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.
Along with Victoria's business community, I am astounded that the Andrews Labor government has introduced one new public holiday in the form of Easter Sunday and intends introducing another in the form of one on grand final eve.
I was very pleased to have the opportunity of turning the first sod at the construction site of Somerville’s new $4 million Technical College.
Member for Hastings Neale Burgess together with Liberal candidate for Cranbourne Geoff Ablett announced a $618,000 funding commitment to upgrade Cranbourne South Primary School.