Still waiting

Voices of the Valley is still waiting for a response to a letter hand-delivered to Premier Denis Napthine requesting a meeting about the ongoing impacts of the Hazelwood mine fire on the Latrobe Valley community.

In the letter, which was handed to Premier Napthine on 19 June, the community group has asked the state leader to schedule a meeting to discuss solutions with the group regarding health and social problems still experienced by residents.

“Around here, some people have started calling him ‘Premier Nap-time’, because it seems that the Premier is asleep at the wheel,” Voices of the Valley president Wendy Farmer said.

“Meanwhile, communities in the Valley continue to suffer the deep impacts of the mine fire disaster, with little on-the-ground assistance.

“Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has met with us and listened to the concerns of the community, so why won’t Premier Napthine?”

At the time of print, Premier Napthine’s office had not responded to several calls from The Express.