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Happy Australia Day ….
… and welcome to my website. I am honoured to represent the federal electorate of Corangamite as your strong, local voice. Each and every day, I am fighting for jobs growth and infrastructure. I also recognise how important it is to listen, and govern with compassion. A recent example is our announcement that we will consult extensively on any new Medicare reforms.
Our local achievements include ….
- a new Australian Bureau of Statistics Centre of Excellence for Geelong, bringing with it 250 jobs;
- works underway to upgrade the Great Ocean Road and duplicate the Princes Highway from Geelong to Colac, so important for jobs, road safety and our regional economy. The first duplicated section of the Princes Highway has been opened just west of Geelong;
- more than 750 new jobs through our Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund, with a strong focus on advanced manufacturing and food processing;
- delivery of the NBN to more than half of the Corangamite electorate. Some 34,000 premises have been included in the first 18 month rollout across Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Queenscliff and Golden Plains regions. NBN fixed wireless is either connected or is being planned for another 5000 premises;
- the NDIS Barwon trial, with planning for a full rollout of the NDIS underway at the new Geelong headquarters of the National Disability Insurance Agency;
- new free trade agreements with Korea, Japan and China which will drive enormous opportunities for the services sector and agriculture, particularly dairy;
- major reforms for small business, the backbone of our local economy, including the abolition of the carbon tax and a major review of competition policy to ensure fairer prices for consumers and small business operators including, I hope, at the petrol bowser in Colac and in our supermarkets;
- We are delivering on a range of funding opportunities including our $155m Growth Fund to drive investment in advanced manufacturing and regional infrastructure; a $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund to support regional cities and towns; Green Army programs in Queenscliff, Colac, Apollo Bay, Winchelsea and Lorne; Anzac commemorative grants for local communities; and $300,000 Surf Coast Solar Towns program for community solar.
Anglesea traffic and fire risk community meeting, Sunday 25 January
Thank you to everyone who attended our community meeting where it was standing room only. Whether it be the Anglesea roundabout, the need to invest in an alternate route through Anglesea, a fire siren or the fire risks of Alcoa’s coal mine on the edge of town, it was a wonderful opportunity for local residents to raise their concerns and suggestions directly with Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley and Vicroads’ Regional Director, William Tieppo.
I can assure you that I am absolutely determined to stand up and fight for communities on the issues that matter. When a fight needs to be had, when justice needs to be delivered, I can assure you that I will go in boots and all and do the very best I can on your behalf. Please sign my online petition to upgrade the Anglesea roundabout, a major cause of traffic chaos over summer.
And if you have any issue or concern, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to continuing to work as your strong local voice in 2015.
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