Re-opening timelines needed for tourist areas

Re-opening of our National Park tourist areas and other visitor locations – like Cape Conran and the partially opened Buchan Caves Reserve – need to be fast-tracked by the State Government and timelines provided to communities.   Nationals Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, said that while some areas required more work than others, it needed…

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Volunteers voices to be heard

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is encouraging local volunteers to take part in consultation currently underway to shape the new Victorian Volunteer Strategy.   Mr O’Brien said the new strategy will aim to ensure Victorians have all the support they need to help others.   “My experience has always been that Gippslanders…

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Citycentric Dan delivers scraps off the table

Labor’s bushfire recovery announcement today in East Gippsland will be seen for what it is by locals – totally underwhelming and insignificant. “What we had announced today was just $2.5m for three projects in East Gippsland – $2m to rebuild the Buchan Caves (which the Government needs to do anyway), $300k for new sprinkler system…

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Statement on the 2020 duck season

Statement on the 2020 duck season The Andrews Government has announced a drastically reduced 2020 duck hunting season today. Opening weekend will be on May 2, with a bag limit of three ducks per day and a modified length of five weeks. A full season runs for nearly 12 weeks from mid-March to mid-June with…

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Citycentric Dan delivers scraps off the table

Labor’s bushfire recovery announcement today in East Gippsland will be seen for what it is by locals – totally underwhelming and insignificant. “What we had announced today was just $2.5m for three projects in East Gippsland – $2m to rebuild the Buchan Caves (which the Government needs to do anyway), $300k for new sprinkler system…

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O’Brien: More support needed for Gippsland economy

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to step-up efforts to help the Gippsland economy in the wake of the recent bushfires and subsequent business downturn.   Speaking in State Parliament last week, Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Labor Government needed to do more to support businesses,…

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Princes Highway: She’s not apples, Premier

The Andrews Labor Government has been dragging its heels for so long on the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale that Mother Nature has taken over.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said it was telling that an apple tree is now growing and producing fruit on an area that was…

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Dedicated recovery fund needed

Word is the entire Victorian Labor Parliamentary team – from the Premier to backbenchers – will be in East Gippsland later this week. Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, says a dedicated bush fire recovery fund must be announced. “The visit was a commitment made during the fire period and I would expect some significant…

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Gippsland deserves answers on mines and water

  The State Government has been called on to provide more information to the community about options for Latrobe Valley mine rehabilitation as concern rises about the plan to create pit lakes.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said he had raised a question in State Parliament about alternatives to filling the…

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Cricket grants now open

Cricket clubs across East Gippsland looking to upgrade their facilities or purchase new equipment can apply for two streams of funding from Cricket Australia.   Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull and current member of St Marys Nagle Cricket Team is encouraging local cricket clubs to consider submitting applications to both the Community Cricket…

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Government has no answers on timber transition

The Andrews Labor Government is failing Gippsland and our timber sector with its supposed “transition” out of native harvesting by 2030 falling apart at the seams.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said he had asked a series of questions about the transition, which the Government could not answer.   “It is…

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Fuel reduction saves lives

Today the “Fuel Reduction Saves Lives” campaign calling for increased fuel reduction on public land was launched at State Parliament.   The Leader of the Nationals, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh and Shadow Assistant Minister for Public Land Use, Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath and the Bush Users Group United (BUGU) launched…

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