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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Inquiry into Domestic Animals Amendment

Tuesday 6 December 2016 Background The Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee handed down the final report for the Inquiry into the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 today. Among 18 recommendations and one finding were: that consultation with relevant stakeholders in regard to this Bill was inadequate and that it…

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Energy Assistance Grants Available for Businesses

Tuesday 6th December 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging eligible businesses across the Murray Plains electorate to apply for an Energy Assessment Grant. “Industry has made it absolutely clear that the responsibility of power price rises rests with the Andrews Labor Government and their damaging energy policies…

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Country People Hardest Hit by High Fuel Prices

Thursday 1st December 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the Andrews Labor Government’s new laws to ban display of discounted fuel prices fails to address the major concern for local motorists – high fuel prices. A ban on fuel retailers displaying discounted prices came into effect this week.…

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Labor Ignores Swan Hill Rail Commuters

Thursday 1st December 2016 Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan  has shown complete disrespect to regional rail commuters on in the Murray Plains Electorate with her announcement this week on additional services  according to Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh. “The Minister promised 80 new regional services across the state…

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Labor Ignores Rail Passengers Beyond Bendigo

Thursday 1st December 2016 Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan  has shown complete disrespect to rail commuters on the Echuca Bendigo line with her announcement this week on additional services according to Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh. Mr Walsh said that the line is a vital link for specialist…

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Bills Introduced to Victorian Parliament November 22-24 2016

Friday 25th November 2016 Letter to the Editor Last week six Bills were introduced to the Victorian Parliament which may be of interest to Murray Plains residents. The Bills are as follows: Wrongs Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse) Bill 2016 Administration and Probate and Other Acts Amendment (Succession and Related Matters) Bill 2016 Consumer Acts Amendment…

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Funds Available To Restore Local War Memorials

Thursday 24th November 2016 Community members of the Murray Plains Electorate involved with veterans groups are invited to apply for funding to renew or repair their local war memorials through the Restoring Community War Memorials Grants program. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging all RSL clubs local councils…

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Swan Hill Must Benefit From New VLine Services

Thursday 24 November 2016 New VLine services to Swan Hill must be among 80 additional services to be announced next week Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Peter Walsh said. Mr Walsh said country commuters – and not just Bendigo residents – must benefit from the 10 new services for the Bendigo line.…

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Echuca Must Benefit From New VLine Services

Thursday 24 November 2016 New VLine services to Echuca must be among 80 additional services to be announced next week Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Peter Walsh said. Mr Walsh said country commuters – and not just Bendigo residents – must benefit from the 10 new services for the Bendigo line. “We…

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Local History Grants Now Available

Thursday 24th November 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has encouraged community groups to apply for a share in $350 000 in funding for projects that preserve and share stories from our past. Mr Walsh said this latest round of grants of up to $15 000 is available through…

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Unconventional gas ban

Tuesday 22 November 2016 Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy The moratorium is already in place and already operating so why is Daniel Andrews desperately pushing this legislation through when there’s a crime crisis and important legislation like our youth parole changes and the “˜No Body No Parole’ to get through before…

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Victoria must back Barnaby to dump Basin upwater

Monday 21 November 2016 Background Now is the time for Victoria to help get rid of the Basin Plan’s 450GL up-water all together. The up-water was a secret deal struck in October 2012 between Federal Labor and the South Australian Government. To mitigate this political madness Victoria’s Liberal-Nationals fought hard for a trigger to be…

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