Dan’s plan to close meat processors will put food security at risk

The Andrews Labor Government’s failure to get coronavirus outbreaks at meatworks under control is threatening the supply of food to supermarket shelves. High demand for meat through the COVID-19 crisis has seen supermarket shelves stripped bare, but the Andrews Labor Government has flagged it will consider closing meat processors as part of its pandemic response.…

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Victorian timber workers an endangered species under Labor

A review of the Victorian timber industry’s Code, announced by the Andrews Labor Government today, is another nail in the coffin for local jobs and industry confidence. Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said the Government’s review of the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 will do nothing to protect jobs. “The Andrews Labor…

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Urgent solutions needed for Victoria’s cross-border communities

Empty words from the Andrews Labor Government aren’t enough to fix the challenges facing Victoria’s cross-border communities. While we all understand the critical need to stop the spread of this deadly virus, the closures have forced families apart, cut countless workers off from their workplace and stopped the flow of goods and services. Further restrictions…

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Urgent solution needed on seasonal worker border ban

An urgent solution is needed to resolve a ban on seasonal workers crossing into and out of Victoria from midnight tonight. The ban is part of strict new border controls and has left Victoria’s horticulture sector concerned about the supply of labour for the future. Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh wrote to Victorian Agriculture…

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WALSH HELPS RESCUE $20 MILLION ECHUCA WEST RETAIL DEVELOPMENT

A $20 million Echuca West business investment, at risk of running off the rails because of Victorian Government red tape, has finally been given the green light after five years in a political black hole. It includes a 3200 square-metre supermarket and 500 square-metres of retail space, which could accommodate three to five retail stores,…

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Echuca-Moama COVID bubble ready to burst says Walsh

THE Echuca-Moama COVID-19 bubble has to be urgently reconstructed before it bursts. Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is co-ordinating business and community demands that checkpoints be moved from the Murray River back as far as the Barmah turnoff. Mr Walsh said the gridlock trying to move so many people through the checkpoint on Meninya…

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Increased mental health support for young Victorians says Walsh

Young people struggling with their mental health during, and after, the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access targeted, personalised therapy with Orygen through an innovative Victorian Government program. Orygen Specialist Program provides mental health services for young people aged 15 to 25; with a focus on early intervention with those who have severe and/or…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, The decision not to include most of regional Victoria in the six week COVID-19 lockdown will provide some long overdue relief for country businesses and communities. We desperately needed the news that we will not face further lockdowns as a result of outbreaks in Melbourne. Now the Premier must implement what he’s said…

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