Labor snubs call for regional Parliament sitting

The Andrews Government has today again snubbed regional Victoria, refusing to take the Legislative Assembly to flood-affected areas. Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Peter Walsh, moved that the Legislative Assembly meet in a flood-affected Northern Victoria community in October/November this year. The switch would acknowledge the serious impact the floods…

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Flood submissions a litany of community pain says Walsh

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, says the Parliamentary Upper House Inquiry into the 2022 Flood Event in Victoria was back in Rochester on Wednesday night after the deadline for submissions was extended a further two weeks. A submission workshop was held in Rochester Secondary College by the Legislative Council environment…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR 

Dear Editor, Regional Victorians are still reeling from a brutal State Budget, with agriculture, roads and health funding all slashed. Labor is making life tougher and deserves to face the blowtorch. Yet with so many unanswered questions, Labor remains largely silent, even as the Public Accounts and Estimates Hearing unfolds. PAEC should be the ideal…

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Leadership programs cut in regional Victoria’s time of need

Community leadership programs in regional Victoria have been cast adrift by the Andrews Labor Government.   Funding for the programs, set up by the Victorian Liberals and Nationals in 2011/12, will finish at the end of this year, with the Government abruptly addressing the issue at today’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing.   “The…

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Nationals use their united front to hammer down AEMO door of secrecy

The Nationals have hit the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) with a united front to hammer home the message regional Victoria deserves the respect of proper community engagement and communication with all stakeholders for the proposed power link between Victoria and NSW. The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, deputy leader and…

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Rochester gets green light for its emergency services hub says Walsh

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, says after years of campaigning, demanding, petitioning, pushing and never stopping, Rochester will split $26.78 million with Heathcote for the construction of its new CFA/SES state-of-the-art operations complex. Mr Walsh says while it is incredibly overdue, the October 2022 floods have finally forced the Andrews…

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Life gets harder for regional Victorians under Labor’s budget

Life is getting harder for regional Victorians under Labor with the State Budget slashing funding in key areas including regional roads, health and agriculture.   Victoria’s crumbling regional roads will only decay further with maintenance funding slashed by 45 per cent since 2020, and from $702.2 million to just $441.6 million in the last year…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Upcoming State Budget

Dear Editor, In the upcoming State Budget, the Andrews Labor Government must reverse a decade of neglect and invest in regional communities. We only received 13 percent of new infrastructure in last year’s state budget, despite accounting for 25 percent of Victoria’s population. Since then, the Albanese Labor Government has cut billions of dollars out…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Even with the state’s finances on life support, regional communities rightly expect the Andrews Labor Government to prioritise investment into our healthcare services. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. It’s never too much to demand adequate services and infrastructure in our communities, and the regions have been neglected for far too long.…

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