Ongoing Carbon innovation funding commitment needed

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has congratulated Australian Carbon Innovation (ACI) on securing a one year funding reprieve from the Andrew Government. Ms Bath said the funding announcement was overdue with ACI having a significant track record in innovative research and development. “Having personally made multiple representations in State Parliament advocating…

Community collaboration delivering bushfire recovery kits into East Gippsland

Bushfire recovery kits commenced distribution into East Gippsland today after being generously sponsored by individuals, business and community organisations. The Bushfire Recovery Kits contain replacement equipment to assist East Gippsland bushfire victims who lost their homes and sheds during summer. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath and Andrew Graham of H Hardware…

Bath calls for greater access to firewood

Firewood collection areas and limits must be reviewed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina said she has called on the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio to review and loosen firewood restrictions on behalf of Gippslanders. “Many Gippsland households are dependent on wood…

Gippsland’s Bush nursing funding furore

Gippsland Bush Nursing Centres are struggling due to inadequate state government funding. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said Gippsland’s bush nursing centres are being forced to fundraise to keep the doors open. “The recent bushfire crisis in East Gippsland has further exposed Labor’s inadequate heath care funding in our small rural…

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…

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 –…