This Year in Review

Thursday 29 December 2016   It is often said that farming is one of the hardest jobs in the world and over the past year the resilience of Victorian farmers has certainly been tested. While this time last year grain farmers plagued by dry conditions had packed up the header after a harvest spanning just…

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Labor’s native veg review fails farmers

Thursday 22 December 2016   Victorian farmers want easy to navigate native vegetation clearing laws that reward on-farm management and investment. The review of the native vegetation clearing regulations by the Andrews Labor Government was viewed by farmers as an opportunity to improve current processes. Instead Daniel Andrews is using it as another opportunity to…

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Four Winners Chosen For Christmas Card Competition

Friday 16th December 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has announced the four winners of his annual Christmas card design competition today. Each year Mr Walsh selects two primary schools in the electorate and invites students to  design the cover of his  Christmas cards. ”This year I invited Lancaster…

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Science Scholarships For Swan Hill Students

Friday 16th December 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh was on hand to present science scholarship funding to two Swan Hill College students this week. Nariel Garcia and Daniel Hughes received Mr Walsh’s scholarships to enable them to attend ConocoPhillips Science Experience Program at the University of Melbourne in…

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Funding Available for Sporting Clubs

Friday 16th December 2016   Sporting groups and organisations in the Murray Plains Electorate can benefit from the Round Two of the Sporting Clubs Grants Program which is now open. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the fund will allow sporting clubs to update their equipment train their volunteers…

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Walsh Supports Neighbourhood Watch Funding

Wednesday 13th December 2016 An elected Liberals Nationals government will lead the re-vitalisation of the Neighbourhood Watch program according to Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh. Mr Walsh said an elected Liberal Nationals government will partner with Neighbourhood Watch and provide $2m over four years to fund locally based crime…

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Average summer day too hot for Labor’s deteriorating rail

Wednesday 14 December 2016   Background VLine has released an updated network service plan for Victoria’s freight rail network. It has seen speed restrictions imposed on the Swan Hill Echuca Shepparton Mildura and Ouyen lines which would see freight trains stop once temperatures reach 33 degrees. Comments from Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh Jacinta…

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Petition Launched to Fight Crime In Gunbower

Monday 12th December 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has urged residents to support a petition calling for more police resources in Gunbower and district. The petition has come at the request of Gunbower residents who are fed up with rampant crime and drug use in their community. Mr…

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Labor Votes Against Bill To Protect CFA Volunteers

Friday 9th December 2016 The Andrews Labor Government has once again shown a complete disrespect to the tremendous contribution made by CFA volunteers according to Leader of the Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh. In State Parliament this week Labor voted down the Liberals and Nationals efforts to introduce the Country Fire Authority…

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Liberal Nationals Shadow Ministry changes

Friday 9 December 2016 The Liberal Nationals Coalition has today made changes to the Shadow Ministry following Russell Northe’s decision to stand aside from the Opposition frontbench. The Member for Lowan Emma Kealy joins the Shadow Cabinet with responsibility for Mental Health Senior Victorians and Consumer Affairs. The Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh assumes…

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Labor’s $277m secret water report

Wednesday 7 December 2016 Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has refused to rule out reversing the north-south pipeline a project that would come at significant cost to farmers. A secret government report last week found reversing the north-south pipeline would cost $277 million require upgraded pumps and 14km of new pipes either under or over the…

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Great Forest National Park

Wednesday 7 December 2016 Background A motion for a five-year moratorium on establishing national parks in Victoria’s Central Highlands was defeated in the Legislative Council today. The motion called for no new national parks to be established in the region including the Great Forest National Park until further work was done on the availability of…

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Labor Targets Harvest For Vehicle Road Blitz

Wednesday 7th December 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh says the Andrews Labor Government is unfairly targeting farmers and harvest contractors in a blatant revenue raising exercise for the government. “Since the beginning of harvest local farmers and contractors have been targeted by “Operation Big Wheels” – a police…

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First nectarines flown into China

Tuesday 6 December 2016 Swan Hill growers are among the first Victorian nectarines exported to Shanghai markets under new trade protocols Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh has said. The import protocols were finalised with the Chinese Government in May this year and were the first new industry opening for summerfruit in about two decades.…

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