New report on Murray Darling Basin Plan

Monday 26 June 2017   The Murray Darling Basin Plan’s (MDBP) additional 450GL upwater must be scrapped. A fresh push from the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists today to deliver the 450GL upwater in full fails to recognise that removing more water will have devastating socio-economic impacts on southern Basin communities. There was no evidence…

Labor’s CFA Split To Be Scrutinised

Friday 23rd June 2017 The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to split the CFA will be further scrutinised by a parliamentary committee following outrage at Daniel Andrews’ failure to properly consult with CFA volunteers. In State Parliament this week the Upper House passed a motion proposed by Liberal and Nationals MPs to refer the Bill to…

Unemployment Rises Again In North West Victoria

Friday 23rd June 2017 Jobs in north-west Victoria are disappearing under Daniel Andrews but he is standing idly by and doing nothing Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows there are now 5976 people unemployed in north-west Victoria putting the unemployment rate at 7.8…

Letter to the Editor – Bills In Parliament

Friday 23rd June 2017   To the editor   The following Bills were introduced last week to the Victorian Parliament which may be of interest to Murray Plains residents:   Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and Other Matters) Bill 2017   Health Legislation Amendment (Quality and Safety) Bill 2017   Yarra River Protection…

Members Statement – Steam Rally Echuca Moama

Thursday 22nd June 2017 I  had the opportunity to open the 54th Rotary Club of Echuca-Moama steam rally a great event for Echuca.  Over 700 exhibitors were in the rally and took great pride in restoring and bringing along the vintage machinery. Over 200 volunteers assisted and congratulations go to Cliff Downey as the event organiser for all…

Members Statement – Eastlink Tolls

Thursday 22 June 2017 I would like to raise the concerns of country Victorians who use utes as their primary vehicle. When they come to Melbourne they are now charged a lot higher EastLink tolls. Country people who have a ute who have to come to Melbourne for work or pleasure are severely disadvantaged by…

Members Statement – Swan Hill Jockey Club

Thursday 22nd June 2017 I want to congratulate the Swan Hill Jockey Club for another very successful three days of racing over the June racing carnival in Swan Hill. Local trainers were very prominent in the winner’s circle and congratulations go to Jane Duncan Con Kelly and Austy Coffey who trained winners over those three…

Labor protecting wild dogs not farmers

Thursday 22 June 2017   Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has failed to explain in Parliament today why she appointed not one but two dingo conservationists to her long overdue Wild Dog Control Advisory Committee. Despite both being outspoken critics of the use of bounties and baiting programs the two university researchers will now be providing…

Native vegetation laws

Wednesday 21 June 2017   The Andrews Labor Government is on notice that it must get on with native vegetation law reforms. The Victorian Farmers Federation has warned the number of trees on Victorian farmland will continue to decline unless the system is made more workable for farmers. A review of Victoria’s native vegetation laws…

Constituency Question – Rochester Police

Tuesday 20th June 2017 My constituency question is to the Minister for Police and it is on behalf of Glenda Nichol and the Rochester Business Network. The Rochester Business Network organised a petition calling for increased police resources for Rochester which had over 900 signatures. The Rochester jewellery store has recently been robbed for the third…