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$10 MILLION FUND TO BUILD AND UPGRADE WOMEN’S CHANGE ROOMS

State member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, is calling on local sporting clubs to work with the Southern Grampians Shire Council to bid for funding to build or upgrade women’s change rooms.   Victorian Labor this week announced it would establish a $10 million fund..

NAPTHINE BEHOLDEN TO ROGUE PUPPY FARM OWNERS

Denis Napthine has gone soft again on rogue puppy farms. Instead of smashing the operators’ business model, the Napthine Government has backed them in. The Napthine Government has refused to set limits on litters, meaning dogs will be bred to death. The Government has also..

COMMUNITY ANGER FORCES LIBERALS TO SUPPORT FARMER HEALTH

The Abbott and Napthine Governments have been dragged kicking and screaming to support the National Centre for Farmer Health.   The award winning centre was set to close. A once-off, eleventh hour reprieve will enable the Centre to stay open for one more year. The funds..

NAPTHINE CLOSES FARMER HEALTH CENTRE

Denis Napthine will close a world-renowned facility dedicated toimproving the health of regional Victorians.  The National Farmer Health Centre needed $1 million a year to stayopen, but Denis Napthine’s Budget abandoned it. Peter Ryan and the Nationals didn’t stand up for the Centre. They caremore..

VOLUNTEER WEEK

This week we celebrate the hard working volunteers across Australia as we mark the 25th anniversary of National Volunteers Week.  Volunteers are the backbone of any community, and National Volunteers Week is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the power of volunteering.   As the Member..

HEALTH CUTS HIT HORSHAM AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government will slash $277 million from Victoria’s hospitals,heaping more pressure on a system already struggling to cope. State Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said the $277 million cuts include $1.42million from Wimmera Health Care Group, $390,000 from West Wimmera HealthService and $300,000..

ABBOTT AND NAPTHINE HEALTH CUTS HIT HAMILTON AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government will slash $277 million from Victoria’s hospitals,heaping more pressure on a system already struggling to cope.  State Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said the $277 million cuts include $1.15million from Western District Health Service, $110,000 from Casterton Memorialand Edenhope and District..

PULFORD CALLS ON ASHER TO VISIT THE GRAMPIANS

Labor MP for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford has called on Victorian Tourism Minister Louise Asher to provide tangible support to struggling tourism operators in the StateParliament. “Local communities like Halls Gap and Stawell are crying out for assistance to get visitors back into their towns”..

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NAPTHINE ABANDONS AT-RISK YOUTH IN VICTORIA

An award winning crime prevention program for at-risk youth in Western Victoriawill be shutdown unless the Napthine Government intervenes, State Member for Western Victoria, Ms Pulford said today. Operation Newstart assisted more than 2,000 of the State’s most at-risk young people before the Napthine Government..

WIMMERA BASE HOSPITAL STRUGGLING UNDER NAPTHINE

After three years of neglect, Victoria’s hospitals are underperforming in elective surgery and emergency care while the ambulance crisis continues, Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said. “These figures show that Victoria’s health system is struggling to cope with the $826 million the Liberal Government has cut..

NAPTHINE KEEPS AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES HIDDEN

The Napthine Government has gagged Ambulance Victoria from publishing figures on a website that would show ambulance response times and provide the community with up-to-date information about how bad the crisis in the ambulance system has become, Member for Western Victoria, Ms Jaala Pulford said..

FIRE SERVICES LEVY DOCUMENTS DETAIL IMPACT AND CONFUSION

The Napthine Government needs to immediately review its botched Fire Services tax which has seen some property owners charged double and insurance companies wrongly charging past the July 1 introduction date, Member for Western Victoria, Ms Pulford said today. Ms Pulford said the Fire Services Levy..

VICTORIAN SCHOOLS SHORTCHANGED BY NAPTHINE

As Victorian students returned from school holidays this week, the Napthine Government continues to be on vacation from education policy with an analysis of capital spending showing the Liberal/National coalition has significantly reduced funding for schools. An analysis of capital investment in local schools in..

UNEMPLOYMENT IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures which show that unemployment in regional Victoria continues to rise under the Napthine government. Tim Pallas, Shadow Minister for Employment said that the “ABS figures showed 11,800 more regional Victorians were forced into the unemployment queue..

FIRE SERVICES TAX LEVY GRAB

By now most people have received their council rates and noticed the additional charge of the new Fire Service Property Levy attached. The Napthine Government are promoting the FSPL as a simpler and fairer way to fund our fire services, but it has been clear..

VICTORIA – A STATE OF DISREPAIR

State Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford is today calling on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing with the launch of www.FixOurRoads.com.au website. Ms Pulford said Labor was launching www.FixOurRoads.com.au because new analysis of VicRoads documents..

INADEQUATE HEALTH FUNDING

The Napthine Government has taken $826 million form the Victorian health budget and the consequences are starting to reveal themselves in the quality of health care that Victorians are getting in our hospitals and in transit to our hospitals via the ambulance service. I would..