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.
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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.
Clearly the Anzac centenary has assisted in a range of ways to ensure that the events of 100 years ago are not forgotten, and that there is so much for the younger generation to learn and for them to reflect upon.
On a point of order, Speaker, I would have thought if the member opposite was going to quote me, he would quote me accurately and not add words in that were not in the original statement.
We will continue to respect our volunteers and we will continue to work with them to find the best outcome and the best way forward. Scaremongering for party-political advantage, as the other side are doing, is not going to help us through this process. This government is determined to ensure that we have a very healthy firefighting capacity across regional Victoria.
Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017
We know that the Hazelwood coalmine caught fire. We know that the fire lasted for two months, creating significant concerns for the health of the people in the Latrobe Valley and highlighting the fact that when that mine fell into disuse not enough work had been done to ensure that processes were in place to stop the chance of a fire, so when it did happen and took grip there was no capacity to water the mine at the site and put the fire out at an early stage. Once fire takes hold on a resource like coal, then it is going to burn for some time. It created significant concerns.
We will be looking at the Family Violence Protection Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017 this week, and the government has bent over backwards in regard to the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017 by allowing time on Thursday for this to be debated in committee. So again the government has been very thorough this week in presenting a range of important bills and in providing good opportunity for debate.