Helping young people in Bendigo experiencing mental illness into work

A dedicated headspace program will continue to assist young people in Bendigo experiencing mental illness to join the workforce, thanks to a $1.06m investment from the Australian Government. Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said both the Bendigo and Ballarat headspace sites would run the Individual Placement and Support Program to address…

More tertiary education opportunities for students in Wangaratta

The Liberal and Nationals Government will provide funding to help establish the Country Universities Centre (CUC) Ovens Murray, creating more opportunities for local students to pursue tertiary education studies in regional Victoria. The Australian Government will provide more than $2.5 million to establish a main campus in Wangaratta and satellite centres in Mansfield and Corryong…

Nationals back timber jobs at Gippsland forestry forum

A round table forum with Gippsland forestry professionals and Nationals MP’s has reaffirmed support for Victoria’s sustainable native and plantation timber industry. Held at the Gippsland Forestry Hub in Churchill, the group discussed future strategies to support the native timber and plantation industries and the importance of all timber jobs to Gippsland’s economy. The Nationals…

SPEECH: Federal Court ruling supports Nationals push to give forestry industry certainty

Watch here. Senator McKENZIE (Victoria—Leader of the Nationals in the Senate) (13:47): Today, the drums of democracy are beating loudly for our native forest industry as this week a full bench of the Federal Court upheld the appeal of VicForests against the action by Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum following the years of uncertainty Justice Mortimer’s finding…