Richard Riordan News


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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more


June 7, 2019

The ability of the Opposition to hold Labor Ministers accountable in areas of public safety and dodgy planning deals has been threatened by Labor’s Chairman of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC), Philip Dalidakis.   In a brazen threat, Mr Dalidakis warned the Deputy Chair of PAEC, Richard Riordan MP, that if the Opposition...

Read more


June 5, 2019

Three years ago today thousands of CFA volunteers — many from across Polwarth — marched on the Victorian Parliament to demand Daniel Andrews and Labor listen and show them the respect they deserve. Despite this, Daniel Andrews continues to arrogantly push through legislation to tear the CFA apart. The current Labor Government is misusing its...

Read more

Rural Road Toll

May 29, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has questioned the State Government about the rise in the rural road toll to heights which have not been seen for 14 years.   In Parliament Mr Riordan asked the Minister for Roads and Roads Safety and the TAC what initiatives and improvements she was planning to help stem...

Read more

Budget support for Polwarth missing

May 28, 2019

Economic growth outside of Melbourne is clearly not a priority for Daniel Andrews. Billions blown in the City… No money for years in Rural Victoria   Daniel Andrews and Tim Pallas are behaving like kids with their parents’ credit cards. Billions of dollars are being borrowed into the foreseeable future, to bank roll project blow...

Read more