Members Statement – Ella Ebery

18 June 2019   Mr Walsh : I want to acknowledge the life of Ella Ebery who passed away recently aged 103. Ella was born at Slaty Creek just north of St Arnaud. She married Jack Ebery a shearer and they spent their early years travelling with their shearing team throughout outback New South Wales. At…

Labor not putting locals first

Background Rural and regional communities will play second fiddle to big ticket projects under an Andrews Government decision to focus regional funds “towards larger projects”. This year’s State Budget saw the dedicated Regional Growth Fund axed and Regional Development Victoria’s (RDV) budget slashed by $130 million. At the same time, the Andrews Government will halve…

No rates relief for farmers, but doctors and lawyers get drought aid under Daniel Andrews

The Andrews Government’s decision to refuse council rate relief for struggling farmers while offering doctors, lawyers and public servants drought aid is an insult to farming families. In a weak performance at Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC), Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes couldn’t even say how much of Labor’s drought assistance was actually…