COVID small steps forward

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said that today’s announcement of an easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the State Government had been met with some optimism but also disappointment from Regional Victorians. The Premier’s statement today essentially bought metropolitan Melbourne in line with existing restrictions in Regional Victoria. One of the biggest changes announced today…

Big Battery received mixed views

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said yesterday’s announcement by the State Government that a 300 megawatt battery would be installed near Geelong by the 2021-22 summer period had been met with mixed views by the local community members. Mr Northe said questions were being asked and disappointment expressed as to the cost and location…

Ambulance Stations still on hold

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has expressed his extreme disappointment in the State Governments lack of communication and information regarding the progress of the promised new Morwell and Moe Ambulance Stations. Mr Northe had again posed questions in Parliament earlier in the year by asking the very simple question as to when the ambulance stations…

Community motorsport Program funding open

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has welcomed the announcement of the States first motorsport and motorcycling funding program, backing community clubs, participants and encouraging greater female participation. “The community motorsports program was launched as part of the $7.1m “Racing into a New Era for Motorsport” and are now open for application” said Mr Northe. Grants…

COVID restriction inconsistencies raised

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has today in Parliament highlighted many inconsistencies and confusion that applies with respect to current COVID-19 rules and restrictions. “I’ve been contacted by countless businesses and individuals that are becoming increasingly frustrated with the current Roadmap and when and how they can open” Mr Northe commenced. “Whilst I understand there…

School photography clicks back into action

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has welcomed news that the ban on professional school photography in Government schools has been overturned. Mr Northe said he had previously raised the issue in Parliament and to various State Government Ministers following concerns raised by many within local school communities and from professional photographers. “The ban particularly in…

New Regional COVID rules a mixed bag

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has indicated that the State Governments announcement of a modest easing of COVID-19 restrictions for Regional Victorians has been met with mixed views. For example, Mr Northe said that whilst the increase of patrons allowed at hospitality venues was welcomed in some quarters many others in the small business sector…

New business penalties and rules raise concern

Member for Morwell Russell Northe yesterday in State Parliament raised serious concerns on behalf of many accommodation and hospitality businesses regarding the Governments recently announced strong penalties and rules that now apply for booking arrangements in Regional Victoria. The Government have implemented new measures in order to protect Regional Victorians from the higher risks of…