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Russel Northe MLA:
Parliament Pursuits | 26-28 November
Demonstrations, graduations and commiserations.
By Portal Admin - 8th December 2019 - Back to News
The last sitting week for the year was a busy one – demonstrations, graduations and commiserations! Read on for what went on in Spring Street last week:
- I showed my support for our timber industry workers by joining with them on the steps of Parliament, and demonstrating our concern at the State Government’s decision to phase out the harvesting of native timber by 2030. The decision to decimate a sustainable and important regional industry has sent shockwaves through our local community, and it was great to see such a terrific show of support on Tuesday morning.
- In Question Time last week I asked the Premier what – if any - modelling had been undertaken on how these changes to the timber industry will impact our community and for his guarantee that no local jobs will be lost. You can read my question and the Premier’s response here
- I raised the alarm in the community that the Traralgon and District Arts Society may be without a home, on account of the upcoming renovations to the second platform at Traralgon train station. Like many others, I am concerned that this group will end up like Latrobe Valley Squash Club or the Latrobe Valley Yacht Club, both groups being unfairly kicked out of their facilities in recent times, though no fault of their own. You can read my contribution here
- I met with representatives from the Minister for Resources office together with local advocates, to discuss the Latrobe Valley quarry sectors red tape concerns and delays to progress. I am hopeful that the Government will look towards an approach that supports local businesses to expand and continue their valuable employment and economic contribution to our region.
- I again called upon the Government to guarantee the Latrobe Valley Racing Club will retain their Derby Day race meeting for an extra three years. You can read my question here
- I attended the National Timber Councils Association’s Annual General Meeting – you can only imagine what was a hot topic on the agenda there – that’s right the Governments axing of the native timber industry!!
- had the pleasure of joining a Victorian Parliament’s Men’s Health event with guest speakers including Nick Bracks with much discussion on Men’s mental health programs and services
- I attended the monthly meeting of our State Parliament of Victoria Lions Club
- I was proud to attend the Graduation ceremony for the Parliamentary Internship group and cheer on Tom Boucher-Hill who was assigned to my office last semester. Congratulations to Tom and many thanks to his proud dad Robert for attending this important ceremony to acknowledge his important and valuable work. It was so great to have you on board, Tom – best of luck!
Bills debated in the Assembly were:
- Building and Environment Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The Bill seeks to make a number of amendments to the Architects Act 1991 and the Building Act 1993 to improve regulation of the architect, building and plumbing industries, and to modernise and strengthen relevant governance arrangements.
Local Government Bill 2019
The Bill seeks to replace the Local Government Act 1989 as the principal Act for the establishment and administration of the system of the 79 local government areas of Victoria.
Parks and Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The Bill seeks to amend several Acts related to Crown land to create new park and reserve areas including Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park on the Bass Coast and Yellingbo Landscape Conservation Area in the Yarra Valley. It also seeks to add areas to several existing parks including Errininudra and Great Otway National Parks. The Bill also seeks to enable camping on licenced river frontages.
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