Chesters back to Parliament

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will return to Canberra today for the first sitting week of Parliament for 2014 with a long list of priorities for the Bendigo electorate, including the Ravenswood intersection, Thales’ Hawkei project and Australia Post.

“Given the media reports last week on the safety of the Calder Highway near Ravenswood, I plan to demand from the Minister responsible when they are going to honour this election promise and fix the intersection,” Ms Chesters said.

Ms Chesters said she would be meeting with Thales and Australia Post representatives in Canberra this week.

“I am looking forward to receiving a briefing from Thales on the progress of the Hawkei development and to discuss what I can do to ensure that Bendigo Thales secures the Hawkei production contract.

“I will also meet with Australia Post representatives in regards to the changes to Bendigo’s postal services.

“Last week I received a letter from Australia Post to confirm the changes to the service and when these changes will be introduced.

“While Australia Post have made some concessions, their proposal is still not good enough. Towns like Raywood, Castlemaine and Heathcote will still wait twice as long to receive their mail as their mail will go via Dandenong.

“Our businesses and services need a fast and reliable postal service to be able to trade with businesses and clients in the region.”

Ms Chesters said she will be standing up for central Victoria’s interests at Parliament this year.

“It appears that Tony Abbott and his Liberal government has everyone but their mates in their sights,” she said.

“Standing up for penalty rates for low-paid workers, stopping cuts to Medicare and ensuring our manufacturers get a fair deal are all towards the top of the priority list.

“With this government, it's vital that we have a strong voice in Canberra. I will continue to be a strong voice and advocate for our community.”