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…

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…

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 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…

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“.…

Letter to Editor – Bills in Parliament May 24-25 2017

  Monday 29th May 2017   To the editor This week Daniel Andrews introduced a Bill to Parliament that seeks to rip apart Victoria’s CFA.   Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017   Other bills introduced to Parliament last week are:   Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017 Children…

Walsh Slams Labor’s CFA Bill

Monday 29th May 2017 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has slammed the Andrews Labor Government decision to integrate the Presumptive Rights Compensation with its plans to split the CFA. The “Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017 was introduced to parliament last week and…

Letter to Editor – Sign Kyabram Police Petition

Monday May 29th 2017   Dear Editor Through your paper I write to encourage all Kyabram community members to sign the petition that is presently circulating through the town calling for increased police presence and numbers. Kyabram is a special community which has historically benefited from excellent public safety and small town charm. Community leaders…