Thanks to Ken Smith

I would like to thank Ken Smith for his dedication to the community over the past 30 years, following his announcement that he will be retiring from State Parliament in November. I have known Ken since I was a small boy. He worked with my father Alan Hunt in the Upper House where they both…

Residents invited to make submissions to Mobile Coverage Programme

People frustrated with poor mobile phone coverage across the Mornington Peninsula, Western Port, Bass Coast and Phillip Island are invited to make a submission to the Mobile Coverage Programme.  The Australian Government initiative aims to extend mobile phone coverage and competition in regional, remote and outer metropolitan areas.   The $100 million programme includes $20 million…

Federal Environment Minister visits Somerville

It is a pleasure to visit Somerville Secondary College today to see the progress students have made on the Yumarrala Wetlands. Students, with the assistance of parents, teachers, community members and a number of generous sponsors have turned a patch of land into thriving wetlands. The Wetlands Redevelopment Project was created by Victorian Certificate of…

Campaign for speed limit reduction at Boneo Primary

I am visiting Boneo Primary School today to show my support to have the speed limit reduced along Boneo Road. We have already seen a fatal accident outside the school in September this year, which was sadly witnessed by pupils at the school. The 100km speed limit is not appropriate where you have young children in…

Dromana Pier tender process nears completion

I am delighted that we are closer to stepping onto a refurbished pier at Dromana after tenders to repair the pier closed in October. The Dromana Pier is an iconic landmark of the Mornington Peninsula and these works will ensure it can be enjoyed for many years to come. I congratulate Nepean MP Martin Dixon…

Centenary of Anzac – Gallipoli ballot open

Australia’s part in the Gallipoli campaign stretched from 25 April to 20 December 1915. In 2015, Australians will commemorate 100 years since thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops first set foot on a beach far away in Turkey. Charged with the notion of a great adventure in service of ‘King and Country’, thousands left…

Construction commences on Koo Wee Rup Bypass

Koo Wee Rup residents can look forward to faster travel times, reduced traffic congestion and a more peaceful town centre with the construction of the Koo Wee Rup Bypass. Today I joined Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Gary Blackwood and State Member for Bass Ken Smith as they turned the first sod for construction of…

Carbon Tax repeal a boost for local small businesses

Small businesses are set to benefit from the Coalition’s introduction of new laws to repeal the Carbon Tax. The idea that a punitive electricity tax is the right approach to tackling climate change was unequivocally rejected by the Australian people at the recent election. Small businesses were hit hardest by the Carbon Tax as they…

Tourism funding grant for Maru Koala and Animal Park

Maru Koala and Animal Park in Grantville is set to benefit from a Federal tourism grant of $74,591 to create a dinosaur-themed children’s playroom. The playroom will overlook the kangaroo paddock and will contain interactive displays where visitors can learn about the dinosaur dreaming fossil dig site that extends along the Bunurong Coast. Maru Koala…

Local ANZAC Centenary Projects Win Support on Remembrance Day

The forthcoming Centenary of ANZAC will be commemorated in the Flinders electorate with a diverse and creative range of community projects. On Remembrance Day today, I am delighted to announce that the Flinders ANZAC Centenary Community Grants Committee has approved a total of 22 local projects from across the Mornington Peninsula, Western Port and Phillip…