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Community views ignored in Labor’s ‘lock and leave’ VEAC report

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) has released its final Central West Investigation report into public land use at Victoria’s Wombat, Wellsford, Mount Cole and Pyrenees Range forests and it raises more questions than answers. The Liberal Nationals support a broad and diverse system of national, state and regional parks and reserves throughout Victoria and it is critical that all public land is given the resources required to ensure it is not left to become

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Morris calls for Kaufland decision to be made by Shire

Mornington MP David Morris has used the very first sitting day of the new Parliament to call on the Minister for Planning to abandon his hand-picked committee set up to deal with the controversial Kaufland supermarket proposal and return planning powers for the site to Mornington Peninsula Shire. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday Mr Morris said “…the committee has been asked to provide a written report to the minister on a number of matters, particularly

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Ansett Land – sale welcome but what’s the next step

I welcome the news that sale of the Ansett land has now concluded, and that an investor with existing local interests of is apparently the purchaser. The sale will assist the Ansett Trust to continue the good work they do for children and young people across the Mornington Peninsula. We still don’t know the who has bought the land, so we can’t guess what the next steps may be.   It is encouraging however, that the

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Presumptive Rights for Firefighters

The Liberal Nationals will fast track Presumptive Rights legislation by introducing a Private Members Bill to ensure all career and volunteer firefighters will have equal access to cancer compensation. On 28 October 2015, the Liberal National Coalition signed a pledge to commit to presumptive rights for all Victorian firefighters. But despite this bipartisan support, Daniel Andrews cynically bundled presumptive rights with his legislation to break up the CFA. Daniel Andrews did this knowing he did

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Victorian Breast Screen Participation Numbers at 54%, can Mornington Beat the Average?

Mornington MP David Morris is encouraging local women to get regular breast screens. Regular breast screens are an essential component of a woman’s well-being over the age of 50, and Mr Morris is taking up the challenge to encourage more women in the community to take up Breast Screen Victoria’s free program. The latest Breast Screen Victoria participation statistics for women in Mornington reveal that 54% aged 50-74 had a mammogram between July 2014 and

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Mount Eliza Green Wedge

The Mount Eliza Green Wedge is once again under threat. Proposals have been recently invited for 22.3 Ha of land on the corner of Kunyung Road and Albatross Ave, Mount Eliza. Material prepared by Ernst and Young Real Estate describes the property as ”…one of the last available green-wedge land bank sites on the Mornington Peninsula…” and as having “Potential for redevelopment and incorporation of a range of uses, including commercial, leisure, hospitality, healthcare, education

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Statement from the Shadow Minister for Local Government

I am very pleased to add the job of Shadow Minister for Local Government to my responsibilities. I have served in local government and know better than most its strengths and weaknesses.  At its best, local government builds a sense of community and provides basic but important services and does them well.  At its worst, local government is a magnet for empire builders who think they’ve been elected to the United Nations. I believe if

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A Zero Tolerance Approach to all Crimes

We need to send a strong message of zero tolerance on crime in Mornington. The policy of treating fuel drive-offs as a civil rather than criminal matter hasn’t worked. Fuel retailers have reported an increase in drive-offs and other associated criminal behaviours. Across Australia, fuel theft costs retailers $60 million per annum. Further, fuel drive-offs can sometimes also be associated with attacks on retail staff and theft of other retail products, putting employees, customers and

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VicHealth Active Club Grants

Member for Mornington David Morris MP has welcomed grants from VicHealth for the Mornington Junior Football Club and the Mount Eliza Bowling Club. These local clubs will receive a share in more than $500,000 in funding as part of the latest round of health promotion foundation VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, an initiative to encourage more Victorians to get physically active. These grants will lead to the establishment of a Junior Female Football Team within the

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Morris Fights for the Safety of Balcombe Grammar School Students

Mornington MP David Morris has called on the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan MP, to implement a school zone outside Balcombe Grammar School. The school is situated on a busy state arterial road, Nepean Highway, an 80-kilometer-an-hour zone. This school zone is vital for the safety of drivers, parents and students. “No reduction for speed is afforded to Balcombe Grammar School even though it is situated on the same highway as Peninsula

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