Reusable bags on offer ahead of plastic bag ban

Member for Euroa and The Nationals’ deputy leader Steph Ryan is offering residents of the Euroa electorate free re-usable shopping bags before plastic bags are banned in November this year.   Ms Ryan has told Parliament she supports a ban on single use plastic bags, ahead of a vote on the issue in the Legislative…

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Jobs and funding cut under Labor’s ‘plan’ for regional development

The future of Victoria’s only government department dedicated to supporting jobs growth and community development in Regional Victoria is under threat. Today, the Andrews Labor Government failed to rule out more job and funding cuts from Regional Development Victoria (RDV) once the current review is finished. This latest uncertainty comes after a $130 million cut…

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Shepparton teachers gagged over superschool

Shepparton school teachers concerned about the Andrews Labor Government’s new super school have been warned not to criticise the school in public. The minutes from a school meeting in May last year show teachers were told that when discussing the new school, they must praise it in public and keep any criticism behind closed doors.…

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Victoria leaves empty handed from Basin meeting

Victoria has failed to convince New South Wales and South Australia to restrict new licences to use water in the lower Murray region, putting at risk the integrity of the Barmah Choke and Lower Goulburn River.   Minister Neville went to the Ministerial Council Meeting in Canberra on Sunday with the support of the Victorian…

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Op-Ed, Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh

The illegal and intimidating actions of law-breaking activists are closing down farm businesses and forcing hard-working farm families off the land. Yarragon’s popular Gippy Goat Café closed its doors after multiple break-ins, livestock theft and constant harassment. And in recent weeks, a free-range poultry farmer revealed their family had “lost the love of farming” and…

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Victoria must deliver water security for Sunraysia irrigators

An agreement to secure water for the Sunraysia must be reached when Basin Ministers meet in Canberra for the next Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council meeting on Sunday. Earlier this month, the Victorian Government made the long overdue decision to intervene in the rapid growth of new permanent plantings in the lower Murray region by…

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Labor short-changing Regional Victorians on Basin Rail

The Andrews Labor Government has been caught short-changing Victorians on the Murray Basin Rail Project. Reports today raise serious questions on the Andrews Government’s claims it’s delivering $220 million towards the project. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said farmers and industry in north-west Victoria were furious the Andrews Labor Government’s mismanagement had left the…

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Community demands transparency on Bendigo GovHub deal

The Bendigo community deserves to know full detail of a proposal to sell council-owned land to the Andrews Labor Government for the Bendigo GovHub before it goes to council for a final vote. Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh joined concerned community members today in Bendigo to…

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Victoria must get states on board in lower Murray

The Andrews Labor Government’s decision to intervene in the rapid growth of new permanent plantings in the lower Murray region is long overdue, but will have no impact if the Minister fails to convince South Australia and New South Wales to do the same. The Andrews Government announced today all applications for water extraction licences…

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Cosmetic fixes won’t fix poor performance on Geelong line

Geelong commuters are still plagued by delays and unreliable train services. The latest VLine performance figures show just 90.9 per cent of trains ran on time in June, failing to meet the performance target of 92 per cent. Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan said worsening problems meant it was impossible for commuters…

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North east line trains later than ever

Nearly half the services on the north-east line were late in June – the worst result since Daniel Andrews was elected in 2014. The latest VLine performance figures show just 52.5 per cent of trains ran on time in June, worse than the previous low of 52.7 per cent recorded in May this year and…

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