Senator McKenzie heads to Horsham

The Wimmera’s standing as a grains research hub was highlighted today in a meeting between Horsham Rural City Council (RCC) and Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie. The Nationals Senator said she was impressed by the spectrum of education pathways available in Horsham to those wishing to pursue a career in agricultural business or research. Senator…

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Wodonga a great regional development example

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie continued her local government tour across regional Victoria today, meeting with Wodonga City Council to discuss their vision for the future. “Wodonga has enormous potential and is reaping the benefits of sound planning and proactive management,” said Senator McKenzie. “The Central Wodonga Rejuvenation Project, which is currently under…

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MDBP will hold back Murray communities

Joint media release with Paul Weller, Member for Rodney Member for Rodney, Paul Weller has claimed the proposed draft Murray Darling Basin Plan would not allow the region to recover on the back of its devastating 12 year drought. Following a recent Age report that stated house prices in communities throughout the Murray Darling Basin…

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Minister does lots of talking and no listening

Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie, State Minister Jeanette Powell, and Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy joined 800 irrigators and community members in Shepparton today to listen to their concerns regarding the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan. “We travelled to Shepparton to hear first hand from industry and community leaders, from food producers, from business people,…

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Thales triumph secures Bendigo jobs

Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, has congratulated local manufacturer Thales on being selected as Defence’s preferred supplier for up to 1300 of their Hawkei vehicles, in a contract worth potentially $1.5 billion. As part of the Land 121 Phase 4 project, the Hawkei was extensively tested and has now been chosen by Defence as…

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Simon Crean – out of touch with the regions

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie listened in amazement in Bendigo this morning as the Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean spoke about new opportunities for economic diversification across the Murray Darling Basin. “He said that the Gillard Government is “determined to deliver the reforms for a healthy, working basin,”…

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Have your say on telecommunications, says Senator McKenzie

Phone and internet users throughout regional Victoria have been given an extra opportunity to have their say on the telecommunications their area needs, Bridget McKenzie, Nationals Senator for Victoria, said today. The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) is conducting a review into the adequacy of telecommunications, with particular attention to what consumers need to…

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Where’s the water certainty?

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie is calling for more certainty in the wake of today’s announcement by the Murray Darling Basin Authority that a total of about 2 750 billion litres will be taken from farming and allocated to environmental flows.   “The new Plan provides farmers in the Goulburn Valley with less information, less…

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