No support for cellar doors closed for coronavirus shutdowns

Family-run cellar doors have been excluded from accessing the Andrews Labor Government’s business support. Wineries desperate for financial relief after months of forced shutdowns have been blocked from the third round of the Business Support Fund grants, which are available to hospitality and retailers. Acting Shadow Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Peter Walsh said…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Regional Victorians have paid a high price for Daniel Andrews’ mistakes in Melbourne. Resilience is in the blood of country people, but this second shutdown has smashed our businesses and communities. All because Daniel Andrews let the virus slip through the cracks of hotel quarantine. Refusing to accept the Federal Government’s offer of…

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Progress towards workforce win for meat processors

Workforce limits on Victorian meat processors must be immediately increased with the appropriate safety precautions to ensure industry can keep up with growing consumer demand. The industry fears it won’t be able to keep up during peak spring season and in the lead up to Christmas if it continues to be restricted to two-thirds of…

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Swan Hill hospital or toxic soil scandal

SWAN HILL could get eight new hospitals for the $750 million the Andrews Labor government will now spend disposing of toxic soil as part of the West Gate tunnel project. Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the soil scandal has stalled the $7.6 billion tunnel project for almost a year – with the meter…

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Licence testing resumes today

HAVING last week raised the matter of driver licence testing for the third time in Parliament, The Nationals have received an undertaking from the Minister it would resume today. But The Nationals Victoria leader Peter Walsh said now the “very overdue” decision to resume licence testing in regional Victoria has been made “it is not…

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COVID-19 Community Update – Step 3

From 11.59pm Wednesday night regional Victoria moved to Step 3 of restrictions. It’s a much needed announcement for our area, especially for local businesses and those who have been socially isolated. While the changes are incremental, we now have more opportunity to get back out in the community and support each other and local business. I…

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Open the gyms, we need them says Walsh

Member for Murray Plains and The Nationals Victorian leader Peter Walsh has taken the plight of regional Victoria’s health and fitness industry to Parliament. Mr Walsh said at a time when regional Victoria looks set to restart its economy, the jobs – and futures – of more than 40,000 have been left hanging in the…

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Labor’s got no shame steamrolling the rights of Victorians

Background Labor’s Attorney-General Jill Hennessy has today refused to guarantee that the Andrews Labor Government won’t make changes to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act to stop Victorians from accessing compensation for its destructive coronavirus restrictions. The Public Health and Wellbeing Act allows a person who suffers loss arising from a direction of the Chief…

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Labor’s sole trader support misses the mark

Sole traders who run their business from home continue to be overlooked for financial support to help them stay afloat as harsh coronavirus restrictions smash incomes of Victoria’s smallest businesses. The Andrews Labor Government’s latest business support package again fails to provide any funds for Victorians running their own business from home as a sole…

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Statement on regional Victoria moving to the Third Step

Regional Victorians have done the heavy lifting to stop the spread of COVID-19 with restrictions to be eased from 11.59pm tomorrow night (Wednesday 16 September). Each and every country Victorian has been forced to make massive sacrifices to get to this point. People have given up time with family and friends. We’ve missed weddings and…

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