Latest News


Media Releases

Members Statement – VALE John Fitz and Kevin Gange

Feb 9, 2022 | Advocacy, News, Parliament

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (09:56): The last 12 months have not been good for the taxi industry. We have lost a lot of very good people. Earlier in January a very good friend of mine, John Fitz, passed. John set up Wodonga Taxis. I am not suggesting that he had done it a long time ago, but I think it was horses and carts when he started! To the very end John and his wife, Eleanor—there were not many days when they did not contact me and tell me how bad things were and talk about the struggle the taxi industry is having. They were really good friends, and I am really sad. I am here because of people like them. I want to send my regards to Warren, their son. They have had a terrible time—a terrible time—with the reforms and the battles we have had with the regulator. I just want to say to the industry—I hate to say this—I am now one of the grown-ups. It is like when you lose a parent—you have to step up. That is what we have lost.

I also just want to mention Mr Gange, owner of Silver Top, who passed just prior to Christmas. It is the second-largest taxi company we have here in Victoria. Things are changing, and it is very sad.



VALE John Fitz and Kevin Gange

No Description

Share this:

Related News

Integrity agency funding

Integrity agency funding

This is a serious matter, so I went and sought some advice from the very integrity agencies we are talking about and also the Law Institute of Victoria, and I have concluded this motion is very concerning. It essentially seeks to undermine and inappropriately fetter...

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment and Prevention

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment and Prevention

My question is for the minister representing the Minister for Health. This year’s budget results in an 11.2 per cent cut from the revised budget figures for alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention, equating to $39.8 million taken away from services which...

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority

Members will know that the inspector-general for emergency management, IGEM, monitors ESTA’s performance against the determined standards for ESTA’s call taking and dispatch operations, including a primary benchmark of answering 90 per cent of emergency ambulance...