Kealy calls for urgent action to address rural doctor shortage

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy has again demanded the Andrews Labor Government take immediate action to address the critical shortage of rural doctors, which is impacting on state public hospital services in the Lowan electorate.   Speaking in Parliament, Ms Kealy called for the Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos to explain what action…

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Onset of summer sparks energy supply concern

There are mounting concerns on the reliability of Victoria’s energy supply system during the upcoming summer months. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said the uncertainty in electricity supply is leaving householders and businesses in the dark. “The Andrews Labor Government’s inability to plan and safeguard Victoria’s electricity supply has seen customers…

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O’Brien takes irrigation plan to Parliament

Plans to expand irrigation in Central Gippsland along the Latrobe River and Macalister Irrigation District have been taken directly to State Parliament.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has asked the Minister for Water, Lisa Neville in Parliament to develop plans to allocate unused water in the Latrobe River system to irrigation.…

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Green light for Serviceton North railway crossing upgrade

The Serviceton North Road railway crossing has been listed as a priority for upgrade after years of lobbying by The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy, the West Wimmera Shire Council and the local community.   Ms Kealy said the Australian Rail Track Corporation had recently confirmed with her office that the project was under…

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Lakes funding boost rejected

The Regional Development Minister has offered to do no more than meet existing election commitments in response to calls for an economic stimulus package for Lakes Entrance following the Gippsland Lakes commercial fishing licences buyout.   Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull said he had written to the Minister seeking a funding boost for Lakes…

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Future of our Forests – REPORT

Forests provide Victorians with a wide range of benefits. Before making decisions on the future management of forests, governments must listen to the opinions of young regional Victorians. The attached report outlines findings, recommendations and personal insights from Gippsland youth on the future of our forests for consideration of all tiers of government. Gippsland Youth…

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Gippsland youth have their say on forest future

The opinions of young Gippslanders have been in captured in a report outlining their recommendations to State Government on the future management of forests in Victoria. Shadow Minister for Public Land Use and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath was joined by Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh…

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Long time since trains were on time

Back in the year that the Bairnsdale train last met its punctuality target, Matt Priddis of the West Coast Eagles won the Brownlow and Protectionist, ridden by Ryan Moore, won the Melbourne Cup.    In Parliament last week Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull said that it was shameful that the Bairnsdale train hasn’t met punctuality benchmarks…

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Victorian Liberal Nationals call to investigate Lake Buffalo expansion

The expansion of Lake Buffalo in north-east Victoria and its possible connection via a pipeline to Lake Nillahcootie should be referred to the Commonwealth Government’s new national water authority for investigation. Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan is also calling on the Victorian Government to reverse its panicked and unsupported ‘no dams’ policy. The Victorian…

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More uncertainty for local Primary Care Partnerships

Health partnerships working to create healthier communities across Murray Plains face more uncertainty after the Andrews Government again refused to provide long-term funding. Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) actively contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and their communities in regional Victoria, but have only been funded to June 2020 while a review is…

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V/Line’s annual report reveals massive funding cuts

The Andrews Government has slashed $149 million from V/Line’s annual budget as country passengers continue to be plagued by frustrating delays, cancellations and service breakdowns. The release of the V/Line annual report, tabled in Parliament today, also reveals the organisation suffered a $30 million deficit in 2018/19. The news comes as customer satisfaction with the…

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Sky high energy bills drives spike in complaints

Local households are struggling to cope with soaring energy costs, driving a massive spike in complaints. Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria’s (EWOV) 2019 annual report released this week shows a 57 per cent increase in the number of cases about energy prices from the Strathbogie Shire over the past 12 months. There was also a…

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