Landcare: Labor gives with one hand, takes with the other

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien congratulates Landcare groups across Gippsland who were successful in the latest round of the Victorian Landcare grants program. “It’s great to see a number of our hard working Landcare groups successful in obtaining grants for a wide range of environmentally conscious projects and I can’t wait to…

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Incentives for health professionals urgently needed

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has called on the Andrews Labor Government to explain what it’s doing to address critical GP shortages in rural health, as communities in western Victoria continue to go without a local GP.   Daniel Andrews recently announced a $50,000 incentive to encourage teachers to relocate to country areas in an…

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Silence deafening on ‘new’ kangaroo pet food program

Western district farmers and professional shooters are yet to hear from the Andrews Labor Government about the new kangaroo pet food program framework that will operate from 1 October.   Earlier this year the Government agreed to extend the successful kangaroo pet food trial to 30 September to “provide continuity to current participants of the…

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Farmers still waiting for Basin Rail benefits

The Andrews Labor Government again failed to explain how they will fix and finish the botched Murray Basin Rail Project. Despite finding billions to put into level crossing cost blowouts in Melbourne, Daniel Andrews is refusing to say how Labor will fix its mess. The Premier was asked in State Parliament today to explain why…

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Recreational prospectors and miners ignored by Labor

Victoria’s recreational prospectors and miners have panned the Andrews Labor Government for failing to meet to discuss proposed changes that will severely limit access to public land. In May, Labor’s Resources Minister agreed to meet with the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria (PMAV) to discuss the group’s concerns on recommendations being considered by the…

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Irrigators shut out of water market

Urgent action is needed from state and federal governments to create a single, transparent trading platform in the southern Basin. Media reports today again highlight the serious concerns of irrigators who are going broke because they can’t compete with speculators and investors who are sending water prices skyrocketing. A transparent trading platform would prevent anti-competitive conduct and…

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Another city blowout while Gippsland roads crumble

Gippsland road users will continue to be penalised as the Andrews Labor Government wastes money on more mega-project blowouts in the city.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said he was alarmed that the latest upgrade of the Monash Freeway has blown out by $370 million.   “While many Gippslanders will of…

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Shadow Minister denied ticket to train design workshop

Euroa MP and Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan has been barred from attending the government’s consultation process for the design of new VLocity trains for the north east line. The workshop, held in Wangaratta yesterday, was organised by the Department of Transport to gauge the views of local commuter, stakeholder and community…

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Poll shows overwhelming opposition to super school

The Andrews Labor Government should halt its plan to create a super school in Shepparton, after a poll conducted across the Shepparton electorate showed more than 60 percent of people oppose the plan.   The poll which was commissioned by The Nationals found just 18.6 per cent of people supported the super school, while about…

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Labor’s funding cuts threatens Landcare jobs

Victoria’s Landcare networks could be forced to lay off their facilitators next year after the Andrews Labor Government failed to fund the positions. The news comes as Landcare marks its 30th anniversary as a national organisation this week. Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said The Nationals and the Liberals first funded Landcare facilitators in 2011.…

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