Rail Freight Advisory Council

If Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan is genuinely committed to making Victoria’s freight rail network as ‘efficient and safe as possible’ Labor should fund upgrades at level crossings on the Maryborough to Mildura line. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of a Rail Freight Advisory Council to advise on rail industry issues. Freight rail is…

Labor in denial on botched eID rollout

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has embarrassingly admitted she has no idea of serious concerns with the implementation of electronic identification (eID) of sheep and goats. Victorian saleyard operators say they won’t be ready to scan eID tags by March 2018 because the software they need to share data with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)…

Labor still failing to consult regional industry

Background Daniel Andrews has snubbed the views of Victorian farmers by failing to consult with Victoria’s livestock and intensive industries before establishing Animal Welfare Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria was announced under the cover of darkness, without consultation with Victoria’s peak farmer group, the Victorian Farmers Federation or the Livestock Industry Consultative Committee (LICC). LICC was…

Have your say on roads

Reports that Daniel Andrews will reduce the speed limit to 70 kmh on some unsealed country roads is just lazy policy by a lazy government, Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said. The Andrews Labor Government has flagged the government is considering a proposal to reduce the speed limit on unsealed country roads to…

Labor’s Heyfield deception

Hundreds of jobs at Heyfield’s timber mill remain in jeopardy despite the Andrews Government’s claims today. The Government’s media statement this morning says “…there will be no job losses while contractual negotiations are finalised,” but offers zero commitment beyond that period. Minister Pulford also told ABC 774 today that the timber offer to the mill…

Federal Liberal Nationals’ $1.42bn regional rail boost

The Liberal-Nationals in Federal Government have delivered for regional Victoria where Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government failed. Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, The Nationals Member for Gippsland, has put our country communities on the right track with the Commonwealth Government’s $1.42 billion investment in country rail. Daniel Andrews disgracefully left regional communities…

Heyfield mill closure to begin early

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods has announced today it will close its Heyfield mill earlier than planned. ASH confirmed today the mill will wind down from August due to “VicForests expected short supply of logs to the mill again this year”. At a recent hearing for the parliamentary inquiry into VicForests, VicForests Acting CEO Nathan Trushell confirmed…