Future of flood-ravaged Rochester Pool hangs in the balance

As communities across the region continue to grapple with the aftermath of the devastating October 2022 floods, the future of the Rochester swimming pool remains uncertain.   During a special sitting of the Legislative Council in Echuca, Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Gaelle Broad, pressed Minister for Emergency Services, Jaclyn Symes, on the urgent matter…

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Labor must focus on closing gap as recommendations remain in limbo

The Liberals and Nationals today note the government’s response to the Yoorrook Justice System’s second interim report.   Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Peter Walsh, said the focus should be on closing the gap and improving education and housing outcomes for Indigenous families.   Mr Walsh said the Allan Labor Government needs to prioritise action…

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Con Games leaves Victorians paying the price

Regional Victorians will today feel deflated and cheated by confirmation the Commonwealth Games debacle will cost Victoria almost $600 million.   A scathing Victorian Auditor-General report has revealed the total cost of the cancelled Games is more than $589 million.   As if that is not bad enough, the Labor Government was also scolded in…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – RE: Roads

Dear Editor,   Revelations of 480 road sites across regional Victoria being labelled “under pavement in poor condition”, resulting in speed reductions, are deeply concerning.   Yet the Allan Labor Government refuses to address this issue, slashing 45 per cent from the road maintenance budget since 2020.   Which spin and lie has been used…

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Labor’s cruel silence on VicForests shutdown

VicForests, the Allan Labor Government’s own forestry agency, is being treated deplorably as it braces for a June 30 shutdown. The government has gagged VicForests amid unfair criticism and has not offered a single positive word, effectively ignoring its existence. Peter Walsh, Leader of The Nationals, said it seemed the government was intent on wiping…

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Nationals win two-year battle to protect farmers says Walsh

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, says a two-year battle to protect Victorian farmers and their private property from radical fringe animal activists has been won following the recent passage of the Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Incident Response) Bill 2024.   Mr Walsh says it has been the tireless work of every…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Re: State Budget

Dear Editor,   With a nightmare State Budget looming in May, it’s evident the Allan Labor Government is poised to inflict severe cuts on regional Victorians.   Grassroots sporting groups, integral parts of our communities, face the brunt of the pain as grant funding dries up.   The funding for the arts is also in…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Commonwealth Games

Dear Editor,   The inquiry into the cancellation of the Commonwealth Games this week reconvenes in Bendigo, the home of Premier Jacinta Allan.   It’s fallout that continues over the Labor Government’s decision to cancel the Games, costing Victorians $600 million.   Despite the Inquiry being on her own doorstep, the Premier refuses to give…

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