Onset of summer sparks energy supply concern

There are mounting concerns on the reliability of Victoria’s energy supply system during the upcoming summer months. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said the uncertainty in electricity supply is leaving householders and businesses in the dark. “The Andrews Labor Government’s inability to plan and safeguard Victoria’s electricity supply has seen customers…

Lakes funding boost rejected

The Regional Development Minister has offered to do no more than meet existing election commitments in response to calls for an economic stimulus package for Lakes Entrance following the Gippsland Lakes commercial fishing licences buyout.   Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull said he had written to the Minister seeking a funding boost for Lakes…

Future of our Forests – REPORT

Forests provide Victorians with a wide range of benefits. Before making decisions on the future management of forests, governments must listen to the opinions of young regional Victorians. The attached report outlines findings, recommendations and personal insights from Gippsland youth on the future of our forests for consideration of all tiers of government. Gippsland Youth…

Victorian Liberal Nationals call to investigate Lake Buffalo expansion

The expansion of Lake Buffalo in north-east Victoria and its possible connection via a pipeline to Lake Nillahcootie should be referred to the Commonwealth Government’s new national water authority for investigation. Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan is also calling on the Victorian Government to reverse its panicked and unsupported ‘no dams’ policy. The Victorian…

Labor’s Bungled Bag ban

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said Labor’s plastic bag ban has been bungled. “It is another example of the Andrews Government’s mishandling just like we have seen with Victoria’s recycling crisis, our inadequate farm trespass laws, the kangaroo pet food trial and the Solar Homes Program to name a few,” said…

Labor fails Landcare test

Victoria’s Landcare networks could be forced to cancel their facilitators next year after the Andrews Labor Government failed to fund the positions. The news comes as Landcare marks its 30th anniversary as a national organisation this week. Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy, said The Nationals first funded Landcare facilitators in 2011. “Landcare groups…