Government must step up to support field days

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has implored the Andrews Labor Government to back regional agricultural events that have been forced off the calendar due to COVID without any financial support from the government. Events such as Hamilton’s Sheepvention and the Wimmera Machinery Field Days – Victoria’s longest-running field days – are an important part of…

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Forestry workers felled by Labor’s controversial Bill

Forestry workers are a step closer to facing increased culpability and liability after the Andrews Government refused to support amendments to the Forests Legislation Amendment (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2019 in state parliament today. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said Labor has ploughed ahead with its diabolical Bill which will introduce…

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Country schools, sport can safely reopen – sooner

Students in regional Victoria should not have to endure more weeks locked out of the classroom. According to the Andrews Government’s roadmap, only Prep to Grade 2 and final years students will be back in the classroom this week to start to get their studies back on track. Despite high vaccination rates across regional Victoria,…

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Bath calls for VCE support for locked down students

Latrobe Valley VCE students caught up in the local outbreak of Covid -19 must have online provisions provided to support them through their upcoming exam period. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region and Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, Melina Bath said a number of VCE students were impacted by health orders through no fault…

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Dollars for student mental health must be matched by sense

A pledge to better support Victorian students to settle back into school after months of isolating lockdowns will only make a difference if there’s enough mental health practitioners to deliver it. The Victorian Government today promised to fund practitioners in every public school from Term Four, but failed to back it up with the necessary…

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A positive plan to bolster LV Vax rates

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is calling on the Andrews Government to bolster its effort to help vulnerable community members access vaccinations in Latrobe Valley. “The Latrobe Valley is lagging behind other regional areas in terms of vaccination rates and more needs to be done to support efforts to lift it,”…

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Murray Basin Rail clocks up five years of delays – so far: VAGO

New official data on the performance of Victoria’s major projects has slammed poorly managed upgrades to north-west Victoria’s freight rail network that are now five years overdue. According to the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO), the Murray Basin Rail Project, which originally planned to deliver transformational upgrades to freight lines including Mildura, Sea Lake and Manangatang,…

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Ryan demands Benalla’s reinstatement into border bubble

The Nationals’ Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is continuing to campaign for Benalla’s immediate reinstatement into the Victorian border bubble. Ms Ryan said there was no evidence of COVID-19 in the local community and the government’s decision had done nothing but create difficulty for local people. “After raising my concerns in Parliament about Benalla’s sudden…

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No solution in sight for frontline responder training

The failure of the Andrews Government to fix legal loopholes in the Timber Code of Practice has blocked training for essential service workers, firefighters and first responders, placing communities at risk. A court injunction on two forestry training sites in East Gippsland has obstructed TAFE Gippsland’s essential forestry training, the only nationally accredited specialist training…

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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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