Richard Riordan News

Apollo Bay Power Failure

September 20, 2019

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio must reassure the Apollo Bay community it will have a reliable power supply this tourist season after Powercor was today forced to disconnect the Government’s billion dollar roll out of Bushfire Safety infrastructure because it was causing too many power outages.   The new Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) technology...

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Wind farm clean up

September 10, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has called for an iron clad guarantee from the State Government that wind farms will have a fully funded decommissioning expectation.   Recently in Parliament speaking on the Mine Rehabilitation Bill and the Renewable Energy Amendment Bill, Mr Riordan said that while the State Government had a view about...

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Mortlake peaking power queried

August 23, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has written to the Energy Minister to seek clarification about when the Mortlake gas-fired power station will come back online after a fire damaged the large generator earlier this year.   “Our energy supply infrastructure needs to boost power output on hot summer days,” Mr Riordan said. “With power...

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Energy supply crisis

August 22, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has questioned why the Andrews Government is not acting to safeguard energy supplies for Polwarth’s homes, farms and businesses this summer.   “The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has released a report highlighting the lack of capacity in Victoria’s baseload electricity supply,” Mr Riordan said.   “It is not...

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Pathology Service Crisis

July 31, 2019

The shock announcement that pathology scientists will no longer be stationed at Colac Area Health by private operator Australian Clinical Laboratories will be an unfair blow to the Colac community who have worked so hard to grow and support its health service.   Health Minister Jenny Mikakos must guarantee the Colac Otway community and other...

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Calls for technology access for farms

July 17, 2019

State Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP says that local farmers will be disappointed that they cannot access the State Government’s Internet of Things program to help make farm technology smart.   “It is disappointing that one of Australia’s key dairy areas — which also has prime lamb and grain production — has been locked...

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Riordan welcomes wire rope barrier audit

July 12, 2019

State Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has welcomed the announcement of the audit by the Auditor General into wire rope barriers. After two years of questioning the value for money with the State Government’s massive wire rope barrier rollout, Mr Riordan today said that the review was long overdue.   The Auditor General’s overview...

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South west roads petition

July 8, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP is asking the community to support a petition demanding that the State Government properly fund and actually fix our vital road networks.   “Dan Tehan and the Federal Government have contributed $140 million to get a start on fixing our roads, but so far the State Government has provided...

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Road funding not Wire Rope Barrier funding

June 19, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has asked the Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC in Parliament “to urgently quarantine funding from VicRoads’ usual maintenance fund so that these funds are not used for ongoing maintenance and repair of the wire rope barriers that are being rolled out. “In the...

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Wire Rope Barriers take vital funding from road repairs

June 13, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, had his worst concerns confirmed that the ongoing maintenance of wire rope barriers in the region is taking money that has been budgeted for vital road maintenance which is used for repairing potholes, dealing with out of control roadside vegetation and fixing dangerous road edges. There are over three...

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