Labor’s delays savaging Victoria’s timber industry

Timber burned in the catastrophic January bushfires in north-east Victoria and Gippsland will finally be released after the Andrews Labor Government deliberately delayed the assessment of coupes. Despite calls from industry to release coupes as assessments were finalised through the year, Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes has withheld the release of harvestable timber. In announcing timber […]

Labor’s bushfire recovery ‘plan’ long overdue

A bushfire recovery ‘plan’ announced by the Andrews Labor Government today seems to be nothing more than a poor attempt at window dressing. Rolling old money up in a new press release delivers nothing for families, businesses and communities in East Gippsland and north east Victoria hit by January’s catastrophic bushfires. It’s eight months since […]

Andrews drops the ball on East Gippsland bushfire recovery

East Gippsland’s economic recovery is suffering because important tourism infrastructure has not been rebuilt more than five months after it was destroyed by bushfire. Premier Daniel Andrews stood in front of the microphone on several occasions over the fire period saying he would stand with East Gippslanders throughout the rebuild and recovery, however five months […]

Rates freeze to ease financial burden

The Liberal Nationals are calling for a freeze on farm rates to support farmers struggling with financial pressure caused by both the bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic. In recent years, massive increases to farm rates in some Local Government Areas have pushed up farmers’ rates burden by tens of thousands of dollars. Councils are currently […]