Category Archives: News Archive (2010-2014)

$130,000 maintenance boost for Rowville Primary School

  • Napthine Government announces $130,000 election commitment for Rowville Primary School
  • Funding to improve facilities for Rowville Primary School students and staff
  • Napthine Government building a better education system for all Victorian students

State Member for Scoresby, Kim Wells MP, met with students and teachers at Rowville Primary School today, and announced a $130,000 funding commitment to upgrade the school under a re-elected Napthine Government.

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Napthine Government commits $2.5 million for new SES unit in Cranbourne

  • A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will fund construction of a new $2.5 million Cranbourne SES
  • The investment will boost emergency response capabilities for the growing Cranbourne community
  • Napthine Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells and Liberal Candidate for Cranbourne Geoff Ablett today announced a re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will fund a new $2.5 million SES Unit in Cranbourne, boosting emergency response capabilities for the rapidly growing Cranbourne community.

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State-of-the-art technology for Victoria Police under a re-elected Napthine Government

  • A re-elected Napthine Government will implement a modern policing strategy for Victoria Police
  • Tech Policing Fund will give police members real time access to information
  • Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

The Victorian Police force will be further modernised with a $25 million investment in technological advances under a re-elected Napthine Government.

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A 50-strong PSO Strike Force under a re-elected Napthine Government

  • A re-elected Coalition Government will invest $23 million to recruit, train and deploy an additional 50 PSOs
  • The investment will see the expansion of the Napthine Government’s hugely successful PSO program
  • Napthine Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

A PSO Strike Force will be recruited and deployed to curb anti-social behaviour after special events across the rail network, under a re-elected Napthine Government.

Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today announced a re-elected Coalition Government will invest $23 million over four years towards the new 50-strong PSO Strike Force.

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Hundreds of extra frontline police and specialists under a re-elected Napthine Government

  •  A re-elected Napthine Government to deliver 700 additional frontline police
  • Frontline officers will include 250 new officers plus returning 450 officers from police cell management to front-line duty
  • In addition, 250 specialists will be recruited to tackle issues such as  E-crime and fraud, counter terrorism, forensics and special investigations
  • Napthine Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

Hundreds of additional police officers and specialists will be on the job across the state under a re-elected Napthine Government.   Cementing the Coalition Government’s unparalleled record in law and order, Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today announced a five-year $367.8 million package that will see the force bolstered to record levels.

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MFB appeals Fair Work Commission decision

Today the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) filed an appeal to the Fair Work Commission regarding the recent decision of Commissioner Wilson not to terminate the MFB’s Operational Staff Agreement.

MFB have taken this action to put community safety first and the Napthine Government fully supports the MFB’s decision.

Under the current agreement, which was signed under the previous Labor government, the United Firefighters’ Union has been given ultimate control to run essential fire services in our state and has free rein to interfere with MFB management.

It has forced MFB to repeatedly escalate matters to the Fair Work Commission for something as simple as moving a truck from one station to another, which compromises community safety and just doesn’t make sense.

It means the MFB is restricted in managing day to day operations and the ability to run its organisation safely and effectively. This is not about undermining firefighers’ terms and conditions of employment but about allowing the MFB to manage this essential service for all Victorians.

This is about ensuring managerial decision making and operational matters rest with MFB management and not at the whim of a militant union.

Victorians expect our emergency services agencies, like MFB, to manage their operations in a manner which puts them in the best possible position to work together with communities and keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies.

Under the current agreement this simply is not possible. A vote for Labor next weekend will see a return to union rule of the state’s fire services.   The facts are a record investment in Victoria’s fire services means:

  • Under a Napthine Government there has NEVER been funding cuts to the MFB or CFA;
  • Victorian firefighters continue to be the best resourced and funded in Australia; and
  • The 2014-15 budget for MFB is $326 million, $39 million more than under the last Labor budget.

Claims of cuts to the state’s critical fire services are a complete lie and nothing more than Labor and union spin.

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