Bath demands Cape to Cape Project Funding

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has called for funding to be provided in the upcoming budget Victorian state budget for the Cape to Cape Resilience Project. Originally gazetted in August 2020 by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the project area extends from Cape Paterson to Cape Liptrap…

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Local emergency services should feature in budget

Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull is hoping to see some key projects ticked off in next week’s State Budget.   “There is some important infrastructure that needs to be funded, in particular from a police and emergency services point of view,” he said.   “Funds are required for new fire stations at Metung and…

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Billion-dollar windfall for Queensland signals critical need to bring manufacturing home to Victoria

A new plan to relieve fertiliser shortages by increasing production in Australia has highlighted the multi-billion-dollar economic windfall a shift in focus to bring manufacturing back to Victoria could deliver. Agripower Australian Limited confirmed this week it will ramp up production of fertiliser at its Queensland plant to cope with exploding global demand, generating 11,500…

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The Nationals and timber towns call to arms

Timber communities have vowed to fight back against Daniel Andrews’ policy to shut Victoria’s sustainable native timber industry. A round table forum held in Heyfield attended by community members, harvesters, industry groups, local Councillors and Gippsland’s state and federal MPs strongly rejected the Andrews Government’s native timber transition plan. Shadow Assistant Minister for Public Land…

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Vic Government scraps close contacts

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy is pleased to finally hear that as of 11:59pm Friday 22 April 2022 household close contacts will be free to leave quarantine.   Mr McCurdy said, “This is a huge relief for our local businesses that have been struggling to keep afloat over the past couple of years.…

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Urgent action needed on housing crisis

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says urgent action is needed to tackle the growing housing crisis across Gippsland.   Mr O’Brien said he is regularly hearing from Gippslanders who are struggling to put a roof over their heads as housing availability and affordability is constrained by rising costs, huge demand and government…

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New campaign to expose Victoria’s worst roads

Victorians are being asked to name the state’s worst roads in a new campaign to identify the most dangerous hazards that are risking lives on our roads every single day. Launched today by Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Shadow Minister for Roads Steph Ryan, the three-month campaign to find Victoria’s worst roads will seek safety reports…

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Fire inquiry findings cannot wait ‘til 2024

Important recommendations from a review of the 2019/20 bushfires that ravaged the region will not be acted on by the Andrews Labor Government until 2024, leaving East Gippslanders to endure two more summers before shortfalls are addressed.   Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, says the seriousness of the Inspector General of Emergency Management’s…

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Indigenous knowledge is key to plan burns

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien says regular planned burns in our forest and Crown land is critical to save lives and the environment.   “Planned burns are crucial to the effective prevention of bushfires and failure to conduct them endangers homes and lives,” Mr O’Brien said.   “While planned burns can cause…

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