Gippsland projects will suffer if Rail Loop proceeds

Gippsland Nationals MPs Danny O’Brien, Tim Bull and Melina Bath say Gippsland infrastructure projects will suffer if the State Government’s Suburban Rail Loop project goes ahead.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien recently outlined in State Parliament his concerns that the $100 billion project would suck up capital for decades to come…

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Backflip on opening regions welcomed

Following calls last week for regions that reach the vaccination benchmarks to have restrictions eased sooner, the State Government on Sunday backflipped on its original stance to allow just that. Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said last week country regions like East Gippsland that were on track to achieve vaccination targets well ahead of…

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Backflip on opening regions welcomed

Following calls last week for regions that reach the vaccination benchmarks to have restrictions eased sooner, the State Government on Sunday backflipped on its original stance to allow just that. Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said last week country regions like East Gippsland that were on track to achieve vaccination targets well ahead of…

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Protests should never be held at the Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is a sacred memorial to fallen Victorians that deserves to have its sanctity protected and respected. Opened in 1934 to commemorate First World War veterans, is a place for reflection and commemoration among all Victorians. As a sacred location that honours all who have served our country and to remember the…

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Peter Walsh – Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, A move to use limited lockdowns, by LGA, gives some long overdue relief and certainty to regional Victorian families, businesses and communities. Although it doesn’t make it any easier for those of us who still find ourselves in lockdown today, there was some relief last week when the Andrews Labor Government finally moved…

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Rapid testing key for getting trains back on track

A lengthy shutdown to Victoria’s regional train network is driving a push for rapid testing to be rolled out for staff across the public transport network. It’s been revealed today V/Line disruptions on the Bendigo, Seymour, Gippsland, Geelong and Ballarat lines will continue for weeks, as the regional train operator scrambles to staff services while…

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Regions need more freedoms sooner

Victoria’s regional areas that are Coronavirus free and will hit the vaccination rate targets well ahead of the state average, should be considered for earlier easing of restrictions. This is the view of Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, who said country areas will be held back as the State Government pushes for state-wide uniformity…

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MP urges return of school 

The Andrews Government’s staggered return to school plan for students in regional Victoria puts local primary schools at a significant disadvantage, according to Nationals Member for Euroa Steph Ryan. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Ms Ryan said the decision to allow only some year levels to return to onsite learning did not go far enough.  Research…

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Border entry handling bungled

The Victorian Ombudsman has announced an investigation will be launched into the Andrews Labor Government’s failed handling of border entry and the Victorian travel permit system.   Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the indefinite locking out of Victorians from their own homes was one of the worst over-reaches he has seen from…

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