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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Daniel Andrews M.I.A for drought affected farmers

Daniel Andrews is failing farmers in drought affected areas of Victoria. Some parts of Victoria continue to experience severe drought conditions but Daniel Andrews hasn’t visited any of the affected communities. The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy said Daniel Andrews confirmed again in State Parliament this week why he’s made a name for himself…

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No end in sight for regional commuter crush

Regional commuters will be stuck on slow, overcrowded trains for at least two more years. Today, the Andrews Labor Government announced just six of “up to 18” train sets would be ordered this year, despite more than half the total project funds being allocated to spend in the 2019-20 year. Worse, the new trains won’t…

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Labor’s energy shemozzle hurting Gippslanders

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called out the Andrews Labor Government for putting politics ahead of rational energy policy. Mr O’Brien said the government’s rush to increase the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and set ambitious emissions reductions targets would result in higher energy prices, grid instability and job losses for Gippsland,…

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Labor’s solar scheme rolls from one disaster to another

After caving to the wave criticism swamping the disastrous Solar Home Program Local, Labor’s Minister for Solar now has a fresh crisis on her hands.   Yesterday, after only 20 minutes Solar Victoria’s portal crashed locking out solar businesses and their customers once again.  A day and half later and still no word when the…

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Farmers need Minister to act after visit

Drought-affected farmers in the Millewa must get genuine action from the Andrews Labor Government after the Minister’s visit today. The Agriculture Minister’s visit was long overdue given famers in the Millewa are staring down the barrel of a second failed season. Like farmers in other drought-affected parts of Victoria, the Millewa farmers say relief on…

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Bpangerang need to be recognised

The Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to recognise the Bpangerang people as the traditional owners of land located in north and north-eastern Victoria.   Speaking from Parliament this week, Mr McCurdy asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Gavin Jennings MP, to meet with Bpangerang elders and…

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Labor finally acts in response to solar industry muck up

Local solar retailers and installers, along with their customers, have been feverishly preparing for the next round of solar panel rebates set for release this coming Monday 2 September.   Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy said that many businesses had been fearful of a repeat of July and August where customers missed out…

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Daniel Andrews M.I.A. in drought-affected Victoria

Daniel Andrews is failing our farmers. Parts of Victoria have been in a severe drought for two seasons now but Daniel Andrews hasn’t visited any of the affected communities. Today in State Parliament, the Premier refused to visit the Millewa and meet with farmers or provide shire and water rates relief. Farmers in the Millewa…

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Statement on closure of Nestlé factory at Tongala

Devastating news for Tongala today with Nestlé announcing it will close its local factory over the next 18 months, costing 106 local jobs.   It will be an extremely difficult time for workers and their families as they face the reality of the next 18 months.   In a small, close-knit community like Tongala, the…

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