Since being elected in September 2013, I have been very proud as your local Federal MP to be standing up and delivering for Corangamite jobs, infrastructure and every community across this very large regional electorate.

More jobs

Locally, the Turnbull government has provided millions of dollars to support local manufacturers and job creation programs including:

  • Delivering our $20m regional Jobs and Investment fund which will drive jobs, investment and support skills and training
  • Creating up to 260 new jobs at the ABS National Data Acquisition Centre
  • $120m for the National Disability Insurance Agency Headquarters, expected to house 450 staff. Construction now underway
  • Creating 890 new jobs via the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund.  Click on each recipient to see full details – Carbon Revolution, Pickering Joinery, Accensi, ALC Colac, Farm Foods, Organic Dairy, Cotton On, Quickstep, Ridley Agriproducts, Phoenix Fabrication & Welding, AKD Softwoods, Caronlab, The Edge Glass, Jeff Sykes & Associates, Irrewarra Sourdough, MC Herd and Malteurop
  • Establishing our $3.1m Geelong Region Job Connections program which funds a range of job creation initiatives such as the Geelong Jobs Fair, a Department of Employment Local Employment Facilitator and grassroots programs for retrenched manufacturing workers.
  • A $100m Advanced Manufacturing Fund announced in the 2017 Federal Budget. New funding opportunities will be available for our region’s advanced manufacturing sector
  • $10m for Carbon Revolution via the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to help expand production and triple staff to 300 by 2021
  • Delivering $4.17m for Golden Plains Food Production Precinct.  A new water pipeline will encourage investment in intensive agriculture, leading to 775 new jobs over 10 years
  • A $4.7m Australian Research Council grant for the Future Fibres Research Hub at Deakin University
  • A Co-operative Research Centre grant of $1.4m for Quickstep and Deakin University, to deliver a made to order materials and process solution for lightweight carbon fibre seat
  • Investing in manufacturing jobs with our Growth Fund and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre at Deakin University.  Various local manufacturers have received grants via our Growth Fund including;
    • $1.26m for HeiQ to establish a commercial-scale manufacturing facility at Deakin University
    • $1m to MHG Glass for a new $3.92m architectural glass processing business
    • $1m for Backwell IXL to manufacture components for new generation heating and lighting, as well as to manufacture a solar rooftop installation system
    • $2.61m to SNF Lara and AKD Colac to help expand production and create new jobs

Vital infrastructure

In order to secure jobs growth, transport and communications infrastructure is vital. I am very proud that the Turnbull government is delivering a number of major infrastructure projects as well as community infrastructure across Corangamite and the broader region.

  • $110m will be invested in the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds rail duplication as well as planning and land acquisition for a rail corridor through Armstrong Creek to Torquay. This is in addition to the $1m in planning money the Coalition committed in 2016
  • Another $114m will be spent on the Warrnambool line for track and signalling works, and a passing loop west of Colac. The project will pave the way for more services, including for the new VLocity trains, which currently only travel as far as Waurn Ponds, but will go all the way to Warrnambool
  • Significant progress is being made on the duplication of the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Colac.  Since 2009, I have campaigned for this project which features a $185.5m investment from the Federal Government. Our government is also providing $20m for safety upgrades for the Princes Highway west of Colac
  • Leading the charge in delivering $100m for the Great Ocean Road since 2013, so important for tourism, road safety and the local economy
  • Delivering $5m for safety upgrades on Forrest Apollo Bay Rd and $5m for safety upgrades on the Hamilton Highway between Cressy and the Geelong Ring Road
  • Investing $600,000 for planning the duplication of Grubb Rd Ocean Grove and Midland Highway between Geelong and Bannockburn
  • Tackling road blackspots with $3.75m upgrades in Torquay, Modewarre, Meredith and Smythesdale.
  • Providing $13.3m for six National Stronger Region Fund projects including in Bannockburn, Winchelsea and Queenscliff
  • Providing $2.2m in Building Better Regions funding for Kids Plus Foundation, Winchelsea Football and Netball Club, Diversitat’s Diversability Centre in Norlane and Birregurra Mechanics Hall
  • Designating Avalon Airport as a regional airport to deliver greater access to international flights and boost our local economy
  • Fighting for a “City Deal” to drive further infrastructure investment, collaboration, and a long term plan for our region
  • Providing a $1.6m tourist boost for the Platypi Chocolate Project in Forrest, Wildlife Wonders Project in Marengo, Provenance Wines at Old Paper Mills project in Fyansford and the Wye Beach Hotel
  • Fixing mobile blackspots by helping to fund mobile base stations for Aireys Inlet, Apollo Bay, Anglesea, Barongarook (now active), Barwon Downs, Bellbrae, Birregurra, Cape Otway, Carlisle River (now active), Dereel, Gellibrand, Horden Vale, Kawarren, Kennett River, Lorne South, Separation Creek, Steiglitz and Yeodene (now active). Details here
  • Providing NBN fast broadband across the electorate. Over 52,000 homes and businesses now service ready, with over 22,000 already active. See here for full details of the rollout across Corangamite
  • NBN Sky Muster satellite users are expected to receive around 50 per cent more peak data and twice as much off-peak data from October 2017

Building stronger communities

Across the Corangamite region, community and not for profit organisations play a vital role.  The Turnbull government is working hard to build stronger communities including:

  • Strengthening health care with $5m for a new Anam Cara palliative care community hospice
  • Combating the ice scourge with a women’s rehab facility for Foundation 61. After much advocacy these landmark projects will ensure that those in our community who need our help the most, will receive the care that they need
  • Our $150,000 per year Corangamite Stronger Communities Program is contributing to many small capital projects; at sporting clubs, community groups and surf lifesaving clubs. See here for a successful organisation near you
  • Installing new CCTV cameras in Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove to improve community safety
  • Upgrading Colac’s CBD by investing almost $1m to transform Murray St for traders and shoppers
  • Providing $2m for the Jan Juc SLSC upgrade and $1m towards the Ocean Grove SLSC upgrade; our surf lifesaving volunteers do such a wonderful job in saving lives
  • Invested $3.5m towards the new $6m Ocean Grove Shell Road sports pavilion and $2.5m for the Colac Central Reserve upgrade. We are also delivering $2.47m for infrastructure upgrades for 10 sporting clubs across Corangamite.  Sporting infrastructure is so important for communities, particularly given the benefits it provides to young people and families
  • Successfully advocated for the Lorne petrol station to remain open and for improved TV reception in Apollo Bay
  • Providing $300,000 for a new $2m Winchelsea Medical Clinic
  • The Point Lonsdale community is on its way to securing National Heritage listing.  The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve, which is so historically significant, has been included on the 2017 priority assessment list. A great win!
  • Restoring and improving our coastlines with more than $700,000 in Landcare grants
  • Providing over $490,000 in solar grants across the Surf Coast and Corangamite to boost renewable energy in our communities

National achievements

Creating more and better skilled Aussie jobs

  • Getting more Australians into work with 239,000 jobs created over the last year
  • Replacing 457 visas with an improved temporary skilled visa scheme to ensure Australians have first priority for Australian jobs

Tax cuts for small business

  • The Coalition is delivering much for small business including significant red tape reduction, extending the instant asset write-off and providing tax cuts to 16,920 small businesses across Corangamite
  • These incentives will provide a major boost for jobs and the economy

Fairer, needs-based school funding

  • Funding is estimated to grow by an additional $23.5 billion for Australia’s schools over the next decade from 2018-2027
  • Every school will receive a fair amount of federal funding based on their individual needs, with extra assistance for those with the greatest needs, such as students with disability
  • We have also passed child care reforms that will deliver an extra $430 million to help families access pre-school, building on a record $2.5 billion additional investment in early childhood education

Securing Australia’s energy future

  • Delivering Snowy Hydro 2.0 to provide energy security and create thousands of construction jobs
  • Securing our domestic energy supply through a new export licensing scheme
  • Investing nearly $60 million to support gas exploration and development
  • Covering peak demand with a new gas supply guarantee

Restoring the rule of law to workplaces

  • New laws to protect the rule of law in Australia’s construction industry and protect low-paid workers from union rip-off
  • Protecting 60,000 volunteer firefighters from a hostile union takeover of the CFA

Helping reduce household electricity bills

Following the Finkel Review, our government has announced new measures to deliver more affordable, reliable power and gas whilst lowering emissions. These include:

  • New regulations to give Australian customers priority to gas before it is exported
  • More funding to the regulator to stop energy networks from gaming the system
  • Back up storage requirements to ensure renewable energy is more reliable
  • Boosting the Snowy Hydro scheme by 50%, adding 2,000 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power 500,000 homes

Keeping Australians Safe

  • Strong laws to keep terrorists behind bars when they continue to pose a danger to the community
  • Over 1,100 days since a successful boat arrival and securing resettlement for refugees on Manus and Nauru
  • Delivering $321.4m, the largest single funding increase for the AFP’s domestic policing capabilities in more than a decade
  • Strengthening our citizenship laws to ensure a priority is placed on respect for Australian values and on demonstrating an ability and willingness to integrate

Strong economic growth

  • Over $34 billion of sensible Budget repair since the election
  • On track for a Budget surplus in 2020-21

Greater accountability for big banks

  • Creating a one-stop shop where consumers can resolve disputes with their banks
  • A new Banking Executive Accountability regime to keep bank bosses honest and their pay within community standards

Making multinationals pay their fair share of tax

  • Introduced new laws to close loopholes and tax multinational corporation profits here, so more money can be returned to our community

Fully funding the NDIS and guaranteeing Medicare

  • Securing the future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme with real money to provide certainty and security
  • Securing Medicare for all Australians with an increase in funding of $2.4 billion over four years

Strengthening and growing the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

  • Over $1.2 billion in extra funding delivered to provide cheaper access to life changing medicines for Australian people
  • Listing more drugs on the scheme to ensure Australians have access to the drugs they need