State Member for Hastings, Neale Burgess has urged local subcontractors to tender for works as part of the Federal Governments landmark $436 million revamp of HMAS Cerberus.
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.
Victorian Shadow Minister for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Neale Burgess today congratulates and welcomes the appointment of the Hon Craig Laundy MP to his position as the new Federal Minister for Small and Family Business.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:47:22) — Last week the shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue in the Council, and I attended the Somerville police station to do something that should never have been necessary. We were there to make it clear that if elected in eight months time, a Guy government would open the police station that was worked for by the Somerville community, paid for and built by the Liberal Party but heartlessly denied by the Premier and the Labor Party — people who would deny a community safety just to satisfy their own political agenda.
Mr BURGESS — I had the pleasure on 9 February to present the young student leaders at Somerville Rise Primary School with leadership badges. There are many budding young leaders at this school, and I was impressed at how each one of them was able to look me in the eyes as they shook my hand. That is a great sign for the future for them. They will make outstanding ambassadors for their school. I would especially like to thank Mrs Nicky Fammartino, the principal at Somerville Rise Primary School, for her invitation.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:42:36) — It was an honour to attend the annual Luke Batty Memorial Shield T20 cricket match on 25 January between the Tyabb All‑Stars and the Victoria Police Cricket Club. It was wonderful to see so many participants and spectators in attendance determined that they will never forget Luke’s tragic circumstances or our community’s commitment to putting an end to the scourge of domestic violence.
Mr BURGESS — On 10 February I was pleased to join Ann‑Marie Hermans, the local Liberal champion for community needs in Cranbourne and candidate at the next election, to meet Cranbourne residents to talk about the issues they face and how their concerns have been ignored for so long by Labor. Among the many messages of support Ann‑Marie received on the day were offers of assistance for her campaign and in other ways.
Mr BURGESS — On 26 January I was pleased to be invited to the Frankston City Council to attend an Australia Day citizenship ceremony alongside Christopher Crewther, the federal member for Dunkley, at the Frankston Arts Centre. Congratulations to all new Aussies who took the pledge to become citizens of this beautiful country.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:50:20) — (14 016) My question is to the Minister for Families and Children. When will the Andrews Labor government deliver on its 2014 pre‑election commitment to increase funding for the neighbourhood houses that the community needs? Crib Point, Hastings, Somerville and Langwarrin are all community houses that are very important community assets. Constituents and patrons of these houses are concerned that their neighbourhood houses continue to face increasing needs and costs and are struggling to maintain current services. Neighbourhood houses offer a wide range of services and support, including diploma and certificate courses, computer courses, art and craft, Victorian certificate of applied learning classes, health and wellbeing programs, English as a second language, home improvement classes, playgroups, occasional child care and other facilities including hall hire. My community asks that the Labor government commits to supporting our neighbourhood houses in line with the promise it made to them.
Mr BURGESS — On 13 January I was pleased to attend a function at the Tyabb community hall to celebrate 125 years of the Tyabb Cricket Club. This magnificent achievement recognises the long and proud history of a remarkable club; it was a milestone well worth celebrating.