LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, The Andrews Labor Government can’t walk away and leave the Murray Basin Rail Project half done. Producers and stakeholders should be reaping the benefits of a completed Basin Rail project by now. But under Labor’s mismanagement, the project is stalled and out-of-money and the damning feedback from key stakeholders is that “we were…

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Cross-party inquiry into Victorian devastating bushfires needed

The Victorian Liberal Nationals will move to establish a Joint House Select Committee Inquiry into Bushfire Preparation and Response in Victoria. With devastating fires continuing to burn across the North East, East Gippsland and Alpine regions, it is critical that an open public inquiry is established to investigate how Victoria could have been better prepared…

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Bringing Parliament to our bushfire affected communities

The Victorian Liberal Nationals are calling for the State Parliament to hold sittings in bushfire-affected communities this year. Victorian Liberal Leader Michael O’Brien and Nationals Leader Peter Walsh have written to the Premier, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and President of the Legislative Council to call for at least one sitting week in 2020 to…

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Farmers’ calls for freight subsidies answered

Freight subsidies announced today will help to relieve the financial pressure on farmers in the north east and East Gippsland as they work to recover from bushfire and years of drought. For months, farmers have been calling for assistance to cover the high cost of bringing in fodder or transporting livestock to agistment in regions…

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Farmers call for help to replace fences destroyed in bushfires

Thousands of kilometres of internal and external fencing, including boundary fencing bordering with state forests and national parks, has been damaged in the bushfires in East Gippsland and north-east Victoria and will need to be replaced. While the threat of bushfire still remains for some communities, many are now looking to clean-up and rebuild homes,…

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Fix the roads, don’t lower the speed limits

The Andrews Labor Government has failed to rule out further cuts to speed limits on country roads, despite calls from regional communities to make our roads safer by investing in proper maintenance. The Roads Minister recently had the opportunity to rule out the policy entirely, but instead left the door open to cutting speed limits…

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Sporting Club Grants Program now open

Applications for the 2019-20 Sporting Club Grants Program are now open. Grants are available to grassroots sporting clubs across Victoria to upgrade equipment, buy new uniforms and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers. The program provides funding of up to: $5000 for training for coaches, officials and volunteers $5000 to improve operational…

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Calls for further assistance to support our bushfire-affected farmers

Our thoughts continue to be with our communities enduring the devastation of horrific bushfires in East Gippsland and north-east Victoria. The Victorian Government has the full support of the Victorian Liberal Nationals in providing critical support to our farmers and communities affected by these devastating bushfires. Comment attributable to Leader of the Opposition Michael O’Brien…

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Local projects miss out, but Government waste skyrockets

Desperately-needed upgrades to local hospitals, schools and community facilities are missing out on funding, while Labor’s metro project cost blowout bill continues to skyrocket. Media reports have revealed Melbourne’s $11 billion Metro Rail Tunnel will cost an extra $3 billion over budget. Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said this money would make a huge…

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Statement on Ombudsman’s investigation

The Victorian Ombudsman has today dismissed Labor’s malicious and baseless referral of The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy. The Ombudsman found: “The 2 July 2018 email concerning a purported request to amend invoice dates mischaracterised a request to amend a newspaper subscription to end before writs were issued for the 2018 Victorian state election”.…

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Andrews Government must broaden drought support

The Andrews Labor Government can – and must – do more to support our drought-affected farmers. South Australia has announced it will provide immediate financial relief with a 50 per cent rebate on council rates or pastoral lease payments in 2019-20 and 2020-21 for farmers eligible for the Farm Household Allowance. In contrast, the Andrews…

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Andrews Government must keep its word on Random House

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has again pressured the State Government to finalise the sale of Rochester’s iconic, but neglected, Random House. In conversations with Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan last week, the Minister gave assurances that there was just one final round of consultation to be held and, no issues…

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