Statement on VLine CEO James Pinder

The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed VLine CEO James Pinder has been suspended today as a result of an anti-corruption investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). Former Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announced Mr Pinder’s appointment in October 2016. While it is inappropriate to comment on the ongoing IBAC investigation, this is not…

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Breakdown of Border Crossing Restrictions

We have been receiving a lot of calls and questions to the office regarding the NSW border closure. It light of this we decided to put together the following information explaining border definitions and restrictions that relate to the different regions. I hope you find the following information is useful   Please Note: We have…

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Special agriculture permits a positive step forward

Victorian farmers who own land in NSW, shearers, harvest contractors and beekeepers will be able to move into NSW without having to quarantine or go via Sydney under a new permit announced today. The NSW Government has announced a ‘Highly Specialised Agriculture Permit’ which will allow exempted Victorian agriculture workers who live within 100km of…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Jobs and businesses in Victoria’s $7.32 billion timber industry are being destroyed by a campaign of misinformation that’s not based on fact. There’s growing evidence in support of the sector’s responsible, sustainable reputation. This includes a recent study from University of Melbourne researchers that found bushfire – not timber harvesting – is the…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, A decision by the Federal Liberal Nationals Government to extend the JobKeeper scheme for a further six months will be welcomed by country Victorian businesses that are relying on the payments to keep local people in work. Restrictions in place to stop the spread of coronavirus are there to save lives, but they’ve…

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Update- Covid-19 Restrictions

On Sunday 2nd August, the Premier made some very significant announcements regarding restrictions across Victoria. Metropolitan Melbourne is now under Stage 4 restrictions and Regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire) will return to Stage 3 restrictions from Thursday. Here’s the latest: STAGE 3 STAY AT HOME RESTRICTIONS From 11.59pm Wednesday 5th August regional Victoria will return to…

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Statement on COVID restrictions for regional Victoria

Regional Victoria is reluctantly re-entering Stage 3 COVID restrictions this week. Like all Victorians, we have done our bit to stop the spread of coronavirus, to save lives and to protect the future of our country businesses and communities. We feel utterly let down by the Andrews Labor Government. Main streets of our country towns…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Border closures continue to have a massive impact on families, businesses and communities. As a resident of a Murray River community, I understand well how much we rely on our interstate neighbours – and them us. Victorian Nationals MPs have been working constructively with our interstate counterparts to help individuals and businesses through…

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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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