Premier’s one hour visit ticks box but no rate relief

After five years as Premier, Daniel Andrews has finally made it to East Gippsland, but unfortunately only dropped in for an hour in what was clearly a box ticking visit, to make an underwhelming drought announcement before flying to Mildura.   “With the current drought package coming to a conclusion, farmers have been waiting for…

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Dan’s ‘no dam’ plan threatening our future water security

Daniel Andrews has today repeated his Water Minister’s folly saying there’s no point in building dams when it’s not raining. On Melbourne radio this morning the Premier dismissed calls for the state government to look at building dams as “spurious debates” stating “dams don’t make it rain”. Labor has sat on its hands for five…

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Drought support package underwhelms

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said today’s announcement of additional drought support for Wellington and East Gippsland farmers was underwhelming.   Mr O’Brien said that it was a disappointment that at last the Premier had visited, more than 12 months after his government had acknowledged drought in the region, but he still…

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Part-time squad not enough to tackle rural crime

The Andrews Labor Government’s announcement of measures to tackle farm crime falls well short of what is needed to crack down on the theft of livestock and farm equipment.   The Andrews Labor Government announced a Farm Crime Co-ordination Unit this week but despite Daniel Andrews claim it has created 70 new positions, in reality…

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Labor fails Landcare test

Victoria’s Landcare networks could be forced to cancel 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. Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy, said The Nationals first funded Landcare facilitators in 2011. “Landcare groups…

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Forests flooded as irrigators endure drought

Forests that would otherwise be dry during times of drought are being flushed with liquid gold as irrigators struggle to keep livestock watered and to keep crops alive. Media reports today highlight yet again the pressure irrigators are under while the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) flushes about 400GL of environmental water down the river…

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Daniel Andrews not listening to farmers on rural crime

The Andrews Labor Government still isn’t listening to farmers in East Victoria missing another opportunity to employ dedicated frontline police officers to tackle rural crime. The Andrews Government announced the Farm Crime Co-ordination Unit this week, but despite Labor’s claim it has created 70 new positions, in reality it has offered no additional resources, instead…

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Solar Minister shows little concern for customer pain

After Labor’s Minister for Solar proclaimed the Solar Homes Program was fixed, the program administration and technology continues to spectacularly frustrate and fail customers. Nationals Ovens Valley MP, Tim McCurdy, said the Minister for Solar, Lily D’Ambrosio took months to act and make any changes to her poorly planned Solar Homes Program, however, September’s allocation…

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CFA volunteers diminish before fire danger period begins

A leaked copy of the CFA’s Annual Report shows that under Daniel Andrews wages have blown out by $100 million while volunteer numbers are the lowest since 2006. Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy condemns actions taken by the Andrews government through the report highlighting authorities salary soaring to $319 million as a result…

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Labor’s funding cuts threaten 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.   The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy said The Nationals and Liberals first funded Landcare…

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Solar Minister continues to arrogantly pat herself on back

After Labor’s Minister for Solar proclaimed the Solar Homes Program was fixed, the program administration and technology continues to spectacularly frustrate and fail customers. Ms Bath said the Minister for Solar, Lily D’Ambrosio took months to act and make any changes to her poorly planned Solar Homes Program, however September’s allocation again shows she has…

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Part-time squad not enough to tackle rural crime

Victorian farmers have long called for a dedicated rural crime squad, but today’s announcement doesn’t deliver what farmers requested. Changing job titles is not the same as adding new frontline officers and it won’t help tackle worsening rural crime rates. The Andrews Labor Government is trying to dress today’s announcement up as 70 new positions,…

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