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Sport and recreation hub for Miners Rest community

Miners Rest community will at last get the sport and recreation hub it needs.

Miners Rest is one of the fastest growing suburbs of Ballarat and yet Labor has ignored this community for the past four years and not delivered them any of the vital infrastructure they need.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to ensuring that fast-growing regional communities, like Miners Rest, have the infrastructure they need to be thriving, vibrant communities.

That is why we are committing $5.46 million to build the new Miners Rest Sport and Recreation Hub.

The new hub, to be built in conjunction with the City of Ballarat, will include:

  • Senior and Junior Ovals
  • A Community Sporting Hub, providing meeting spaces, kitchen, and female friendly and universal access change rooms
  • Shared Netball and Tennis Courts
  • Cricket Training Nets
  • A playground

With Victoria’s growing population, it’s important that every person in our state has access to sporting facilities. The Liberal Nationals will get back in control of population growth and stand up for all Victorians, unlike the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said, “Our local sporting clubs are a vital part of our community. The Liberals are proud to support grassroots sport with this commitment that will help ensure the Miners Rest community have access to new, modern sporting facilities.”

“Daniel Andrews insists on giving $225 million to the AFL to upgrade Etihad Stadium, while local communities struggle with no facilities.”

“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will get back in control of grassroots sport and provide our growing communities with the sporting facilities they need to support local population growth.”  

“This funding is a real win for the Miners Rest community who, for years, have been fighting for sport and community facilities.”


Eureka! Goldfields Tourism set to ensure regional towns prosper

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will create a brand new, targeted, tourism marketing campaign to encourage tourists to try their hand at gold prospecting and immerse themselves in Victoria’s rich goldfields history as well as enjoying the extensive landscapes in the region.

Tourists who want a genuine goldfields experience can try their hand at gold prospecting with experienced tour operators who can provide them with an authentic journey into Victoria’s rich golden past time.

A particular focus of the marketing campaign will be to encourage international tourists to Victoria for an extended stay and get them out into our regions to experience all Victoria has to offer.

This campaign will help shine a light on regional towns in Victoria’s golden triangle to provide them with a much-needed boost to the local economy, create jobs and allow small business to prosper.

Towns like Maryborough, Beaufort, Talbot, Dunolly, Wedderburn and Castlemaine are already seeing an influx in gold prospectors who continue to help support these local communities.

The Liberal Nationals are serious about decentralising Victoria, and to do that we must invest in tourism and jobs for our regional towns and cities.

Only the Liberal Nationals will get back in control of population growth and encourage jobs and tourism in regional Victoria.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Heidi Victoria:

“This untapped tourism opportunity is pure gold to these regions and our visitor economy.

A Liberal Nationals Government will change the direction of tourism marketing in Victoria, and provide regional tourism operators with better support to promote the diverse offerings that showcase Victoria as a must-see destination.

The Liberal Nationals have a strong plan to grow Victoria to create a state of cities, not a city-state, and to do this we need to bring jobs to regional cities.”

Comments attributable to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“Already Goldfields tourism is important to many towns in Ripon and this campaign will allow these professional tourism operators and service providers to showcase this region to the world.

Ripon is the heart of the Goldfields, and a dedicated goldfields tourism marketing campaign will drive economic growth in our region.”


Expanding support and care for Prison Officers

A Liberal Nationals Government will protect those who protect Victorians.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide expanded mental health support for members of Victoria Police, emergency services, ambulance workers and public sector prison officers.

A Liberal Nationals Government will make it easier for our first responders to get the urgent support they need if they have been involved in traumatic events in the line of duty.

The Liberal Nationals will provide up to an extra $1 million in funding to expand the current $6 million First Responder PTSD and Psychological Injury Provisional Support Program, to include front- line prison officers.

Prison officers often work in difficult and challenging conditions, often being subjected to physical and psychological threats and intimidation from prisoners.

Daniel Andrews has overseen chaos in the prison system, from the worst prison riot in Victoria’s history at the MRC in 2015 that cost taxpayers more than $100m and left scores of prison officers with psychological injuries, to the flood of contraband and the rising violence behind bars.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of our justice system with violent riots all too frequent in our prisons and it’s placing tremendous pressure and stress on our prison corrections officers.

Since Daniel Andrews was elected crime behind bars has increased by an alarming 115%.

The Liberal Nationals will get back in control of law and order by introducing mandatory sentencing, strengthening our bail system and supporting our frontline officers.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, Ed O’Donohue:

“A Liberal Nationals Government will protect those that protect us.

Crime behind bars is up an alarming 115% since December 2014.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of our corrections system. Only the Liberal Nationals have a clear plan to get back in control of the Victorian prison system and restore order.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“Langi Kal Kal Prison provides essential jobs for the region and we must take care of our prison officers who are faced with challenging conditions every day.

Prison officers in Ripon electorate at Hopkins and Langi Kal Kal Prisons play an important role in community safety and deserve our respect and support.”


Liberal Nationals improving food security for vulnerable people in Ballarat

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will address the growing issue of food insecurity in Ballarat, providing the funds for Foodbank and Ballarat Foundation to partner to establish a Foodbank Hub for the Grampians region.

Currently more than 12 per cent of people in the Ballarat community need access to emergency food relief each year, with enormous pressure on local food distribution charities. Food sent to the Grampians region has increased by 45 per cent over the last three years alone.

If elected, a Liberal Nationals Government will provide $1.5 million to build the Foodbank Hub in Ballarat.

This funding will secure delivery of stage one work, which will open the door to opportunities for food retail social enterprise, education and training to be offered locally in Ballarat and for the Grampians region.

The commitment comes as Foodbank Victoria is looking for opportunities to establish a food distribution hub in Ballarat.

Population growth is out of control and people in Ballarat and across our State are paying the price with higher costs of living, higher energy bills and housing becoming more unaffordable.

Foodbank provides critical support to vulnerable Victorians, with more than 8 million kilograms of food distributed in 2016-17 – the equivalent of putting more than 14 million meals on tables for people in need.

It’s the largest non-profit food distribution network in the state, partnering with 470 local charities to deliver healthy food to communities across Victoria. They also work with 500 primary schools across Victoria to deliver 50,000 healthy breakfasts each week for primary students who arrive at school with an empty stomach.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will have a comprehensive plan to get back in control of the cost of living, so Victorians get back control over their household budget.

Comment attributable to Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Decentralisation Peter Walsh

Food distribution centres are a critical support for the most vulnerable Victorians which is why the Liberal Nationals will kickstart work on establishing one in Ballarat.

The skyrocketing cost-of-living is forcing Victorians to choose between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table, which is why these services are so critical in our communities.

Comment attributable to Member for Ripon Louise Staley

This food distribution centre will provide improved food security for people in western Victoria.

It will help to relieve pressure on local charities, providing a space to source, store, and distribute food more efficiently to people in need in the community.

Comment attributable to Liberal candidate for Wendouree Amy Johnson

We need to make sure people who need support in our community can get it.

Skyrocketing cost of living is putting pressure on families and others. A food distribution centre for Ballarat will make sure families and local residents who need this service can get assistance close to home.

Comment attributable to Liberal candidate for Buninyong Andrew Kilmartin

With more people going hungry than ever before, food distribution centres provide critical support to those who need it most in our community.

With a rental vacancy rate of 1.1 per cent and power bills up 85 per cent since the closure of Hazelwood Power Station, sadly we’re seeing growing demand for these critical services in Ballarat.

 


Liberals will fund major redevelopment of Maryborough Hospital upgrade

Maryborough Hospital will get the vital 21st century hospital it needs under a Liberal Nationals government.

Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy today announced that an elected Liberal Nationals government would invest $100 million to deliver all elements of the recently completed masterplan for the Maryborough Hospital.

Mr Guy said, “The Maryborough Hospital building is old, and it is no longer fit for purpose. There have been a series of ad-hoc additions over the years, but it simply doesn’t meet modern patient care and health services anymore.”

“We will build all the elements of the recently completed masterplan in stages while the existing hospital remains open. We will work closely with the Maryborough and District Health Service and community to deliver the largest health project in Maryborough’s history.”

“Louise has been a relentless advocate for this project. She has listened and talked to her communities in and around Maryborough and fought hard for this upgrade to ensure Maryborough Hospital can deliver high-quality community health services into the future.” Mr Guy said.

The upgrade, the largest since Maryborough Hospital was built, will include a new full-sized theatre and day procedure theatre, birthing suites, dialysis room, urgent care and radiology. It also includes a significant community health centre and additional parking for staff, patients and visitors.

Maryborough District Health services approximately 15,000 people and demand is continuing to grow.

Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge said, “This much needed redevelopment will ensure that Maryborough Hospital can deliver high-quality community health and urgent care services.”

Ms Wooldridge said, “The people of Maryborough deserve better. Health is the number one issue for so many people and regional towns like Maryborough must be equipped to deliver quality health services to our community.”

“Staff at our hospital do a wonderful job, but they also need a modern workplace to give patients the very best of care.”

“Currently many people have to travel away from Maryborough, often to Ballarat or Bendigo, to receive treatment and care. The new facilities will mean Maryborough patients will no longer be required to travel long distances to access the new technologies and high-quality health care, saving them time and travel costs.”

Liberal Member for Ripon, Louise Staley told the media, “We’re putting Maryborough patients first, delivering new facilities, new technologies to treat more patients and keep our community healthy.” Ms Staley said.

The full project will also include the reinstatement of the original building as an administrative centre for health in the area.

“It will be wonderful to see the reinstatement of the original building and the restoration of the streetscape view. It is such an iconic building in Maryborough, and I know many people in the community will be delighted to see it restored.” Ms Staley said. 

The Liberal Nationals are committed to delivering a better deal on health services for people who want to live, work and raise their families in regional towns like Maryborough.

Matthew Guy said “The Liberal Nationals are committed to growing the whole state, and Ms Staley has made it clear Maryborough Hospital was a must-do project for a government serious about building regional communities.”

“Our vision is to build a state of cities and not be a city-state focused on Melbourne as this Labor Government has been.

“A Liberal Nationals Government will take back control of population growth and make sure we have the right growth, in the right places, at the right time.

“We won’t repeat the failures of past state governments that failed to plan for and invest in the infrastructure that will ensure regional Victoria continues to thrive.

“That’s why we’ve already announced that under a Liberal Nationals government there will be a Population Commission providing the State Government with advice about where to invest in services, like hospitals and schools

“To do this, we must invest in community infrastructure – the hospitals and health services, the schools and TAFEs, the local sports grounds and community centers and more.”

The Liberal Nationals’ health commitments for Regional Victoria also include:

  • A $140 million palliative care investment – the largest investment of its kind in Australia – to ensure terminally ill patients and their families can get the support they need as they approach the end of their lives
  • A rural health workforce strategy to tackle shortages of doctors and allied health professionals in rural areas
  • Free flu vaccinations for all Victorian children between the ages of 6 months and five years
  • Backing our farmers with a $4 million investment over four years for the National Centre for Farmer Health
  • A $175 million expansion of home and community care and support for Victorians with chronic disease and other conditions

Liberal Nationals deliver upgrades for Siena Catholic Primary School

The Liberal Nationals are committed to supporting great education facilities for all Victorian children.

That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will commit $1.8 million to build a new gymnasium and bus exchange area for Siena Catholic Primary in Lucas.

This announcement follows the Liberal Nationals commitment of $400 million for capital upgrades for non-government schools.

The Liberal Nationals support a strong public and private education system because we believe in giving parents choice and children the best opportunities.

A critically important part of that choice is for parents to have the option of low-fee, independent and Catholic schools or a local government school.

Located in the rapidly growing suburb of Lucas, just outside of Ballarat, Siena Catholic Primary School has experienced significant growth over recent years. The popular Catholic Primary School is the only school in the fast-growing suburb.

With the increase in student numbers, there has been a demand on existing facilities and a desperate need to build new infrastructure to support students’ growth and learning.

We have also announced previously that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will build and open a State government Primary School in the same precinct as Sienna. A project Labor has delayed for four years.

The Liberal Nationals believe the only way to get back in control of population growth is to decentralise our State, ensuring key services are readily available for families in regional Victoria.

Only the Liberal Nationals are committed to ensuring school and students have the facilities they deserve.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“I am delighted to announce this almost $2 million investment in Siena Catholic Primary School as part of our $400 million commitment to non-government schools.”

“The Liberal Nationals are committed to providing a new gymnasium and safe bus exchange at Siena and giving local students every chance they need to pursue a quality education.”

Comments attributable to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“This is fantastic news for Siena Catholic Primary School and I am delighted to announce this funding for a much-needed upgrade.

Siena has experienced exponential growth in recent years and the new gymnasium is needed to ensure students have access to new, modern facilities to grow and learn.

“Labor have ignored the Lucas community. Only the Liberal Nationals understand that, as one of the fastest growing suburbs in Ballarat, Lucas families need to have choice in education and their children deserve modern, 21st century facilities.”


Liberal Nationals pledge to upgrade Highview College

The Liberal Nationals are committed to supporting great education facilities for all Victorian children.

That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will commit $4.28 million to construct a Science Complex and modernise the STEM facilities at Highview College in Maryborough.

This announcement follows the Liberal Nationals commitment of $400 million for capital upgrades for non-government schools.

The Liberal Nationals support a strong public and private education system because we believe in giving parents choice and children the best opportunities.

A critically important part of that choice is for parents to have the option of low-fee, independent and Catholic schools.

Highview College was established in 1974 as the first Ecumenical school in the world. 426 students from six local government areas are currently enrolled.

Science is a growing area of focus for the school but its current STEM centre is in poor condition with out-of-date facilities.

This investment indicates the importance the Liberal Nationals place in STEM education and preparing young people to tackle the high-tech jobs of the future.

The Liberal Nationals believe the only way to get back in control of population growth is to decentralise our State, ensuring key services are readily available for families in regional Victoria.

Only the Liberal Nationals are committed to ensuring students have the 21st century facilities they deserve.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“Highview College is an outstanding regional school. Students wanting to spend more time learning STEM subjects need to be supported with the best possible learning environments and with access to the technology they are learning about. A facilities upgrade will support teachers in delivering STEM subjects, knowing they have the necessary resources to help their students excel.”

The Liberal Nationals are committed to providing new STEM facilities at Highview College and giving local students every chance they need to pursue a quality education.”

Comments attributable to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“This is fantastic news for Highview College and I am delighted to announce this funding for a much-needed upgrade.

The new STEM centre will provide students access to new, modern facilities to increasing their learning and, opportunities to grow in the areas of chemistry, biology and physics.

Highview College has a long history of providing quality education to Maryborough and surrounding communities and this new STEM centre will allow them to continue to deliver high quality, educational outcomes.”

 


Liberal Nationals to fund STEM centre and upgrades at Marian College Ararat

The Liberal Nationals support a strong public and private education system because we believe in giving parents choice and children the best opportunities.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals government will commit $4 million to deliver much needed upgrades at Marian College Ararat.

This announcement follows the Liberal Nationals commitment of $400 million for capital upgrades for non-government schools.

A critically important part of that choice is for parents to have the option of low-fee, independent and Catholic schools.

Marian College Ararat is an outstanding co-educational Catholic secondary college with over 500 students from Ararat, Stawell, and surrounding rural and farming districts.

The project will fund an upgrade of the school’s STEM facilities, as well as the development of a college auditorium.
The school currently runs a popular STEM program, but it needs new facilities so that it can continue to prepare students for the jobs of the future.

The Liberal Nationals believe the only way to get back in control of population growth is to decentralise our State, ensuring key services are readily available for families in regional Victoria.

Labor has ignored the needs of students in regional areas for too long. Only a Liberal Nationals Government will give the students and teachers at Marian College Ararat the facilities they deserve.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“I am delighted to announce this $4 million investment in Marian College Ararat as part of our $400 million commitment to non-government schools.”

“The Liberal Nationals are committed to providing new STEM facilities at Marian College and giving local students every chance they need to pursue a quality education.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“This is fantastic news for Marian College and I am delighted to announce this funding for a much-needed upgrade.

The new STEM centre and auditorium will provide students access to new, modern facilities to increasing their learning and, opportunities to grow in the areas of science, drama, dance and music.

Marian College has a long history of providing quality education to the Ararat and Stawell communities and these new centres will allow them to continue to deliver high quality, educational outcomes.”


CCTV cameras for Maryborough

Our local communities deserve to feel safe.

Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Edward O’Donohue and Member for Ripon, Louise Staley today announced that an elected Liberal Government would provide $250,000 towards extending the current CCTV security network in Maryborough.

The CCTV camera network will be extended along High Street to enhance the safety of shoppers and traders.

“When it comes to the crime crisis we see locally, Daniel Andrews and Labor have been missing in action and haven’t delivered enough local police or safety measures like CCTV cameras for the Maryborough community.

Having an extensive CCTV network along High Street Maryborough will act as a deterrent for would-be criminals and assist police in catching criminals when they do offend.”

Ms Staley said since Labor came to power, crime in Maryborough has increased by 24% and nearly 20% across the electorate of Ripon.

“The last four years in Maryborough have been shocking; there have been some horrendously violent assaults and aggravated burglaries.

Residents and business owners of Maryborough don’t feel safe.

Small businesses just like these here in High Street Maryborough, have felt firsthand the effects of Labor’s ‘soft on crime’ policies with some of them having been broken into and ransacked multiple times. We need to protect these businesses and their customers.” Ms Staley said.

CCTV programs have been widely successful in improving residents’ feelings of safety and security as well as assisting Victoria Police in responding to crime.

Today’s announcement was welcomed by Central Goldfields Shire Council, Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said, “It’s a perfect response to the concerns raised by the community at the recent Community Safety Forum. Council absolutely welcomes this announcement that demonstrates a strong willingness to act on the specific safety concerns of the Maryborough Community.”

Despite Victoria’s population increasing by over half a million people, frontline police numbers have fallen under Daniel Andrews with Police Association figures showing there are now 190 fewer uniform officers than in 2013.

Under Daniel Andrews, crime is out of control.

“I want residents and business owners of Maryborough to feel safe again.

Daniel Andrews has let crime get out of control in Victoria and only a Matthew Guy led government will deliver tough on crime and community safety policies to keep residents in Maryborough safe.

There is a clear choice at the next election between more of the same from Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy who is delivering for communities.” Ms Staley said.


Liberals commit to building Miners Rest Off-Leash Dog Park

Member for Ripon Louise Staley MP today announced that an elected Liberal Government would commit to developing a fully enclosed off-leash dog park in Miners Rest.

Miners Rest is a fast-growing town near Ballarat, and the community is still lacking in some essential infrastructure.

“Dog parks throughout Victoria provide a vital contribution to the community. They act as meeting places for both people and dogs to socialise and exercise in a safe environment.

The Miners Rest community has been fighting for an enclosed dog park for years; there are lots of dog owners and lovers in this community, the new park will give them all the opportunity to meet and socialise in this dedicated and safe off-leash dog park.” Ms Staley said.

The new dog park will be co-located at the Miners Rest Park; it will be fully enclosed and included access to water, shade park furniture, car parking and waste disposal.

The announcement was welcomed by the Committee for Miners Rest and the Miners Rest community.

Committee of Miners Rest President, Alice Bond said “This is a fantastic announcement for the Miners Rest community and their dogs, we have been advocating for this project for a long time. It will be a great community asset.”

Ms Staley said, “Labor has ignored the Miners Rest community.

The Liberals are committed to supporting and working with this expanding community to deliver the services and infrastructure they need.

Building this new park, along with a new Primary School, and the new synthetic race track for the Ballarat Turf Club shows our commitment to Miners Rest and the Ballarat region.”  

Unlike Daniel Andrews and his city-centric government, the Liberals listen, talk to and advocate for our regional communities.