Additional financial counselling services in bushfire affected areas

Bushfire affected regions of Victoria will share in more than $294,000 additional funding from the Liberal and Nationals Government to increase access to financial counselling services. The financial support is part of part of an additional $3.5 million allocated to deliver ongoing support to communities ravaged during the recent bushfire season. Nationals Senator for Victoria…

Regional Victoria to benefit from $5 billion drought resilience investment

Rural and regional Victoria is set to benefit from the Australian Government’s forward-thinking Future Drought Fund. The investment of $3.9 billion, which will grow to $5 billion will build resilience and provide the tools farmers need to prepare for, manage and sustain their businesses during and after drought. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said…

Regional Victorians should not pay price for careless behaviour of a few Melbournians

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says regional Victorians should not be penalised because of COVID-19 spikes in isolated parts of Melbourne. Senator McKenzie encouraged Victorians not living in Stage 3 Stay at Home restricted postcode areas and the rest of Australia to support regional businesses and tourist operators by visiting and holidaying in regional…

Drought relief comes to Indi – Drought Communities Program projects approved for Benalla, Strathbogie councils

People living in the Rural City of Benalla and Strathbogie Shire will benefit from $2 million in additional Liberal and Nationals Government funding to support community infrastructure and other drought-relief projects through the expanded Drought Communities Program. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the Drought Communities Program was helping to keep local economies going…

$50 million to flow to support regional news

More than 100 regional publishers and broadcasters will receive a share of $50 million to keep Australia’s regional news services operating in 2020-21. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie congratulates the 92 publishers, 13 radio operators and five television broadcasters who successfully applied to the Public Interest News Gathering (PING) Program. Three applicants were successful…

Today’s city-centric ABC management is out of touch with regional, rural and remote Australia

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says further job and program cuts by ABC management highlights the importance of having a rural and regional voice on the ABC Board. The Government must bring on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Measures) Bill 2019 as a matter of urgency to ensure the ABC has…

Victorian Nationals Watertight On Push For Policy Changes

Victorian Nationals are united in their fight for fairer water policy for our farming communities, today calling for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to be split and scrapping the Basin Plan’s 450 gigalitres of “up water”. Victorian Nationals Damian Drum, the Federal Member for Nicholls, Anne Webster, the Federal Member for Mallee, Senator for Victoria Bridget…

New National Skills Commission Will Focus On Rural, Regional And Remote Australia

The skills and training needs of industry and business in the regions will be top of mind of the new National Skills Commission with legislation passed in the Senate. The National Party this week moved an amendment to the National Skills Commissioner Bill 2020 ensuring specific focus on regions including improved access, opportunity, skills development…