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Additional coach stops for Loch and Nyora

* * - Monday, July 28, 2014

 

  • Loch and Nyora now serviced by 8 daily V/Line coaches
  • Victorian Coalition Government deliver additional rural V/Line services
  • Member for Gippsland South secures additional coach services

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said that Nyora and Loch would benefit from more weekday V/Line coaches making a stop from today, Monday 28 July.

Mr Ryan said that on weekdays, eight V/Line Leongatha or Yarram coaches would now stop at both Nyora and Loch in each direction, up from five trips each way on weekdays.

"Nyora and Loch will now have 48 weekly V/Line coaches serving local residents and visitors in each direction, up from 40 in the previous timetable," Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said he was delighted that Nyora and Loch residents would have more opportunities to travel on V/Line coaches to Cranbourne, Dandenong, Southern Cross, Leongatha, Foster and Yarram.

"I strongly backed local residents in their efforts to have more V/Line coaches stop at Nyora and Loch," Mr Ryan said.

"The Victorian Coalition Government has a strong emphasis on ensuring that smaller country towns benefit from transport links. V/Line's coaches are convenient as express and stopping coaches connect at Koo Wee Rup to make it easy to get to Dandenong or alternatively travel from Southern Cross faster by express coach.

"The extra coach stops are scheduled for 8.30am, 1pm and 5pm going to Southern Cross, and on the 9.15am, 1.10pm and 7pm weekday coaches from Southern Cross back to Nyora and Loch."

Mr Ryan urged local residents using V/Line's Leongatha and Yarram coaches to check the new timetables at www.vline.com.au under 'coaches' in 'eastern Victoria.'

"From 28 July, V/LIne's weekday coaches from Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Yarram depart 10 minutes earlier so that the coaches can travel into and out of Loch and Nyora," Mr Ryan said.

"Coming from Southern Cross, there are some minor changes to the departure times of Metro's suburban trains that connect at Dandenong with V/Line coaches, so anyone joining a Metro train at Caulfield, Clayton, Springvale or other stations should also check these timetables.

“These additional stops in Loch and Nyora bring the total of new public transport services introduced by the Coalition Government to more than 10,000 extra each week.”

Mr Ryan said the additional services were on top of the Coalition Government’s affordable public transport initiative that from 1 January 2015 will cap travel in zone 1 + 2 at zone 1 prices and provide free tram travel in the CBD and Docklands.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870


Key roads to be repaired in Sale and Yarram

* * - Monday, July 21, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads
  • An initial $2.1 million to repair and rebuild roads in Wellington Shire
  • Strengthening and rebuilding to be carried out on two key roads

The South Gippsland Highway at Yarram and sections of the Princes Highway near Sale will be repaired as funding begins to flow from the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $500 million road maintenance boost.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced an initial $2.1 million would be invested from the $500 million road asset management budget.

Mr Ryan said that repairs would be carried out on two key roads:

South Gippsland Highway - $1.2M for repairs to the South Gippsland Highway at Yarram.

Princes Highway East - $905,000 for 1.15km of repairs for two sections west of Sale and at Nuntin Creek north of Sale.

Mr Ryan said VicRoads would work with Wellington Shire to repair the South Gippsland Highway at Yarram with works planned for Summer 2015-2016.

“Works to the two sections of the Princes Highway west of Sale and at Nuntin Creek north of Sale would also be carried over a similar timeframe,” he said.

Mr Ryan said The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, were committed to fixing regional and rural Victoria’s roads.

“We announced, as part of the 2014/15 Victorian Budget, an additional $130 million for road maintenance, bringing the total road maintenance investment to more than $500 million for this financial year,” Mr Ryan said.

“This initial $2.1 million investment will enable vital road repair works to be carried out and builds on a recent announcement of $3.2 million to repair four key roads in South Gippsland.

“This follows our $4.3 million investment to repair South Gippsland roads, announced in August 2013.

“I will continue to work with the Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, to secure much-need funding for our local roads and ensure our region receives its fair share.”

Mr Ryan encouraged local motorists to report damaged roads to VicRoads.

“I’ve had strong feedback from locals who desperately want to see more money invested in our local roads,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has answered the community’s calls for more funding now it is up to VicRoads to carry-out this much needed work.

“Local roads are the lifeblood of our regional and rural communities, connecting people with work, school, family and friends, so it is vital that they are safe.

“The Nationals are committed to fixing country roads to save country lives.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Key roads to be repaired in South Gippsland

* * - Monday, July 21, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads
  • An initial $3.2 million to repair and rebuild roads in South Gippsland
  • Strengthening and rebuilding to be carried out on four key roads

A number of key roads in South Gippsland will be repaired or resealed as funding begins to flow from the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $500 million road maintenance boost.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced an initial $3.2 million would be invested from the $500 million road asset management budget.

Mr Ryan said that repairs would be carried out on four key roads:

  • South Gippsland Highway - $1,732,000 for 1.36 km of repairs in Yarram and four sections east of Welshpool
  • Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road - $583,000 for 1.17km of repairs around Clancys Road, south of Korumburra
  • Wilsons Promontory Road - $513,000 for 1.01km of repairs south of Foster
  • Meeniyan-Promontory Road - $380,000 for 0.79km of repairs past Pattersons Road near Yanakie.

Mr Ryan said the roads would be strengthened through stabilisation works and resealing, with works to begin later in the year during the warmer months.

Mr Ryan said The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, were committed to fixing regional and rural Victoria’s roads.

“We announced, as part of the 2014/15 Victorian Budget, an additional $130 million for road maintenance, bringing the total road maintenance investment to more than $500 million for this financial year,” Mr Ryan said.

“This initial $3.2 million investment will enable vital road repair works to be carried out, and follows our $4.3 million investment to repair South Gippsland roads, announced in August 2013.

“I will continue to work with the Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, to secure much-need funding for our local roads and ensure South Gippsland receives its fair share.”

Mr Ryan encourage local motorists to report damaged roads in South Gippsland to VicRoads.

“I’ve had strong feedback from locals who desperately want to see more money invested in our local roads,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has answered the community’s calls for more funding now it is up to VicRoads to carry-out this much needed work.

“Local roads are the lifeblood of our regional and rural communities, connecting people with work, school, family and friends, so it is vital that they are safe.

“The Nationals are committed to fixing country roads to save country lives.”

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 Kate.lancaster@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Coalition delivers another Strzelecki Highway passing lane

* * - Monday, July 14, 2014
  • $4.27 million to build overtaking lane on the Strzelecki Highway
  • Overtaking lanes add to a suite of safety improvements on the highway
  • Drivers will be able to overtake slower vehicles more safely

    Motorists travelling between Mirboo North and the Latrobe Valley will have a safer and faster journey thanks to a $4.27 million investment for a new passing lane on the Strzelecki Highway.

    Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan on Friday announced funding for a 1.7 kilometre passing lane to be built near Smiths Road at Driffield.

    Making the announcement on site, Mr Ryan was joined by The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe, The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien and The Nationals Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

    “This is an extremely busy road with more than 4,000 vehicles a day and many of those are fully laden trucks that drive slowly through the steep and winding hills,” Mr Ryan said.

    “Being stuck behind a slow truck or tractor can be frustrating and without adequate opportunities for overtaking, some drivers will take risks.

    “This passing lane will improve the flow of traffic and provide safer passing options for local motorists.”

    Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was committed to improving roads in South Gippsland, with the Strzelecki Highway overtaking lane between Mirboo North and Leongatha, a key election commitment, nearing completion.

    “We have also invested an additional $3.8 million to install safety barriers to reduce run-off-roads crashes at key locations on Strzelecki Highway as part of the Safer Road Infrastructure Program, which delivers $1 billion over 10 years for road safety improvements,” Mr Ryan said.

    Member for Morwell Russell Northe welcomed the investment, which was delivered in the Coalition Government’s 2014-15 State Budget.

    “The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to fixing country roads to save country lives,” Mr Northe said.

    “The recent Victorian Budget also included a $130 million road maintenance boost, bringing our total maintenance spend for 2014-15 to more than $500 million.

    “This funding is in stark contrast to Labor's Project 10,000 plan which sets aside $1 billion over eight years for roads maintenance, a paltry $125 million a year.”

    Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said road safety was a major focus of the Federal Government.

    “We are proud to support this important local project that will make Gippslanders’ journey to and from work safer,” Mr Chester said.

    Work will begin in March next year with the project to be complete by mid-2016. 

South Gippsland towns gain new sewerage scheme

* * - Monday, July 14, 2014
  • New sewerage system approved for Poowong, Loch and Nyora
  • The three towns will also pilot Right Water cash back incentives
  • Coalition Government building a better Victoria with affordable infrastructure

    The Victorian Coalition Government will deliver a new state-of-the-art pressure sewerage system for residents of Poowong, Loch and Nyora 18 months earlier than expected, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced on Friday.

    Local residents will also be offered cash incentives to install or upgrade rainwater tanks and other water saving devices.

    Joining residents in Nyora, Mr Ryan said he was delighted to deliver for local communities ahead of schedule.

    “Construction on the advanced pressure sewerage system for Poowong, Loch and Nyora will begin in the coming weeks,” Mr Ryan said.

    “South Gippsland Water, in conjunction with South East Water, have planning well underway.

    “Under the new system, wastewater generated by the three towns will be treated at South East Water’s Lang Lang water recycling plant.

    “All properties are expected to be connected by 30 June 2016 – 18 months ahead of previous estimates.

    “The new system will help improve Poowong, Loch and Nyora by minimising the risk of household sewerage polluting the environment through ageing, failing and poorly maintained septic tanks.”

    The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Danny O’Brien said residents of Poowong, Loch and Nyora would be encouraged to adopt the Right Water principles, ensuring they were using the right water for the job at home.

    “The Coalition Government’s Right Water campaign shows how easy it is to use the right water for the job around the home. For example, rainwater from the roof is a great way to keep gardens green, to wash the car and even to flush the toilets inside,” Mr O’Brien said.

    “Poowong, Loch and Nyora residents will be offered cash back incentives for upgrading or installing rainwater tanks and water-efficient products that minimise use of precious drinking water for showering, washing clothes, flushing toilets and watering gardens.

    “The Coalition has not only delivered this win for Loch, Nyora and Poowong residents, it has delivered it ahead of time.

    “Contrast our sensible and affordable water policies and projects to a multi-billion dollar, unused, over time and over budget desalination plant and the plugged north-south pipeline.”

    Residents wanting more information on the new sewerage scheme and the Right Water cash back incentives can call 1300 851 636.

    Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404 
     
     
     

Kids encouraged to wet a line these holidays

* * - Monday, July 07, 2014

  • 750 rainbow trout released into Lake Guthridge for school holiday fishing
  • Victorian Coalition Government improving fish stocks 
  • Fishing license revenue used to implement children fishing initiative

Children trying their hand at fishing these school holidays have a greater chance of landing their first catch, thanks to a Victorian Coalition Government initiative.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said 750 catchable size rainbow trout have been released into Sale’s Lake Guthridge.

“The fish released into Lake Guthridge are just some of the 30,000 rainbow trout to be released into Victorian inland waters these school holidays,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has undertaken this program to increase the chances of children catching a fish these school holidays.

“Rainbow trout are a good option for those new to fishing because they are relatively easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.”

Mr Ryan said the stocking of rainbow trout was made possible with proceeds from fishing licence fees and the Victorian Coalition Government’s $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative.

“This program is improving fishing opportunities for Victorians and includes better access and facilities, the installation of fish cleaning tables, upgrades to boating facilities and research and education,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government recognises the social and economic contribution recreational fishing makes to our State and we want to encourage more families and children to get involved in this healthy outdoor pastime.

“Recreational fishing makes a significant contribution to local communities and their economies by supporting hotels, petrol stations, supermarkets, and bait and tackle stores.”

Mr Ryan reminded anglers that a daily bag limit of five trout applies when fishing in lakes and only two trout can exceed 35 centimetres.

“At this time of year trout cannot be taken from rivers,” he said.

For more information about catch limits refer to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide, available free from most tackle shops, online or by downloading the free ‘Vic Fishing’ smartphone app.

For a full list of waters stocked with rainbow trout these school holidays, visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Future secure for Royal Flying Doctor Service at Sale

* * - Friday, July 04, 2014

  • Victorian Coalition Government has invested $360,000 in a new home for the Royal Flying Doctor Service at Sale
  • Administration services to relocate from Maffra to the Central Gippsland Health Service precinct
  • Relocation will secure 12 administration jobs in Sale

Australia’s iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) will maintain a presence in Gippsland, with the planned relocation of administration services to the Central Gippsland Health Service precinct.

The Victorian Coalition Government has provided $360,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to relocate the office from Maffra to Sale.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the relocation would cement the future of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Sale.

“This relocation will secure 12 administration jobs in the local area, staving off a relocation of those roles to Melbourne,” Mr Ryan said.

“Furthermore there is now capacity for two additional administration jobs at Sale.”

Mr Ryan said the Royal Flying Doctor Service provides air and road patient transport services throughout Victoria including mobile patient services to Gippsland.

“The Mobile Patient Care Unit transports patients from home to hospital and specialist appointments, and transports patients between hospitals,” Mr Ryan said.

“This service is for patients requiring non-emergency medical treatment and complements the vital services provided by Ambulance Victoria.

“Mobile units are on call seven days a week and help meet the patient transport needs across the vast Gippsland region.”

Mr Ryan said the Royal Flying Doctor Service Relocation Project would cost $543,230, with $360,000 provided by the Coalition Government through the Regional Growth Fund to the Wellington Shire Council.

Mr Ryan said the site earmarked for the redevelopment within the health precinct is owned by the Wellington Shire, and they will contribute $183,230 to the project.

Mr Ryan said concept plans for the building fit-out have been developed and include vehicle storage facilities.

“The project aligns with the Wellington Shire’s Community Wellbeing Strategy which has been developed in consultation with the Central Gippsland Health Service and RFDS,” Mr Ryan said.

“Co-locating the RFDS with Central Gippsland Health will make better use of the space and will create opportunities for the shared use of facilities and training.”

RFDS Victoria Chief Executive Scott Chapman said the flying doctors were delighted to be consolidating services in Sale.

"We applaud the Government's efforts in supporting jobs and health services in Gippsland," Mr Chapman said.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Relocation Project is expected to be completed in March 2015.

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Study to mitigate flood risk at Seaspray

* * - Friday, July 04, 2014

• An investigation to identify the risk of flooding at Seaspray
• Communities to be better informed and prepared for floods
• Victorian Coalition Government supporting the Seaspray community

The Seaspray community will be better protected and informed about its flood risk with an investment of $70,000 for a study announced by Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan.

Mr Ryan said the flood study would develop models to help understand and predict the extent, depth, speed and potential impacts of a range of future flood events.

In Seaspray today, Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government would contribute $52,200 through its FloodZoom program towards the project.

“As locals would know, Seaspray is vulnerable to flooding as a result of high storm water flows into Merrimans Creek and a study carried out in 2010 found that current flood mapping for the town is unreliable and out of date,” Mr Ryan said.

“The findings of this flood investigation will be incorporated into the Wellington Shire Council’s planning scheme and will give town planners, emergency service workers and the Seaspray community a better understanding of flood behaviour.”

Mr Ryan said Seaspray had about 320 permanent residents and that number increased significantly during Summer to more than 1,000.

“Therefore it’s important we have detailed modelling to ensure the town is adequately prepared for potential floods,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government’s contribution of $52,200 was part of a $4.2 million initiative to make towns across the State more flood resistant.

Mr Ryan said the Commonwealth Government would contribute $7,800 through the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS) with West Gippsland CMA to contribute $10,000 and manage the project alongside Wellington Shire.

The Nationals Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the NDRGS was designed to encourage input from locals.

"Many communities already have extensive local knowledge when it comes to flooding and the disruption and damage these events can cause,” Mr Chester said.

“The NDRSGS allows communities and authorities to build on this local knowledge, so that everybody has access to the same information before the next flood event happens.

“Flooding is a reality of living in Gippsland, but with the right information our communities have a better chance of ensuring any property or land damage is minimised.”

“Community consultation is a key element of this project and residents will have the chance to offer their input.”

Mr Chester said the Seaspray flood study was one of 22 flood related projects approved through the NDRGS in 2013-2014.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Surveying works begin for alternate route

* * - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

  • Surveying works begin on heavy vehicle alternate route
  • Drivers urged to take care where works are being conducted
  • Route will divert 600 trucks per day away from Bair Street

The Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route is another step closer to completion with important pre-construction works set to begin this week.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said VicRoads surveyors would be on site in Leongatha from today.


“The $5.12 million Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route, which was jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, will see more than 600 trucks per day to be diverted around the Leongatha CBD,” Mr Ryan said.

“This project will provide significant benefits to shoppers and business owners in Bair Street, including increased pedestrian safety, better traffic flows and less damage to the road caused by heavy vehicles.”

Mr Ryan said before the project could move to the design and construction phase, important surveying work needed to be completed.

“This work will ensure existing features such as power and water services can be accommodated in the project design or moved if necessary,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said once the surveying was complete the final design works and pre-construction activities such as service relocation would be carried out.

He said construction works would then follow in 2015, with the project expected to be complete by 2016.

“VicRoads will be in regular contact with the community, including landowners and key stakeholders to discuss potential designs for the Leongatha Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route,” Mr Ryan said.

“There will also be community updates, briefing sessions and updates on South Gippsland Shire’s website, with finalised designs to be presented to the community later this year.”

Mr Ryan said while the surveying work was being completed temporary traffic changes would be put in place and he urged motorists to take care while travelling through the area.

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government had prioritised roads funding in and around Leongatha.

“This year alone, the Coalition Government is investing more than $500 million to undertake vital road maintenance,” Mr Ryan said.

“This funding is in stark contrast to Labor's transport plan which sets aside just $1 billion over eight years, or $125 million a year, for regional roads.

“We are also investing $9.4 million to make South Gippsland safer through the Safer Roads Infrastructure Program.

“This includes $4.5 million on the South Gippsland Highway between Stony Creek and Foster for safety barriers and rumble strips and $3.8 million for the Strzelecki Highway between Leongatha and Koorooman for safety barriers, rumble strips and tree removal.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Cheaper bills for South Gippsland Water customers

* * - Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Victorian Coalition Government delivering cheaper water bills
  • Average savings of $48 per year for the next four years
  • Coalition Government driving down cost of living pressures

Homeowners and small business operators in Yarram, Foster, Toora, Leongatha and Korumburra will save $48 on their water bills each year for the next four years thanks to the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government‟s Fairer Water Bills Initiative.

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan welcomed the savings which have been achieved by South Gippsland Water cutting back on office waste and unnecessary red tape.

“Gippsland households and small businesses have frustratingly come to expect that their water bills will keep rising each and every year,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government has said „enough is enough‟ and asked water corporations to find savings.

“I am pleased to announce that for the next four years South Gippsland Water will provide rebates of an average of $48 a year to residential and small business customers paying water and wastewater service charges.

“This means that 90 per cent of South Gippsland Water‟s residential customers and many small business owners will receive a significant reduction to their water bills.”

Mr Ryan said the savings would be delivered through a once-off yearly rebate applied to all residential water customers‟ accounts (excluding cistern accounts) from 1 July 2014.

Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was committed to driving down cost of living pressures and the Fairer Water Bills initiative was delivering real savings for household and small business budgets.

“The Coalition Government asked South Gippsland Water to identify ways it could help customers save on their water bills without compromising on service,” Mr Ryan said.


“South Gippsland Water highlighted a number of cost saving measures, which included partnering with other corporations to achieve larger savings, more efficient use of water treatments and lower vehicle management costs.”

South Gippsland Water Chairman Joan Liley said the corporation was pleased to deliver savings for customers over the next four years.

“Reductions in customers‟ water and wastewater bills will begin on Tuesday 1 July 2014, and these savings will help to ease pressures on household and small business budgets,” Ms Liley said.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

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