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December 2012

BAILLIEU’S CUTS WILL COST CASTLEMAINE HEALTH $320,000 THIS YEAR

Monday, 17 December 2012

State Labor figures reveal the extent of the damage caused by the Baillieu Government’s budget cuts in health, with regional and rural hospitals missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today...

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MINISTER MUST INTERVENE TO PREVENT ELPHINSTONE WOMAN AND SON BECOMING HOMELESS

Monday, 17 December 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards has called on the Minister for Bushfire Response in Parliament to intervene on behalf of Ms Cherylynn Quinn and her 14 year old son from Elphinstone who are being forced into homelessness as a result of failure to meet new Bushfire Management Overlay requirements on their property...

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EDWARDS CALLS ON MINISTER TO VISIT “SPEED ZONES OF FRUSTRATION”

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Maree Edwards today, raised in Parliament last night the frustration that two groups of community residents have expressed in the total lack of interest shown by the Liberal National Government’s Minister for Roads...

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OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO PETITION AGAINST CUTS TO CFA BUDGET

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today that a petition launched on CFA Sunday against the Baillieu Ryan Government $41 million to the CFA budget has had an overwhelming response...

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BAILLIEU/RYAN GENERATE HOT AIR NOT GAS FOR MALDON

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) show the Liberal National Government’s promise to connect natural gas to Maldon is unlikely to be delivered, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today...

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November 2012

LIBERAL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT ADMITS MISTAKES WITH CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

Friday, 30 November 2012

The Baillieu Ryan Government has buckled under pressure from the community, the State Opposition and even Government members, and will re-assess its savage cut to the conveyance allowance.

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BAILLIEU/RYAN GOVERNMENT MUST RESTORE VCAL FUNDING - EDWARDS

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards called on the Baillieu/Ryan Coalition Government in parliament today to restore the $48 million funding for the Coordinators of the essential Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program...

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UNMANNED FIRE TOWER A LIBERAL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT FAILURE

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Failure to complete upgrade works on the fire tower at One Tee Hill by the Liberal National Government before the start of the bushfire season means the tower will remain unmanned as we head into the hottest day for the season, Labor’s State Members Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan said today...

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VICTORIAN LABOR’S PLAN FOR JOBS AND GROWTH

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Victorian Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth will return Victoria to an economic powerhouse by creating jobs for Victorian families, investing in skills and training and providing an infrastructure pipeline. The plan provides 67 practical and affordable initiatives that will secure Victoria’s economic future and undo the damage of the Baillieu/Ryan Coalition Government’s failure to act.

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COALITION FORCED TO FIND SOLUTION TO PLANNING WOES

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Having pressured the Government and the Minister for Planning and Minister for Water for months about finding a solution to the potable water planning debacle they are finally moving on this issue, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today...

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LIBERAL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT DITHERING ON REGIONAL RAIL LINK

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Victorian Auditor-General has found the Baillieu Ryan Government has failed to provide a new budget for the Regional Rail Link (RRL) project for 17 months, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said...

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COLIBAN RURAL WATER USERS PETITION TABLED IN PARLIAMENT

Monday, 19 November 2012

A petition on behalf of the Coliban Rural Water Users Group containing 81 signatures was tabled by the Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards in parliament...

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EDWARDS CALLS FOR PUBLIC RELEASE OF VICROADS REVIEW AS BARKERS CREEK SPEED LIMIT PETITION TABLED

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards has taken the opportunity in parliament today after tabling a petition on behalf of residents of Barkers Creek to call on the Minister for Roads to release to the public a review conducted by VicRoads into the speed limit along the Midland Highway at Barkers Creek.

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LIBERAL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CUT TO SOLAR INCENTIVE CAUSES REGIONAL JOB LOSSES

Friday, 9 November 2012

The Liberal National State Government cuts to the solar rebate from 25 cents down to 8 cents has caused regional job losses and a lack of incentive for people to install solar, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today.

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BENDIGO SCHOOLS STILL REELING FROM BAILLIEU BUDGET CUTS

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Schools across the Bendigo region are struggling under the weight of the Baillieu-Ryan Government’s $515 million cuts to education...

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October 2012

EDWARDS ADVOCATES FOR LOCAL BOWLING CLUBS

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards in Parliament today, called on the Baillieu Ryan Government to find funding to assist Lawn Bowls clubs in purchasing essential potential lifesaving equipment.

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ELECTIVE SURGERY IN CRISIS - EDWARDS

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Massive funding cuts to health in Victoria have caused elective surgery rates to fall to levels not seen for nearly a decade, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said today. Victorian Labor has released a report that shows the elective surgery performance of Victorian Hospitals is in crisis under the Baillieu Ryan Government.

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September 2012

PLANNING DEADLOCK STIFLING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND RUINING FAMILIES’ LIVES

Friday, 28 September 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards attended a meeting of the Landowners Action Group in Campbells Creek last night and said that the planning deadlock that is crippling housing development in the Mount Alexander Shire is also ruining the lives of many people who cannot build their homes and have found their land is worthless.

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DONATE TO NATIONAL OP SHOP WEEK

Monday, 24 September 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards has called on Central Victorians to show their generosity and donate unwanted clothes to their local Op Shop for the inaugural National Op Shop Week event 24-30 September.

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REGIONAL VICTORIANS RIPPED OFF BY BAILLIEU/RYAN FAILURE ON FIRE SERVICE LEVY

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today that Regional Victorian families are being ripped off millions of dollars by insurance companies overcharging for the Fire Services Levy for periods after its abolition.

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DESKTOP STUDY NEEDED INTO RELEVANCE OF NATIONAL PARTY

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Big cats across Victoria have been given a reprieve after the Liberal National government declared their non-existence today, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said today.

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THE BAILLIEU RYAN GOVERNMENT SLAMS PLANNING CHANGES THROUGH PARLIAMENT

Friday, 14 September 2012

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said today that the Baillieu Ryan government had ignored community opposition to its new planning legislation and slammed through parliament its VicSmart planning legislation that will rob people of their right to protect the value of their home and lifestyles, despite community opposition to the new laws.

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PENSIONERS SLUGGED BY INSURANCE DUE TO LIBERAL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT DITHERING ON FSL

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards yesterday in Parliament called on the Minister for Consumer Affairs, the Hon Michael O’Brien, to urgently intervene on behalf of Maldon pensioner Mr Reg Nicholson over the whopping 400% increase in his Fire Services Levy (FSL) by his insurance company.

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ALL PRAISE FOR CFA

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards yesterday in Parliament praised the tireless efforts of local CFA organisations. In particular Ms Edwards highlighted the outstanding achievements of Mr Tommy Kilmartin from Kangaroo Flat CFA who received his 65 year service medal and life membership and Mr Wally Browning who was also made a life member.

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EDWARDS CALLS ON MINISTER TO ENSURE THAT CFA CUTS WILL NOT DELAY NEW KANGAROO FLAT FIRE STATION

Monday, 10 September 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards used the regional Parliamentary sitting in Ballarat to call on the National Party Leader and Minister for Emergency Services, Peter Ryan to give an undertaking to the people of Kangaroo Flat and the Kangaroo Flat CFA that his government’s $41 million cuts to the CFA budget will not impact on the building of the planned new Kangaroo Flat fire station.

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August 2012

EDWARDS AND ALLAN CALL FOR RETHINK ON LATROBE COURSE AND STAFF CUTS

Monday, 20 August 2012

Maree Edwards joined with Jacinta Allan, the Member for Bendigo East (both BA Hons graduates from LaTrobe Bendigo) to express their deep concern over announcements by LaTrobe University of course and staff cuts.

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PREMIER’S PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO FUND RAVENSWOOD

Friday, 17 August 2012

Premier Baillieu’s breeze through visit to Bendigo today was nothing more than a photo opportunity when it could have been an opportunity to announce long awaited planning funding for the Ravenswood Interchange

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TAXI PETITIONS TABLED IN STATE PARLIAMENT

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Maree Edwards tabled two petitions in Parliament on behalf of the Bendigo Taxi Association Co-Op and the Castlemaine Taxis.

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SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS SHORT CHANGED BY EMA CUTS

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Speaking in Parliament today Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards accused the Liberal National Government of short changing schools across Bendigo West by cutting the school component of the Education Maintenance Allowance.

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EDWARDS CALLS ON MINISTER TO END PLANNING DEADLOCK

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

In Parliament tonight, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards called on the Minister for Planning to end the planning deadlock that has engulfed Central Victoria.

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COALITION GOVERNMENT FORCING BENDIGO TAFE TAKEOVER BY BALLARAT UNIVERSITY

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today that alarming reports of a takeover of Bendigo TAFE by Ballarat University could end a proud tradition of TAFE provision in Bendigo and the region.

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RAVENSWOOD INTERSECTION NEEDS REAL COMMITMENT – NOT BAND-AIDS

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Liberal National Government come up with a Band-Aid solution instead of a real commitment for Ravenswood Interchange

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July 2012

TARNAGULLA CELEBRATES NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE AND STREETSCAPE

Monday, 16 July 2012

TARNAGULLA CELEBRATES NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE AND STREETSCAPE

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EDWARDS CALLS ON HALL TO IMPLEMENT HIS OWN SUGGESTIONS - POSTPONE FOR ONE YEAR THE INCREASE IN TAFE FEES

Friday, 13 July 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today called on National Party Minister for Skills Peter Hall to implement his own suggestions about TAFE fees that he made when in opposition...

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ART GALLERY EXPANSION WILL BENEFIT BENDIGO

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today welcomed the event to mark the start of Bendigo’s Art gallery expansion works...

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RYAN ADMITS PSO PROMISE FAILURE FOR BENDIGO LINE

Monday, 9 July 2012

Police Minister Peter Ryan has admitted he will not meet his election promise to have two Protective Services Officers (PSO) patrolling stations across the Bendigo line, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP said today...

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FEDERAL NATIONAL OPPOSITION MP’S SHOULD TELL STATE MATES TO COUGH UP FOR RAVENSWOOD UPGRADE

Monday, 9 July 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today labelled the visit by Federal Opposition National MP’s to Ravenswood as nothing more than a political stunt as no Federal funds can be allocated to the works at Ravenswood until the State Liberal National government do the necessary planning works...

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LIBERAL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT PRIORITY - PRISON BEDS NOT HOSPITAL BEDS

Friday, 6 July 2012

The Liberal National government’s failure to deliver on its promised additional 100 hospital beds in favour of delivering hundreds of new prison beds exposes how distorted their priorities are...

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CLOWN CALLS ON SECURITY CONTRACTOR TO STOP ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT CIRCUS

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Thales security contractor MSS, need to take note of the passion that one of their guards has in getting a fair and just outcome to their award negotiations, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP said today...

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HEALTH MINISTER IGNORES REQUEST FOR INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO BENDIGO REGION AMBULANCE RESOURCING- EDWARDS

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

The Victorian Health Minister David Davis has ignored a request by Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edawrds, on behalf of concerned constituents to conduct an independent inquiry into the Bendigo and region ambulance service.

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GOVERNMENT EXCLUDES REGIONAL TENANTS FROM PUBLIC HOUSING CONSULTATIONS

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today accused the Liberal National Government and the Housing Minister Wendy Lovell of excluding large areas of regional Victoria in their sham public consultation process for public housing tenants.

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June 2012

Just Who Is Telling The Truth Over BRIT Job Cuts?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today demanded that the National Party representative in Bendigo Damian Drum come out of hiding and tell the truth about just who is responsible for the cuts to the TAFE sector that have resulted in job losses and course closures at the Bendigo TAFE.

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NATIONALS RESPONSIBLE FOR BENDIGO TAFE CUTS

Monday, 25 June 2012

The National Party Member in Bendigo Damian Drum should be ashamed that his party who are responsible for the cuts to the TAFE sector have today been responsible for the 100 jobs that will go from Bendigo TAFE, 39 courses that will be slashed and the closure of the Kyneton campus READ FULL STORY FOR PETITION LINK

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Edwards Calls on Roads Minister to Relocate Unsafe, Unused Pedestrian Crossing

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards in Parliament yesterday called on the Minister for Roads, Hon Terry Mulder, to instruct VicRoads to reassess the location of a pedestrian crossing located in the front of residences 28 through to 32 Eaglehawk Road, Ironbark.

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Health Minister Fails to Rule out Two Site Hospital

Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Health Minister, David Davis yesterday in Parliament failed to rule out the new Bendigo Hospital being on one site as promised repeatedly by the Coalition

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Coaltion Cause Firewood Collection Fiasco

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The Labor Opposition has called on the Coalition government in Parliament today to refer the Forest Amendment Bill 2012 back to the Environment and Resources Committee in the light of a free for all firewood collection fiasco that has occurred since the Liberal National government got it wrong again with the changes to firewood collection rules

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Liberal National State Government Slash Women’s Health Funding – Shameful Act

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Liberal National government’s decision to slash funding for Women’s Health is a disgrace and will mean the loss of at least one staff member at Loddon Mallee Women’s Health (LMWH)

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New Castlemaine Secondary College Years Away Thanks to Coalition

Friday, 15 June 2012

The Coalition will deliver only $1.94 million despite its promise of $7 million at the last state election for the first stage of the new Castlemaine Secondary College, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said today.

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May 2012

Public Housing Budget Horror

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Baillieu Ryan Coalition Government's failure to properly invest in Victoria's public and social housing will result in vulnerable families waiting longer for the most basic human need – shelter.

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Budget Hoax for Castlemaine and Bendigo

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Baillieu Ryan 2012 budget is a hoax budget and a horror budget for regional Victorian families, who were hoping the Government, would come up with a plan to save jobs, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today.

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Labor’s Successful Pilot on Sex Abuse Centres Recognised by Coalition

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said today that the announcement of a multi-disciplinary centre in Bendigo to tackle the rising incidents of child abuse and sexual abuse was testament to the success of the pilot programs put in place by Labor.

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