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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Daniel Andrews’ city-centric focus costing country jobs

Daniel Andrews’ city-centric shutdowns are unfairly costing jobs in regional Victoria. Victorian food service businesses had planned to reopen to 50 people on Monday under a planned easing of coronavirus restrictions. Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh said the Andrews Labor Government had blindsided country businesses with…

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Victorian Nationals call for racing industry plan

Victoria’s racing industry participants risk being left behind New South Wales if the Andrews Government doesn’t urgently outline its plan to get racing back on its feet. Shadow Racing Minister Tim Bull visited Nagambie breeders with Nationals deputy leader and Euroa MP Steph Ryan this week to hear how coronavirus has affected farms and what…

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Drivers licence testing to resume, but there’s a catch

Driving tests will resume this month, but a backlog of appointments mean many learner drivers will be forced to wait months to get behind the wheel. Following calls from the Liberal Nationals for VicRoads to resume testing, the Andrews Labor Government has confirmed it will begin to clear the backlog of postponed tests from June…

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Ongoing Carbon innovation funding commitment needed

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has congratulated Australian Carbon Innovation (ACI) on securing a one year funding reprieve from the Andrew Government. Ms Bath said the funding announcement was overdue with ACI having a significant track record in innovative research and development. “Having personally made multiple representations in State Parliament advocating…

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