Strong Support for State Liberal Nationals Country Hall of Fame announcement

A promise to establish a High Country Hall of Fame is important to preserve regional history, Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said today. The commitment, if the Liberal Nationals win this year’s state election, earmarks $200,000 to assist shortlisted bidders develop businesses. Senator McKenzie said the money would kick start an overdue tourism and heritage attraction. “I congratulate…

Continuing rollout of Local Drug Action Teams across Australia

The Turnbull Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with more Local Drug Action Teams set to rollout across Australia. Applications are now open for the third round of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program, which helps to bring the community together to develop local plans and activities to prevent and…

Grants and workshops to develop Women Leaders in Sport

The Australian Government will provide more than $210,000 in grants as well as expanded workshop opportunities to develop hundreds of female sporting leaders in 2018. Federal Sports Minister, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer, have congratulated successful applicants for the 2018 Women Leaders in Sport program, which provides women with development opportunities to reach…

$110 million additional investment in child and youth mental health

The Turnbull Government is continuing to build on record levels of investment in mental health services with an additional $110 million to extend and expand mental health programs for young Australians. We know that around four million Australians experience a mental health condition every year.  People of all ages can be affected – either directly themselves or because someone close to…

We’re set to sizzle – so take care

With parts of the country set to experience record hot temperatures, the Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie, is urging people to stay safe in the sun and the water. “Australia has already been touched by tragedy with drownings this summer,” Senator McKenzie said. “Tragically, 31 people have drowned in Australian waterways; six of those were in Victoria.   “The…

Funding Boost for the next generation of Dairy leaders

The effort to identify and train the next generation of leaders for the Australian dairy industry has received a major boost with a $335,000 grant under the Australian Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said sound, visionary leadership was critical to the sustainable growth…

Key Senate Committee meets in Wodonga

Members of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee met in Wodonga today as part of a number of Inquiries into the impact of Defence’s training activities and facilities on rural and regional communities. The Committee has already held hearings in Port Augusta, Rockhampton, Townsville, Darwin, Katherine, and Bendigo. Committee Deputy Chair, Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said the Inquiry…

AgDay: Acknowledging A Pillar Of Australia’s Economy

$60bn farm sector employs 1.6 million Australians in cities and regions Agriculture set to generate $100bn in income per year by 2030 Farm produce earns 1 in 7 dollars of Australia’s export income Victorian farmers “punching above their weight” Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the inaugural Agriculture and Related Industries Day – observed today – was a “brilliant opportunity”…