Keeping the lights on in Victoria

Thursday 14 September 2017   Statement from Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh The closure of Hazelwood Power Station this year saw the loss of 750 jobs and Victoria’s baseload energy capacity drop by 22 per cent. Increases to average annual power bills for homes and businesses have been far worse than the Andrews Labor…

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Have your say on roads

Tuesday 12 September 2017 Reports that Daniel Andrews will reduce the speed limit to 70 kmh on some unsealed country roads is just lazy policy by a lazy government Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said. The Andrews Labor Government has flagged the government is considering a proposal to reduce the speed limit on…

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Labor playing follow the leader on water security

Thursday 7 September 2017   It is a relief that Labor has finally realised the value of the former Coalition Government’s work with Integrated Water Cycle Management. In 2011 after a decade of drought and water mismanagement that saw Labor waste billions of taxpayer dollars on the desal plant and the north south pipeline the…

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Labor’s Heyfield mill jobs promise in tatters

Thursday 7 September 2017   The Andrews Labor Government has broken its promise to the Heyfield community that jobs will not be lost at the Heyfield mill. In Parliament today Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford failed to stand by a promise from Labor’s Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in March that the mill would”not lose…

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Country hospitals hit by rising power bills

Wednesday 23 August 2017   The Andrews Labor Government has refused to commit to providing more funding to country hospitals facing skyrocketing power bills. In Parliament on Wednesday Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio would not guarantee additional energy costs at country hospitals – expected to be worth about $2 million in western Victoria alone – would…

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Liberal-Nationals announce record funding boost for palliative care

Murray Plains residents will have access to world-class palliative care under a Liberal-Nationals government Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said. Mr Walsh said an elected Liberal-Nationals government would provide $140 million – the largest investment of its kind in Australia – to ensure terminally ill patients and their families can get the support…

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Have Your Say On River Red Gum Parks

Tuesday 9 August 2017 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has encouraged interested community members to comment on Parks Victoria’s River Red Gum Parks Draft Management Plan. The plan is intended to be a strategic guide for managing and protecting five national parks and more than 100 other parks and…

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Labor’s Surging Power Price Crisis

Tuesday 15th August 2017 Families and businesses across the Murray Plains Electorate are paying too much for energy a review into Victoria’s retail energy market has found. The Independent Review into the Electricity and Gas Retail Markets in Victoria has found regional consumers in areas with only one gas or electricity provider face significantly inflated…

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Regional councils struggling to meet roads costs

Tuesday 15 August 2017   Country Victorians are wearing the costs of the Andrews Labor Government’s cuts to country roads funding. The parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils heard today that country councils are struggling to meet the high costs of maintaining their roads network. Giving evidence…

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VAGO Reports V/Line Failing In Murray Plains Electorate

Monday 14th August 2017 A scathing report on country Victoria’s V/Line network has found the Andrews Labor Government is letting down regional commuters with poor quality unreliable and overcrowded services Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said. The Victorian Auditor-General’s V/Line Passenger Services report found”V/Line has failed to meet key service criteria for the…

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Letter to the Editor (Fix country roads Save country lives)

Thursday 3 August 2017   Dear Editor Since New Year’s Day 87 lives have been lost on Victoria’s country roads. Our rural road networks are crumbling and urgently need an immediate funding injection to improve safety. Instead Daniel Andrews has slashed the regional roads budget by more than $360 million since coming to office in…

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Zero Tolerance to Fuel Theft

Tuesday 1st August 2017 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has delivered a strong message of zero tolerance to those with intent to steal fuel. Mr Walsh applauded today’s announcement by the Liberal National Coalition that fuel drive-offs would be treated as a criminal matter under a Coalition Government from…

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Small Grants Open to Rural Communities

Tuesday 1st August 2017 Leader of the Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh today encouraged not-for-profit organisations in the Murray Plains electorate to apply for funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Grants of up to $5000 are available to help communities of 10 000 or fewer under the foundation’s…

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