Shade Grants Now Open for Murray Plains Schools

4 March 2016 Local schools across the Murray Plains electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 School Shade Grants Program which is now open. The grants program provides grants of up to $25 000 to Victorian schools to develop shaded areas including the establishment of new shade repair of old shade areas…

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Funding For Those With Big High Care Needs

4 March 2016 A funding stream will open soon to help young people with high care needs return to their homes. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said Youngcare would open its Home Soon Grants on July 4 this year with between $5000 and $20 000 (and up to $50…

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New Laws to Combat Ice Scourge – Letter to the Editor

18 February 2016   Dear Sir/Madam The battle against illicit drugs took another step up last week in State Parliament when the Nationals supported tough new laws to combat the growing ice scourge. The Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment Bill 2015 introduced new offences and gave police additional powers in the fight against drugs. The…

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Walsh Issues Invitation to Parliament House Open Day

15 February 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has issued an invitation to the constituents of the Murray Plains electorate to visit Parliament House for it’s annual Open Day on Sunday 6 March 2016. “The day offers visitors the chance to explore areas of Parliament not usually open to…

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V/Line Chaos Impacts Rural Patients

12 February 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh says the Andrew Labor Government has shown contempt for rural patients who need to access public transport to attend medical appointments in Melbourne. Mr Walsh said he had been contacted by a Rochester senior citizen who regularly uses public transport to…

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Echuca School Merger Funding Raised in Parliament House

11 February 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has used State Parliament to draw attention to the need for funding to progress the vision for a combined new primary school in Echuca West. The project would combine Echuca South Echuca West and Echuca Specialist School on a greenfields site.…

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Echuca School Merger

11 February 2016 Constituency Question Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – (Question 6754) My constituency question is to the Minister for Education on behalf of the school communities of Echuca South Echuca West and the Echuca Specialist School. These three schools are going to be co-located on a new greenfield site and previously met with the minister to brief…

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Andrews Shamed Into Free Kinder Backflip

10 February 2016 “This is a win for local families but it shouldn’t have needed Daniel Andrews to be shamed on the floor of Parliament to deliver his promise. “For weeks the Andrews Government has been telling families that the free kinder program wasn’t meant for everyone. “If it wasn’t for the Coalition raising this…

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Premier Caught Out on “Free Kinder” Promise

10 February 2016 Premier Daniel Andrews has been caught out on his promise of free kindergarten for drought ravaged communities. On November 15 2015 Daniel Andrews told a community meeting at Birchip: “Free kinder so no kinder fees for anyone sending their kids to kinder over those 10 local government areas.” ABC Birchip Daniel Andrews…

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Regional commuters paying dearly for train crisis

Tuesday 9 February 2016 Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan has added to the misery of regional Victorians by admitting in Parliament that the V/Line crisis is costing taxpayers $300 000 a day in replacement buses. At the same time it was revealed through a Parliamentary inquiry today that the cause of the wheel-wear problems plaguing…

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