Labour shortages a rotten outlook for bumper harvest

Victorian farmers’ hopes of a record-breaking harvest are at risk while COVID restrictions continue to wreak havoc with availability of farm labourers. Worker shortages across the industry, including horticulture, grains, wool production and meat processing, have left farmers and farm businesses fearing the loss of this season’s food and fibre. With the Federal Liberal and…

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Walsh says he gets the message about Woorinen South’s calls

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, has responded to calls to clarify the upgraded mobile phone coverage for Woorinen South. Mr Walsh said this week’s announcement the town – caught in one of regional Victoria’s most notorious blackspots – would be getting a small cell 4G station to solve its communication…

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No more excuses for Vic Labor to delay farm worker fix

The Andrews Labor Government has run out of excuses to delay fixing Victoria’s farm worker shortage, after the Federal Government today confirmed details of Australia’s ag visa program. The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government announced plans for the ag visa in June as part of the UK Free Trade Agreement. It was confirmed today the…

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Walsh says there is a better plan ‘to give Vic’s the Vax’

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, says confirmation vaccination rates in Victoria have fallen significantly behind NSW must be immediately addressed by the Andrews Labor Government. Mr Walsh says at current uptakes rates, Victoria will not reach National Cabinet’s key 70 per cent vaccination target until September 29 – more than…

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Report shows Labor has no plan for regional roads but Walsh says The Nationals have a proven option

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, said the Andrews Labor Government’ own infrastructure advisory panel has highlighted Labor has no plan for regional road maintenance to ensure taxpayers are getting the biggest bang for their bucks. Mr Walsh said infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy says the current road maintenance funding model is…

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Lifeline needed to make sure our ag shows survive

Victoria’s agricultural shows and field days are desperate for a financial lifeline to ensure their survival into next year as COVID uncertainty continues to force more cancellations. Shows at Maffra, Colac, Cobram, Nhill, Warracknabeal, Sunbury and Berrigan are among those to cancel the 2021 events, with more expected to follow. Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter…

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Farm worker shortage packing a punch

The Andrews Labor Government has failed to step up to the plate to solve a desperate shortage of workers across Victorian farms and agriculture businesses. Tens of thousands of vacancies that need to be filled in Victoria’s horticulture industry are just the tip of the iceberg as the closure of international borders – and Victoria’s…

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