Labor urged to act quickly on fire risk ahead of summer

The Andrews Labor Government needs to lift its game to prepare for the coming fire season, Member for Euroa and Nationals deputy leader, Steph Ryan has warned. In a scathing report released last week, the Victorian Auditor-General found Labor had monumentally failed to meet its prescribed burning targets. Ms Ryan also raised concerns about long…

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South Gippy Hwy duplication should be on agenda

The State Government is being asked to put the duplication of the South Gippsland Highway from Lang Lang to Leongatha on the infrastructure agenda.   Speaking in State Parliament, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien asked the Minister for Transport Infrastructure to clarify the long-term plans for the eventual duplication of the South…

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Murray Basin Rail transformation in tatters under Labor

Today’s release of the revised business case for the Murray Basin Rail Project confirms the Andrews Labor Government never intended to complete the transformation of Victoria’s freight rail network. Instead of completing the once-in-a-generation project, Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan has opted to leave the project barely half finished, only funding the patch up of…

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Government’s epic fail on burn targets

The Victorian Auditor General’s long-awaited report into Reducing Bushfire Risk released today, reveals the Andrews Labor Government has over the past four years not even reached half (43%) of its arguably already low fuel reduction burn target.   Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said the independent report showed what most East Gippslanders knew, not…

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Maintenance needed on bushland roads in regional parks

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has raised concerns about the condition of bushland roads and tracks in Victoria’s public parks.   In Parliament this week Mr McCurdy questioned the Minister for the Environment on the issue.   “Parks Victoria has neglected our regional parks and camping sites,” Mr McCurdy said.   “The evidence…

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Time for answers on timber industry

The Agriculture Minister’s recent hollow announcements around timber plantations does nothing for security of the local industry, says Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.   “When you have the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining And Energy Union (CFMMEU), slamming a Labor policy, it’s a fair indication it is seriously flawed.   “The CFMMEU says the policy…

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Andrews forced to back down on arrest powers

Daniel Andrews has been forced to back down on his extraordinary power grab which would have seen ordinary Victorians given the power to detain fellow citizens on the basis they might not follow a public health directive. Member for Euroa and The Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan said Labor’s decision to amend their legislation was…

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Ag shows get cold shoulder from Ag Minister

The Nationals are calling on the Andrews Government to provide financial support for Victoria’s 120 field days and agriculture shows held across regional Victoria each year. One million dollars in grant money over two years is being sought by Victorian Agriculture Shows (VAS) to keep the rural tradition of agriculture shows alive. Leader of the…

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Remove the Shackles from Gippsland

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is calling for regional restrictions to be eased with the commencement of the new school term so Gippsland can back in business. Ms Bath said with schools returning to onsite learning next week and low case numbers in regional Victoria, it’s time for the Premier removed…

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Cellar doors excluded from business support

Wineries with cellar doors have been excluded from the third round of business assistance announced by the Andrews Labor Government.   The program, which promises support to hospitality and retailers, does not include wineries whose business relies heavily on cellar door sales.   Member for Euroa and deputy leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has…

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