Win with on-time payments

Logging contractors have had a rare win with the announcement that they will be paid by Vic Forests in line with both their contractual obligations and the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005. “The impetus for this came from timber industry businesses that were being threatened with penalties under a new State law that…

Fuel reduction saves lives

A new campaign is aiming to put maximum pressure on the Andrews Labor Government to increase fuel reduction on public land to better protect country communities from bushfire. Nationals MPs recently joined Bush Users Group United (BUGU) to call on the government to adopt a five per cent target, as recommended by the 2009 Black…

Gippsland’s Bush nursing funding furore

Gippsland Bush Nursing Centres are struggling due to inadequate state government funding. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said Gippsland’s bush nursing centres are being forced to fundraise to keep the doors open. “The recent bushfire crisis in East Gippsland has further exposed Labor’s inadequate heath care funding in our small rural…

Weed it and reap

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is urging the Andrews Labor Government to do more to ensure all landholders play their part in tackling the growing weed problem across the region.   It’s estimated that weeds cost Australian agriculture $4 billion through yield losses and product contamination each year and that controlling invasive…

Volunteers voices to be heard

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is encouraging local volunteers to take part in consultation currently underway to shape the new Victorian Volunteer Strategy.   Mr O’Brien said the new strategy will aim to ensure Victorians have all the support they need to help others.   “My experience has always been that Gippslanders…