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November 2013

CALLS FOR NAPTHINE TO DELIVER PROMISED GONSKI FUNDING

Friday, 22 November 2013

The Napthine Government is withholding money from Central Victorian schools despite promising only three months ago that additional funding would go to schools from the start of 2014, State Labor Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan said today...

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VICTORIAN LABOR’S TRANSPORT PLAN BIG WIN FOR REGIONAL COMMUTERS

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Labor’s State Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan said Labor’s Project 10,000 Transport Plan released today would be a big win for regional commuters, business, industry and agriculture...

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NAPTHINE "A COWARD" OVER BENDIGO NO-SHOW

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Premier Dennis Napthine has been accused of cowardice by not attending a function in Bendigo on Friday...

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ANSWERS SOUGHT ON BENDIGO TAFE MERGERS

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today requested FOI documents from the National Party Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall about any potential mergers between Bendigo TAFE, LaTrobe University, Sunraysia TAFE and/or any other /TAFE institution...

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RAMPING OUT OF CONTROL AT BENDIGO HOSPITAL

Monday, 11 November 2013

Ambulances unable to transfer patients to Bendigo Hospital has increased significantly since the Coalition took office in 2010, which is part of a state-wide trend where ramping has held up more ambulances for longer than ever before...

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STATE GOVERNMENT MUST STEP IN TO AVERT CRISIS AT CASTLEMAINE HEALTH

Friday, 8 November 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today called on the Minister for Health David Davis to immediately step in and avert the growing financial crisis at Castlemaine Health...

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BENDIGO TAFE SEEKS $17MILL FROM STATE GOVERNMENT TO END TAFE CRISIS

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Bendigo TAFE has applied to the Liberal National State government for $17million to end the crisis that the State Government caused by its policy of massive TAFE cuts...

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FIX OUR ROADS CAMPAIGN

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today called on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing with the launch of www.FixOurRoads.com.au website...

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CALL FOR RENEWAL OF JOCK COMINI REST AREA AT RAVENSWOOD – EDWARDS

Friday, 1 November 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards called on the Minister for Transport in Parliament this week to have VicRoads immediately address the current disgraceful state of the Jock Comini memorial reserve/ rest area on the Calder Highway at Ravenswood...

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October 2013

GOLDEN SQUARE CFA - NO SHED FOR NEW TRUCK

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Golden Square CFA will have to fund its own storage facility for the vitally needed new Field Operations Vehicle, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards detailed in Parliament today...

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QUESTIONS ASKED OF MINISTER OVER FUTURE OF MCCRAE STREET TAFE CAMPUS

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

With the resumption of Parliament this week, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said she had submitted questions to the Minister for Skills and Higher Education Peter Hall regarding the future of the Bendigo TAFE Campus in McCrae Street...

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FIRE SEASON HERE BUT NEW STATIONS AREN’T

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today said that the hopeless dithering by the Liberal National State Government meant that Bendigo would go into another summer without the new fire stations at Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square which the former Labor government committed to in 2010...

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Action Plan For McCrae Street TAFE Campus Sought

Monday, 21 October 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today called for a meeting with the new Interim CEO of Bendigo TAFE to find out TAFE’s action plan to keep open the Bendigo campus of TAFE in McCrae Street...

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DAMIAN DRUM AND WENDY LOVELL OPPOSE FAIRER FIRE SERVICES LEVY

Monday, 21 October 2013

The National Party Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum, and the Liberal Member Wendy Lovell voted in Parliament last week against legislation to improve the flawed and inequitable Fires Services Property Levy (FSPL), Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today...

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EDWARDS CALLS ON MINISTER TO RULE OUT AGED CARE PRIVATISATION IN BENDIGO AND REGION

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards called on the Minister for Aging the Hon David Davis in Parliament yesterday to categorically rule out the privatisation of any aged care beds in Bendigo and the region...

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TRANSPARENCY REQUESTED ON ALEXANDER BAYNE CENTRE

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today that she had today lodged a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Bendigo Health in relation to the Alexander Bayne Centre and patient safety and security...

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NAPTHINE TO BLAME FOR CENTRAL VICTORIAN POLICE GUARDING PRISONERS INSTEAD OF TACKLING CRIME

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Local crime rates could increase further under the Napthine Government as Victoria Police is forced off the frontline to guard prisoners, State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said...

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September 2013

DRUG CRIME UP IN GREATER BENDIGO – DRUG EDUCATION CUT BY NAPTHINE

Friday, 13 September 2013

Recently released crime statistics showing a steep increase in drug crimes in Greater Bendigo demonstrate the need to reinstate drug education staff in the education system, according to State Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan...

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MINISTER FAILS TO HALT PLAN BY BENDIGO HEALTH TO WITHDRAW AFTER- HOURS CRISIS ASSESSMENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards has criticised the Minister for Mental Health for failing to intervene and halt the withdrawal by Bendigo Health of the out of hours mental health crisis assessment service...

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August 2013

REGIONAL AMBULANCE CRISIS REACHING CRITICAL LEVELS

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today that having ten ambulances ramped at Bendigo Health on Monday afternoon was evidence that the ambulance crisis in the Bendigo region was reaching critical levels...

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LIBERAL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT MISLEADS ON ROAD TUNNEL

Friday, 16 August 2013

The Napthine Government has now kept the business case for its $8 billion dud tunnel hidden from public scrutiny for three months and it is time it was revealed for public scrutiny, State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today...

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Mental Health Patient’s Welfare Concerns Dismissed by Minister

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The underwhelming but not unexpected response from the Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge (Bendigo Advertiser 8th August 2013) to my request for a review into the safety, welfare and security for mental health patients at the Alexander Bayne Centre is not only disappointing but reflects the Liberal National State government’s failure to address the growing community concerns about a mental health system that is reaching crisis levels, Member for Bendigo West said today...

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July 2013

NAPTHINE/RYAN TO SLUG MOTORISTS ANOTHER $50M IN FEES

Monday, 15 July 2013

Responsible safe central Victorian motorists will be slugged extra costs when renewing their licence today (16th July) as the Napthine Government slashes a safe driver reward scheme penalising drivers $50 million, Bendigo State Members of Parliament. Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards said today...

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CASTLEMAINE ALP BRANCH CELEBRATES 110 YEARS

Friday, 5 July 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today congratulated the Castlemaine Branch of the Australian Labor Party on reaching their 110th milestone...

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BENDIGO’S NEW HOSPITAL LATE AGAIN

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Bendigo Labor MPs, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, are concerned that the seven month delay to the start of construction of Bendigo’s new hospital will mean that it will not be finished by 2016...

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June 2013

IT’S OFFICIAL: NAPTHINE’S CUTS GUTTING VICTORIAN TAFE

Sunday, 30 June 2013

The $1.2 billion cut from TAFE has devastated the sector with nine percent fewer students enrolling in 2013 than at the same time last year, Bendigo State Members of Parliament, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards said...

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BENDIGO AND LODDON SOUTHERN MALLEE MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS SUFFERING UNDER THE NAPTHINE GOVERNMENT

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Mentally ill patients in the Loddon Southern Mallee Region are suffering from a lack of availability of services under the Napthine/Ryan Coalition Government, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today...

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LOCAL CLUBS FACE LOSS OF FUNDING

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Napthine-Ryan Coalition Government’s decision to slash $30 million from sport and recreation will affect local sporting clubs ability to improve facilities and impact on local jobs in the community, State Members of Parliament, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards said today...

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May 2013

NO NEW GOLDEN SQUARE CFA STATION

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The Golden Square CFA volunteers and community will be very disappointed to hear that there has been no money to purchase land to build the new Golden Square CFA station in today’s State Government budget, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today...

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April 2013

COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUNDING ABANDONED

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The Liberal National Coalition Government is likely to abandon central Victorian soccer clubs in the upcoming State Budget, State Member for Bendigo West, Ms Edwards said...

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WHERE IS CASTLEMAINE’S NEW POLICE STATION?

Friday, 19 April 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today demanded the Liberal National government get on with building the Labor funded new police station in Castlemaine...

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March 2013

PLEA FOR BENDIGO REGIONAL TAFE HISTORIC BUILDING

Thursday, 21 March 2013

“After ripping $290 million out of the TAFE system – in one year – the Liberal National Coalition Government has thrown the TAFE sector a paltry $50 million a year in competitive funding,” Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said in Parliament yesterday...

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EDWARDS AGAIN CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO BETTER FUND REGIONAL AMBULANCES

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards has again called on the Minister for Health asking for an increase in funding for additional paramedics and ambulance resources for the Bendigo region in this year’s May budget...

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BAND AID FOR TAFE TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The announcement by a nervous Napthine government today reveals that they got it wrong with their massive $290 million cuts to the TAFE sector last year, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said today...

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MINISTER FAILS TO GIVE TARADALE PS CERTAINTY IN WRITING

Monday, 11 March 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards called on the Minister for Education in Parliament last week to give the Taradale PS and community assurances in writing that their school would not close...

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DANIEL ANDREWS VISITS BENDIGO

Friday, 8 March 2013

"...they may well change the head but a Leopard can't change its spots..." said the Leader of the State Opposition, Daniel Andrews, who visited Bendigo today in one of his many trips to the region...

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FIREWOOD COLLECTION FIASCO SET TO CONTINUE

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Maree Edwards MP, State Member for Bendigo West, called on the Liberal National Coalition Government in Parliament yesterday, to once and for all clear up confusion and abuse that their legislation, the Forest Amendment Bill 2012, has caused in our State Forests.

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January 2013

EDWARDS DEMANDS MINISTER ANNOUNCE START DATE FOR NEW KANGAROO FLAT CFA STATION

Monday, 14 January 2013

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today demanded that the State Minister for Emergency Services and Leader of the National Party, Peter Ryan release the timeline and start date for construction of the new Kangaroo Flat CFA station...

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