Education cuts could have dire consequences. These are not my words but those of the editor of the Ballarat Courier in its editorial last Thursday. The editorial states:
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I have an issue to raise with the Minister for Roads on behalf of the residents of Springhill Road, Kyneton, who came to see me while I was doing constituent consultations in Kyneton last week. The issue they raised with me relates to Springhill Road, which intersects with the main Kyneton-Trentham Road just a short distance -- less than 3 kilometres -- from the Kyneton township.
Mr HOWARD (Ballarat East) -- I am pleased to contribute to the debate on the Emergency Management Bill 2013.
Last week I was pleased to join with many others in Ballarat's Bridge Mall to enjoy a performance by the Victoria Police band. Performances by this very professional band have been enjoyed by many residents in the Ballarat region on many occasions over the years, and it is extremely disappointing to learn that the Napthine government has determined to disband the police bands.
I am pleased to add my contribution to the debate on the Fisheries Amendment Bill 2013, which as we have heard from other speakers does two things in general. The first and major component of the bill is to establish the Fisheries Advisory Council.
I raise a matter for the Treasurer. I ask him to take action to review the fire services property levy as it relates to residential flats with a view to reducing the levy imposed through the council rating system. This has come about because I have been contacted by a number of constituents since the new fire services property levy came into play.