‘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.…

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…

Nationals urged watchdog to call out discriminatory practices by banks against rural industries

Nationals Senators are calling on the big banks to stop putting their politically charged climate policies ahead of the jobs of hardworking Australians. Leader of the Nationals in the Senate and Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, along with NSW Nationals Senator Perin Davey, used today’s Senate Estimates to urge the industry’s watchdog to call out…

Putting communities at the heart of the Basin Plan

The Morrison-McCormack Government is delivering on its commitment to focus on off-farm projects to recover environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, is announcing the Water Efficiency Program (WEP) will close and be replaced by a water saving program that does not impact farmers’ water entitlements. “My…

Grants to improve the health of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin

Basin farmers, landholders and community organisations in Victoria will be able to apply for a share of $6 million in grants to deliver practical on-ground projects that improve the health of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, said the $20 million Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program…