Questions raised over the Valley’s Drug Rehab facility

Gippsland families and drug advocates are still waiting for promised drug and alcohol support in the Latrobe Valley. In 2018, the Andrews Labor Government announced funding for a youth drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Latrobe Valley. Challenged by The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, Labor conceded the Latrobe Valley Youth Drug…

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Workforce reform crucial to combat Victoria’s rise in drug abuse

Heroin abuse in Victoria has reached a national high, but vulnerable Victorians seeking help to kick these life-threatening addictions still struggle to access support. Data released today by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) paints a damning picture of illegal drug use in Victoria across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Abuse of heroin in Melbourne is…

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On-the-spot fines for farm trespass teetering at final hurdle

Independent MPs in Parliament’s Upper House are being urged to be the deciding vote that will see better farm trespass protections for Victorian farmers become law. Legislation for on-the-spot fines for farm trespass have finally been introduced to the upper house of state parliament after years of delays. Amendments moved by The Nationals Member for…

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Scammers deceiving locals out of money

“If it’s too good to be true it probably is”, is a well-known phrase and Gippsland East Nationals MP, is asking locals to take heed.   It comes on the back of a number of East Gippslanders being scammed out of considerable amounts of money.   “These mongrels’ prey on the vulnerable and are almost…

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Support for Melbourne Royal Show through COVID-19

$3.2 million to support costs incurred from the cancelled 2021 Melbourne Royal Show Round 2 of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program is providing up to $13.1 million for eligible Capital City Royal Shows Program helps support events after the disruptions caused by the pandemic The Morrison-Joyce Government is providing $3.2 million to…

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Ratepayers dissatisfied with Labor’s delusional road to nowhere

The sad state of country roads is driving outrage among regional motorists with new data painting a picture of Victoria’s most neglected local government areas. Damning data from Ratepayers Victoria for 2020-21 shows an incredibly low percentage of regional ratepayers are satisfied with the state of their local roads. Extreme levels of road repair requests…

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Brewing anger at state of local roads

An incredibly low number of regional ratepayers are satisfied with the state of their local roads, according to new data from Ratepayers Victoria. Across the electorate of Euroa, satisfaction with local roads is as low as 43 per cent. Member for Euroa and newly appointed Shadow Minister for Roads, Steph Ryan, said the polling reflected…

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Liberals and Nationals move to protect Victorian farmers from farm trespass

Amendments to strengthen the consequences for law-breaking activists caught trespassing on Victorian farms will be moved in Victorian Parliament today by the Liberals and Nationals. It’s expected the Bill to establish on-the-spot fines for farm trespass will be brought on for debate in the Legislative Council later today. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina…

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Gippslanders paying the price during ambulance crisis

  The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says Gippslanders are increasingly suffering due to the Andrews Labor Government’s disastrous mismanagement of the health system and ambulance services. Mr O’Brien was commenting after asking a question in State Parliament about the case of an 82-year-old woman who fell and injured herself in the main…

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Regional resident declined 000 call for help

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy recently expressed his concern in Parliament calling for the Minister for Ambulance Services to address the ever-increasing decline of Ambulance call outs to our regional residents.   In Parliament Mr McCurdy said, “I wish to raise a concern on behalf of a Wangaratta resident who recently dialled triple…

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Regional business owners left abandoned by Vic Government

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy spoke in Parliament concerning the Andrews Government lack of support towards local business owners across the Ovens Valley.   Mr McCurdy said, “I was recently contacted by a business owner from the Wangaratta region who is seeking vaccination mandates to be scrapped because of the difficulties they face…

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