Pages tagged "Media release"


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.


Liberals deliver major upgrade for Grampian's equestrian facility

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has today announced that an elected Liberal Government will fund the Great Western Covered Riding Arena.

Read more

Melbourne centric Andrews Govt doesn’t know where Lucas is

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has hit out at the Andrews Government for claiming Lucas was in Melbourne in a recent media release.

 

Read more

Daniel Andrews goes to war with Catholic and independent schools

In this week’s budget the State Government announced it would not fund capital upgrades for Catholic and independent schools.

Read more

Labors late country road funding does not make up for three years of neglect

Daniel Andrews axed the $160 Million Country Roads and Bridges program back in 2015, resulting in local roads falling into disrepair.

Read more

Daniel Andrews continues to ignore Law and order in Ripon

The growing Crime problem in Ripon is set to continue after the Andrews Government failed to fund key local projects.

Read more