City Labor MP snubs crumbling country roads

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy is frustrated to hear that recently in Parliament a city Labor MP labelled our crumbling country roads as “imagined fantasies”.   The accusation about country roads in Victoria was made during parliamentary debate in a tirade about road safety by eastern metropolitan Labor MP Vicki Ward.   Mr…

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Vic Governments planned burn backfires

In Parliament earlier this week, Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy requested the Minister for Environment visit the Warby Ovens National Park near Wangaratta to witness firsthand the irreversible damage caused by the Victorian Governments planned burn.   Mr McCurdy said in Parliament, “I recently met with a local resident whose property borders along…

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Community demands real time lead air monitoring in LV

The release of a timeline for the Chunxing Corporation’s Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) project has triggered community concerns about lead emission monitoring in the Latrobe Valley. The Andrews Government has released documents indicating that construction of the ULAB smelter is scheduled to begin in December 2022, with commissioning set for September 2023. In state…

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Labor backs dingoes and foxes to save ecosystem

A Labor dominated committee has handed down an ‘Inquiry into ecosystem decline in Victoria’, recommending the reintroduction of dingoes and the banning of 1080 baits that are used to control pest populations. The report was deemed so removed from reality by the Victorian Nationals that a minority report was developed, addressing the concerns of ignored…

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Regional Victoria set to welcome Melburnians in droves

Fresh ABS data has shown Melburnians have abandoned the city in record numbers with metro population falling by 60,500 in the 12 months to 30 June 2021 – a crash of 1.2 per cent in 12 months. The decline is the largest amongst all capital cities in the nation, with Brisbane and Perth growing, while…

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Minister has bet each way on the future of Shepparton’s super school

The Education Minister has assured Parliament the old school sites of Mooroopna Secondary College, McGuire College and Wanganui Park Secondary College will not be sold off. The news came just two weeks after Deputy Leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan sought a guarantee of that very nature from the Minister. The controversial super school project and amalgamation…

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Only one way forward to reap rewards of regional Commonwealth Games

Long-term strategic planning of a 2026 Commonwealth Games will be crucial if regional Victoria is to reap the full benefit of infrastructure upgrades and promotional activities that the event will require. Country communities were a driving force behind the games bid and it’s crucial this ground work is used as a foundation for planning going…

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Push for regional work visas to ease critical worker shortages

The Liberals and Nationals have recently launched a new positive campaign set to fill the workforce shortages and bring thousands of skilled workers to regional Victoria.   Mr McCurdy said, “Our skilled workers are essential for our regions. Without enough workers in our hospitality industries, school sectors, hospitals, farms and so on, many businesses are…

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Crumbling country roads just ‘imagined fantasy’, Labor MP says

Country drivers who complain that dangerous potholes are hazards on the rural road network are living in “imagined fantasies”, according to bizarre claims by a city Labor MP in Victorian Parliament. The accusation was levelled during parliamentary debate last night in a tirade about road safety by eastern metropolitan Labor MP Vicki Ward. Shadow Minister…

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