Mr WELLS (Rowville) (15:06:38) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government’s failure to acknowledge the law and order crisis occurring across Victoria in the recent release of the December 2017 quarter crime stats. Statements from the Premier and the Minister for Police boasting about an overall drop in crime indicate that they are completely out of touch with how the community feels about crime and safety where they live. Continue reading
Mr WELLS (Rowville) (13:52:46) — This statement condemns the Andrews government for sitting on $3 billion of federal government infrastructure funding destined for vital Victorian projects. For three long years under Labor $500 million of federal funding for the Monash Freeway has sat unused. The federal government upgrades are sorely needed for improved capacity on the Monash from the EastLink interchange towards the Melbourne CBD and east of Clyde Road. Rowville electorate commuters spend many frustrated hours in traffic commuting to the city on the Monash Freeway. In the meantime the Premier has signed billion-dollar contracts with Transurban, forcing years of tolls onto Monash CityLink commuters for a road in western Melbourne while these same drivers are denied upgrades they have already paid for and are forced to sit on congested, second-rate roads.
Mr WELLS (Rowville) The question I wish to raise is for the Minister for Public Transport. Minister, can you explain to Knox families when there will be a bus service for students living near Kelletts Road, Rowville, to nearby Scoresby Secondary College?
I have been contacted by a family from Rowville which is very concerned that there is no bus route along Kelletts Road which travels directly north along Stud Road past Scoresby Secondary College.
The closest bus service, route 682, travels south via Stud Road shopping centre, and the Telebus service also requires a further connection at Stud Park. Although their school is only 6 kilometres from home, my constituents find bus services are neither well-connected nor frequent enough for travelling by bus to be a practical transport option.
The Andrews Labor Government recognises the important role that public transport plays in meeting the needs of people living in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, and regularly reviews the public transport network to identify where improvements can be made. More than $100 million has been invested to provide more services and introduce new routes throughout Melbourne’s suburbs and in regional Victoria.
When reviewing existing bus routes or planning for new ones, Transport for Victoria (TfV) considers a range of issues, including the likely number of users and their transport needs, suitability of the road network for bus operations, development of a direct and easily understood network, and connectivity with other public transport services.
TfV has noted the feedback provided by your constituents. I have requested TfV to continue to monitor the area and to consider suggestions for a bus service as part of future planning.
Hon Jacinta Allan MP
Member for Bendigo East
Minister for Public Transport
Tuesday, 6th Feb
Mr WELLS (Rowville) (16:05:14) — This statement condemns Labor’s rushed and desperate announcement that they will extend prison facilities at Lara. The announcement of Labor’s fourth Minister for Corrections, Gayle Tierney, seems to have been written on the back of an envelope. The minister could not say how much the prison extension would cost, how much was budgeted for the project, where the money was coming from, when the project would be built or even how many actual prison beds an extension would provide. Nor could the minister provide any information about the acquisition of land needed for the project. Like residents in Werribee, people in Lara have had this announcement dumped on them without any detail to go on.
Minister Tierney said in her announcement:
… we’re planning for that growth now.
She also said:
Planning for growth in the prison population is what good governments do.
However, back in 2015 the Andrews government were warned by Ombudsman Deborah Glass that Victorian prisons would reach maximum capacity by 2019, even with the opening of the 1000 new beds at the coalition-funded Ravenhall prison. When the coalition signed the $670 million Ravenhall contracts in 2014, Minister Tierney was deeply critical of the coalition for spending money on new prisons. This did not stop the minister describing her great pleasure and delight when she opened Ravenhall last year.
Victorians are outraged by lenient prison sentences that are sometimes less than half those in New South Wales.
- A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will fund construction of a new $2.8 million Chelsea SES Unit
- The investment will boost emergency response capabilities for Mordialloc
- Napthine Coalition Government building a better and safer bay
Today’s open letter from the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) could not be clearer about its strong objection to Labor’s fire services policy which ‘will have grave and disastrous consequences for the CFA.
It is unequivocal proof that Labor is out of touch with the almost 60,000 hardworking CFA volunteers across Victoria.
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- This announcement forms part of the Coalition Government’s $125 million commitment to upgrade CFA stations across the state
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Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells and Member for Carrum Donna Bauer today announced that the Napthine Government will provide $600,000 towards the construction of a new CFA station in Skye.
- A re-elected Napthine Government will commit $3 million towards three life saving club redevelopments along the bay
- Redevelopments will enhance water safety for thousands of people who visit beaches at South Melbourne, Edithvale and Bonbeach
- Napthine Government building a better bay
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- Multi-million dollar facility will boost emergency response capabilities in south-west Victoria
- Napthine Government building better and safer communities across Victoria
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- A re-elected Napthine Government will deliver signalled lights at the pedestrian crossing on Napoleon Road
- $250,000 investment to benefit motorists and pedestrians, particularly students walking to Park Ridge Primary and Rowville Secondary College
- The Napthine Government is building a better, safer roads
Local State Member of Parliament and Liberal Candidate for Rowville Kim Wells today announced that a re-elected Napthine Government will invest $250,000 to install signalled lights at the pedestrian crossing in Napoleon Road, Rowville.