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AWAY FROM ZERO – Rural road deaths skyrocket

April 8, 2019

Minister Pulford needs to explain how a 77% increase year to date in rural road fatalities has occurred this year under her watch. VicRoads and the TAC continue to spend millions advertising the benefits of wire rope barriers as a cure all for rural road safety, while dangerous intersections, terrible road surfaces and poor line...


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Winchelsea Tea Rooms

April 5, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has expressed his strong concerns to the Surf Coast Shire over the handling of the Winchelsea Old Shire Hall and tea rooms.   “I have requested an urgent meeting with the Surf Coast Shire to discuss the future of this much loved community asset,” Mr Riordan said.   “Over...


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Western Victorian Councils called to back Princes Highway West funding

March 21, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has today asked the Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety to match the Federal Government’s generous $80m funding pledge for upgrading major State roads in Polwarth and South West Victoria under its Roads of Strategic Importance Funding. “Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan yesterday announced an $80m funding...


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UNBELIEVABLE — 259 Year Power Pole Replacement Program

March 21, 2019

In Question Time in Parliament this week it was revealed that at the current rate of replacement, country Victorians are being asked to accept that it would take approximately 259 years to replace all of the power poles across western Victoria.   Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, said this is akin to us relying...


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No need for desal water

March 12, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has today sought assurances that water users in the Otways and Geelong region will not be slugged to help pay for the State Government’s most recent desal water orders. “Every year March is when our local water storages are at their lowest water storage point before the autumn break...


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Riordan names hire car company in Parliament

March 6, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has today named a car hire company in Parliament that refuses to pay for costs from an accident incurred by an international driver. A Sydney-based hire car company operating in Melbourne hired a car to an Indonesian national who smashed into a local Polwarth man within hours into a...


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Wind farm power lines regulation required

March 6, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has been very concerned about the lack of planning around wind farms and related transmission line infrastructure. The State Minister for Planning has at last admitted that the “development of power lines was occurring in an unregulated manner”. “Today, the Andrews Government has at last recognised the problem with...


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Power pole investment required

February 26, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has asked the Minister for Energy to ensure sufficient regulation and oversight exists to ensure that rural and regional electrical transmission infrastructure meets all necessary safety standards as recommended from the Black Saturday Bushfire Royal Commission. “There is growing frustration in my Polwarth electorate that there is insufficient oversight...


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Daniel Andrews plays politics with cancer compensation for firefighters

February 20, 2019

The Liberal-Nationals today reintroduced a bill for presumptive cancer rights for firefighters to protect those who protect us, and again Daniel Andrews and Labor voted down this bill to play politics. The Andrews Government lied to our firefighters when they said they would introduce presumptive legislation within 100 days of the November 2014 election. It...


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Non-Victorian Licences questioned

February 20, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has today questioned the Minister for Roads and Road Safety in Parliament about self-drive visitors to the Great Ocean Road region who do not have a current Victorian Licence. “Can the Minister tell the people of Polwarth what steps she is taking to ensure that road users and pedestrians...


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