Armstrong Creek Fire Station

My question is for the Minister for Emergency Services. Armstrong Creek has been earmarked for substantial growth for more than 10 years. One report claimed that by 2030 Armstrong Creek could be home to up to 60 000 people. 2021 census data shows that there are around 20 000 people living in the growth area […]

Port Campbell mobile tower upgrades

My question is for the Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy. Port Campbell is a beautiful coastal town in my electorate, but it needs a mobile tower, not just for amenity but for safety. This small town is usually home to 350 people, but in summer it balloons to 5000 people. On […]

Wimmera Passenger Rail Project costings?

My adjournment debate is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, and the action that I seek is for the minister to make public the costings of the Wimmera passenger rail project, previously provided to my office in a meeting last year. The Suburban Rail Loop is an uncosted project, effectively without a business case, that […]

Big Housing Build needed for Warrnambool

My question is for the Minister for Housing in the other place. My constituent is a victim-survivor of family violence who fled from Mildura to Warrnambool from her violent partner only to be found by him. The only stable accommodation for her and her young children was in temporary houses all the way in Melbourne. […]

Financial Assistance Grant for Regional and Rural Councils

My question is to the Minister for Local Government. I have spoken many times in this place about the need for financial assistance to our regional councils. In the many conversations I have had with rural councils in my patch, the majority of them find it difficult to plan for the future. Most of the […]

Geelong Specialist Family Violence Court

My question is for the Attorney-General. Recently I became aware that the Geelong Specialist Family Violence Court is expected to be gazetted on 30 September. I am worried about this given the courthouse upgrades have not begun yet. Further, the services that surround the Specialist Family Violence Court, such as legal assistance, have not all […]

Confined Space Rescue Equipment

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (14:26): My question is for the Minister for Emergency Services, and it relates to operational equipment and trained staff for the Lucas fire station in Western Victoria. In 2018 there was a tragic incident that saw two men lose their lives in a trench collapse in  Delacombe. The local professional firefighters […]

Neighbourhood Houses in Western Victoria

My question is for the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers. Neighbourhood houses offer a valuable community service. Over the last few weeks I have received many letters from neighbourhood house coordinators in my region who are all extremely concerned with ongoing government funding. Coincidentally these letters also coincided with a visit I made to […]

Rupanyup Primary School playground

My question is to the Minister for Education. Primary Schools are the beating heart of small regional towns. Often, they are supported by the local community, through fundraising events when something new is needed. However, from time to time they need assistance from the government. The Rupanyup Primary School is needing that now. They need […]

Hooning Community Reference Group

I rise today to promote and thank the state government on the establishment of the Hooning Community Reference Group. This has come about due to the advocacy of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party through my private members bill, which sought to introduce penalties for those who attend hoon events. Victoria has some of the most stringent […]

Curdies River Estuary

My question is to the Minister for Water. The Surf Coast is blessed with many areas of natural beauty. One of these is the Curdies River estate near Peterborough. The estuary is a haven for endangered wildlife and vegetation where locals and many tourists enjoy fishing, boating and swimming. A constituent, Ms Carolyne Wakefield of […]

Seeking funding for The Lookout in Dennington

My adjournment debate is for the Premier, and the action I seek is for the Premier to meet with Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre and other stakeholders who are seeking funding for the Lookout residential rehabilitation facility in Dennington, near Warrnambool. I ask this because the Premier attended a similar forum in Mildura with […]

Residential Rehab funding overlooked in budget

I rise today to send my thoughts, strength and solidarity to any family or person who is experiencing a loved one going through addiction. Our party believes that anyone facing an addiction should be able to get the help that they need without delay. There is often a very small window between the time someone […]

Mobile coverage on regional trains

My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I recently received some correspondence from a constituent who commutes several times a week from Ballarat to work in Melbourne. Having recently moved from Melbourne to Ballarat, she was surprised that no wi-fi was available on the train and that mobile coverage was poor to zero […]

Western Victoria Housing Issues

My question is to the Minister for Housing in the other place. In my travels around Western Victoria—recently Ballarat, Glenelg shire, Moyne and Colac, just to name a few—I am continuously hearing stories about housing issues, including people moving out of their home town because of housing shortages, low rental vacancies and rising median house […]

The Murray Basin Rail Project

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (13:29): (1584) My question is to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure in the other place. The Murray Basin rail project, if funded properly, will be a game changer for my region and Victoria generally, opening up new international markets and reducing the wear and tear on our roads, among other things. […]