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Auditor General confirms there’s no strategy to fix our roads

IMGP1040The Victorian Auditor General has today revealed there is nothing in place to ensure roadworks are being completed to a decent standard or in a cost effective way. Read more 

The Premier for Melbourne imposes unfair tax on regional taxi users

taxis_melb_p1160569South West Coast residents using a taxi will pay more because of the city centric Premier, member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017

IMGP1106The Legislative Council has voted in support of the Liberal Nationals motion to refer the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017 to a committee for consultation and improvements. Read More

Quality of road repairs raised in Parliament

r0_52_1680_997_w1200_h678_fmaxMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell has raised the quality of road repairs taking place across the electorate in Parliament. Read More

Report backs Warrnambool as a university town

r0_0_2592_3893_w1200_h678_fmaxAn interim report into Victoria’s population growth says Warrnambool should be promoted widely as a university town to encourage new students and additional courses to the city’s existing university campus. Read More

Comments regarding fire services reform

34789703_sComments from Roma Britnell MP regarding the Fire Services Reform. Read More

Crime continues to rise in Warrnambool

warrnambool-jun-17Regional areas are not immune to Daniel Andrews soft approach to law and order Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Behavioural assessment room an unfortunate necessity

thumb_R_W500_H500_C70_Q80Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says she is pleased the state government is committing to establish a behavioural assessment room at the Warrnambool Base Hospital. Read More 

Premier more interested in political games than meaningful debate

34789703_sDaniel Andrews has proven he is more intent on playing political games than having serious debate over the future of Victoria’s fire services, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Statement regarding CFA split

IMGP0946Statement from Roma Britnell MP regarding the split of the CFA. Read More

Education Minister invited to Community meeting

build-our-special-developmental-schoolEducation minister James Merlino has been invited to a community meeting to explain why the Warrnambool Developmental School did not receive funding in the 2017/18 state budget. Read More

Labor rips off Western Victoria

budget-2017The State Labor Government has ripped off Western Victoria, using money set aside for rural infrastructure projects on regular maintenance programs, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Daniel Andrews fails to rule out sacking Portland and Warrnambool volunteers

IMGP0946In Question Time in Tuesday, Premier Daniel Andrews evaded questions as to whether he will forcibly remove CFA volunteers from 35 fire stations right across Victoria, including Warrnambool and Portland, if the organisation is split.Read More

Britnell urges State Government to end political games on rail funding

imgp1362South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has urged the State Labor government to end the games and sit down with the federal government and negotiate funding for the Warrnambool rail line. Read More

Budget 2017: Britnell disgusted Warrnambool Special Developmental School ignored

budget-2017The State Government has failed children and families in South West Victoria and left the job half done by not funding a new Warrnambool Special Developmental School, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Budget 2017: Quality roads must be the result of funding announcement

budget-2017Investment in roads must be spent properly and effectively to ensure value for money, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Budget 2017: More detail needed for energy modernisation fund

budget-2017Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has called for more information about an $88.8 million fund to modernise Victoria’s Energy Supply System, listed in today’s state budget. Read More

Budget 2017: Britnell welcomes Great South Coast Food and Fibre Plan funding

budget-2017News that the Great South Coast Regional Food and Fibre plan has been listed as a priority project for funding from $29 million state wide fund has been welcomed by Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell. Read More

Budget 2017: Britnell disappointed no funding for Port of Portland rail link

budget-2017Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says the Port of Portland won’t be on a level playing field after no funding was committed to upgrading its rail link in the state budget. Read More:

Britnell disappointed hospital redevelopment not fully funded

budget-2017South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says she is disappointed that the stage two redevelopment of the Warrnambool Base Hospital has not been fully funded, but says money for planning is at least a start. Read More

Rail announcement welcomed

imgp1362Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell welcomes this morning’s announcement of $100 million to upgrade the Warrnambool rail line. Read More

Transport, energy, schools and hospitals atop MP’s budget wishlist

IMGP1132Transport, energy, schools and hospitals are atop South West Coast MP Roma Britnell’s State Budget wish list for 2017. Read More

Joint media release: Petition launched to fight for better passenger rail

imgp1362Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has joined with state and federal Liberal MPs from across the region to push for greater state and federal investment in passenger rail. Read More

Britnell welcomes games plan

Blue backgroundSouth West Coast MP Roma Britnell has welcomed news of a plan to bring the 2030 Commonwealth Games to regional Victoria. Read More

MP appointed to Parliamentary Committee

IMGP1106South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has been appointed to the Victorian Parliament’s Joint Investigatory committee into Family and Community Development. Read More

Hospital needs funding, not a talk fest

thumb_R_W500_H500_C70_Q80An advisory panel set up to attract money for the upgrade of the Warrnambool Base Hospital is a token effort from the State Government to make it look like it supports the upgrade, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Labor’s level crossing upgrades a half-baked plan

Timgp1362he Labor Government has been caught out again peddling a half-baked plan – this time to get the Warrnambool Rail Line running on time, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

CostWatch to visit South West Coast to hear from locals

electirictyResidents from across South West Coast will have the opportunity to share their stories of increased cost of living next week. Read More 

School needs money to finish the job

IMGP1106Warrnambool’s Special Developmental School has waited long enough and must be given money to build a new school, according to Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell. Read More

Denis Napthine portrait unveiled

denis-portraitA portrait of the former Premier and former Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine was added to the Parliament House collection on Friday evening. Read More

Labor caught re-announcing old money

Blue backgroundLabor has again been caught pulling the wool over the eyes of the people of Portland. Read More 

Public ressure gets results

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Monday’s announcement of fast-tracked level crossing upgrades on the Warrnambool line is a win for the community, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Britnell calls for free travel on Warrnambool line

imgp1362Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has called for free travel on the Warrnambool rail line until crippling speed restrictions are lifted. Read More

Government dilly-dallies on community safety

IMGP1106The Labor Government is wasting time with reviews and should act now to strengthen Victoria’s bail laws, South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says. Read More

Britnell reaffirms commitment to protecting agricultural assets

dairy_farm_shotMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell has reaffirmed her commitment to protecting the region’s rich agricultural assets, voting to ban fracking in Victoria. Read More

Health performance data again highlights need for upgrades

thumb_R_W500_H500_C70_Q80The latest hospital performance data again builds the case for the stage two upgrade of the Warrnambool Base Hospital, according to Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell. Read More

New Timetable, same train delays

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Public Transport Minster Jacinta Allan must now realise timetable changes won’t fix the problems that have been plaguing the Warrnambool rail line. Read More

Britnell confident of positive outcome for Portland and South West Coast.

portlandaluminiumsmelterMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell says she is confident of a positive outcome as negotiations continue on the future of Portland Aluminium. Read More

New train service will cost passengers more

VLine-train-Sale3Passengers planning to travel on a new mid-evening service from Melbourne to Warrnambool will pay extra compared to other services, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More 

Trains to depart earlier, but arrive later under new timetable.

IMGP1107Trains on the Warrnambool line will leave Warrnambool earlier but arrive later under a new timetable that tries to fool people into believing punctuality issue have been fixed says member for South West Coast Roma Britnell. Read more

Warrnambool line records state’s worst punctuality figure…again

VLine-train-Sale3South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has demanded Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan urgently address issues on the Warrnambool rail line to stop passengers being inconvenienced by late trains. Read More 

Labor’s city-centric view reflected in latest economy figures

Dairy_Farm_shotNew figures that show regional Victoria’s economy is slipping proves the state needs a strong decentralisation policy, South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says. Read More

Statement regarding Assisted Dying

IMGP1106I welcome the news the state Government plans to legislate assist dying as recommended by the Inquiry into End of Life Choices. Read More

Statement regarding Portland Aluminium

Blue backgroundThe State Government must do everything in its power to ensure operations at the Portland Smelter are fully restored following a blackout on Thursday, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Chaos continues on Warrnambool rail line as speed restrictions bite

VLine-train-Sale3South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says the Warrnambool line is being left to languish as the State Government focuses on the metropolitan rail network. Read More

Go west- but not too far west

r0_52_1680_997_w1200_h678_fmaxThe Labor State Government has again showed its contempt for regional Victoria with the announcement of a $1.8 billion road repair package in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Hazelwood closure bad news for whole state

electirictyThe closure of the Hazelwood Power Station is not only terrible news for the Latrobe Valley, but will put pressure on every Victorian, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More

Britnell welcomes Murray Goulburn announcement

Dairy_Farm_shotMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell has welcomed Murray Goulburn’s announcement of two price step-ups and a suspension of the Milk Supply Support Package until 2022. Read more

New agriculture course good news for region

Dairy_Farm_shotSouth West Coast MP Roma Britnell says it’s encouraging news tertiary agriculture qualifications will be offered in the region from next year. Read More

Labor’s city centric view on show in Parliament this week

IMGP1132South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says the Andrews Labor Government is failing to live up to its promise to govern for all Victorians. Read More 

Slow streak broken, but trains still not up to scratch

VLine-train-Sale3Warrnambool line trains may have broken their streak of being the slowest in the state, but they are still falling well short of expectations, South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says. Read More

Labor’s roads excuses run out

r0_52_1680_997_w1200_h678_fmaxThe release of Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy means Luke Donnellan has run out of excuses for not funding improvements to regional roads, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Read More 

Infrastructure Victoria backs community’s train wishes

VLine-train-Sale3South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says the Labor Government’s hand-picked infrastructure advisors have backed a long held community desire for five return services on the Warrnambool Rail Line. Read More 

Deakin commitment a step in the right direction

r0_0_2592_3893_w1200_h678_fmaxSouth West Coast MP Roma Britnell says Deakin University’s commitment to the long-term future of the Warrnambool Campus is an important first step. Read More

Britnell welcomes port lease funds

portMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell has welcomed news regional Victoria will receive almost $1 billion from to the lease of the Port of Melbourne. Read More

New lease good news for greyhound club

maxresdefaultSouth West Coast MP Roma Britnell has welcomed news the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club has reached agreement on a new lease. Read More

Britnell calls for review of Warrnambool line performance

VLine-train-Sale3South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has called for an urgent review of punctuality on the Warrnambool rail line following months of poor performance. Read More

Bushfire outlook highlights importance of Ballarat based air crane

4481638-3x2-940x627An above normal bushfire outlook for the coming season in large parts of Western Victoria highlights the need for a regionally based air-crane, South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says. Read More

Hoodwinked

r0_52_1680_997_w1200_h678_fmaxRoads Minster Luke Donnellan and Member for Western Victoria James Purcell have hoodwinked road users, South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says. Read More

School milk program will do little to support struggling dairy farmers

Dairy_Farm_shotMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell has welcomed an announcement of a new school milk program, but says the State Government is misleading people to  believe it will widely support the dairy industry. Read More

Investment campaign fails to recognise life beyond the tram tracks

IMGP1107The State Government’s new trade and investment campaign has failed to promote regional Victoria, South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says. Read More

Roads announcement a good start, but more needed

IMGP1040South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has welcomed the news that roads across the region will receive a much needed funding boost. Read More

Government silent on Portland Aluminium

downloadThe Andrews Labor government is silent on one of the biggest issues facing the region, South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says. Read More

Government’s council bungle creates unnecessary alarm

Ot_eYFd6The Andrews Labor Government has botched its Council Code of Conduct legislation and created unnecessary alarm in the community, South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says. Read More 

Letter to the editor: An invitation to Luke Donnellan

Blue backgroundIt’s time for the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan to get out of the city. Our roads are at breaking point and the silence from the minister’s office is deafening. Read More

Time for the minister to put the money where his mouth is

Roma_headshotSouth West Coast MP Roma Britnell has questioned why roads Minister Luke Donnellan isn’t still fighting for funding to improve the region’s roads. Read More

Complaints spike as roads reach crisis point

r0_52_1680_997_w1200_h678_fmaxSouth West Coast’s road network is at crisis point and the State Government needs to provide urgent funding to fix them, MP Roma Britnell says. Read More 

CFA fight far from over

IMGP0946Letter to the Editor on the CFA issue Read More 

Minister Hennessy’s recycled answers.

thumb_R_W500_H500_C70_Q80Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has used the same old line after being asked when she will visit Warrnambool Base Hospital. Read More

Questions need to be answered over level crossing upgrades

Blue backgroundMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell says she is relieved no one was killed in Wednesday’s collision between a Warrnambool bound V/Line train and a truck at Pirron Yallock. Read More

One step forward, two steps back for Warrnambool's V/Line service

VLine-train-Sale3Warrnambool’s V/Line service has again taken out the dubious honour of being the slowest in the state for June. Read More

Britnell questions cost of CFA EBA

34789703_sMember for South West Coast, Roma Britnell, has questioned the cost of the Andrews Government’s proposed CFA agreement, calling for all costings to be released to the public. On Monday, the sacked chair of the CFA Board, John Peberdy, said he estimated the EBA deal would cost Victorian taxpayers between $600 and $700 million over the next four years. Read more

Disappointing as cost of living pushed up

electirictyMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell says she is disappointed Upper House MP James Purcell has voted to increase the cost of living for Victorians. Read more

We need to work together to help our dairy farmers

Dairy_Farm_shotMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell has urged the State Government to work cooperatively with the Federal Government to ensure assistance reaches dairy farmers as quickly as possible. As the end of the financial year approaches the effects of world price drop are beginning to bite and the first milk cheques will be starting to arrive. Read More

Health minister invited to Warrnambool, again

thumb_R_W500_H500_C70_Q80South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has again invited Health minister Jill Hennessy to visit the Warrnambool Base Hospital. In Parliament this week, Mrs Britnell repeated her previous invitation, saying if the minister visited she would be instantly convinced of the need to complete the hospital’s second stage redevelopment. Read More

MP to “sleep rough” in an effort to help end homelessness

bannerMember for South West Coast Roma Britnell will swap a comfortable mattress for a piece of cardboard to gain a firsthand experience of “sleeping rough” next week. Mrs Britnell will participate in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in Melbourne on June 23, helping to raise money to provide critical assistance to people experiencing homelessness, with the aim of breaking the cycle of homelessness permanently. Read More 

Minister urged to work with PortHaul

CIMG0337South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has demanded employment minister Wade Noonan meet with PortHaul to help the growing business find staff. Speaking in Parliament, Mrs Britnell said despite the Labor Government saying they had worked with PortHaul to sort out the problem, the business still needed staff. Read more

New data, same old story

VLine-train-Sale3The latest V/Line performance data tells the same old story, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Data for May was released on Friday and shows 85 per cent of services on the Warrnambool line were considered on time. Read More 

Letter to the Editor: Genuine concerns, not political games

34789703_sI was elected to stand up for my community, including our volunteers and as such I wish to respond to claims that the Liberal National Coalition is scaremongering and playing political games with the current CFA crisis. Read More

Firestorm continues to burn around Premier Andrews

Blue backgroundThe CFA dispute is still raging out of control despite state cabinet’s decision to review the proposed EBA, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says. Mrs Britnell supports the CFA Board’s decision, refusing to sign off on Premier Daniel Andrews’ secret backroom deal which will diminish the role of volunteers. Read More 

CFA Volunteers to rally in Warrnambool

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Picture: news.com.au

CFA volunteers from across the south-west will rally in Warrnambool on Friday, protesting the proposed unionisation of the authority. South West Coast MP Roma Britnell said the rally would start at Swan Reserve at 12 noon with volunteers and vehicles making their way down Liebig Street, finishing at Cannon Hill. Read More

$340 million to be spent but not one pothole filled

speedThe State Government will spend $340 million improving the safety of rural and regional roads without fixing one pothole. South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says the money instead will be spent putting up signs and lowering speed limits. Read more 

Rally shows community supports our farmers

rally1South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says Wednesday’s rally on Parliament House shows the huge amount of community support for Australian agriculture. Read more

Regional coordinators could fit into dairy support package

Blue backgroundSouth West Coast MP Roma Britnell has called on the state government to fund a program which will help dairy farmers ride out the current crisis. Read More

Government’s new road safety strategy a cop out

speedSouth West Coast MP Roma Britnell says the Labor Government’s plan to lower speed limits on council managed local roads will do little to improve safety and will enrage country Victorians. Read More 

Call for coordinated approach to dairy crisis

David Beggs, Harper Kilpatrick, John Hunt, Matt Makin, Garry Pattison and Peter Haynes met with South West Coast MP Roma Britnell to develop ideas to help farmers during the dairy crisis.

South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has called for a coordinated approach to the current dairy crisis, asking for a regional coordinator to be funded to provide a link between services and farmers. Read more

Minister snubs Warrnambool Base Hospital

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Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says it was disappointing Minister for Health Jill Hennessy snubbed Warrnambool Base Hospital, during a visit to Port Fairy last week. Read More

Warrnambool line worst in the state

VLine-train-Sale3Damning new data shows Warrnambool line trains were the worst in Victoria for on time arrivals during April. Read More 

Farmers don't need shallow promises

Dairy_Farm_shotJust days after visiting a farm near Colac listening to the concerns of dairy farmers, Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has admitted the agriculture output budget has been cut by $36.1 million. Read More

Late trains rising

Roma Britnell and Simon Ramsay are calling for an extra train service on the Warrnambool line.

V/Line officially confirmed what train travellers on the Warrnambool line already know – punctuality and reliability are worse, Mrs Roma Britnell, Member for South West Coast said. “The Andrews Government’s train debacle means that people living in South West Coast using rail service to attend medical appointments, business meetings or catching up with family have no confidence they will turn up on time.  read more

 

Libs back CFAs

Roma Britnell and Brad Battin visiting brigades to sign the pledge to volunteers.Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell and Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin visited Country Fire Authorities around South West Coast. The MPs showed their support to our volunteer firefighters, thank members for their efforts over this summer’s busy fire season and listen to concerns about issues facing our firefighters.

Dairy's bright future

Roma_headshotAs the new member for South West Coast and a dairy farmer at Woolsthorpe, Roma Britnell took the opportunity to welcome all visitors, exhibitors and locals to the Sungold field days. There is no doubt that dairying will continue to be a major economic and social contributor to south west Victoria, providing new opportunities for employment and business growth, she said.