Questions over Labor’s late wild dog committee

Wednesday 14 June 2017   Serious questions are being asked after the Andrews Labor Government appointed a critic of wild dog control programs to the long awaited Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee. The advisory committee has finally been announced today nearly two years since Labor sacked a very effective committee which included experienced landholders and…

Guy-Walsh: Heyfield mill closure to begin early

Wednesday 14 June 2017   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…

Changes Recommended to ‘Uber’ Tax

Wednesday14th June 2017 A parliamentary Committee has recommended the Andrews Labor Government reconsider its proposed taxi reform legislation including its new $2 tax on every taxi trip. A report tabled in Parliament last week by the Economy and Infrastructure Committee recommended amendments to the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017. Daniel Andrews’ own Labor MPs…

Anthony Foster

6th June 2017   Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) (By leave) – The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Anthony Foster was a good man and he did something. Tragically he passed away after a stroke on 26 May this year aged 64. Anthony and Chrissie worked tirelessly to make…

Members Statement – Kerang Rail Accident Memorial

6th June 2017 Kerang Rail Accident Memorial Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – It seems like yesterday but it has been 10 years since 11 people tragically lost their lives and countless more had their lives changed forever by the Kerang rail disaster. Yesterday’s memorial service was filled with sorrow but also with a feeling of solidarity as all those…

Equipment Grant Boosts Echuca Emergency Services

Tuesday 6th June 2017 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh congratulated the Echuca SES unit  on its successful application to the Emergency Services Volunteers Sustainability Grant Program (ESVS) The fully volunteer unit has been allocated $39 909.10 to help with the purchase of a new light tower and trailer “…

Equipment Grant Boosts Kerang Emergency Services

Tuesday 6th June 2017 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh congratulated the Kerang SES unit  on its successful application to the Emergency Services Volunteers Sustainability Grant Program (ESVS) The fully volunteer unit has been allocated $16 271.32 to improve its facilities with concreting yard works and new storage. The ESVP…

Equipment Grant Boosts Rochester Emergency Services

Tuesday 6th June 2017 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains congratulated the Rochester CFA on their successful application to the Emergency Services Volunteers Sustainability Grant Program (ESVS) The fully volunteer Rochester brigade has been allocated $4 470 to help with the purchase of new lighting to bolster their operational equipment “ Mr…

Labor refuses to save forestry jobs

Thursday 1 June 2017   Background The Andrews Labor Government could save thousands of forestry jobs in Victoria by reducing the size of “˜highly precautionary’ timber harvest exclusion zones. At a parliamentary inquiry into VicForests VicForests Acting CEO Nathan Trushell confirmed the Leadbeater’s Possum was being detected at a rate “much higher than ever anticipated“.…

Labor lets dogs go wild

Thursday 1 June 2017   Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has again confirmed Victoria’s Wild Dog Control program is a shambles under her leadership. Minister Pulford was embarrassed and lost for words when she appeared at a Parliamentary Inquiry today failing to say why she hadn’t delivered a new Wild Dog Community Advisory Committee that was…