Nats call for massive boost to Victorian manufacturing

A new $1 billion Bringing Manufacturing Home fund would put Shepparton in the box seat to seize on new opportunities to bring manufacturing investment and jobs to the region. As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, now is the time for the Andrews Labor Government to urgently act to get Victorians back to work and back…

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Calls for dedicated Regional Tourism Fund

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says the state government must kickstart Gippsland businesses and economies in the wake of months of unprecedented hardship.   Mr O’Brien said The Nationals are calling for a dedicated $200 million Regional Tourism Fund to be immediately established by the Andrews Labor Government to support country communities…

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Sloppy Minister must be transparent on Highway costs

Andrews Labor Government Minister Jacinta Allan is disrespecting Gippslanders with her refusal to outline the scale of the blowout in costs for the remaining stages of the duplication of the Princes Highway to Sale.   The Minister for Transport Infrastructure told local media in November last year that the Federal Government’s $132 million contribution to…

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Flu vaccination in short supply

Not enough flu vaccinations are being supplied to rural areas like East Gippsland.   Nationals Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, is concerned that immunisation providers in East Gippsland are not receiving adequate supply of vaccinations to protect people over 65 years of age, who are considered among the most vulnerable in our community.   “The…

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New smartphone app protecting our communities

The Federal Government’s new COVIDSafe smartphone application is a critical step forward to save lives and better protect our community against the spread of coronavirus.   The app will provide accurate information that will speed up the process of identifying people who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus.   Participation is…

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Community collaboration delivering bushfire recovery kits into East Gippsland

Bushfire recovery kits commenced distribution into East Gippsland today after being generously sponsored by individuals, business and community organisations. The Bushfire Recovery Kits contain replacement equipment to assist East Gippsland bushfire victims who lost their homes and sheds during summer. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath and Andrew Graham of H Hardware…

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Bath calls for greater access to firewood

Firewood collection areas and limits must be reviewed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina said she has called on the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio to review and loosen firewood restrictions on behalf of Gippslanders. “Many Gippsland households are dependent on wood…

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Local media outlets never more important than now

Local media outlets have never been more important and deserve support from State and Federal Governments.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has welcomed a Federal Government commitment amounting to more than $91 million to help Australian media companies survive through the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The package will assist both TV and…

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Bath says giving blood essential during COVID-19

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is encouraging Gippslanders to give blood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Bath said blood donations have been declared an essential service throughout Australia during the pandemic. “Despite the pandemic, it is important we continue to support the Australian Red Cross and meet the demand for blood…

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Minister for Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio has failed to answer a question in State Parliament on whether she will support the uncompleted roadside clearing on the Princes Highway East.

Minister for Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio has failed to answer a question in State Parliament on whether she will support the uncompleted roadside clearing on the Princes Highway East.   Nationals State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, asked the Minister the following question on February 6:   As a result of the recent bushfires in…

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said Gippsland businesses are already suffering the effects of the coronavirus crisis and need state government support now.   Mr O’Brien said the Liberal and Nationals Opposition has this week pressed the Government in Parliament daily on the need for a state-based stimulus or business support program.…

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Bush users frustrated by Minister’s delay

Bush users have been left hanging by the Andrews Labor Government as it continues to delay its response to a report that recommended locking up state forests in national parks. The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) Central West investigation recommended locking up more than 77,000 hectares of forest at Mount Cole, Wombat and Wellsford state…

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