Farmers bitterly disappointed by drought package

Friday 22 February 2019   The drought package announced by the Victorian Government today is a disappointing token gesture. The package is a long way short of what farmers have been calling for and what they were expecting. This is a $13 million band-aid and it’s grossly inadequate in the context of the catastrophic conditions…

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Timber industry at tipping point after Dan’s delays

Friday 22 February 2019   Latrobe Valley timber contractors are furious the Andrews Labor Government continues to threaten the industry’s future by refusing to put out critical Timber Release Plans (TRPs). Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath and Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood were in Traralgon today to meet…

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Labor to axe Regional Development Fund

Thursday 21st February 2019 The Andrews Labor Government look set to axe Victoria’s dedicated Regional Development Fund. Established by the previous Liberal Nationals government the successful fund has invested $1 billion over eight year into regional Victorian communities. Funding for the program expires on June 30 this year but the new Regional Development Minister Jaclyn…

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Daniel Andrews betrays Victoria’s timber industry again

Thursday 21 February 2019   Today in Parliament Daniel Andrews’ hypocrisy was on full display with his false claims that he isn’t playing politics with the future of Victoria’s timber workers. Thousands of jobs of harvest and haulage contractors and sawmill workers have been in limbo for months while Daniel Andrews plays games with Timber…

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Labor Blocks Firefighters Presumptive Rights Bill

Thursday 21 February 2019 Labor MPs have again used their numbers in the Victorian Parliament to block the introduction of a scheme to pay compensation for volunteers and paid firefighters with cancer. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said that the Fair Presumptive Rights for Firefighters Bill was originally introduced…

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Local irrigators win more time to have a say

Local irrigators will have an extra two weeks to provide feedback on a draft plan to manage Northern Victoria’s water resources despite the Andrews Government’s attempts to rush consultation. The Nationals supported irrigators’ calls for proper consultation on the 1000-page draft Water Resource Plan a vital plank of the Murray Darling Basin Plan securing an…

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Walsh – Apply now for Youth Parliament

  Friday 15 February 2019 Young people in the Murray Plains electorate wishing to influence future Victorian law policies programs and services have the opportunity to do so as part of the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said applications for the 2019 program were now…

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International tick of approval for sustainable Vic timber industry

Thursday 14 February 2019   I congratulate VicForests on successfully securing a further three-year Responsible Wood standard certification. The re-certification is a testament to the work being done in the industry to ensure it continues to meet stringent environmental and social responsibility standards. Despite this Daniel Andrews continues to work against the timber industry’s efforts…

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Walsh calls for local banking to stay local

Wednesday 13 February 2019 Communities in the Murray Plains electorate will miss out under an Andrews Labor Government plan to force Victoria’s schools and hospitals to put their banking through Sydney. Labor’s”˜centralised banking’ plan will force state-owned organisations to close accounts with their local banks and transfer money into the Government’s Sydney-based Westpac accounts. Mr…

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VicHealth Grants Available to Help Local Clubs

Friday 8 February 2019 VicHealth Grants available to help local clubs Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging local sporting clubs to apply for a share of $500 000 in funding available under the VicHealth Active Club Grant program 2018-19. Grants of up to $10 000 are available to…

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Victoria’s kangaroo pet food trial must be made permanent

Wednesday 6 February 2019   Farmers professional shooters and processors have been left frustrated by the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing failure to make Victoria’s successful kangaroo pet food trial permanent. Communities that rely on the program to generate local jobs and investment are suffering a serious case of déjà vu with the trial’s extension set…

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Our farmers need relief from rates and water charges

Tuesday 5 February 2019   The Liberal Nationals today urged Premier Daniel Andrews to go further with support for Victoria’s drought affected farmers and provide shire rates relief and rebates for fixed water charge. As the dry conditions continue Murray Dairy has estimated that a third of dairy farms in Northern Victoria will be forced…

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Youngcare at Home Grants

Friday 1st February 2019   Youngcare At Home Care Grants Available   Applications for the Youngcare At Home Care Grants in Victoria are now open. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging families and service providers who are caring at home for a young person with high care needs…

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