GOTAFE NOT UNDER PRESSURE
I write in response to recent statements from Deputy Nationals Leader, Steph Ryan about GOTAFE (published in The Adviser, September 27).
She has claimed GOTAFE is under financial pressure. The fact is GOTAFE posted a $2.1M surplus in 2016 compared to a $10.9M deficit in 2014 under the Liberal National Coalition.
State Government operating contributions also increased in 2016, up from $33M in 2014 to $41M in 2016.
Steph Ryan should be asking her coalition colleague and Shepparton based former minister and current Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell what she did to stop the cuts when they were in government.
Steph Ryan is yet to outline her plan for TAFE.
The Hon Gayle Tierney
Minister for Training and Skills
DISAPPOINTED IN OUR LOCAL MEMBER
I am writing to express my disappointment at the response from the Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed to an email I sent her on July 6 regarding the termination of three experienced directors from the GV Health Board, despite all three having applied to extend their tenure.
Ms Sheed took over two months to respond and then just fobbed me off, telling me to write to the Health Minister myself because she was an independent member and couldn’t help me.
As our local member, it is Ms Sheed’s job to address any issue that people in her electorate raise. She should have been making sure the representation on GV Health Board was either retained or if needed changing making sure suitable replacements were in place by July 1 to retain a complete board as currently there are two vacancies on the GV Health Board still unfilled despite nearly three months having passed by. Ms Sheed should be advocating on the issue for the betterment of GV Health.
Ms Sheed is close to the Labor Government and votes with them on issues that her electorate may not support, but when she tries to get assistance from the government and have input on issues that affect the Shepparton electorate she gets ignored.
Is this the power of an independent member?
I have just completed a trip along the Darling River and what I have seen is a river system mostly in complete chaos. I really wonder why the very contentious basin plan is called the Murray Darling Basin Plan, somewhere along the way those hundreds of experts in Canberra with their marvellous computer modelling have largely forgotten about the Darling River.
The lower Darling’ is barely flowing and the salt levels are increasing dramatically.
The same rules that have been applied to the Murray River irrigation system must be applied to the Darling River.
It really breaks your heart to hear all of the stories of woe, farmers are doing it hard enough in Australia, dry times are here again for a lot and idiotic government energy policies has put their energy bills out of control, no wonder the average age of farmers is getting older all the time.
The Menindee Lakes need to be maintained as they supply a wonderful water source for Broken Hill along with sustaining an amazing amount of wildlife. The argument that they evaporate quickly is wrong and can be countered by the 2,000 gigalitres of water each year needed to keep the once saline lower lakes a fresh water system.
If we are to have a fair basin plan then it must encompass the whole river systems including the lower lakes.
I am completely bamboozled by the NSW government’s idea to build a 500km pipeline from the Murray River to Broken Hill. The water is already there. Quite a few locals there told me the mineral sand mines want more water, hence the pipeline.
So many years since the Basin Plan began and it is enveloped in more controversy than ever.