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Russel Northe MLA:
Parliament Pursuits | 15-17 October 2019

Local matters advocated in Parliament.

By Portal Admin - 3rd November 2019 - Back to News

Last week in Parliament, provided an opportunity to advocate for a number of local matters including:

  • On behalf of our Quarry industry, I called upon the Premier to intervene to the barriers these businesses face in keeping their doors open into the future. Currently our local quarries supply the State with their quality resources, however Departmental delays in licensing approvals are stifling these large employers. There should not be any threats to employment in the Latrobe Valley – so I’ve called upon the Government to look for a solution to this problem. You can read my question here
  • I also met with the Red Tape Commissioner to advocate for this same issue, as well as barriers that other Latrobe Valley projects and organisations face including the costs of off-site infrastructure that is stifling already approved projects in the region.
  • I was able to thank the generous members and organisations of my community, in their support of our "Tee Up for Mental Health Golf Day" last month. Over $13,000 was raised for the purposes of additional Mental Health First Aid training in our region. I was so proud to host this event and ably supported by the Traralgon Rotary Club. You can read my speech here
  • I also was able to congratulate two outstanding achievers in our local area – Mr Mubasshir Mushed and Ms Donna Faulkner
  • I was also lucky enough to be able to acknowledge the achievements of the successful Latrobe Valley Soccer League teams as they wind up their season. It’s not all about the winners – congratulations also go to the club volunteers, parents and supporters. Without them, this strong and vibrant sporting community just wouldn’t be there, so many thanks to all involved. You can read my contribution here
  • Following a passionate rebuke in Parliament on Wednesday, I finally received a response to questions I had raised in June regarding the future of the Hazelwood Pondage. After 134 days, the Minister has still failed to see how important this issue is for our community. Read my question in Parliament and the disappointing (and late) response.
  • On behalf of the Latrobe Valley Racing Club (LVRC), I questioned the Government regarding their support of this fully volunteer run Racing Club. They currently hosts only two race meetings annually, including one meet on Derby Day but this race meeting could be under threat into the future. You can read my question to the Minister">question to the Minister
  • Attended a briefing from Diabetes Victoria. To find out more on this worthy organisation and all you need to know about diabetes please see the following website:

The Bills debated were:
  • Police Legislation Amendment (Road Safety Camera Commissioner and Other Matters) Bill 2019. The Bill seeks to enable Protective Services Officers to arrest persons subject to an arrest warrant, and enhance the ability of the Road Safety Camera Commissioner to perform the functions of that office.
  • Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. The Bill seeks to give the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria power to obtain information, documents and evidence to investigate or inquire into potential unfair. It also updates the Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) to introduce new requirements concerning pets under a residential tenancy agreement.
  • Land (Revocation of Reservations) Bill 2019. This Bill seeks to revoke certain permanent reservations of Crown land at Frankston, Camberwell, Geelong and Coleraine, to revoke related Crown grants and to re-reserve certain land and for other purposes.
  • Children’s Services Amendment Bill 2019. A Bill to establish a new national approval scheme for persons who provide children's and Care Services National Law.


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