Statement on closure of Nestle factory at Tongala

Devastating news for Tongala today with Nestlé announcing it will close its local factory over the next 18 months, costing 106 local jobs. It will be an extremely difficult time for workers and their families as they face the reality of the next 18 months. In a small, close-knit community like Tongala, the loss of…

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Labor must park its plan to lock up more public land

Bush users have converged on State Parliament today against a plan to lock up more of Victoria’s public land. More than 77,000 hectares of public land will be locked up if the Andrews Labor Government adopts recommendations from the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s Central West Investigation final report. Leader of The Nationals and Member for…

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Thousands sign petition to keep public land for the public

Bush users are standing against the Andrews Labor Government’s agenda to lock up public land. A petition calling for a parliamentary inquiry into public land management received thousands of signatures over the weekend at the National 4×4 Outdoors Show, Fishing and Boating Expo at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh was at…

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Statement on Tim Fischer

Thursday 22 August 2019   On behalf of the Victorian Nationals I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Federal Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AC. Tim epitomised everything it means to be a great Australian. A devoted family man, a farmer, a Vietnam war veteran,…

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Shade Grants Now Open

Local schools, community groups and sporting clubs across the Murray Plains electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2019 Shade Grants Program that is now open. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said by establishing shaded areas within our schools and communities we can seriously abate the negative…

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Celebrating Book Week

Reading Is My Secret Power is the theme of Book Week 2019 that is being celebrated in schools across the Murray Plains electorate this week. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said he was pleased to be invited by Kyabram Early Learning Centre to read a book of his choosing…

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Nominations open for 2019 Shrine of Remembrance Medal

The Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is calling for people to nominate individuals or groups in the Murray Plains electorate for the 2019 Shrine of Remembrance Medal. Mr Walsh said the Shrine of Remembrance Medal recognises a significant contribution of honouring the service and sacrifice of Victorians in war…

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Walsh offers free re-usable bags ahead of plastic bag ban

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is offering his constituents free re-usable shopping bags before plastic bags are banned in Victoria in November this year. Mr Walsh said plastic bags were a menace and had a devastating effect on the environment. “They block our drains and creeks, injure local wildlife…

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Parliamentary Inquiry puts spotlight on homelessness – Echuca

To coincide with Homelessness Week, a parliamentary committee is commencing an inquiry into homelessness in Victoria. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the inquiry will investigate the many social, economic and policy factors that impact on homelessness. Mr Walsh said the inquiry will also seek to identify policies and…

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Walsh says NO to Births, Deaths & Marriages Amendment

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh will oppose the Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2019, which is scheduled to be debated when State Parliament resumes next week. The bill has been introduced to the Victorian Parliament by the Andrews Labor Government. Its primary purpose is to allow birth…

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Parliament Prize comes to Boort Secondary College

Year 10 student at Boort Secondary College, Ebony Chamberlain, has taken out third prize in the 2019 Victorian State Parliament Prize competition. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh, who also grew up in Boort, visited the school yesterday to present Ebony with her prize. This year, students were asked to…

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Walsh calls out the Solar Rebate debacle

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has criticised the Andrews Labor Government for its inept management of the solar panel package that provided up to $2,225 to support the installation of solar panels. Mr Walsh said Daniel Andrews had thrown well-intentioned people into financial stress because his government  did not…

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