McCurdy calls for farm border exemptions

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy is calling for local Victorian farmers to be allowed access to their livestock and crops on the NSW side of the border.   Mr McCurdy said he had been fielding up to 20 calls a day from Ovens Valley farmers who have been affected by the hardened border…

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Licence testing must resume

East Gippsland’s young adults need to be able to obtain their driving licences during the Coronavirus lockdown.   Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said it was not right the State Government had basically shut up shop and removed the ability for young drivers to sit their learner test, or undertake their probationary licence…

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Stay home. Wear a mask. We’ll get through this.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has encouraged Gippslanders to do the right thing – stay home, wear a mask and support local businesses as we face the challenge of stage 3 coronavirus restrictions.   Mr O’Brien said it was extremely frustrating for Gippslanders to be subject again to new restrictions when 99…

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Victorian timber workers an endangered species under Labor

A review of the Victorian timber industry’s Code, announced by the Andrews Labor Government today, is another nail in the coffin for local jobs and industry confidence. Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said the Government’s review of the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 will do nothing to protect jobs. “The Andrews Labor…

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Bushfire app confusing needs fixing

Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, has called for uniformity on bushfire apps and information between Victoria and New South Wales.   “What we had over last summer for those living in border communities, was different apps and different symbols being used. The road closure apps are also different between the states, which is very…

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Urgent solutions needed for Victoria’s cross-border communities

Empty words from the Andrews Labor Government aren’t enough to fix the challenges facing Victoria’s cross-border communities. While we all understand the critical need to stop the spread of this deadly virus, the closures have forced families apart, cut countless workers off from their workplace and stopped the flow of goods and services. Further restrictions…

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Nats back indigenous burning to protect us all

Gippsland Nationals MPs are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to put more effort into trials of indigenous land management, particularly cool burning, ahead of the coming fire season.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien and Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath have encouraged the government to adopt policies that will…

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Urgent solution needed on seasonal worker border ban

An urgent solution is needed to resolve a ban on seasonal workers crossing into and out of Victoria from midnight tonight. The ban is part of strict new border controls and has left Victoria’s horticulture sector concerned about the supply of labour for the future. Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh wrote to Victorian Agriculture…

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Labor’s plantation sham drags on for another year

Three years down the track and the Andrews Labor Government’s sham announcement to expand timber plantations in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland still has not delivered a single extra tree in the ground.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the Andrews Government was all sizzle and no sausage with numerous announcements…

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Have your say on restoring Victoria’s iconic CFA

Local MP and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is urging residents across the electorate to share their ideas for the future of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to rebuild and restore it as an independent, volunteer-based, autonomous fire service. The CFA was split in two on July 1 after Daniel Andrews’ long, divisive…

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