‘Carbon Cop’ has central Victorian councils in its sights

City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, and Central Goldfields Shire Council ratepayers stand to suffer yet another hit from the carbon tax, The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said. Clean Energy Regulator or ‘Carbon Cop’ officials have told Senator McKenzie’s Environment and Communications Committee, on top of a…

Coalition tours Bendigo defence sites

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie together with the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel, Gary Humphries have gained a greater insight into the important role Bendigo plays in protecting Australian troops and emergency personnel.   “It was wonderful to have Senator Humphries tour Bendigo’s key defence manufacturing sites, highlighting the capacity for innovation…

Better ag promotion needed

Senators from across Australia have heard the agriculture sector must better promote opportunities in the industry to students preparing to enter higher education.   In Melbourne for a parliamentary inquiry, The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie heard from Victorian education providers who said student numbers in agriculture are declining.   “Experts pointed to the…

Budget fails Bendigo

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has branded the Federal Budget a failure, especially for central Victorians.   “Life under Labor is about to get a lot harder and more uncertain as Bendigo prepares for the world’s biggest carbon tax on July 1,” she said.   “Every sector of the town’s economy will be…

Deferral threatens MDBP

The Gillard Government’s decision to defer spending on vital water-saving infrastructure threatens the acceptance of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said.   “Labor’s deferral of $941 million in water efficiencies to 2015-16 proves it has no desire to fix aging Murray-Darling infrastructure, and would rather lazily buy water out of…

State conference welcome

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie is pleased to welcome her party colleagues to Bendigo for the Annual State Conference. “The Nationals Leader, the Hon Warren Truss, and State Leader, the Hon Peter Ryan will both address the conference,” Senator McKenzie said. “This weekend will be filled with motion and debate on the carbon…

Budget burdens for central Victorians

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said tomorrow’s federal budget is an opportunity for the Gillard Government to recognise the urgent needs of central Victorians.   “The impact of the Labor government’s policy has been strangling regional Victoria’s local economies, particularly in the areas of water, energy and bio security,” she said.    “The…

Bendigo to host regional Victoria’s only cyber safety forum

Bendigo will host regional Victoria’s only Coalition Online Safety Working Group forum on May 17. The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie will lead a series of meetings with school children and representatives from Bendigo’s sporting, justice and community organisations. “The Coalition Online Safety Working Group has travelled across Australia gathering information in an effort…