Ag shows get cold shoulder from Ag Minister

The Nationals are calling on the Andrews Government to provide financial support for Victoria’s 120 field days and agriculture shows held across regional Victoria each year. One million dollars in grant money over two years is being sought by Victorian Agriculture Shows (VAS) to keep the rural tradition of agriculture shows alive. Leader of the…

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Remove the Shackles from Gippsland

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is calling for regional restrictions to be eased with the commencement of the new school term so Gippsland can back in business. Ms Bath said with schools returning to onsite learning next week and low case numbers in regional Victoria, it’s time for the Premier removed…

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Cellar doors excluded from business support

Wineries with cellar doors have been excluded from the third round of business assistance announced by the Andrews Labor Government.   The program, which promises support to hospitality and retailers, does not include wineries whose business relies heavily on cellar door sales.   Member for Euroa and deputy leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has…

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CFA station upgrades a budget must

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to ensure a fair share for Gippsland South Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades in the upcoming state budget. Mr O’Brien said the state government had made a commitment back in May to invest a share of more than $100 million…

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Tiny steps for hospitality don’t go far enough

Gippsland hospitality businesses will be condemned to another two months of tightly restricted activity that won’t be enough for many to survive, under the easing of restrictions announced by the Premier this week. The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said Gippslanders were relieved they could finally move about with some freedom as regional…

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Labor walks away from hardwood plantations

The Andrews Government’s native timber transition plan has been labelled a sham after Labor walked away from establishing hardwood plantations. During State Parliament Ms Bath pushed Minister for Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes for answers, however the native timber industry continues to be met by silence from the Minister. Ms Bath cited the former HPV plantation at…

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Lack of firewood collection areas disappoints again

Insufficient firewood collection areas are available to local residents, Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said.   Mr McCurdy said the opening of the Spring firewood collection season on 1 September once again failed to provide adequate designated collection sites.   “I am yet again disappointed there have not been more local firewood collection…

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Basin Authority split a win for Victorian irrigators

The Federal Government has announced it will split the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) after a long campaign by irrigators and the Victorian Liberal Nationals. A new statutory compliance role will split the MDBA’s conflicting responsibilities by creating an Inspector-General of Water Compliance. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said the split would help resolve…

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McCurdy welcomes expanded border zone

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has welcomed the confirmation of an expanded border permit zone that will include Wangaratta and other Ovens Valley towns. Mr McCurdy said the expanded zone would be a welcome relief for local residents who meet the new permit criteria, who have up until now been unable to cross…

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