Regional Victoria will benefit from $1 billion investment in regional higher education

Students and businesses in regional Victoria would benefit from the Government’s investment of $1 billion in regional higher education since 2016. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the Liberal and Nationals Government provided an additional $400 million for regional and rural higher education in its recent Job-ready Graduates package. Senator McKenzie said students in…

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Lack of evidence for 50km local permit

The 50km border community zone is impractical, lacks thought and shows zero consideration the impact this arbitrary figure will cause to border-based communities undertaking daily life.  I call on the NSW and Victorian Premiers to expand this to 100km and given there is no reference to a 50km zone around border communities in the NSW Government’s Public…

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Helping small business lower power bills

As the economy recovers from COVID19, the Liberal and Nationals Government is helping small businesses to lower their power bills. From 6 July, small businesses across Australia can apply for a share in $9 million of grants under the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said small businesses are key…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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$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…

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