Labor MP for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke must have finally stepped foot out of his locked Electorate Office and realised what everyone else has known for 12 months; small businesses in his electorate are hurting.

Mr Edbrooke got to his feet in Parliament and invited the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis to visit his electorate and “speak with small businesses about opportunities the state government can offer them to grow and prosper”.

This comes after Member for Hastings; Neale Burgess has invited the Minister on numerous occasions to come to Frankston, as the local Labor MP had gone missing in action.

Mr Burgess wrote to Minister Dalidakis on 14 August 2017 and suggested he and or Minister Jacinta Allan visit businesses that had been so badly affected by their government’s botched Young St Project.

Unfortunately neither Minister visited Frankston, nor did either reply to the request from the Shadow Minister.

Mr Edbrooke’s request is too little too late for so many Young Street businesses.

The Minister for Small Business was asked in State Parliament, to step in and help Young Street small businesses, while the damage was being done and he responded that it was not his job, it was up to someone else.

For for the Member for Frankston to now demand the Minister visit businesses in his electorate, when neither he or the Minister were prepared to help, when they were actually needed is a disgrace.

Mr Edbrooke is not fit to represent the people of Frankston. Frankston people and businesses need a local Member who will stand up for them at all times, not just when it suits them.

Quotes attributable to Neale Burgess MP, Member for Hastings:

 “This is typical of the Andrews Government; go into hiding when they botch a project and pop their heads up once it’s done.”

“For Mr Edbrooke to stay silent while Frankston businesses were suffering so badly and then stand up after the event to show how much he cares, is just disgraceful.”