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Tuesday, October 19, 2021


M’DINDI: Thornton bridge repair secured

It looks as though the damaged bridge just out of Thornton on the Goulburn Valley Highway is going to be repaired. Cindy McLeish, Eildob MLA, brought the state of the bridge to the attention of the Minister for Roads, because locals were frustrated that there had been no action for a long period of time.

BANYULE: Door-to-door selling in West Heidelberg

Door-to-door sales in a significant problem in West Heidelberg, Ivanhoe MLA Anthony Carbines told State Parliament last week. Speaking to new legislation, Mr Carbines said he wanted to speak about banning door-to-door sales and cold calling by energy retailers. “If there is one thing we have to put up with more often than not in

STATE: McLeish quizzes Education Minister

Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish questioned State Education Minister James Merlino about children returning to school in Term 4, when State Parliament sat on Friday (Sep. 18). “Parents want to their kids back at school for the first day of term 4, which experts say can be done with a COVID-safe plan,” Ms McLeish said.“Why is

KNOX: MP’s 6000 phone calls

Bayswater MLA Jackson Taylor says he has used the lockdown time productively, making 6000 phone calls to local residents. “In the last few weeks I have personally picked up and I have made about 6000 phone calls within my community, and yes, absolutely—there is frustration,” Mr Taylor told the Legislative Assembly on Friday (Sep. 18).

NORTH-EAST: MP pushes for rural zoning

Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish says that rural areas of the Nillumbik and Yarra Ranges do not want to be classified as metropolitan communities. In State Parliament last Thursday (Sep. 17), Ms McLeish addressed a question to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews: “Parts of Yarra Ranges and Nillumbik councils are very much rural—people live on farms and

NILLUMBIK: Deputy Mayor Clarke won’t re-stand

Former Nillumbik Mayor Cr Peter Clarke has announced that he will be not be re-standing at next month’s municipal elections. “I will not be seeking re-election in Nillumbik at this year’s October elections and I encourage the next Wingrove Councillor to plan for our future, care for the environment and our residents in an economically

MONASH: MP ‘removed’ as Acting Speaker

Mount Waverley MLA Matt Fregon has been ‘removed’ as an Acting Speaker of State Parliament. Speaker Colin Brooks told the Legislative Assembly last Thursday: “I wish to advise the house that under standing order 20 I have tabled my warrant removing the member for South Barwon and the member for Mount Waverley from the panel

NORTH: Speaker pays his respects

Bundoora MLA Colin Brooks had thoughts for two special groups in last Thursday’s sitting of State Parliament. “I would to like to make a few comments around the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4 that killed more than 200 people and injured many more,” Mr Brooks said. “On behalf of the

STATE: Stand up for sole traders

Victorian MLC Rod Barton says that sole trader businesses have fallen through the cracks in this pandemic, and need more help. “Mostly, the distinct lack of business support appears to be because these businesses do not always employ staff in the traditional sense ,” Mr Barton said. “Except for this fact, many run profitable, legitimate

MITCHELL: MHR hits at plans to hurt jobless

Plans to increase the wait time to up to six months for unemployment benefits is another cruel blow to those who have become jobless during the pandemic, says McEwen MHR Rob Mitchell. Mr Mitchell said the Morrison Federal Government confirmed it would press ahead with legislation to make Australians applying for the unemployment payments wait

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