Andrews extends COVID declaration powers, whilst mental health programs get the axe

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy is disappointed to hear that the Andrews Government despite extending its pandemic declaration powers, have axed mental health programs designed to support Victorians through Covid isolation and beyond.   Mr McCurdy said, “I am very disappointed to hear this news.   “What this means for our regional residents,…

No safeguards against foot and mouth disease

The Liberals and Nationals have expressed disappointment with the Federal Government’s refusal to implement strict new biosecurity measures to stop foot and mouth disease (FMD) breaching Australia’s borders and destroying agriculture across Victoria.   Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh questioned the Federal Agriculture Minister Murray Watt’s priorities, with Federal…

Disrupted travel no excuse not to stop destruction of Australian agriculture

The Federal Government’s refusal to implement strict new biosecurity measures to stop foot and mouth disease (FMD) breaching Australia’s borders risks decimating Victorian agriculture. Federal Agriculture Minister Murray Watt is in Jakarta today to meet with authorities on the FMD outbreak in Indonesia. But Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh…

LTE – Farm Safety Week

Dear Editor, Farming plays a huge role in the Gippsland economy and is an essential part of our local communities – but it also presents dangers every day. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety Week, which will be acknowledged 18-24 July 2022, is ‘Recipe for Averting Disaster’. Farmsafe Australia will be heading a…

Pandemic declaration extended, but COVID mental health programs axed

Mental health programs designed to support Victorians through COVID isolation and uncertainty have been axed, despite last week’s three-month extension to pandemic declaration powers. It’s been revealed today Kids Helpline is among more than 15 organisations offering COVID recovery mental health support programs to be hit by $59.4 million in Andrews Labor Government funding cuts.…