It is a pleasure to rise and speak on this matter of public importance. Firstly, I would like to wish everybody a very happy Small Business Month, because it is Small Business Month.
On 13 August I was pleased to join the member for Ripon in speaking to small businesses in Ararat, Stawell, Maryborough and Creswick.
Today I rise to call on the Minister for Police to fulfil the clear directions given by the Chief Commissioner of Police, Ken Lay, as detailed in his letter last year for the Somerville police station, and provide the 16 hours a day service Chief Commissioner Lay had committed to in writing for the people of the Somerville community.
Member for Hastings, Neale Burgess said, I have today called on the Victorian Minister for Roads, to get on with the job of installing the Bittern pedestrian crossing.
The Australian Industry Group today released a report on the impacts of Daniel Andrews’ Grand Final Eve public holiday.
I would like to commend sponsors and small businesses across the state for participating in this month's Small Business Festival Victoria. The festival provides information to people who are starting or growing a business and gives business operators the opportunity to learn practical new skills and access new ideas to help boost their productivity and competitiveness. Festival events are being held across metropolitan and rural and regional areas of Victoria from 1 to 31 August.
On 12 May I was pleased to visit the electorate of the member for Eildon to meet with small business operators.
Member for Hastings Neale Burgess was very pleased to confirm that Western Port, Langwarrin and Coastal Villages families who are customers of South East Water will get $400 of real savings on their household water bills thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government.
The Hastings electorate has been ignored in Daniel Andrews’ first budget.
For 11 years under the Bracks & Brumby Governments, budget after budget neglected our area; then in stark contrast over the last 4 years under the Coalition, hundreds of millions of dollars were poured into badly needed upgrades to local infrastructure and services.
The future of Somerville’s soon to open $16.3 million police station remains unclear due to Daniel Andrews’ failure to commit to additional resources for Victoria Police.