Senator opens Bridging the Border conference

 The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie’s address to the Murray River Group of Councils Bridging the Border conference reiterated her hope a revised Murray Darling Basin Plan would see regional communities thrive.   The two-day biennial conference is being held in Moama, and brings together local councils, businesses and government agencies to discuss the…

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Community connections key for Bendigo’s young people

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and the Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Youth and Sport Luke Hartsuyker have met with youth leaders in Bendigo, to discuss the importance of connecting young people to the community. Lead On Australia, Youth Foundation Eaglehawk, the Bendigo Student Association, and local students and graduates from La Trobe…

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Refrigeration costs soar under the carbon tax

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has used a supermarket visit to highlight the disproportionate effect the carbon tax would have on regional industries and jobs.   “The tax will increase input costs at every aspect of the supply chain, from farm gate to dinner plate,” she said.   Senator McKenzie today met with…

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Carbon tax hit for vegetable growers

 The Leader of the Nationals Warren Truss and The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie met with vegetable growers at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market this morning, and heard how the carbon tax would impact them.   Mr Truss said while in the short term the carbon tax did not apply to farmers, it would add…

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Report into agriculture education handed down

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie yesterday spoke in the Senate to the release of the report into Higher Education and Skills Training to Support Agriculture and Agribusiness in Australia. The inquiry into the future of Australia’s agriculture sector was held over seven months by the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee, of…

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2012 Volunteer Grants program now open

Grants of up to $5000 to purchase equipment, subsidise petrol costs or provide training courses for volunteers are now available to community groups and organisations across Bendigo and central Victoria.   The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has encouraged local community and sporting clubs, and non-profit organisations to make the most of the opportunity…

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Coalition visits regional volunteers

The Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie has hosted Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector in central Victoria. The Senators visited the not-for-profit volunteer organisation Our Place in Eaglehawk. Senator McKenzie said regional Victorians were passionate volunteers, and the people of Greater Bendigo were no exception. “From local sporting…

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Coalition listens to Castlemaine carers

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has hosted Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector in Castlemaine, giving him an insight into the challenges faced by regional Victorian carers. Senator McKenzie said people in regional areas who care for the members of their family with a disability do it…

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