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Monday, 17 August 2009
Page: 8111


Mr Hawker asked the Minister for Human Services, in writing, on 25 May 2009:

In respect of the Federal Government Drought Bus: (a) what locations has it visited in Victoria since its inception, and on what dates; and (b) what criteria determine the frequency and locations of visits.


Mr Bowen (Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law and Minister for Human Services) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   What locations has the Federal Government Drought Bus visited in Victoria since its inception:

TOWNS

1ST VISIT

2ND VISIT

3RD VISIT

4TH VISIT

Alexandra

22/02/2007

19/05/2009

2

Allansford

20/02/2008

1

Ararat

15/06/2007

1

Avenel

17/01/2008

1

Avoca

22/06/2007

1

Bacchus Marsh

14/12/2007

1

Bairnsdale

27/04/2007

18/04/2008

2

Ballan

12/06/2007

1

Ballarat

13/12/2007

26/03/2008

2

Barooga

21/05/2008

1

Bealiba

12/02/2008

1

Beaufort

14/06/2007

1

Beechworth

20/02/2007

14/04/2008

2

Benalla

15/11/2006

22/05/2008

2

Bendigo

10/10/2008

1

Beulah

7/08/2007

28/10/2008

2

Birchip

8/08/2007

1

Boort

7/03/2007

15/05/2008

2

Bright

20/04/2007

23/08/2007

2

Broadford

10/2-15/2/09

1

Camperdown

30/05/2007

1

Casterton

22/05/2007

1

Castlemaine

13/03/2008

1

Charlton

25/09/2007

14/05/2008

2

Churchill

15/04/2008

1

Clunes

14/02/2008

1

Cobram

16/11/2006

13/11/2007

2

Cohuna

5/07/2007

16/05/2008

20/11/2008

3

Colac

10/12/2007

1

Coleraine

23/05/2007

1

Corryong

19/04/2007

16/08/2007

2

Creswick

13/06/2007

1

Daylesford

1/03/2007

28/02/2009

2

Dederang

17/04/2008

1

Devenish

13/08/2008

1

Dimboola

15/10/2008

1

Dingee

12/03/2008

1

Donald

13/05/2008

1

Dunolly

2/03/2007

1

Echuca

6/03/2007

4/07/2007

25/11/2008

3

Edenhope

21/05/2007

1

Elmore

2/10/2007

7/10/2008

2

Euroa

14/08/2008

1

Five Ways

3/10/2007

1

Flowerdale

19/2-27/2/09

1

Foster

1/10/2007

2/04/2008

2

Galah

3/11/2008

1

Glenburn

16/2-17/2/09

1

Glenorchy

20/06/2007

1

Goornong

1/10/2007

1

Gordon

15/02/2008

1

Gunbower

19/05/2008

1

Halls Gap

18/06/2007

1

Hamilton

25/05/2007

18/02/2008

2

Harrietville

15/04/2008

1

Heathcote

23/11/2006

1

Heyfield

24/04/2007

15/05/2009

2

Heywood

24/05/2007

1

Hopetoun

6/08/2007

8/05/2008

2

Horsham

4/03/2008

1

Inglewood

28/09/2007

1

Irymple

12/12/2007

1

Kaniva

3/12/2007

1

Katamatite

21/01/2008

1

Kerang

17/11/2006

6/07/2007

15/05/2008

21/11/2008

4

Kilmore

15/01/2008

1

Kinglake

10/2-23/2/09

1

Koo Wee Rup

3/05/2007

28/09/2007

2

Koroit

5/12/2007

1

Korumburra

1/04/2008

1

Kyabram

5/03/2007

1

Kyneton

14/03/2008

1

Lake Boga

8/03/2007

1

Lake Bolac

12/12/2007

1

Landsborough

21/06/2007

1

Leitchville

16/05/2008

1

Leongatha

1/05/2007

1/04/2008

12/05/2009

3

Lethbridge

2/04/2009

1

Lexton

13/02/2008

1

Lilydale

24/02/2009

1

Lismore

27/02/2007

30/03/2009

2

Maffra

26/04/2007

14/05/2009

2

Speed

6/08/2008

1

Manangatang

31/07/2007

29/05/2008

11/12/2008

3

Mansfield

23/04/2007

21/08/2007

18/05/2009

3

Merbein

13/12/2007

29/05/2008

2

Mildura

3/08/2007

27/05/2008

30/05/2008

3

Minyip

13/10/2008

1

Mitiamo

23/01/2008

1

Mortlake

29/05/2007

19/02/2008

2

Murrayville

6/11/2008

1

Murtoa

9/03/2007

14/10/2008

2

Myrtleford

21/02/2007

14/04/2008

2

Nagambie

18/01/2008

1

Nangiloc

10/12/2007

1

Nathalia

12/07/2007

4/09/2008

2

Newbridge

11/03/2008

1

Nhill

16/10/2008

1

Nulluware

31/05/2007

1

Numurkah

11/08/2008

1

Omeo

27/11/2006

1

Orbost

28/11/2006

1

Ouyen

18/11/2006

1/08/2007

30/05/2008

4/11/2008

4

Poowong

25/09/2007

1

Pyramid Hill

24/01/2008

1

Quambatook

8/08/2008

1

Rainbow

20/11/2006

9/05/2008

2

Red Cliffs

11/12/2007

1

Robinvale

14/05/2007

24/09/2007

7/12/2007

3

Rochester

3/07/2007

1

Rokewood

1/04/2009

1

Rosedale

26/11/2006

1

Rushworth

22/01/2008

1

Rutherglen

18/04/2007

1

Sale

17/04/2008

1

Sea Lake

10/08/2007

30/10/2008

2

Serpentine

10/03/2008

1

Seymour

27/11/2008

1

Shelford

26/02/2007

1

Simpson

31/05/2007

1

Skipton

28/02/2007

31/03/2009

2

Speed

6/08/2008

1

St Arnaud

22/11/2006

7/03/2008

2

Stanhope

2/07/2007

1

Stawell

19/06/2007

1

Strathmerton

15/11/2007

1

Strath Creek

18/02/2009

1

Swan Hill

30/07/2007

6/05/2008

12/12/2008

3

Tallangatta

19/02/2007

20/08/2007

2

Tallygaroopna

13/07/2007

1

Tatura

20/05/2008

1

Tawonga

16/04/2008

1

Terang

7/12/2007

1

Tooborac

23/02/2007

1

Tooleybuc

5/12/2007

5/08/2008

2

Trafalgar

2/05/2007

1

Tresco

3/12/2007

1

Tungamah

12/08/2008

1

Tutye

5/11/2008

1

Underbool

5/11/2008

1

Ultima

31/10/2008

1

Violet Town

26/11/2008

1

Warburton

28/03/2008

25-26/02/2009

21/05/2009

3

Warracknabeal

21/11/2006

12/05/2008

2

Warragul

3/04/2008

26/3 to 28/3/09

2

Wedderburn

27/09/2007

14/05/2008

2

Werribee

24/03/2009

1

Whittlesea

25/03/2009

1

Willaura

28/05/2007

1

Winchelsea

1/06/2007

1

Wonthaggi

2/10/2007

31/03/2008

2

Woorinen

4/12/2007

1

Wycheproof

9/08/2007

29/10/2008

2

Yackandandah

20/02/2007

1

Yanakie

30/04/2007

1

Yarra Glen

27 -28/02/2009

1

Yarra Junction

4/10/2007

1

Yarrawonga

12/11/2007

1

Yarram

16/04/2008

13/05/2009

2

Yea

16/01/2008

20/05/2009

2

Total Visits

222

***Towns with dates highlighted are the towns the buses attended due to the Victorian Bushfire Emergency Response.***

(b)   The following criteria determine the frequency and location of visits:

  • areas where the drought has severely affected the livelihoods of farmers and the broader community;
  • declared Exceptional Circumstances Areas and Interim Assistance Boundaries;
  • locations where existing Australian Government services are limited, but where some demand for service is expected (ie locations with a Centrelink Agent or Access Point);
  • advice and requests from external stakeholders including, farmers associations, rural industry groups, rural support groups, local councils and shires and other key rural agencies;
  • attendance at rural field days;
  • towns where approval from the local Shire or Council has been granted to allow for the parking of the mobile office in a public location;
  • we attempt to visit a mix of small, medium and larger towns and review previous visits for interest in accessing Centrelink services;
  • locations where staff handovers can occur for access to train lines and airports;
  • where the mobile servicing units can readily access scheduled maintenance; and
  • emergency situations such as the Victorian bushfires.