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New centre for sexual assault victims underway

* * - Monday, October 20, 2014

 

  • Construction begins on the new Morwell Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC)
  • MDC brings together Victoria Police, child protection and sexual assault counselling services
  • Coalition Government invests $4.8 million to develop Morwell MDC

Construction is set to begin on a new facility in Morwell that will ensure victims of sexual assault and violence receive the necessary emotional, medical and legal support at one location.

On site on Friday to turn the first sod for the Morwell Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC), Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said the facility would provide an invaluable resource to victims of sexual assault and those caring for them.

Mr Ryan said the $4.8 million centre, funded by the Victorian Coalition Government, would provide counselling, crisis support, child protection services and also house Victoria Police’s Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team for adults and children who had experienced sexual assault and abuse.

“By co-locating police, child protection and specialised counselling and nursing services together at the one site, staff can work hand-in-hand to provide integrated support to adults and children,” Mr Ryan said.

“Having all of these services at the Morwell MDC will prevent the need for victims to repeatedly recount the details of their often horrific experience as they seek help and support.”

The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe, who joined Mr Ryan on Friday, said the centre, to be completed by April 2015, would provide valuable, much needed services to vulnerable women and children in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland.

Mr Northe said the MDC would also ensure that perpetrators of sexual assault were held accountable for their crimes.

“The Coalition Government is committed to preventing violence from happening, holding perpetrators to account and making sure there is support for women and children,” Mr Northe said.

“Having met with all of the service providers that will be located in the MDC, I am pleased that our government has committed $4.8 million to not only assist those affected by sexual assault, but also to work towards its prevention.”

Mr Northe said the centre was being delivered as part of a $20 million package through Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence against Women and Children 2012-15, which included building three additional MDCs across Victoria.

Mr Northe the Coalition Government had invested more than $200 million this year to address family violence through a range of measures, including the Morwell MDC.

“Once the centre is complete, it will be one of six operational MDCs across the state offering vital services to victims of sexual crimes,” Mr Northe said.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Record investment by Napthine Government to prevent family violence

* * - Monday, October 13, 2014

 

  • Victorian Coalition Government invests an additional $150 million to prevent violence against women and children
  • Wide-ranging new measures to address prevention, safety and accountability
  • Napthine Government building a safer Victoria

A comprehensive $150 million action package that will reduce the incidence of family violence across Victoria was unveiled on Saturday by the Victorian Coalition Government.

Premier Denis Napthine, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Attorney-General Robert Clark and Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge launched the package in Melbourne this morning.

Dr Napthine said the new investment doubled family violence funding since the Coalition came to office and would make a real difference in preventing violence and keeping women and children safe, in addition to holding perpetrators to account.

“Violence against women and children is unacceptable at any time, at any place and under any circumstances,” Dr Napthine said.

“Victorians, particularly women and children will be safer as a result of this comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy that tackles this insidious crime at all levels.

“These new initiatives address the causes of family violence, they educate the community, they provide support services for victims and they hold perpetrators to account,” Dr Napthine said.

Highlights of the $150 million package include:

  • $41 million to deliver Victoria's largest ever prevention campaign in partnership with Our Watch, including a social marketing and behaviour change campaign and local community action;
  • Expanded crisis accommodation support for women and children;
  • A new Multi-Disciplinary Centre for women and children who experience sexual assault, complete with police, sexual assault and family violence experts and child protection staff;
  • Outreach teachers to work with children fleeing family violence;
  • Atrial of GPS monitoring of high risk perpetrators;
  • Additional legal and advocacy support for women;
  • Behaviour change programs for men in prison as a result of family violence;
  • Specialist staff in courts to assist victims and perpetrators of violence through the court processes; and
  • Improved and expanded post-crisis support for women and children.

Mr Ryan said the new $150 million package builds significantly on the Coalition Government’s existing efforts in tackling family violence.

“In contrast, the Labor Party have offered $1.5 million in recycled announcements and an expensive Royal Commission that will cost millions of dollars and delay action for years,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition is getting on with the job. We have a plan, and we are investing in what we know works based on the best advice of victims of family violence, frontline family violence workers, Victoria Police and the courts. The Government is not willing to put more families at risk by procrastinating and delaying rather than implementing a real plan to make families safer.

“Preventing family violence is part of the Coalition’s vision for a better Victoria. We want to change community attitudes, we want women and children to be safe in their homes and communities, and to get the support they need, and we want to hold perpetrators to account and stop them from re-offending,” Mr Ryan said.

Attorney-General Robert Clark said the Napthine Government would provide additional workers in Victoria’s courts to help those affected by family violence and trial GPS tracking technology to protect those at risk.

“These extra staff will provide support for victims throughout the court process and help ensure their safety, while also increasing perpetrator accountability and compliance with court orders,” Mr Clark said.

“New GPS technology has the potential to improve safety and confidence for victims of family violence while also making perpetrators realise their movements are being monitored and recorded. This new technology to protect against family violence will now be the subject of a comprehensive trial,” Mr Clark said.

Dr Napthine also announced a new Ministerial Council for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children, led by the Premier and Deputy Premier.

“We have strong and effective Ministers leading the charge on preventing family violence. We will work with all relevant Ministers to ensure that we have an integrated and effective whole-of-government approach to tackling all aspects of family violence,” Dr Napthine said.

Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge highlighted the Coalition Government’s strong investment in preventing violence against women and children.

“This is Victoria's largest single investment in family violence prevention. There will be a statewide campaign and every area across the state will be provided with funding for local action to prevent violence against women and children,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“Through this significant investment, the Napthine Government continues its commitment to preventing violence, as well as improving responses to violence against women and children when it occurs,” Ms Wooldridge said.

Dr Napthine said the Coalition Government had already ensured more police were in place to tackle family violence.

“In addition, we have increased penalties for breaching intervention orders, we are providing expanded services and support to victims of family violence and we are investing in prevention and behaviour change programs,” Dr Napthine said.

“With this new package, the Coalition Government has increased total spending to prevent violence and support the women and children who are victims of family violence to more than $140 million next year. This represents a doubling in funding since 2010.”

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Wimmera Base Hospital statement

* * - Friday, October 03, 2014

The following comments can be attributed to Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan:

I welcome the Commonwealth’s $10 million investment to deliver a new 20 bed sub-acute inpatient unit here at the Wimmera Base Hospital in Horsham.

This new facility will bridge the gap between acute inpatient hospital care and home-based care for those with ongoing complex care needs.

It will help local patients regain functional capacity that may be lost during an acute inpatient stay.

This new sub-acute inpatient unit supports the Hospital’s emergency department, general and specialist medicine and surgery, high dependency unit, maternity services, residential aged care, dental, ambulatory and allied health.

Our local hospitals such as the Wimmera Base Hospital are at the front line in treating our local communities for all manner of health issues.

The Hospital’s staff, including its many wonderful and highly skilled doctors and nurses, do a magnificent job treating local patients, with this investment to aid them further in the great work they do.

Both the Commonwealth and the Victorian Coalition Government are committed to building a healthier Victoria, and through investments such as this we are delivering a better health system for all Victorians.

I thank the Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, the former Federal Member for Mallee John Forrest and The Nationals Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty for their strong advocacy and support for this project.

The Victorian Coalition Government remains a strong supporter of our regional hospitals and I look forward to continued and ongoing state government investment here at the Wimmera Base Hospital.

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

Full steam ahead at the Moe rail precinct

* * - Monday, September 15, 2014

 

Construction of the Moe Civic Hub is now underway, and in 18 months will provide an attractive new space for residents to socialise and study.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the works at the Moe Rail Precinct were a great example of all three levels of government working together for the community.

“The $14.3 million Moe Civic Hub will be a great space for residents, with a café, public meeting rooms, a community kitchen, and most importantly, a new home for the public library,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent was in Moe today, and joined Deputy Premier of Victoria Peter Ryan and Latrobe City Council Mayor Sharon Gibson to turn the first sod and officially start construction on this exciting project.

Mr Broadbent said the train line currently divided north and south Moe, and the works at the Moe rail precinct would turn that around.

“This project has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled and delighted for all those community members who have lobbied all levels of government. This is a great day for the people of Moe and I congratulate you all on seeing this valuable project through to completion,” Mr Broadbent said.

“By building a swathe of new green spaces and public areas we are linking the town centre with its surroundings, and reconnecting the north and south.”

Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund had invested $3 million into the $14.3 million first stage of the project.

The new hub will include a state-of-the-art public library, Council service centre, public meeting and research rooms and consulting suites. Public toilets, a café, outdoor spaces and green roof are also planned.

“Projects like this show just how effective a well-managed Regional Growth Fund can be through investing in local infrastructure," Mr Ryan said.

“The Regional Growth Fund is making a real difference in regional communities - investing in community led projects, while strategically driving jobs and investment.

“In the Latrobe region alone, the Regional Growth Fund is investing $20.5 million into 73 projects, leveraging $72.63 million in total investment.

“The Regional Growth Fund invested $1.1 million in the $1.55 million Moe Outdoor Pool Refurbishment and $1.5 million in the $2 million Growing Aerospace Manufacturing at Latrobe Regional Airport.”  

Cr Gibson said the Moe Civic Hub would turn what were the Moe Railway Station yards into an inviting space for residents.
 
“This project is all about innovation and making otherwise unused spaces into recreational spaces. Even the roof of the Civic Hub will become a green space, creating a welcoming environment for people to visit while also improving the building’s thermal efficiency.

I would like to thank the State and Federal governments for making the project a reality.”

The Moe Civic Hub is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $7.5 million, the Victorian Government $3.95 million and Latrobe City Council $2.85 million.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

Support for local sporting clubs to build inclusive facilities

* * - Thursday, September 04, 2014

 

• Up to $50,000 available for local clubs to partner with Victorian Coalition Government to build or upgrade their facilities

• Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program to support local projects

• Clubs encouraged to offer in-kind support for new facilities

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has encouraged local clubs to apply for funding to improve their facilities through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 million Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program.

Mr Ryan said the program rewarded innovative community clubs and organisations with dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $50,000 for sport and recreation facility projects that encouraged participation, improved safety, delivered innovative facilities and for improvements that were environmentally sustainable.

Mr Ryan said projects that were eligible for funding included:

  • outdoor sports surfaces;
  • outdoor playing field developments;
  • unisex accessible change rooms, toilets and showers for facility users;
  • outdoor sports lighting;
  • indoor sports surfaces including lighting;
  • permanent/fixed equipment such as gymnastics floors;
  • water sports facilities;
  • multi-purpose training facilities; and
  • seasonal pool upgrades to support club activities.

“This program is a game-changer for local sporting clubs, acknowledging the hard work of volunteer administrators by providing financial support for projects that make a big difference to local people,” Mr Ryan said.

“Through this program we are keen to support local sport and recreation clubs which can source materials or have qualified tradespeople such as electricians or plumbers to provide in-kind support to projects.

“We want to unlock the capacity of local clubs to deliver sporting infrastructure, in particular the capacity of local sports communities to provide in-kind labour and materials towards a project.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said clubs and communities wanting to access this funding should contact their local council to discuss potential projects.

Mr Drum said local councils could apply for up to $50,000 to support two projects in their region and that each project could have a total cost of up to $150,000.

“The Coalition Government is proud to invest in a program that promotes the importance of inclusive partnerships between clubs, local and state government, whilst generating additional economic activity in local communities,” Mr Drum said.

“It’s the Coalition Government that understands community sport, and it’s only the Coalition Government that can implement programs that make a real difference to local sport.”

Mr Ryan said more information about the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program and other community sporting facility funding programs was available online at www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/local-facilities-for-local-clubs or by contacting his office in Sale on 5144 1987.

Mr Ryan said applications for the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program close on Monday, 15 September 2014. 

Media contact: Kate Lancaster 0428 921 404

Regional Growth Fund breathes new life into Avoca Town Hall

* * - Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Deputy Premier announces funding of $210,000 to revitalise Avoca Town Hall 
  • Project to expand a much-loved community facility 
  • Town Hall will now be able to host new community events

A $280,000 redevelopment will breathe new life into the Avoca Town Hall enabling the community to host karate, cooking and gardening classes, movie nights, children’s dances as well as social events such as weddings and birthdays.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan was in Avoca today to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $210,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to support the ‘New Life for the Avoca Town Hall’ project.

Mr Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner, said the redevelopment would modernise the aging facility, allowing local community groups to make better use of the hall.

“The Avoca Town Hall is popular among locals and is the only local facility with a stage, large wooden dance floor and projector room,” Mr Ryan said.

“While it has served the needs of the community for many years, its limited size means it is no longer being used to its full potential.”

Mr Turner said the Coalition Government’s investment would fund an expansion of the hall and upgrades to electrical, plumbing and sanitation services, new air conditioning, joinery and floor repairs, new fittings and fixtures, painting as well as the installation of new furnishings.

“This investment will modernise the Avoca Hall to ensure existing user groups can continue to be accommodated on site,” Mr Turner said.

“It will also ensure activities such karate, cooking and gardening classes, movie nights, children’s dances as well as social events such as weddings and birthdays can now be held at the town hall for the first time.”

Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley welcomed the Coalition Government’s $210,000 investment which provides Avoca with a functional multi-purpose town hall that will meet the needs of the community long into the future.

“The redevelopment will begin shortly and is expected to be completed by May next year,” Ms Staley said.

“It will create 11 full-time construction jobs over the next nine months, supporting local tradespeople and local construction businesses.”

Mr Turner thanked the Coalition Government for its support as well as the Pyrenees Shire Council, which contributed $70,000 to the project.

“This investment is one of almost 30 projects in the Pyrenees Shire to have benefited from the Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Mr Turner said.

“It is another example of what The Nationals can achieve for local communities when working as part of a strong Coalition Government team.”

Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731

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

Ryan and O’Brien in Mirboo North to hear community issues

* * - Monday, June 23, 2014

  • Peter Ryan and Danny O’Brien in Mirboo North on 11 July
  • Opportunity for face-to-face meeting to discuss State Government matters
  • Contact Sale office on 5144 1987 to register interest to meet with Peter or Danny

Members of the Mirboo North and surrounding communities are invited to meet with Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien on Friday 11 July.

Mr Ryan said the mobile electorate office would visit Mirboo North to make it easier for residents to meet with their local Parliamentarians to discuss State Government matters affecting them.

“This event gives us an additional opportunity to connect with our constituents and listen to the issues that are important to them,” Mr Ryan said.

“As part of my role as The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, I believe it is crucial that I am accessible to all of my constituents, no matter where in the electorate they live.

“The mobile electorate office is a great chance for members of the community to meet with me face-to-face to discuss State Government matters relevant to them.”

Mr O’Brien said the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government was responsible for areas including agriculture and fishing, state planning, law enforcement and public transport.

“If you have any State issues you want to discuss or need assistance with, please make contact with Peter’s office to arrange a time to meet,” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr Ryan and Mr O’Brien will be at the Dalliance Chocolate Shop on Friday, 11 July and those wishing to make an appointment should call the Sale office on 5144 1987.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

Take action this Men’s Health Week

* * - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Gippsland men urged to have health concerns addressed
  • Play your part in reducing the health gap between women and men
  • Professional telephone support available from 1300 789 978

Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan is encouraging men, women and children to discuss and support the health and wellbeing of the males in their lives, during Men’s Health Week, which starts on 9 June.

Mr Ryan said Men’s Health Week, which runs from 9 – 15 June, provided an opportunity for men to visit the doctor for a check-up or to have concerns about their health addressed.

“As a father of two sons, I know as well as anyone that often men aren’t that keen or don’t make time to visit the doctor to have their health assessed,” Mr Ryan said.

“If an aspect of your health has been worrying you, and you keep putting off a visit to the doctor, I urge you to contact your local doctor and make a booking during Men’s Health Week.”

Mr Ryan said a boy born in Australia in 2013 can still expect to live around four years less than a girl born at the same time.

“Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said Men’s Health Week was also about celebrating the roles and the contributions that boys and men make to our society as sons, classmates, friends, fathers, grandfathers and husbands.

“In line with this year’s theme – Celebrating your AchieveMENts – Men’s Health Week highlights boys and men in their everyday successes while recognising that the key to improving men’s health requires an approach that engages boys and blokes,” Mr Ryan said.

“The positive health impacts of a good teacher, an involved father or positive male role model should never be underestimated, and this week is a great chance to say thank you for the contribution they’ve made to your life.”

Mr Ryan is encouraging Gippsland men to visit the Men’s Health website (www.healthdirect.gov.au/mens-health), like the Men’s Health Week Information and Resource Centre page or add #MensHealthWeek to their Twitter tweets.

Men wanting to speak with a men’s health practitioner can phone 1300 789 978.

Media contact: Steph Nicholls 0437 108 870

$16,600 gets Mirboo North netball back on court

* * - Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • New netball court surface for Mirboo North Tigers
  • Funding of $16,600 from Victorian Coalition Government is part of $25,000 project
  • Part of $957,000 investment to get Victorians more active
Mirboo North’s growing sporting community will soon have a new netball court surface on which to practice and host big games following today’s news of a $16,600 investment by the Victorian Coalition Government to ensure the resurfacing of the match netball court at Walter Tuck Reserve.

Minister for Sport and Recreation, Damian Drum today attended the home of the Mirboo North Tigers Football Netball Club to announce the funding under the Country Football Netball Program.

“The Napthine Government is committed to building a more active Victoria, that’s why investments like these are so important,” Mr Drum said.

“The new court surface will be a welcome boost for local clubs like the Tigers and their netball teams which have until now being making do with an ageing an uneven surface.”

Mr Drum said the $16,600 funding boost will enable the replacement of the current surface with a new asphalt surface that will prevent water pooling and will be capable of hosting training and competition.

“Our investment in this project is part of our plan to build more sustainable local infrastructure to cater for growth and encourage even more people to play sport,” Mr Drum said.

Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the project had strong community support, with the South Gippsland Shire Council and the Mirboo North community committing $4,160 and $4,240 respectively.

“The Mirboo North Tigers field teams in each of the six divisions in the Mid Gippsland Netball Association and last year won premierships in B Grade and the Under 17s, demonstrating the town’s strong passion for netball,” Mr Ryan said.

“This investment from the Coalition Government will deliver a new match court surface to ensure that local netballers of all ages can continue to enjoy their sport in a safe environment.”

Mr Ryan said this project was one of the 12 projects from across Victoria that benefitted from a share in over $957,000 from the latest round of the Coalition Government’s $10 million Country Football Netball Program.

“The program is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to build a better Victoria by investing in quality sporting infrastructure in regional communities,” Mr Ryan said.


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