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Thursday, June 4, 2020


Re-open timber industry: MP

“In light of the destruction caused by the effective shutdown of the economy responding to the current pandemic, it’s illogical and irresponsible to continue with killing off the native timber industry,” said Jeff Bourman, MLC for the Eastern Region (Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party). “We need all the jobs we can get and given timber

Haines pushes for assistance

Indi MHR Dr Helen Haines last week gave a speech in Federal Parliament about the Job Keeper plan introduced as part of the measures surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. “I rise to support the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020,” Dr Haines said. “I’ve always seen my role as an Independent as one

MP talks up tourism for Eildon, even if visitors not allowed

The State Government has prohibited travel for recreation reasons, and even solo fishing, maybe for months. However, Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish, has today (Fri.) issued a statement promoting tourism to the Lake. “State Liberal Member for Eildon Cindy McLeish wants the Minister for Water to finally commit to securing the future of the recreational and

Ryan maintains pressure on North East rail safety

Safety on the North East rail network has been raised in State Parliament by Euroa MLA Steph Ryan. :Ms Ryan: My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. V/Line trains between Seymour and Craigieburn have been operating on a double line block system since the 1890s. So that travellers on this line can be

McLeish on power outages

Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish has spoken in State Parliament about the unreliability of electricity supply locally. “We have had terrible reliability and we have unacceptably high prices,” Ms McLeish told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday (Mar. 4). “We have had constant outages and higher prices, as we have heard from the member for Gippsland South,

Bridge needed at McMahon’s Creek

The need for a new pedestrian bridge at McMahons Creek, just south of the iconic Reefton Hotel, was raised in State Parliament last week by Cindy McLeish, MLA for Eildon. “The local community want to see this project prioritised for funding,” Ms McLeish told the Legislative Assembly. “In 2017 the bridge was demolished by VicRoads,

North-East deserves link, says MLA

Yan Yean MLA Danielle Green came out swinging for the North-East’s right to have its own freeway link, when State Parliament sat this week. “I take great pleasure in joining the debate on the Project Development and Construction Management Amendment Bill 2020 and to come immediately after the voice of inner-city privilege, who purports to

Top MP to open McEwen electorate office

Federal politician Tanya Plibersek will be the special guest at the opening of the new Wallan offices of McEwen MHR Rob Mitchell on Sunday, March 22. Ms Plibersek served as Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2013 to 2019, and has served as Member of Parliament for Sydney

Whittlesea police station ‘disgraceful’: Lovell

Northern Victoria MLC Wendy Lovell has renewed calls for an upgrade of the Whittlesea Police Station, describing the working conditions for members at the station as “disgraceful.” In State Parliament, Ms Lovell sought a commitment to provide funding in the 2020-21 Victorian Budget to complete an upgrade of the station. Ms Lovell spoke in an

Where’s the missing $100 million, asks McEwen MP

Twelve months ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised $100 million for Victorian roads, with $50 million to fix the Hume Freeway south of Wallan and Beveridge. According to McEwen MHR, Rob Mitchell, the money never arrived. In Canberra this week, Mr Mitchell has applied the blowtorch to the Federal Government, writing to Infrastructure Minister (Deputy

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