Ryan tables gas petition

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Ryan tables gas petition

Gas petition: Mirboo North resident Barry Bourke presented his gas petition to Cr David Lewis, who will pass it to Victorian Nationals leader Peter Ryan for it to be tabled in State parliament.

MIRBOO North natural gas crusader Barry Bourke, presented his petition to David Lewis recently. The South Gippsland shire councillor is a Tarwin Valley ward councillor and accepted the petition at the Arty Gras Festival on Saturday, May 9. He said he would pass it on to Peter Ryan, the Member for Gippsland South and Victorian Nationals leader, who will table it in State Parliament. Lang Lang, Korumburra and Leongatha were recently connected to the natural gas grid, with Inverloch to follow. The petition of the residents of Mirboo North attracted 558 signatures.

It "draws to the attention of the House that many small rural towns in Victoria still do not have access to reticulated natural gas. "We therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria take such action as may be necessary to expand the program of State Government assistance to the gas industry so that Victorian rural towns of the size of Mirboo North (about 1500 people) can be connected to, and receive the benefits of, natural gas." Meanwhile the Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, has already called on the Victorian Government to extend natural gas into more towns in the region. He wants Yarram, Lakes Entrance and Orbost to be connected to gas supplies through the Natural Gas Extension Program. He said gas was a cheaper option for people on low incomes and would cut costs for local businesses. "At a time when the business community is doing it very tough in terms of increased cost, the idea of providing a cheaper, more reliable, more efficient form of energy must be something the state government looks at," Mr Chester said.

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