Residents of Noojee will soon be better connected following a successful application for funding under Round 2 of the Regional Connectivity Program.

Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent has been liaising with and advocating for Noojee residents for over 12 months in relation to the poor mobile phone infrastructure surrounding the Noojee community and surrounds.

“I am so pleased that $941,200 worth of funding will go towards building a new Telstra macro mobile site which will provide improved coverage to the town of Noojee. This funding will not only benefit the digital connectivity of the town but improve the safety of residents and visitors during bushfires or other emergencies,” Mr Broadbent said.

This project forms part of the Australian Government’s continuing roll-out of the $257 million Regional Connectivity Program.

“Monash faces some unique geographic challenges and I know how critically important reliable, and quality mobile phone and internet coverage is to local residents," Mr Broadbent said.

"As the last two years have shown, digital connectivity is an essential part of how we work, learn, remain in contact with loved ones and to manage, adapt and recover from an increasing range of natural disasters.

“Preparing, responding and recovering from natural disasters rely heavily on trusted and efficient telecommunication networks. If you lose power in a small town, you lose telecommunications and water. This Telstra macro mobile tower will certainly make a difference to the town.”

Community meeting at Nooj Pub in March 2021

A new cancer treatment centre to be built at West Gippsland Health Group will change lives and improve regional health outcomes thanks to funding from the Federal Coalition Government.

Federal Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent, visited the site of the new facility this week with State Liberal Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood

Mr Broadbent said a growing population in West Gippsland meant it was critical that health services kept up with public demand and expectation.

“This $4.5 million cancer treatment centre funded in this year’s Federal Budget will change the lives of local and district residents’, Mr Broadbent said.

“The Federal Coalition Government has been a strong supporter of our vital regional health network, and this project will ensure we have the facilities we need here and now in Monash to support locals in their time of need.

“This funding ensures residents have local access to critical cancer support including chemotherapy, consulting and support services.

“We’re committed to the future of healthcare in West Gippsland and supporting our West Gippsland Hospital is vital for our rural and regional communities that rely on it for their care.

State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said with population booming in Drouin, Warragul and surrounding towns, it was essential that this project went ahead to give people the access to the treatment they need close to home.

“We know Drouin and Warragul are growing at a rapid rate, and that creates significant pressure on our local health service,” Mr Blackwood said.

“Having access to cancer treatment close to home can drastically change the treatment experience for people, keeping them close to their friends, family and support networks.

“That results in better treatment, better support and importantly better health outcomes.

“We need to ensure our health service is protected for the long term and is given the support it deserves to care for our community, and I am proud a Federal Coalition Government is delivering this critical investment for our region.

Comments from West Gippsland Health Group Dan Weeks  “We’re thrilled that the new Chemotherapy Unit will offer expanded operating hours and increased capacity to meet the growing needs for cancer services in the community.”

The Morrison Government is committed to supporting the growth of local communities with $5 million of funding for the redevelopment and upgrade of the Neerim District Health Service Aged Care Facility.

The Community Development Grants Programme has been established to support much-needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure, and viable local and regional economies.

Federal Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent said this funding supports economic and social infrastructure for the long-term benefit of regional communities.

“I have been working closely with the Neerim District Health Service Board and advocating for the urgent need for the upgrade of these facilities.

“The Neerim District Health Service Aged Care Facility is trusted by the community after years of faithful service to Neerim South and surrounds.

“I could not be prouder and more supportive of this local aged care facility. Aged care should be another stage in life lived to the full, with the help and support of government and family.

“This funding will provide a vital boost for our local communities, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering lasting upgrades that will benefit residents for years to come.”

Neerim District Health Service Chairman, Sean Dignum, said the region has seen extraordinary population growth in the wake of the pandemic, ranging from young families to retirees.

“This commitment of significant funding from the federal government is critical at this stage to ensuring Neerim Health can support it’s aged care residents and local community at a time when it’s most needed,” Mr Dignum said.

“All Australians are entitled to expect easily accessible, comprehensive and appropriate health and aged care services to be available to them, wherever they live,” Mr Dignum said.

“We greatly appreciate the long-term support provided by Member for Monash Russell Broadbent who has consistently campaigned of health and aged care services in the region.”

Federal Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent, has sought information from the Parliamentary Library as to the expenditure of COVID-19 Payments that have been distributed across the electorate.

Residents of Monash received over $300 million in payments such as the Coronavirus Supplement, Economic Support Payments, COVID-19 Disaster Payments, and the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.  

The breakdown of financial support is as follows:

These payments have helped save countless families and businesses from suffering severe economic loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For more information about COVID-19 related payments, please the following websites Australian Government COVID-19 disaster payments: a quick guide – Parliament of Australia (aph.gov.au).

The Australian Government is reducing the risk and minimising the impact to communities of large-scale natural disasters like floods and bushfires in Monash by directly funding three projects to the value of $275,000.

The Preparing Australian Communities Program – Local stream is the first tranche of the Preparing Australia Program, an investment by the Australian Government of $600 million over six years to build the nation’s resilience to natural disasters.

Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said we know communities are best placed to understand their unique needs and how they can best improve their resilience and reduce their level of risk to natural disasters. That’s why these projects have been assessed to be so important to the region.

"These projects are three of 158 projects across the country that shared in $150 million dollars from the Commonwealth Government.

Projects to receive funding under the program:

"Disasters currently cost Australian taxpayers $18.2 billion per year and this has been forecast to rise to $39 billion per year by 2050, even without increased frequency and intensity of weather events due to climate change.

"The whole idea of the resilience project is that small communities like these can still function during an emergency. If you lose power here, you lose telecommunications and water. This funding commits to a plan to be prepared," Mr Broadbent said.

In delivering this program, the Australian Government is not only increasing disaster preparedness and resilience, but also reducing the cost in time and money of recovery following future disasters.

There are three streams of the Preparing Australia Program:

For more information and a full list of projects funded under Round One of the Preparing Australian Communities Program – Local stream visit: https://recovery.gov.au/disaster-risk-reduction/preparing-australia-program

Cr Sarah Gilligan, Judy Walker - Board member Venus Bay Community Centre, Wendy Lawrence Chairperson Venus Bay Community Centre, Russell Broadbent MP, Carol Campbell Project officer Venus Bay Community Centre, Henry O'Clery - Board member Venus Bay Community Centre, Eddie McMicking - JMC Electrics, Moragh Mackay and Tara Bayly Mycelia Renewables.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Michael Leaney and Russell Broadbent MP
Russell Broadbent MP and Bass Coast Mayor Michael Whelan

NBN Co has announced a seventh tranche of suburbs and towns across Australia that will become eligible to upgrade to NBN’s Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with residents and businesses in Monash set to benefit from access to ultrafast broadband.

This new tranche of areas selected by NBN Co in Fibre to the Node areas means a total of 1.7 million premises, of the 2 million planned premises, are now eligible for upgrades to access on demand ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps).

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the NBN continues to assist more families and communities with access to ultra-fast broadband services.

“The Morrison Government is delivering on our $4.5 billion network upgrades that will mean up to 75 per cent of premises in the fixed line network are able to access ultra-fast broadband by 2023,” Minister Fletcher said.  

“NBN Co will now work with its construction and delivery partners to get premises in the Monash region ready to upgrade to ultra-fast speeds when they choose to do so.

Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent, said towns and communities across the region would benefit from being able to access ultrafast broadband.

“This will create jobs in the community, ensure local businesses can access the speeds they need to thrive, and improve connectivity for families in the entire region,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Households and businesses in towns like North Wonthaggi and Warragul will be able to access NBN Co’s fastest internet plans of up to 1 gigabit per second, on demand by 2023.”

Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, said these network upgrades were further proof of NBN Co’s commitment to delivering better and faster internet to its residential and business customers.

“We are giving more homes and businesses across Australia the choice to upgrade their NBN connection which will allow them to access faster broadband speeds,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Our Government’s $4.5 billion investment towards network upgrades will ensure NBN Co can continue to meet the changing needs of its customers and forms part of our plan to make Australia a top ten data and digital economy by 2030.”

At the moment 42 per cent of the fixed line network is gigabit-enabled and last week NBN announced the first 50,000 premises now able to upgrade to Fibre to the Premises, when they place an order with a retailer to on an eligible service.

NBN Co is committed to delivering on the $4.5 billion upgrade by 2023.

For more information on the locations, visit www.nbn.com.au/fttpupgrade.

Five councils in the Monash electorate will benefit from the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion pre-payment on next year’s Financial Assistance Grant to all councils across Australia.

Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said this early payment will give every council in Monash access to funds to help manage the cumulative impacts of the floods and COVID-19.

“The funding will target councils’ top priorities and will ensure the needs of our local communities are met,” Mr Broadbent said.

“This will provide a vital boost for our local communities, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering lasting upgrades that will benefit residents for years to come.

Councils in Monash will receive the following payment:

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said pre-paying the Financial Assistance Grant means the Government is backing local councils when they need it most.

“The Government is committed to continuing its support to local governments, given their important role in delivering vital services and ensuring quality of life for Australian communities,” Mr Hogan said.

“These grants are untied in the hands of local government, allowing councils to spend the grants according to local priorities – a real shot in the arm for councils and local decision-making in these challenging times.

“I want to acknowledge the hard work of local officials – with support from our Government – in dealing with natural disasters and their aftermath at a community level.

“I have been in regular contact with mayors, councillors and other local government ministers to understand the realities on the ground, and to make sure we are all playing our part.

“A stable and effective local government sector is good for the nation and we will continue to do what is good for the nation through these crises.”

Since 1974–75, the Australian Government will have provided local governments with $64 billion in untied funding through the Financial Assistance Grant program to 2022-23.

The Commonwealth has committed $2.8 billion in funding to local government in 2022–23, 75 per cent being brought forward to be paid early to local governments for rebuilding after floods and the transition and planning of living with COVID-19.

More information is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/territories-regions-cities/local-government/financial-assistance-grant-local-government.

Local road maintenance in Monash will receive a boost thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.

Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said the Australian Government is providing over $131.8 million to 324 local government authorities nationwide to deliver safer and better-maintained roads.

“The Roads to Recovery funding in Monash will allow councils across the area to progress a number of high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads,” Mr Broadbent said.

“This forms part of our Government’s unwavering commitment to get Australians home sooner and safer, no matter where they live.”

Councils in Monash will receive the following quarterly payment under the program:

Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the Australian Government has committed an additional $100 million per year to the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019–20, as part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019–20 Budget.

“From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following,” Mr Hogan said.

“We are investing in infrastructure nationwide to drive Australia’s world-leading economic recovery from COVID-19.

“Assisting local councils to maintain and improve roads under their jurisdiction is a big part of that, which is why we have made a $2.5 billion commitment through the Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and earlier this year brought forward $1.3 billion of the 2021–22 Financial Assistance Grant payment.”

Mr Hogan said Roads to Recovery investments deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the country.

“The Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through a range of programs,” Mr Hogan said.

“This support includes the Financial Assistance Grant and Bridges Renewal, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity, Roads to Recovery and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure programs.”

More information on these programs is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au.   

Giant Gippsland Earthworms and Hooded Plovers are set to benefit from $500,000 in funding across two projects in Monash thanks to the Morrison Government’s Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said conservation and restoration projects across Australia have been allocated a share of $12 million funding through the $100 million Environment Restoration Fund.

“The successful projects span all states and territories and will deliver practical action on the ground to protect more than 60 priority threatened species,” Minister Ley said.

“This includes action to restore and create important habitat, captive breeding programs to boost populations as well as new feral cat and fox management initiatives to reduce pressures from invasive predators.

“These community-led activities will help improve the trajectory of our most precious native wildlife with a range of flow on benefits for other species that share the same habitat.

“Projects announced today will also drive forward action under the Government’s recently announced Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan.”

Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said these grants will assist the Landcare groups in enhancing their knowledge and the protection of native species in Monash.

“I’m pleased to announce that Bass Coast Landcare Network and South Gippsland Landcare Network have been approved for grants of $250,000 as part of the Morrison Government’s Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan,” Mr Broadbent said.

“This funding will enable the community-led projects to set a pathway to coordinate practical conservation efforts for our threatened species.”

Projects to receive funding in Monash include:

More road and community infrastructure projects will be rolled out across Monash, thanks to a further $500 million in funding for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

The Morrison-Joyce Government is continuing to deliver for local communities through the 2022-23 Budget.

Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said local councils would directly benefit from the funding boost.

“This funding injection for our hard-working local councils means even more funding for upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Providing more time for planning and construction will enable local governments to consider a broader range of priority projects and potentially undertake larger, more complex developments to deliver even great benefits for their communities.”

Councils in Monash will receive the following payment through the Phase 3 extension of the LRCI Program:

·  Bass Coast Shire Council - $923,666

·  Baw Baw Shire Council - $1,795,027

·  Cardinia Shire Council - $1,691,139

·  Latrobe City Council - $1,700,085

· South Gippsland Shire Council - $2,384,531

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the quick delivery of projects under the LRCI Program will stimulate local economies.

“This highly successful program has supported an estimated 9,000 jobs and nearly 7,900 individual projects,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Our additional funding brings the total Commonwealth Government commitment to the Local Roads and Community Program to $3 billion.

“Delivering more local road and community infrastructure projects will make and towns and communities stronger and wealthier, and that is why we continue to invest in this vital initiative.”

Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the program forms part of the Liberal and Nationals commitment to back local councils and their communities through COVID-19 and secure a stronger future out the other side of the pandemic.

"Local councils have been putting in some hard yards supporting their communities through the toughest times of the last few years, so I'm thrilled to be putting even more funding in their hands to help them do that," Assistant Minister Hogan said.

"This program also asks local councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver their projects where possible and that's exactly what we have been seeing, meaning these funds continue to flow on to hard-working Aussies, their families, and then back into their communities."

Councils will be able to access funding through the LRCI Phase 3 extension from July 2023.

For more information on the LRCI Program, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/about/local-initiatives/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure/

Significant funding commitments in the 2022-23 Budget will drive the growth of towns and communities across Monash, creating jobs and driving our economic growth into the future.

The Government is continuing to get the job done for our regions, delivering the projects and infrastructure that make regional towns and cities better places to live, work and visit.

Our continued investment in the regions is what sets us apart from the Labor Party, who don’t believe in regional Australia and don’t stand behind the people who live outside of capital cities.

Russell Broadbent, Federal Member for Monash said through the 2022-23 Budget, the Coalition Government is continuing to deliver for the people of Monash.

“Our Government’s investments are building strong and resilient communities across Monash,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Programs like the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and the Stronger Communities Programme make a significant difference in our region.

“Vital local projects help create more jobs and unlock the economic potential in our region, such as the South Gippsland Highway – Koonwarra realignment, the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre and the GSRT Railway Precincts Development in Leongatha and Korumburra.

“The Coalition believes in regional Australia, which is why we are continuing to fund the services and creating the opportunities that people in capital cities take for granted.

“Our investments will also create local jobs and new economic opportunities for locals, lifting their standard of living and enabling them to pursue their dreams.”

This year’s Budget includes significant new funding for existing programs that drive the growth and success of regional towns and communities.

LOCAL ROADS AND COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM

We are investing an additional $500 million in the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, a major boost to communities across the country.

This funding will support more community infrastructure projects, boosting local jobs and driving the economic growth to make our nation as strong as possible as quickly as possible.

Our additional funding brings the total Commonwealth Government commitment to the LRCI Program to $3 billion.

Projects already funded through the LRCI program include:

STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME

A further $22.7 million has been committed for an additional round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP), delivering more funding for small capital projects in federal electorates.

Projects funded under the SCP aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities.

This latest funding injection takes the Government’s total investment under the SCP to $167.8 million.

Projects funded through the Stronger Communities Programme include:

The Morrison Government’s plan for a stronger future provides cost of living relief, creates more jobs, guarantees the essential services and keeps Australians safe, including in Monash.

Russell Broadbent Member for Monash said, “Australia’s economic recovery is leading the world.”

“More Australians are in work than ever before and the unemployment rate is now forecast to reach 3¾ per cent in 2022, the lowest rate in close to 50 years.”

Risks to the outlook remain, with the pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine all putting pressure on the cost of living for Australian households. 

As part of the Budget 2022‑23, the Government is: 

Cost of living relief 

“The Government is introducing a new temporary, targeted and responsible cost of living package to take the pressure off household budgets.” Mr Broadbent said.

Jobs 

The Government is investing in measures to expand and upskill the workforce to secure the workers we need now and for the future, including people in Monash.

This will also help Australians into more highly skilled and better paying jobs. 

Backing small businesses 

Small businesses will have access to a new 20 per cent bonus deduction for eligible external training courses for upskilling employees.

The Skills and Training Boost will apply to expenditure incurred from Budget night until 30 June 2024, providing $550 million in tax relief.

The Government is also providing $1 billion for a new Technology Investment Boost to encourage small businesses to go digital.

Small businesses will be able to deduct a bonus 20 per cent of the cost of expenses and depreciating assets that support digital uptake.  

Expenditure of up to $100,000 per year will be supported by this new measure, which applies from Budget night until 30 June 2023.

Essential services 

“A strong economy enables the Government to guarantee the essential services Australians rely on.” Mr Broadbent said.

“Since coming to office, we have delivered record levels of funding for health, aged care, education and disability support.”

The Government has allocated $6 billion for the COVID-19 Health response, which includes support for the Governments’ Winter Response Plan to prepare for the next wave of COVID‑19 and influenza. 

Infrastructure 

Mr Broadbent said, “The Government is investing an unprecedented $37.9 billion in regional Australia and priority infrastructure across the nation to create jobs and unlock the economic potential in our regions, including vital local projects such as the South Gippsland Highway – Koonwarra realignment, the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre and the GSRT Railway Precincts Development in Leongatha and Korumburra.

This includes $7.1 billion for transformative investments including in the Northern Territory, North and Central Queensland, the Pilbara and the Hunter to unlock new economic frontiers of production in agriculture, low emissions manufacturing and renewable energy.

The Government has increased its 10‑year transport infrastructure pipeline to a record $120 billion with an additional $17.9 billion committed to road, rail and community infrastructure projects supporting around 40,000 jobs.

Including through its $8.9 billion National Water Grid Fund, the Government will provide a further $7.4 billion to improve Australia’s water security and open up new land for irrigation.

As well as projects in each state and territory, the Government is investing:  

Keeping Australians Safe 

We are living in a time of uncertainty.  

The pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine and extreme weather events have and continue to cause enormous disruption. 

To keep Australians safe the Government will: 

Russell Broadbent, Member for Monash said, “the Budget delivers the next stage of the Government’s plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.”

Budget documents are available at www.budget.gov.au  

Russell Broadbent MP
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