November 23 re-opening a significant step in recovery

November 23 cannot come soon enough, says Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie. “Today’s confirmation from the NSW Premier to fully open the Victoria-NSW border on November 23 means the end is in sight for communities who have endured considerable and extended hardship under harsh COVID-19 restrictions,” Senator McKenzie said. “Restrictions have…

Growing Jobs In North-East Victoria by Transforming Manufacturing

North-east Victoria will benefit from the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy announced today, Wodonga-based Nationals Senate leader and Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said. “The Modern Manufacturing Strategy is part of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s JobMaker Plan that will revive a new era of manufacturing, rebuild regional economies and create jobs as we recover from…

Regional Tourism Recovery Package to Attract More Visitors To Indi

Tourist operators in north-east Victoria stand to benefit as part of a $250 million government campaign to boost regional tourism, jobs and local economies. The Liberal and Nationals government’s package includes $200 million for an additional round of the Building Better Regions Fund to boost local infrastructure in regional communities. “$100 million will be dedicated…

Acknowledgement From Victorian Premier Melbourne Is Not Mildura

Confirmation regional Victoria will take a further step towards COVID-19 normal is the overdue recognition from the Andrews Labor Government that Mildura is not Melbourne, says Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie. “Country Victorians have been forced to make massive sacrifices to get to this point. “While children will be back in…

One Giant Leap For Premier, One Small Step For Regional Victoria

The slight easing of regional Victorian restrictions highlights Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ inability to govern for all Victoria, not just Melbourne, Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says. “While I welcome the premier’s belated acknowledgement regional Victoria is different to greater Metropolitan Melbourne it is incredibly disappointing regional COVID-19 free communities remain…

TRANSCRIPT: Nationals Senators Call On Premiers To Show Leadership On Border Closures At National Cabinet

NATIONALS SENATE LEADER AND VICTORIA SENATOR BRIDGET MCKENZIE: We are appealing to our nation’s Premiers to demonstrate leadership and compassion tomorrow at national cabinet. We have seen the carnage that border closures are having in our communities, day in, day out. Lives are being ruined, businesses are closing, we’ve all heard the tragic stories about…

State Premiers Must Act In Good Faith and Common-Sense and Use Evidence Over Politics

Wodonga-based Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie tonight in the senate called on state premiers to act in good faith and common-sense and use evidence over politics at this Friday’s National Cabinet so there’s an agreed definition of COVID hotspots and in determining where they are. This will ideally mean our COVID-free border communities will be able…