Delays leave local farmers exposed to illegal trespass

Laws to impose on-the-spot fines to better protect Murray Plains farmers against farm trespass still haven’t been drafted, six months after the Andrews Labor Government finally agreed to the change. A parliamentary inquiry recommended on-the-spot fines be implemented as a solution to stop extreme animal activities breaking into farms, stealing livestock and damaging biosecurity. But…

Local history grants are now available

Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, is encouraging local community organisations to put their hand up for a share in $350,000 of state funding, available for projects that preserve and share stories of local history. The Local History Grants Program, which is managed by the Public Record Office Victoria, is currently accepting…

Fast-track solution needed to border closures

Op-Ed – Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh It’s ground hog day for Victoria’s border communities. The Andrews Labor Government’s eleventh-hour border closures on New Year’s Eve again turned our world upside down. It’s made access to health services and medical supplies, education and daily essentials that much more difficult for people living and working…

2020 is gone but will never be forgotten

Our year is ending with another reminder the trials of 2020 and the pandemic are not going away any time soon. Even as I was writing this; governments in Victoria, NSW and South Australia were rolling out new restrictions, from a hard border between SA and NSW to Victoria going back to mandatory masks. Sadly…