Letter to the editor – RE: King’s Birthday Honour

Dear Editor,   Former Premier Daniel Andrews doesn’t deserve a King’s Birthday honour, and I am looking forward to presenting the Governor-General with a petition calling for it to be revoked.   The decision to start a petition against the inappropriate and unjustified awarding of a Companion of the Order of Australia wasn’t taken lightly…

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Important statement from Peter Walsh, leader of The Nationals

In its latest budget, the Allan Labor government’s betrayal of regional Victoria is now complete.   On May 7 Ms Allan had the gall to issue a 1700-word media release trumpeting how her government’s budget will offset the cost-of-living crisis we are all facing.   In her own words: “The Victorian Budget 2024/25 is firmly focused on…

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Labor ignores regional spending amid population boom

New data confirms people are leaving Melbourne in favour of regional centres, yet the Allan Labor Government continues to shortchange those living beyond the metropolitan boundary.   The Regional Movers Index highlights Geelong and Ballarat as growing destinations for city movers in a shift that is now significantly more than a Covid trend.   It…

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Labor has no answers as regional funding drys up

The Allan Labor Government has abandoned the needs of regional Victoria, doing nothing to explain an alarming disparity in spending in city and country areas.   Under heavy questioning at a Public Accounts and Estimate Committee hearing on Regional Development Victoria, Minister for Regional Development, Gayle Tierney, failed to provide genuine answers on the worrying…

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Letter to the Editor – RE: Roads

Dear Editor,   The Allan Labor Government remains delusional about the state of our crumbling roads.   Treasurer Tim Pallas has his head in the sand as potholes and go-slow zones continue to wreak havoc in regional Victoria.   Rightly so, roads were a hot topic as Mr Pallas fronted a Public Accounts and Estimates…

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Cost-of-living ignored as regional hits keep coming

The Allan Labor Government’s State Budget has disregarded the cost-of-living crisis, delivering a brutal reality for hardworking regional Victorians.   Households will be hit by dramatic hikes in both the fire services and waste levies, while funding for roads and agriculture continues to significantly lag behind past levels.   Our crumbling roads are getting worse,…

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Cost-shifting inquiry launched: Residents and councils urged to participate

The Parliamentary Inquiry into Local Government funding and services has commenced, with local governments and members of the community urged to participate.   Shadow Minister for Local Government, Peter Walsh, highlighted potential issues of cost-shifting, ranging from waste collection to the maintenance of road networks.   “The commencement of this inquiry marks an essential step…

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Future of flood-ravaged Rochester Pool hangs in the balance

As communities across the region continue to grapple with the aftermath of the devastating October 2022 floods, the future of the Rochester swimming pool remains uncertain.   During a special sitting of the Legislative Council in Echuca, Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Gaelle Broad, pressed Minister for Emergency Services, Jaclyn Symes, on the urgent matter…

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