CFA station upgrades a budget must

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to ensure a fair share for Gippsland South Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades in the upcoming state budget. Mr O’Brien said the state government had made a commitment back in May to invest a share of more than $100 million…

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Tiny steps for hospitality don’t go far enough

Gippsland hospitality businesses will be condemned to another two months of tightly restricted activity that won’t be enough for many to survive, under the easing of restrictions announced by the Premier this week. The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said Gippslanders were relieved they could finally move about with some freedom as regional…

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Labor walks away from hardwood plantations

The Andrews Government’s native timber transition plan has been labelled a sham after Labor walked away from establishing hardwood plantations. During State Parliament Ms Bath pushed Minister for Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes for answers, however the native timber industry continues to be met by silence from the Minister. Ms Bath cited the former HPV plantation at…

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Lack of firewood collection areas disappoints again

Insufficient firewood collection areas are available to local residents, Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said.   Mr McCurdy said the opening of the Spring firewood collection season on 1 September once again failed to provide adequate designated collection sites.   “I am yet again disappointed there have not been more local firewood collection…

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Basin Authority split a win for Victorian irrigators

The Federal Government has announced it will split the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) after a long campaign by irrigators and the Victorian Liberal Nationals. A new statutory compliance role will split the MDBA’s conflicting responsibilities by creating an Inspector-General of Water Compliance. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said the split would help resolve…

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McCurdy welcomes expanded border zone

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has welcomed the confirmation of an expanded border permit zone that will include Wangaratta and other Ovens Valley towns. Mr McCurdy said the expanded zone would be a welcome relief for local residents who meet the new permit criteria, who have up until now been unable to cross…

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O’Brien welcomes Federal funds for roads

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has welcomed $3.14 million in federal funding to repair notorious Gippsland South roads, including a black spot on the Hyland Highway he has been campaigning to fix. Mr O’Brien said the much-needed funding was being delivered under the Federal Government’s 2020-21 Black Spot Program and would see…

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Labor pressed for answers on campaign against recreational hunters

The Andrews Labor Government has been pressed to explain a malicious campaign to discredit Victoria’s recreational hunters. In State Parliament today, Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath called on Labor’s Police Minister to apologise for an unsolicited threat to suspend or cancel firearms licences if Chief Health Officer (CHO) directions are violated, despite offering no…

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Bath to oppose Labor’s State of Emergency Power Push

A move by the Andrews Labor Government to extend further strict lockdowns on Victorian families and businesses will be opposed by The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath. Ms Bath will today be debating Daniel Andrews controversial lockdown legislation in the Legislative Council. The State of Emergency powers allow the Government to impose…

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