New Federal funds could open the floodgates to Big Buffalo

Victoria must seize the opportunity to build Big Buffalo and boost water security for irrigators in the north-east after the Federal Budget delivered an unprecedented $2 billion for water infrastructure.   Labor Water Minister Lisa Neville has stubbornly refused to make the most of the Federal Liberal Nationals Government’s willingness to fund priority water projects.…

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Seeking solutions to the seasonal worker shortage

Consumers will pay more for fresh fruit and vegetables in coming months if problems with seasonal worker shortages, including for farmers in the Sunraysia, aren’t addressed This week, a report commissioned by Hort Innovation revealed a shortfall of 26,000 workers is expected this year as a result of coronavirus shutdowns that closed international and domestic…

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Low cases grounds for early mark for regional Vic

The Andrews Labor Government must release the shackles holding back regional Victoria’s recovery by implementing New South Wales restrictions in country areas. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton today doubled down on the Andrews Labor Government’s unrealistic roadmap out of lockdown which will force regional Victoria to stay in more weeks of lockdown until case numbers…

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Workforce increase puts the Christmas ham back on the menu

There will be enough hands on deck to meet growing demand for high-quality Victorian produce following a successful campaign to increase workforce capacity at meat processors. The industry, supported by the Liberal Nationals, had raised fears in recent weeks that workforce limits at Victorian abattoirs would hamper ability to meet rising consumer demand in spring…

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Andrews has no choice – he must resign says Walsh

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has finally, irrevocably, irretrievably, confirmed what most of us have known for a long time – his government is a farce. The Nationals leader Peter Walsh said Daniel Andrews, the man who demanded – and got – emergency powers allowing him to govern any way he likes, without being answerable to…

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Joint statement from the Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien and the Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien: “Daniel Andrews’ testimony to the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry today proves Victorians can have no confidence in this arrogant, lying Premier. Andrews and his ‘gang of eight’ have no choice but to resign. “Victorians have a Premier who will not tell the truth. “Victorians deserve better than…

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No support for cellar doors closed for coronavirus shutdowns

Family-run cellar doors have been excluded from accessing the Andrews Labor Government’s business support. Wineries desperate for financial relief after months of forced shutdowns have been blocked from the third round of the Business Support Fund grants, which are available to hospitality and retailers. Acting Shadow Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Peter Walsh said…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Regional Victorians have paid a high price for Daniel Andrews’ mistakes in Melbourne. Resilience is in the blood of country people, but this second shutdown has smashed our businesses and communities. All because Daniel Andrews let the virus slip through the cracks of hotel quarantine. Refusing to accept the Federal Government’s offer of…

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Progress towards workforce win for meat processors

Workforce limits on Victorian meat processors must be immediately increased with the appropriate safety precautions to ensure industry can keep up with growing consumer demand. The industry fears it won’t be able to keep up during peak spring season and in the lead up to Christmas if it continues to be restricted to two-thirds of…

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