

During a Budget Estimates hearing in Melbourne on Wednesday, Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan belatedly admitted the project she has botched is now out of money and cannot be completed without additional funding

The transformational Murray Basin Rail Project was initially funded by the Liberal State and Federal Governments with State Labor taking over the project on their election and Jacinta Allan boasting their revised business case “stacks up.”Yet there have been persistent problems with the project management as the Minister haplessly botched the project to such a degree it has now run out of money.

Under Labor there has been a $100 million blow out on the Mildura line stage; the Maryborough-Ararat works have been hampered by the use of second-hand rail line, broken welds and slow speeds; and now Stage 3 is indefinitely on hold because the Andrews Government claims it has run out of money.

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley said that news that the project was out of money and on hold was a bitter blow for Ripon farmers.

“Local farmers, who were set to benefit from the completion of this projects, now have no idea how long they will have to wait for this vital rail project that Labor has promised to deliver.”

“Meanwhile in Melbourne the Andrews Government is pouring billions of dollars into metropolitan transport projects that have had major cost blow outs. These projects aren’t being put on hold.”

“Clearly under Daniel Andrews and Labor, Melbourne always comes first.”