Ahead of the last election, as part of the now Andrews Labor government campaign policies, we said we wanted to reflect strongly on best practice in regard to our environment. We said that as part of the suite of activities we would be undertaking as a government we would be reviewing the EPA, because after 40-plus years of operation it was important that the EPA be reviewed with a view to strengthening the activities it can undertake.
With growing numbers of juniors, women and girls signing up to play grassroots sport it is important that people have access to good facilities that will encourage them to get involved and stay active.
I am pleased to see that works are now underway on the Halletts Way project to create new entry and exit ramps on the Western Freeway at Halletts Way and a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the freeway. This will also be great for the people in Bacchus Marsh.
As other speakers have said, this bill clearly is aimed at simplifying a number of issues associated with the transfer of land titles and conveyancing matters, and it does so in a range of ways. I think all of the changes are highly commendable and just sensible.
They fail to recognise that crime did rise under the last government — it rose by 23 per cent. Clearly there has been an issue that has been rolling out all of the time that they were in government, and this government is continuing to work to address it. But as the member representing Buninyong, I am confident that the people in my electorate can and should feel safe in their homes, can and should feel safe when they go out of their homes about their business and can feel confident that their possessions are safe in their homes.
I was pleased to visit Sebastopol Primary School last week to announce $3856 funding to purchase new musical instruments for the school.
Fish stocking in our local waterways is a key part of the Labor government's Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to grow participation to 1 million anglers by 2020. Our government is determined that we do our bit to make sure fishing is a fun, safe and rewarding activity for Victorians of all ages.
Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017
We know the bill does two major things. One is that it provides presumptive rights legislation for all of our firefighters, not just career firefighters but volunteer firefighters too, something that they have been calling for for a number of years, including during the term of the last state government. We know that the last Liberal state government simply said, 'No, we're not prepared to move this legislation', and of course it did not progress under the last government. But ahead of the last election, as you would know, Acting Speaker Carbines, the Labor Party in opposition said that if it were to be elected, it would introduce presumptive rights legislation.
Following discussions with many Buninyong residents about their concerns for pedestrian safety, I was able to secure a commitment ahead of the last election and funding in our first budget. Since that time there has been a range of views put about how that crossing should look and where it should be situated. Community consultation sessions and vox pops provided locals with an opportunity to determine the final design and site of the new crossing.
I was pleased to be joined by the Minister for Emergency Services and Craig Lapsley at Ballarat city fire station, where they were able to explain proposed changes to the management of our fire services, and last week I was pleased to have the minister and Mr Lapsley visit Ballan to announce the purchase of land there for the new Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre.