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Local Government Minister must act on flawed contracts process

Revelations from today’s report from the Victorian Ombudsman that a senior member of Melton City Council IT staff was able to direct over $1 million worth of work to one of his own companies are deeply disturbing and must be immediately acted upon by Labor’s Minister for Local Government, Shaun Leane. The individual concerned reportedly used other companies controlled by him to submit separate and more expensive quotations to give the impression that council requirements

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Local council business fees and charges to be frozen under Liberal Nationals plan to boost support for small businesses

The Liberal Nationals today announced the third part of the Local Business Action Plan to make Victoria the small business capital of the nation, with a commitment to freeze selected fees levied on businesses by local councils for four years. As part of the Liberal Nationals Local Business Action Plan, a number of local government fees will be frozen including footpath and road occupation fees, fees on hairdressers and beauty businesses, fees on food businesses,

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Statement from the Shadow Minister for Housing

Funding the construction and maintenance of public and social housing is a core responsibility of the Victorian Government. The suggestion from the Committee for Melbourne reported in The Age this morning that a levy should be imposed on Victorian homes and businesses is totally inappropriate. However you describe it, a tax is a tax. Victorians are already paying more than enough taxes to appropriately fund public and social housing. The fact that 49,644 households are

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RYMAN REFUSAL WELCOME, BUT IT’S ONLY THE FIRST STEP

Mornington MP David Morris has welcomed the decision by the Mornington Peninsula Shire to reject a plan to build a retirement village outside the Urban Growth Boundary at Mount Eliza. But Mr Morris has warned that the Shire’s decision is only the first step. The Council report shows that the Mount Eliza and Mornington communities are overwhelmingly opposed to the development, with 1068 objections lodged, compared with only 33 letters of support. This level of

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Mark ANZAC Day at home and ‘Light up the Dawn’

The Mornington community is encouraged to commemorate our servicemen and women from home this year. All public ANZAC Day services have been cancelled this year as we all continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, but David Morris MP urged the community to still come together to reflect and remember. “This year’s ANZAC Day is going to be like no other, with traditional services not proceeding and the opportunity to attend

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Labor must come clean on koala crisis

Reports of dozens of dead, injured and dying koalas at a harvested blue gum plantation at Cape Bridgewater are extremely distressing. Animal cruelty is never acceptable, and whoever is responsible for this atrocity must be held to account. This is a tragedy that should not have happened in the first place. The Environment Minister says the Andrews Government has now seized the land and taken control of the former plantation, but the damage is done.

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Morris calls for bi-partisan approach to public transport

Mornington MP David Morris has called for a bi-partisan approach to public transport on the Mornington Peninsula. In Parliament this week Mr Morris called on the Minister for Public Transport to convene an urgent meeting with all Peninsula MP’s and Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors to address our public transport problems. Mr Morris pointed to the campaign launched by the Shire after years of frustration, saying the Shire “…rightly make the point that at present 82

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Kaufland refusal a win for the community

Mornington MP David Morris has welcomed news that the Kaufland store planned for Mornington will not proceed. On Thursday the report of the committee appointed to consider the development was released and the Planning Minister indicated he had accepted their recommendation that planning approval should not be granted. Regardless of the merits of the particular business, the sheer scale of the proposal would have had an enormous impact on the town of Mornington, and it

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