Rise in farm theft builds case for dedicated crime squad

Farm crime continues to rise nearly two years since the Labor Government promised to crackdown on livestock and equipment theft from Victorian farms. New data from the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) has confirmed a 9 per cent increase in livestock stolen in the past 12 months. And despite the ‘crackdown’ most crimes still go unsolved.…

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Firewood collection would fast-track storm clean-up

Rules on roadside firewood collection must be changed to allow Victorians to be part of clean-up efforts from last week’s storms, while ensuring a valuable resource doesn’t go to waste. About 17,500 homes and businesses remain without power today, six days since severe storms tore through much of the state, tragically claiming the lives of…

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