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The Minister for Energy, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, visited Terang to participate in a community forum in response to concerns about the state of electricity infrastructure; following the St. Patricks Day bushfires said Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan.

Minister Taylor is a strong advocate for rural and regional Australia and represents the seat of Hume.

Minister Taylor previously visited Wannon in 2018 in his former role as Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security. On this visit, he joined firefighters and volunteers involved with the St Patrick’s Day fires, in Cobden for a community afternoon tea.

“I have invited Minister Taylor to Terang to hear directly from community members about Victoria’s ageing energy infrastructure, inadequate maintenance and their concerns of subsequent fires.”

“It is important that the Federal Government continues to work with the State Government to ensure the safety of our regional and rural communities,” said Mr Tehan.

Minister Taylor welcomed the opportunity to visit Terang and hear first-hand how the community has been affected by the fires.

“Electricity is an essential service that must be provided in a safe manner. I thank the community for their engagement on this issue so far and look forward to listening to their concerns at the Community Forum,” said Minister Taylor

“Minister Taylor’s strong rural background and his earlier meetings with community members impacted by the St Patricks Day fires gives him a good understanding of the issues at hand, and I welcome him to Wannon,” said Mr Tehan.

Media contact | Cate Mercer-Grant 0408 564 232 | cate.mercer-grant@aph.gov.au

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