Labor not putting locals first

Background Rural and regional communities will play second fiddle to big ticket projects under an Andrews Government decision to focus regional funds “towards larger projects”. This year’s State Budget saw the dedicated Regional Growth Fund axed and Regional Development Victoria’s (RDV) budget slashed by $130 million. At the same time, the Andrews Government will halve…

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Road maintenance funds diluted to fix wire rope barriers

Friday 14 June 2019 Money that should be used to fix potholes in country roads crumbling road shoulders and cut roadside grass is being diverted to repair damaged wire rope barriers it has been revealed. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said that his constituents living in the Murray Plains…

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No rates relief for farmers, but doctors and lawyers get drought aid under Daniel Andrews

The Andrews Government’s decision to refuse council rate relief for struggling farmers while offering doctors, lawyers and public servants drought aid is an insult to farming families. In a weak performance at Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC), Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes couldn’t even say how much of Labor’s drought assistance was actually…

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Awards Open for Volunteers

Thursday 13th June 2019 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging his constituents in the Murray Plains Electorate to nominate a valued volunteer for the Volunteer Champions Award. “The awards recognise and reward the tireless efforts of the many volunteers who keep our rural communities strong ” Mr Walsh…

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Labor puts Murray Darling Basin Rail Project on hold – indefinitely

The Murray Basin Rail modernisation has been thrown into chaos today with revelations that the Andrews Labor Government has blown the budget and stalled the project. Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan struggled to give clear and detailed answers this morning when she appeared at Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC). The Minister failed to…

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Community urged to have a say in farm trespass inquiry

Wednesday 12th June 2019 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging the community to have their say to help fix farm trespass laws with a parliamentary inquiry into the issue now taking public submissions. The inquiry will help determine the best ways to strengthen laws to protect Victorian farmers…

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Members Statement – Swan Hill Crime

6 June 2019   Mr Walsh : The other issue while the Minister for Police and Emergency Services is at the table that I want to raise is the crime wave that is going on in Swan Hill at the moment. There are a lot of burglaries a lot of houses being entered and when they…

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Members Statement – Echuca Mitiamo Road

6 June 2019 : Mr Walsh I want to raise the concerns of all those people who are constantly contacting me and my office about the dangerous condition of the Echuca-Mitiamo Road west of Kotta. The C334 is a major east-west route in my electorate with a lot of truck traffic particularly from the south-east…

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Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation And Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017 Second reading

Debate resumed from 25 May; motion of Mr MERLINO (Minister for Emergency Services). Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – I ask that the reasoned amendment in my name be circulated. I move: That all the words after “˜That’ be omitted with the view of inserting in their place the words “˜this bill be withdrawn and redrafted to: (1)   retain…

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Parliament prize competition now open

Monday 3rd June 2019 The Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging local students to enter the 2019 Parliament Prize competition. “This year the Parliament Prize is asking students to submit a video of themselves presenting a Member’s Statement ” Mr Walsh said. “A Member’s Statement is an opportunity…

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Help shape caravan park regulations

Friday 31st May 2019 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging caravan park owners and users across the electorate to have their say on Caravan Park Regulations. The Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010 are currently under review and open for consultation. Mr…

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Labor moves to split up CFA now federal election is over

Wednesday 29 May 2019 The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed the fears of local volunteers by today reintroducing to Parliament its divisive and flawed legislation to smash up the CFA. Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh condemned the move and said Daniel Andrews had clearly been waiting to get the Federal Election out of the…

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