Archives: February 2018

Planning and Environment Amendment (Distinctive Areas and Landscapes) Bill 2017 Page 361 21 February 2018 ASSEMBLY

February 21, 2018

I am very pleased to see that the government has honoured the commitment made to the people of the Macedon area ahead of the last election via this bill. Those people will have the satisfaction of knowing that their neighbourhoods are now in a position to be protected. This concept can flow on to other communities within regional Victoria, and the bill notes other areas.

Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017

February 21, 2018

I will start by making the comment that there is nothing more challenging in our role as MPs or as members of the community than hearing stories about children who have been harmed in some way as a result of family violence, family neglect or whatever it is. Those issues then come before us through the media or through our doors into our electorate offices. Family members express concerns about children that they are aware of, or parents come before us when protective services have intervened to take their children away from them.

Midland Highway upgrade

February 20, 2018

The Andrews Labor government has invested $12.5 million to install two kilometre-long overtaking lanes in each direction on the Midland Highway between Meredith and Bannockburn. This will also see the construction of flexible safety barriers along the entire length of the road to prevent run-off road crashes.

Labour hire licensing Bill 2017

February 8, 2018

We know that over a long period of time, but particularly more recently, the number of people being indirectly hired through labour hire firms has increased and therefore employers do not have that direct relationship with the people they are employing on either a regular or temporary basis to undertake their work. We know that as a result of this there have been a number of complaints raised by people to each of us in our electorates and to a range of other people.

Youth programs

February 7, 2018

Over the past two weeks I have been pleased to visit all points of my electorate to announce six projects that will share in $600 000 funding for local youth initiatives.

First home owner grant

February 7, 2018

I am also pleased to see that the Andrews government is making it easier for young people in regional Victoria to build and live in their own community. Since Labor doubled the first home owner grant in regional Victoria, we have seen almost three times as many people receive the grant. Across Ballarat, Moorabool and Golden Plains, 138 grants have been awarded to first home buyers. This means more young people in my electorate have achieved their dream of owning their own home. I am certainly very excited about these great projects that the Andrews government is supporting.