‘Enough is enough’ Nationals call for unity across the Murray-Darling Basin

The Nationals are blasting Federal Labor for playing political games, rather than providing bipartisan support that puts local farmers and the environment first. At the Senate Committee into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan at Shepparton today, local Indigenous and farming group representatives expressed concerns over the management of the Basin, which stem back more than a…

New bushfire grants to help Indi communities recovery

Indi communities still recovering from the Black Summer bushfires will soon have an opportunity to apply for funding under a new grants program from the Australian Government. Local-based Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said the $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants program will open mid-2021 to community organisations, businesses and councils in Local Government Areas…

More than $2.6 million to help North-east Victorian farmers recover

More than $2.6 million will go towards rural counselling services for farmers in North-East Victoria. The $56 million dollar program from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2024 aims to provide free financial counselling services to farmers, fishers, foresters and small related businesses suffering financial hardship. Locally-based Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie said the Australian Government…

Corryong agricultural show receives COVID-recovery boost

The Corryong agricultural show in Indi is receiving an Australian Government cash boost to help it bounce back bigger and better from COVID-19 cancellations. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the event has been awarded supplementary expense funding totalling $6468 under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program. A total…

On-farm emergency water infrastructure rebate scheme extended further 12 months

North-east Victorian farmers still feeling the impact of drought will have a further 12 months to apply for funding from the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (OFEWIRS) to help build much needed infrastructure to make their properties drought resilient. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said farmers will now have until…

Sky News AM Agenda: Agriculture labour shortage, benefits of coal mining and why Australia Post must prioritise the regions

Joining Sky News’ Laura Jayes on AM Agenda to discuss the plight of our agricultural industries from fruit growers to abattoirs from the shortage of labour. While the NSW government today threw a lifeline in offering to foot half the quarantine cost for overseas farm workers, the Victorian Labor government’s dragged the chain to the…

Sky News Afternoon Agenda: How The Nats Tripled Female Representation Without Quotas and more

Great to catch up with Sky News’ Kieran Gilbert to talk about the government’s latest ministerial reshuffle and boost in female representation around the cabinet table; why the Nationals advocate against quotas having tripled female representation without them; and the Nats work with industry in the Hunter region focusing on manufacturing, jobs and opportunities. Watch…