Labor Offers No Answers On Echuca Rail

24 March 2016 The Andrews Labor Government has refused to say whether it will undertake $1 million of planned bridge upgrades and timetable improvements on the Echuca to Bendigo rail line. It has taken almost a year for Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan to respond to questions on the rail improvements asked by Leader of…

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School Drought Funding Shortfall

  21 March 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has criticised an Andrews Labor Government funding program which is designed to provide a one-off drought assistance payment to students. Mr Walsh said the Camps Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) program which provides grants of $375 per student was only…

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Walsh Supports CFA Following Review

21 March 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh today gave his total support to the Country Fire Authority following the announcement that it would not be merged with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. Mr Walsh said he was pleased the government had decided not to merge the CFA and MFB…

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Matters Of Public Importance – Water Policy

9 March 2016 Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – The nub of this issue is that the Andrews government is exploiting the vulnerability of country communities as an excuse to turn on the desalination plant. As many people would know – and for those on the other side of the house who do not know – there is a critical…

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Up to $700 million secured for regional Victoria

Wednesday 9 March 2016 The Liberal-Nationals have secured three times as much funding for regional Victoria from the sale of the Port of Melbourne lease than was offered by Daniel Andrews. The Liberal-Nationals will support an amended version of the Delivering Victorian Infrastructure (Port of Melbourne Lease Transaction) Bill 2015 in Parliament. In those amendments…

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Community Heritage Grants Now Open

8 March 2016 The National Library of Australia has announced the 2016 Community Heritage Grants Program which is providing grants of up to $15 000 to assist in the preservation of cultural heritage collections of national significance. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the program comes with the acknowledgement…

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Adjournment – SunniTAFE Nursing Course

8 March 2016 Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – The matter I raise is for the Minister for Training and Skills in the other place. It concerns SuniTAFE in Swan Hill and particularly the diploma of nursing course which is supposedly being delivered at the Swan Hill campus. The minister will be attending the SuniTAFE Swan Hill campus…

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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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