Nexus is the next step for Birchip

Agricultural researchers in Birchip would be able to work closer with farmers and the community in a new project by Birchip Cropping Group (BCG). Described as ‘the missing link in Victoria’s agriculture innovation’, the $5 million BCG Nexus project will allow researchers, farmers and students to stay on-site as part of an innovation hub based…

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Taxpayers footing the $2m bill for Labor’s dishonesty

The Andrews Labor Government’s irresponsibility with Victorian taxpayers’ money has been exposed after it refused to pursue a $2 million debt from environmental activists. In February this year, former Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas wrote to VicForests to discourage it from taking legal action to recover court costs from MyEnvironment activists. At the time, Ms…

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More support for Traralgon’s flood recovery

Community groups in Traralgon will have safe, purpose-built facilities after the Liberals and Nationals pledged $8 million to fully support a flood recovery project. Home to multiple sporting and community groups, the recreation reserve buildings were rendered uninsurable and uninhabitable after major flooding in June 2021. Despite repeated pleas for assistance, the groups were overlooked…

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A win for brumbies, the environment and Australia’s heritage

Today is an important day for animal welfare in Victoria as the Parliament has ordered that Labor stop their extermination of Victoria’s brumby population. A motion in the Legislative Council of the Parliament has passed, with Coalition MPs and crossbench MPs voting in favour of cancelling current, and planned, aerial and ground shooting of brumbies.…

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$8 Billion for regional Victoria’s hospitals

Regional Victorians deserve better care closer to home, which is what a Liberal and Nationals Government will deliver. Today’s announcement that the $35 billion Cheltenham to Box Hill rail line in Melbourne would be shelved means $8 billion injected into regional healthcare. Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh, says the commitment means brand-new hospitals in…

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Labor playing politics with harvesters’ lives

The Andrews Labor Government has set the stage for an ugly showdown between legal forestry workers and increasingly belligerent and reckless protestors by blocking urgent amendments to legislation covering the timber industry. The Nationals Leader Peter Walsh says his party wanted amendments to the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 to better protect workers. Mr Walsh…

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Shepparton to win gold at 2026 Commonwealth Games

After being snubbed by the Andrews Labor Government in a bid to host events for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, Shepparton will be included as a hub if a Liberal and Nationals Government is elected in November. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Shadow Minister for Sport Cindy McLeish were at Shepparton Sports Stadium…

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Labor leaves farmers vulnerable to threat of FMD

  The Andrews Labor Government is determined to leave Victoria’s farmers stranded with its refusal to support The Nationals in legislating common-sense changes to better protect licenced water frontage and Australia’s $80 billion agriculture industry from threats such as the current risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The Nationals leader Peter Walsh says with Australian agriculture…

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Clear plans needed from Labor for biosecurity

Under questioning in State Parliament today, Victorian Minister for Agriculture Gayle Tierney refused to make public the plans of what the Andrews Labor Government is doing to ensure that Victoria is prepared for a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak.   The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said Ms Tierney’s empty words…

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Watt is Canberra doing to save Australia’s livestock industry?

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, says the failure of Federal Agriculture Minister Murray Watt and the Albanese government to act immediately has almost condemned Australia to being hit by foot and mouth disease. Mr Walsh says Australia’s livestock industries are all but resigned to foot and mouth disease devastating their…

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