Andrews Government is helping Latrobe Valley look to the future.

MEDIA RELEASE 13/04/2017

Andrews Government is helping Latrobe Valley look to the future.

Voices of the Valley welcomes the Andrews Government’s recent announcements to invest in the Latrobe Valley area, including establishing a Community Energy Hub, Upgrades to public housing, upgrades to Latrobe Regional Hospital, New Youth space, train station upgrades & extra carriages for the Latrobe Valley, and major sporting upgrades to boost the economics of the region as a major sporting hub.

“After the Hazelwood Mine Fire in 2014 the community felt they had been forgotten. Daniel Andrews made a commitment to the Latrobe Valley community that he would listen to the community, making a commitment that the Latrobe Valley would never be forgotten by his Government”, said Wendy Farmer, President of Voices of the Valley.

“Hazelwood’s closure has nothing to do with the Government. The cold hard fact is that the closure was a business decision made by Engie, an international company, whose priorities are to its shareholders and its bottom line. If you sell your car you can’t tell the new owner how to drive it. Victoria privatised our power generators, and opened them up to foreign ownership. Engie’s decision to close Hazelwood is simply how they wanted to drive their vehicle”, said Mrs Farmer.

“The Andrews Government have stood up for the Latrobe Valley region since is was elected by investing millions of dollars into our region, and have continued to demonstrate their commitment to us by creating jobs and hope in our region.This is a government that has listened to the Latrobe Valley community and continue to work with us”.

For comment:
Wendy Farmer, President of Voices of the Valley: 0408 261 551

Voices of the Voices is a non-profit community organisation comprised of hundreds of Latrobe Valley residents seeking justice in relation to the impacts of the Hazelwood fire and ensuring the community has a Just Transition.

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