Members statement- Mildura visit

20th June 2017- Mr O'Sullivan- Last week I had the pleasure of spending two days in the Mildura electorate with my colleague Peter Crisp, the member for Mildura in the Legislative Assembly. We went to the new cafe and rowing pavilion down at the riverfront, which was funded by The Nationals when we were in government with the Liberals. Some $13 million went into that project, so it was terrific to see the cafe and rowing club up and running in that spot. We also visited the State Emergency Service to hear about the impacts the Country Fire Authority bill will have on them. There is no doubt that there is some uncertainty about their operations, particularly around the road rescue aspects of their current role.

We also held 'Pollies in the pub' at the Sandbar hotel. We listened to all the people who came and had a pot with the pollies and a chat with us. They were particularly concerned about the crime rate and drug use in the Mildura area and the lack of effort being shown to try to bring down crime rates. We went to Ouyen and caught up with the president of the Ouyen lake committee to hear about the progress of the Ouyen lake. Tenders are out at the moment. They will close very shortly. A successful tenderer will be announced soon, and works will progress. That will be terrific.

We went to a charity golf day for Georgia Fraser, who is suffering from a disease which is limiting her at the moment. It was good to be part of that event to raise some money to help her out.

We also went to the Robinvale Country Fire Authority station to speak to the captain about the impacts of the current bill before the house.

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