Federal Court ruling supports Nationals push to give native forestry industry certainty

Yesterday, the Federal Court unanimously ruled that Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) do uphold the Commonwealth’s required environmental standards. That is why The National Party, through Leader of the Nationals in the Senate, Senator McKenzie’s Private Senator’s Bill, has sought to clarify this since the ruling of Justice Mortimer in May last year. The finding comes…

‘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…

Access to secure water means a secure future for agriculture and for our communities

The Nationals in government is providing a further $22.3 million for the development of business cases for eight water infrastructure projects, including for Victoria, that will help secure Australia’s water future. Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, welcomed the investment in two regional-based projects – the Coliban Regional Rural Modernisation and Sunbury-Bulla-Keilor Agricultural Rejuvenation projects.…

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…

Improved digital connectivity for Indi

People living and working in Indi can now look forward to new and improved telecommunications services thanks to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Regional Connectivity Program (RCP). The $90 million program is delivering 81 place-based solutions to digital connectivity issues in the regions, including north-east Victoria, through a range of mobile and broadband services. North-east…

HERALD SUN: Anti-logging protesters slammed for using toddler as a ‘political pawn’

BY Tamsin Rose Anti-logging protesters in East Gippsland have been slammed for placing a toddler in danger and using the child as a “political pawn”. Photos obtained by the Herald Sun show a small child wandering alone near heavy forestry machinery on April 9. CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor said it was not the first…