Roadside clearing must continue

Appropriate roadside clearing must continue in the coming months to ensure the unacceptable road closures and township isolations that occurred this bushfire season do not happen again.   This is the message from Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, who spoke on the matter in State Parliament last week.   “To have the Princes Highway…

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Timber workers save us, open our roads, then disregarded

Within days of finishing work that started with fire protection and ended with clearing our bushfire impacted roads, Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, says the timber industry has been hung out to dry.   “Many timber contractors are now nervously assessing their livelihoods with the government’s previous guarantee of work through to 2024 being…

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Need for more rail services never greater

  Gippsland Nationals MPs are ramping up pressure on the Andrews Labor Government to deliver more rail services to Central and East Gippsland.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien in Parliament last week called on the government to provide additional services beyond Traralgon.   “In this day and age it is extremely…

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CFA volunteers deserve decent stations

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has again called on the Andrews Labor Government to fund urgently needed fire station replacements in the wake of the summer bushfires.   Speaking in State Parliament, Mr O’Brien said it was the least the Andrews Labor Government could do in return for the enormous effort put…

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Andrews Labor must recommit to fuel reduction target

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to recommit to a 5 per cent annual fuel reduction burning target.   Mr O’Brien said the devastating East Gippsland bushfires have sadly highlighted the error of Labor’s decision to abandon planned burning recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal…

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Designs for long-awaited trains hidden from view

The design of the north-east’s promised new VLocity trains is being hidden by the Andrews Government. Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan requested design details of the much-anticipated trains in Parliament in November last year. But Ms Ryan, who is also the Member for Euroa, says the Minister still has not responded to…

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Petition tabled seeking funding for Agnes Falls development

Pressure is mounting for the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding for a cantilevered viewing platform at Agnes Falls, with a petition containing more than 1000 signatures tabled in State Parliament.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the community had identified the Agnes Falls development as a priority project to boost…

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Fishing for an economic recovery

Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said having presented a proposal to government three weeks ago for a fishing competition to boost tourism and the local economy, he was pleased it has been adopted and announced today. Titled the “Golden Tag” competition, Mr Bull said he came up with the proposal to try and attract…

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Duck Season must go ahead for Gippsland

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to confirm the 2020 duck season. “Recreational shooters are incredibly important to Gippsland’s regional economy and it is imperative the season goes ahead,” Ms Bath said. “Gippsland tourism has experienced an unprecedented downturn as a result of bushfire –…

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Sponsor a Bushfire recovery kit program

A group of Gippsland hardware businesses have initiated a ‘Sponsor a Bushfire Recovery Kit’ program to assist people impacted by East Gippsland bushfires. The Bushfire Recovery Kits contain vital equipment to assist people who have lost their homes and sheds in the East Gippsland bushfires. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said…

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More business help needed

Not enough is being done by State and Federal Governments to assist East Gippsland businesses impacted by the fires and the mass evacuation that took place in the peak holiday period. Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said “our businesses need direct support and to date the response from the State Government to business has…

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