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New Poowong CFA Station open for business

* * - Monday, April 07, 2014
  • Deputy Premier opens new Poowong CFA station
  • Local firefighters can better protect lives and save property from the threat of fire
  • Coalition Government is delivering record investments in regional and rural infrastructure

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government has invested more than $400,000 to build a new CFA station at Poowong, increasing the capacity of local firefighters to protect lives and save property from the threat of fire.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Poowong today to open the new $434,000 Poowong CFA station.

“The Coalition Government is proud to support CFA members by providing them with the facilities and equipment they need to save lives and property,” Mr Ryan said. 

“This new, modern three-bay fire station has improved meeting and training facilities.

“It also provides space for the brigade’s response trailer, which was previously housed at a brigade member’s property.

“The new Poowong CFA station will ensure the Poowong Fire Brigade is well equipped to perform its critical work now and into the future.”

Mr Ryan said the new CFA station would help attract and boost membership at the unit, which has 37 members who attend about 60 calls each year.

“The Poowong Fire Brigade has provided an invaluable service to the communities of Poowong, Loch and Nyora since it was formed 132 years ago,” Mr Ryan said.

“It has played a vital role in protecting the local community and the people of Victoria during some of the state’s biggest fires, including the Black Saturday fires in 2009.

“The Coalition Government is proud of the vital work performed by the CFA and we will continue to support them.”

Mr Ryan said the new Poowong CFA station had been funded through the Rural Fire Station project and highlighted the Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to build and upgrade rural fire stations.

“Since 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $1.84 billion,” Mr Ryan said.

 “This financial year the CFA Budget is $446 million, $47 million more than what was provided by the former Labor Government during its last year in office.

“We have also invested more than $125 million over the past three years to build 250 new or upgraded CFA stations across the state, a record infrastructure investment for the CFA.

“The Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s record investment is strengthening Victoria’s emergency services.”

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

Deputy Premier announces Terms of Reference for Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry

* * - Friday, March 21, 2014


  • Deputy Premier announces full board to undertake the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry and outlines Terms of Reference
  • Victorian Coalition Government is focused on ensuring community safety for all Victorians

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan today announced the full board to undertake the Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiry and outlined the inquiry’s Terms of Reference.


The Hon Bernard Teague AO, who headed the Black Saturday bushfires Royal Commission, will head the inquiry. He will be joined by Professor John Catford and Ms Sonia Petering.

“Justice Teague will be ably supported by Professor Catford and Ms Petering, who bring appropriate expertise in health and emergency services to the inquiry,” Mr Ryan said.

“Professor Catford is a senior health professional and is Executive Director of Medical Services at Epworth HealthCare.

“Ms Petering is an experienced corporate lawyer. She is Chair of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria and a Director of the Transport Accident Commission.”

The inquiry will be given broad terms of reference to examine the circumstances of the Hazelwood mine fire; the emergency response to the fire; and the response and support provided to Morwell and other affected communities.

“The inquiry’s Secretariat will be based in Morwell and the Board will be given all necessary resources to fully support its inquiry,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Inquiry will have broad powers of investigation, similar to a Royal Commission. This includes power to conduct examinations, summon documents and examine witnesses under oath.”

Premier Denis Napthine announced the Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine Fire on Tuesday 11 March, and said the inquiry would give Victorians confidence that the government is focused on ensuring community safety.

“The inquiry will allow us to review the mine operations and emergency response to the Hazelwood fire,” Dr Napthine said.

The Board will be asked to submit its final report and any recommendations to the Victorian Government by the end of August 2014.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Premier announces independent Inquiry into Hazelwood Mine Fire

* * - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Premier and Deputy Premier announce independent inquiry into Hazelwood mine fire and the response to and support of Morwell and affected communities 
  • Inquiry to be headed by the Hon Bernard Teague AO 
  • Inquiry to convene by the end of March

Premier Denis Napthine and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan today announced the establishment of an independent Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine Fire, the response to and support of the Morwell and affected communities and the emergency response.

The Board of Inquiry will comprise three members and be headed by the Hon Bernard Teague AO. It will be asked to submit its report to the Government by the end of August 2014.

Justice Teague will bring to this Inquiry his extensive experience, which includes having headed the Royal Commission into the Black Saturday bushfires.

The Inquiry will be convened by the end of March. Its Secretariat will be based in Morwell and will be given all necessary resources to fully support the Inquiry.

Dr Napthine said the Government had decided that a Board of Inquiry – with coercive powers similar to a Royal Commission – was the most appropriate legal form for the Inquiry. 

"I have directed the establishment of this Inquiry to give Victorians confidence that the Government is focused on ensuring community safety and recovery. The Inquiry will enable us to review the mine operations and the emergency response to the fire. The Inquiry will also cover health and environmental responses and the response to and support of the affected communities,” Dr Napthine said.

Dr Napthine also thanked everyone involved in fighting the fire and supporting the community.

“I welcome the news that the fire is under control and congratulate all those involved in this work over the last few weeks in addition to agencies and volunteers who have, and continue to, support the community as it recovers,” Dr Napthine said.

"Now is the time for individuals, families, community representatives and businesses to have the opportunity to have their say on how they and their communities have been impacted by the fire, the level of support they received and their views of the emergency response.” 

Mr Ryan said the Government had made good on its vow for an open, independent inquiry.

"This inquiry is testament to the Government's commitment to be open, transparent and straightforward with the community,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Inquiry provides the local community the chance to have its say, and it is important the views of the local community are heard.

“The Government will continue to work with the community and council to get businesses and the community back to full strength as soon as possible.”

The Terms of Reference will be finalised after consultation with Justice Teague and the Solicitor General before being submitted to Governor in Council and made public.

Broadly, the Terms of Reference will examine the regulatory regime which applied to the Hazelwood mine; the adequacy and effectiveness of the emergency response; how the fire started and spread into the mine; and the adequacy of information to and support of the affected communities.

Media contacts: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Deputy Premier)

Victoria records lowest road toll in 90 years

* * - Monday, January 06, 2014

 

Acting Premier Peter Ryan, along with Minister for Roads Terry Mulder and Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips, today welcomed news of a record low Victorian road toll of 242, some 40 less than last year.

“Victoria has just recorded its lowest road toll in almost 90 years,” Mr Ryan said.

“We haven’t seen a road toll this low since 1924, when 224 people were killed on our roads.

“We are proud of the work done so far and proud that the community and all road users have joined with police and all arms of government in a real team effort to reduce tragedies on our roads.

“However, there is still a long way to go. Most road deaths are not ‘accidents’ as such, but the result of poor choices, including choices to speed, or drive under the influence of alcohol.

“Everyone in the community needs to deeply consider the choices they make.

“There are towns in my electorate of South Gippsland with populations of fewer than 242 and to think of this many people dying on our roads every year is tragic.

“We have come a long way in saving lives, but we will not rest until the road toll is zero.”

Mr Ryan said the state’s road safety strategies, including the introduction of the Graduated Licensing System and the Safer Road Infrastructure Program, had helped save lives.

“The Victorian Coalition Government Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan, unveiled in March, included some bold new initiatives to build on these gains,” Mr Ryan said.

“We asked Victorians to tell us what they thought would help save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

“Victorians called for more enforcement, a stronger approach to those doing the wrong thing and more education, and we’ve listened.”

Mr Ryan said 2013 saw the Coalition Government announce increased measures to stop drink driving; compulsory increased penalties for using a mobile phone while driving, the release the Road Mode mobile phone app and the start of education programs for reckless drivers to supplement tough hoon penalties.

Mr Mulder said the road safety partners, including Victoria Police, the TAC, VicRoads and the Department of Justice, have created new road safety campaigns and public education programs targeting road safety issues.

“This year we saw Victoria’s first ever distractions campaign and we worked with motorcyclists on a campaign to help them achieve the perfect ride,” Mr Mulder said.

“While it has been great to see the reductions in fatalities this year we know that we are only ever one bad week or one bad month away from losing those gains.

“We need to continue to work together to come up with new initiatives and strategies to help us achieve our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries.”

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said while it is encouraging to see the reduction in road fatalities there is still work to be done to reduce serious injuries on our roads.

“The last 12 months have seen a reduction in fatalities but we have not seen the same reduction in serious injury collisions,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“We have a number of initiatives underway in 2014 to reduce serious injuries including the Enhanced Crash Investigation Study with the Monash University Accident Research Centre which will be unveiled in February.

“The TAC has also committed $1 billion under the Safer Road Infrastructure Program over the next decade to make Victoria’s most dangerous roads safer for all road users, a vital element of the Safe System approach.

“The release of the Parliamentary Road Safety Committee inquiry into serious injury later this year will give us a better understanding of what we can do to reduce life changing injuries.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Coalition delivers new fire station for Kongwak CFA

* * - Monday, November 11, 2013

 

A new $462,000 fire station at Kongwak will support a dedicated local CFA brigade with a long history of providing protection to Kongwak community.


Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan was in Kongwak today to officially open the new Kongwak Fire Station and present service medals to 11 of the brigade’s 41 members.

Mr Ryan said the new Kongwak Fire Station featured modern facilities including a meeting room, kitchen, office, two engine bays and safer parking for members’ vehicles.

"The Coalition Government has invested $462,000 in building this new station, which includes improved meeting and training facilities to help the brigade build stronger links with the community and attract new volunteers.

“The new station replaces the outdated shed with a facility that better suits the needs of the brigade.

“It also provides brigade members with a more comfortable and modern base that will allow them to respond to any incidents in the South Gippsland area more effectively.”

While in Kongwak, Mr Ryan also presented service medals to Robert Grabham (60 years), Reginald Grabham (55 years), Arthur Grabham (35 years), Ray Holloway (30 years), Anthony Reade and Deidre Grabham (25 years), Nigel Braithwaite, Ross Olden, Ross Crawford and Burke Brandon (15 years), and Nicholas Stevens (10 years).

“The Kongwak Fire Brigade was formed in 1945 and its dedicated members have fought many of the state’s major fires including Black Saturday, Ash Wednesday, Coopers Creek and Wilsons Promontory fires,” Mr Ryan said.

“It is an honour to present medals to these dedicated members and a special mention must be given to Robert and Reginald Grabham who have served the CFA as volunteers for the past 60 and 55 years respectively.”

Mr Ryan said funding the new Kongwak Fire Station was part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to upgrading firefighting facilities and infrastructure across the state, including a $61 million committed in the 2013-14 Victorian Budget to replace dilapidated and ageing rural fire stations.

“The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to upgrade 250 CFA stations over our first term in government and we will continue to strengthen Victoria’s emergency services,” Mr Ryan said.

“We are proud of the vital work performed by CFA, one of the world’s largest volunteer organisations with more than 60,000 members – 98 per cent of them volunteers.

"CFA draws its strength from the dedication, professionalism and bravery of its volunteers.”

Media contact: Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au  

Equipment boost for South Gippsland emergency volunteers

* * - Friday, October 11, 2013

 

Tarwin Lower CFA and Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club will each receive a new vehicle and Pound Creek CFA will receive a new big fill pump, purchased with the support from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said VESEP grants provided up to $100,000 to purchase emergency equipment including trucks, tankers, boats and trailers, as well as building upgrades and refurbishments.

Mr Ryan said VESEP grants were available to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, CFA, Life Saving Victoria, SES and other eligible volunteer emergency organisations, with the Coalition Government providing $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer group.

“Tarwin Lower CFA has been granted $31,121 to assist with the purchase of a field command vehicle and Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club will receive $23,874 towards the cost of a new patrol vehicle,” Mr Ryan said.

“Pound Creek CFA has been granted $12,000 to assist with the purchase of a big fill pump to replace its pump which failed during the Aberfeldy bushfires earlier this year.

“This new big fill pump can fill a 3,000 litre tanker within two minutes and is a vital piece of equipment for the brigade.”

Mr Ryan said other local emergency service providers to receive VESEP funding included:

• Fish Creek and District CFA - $43,333 to assist with the purchase of a new field command vehicle;
• Nerrena CFA - $856 to upgrade amenities at the fire station;
• Toora CFA - $1,886 towards the cost of a defibrillator; and
• Yanakie - $2,221 towards the installation of an air conditioner

Mr Ryan said from surf lifesavers to firefighters, volunteers were the backbone of emergency services, so the Coalition Government wanted to ensure they had the best equipment available.

“Volunteers are an essential part of any emergency response and without their support we would not be able to respond as effectively to emergencies,” Mr Ryan said.

“Since 2012, the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program has delivered more than 757 grants to volunteer emergency services, worth more than $35 million.”

New light tanker for Golden Beach CFA

* * - Friday, October 11, 2013

 

Golden Beach Country Fire Authority (CFA) can better protect the community from the threat of fire with the addition of new light tanker, purchased with the support of $100,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Volunteer Services Equipment Program.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the light tanker would further enhance the brigade’s ability to respond to local emergencies and support neighbouring brigades.

“Local volunteer agencies such as the Golden Beach CFA are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency service response and the Coalition Government is proud to support local volunteers in carrying out this important work,” Mr Ryan said.

“Ensuring volunteer emergency service organisations have the necessary equipment to fulfill their capacity is a high priority for to the Coalition Government.

“Volunteers are an essential part of any emergency response and without their support; we would not be able to respond as effectively to local emergencies.”

Mr Ryan said other local volunteer agencies to receive Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program grants included:

• Yarram SES - $100,000 – to purchase a light rescue truck;
• Longford CFA - $30,087 – to extend the fire station;
• Rosedale SES - $29,200 – to purchase a lighting trailer;
• Woodside Surf Life Saving Club - $26,000 – to purchase an ATV;
• Alberton West CFA - $24,633 – to extend the fire station;
• Sale CFA - $16,667 – to construct a new change room;
• Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club - $15,455 – to purchase an all terrain vehicle;
• Rosedale CFA - $10,000 – to construct a garage;
• Port Albert Coast Guard - $4,633 – to purchase a RIB trailer;
• Yarram CFA - $2,000 – to upgrade computer equipment;
• Loch Sport CFA - $1,449 – to purchase quick fill pumps; and
• Woodside CFA - $965 – to upgrade the station’s kitchen.

Mr Ryan said since 2012, the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program had delivered more than $35 million across 757 grants to volunteer emergency services.

“The 2012-13 Budget also included $57 million to boost Victoria’s emergency services infrastructure, including more than $22 million to build or upgrade rural fire stations, part of the Coalition’s commitment to build or upgrade 250 CFA stations during its first term of government,” Mr Ryan said.

Media contact:
Stephanie Nicholls 0437 108 870 stephanie.nicholls@parliament.vic.gov.au.  

New Light Rescue Truck for Yarram SES

* * - Friday, October 11, 2013

 

Yarram State Emergency Service (SES) branch has received $100,000 of Victorian Coalition Government funding to purchase a new Light Rescue Truck (LRT).

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the new Mercedes ‘Sprinter’ LRT, which was funded through the Coalition Government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, would enable the unit to provide better protection and emergency response to Yarram and surrounding communities.

“The Yarram SES is vital in times of storm, flood and road rescues, as well as being an active member in the local community, helping with trauma support, emergency management and road safety,” Mr Ryan said.

“The new vehicle will provide a vital resource for responding to storms, road crashes and other emergencies such as floods.

"It comes equipped with a large internal space that will provide greater storage capacity for equipment, ensuring the unit is well prepared to respond to those emergencies swiftly and efficiently.”

Mr Ryan said Woodside Surf Lifesaving Club and Yarram Country Fire Authority (CFA) would also receive funding through the latest round of the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program.

“Woodside Surf Life Saving Club will receive $26,000 to purchase a new four-wheel-drive for the upcoming patrol season and the Yarram CFA will receive $2,000 to upgrade computer equipment,” Mr Ryan said.

“Ensuring our emergency service volunteers have the necessary equipment to undertake their job is of high priority to the Coalition Government,” Mr Ryan said.

“Volunteers are an essential part of any emergency response and without their support; we would not be able to respond as effectively to local emergencies.”

Mr Ryan said since 2012, the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program had delivered 757 grants to volunteer emergency service organisations across Victoria, worth more than $35 million.

“I congratulate every member of the Yarram SES and CFA and the Woodside Surf Life Saving Club for their commitment to community protection,” Mr Ryan said.

Funding to support community resilience

* * - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan is encouraging local councils, community groups and business associations to apply for up to $110,000 through the Victorian Coalition Government‟s Resilient Community Program.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government‟s $1.5 million Resilient Community Program would assist regional and rural communities to build their capacity to tackle hazards including bushfires, floods and storm surges.

“Communities throughout Gippsland face unique challenges and a „one-size-fits-all‟ approach is not appropriate – in fact, some communities face multiple hazards throughout the course of a year,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Resilient Community Program, which replaces the Fire Ready Communities Grants program, provides funding for community-led projects to assist residents to better prepare for, withstand and recover from natural disasters and other hazards.

“It is local people who know what it takes to make their communities safer, better informed and more prepared to tackle the impact of these hazards.”

Mr Ryan said the Resilient Community Program would provide funding for:

  • Community-led projects in high risk communities that establish shared responsibility for all hazards;
  • Education and engagement activities – to help the community understand risks and take an active role in emergency management; 
  • Community-led local risk and hazard workshops; and
  • Programs that develop community leadership and support emergent leaders to help build resilience in communities.

Mr Ryan said funded projects would build community confidence to share the responsibility of handling emergencies with the government, community and business sectors.

“The Fire Ready Communities parent program has funded a number of local community projects over the past two years, programs which will continue to be funded under the Resilient Community Program,” Mr Ryan said.

Local councils, community groups and business associations that are interested in applying should contact the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation office on 5174 9233.

Regional Growth Fund delivers airport upgrade for Mildura

* * - Monday, July 15, 2013

Victoria’s Sunraysia region can look forward to a significant economic boost with the opening of Mildura’s long-awaited multi-million dollar terminal, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said today.

The Airport Redevelopment was completed thanks to a $5.2 million investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr Ryan joined Member for Mildura Peter Crisp for a community open day at the airport to mark the new terminal’s official opening and enjoyed a display from the RAAF’s elite formation aerobatic display team the Roulettes.

“Mildura Airport is Victoria’s busiest regional airport and its redevelopment will be a great boost for the local economy,” Mr Ryan said.

“It has been fantastic to be involved in a project as significant to this region as the Mildura Airport expansion.

“Given the airport had previously been pushed to capacity during peak periods, it was vital the Coalition Government invested to allow Mildura to grow as it should.

“About twice the size of the old terminal, the airport’s new terminal will ably support increased passenger numbers, the new direct air services to and from Sydney, Adelaide and Broken Hill, and provide much better amenities for airport users,” Mr Ryan said.

Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said the multi-million dollar project extended the terminal to a whopping 1,831 square metres and refurbished and remodeled the internal areas.

“The redevelopment has improved check-in areas, baggage systems and car parks, making it much easier to move traffic both within and outside the building.

“It also provided jobs for 20 to 30 workers, each day of the nine-month construction period.”

“The airport is vital to the growth and development of the Sunraysia region and important for the continuation of current and future air services to the region.

“Major events and festivals attract well over 500,000 visitors to Sunraysia each year and the area has lots of other popular tourist attractions like the city of Mildura itself, the Murray River and the world heritage-listed Mungo National Park to name just a few,” Mr Crisp said.

“As the local member, I’m proud to have been part of this important project, and I congratulate all involved for getting it finished on time and on budget.

“In 2011, 215,000 passengers from 3,500 regular passenger transfer services were projected to pass through Mildura airport. Passenger numbers increased with 6,200 charter and general aviation movements each year, including flight training, air ambulance, aerial agriculture, parachuting, military and VIP flights.

“Mildura airport is also used for refueling of transiting aircraft and is a convenient calling point for diverting aircraft and aircraft experiencing on-board emergencies.

“The Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund was set up to fund regional projects such as this – which would not have come to fruition without the $5.2 million provided toward the $6.4 million development. The Mildura Rural City Council is to be complimented for contributing the remaining $1.2 million.

“Mildura has again benefited from the Liberal National Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Mr Crisp said.

Highlights for Mildura from the Regional Growth Fund include:

• $5.2 million for the Airport;
• $7 million for the Riverfront Parklands Project;
• $5 million for the Langtree Avenue Promenade connection;
• $1 million for the Resort and Conference Centre at the marina; and
• $500,000 for the establishment of an Authority for the Mildura Riverfront Redevelopment.


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