O’Brien: More support needed for Gippsland economy

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to step-up efforts to help the Gippsland economy in the wake of the recent bushfires and subsequent business downturn.   Speaking in State Parliament last week, Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Labor Government needed to do more to support businesses,…

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Princes Highway: She’s not apples, Premier

The Andrews Labor Government has been dragging its heels for so long on the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale that Mother Nature has taken over.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said it was telling that an apple tree is now growing and producing fruit on an area that was…

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Dedicated recovery fund needed

Word is the entire Victorian Labor Parliamentary team – from the Premier to backbenchers – will be in East Gippsland later this week. Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, says a dedicated bush fire recovery fund must be announced. “The visit was a commitment made during the fire period and I would expect some significant…

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Gippsland deserves answers on mines and water

  The State Government has been called on to provide more information to the community about options for Latrobe Valley mine rehabilitation as concern rises about the plan to create pit lakes.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said he had raised a question in State Parliament about alternatives to filling the…

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Cricket grants now open

Cricket clubs across East Gippsland looking to upgrade their facilities or purchase new equipment can apply for two streams of funding from Cricket Australia.   Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull and current member of St Marys Nagle Cricket Team is encouraging local cricket clubs to consider submitting applications to both the Community Cricket…

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Government has no answers on timber transition

The Andrews Labor Government is failing Gippsland and our timber sector with its supposed “transition” out of native harvesting by 2030 falling apart at the seams.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said he had asked a series of questions about the transition, which the Government could not answer.   “It is…

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Fuel reduction saves lives

Today the “Fuel Reduction Saves Lives” campaign calling for increased fuel reduction on public land was launched at State Parliament.   The Leader of the Nationals, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh and Shadow Assistant Minister for Public Land Use, Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath and the Bush Users Group United (BUGU) launched…

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Port Welshpool Coast Guard volunteers deserve better

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has thrown his support behind a push for new facilities for Port Welshpool Coast Guard.   Mr O’Brien was speaking after visiting the coast guard again with the flotilla Commander Peter Carrolan and other volunteers.   Mr O’Brien said the volunteer coast guard did an extraordinary job…

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Morwell CFA Volunteer backlash – ‘we are not moving’

Morwell CFA Brigade volunteers are fiercely pushing back on Daniel Andrew’s plan to move them to a new Morwell fire station. At a Morwell CFA volunteer brigade meeting held last night, members vowed to continue fighting to remain at their current home. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria, Melina Bath said the Andrews Labor Government…

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Labor still won’t release fuel load maps

The Labor Government will not release fire fuel load maps for Victoria, including East Gippsland.   Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, asked the Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio in Parliament on Wednesday:   Fire-impacted communities in my electorate want you to release the fuel load maps that the Legislative Council required you to make public…

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Roadside clearing must continue

Appropriate roadside clearing must continue in the coming months to ensure the unacceptable road closures and township isolations that occurred this bushfire season do not happen again.   This is the message from Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, who spoke on the matter in State Parliament last week.   “To have the Princes Highway…

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