Statement: Delays on the Gippsland line

These comments can be attributed to The Nationals Member for Morwell, Russell Northe: A several hour delay for commuters on a Traralgon VLine yesterday has forced Labor to admit its own sham attempt at public consultation is a failure. A citizen jury, set up by Daniel Andrews’ Infrastructure Victoria, recommended a “Gippsland-Pakenham rail shuttle” should…

Local students still left in the lurch

Member for Morwell Russell Northe is calling on the Andrews State Government to resolve ongoing concerns for local students who have been left in the lurch following the closure of a number of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in May. The Andrews Government had previously made a number of commitments on how they were going to…

CFA dispute far from fixed

Daniel Andrews claims he has ‘fixed’ the CFA dispute, but in reality all he has done is create uncertainty and tension within Victoria’s fire services in the lead-up to fire season. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV), the representative for volunteers in the CFA dispute, expressed concerns at a parliamentary inquiry into fire season preparedness yesterday…

Community safety concerns in Latrobe

Rising crime and in particular youth crime has many Victorians concerned for their welfare and safety. Member for Morwell Russell Northe said unfortunately in Latrobe we have seen an 8.4% increase in crime according to the latest Crime Statistics Agency data. “In the 2015/2016 financial year, more than 13,500 offences were committed across Latrobe City,…

Statement – Economic Facilitation Fund

The following comments can be attributed to the Member for Morwell, Russell Northe: An announcement today by the State Government of a new $10 million Economic Facilitation Fund for the Latrobe Valley is overdue. Having attended community forums both last week and today to discuss the economic future of the Latrobe Valley it was interesting…

Small Business Festival events in Latrobe City

Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging small businesses in Latrobe City to make use of the guide to Victoria’s Small Business Festival, which outlines events being held around regional Victoria. Victoria’s Small Business Festival will run from the 1-31 August and features a collection of events and workshops aimed at encouraging and inspiring business…

Labor’s regional jobs failure

The latest figures show there are 9731 fewer people employed in full-time work in the Latrobe-Gippsland region than before Daniel Andrews came into Government. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data indicates the region’s unemployment is at 8.2 per cent – 2.1 per cent higher than December 2014. Yet more concerning is the rising unemployment…