Pages tagged "Media release"


Liberals secure future for Energy Breakthrough

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has today announced that an elected Liberal Government will secure the future of the Energy Breakthrough.

Ms Staley announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government would provide $200,000 for Central Goldfields Shire Council to develop a business case to grow this regional event and increase participation for its 30th anniversary.

“The Energy Breakthrough, held in Maryborough each year, is an important state-wide event that provides opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle or machine that represents an ‘energy breakthrough’,”

“The Energy Breakthrough has been a key event on the Maryborough and Victorian calendar for over 26 years; the event has experienced significant growth over this time and, after the withdrawal of the program’s major partner, it is time for the organisers to develop a business plan to reshape the future of the event.” Ms Staley said.

The announcement was welcomed by the Central Goldfields Shire Council and Primary Schools and Secondary Schools across Ripon.

Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator, Noel Harvey OAM, said, “The Central Goldfields Shire welcomes this announcement. This funding will enable us to plan for the future, for the next 10 – 20 years, and ensure the ongoing success of this wonderful event,”

“Importantly this funding will also strengthen our capacity to attract sponsors for future events.” 

Ms Staley said, “Every year hundreds of students take part in the Energy Breakthrough. This great program encourages participants to work in teams to examine and use the latest technology while considering its impact on the environment,”

“Council will focus on attracting new partners and look at expanding the event across two weekends to increase participation.”

“Having attended four Energy Breakthroughs I know the economic benefit this event brings to Maryborough and the way it showcases the beauty of the town and the warmth of its people and it is great that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide this funding to secure the future of the Energy Breakthrough,” Ms Staley said.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver this important project which will not only benefit the Maryborough community but also Primary and Secondary Schools across Ripon and Victoria.

 


Securing Ballarat’s economy with skills and experience

An elected Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will seek to upskill more Victorians by investigating new and innovative approaches to training.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley MP, said the Liberal Nationals would look at targeted funding for micro-credentials to fill the demand for workers in high-priority sectors and transitioning industries.

Ms Staley said the Ballarat workforce was constantly changing and we need to make sure the training sector is offering the skills local workers need.

“Ballarat’s future will be shaped by its ability to be a hub for multiple industries, including construction, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and consumer goods, and we need to make sure Ballarat workers can get the skills they need when they need them,”

“This review will make sure Victoria’s training system is meeting our workforce needs and giving people the skills they need to change or retain their job.” Ms Staley said.

Micro-credentials will give people the opportunity to upskill or reskill to meet the changing needs of the Victorian economy.

The review will be led by Craig Robertson, an experienced leader in VET and TAFE, in consultation with industry and training sector representatives.

Shadow Minister for Skills, Training, and Apprenticeships Steph Ryan said the training sector not only needs to support young people starting out in their careers but also mature aged workers who want to add new skills.

“Training is the pathway to a better job or a new career for Victorians choosing to upskill or reskill in a quickly changing workforce,” Ms. Ryan said.

 “Labor’s funding cuts have left the training industry in crisis, only the Liberal Nationals will do the work to make sure Victorians can seize the opportunity of lifelong learning.”

The latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), shows government-funded VET student numbers have dropped 31.7 percent under Daniel Andrews.

It’s a decline from 460,500 students in 2014, to 314,600 in 2017.

A report from the Productivity Commission, released earlier this year, revealed Labor


Liberals deliver major upgrade for Carisbrook Recreation Reserve

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has today announced that an elected Liberal Government will deliver a major upgrade for Carisbrook Recreation Reserve.

Read more

Liberals deliver major upgrade for Donaldson Park Sporting Complex

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has today announced that an elected Liberal Government will deliver a major upgrade for Donaldson Park Sporting Complex.

Ms Staley announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government would provide $1.3 million towards the development of a purpose-built sporting and community complex in Wedderburn’s Donaldson Park, home to the town’s football, netball, hockey and harness racing clubs.

“The new Donaldson Park Sporting Complex is a much needed sporting and community asset for the Wedderburn community,”

“The new complex will replace the facility’s three ageing pavilions and include social rooms, new kitchen, meeting room, kiosk, office, change rooms and trainers’ and first aid room,” Ms Staley said.

The announcement was welcomed by the Wedderburn Redbacks Committee, Wedderburn Harness Racing Committee and Loddon Shire Council.

Sharyn Lockhart, President Wedderburn Redbacks and Wedderburn Harness Racing Committee said, “The Donaldson Park Reserve Committee and so many members of the Wedderburn community have really fought for this upgrade, today’s announcement is fantastic and the upgrade will make such a difference for this important community facility.”

Loddon Shire Council Mayor, Cr Cheryl McKinnon said, “The Loddon Shire welcomes this funding commitment for our number one priority project. The revitalisation of Donaldson Park in Wedderburn will benefit the whole shire and the broader region.”
Ms Staley said, “The upgrade facilities will provide local sporting clubs and Wedderburn community with valuable sporting and community space. Donaldson Park Sporting Complex is used by players not only from Wedderburn but right across the Loddon District,”

“Loddon Shire Council and the Wedderburn Community have been calling for this much-needed upgrade for years and it is great news that an elected Liberal Government will be able to deliver this project for them,” Ms Staley said.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver this important project which will benefit the local Wedderburn sporting clubs and harness racing clubs.


Desperate stunt from a desperate Premier

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has today slammed the Deputy Premier’s accusations against her as nothing more than a desperate stunt.

“This is from a government with six ministers currently under an active investigation by the police fraud squad,” Ms Staley said. 

The Ombudsman’s investigation released this year found evidence of Labor’s MPs making fake declarations and misusing $388,000 of tax payers money.

“This is an embarrassingly bad claim by Labor because I wasn’t even an MP at the last election campaign. 

“The Ombudsman found that the only Ripon MP who misused their staff budget was Joe Helper. According to the Ombudsman investigation, Joe Helper rorted $21,148 to pay the current Labor candidate for Bunniyong, Michaela Settle to campaign in Wendouree,” Ms Staley said.           

Labor’s candidate for Ripon, Sarah De Santis, worked for the disgraced Member for Melton who rorted $170,000 by claiming he lived in a caravan in Ocean Grove. Ms De Santis continued to work for the rorting Member for Melton, Don Nardella, even after all this was revealed.

“This is a laughably desperate attempt by the Andrews Labor Government to deflect attention from the police investigation into their six ministers.”


New funding pitched for sports clubs in Ripon

Sports clubs in Ripon can be supported to create new opportunities to get women, girls and less active Victorians playing sport thanks to around $400,000 in VicHealth grants now up for grabs.

The latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, which opened this week, provides funding of up to $3,000 or up to $10,000 to community sport clubs to create more opportunities for women and girls and social sport options.

This year’s grants are simpler and easier for local clubs to apply. The new application process is designed to ensure club administrators and volunteers can spend more time helping their communities get active, and less time on administration.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley encourages local clubs to apply for the funding to help them create more opportunities for Ripon residents to become more active and improve their health.

“This is about making grassroots sports more accessible to Ripon locals, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love,” Ms Staley said.

“We want everyone to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their age, gender or ability.

 “I know how hard our local clubs are working so I encourage you to take this opportunity to apply for a grant so we can support new opportunities to try and get more people active.”

 “We also want to encourage sports clubs to offer new flexible and social sports programs to make it easier for people to make sport and physical activity a part of their everyday lives.” Ms Staley said.

It’s easy to apply! Clubs are encouraged to apply for the funding grants through the VicHealth website before round one closes at 4pm on Friday 31 August 2018. For further information or to apply online, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub.


$3 million to rebuild Creswick Police Station

The Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue MP and Member for Ripon, Louise Staley MP have today committed to funding a much-needed rebuild of the Creswick Police Station if they win government.

An elected Liberal Nationals government will provide $3 million to rebuild Creswick Police Station. The current station is old, tired and not meeting the needs of local police members and the community.

“The hard-working men and women of Victoria Police deserve a modern, contemporary police station to enable them to perform their important work in keeping the local Creswick community safe.

“Creswick is experiencing significant population growth, local crime is up 34% under Daniel Andrews and the current Police Station is just not equipped to meet the needs of the growing community.” Ms Staley said.

Only the Liberals will rebuild the Police Station at Creswick to keep local families safe.

“While Daniel Andrews cuts and closes police stations, only the Liberals will invest in rebuilding Creswick Police Station.”

“Daniel Andrews has lost control of law and order, only the Liberals will make Victoria safe by rebuilding and upgrading Police Stations,” Edward O’Donohue said.

The rebuilt station will provide Creswick with greatly improved modern police facilities.

Significantly better working conditions for police members will assist to give the best possible policing service to the Creswick community.

Ms Staley said, “the Premier for Melbourne and his city-centric government don’t understand regional Victoria, they don’t know the communities and they don’t know what the communities need to feel safe.”

Only the Liberals have a plan to rebuild Creswick Police Station.


Crime in Central Goldfields continues to soar under Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews’ careless regard for law and order continues to put Maryborough residents at risk according to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley.

Crime has continued to rise in Maryborough, with the latest figures from the Crime Statistics Agency showing 1517 offences recorded by police in the most recent quarter up almost 45% since the election of the Andrews Government in December 2014.

This includes a shocking 147% increase in theft. Ms Staley said this was simply not good enough.

“Victorians continue to feel less safe under his government, and yet, Daniel Andrews keeps on spinning about crime statistics. 

 “These results are more than statistics; these are families and communities that are victimised because of the Andrews Government’s inability to combat rising crime.” Ms Staley said.

“Our police work extremely hard to keep our communities safe, but they are being hamstrung by a broken justice system and weak bail laws that see a revolving door of offenders.

 “We urgently need more police and tougher sentencing.”

“More and more local families are feeling unsafe; the Andrews Government has had three years to fix this, but instead they have weakened the bail laws and allowed repeat offenders back out on to the streets.”

Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue said that while Victorians are less safe with increases in numbers of violent crimes, NSW is experiencing dramatic declines in crime rates. 

“In the nearly four years since Daniel Andrews was elected, Victoria’s murder rate is up 6.9% while in NSW it has decreased by 41.8%. In Victoria in the category of motor vehicle theft, figures are up 7.6% while in NSW it has fallen by 12.8%. Robberies in Victoria are up 33%, but over the same period in NSW it is down 27.5%.” Mr O’Donohue said.

“The Liberals have a plan that includes more police, tougher conditions for bail, mandatory sentencing for repeat violent offenders and most importantly, putting the interests of victims of crime at the centre of the justice system.”

At the next election Victorians will have a clear choice between more of the same soft approach from Daniel Andrews or a Liberal plan that offers real action and will keep our communities safe.” Ms Staley said.


Crime in Ararat continues to soar under Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews’ careless regard for law and order continues to put Ararat residents at risk according to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley.

Crime has continued to rise in Ararat, with the latest figures from the Crime Statistics Agency showing 1278 offences recorded by police in the most recent quarter up 21.5% since the election of the Andrews Government in December 2014.

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley said the Andrews Government needed to do more.

“Victorians continue to feel less safe under his government and yet, Daniel Andrews keeps on spinning about crime statistics. 

 “Today’s results are more than statistics; these are families and communities that are victimised because of the Andrews Government’s inability to combat rising crime.” Ms Staley said.

“Our police work extremely hard to keep our communities safe but they are being hamstrung by a broken justice system and weak bail laws that see a revolving door of offenders.

 “We urgently need more police and tougher sentencing.”

“More and more local families are feeling unsafe; the Andrews Government has had three years to fix this but instead they have weakened the bail laws and allowed repeat offenders back out on to the streets.”

Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue said that while Victorians are less safe with increases in numbers of violent crimes, NSW is experiencing dramatic declines in crime rates. 

“In the nearly four years since Daniel Andrews was elected, Victoria’s murder rate is up 6.9% while in NSW it has decreased by 41.8%. In Victoria in the category of motor vehicle theft, figures are up 7.6% while in NSW it has fallen by 12.8%. Robberies in Victoria are up 33% but over the same period in NSW it is down 27.5%.” Mr O’Donohue said.

“The Liberals have a plan that includes more police, tougher conditions for bail, mandatory sentencing for repeat violent offenders and most importantly, putting the interests of victims of crime at the centre of the justice system.”

At the next election Victorians will have a clear choice between more of the same soft approach from Daniel Andrews or a Liberal plan that offers real action and will keep our communities safe.” Ms Staley said.


Labor’s botched and broken rail projects

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley MP, has demanded Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan specify when the defects on the botched Maryborough Ararat freight line will be fixed.

She put Ms Allan under the spotlight during question time in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday and said she had repeatedly failed to provide an answer to when the defects on the line would be fixed, if at all.

Despite the line being opened and the return of freight trains to the Maryborough Ararat line earlier this year, the rail line has been a disaster.

In questioning the Minister for Public Transport, Ms Staley listed the significant defects in the rail line saying, “…freight trains are forced to crawl along this line at just thirty kilometres an hour despite the intended design speed of one hundred and fifteen kilometres an hour; the tracks need an additional forty thousand tonnes of ballast; in places, the tracks are not level and are twisted; the road crossings have not been commissioned; and some sleepers have already cracked and broken under the weight of three thousand tonne grain trains.”

Ms Allan was unable to provide an answer. Instead, she denigrated those providing reports of the line’s deficiencies.

“It is quite extraordinary that Ms Allan, as the Minister responsible for Public Transport and this freight line, can stand in parliament and just duck and weave and avoid answering the question,

“Businesses rely on the Maryborough Ararat Freight line to transport their products, it is an integral part of their business, for Ms Allan to so callously disregard my question and refuse to provide any update on when the botched line will be fixed just shows how incompetent Labor are at managing infrastructure,” Ms Staley said.

Ms Staley also used question time to highlight Labor’s disastrous mismanagement of the entire Murray Basin Rail Project.

The Murray Basin Rail Project is running $100 million over budget. Labor have sacked the principal contractor and indefinitely postponed construction of stages three and four of the project.

“Local businesses made multi-million dollar investments to ensure that they could get their products to port because of the timeline that Labor promised – these businesses are now in a mountain of debt and facing an uncertain future because of Daniel Andrew’s Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan’s decision to put an indefinite hold on the Murray Basin Rail Project,” Ms Staley said.

The Premier for Melbourne and Minister for Public Transport’s sneaky plan to derail the Murray Basin Rail Project and refusal to fix the Maryborough Ararat Freight Line shows again why Ripon can’t trust this city-centric Labor Government.