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Ripon farmers desperate for rain

Farmers across Ripon are starting to look to the skies as an extended dry period leads to reduced yields and crop failures.

The northern areas of Ripon including the towns of Charlton, St Arnaud and Donald have recorded only 169.6mm of rain this year to October compared to the average of 303.6mm.

This year's climatic conditions have severely impacted farmers in Ripon, and with no sustained rain in sight farmers are in for a long summer.

Many farmers are already cutting what would have been highly valuable canola crops for hay in an attempt to break even due to the lack of rain, and hard frosts.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has visited a number of affected farmers and has been struck by both the lack of rain, but also the resilience of the farmers affected.

“The lack of decent rainfall is really impacting farmers; together with some hard winter frosts Ripon farmers are doing an incredible job against the odds,

“We really need to make sure that the State Government is listening to what farmers on the land are saying, and that any drought relief is fast and efficient.”

“Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government are blind and deaf when it comes to country people, rather than spending money on pie in the sky ideas in Melbourne they should be focused on the needs of local farmers, and rural communities.”


Maryborough – Melbourne in less than 2 hours with Liberal Nationals High Speed Rail

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley today joined Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy as he announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style high speed rail between Melbourne and Ballarat, slashing travel times by at least 28 minutes.

“Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with European-style high speed rail is the cornerstone of my plan to decentralise our jobs and our population.

I want to build a state of cities and not be a city state.

Victoria needs population growth but it needs to be the right growth in the right places at the right time. We can’t afford another four more years of Labor’s unplanned, unmanaged population growth.” Mr Guy said.

European-style High Speed Rail to Ballarat will also provide faster overall travel times between Maryborough and Melbourne.

Ms Staley said currently it takes commuters 148 minutes to travel from Maryborough to Melbourne, with the new European-style High Speed Rail, that commute will be reduced to 119 minutes.

“Our plan for European-style high speed rail will decentralise our population and transform regional Victoria.

European-style high speed rail to Ballarat will give residents in my electorate of Ripon real choices where they live and work and free up precious time to spend with family that is currently consumed stuck on trains.”

A Liberal Nationals Government will also return passenger rail services to Dunolly, St Arnaud and Donald as a part of its plan to revolutionise Victoria’s passenger rail network.

Today’s announcement is a key part of the Liberal Nationals plan to revolutionise Victoria’s passenger rail network by delivering high speed rail right across Victoria.

Reaching speeds of 200 kilometres per hour, Victoria’s new high speed rail network will be the fastest in Australia.

The High Speed Rail project will see the rebuild of much of Victoria's current Class 1 track to 200 kilometres per hour operation as well as major track improvements on every other passenger rail line.

A Liberal Nationals Government will also fund new-generation, faster, inter-city and long haul variants of the successful V/Locity trains which will provide better comfort and leg room, safety and amenity for passengers.

At the core of the Liberal Nationals plan for European-style high speed rail is the further separation of the regional network from the metropolitan network thus increasing capacity and avoiding a 'dump and run' at the end of the suburban rail network.

At an estimated total cost of $15 billion to $19 billion, this super-infrastructure project will transform regional Victoria and is affordable, sensible and realistic.

Whilst Daniel Andrews and Labor have introduced 12 new taxes in the last four years, a Liberal Nationals Government will not introduce a new tax or levy to fund European-style high speed rail.

That’s why construction of a European-style high speed rail in Victoria is also a nation building project that will attract funding from the state and federal government along with the private sector.

“Today’s announcement is not only a win for commuters, it is also a win for regional employment.

Building a high-speed rail network across Victoria will create at least 10,000 new jobs, with many of these jobs in regional Victoria.” Ms Staley said.

A Liberal Nationals Government will grow all of Victoria, not just Melbourne.


Liberal Nationals to build High Speed Rail between Ballarat and Melbourne

A Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style high speed rail between Melbourne and Ballarat, slashing travel times by at least 28 minutes to less than 45 minutes.

European-style high speed rail to Ballarat will bring more employers to the area and create more employment opportunities as well as give people more lifestyle choices.

This is a key part of the Liberal Nationals plan to revolutionise Victoria’s passenger rail network by delivering high speed rail right across Victoria.

Reaching speeds of 200 kilometres per hour, Victoria’s new high speed rail network will be the fastest in Australia.

The High Speed Rail project will see the rebuild of much of Victoria's current Class 1 track to 200 kilometres per hour operation as well as major track improvements on every other passenger rail line.

European-style High Speed Rail to Ballarat will also provide faster overall travel times between Ararat and Melbourne and Maryborough and Melbourne. A Liberal Nationals Government will also return passenger rail services to Donald as a part of its plan to revolutionise Victoria’s passenger rail network.

A new station will also be built at Warrenheip and dedicated express services will run to Melbourne from both Warrenheip and Ballarat Station. The Warrenheip Station will also include a new, large car park to service commuters.

A Liberal Nationals Government will also fund new-generation, faster, inter-city and long haul variants of the successful V/Locity trains which will provide better comfort and leg room, safety and amenity for passengers.

At the core of the Liberal Nationals plan for European-style high speed rail is the further separation of the regional network from the metropolitan network thus increasing capacity and avoiding a 'dump and run' at the end of the suburban rail network.

Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with European-style high speed rail is the cornerstone of the Liberal Nationals plan to decentralise our jobs and our population.

A Liberal Nationals Government will grow all of Victoria, not just Melbourne.

That’s why we recently announced a Population Commission to manage population growth throughout Victoria and ensure that regional cities have the infrastructure and services needed to sustain that growth.

One of the most important functions of the Population Commission will be to ensure regional centres Like Ballarat receive the right number of doctors, hospital beds, teachers, healthcare workers and police to match population growth.

Whilst Daniel Andrews and Labor have introduced 12 new taxes in the last four years, a Liberal Nationals Government will not introduce a new tax or levy to fund European-style high speed rail.

At an estimated total cost of $15 billion to $19 billion, this super-infrastructure project will transform regional Victoria and is affordable, sensible and realistic.

That’s why construction of a European-style high speed rail in Victoria is also a nation building project that will attract funding from the state and federal government along with the private sector.

Building a high speed rail network across Victoria will create at least 10,000 new jobs.

Add to that, another 19,000 new jobs to build the Liberal Nationals congestion-busting new highway and arterial road projects and that’s a total of around 30,000 new jobs. Many of these 30,000 new jobs will be in regional Victoria.

Only the Liberal Nationals will ease the squeeze on population growth and manage the right population growth in the right areas at the right time.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with European-style high speed rail is the cornerstone of my plan to decentralise our jobs and our population.

I want to build a state of cities and not be a city state.

Victoria needs population growth but it needs to be the right growth in the right places at the right time. We can’t afford another four more years of Labor’s unplanned, unmanaged population growth.”

Comments attributable to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“Our plan for European-style high speed rail will decentralise our population and transform regional Victoria.

A Liberal Nationals Government will focus on growing all of Victoria, not just Melbourne.

European-style high speed rail to Ballarat will give residents real choices where they live and work and free up precious time to spend with family that is currently consumed stuck on trains.”


Ararat – Melbourne in less than 2 hours with Liberal Nationals High Speed Rail

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley today joined Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy as he announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style high speed rail between Melbourne and Ballarat, slashing travel times by at least 28 minutes.

“Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with European-style high speed rail is the cornerstone of my plan to decentralise our jobs and our population.

I want to build a state of cities and not be a city state.

Victoria needs population growth but it needs to be the right growth in the right places at the right time. We can’t afford another four more years of Labor’s unplanned, unmanaged population growth.” Mr Guy said.

European-style High Speed Rail to Ballarat will also provide faster overall travel times between Ararat and Melbourne.

Ms Staley said currently it takes commuters 138 minutes to travel from Ararat to Melbourne, with the new European-style High Speed Rail, that commute will be reduced to 109 minutes.

“Our plan for European-style high speed rail will decentralise our population and transform regional Victoria.

European-style high speed rail to Ballarat will give residents in my electorate of Ripon real choices where they live and work and free up precious time to spend with family that is currently consumed stuck on trains.”

A Liberal Nationals Government will also return passenger rail services to Dunolly, St Arnaud and Donald as a part of its plan to revolutionise Victoria’s passenger rail network.

Today’s announcement is a key part of the Liberal Nationals plan to revolutionise Victoria’s passenger rail network by delivering high speed rail right across Victoria.

Reaching speeds of 200 kilometres per hour, Victoria’s new high speed rail network will be the fastest in Australia.

The High Speed Rail project will see the rebuild of much of Victoria's current Class 1 track to 200 kilometres per hour operation as well as major track improvements on every other passenger rail line.

A Liberal Nationals Government will also fund new-generation, faster, inter-city and long haul variants of the successful V/Locity trains which will provide better comfort and leg room, safety and amenity for passengers.

At the core of the Liberal Nationals plan for European-style high speed rail is the further separation of the regional network from the metropolitan network thus increasing capacity and avoiding a 'dump and run' at the end of the suburban rail network.

At an estimated total cost of $15 billion to $19 billion, this super-infrastructure project will transform regional Victoria and is affordable, sensible and realistic.

Whilst Daniel Andrews and Labor have introduced 12 new taxes in the last four years, a Liberal Nationals Government will not introduce a new tax or levy to fund European-style high speed rail.

That’s why construction of a European-style high speed rail in Victoria is also a nation building project that will attract funding from the state and federal government along with the private sector.

“Today’s announcement is not only a win for commuters, it is also a win for regional employment.

Building a high-speed rail network across Victoria will create at least 10,000 new jobs, with many of these jobs in regional Victoria.” Ms Staley said.

A Liberal Nationals Government will grow all of Victoria, not just Melbourne.


Liberals deliver new station for Beaufort CFA

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin and Ripon MP Louise Staley have today announced that an elected Liberal Government will build a new Fire Station Complex for Beaufort CFA.

The current Beaufort fire station was built in 1911, making it one of the oldest fire stations in Victoria. The current facilities are completely inadequate, they are cramped, unsafe and there isn’t enough room for all the equipment – some of which needs to be stored at a private residence because there simply is not enough room at the station.

“An elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide $2 million to build the new Fire Station Complex in Beaufort that will include the fire station and the Group Headquarters,

“The new Fire Station Complex is desperately needed; the current CFA Station is at capacity and cannot provide the service that the Beaufort community needs and expects.” Mr Battin said.

Beaufort CFA is a 100% volunteer station with around 32 operational volunteer firefighters.

The new Fire Station Complex will replace the existing station and be developed to ensure it can meet current and future capacity requirements. It will continue to be the Group Headquarters and Local Command Facility and will also be the local hub for local brigades for meetings and training.

“It is absolutely vital that the Beaufort CFA has the resources they need to fight fires, and protect our local communities when we need help,”

“The current facilities here at Beaufort are no longer acceptable for a station that services this area far and wide. Daniel Andrews and his city-centric government have completely ignored the needs of the Beaufort CFA,” Ms Staley said.

The announcement was welcomed by the Beaufort CFA Brigade and Pyrenees Shire Council.

Beaufort Fire Brigade Captain, Colin Gerrard said “We welcome today’s announcement, whilst it will be sad to farewell our historic site, we have outgrown the current site and looking forward to a new updated modern facility, historic site

“The Beaufort CFA and community have been calling for this much-needed new station for years and it is great news that an elected Liberal Government will be able to deliver the new station for them,” Ms Staley said.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver this important project that will ensure the Beaufort CFA is able to protect and serve their local communities.


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.

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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.”