Powering Communities Program

The Federal Government is rolling out the Powering Communities Program, which will run over 2021–2022. To indicate your interest would you please complete the attached EOI. Eligibility is for not-for-profit community organisations to improve their energy efficiency practices and technologies. This aim is to reduce energy use, improve energy productivity and reduce carbon emissions. The program will assist organisations to: upgrade equipment to reduce energy…

Volunteer Grants

The 2021 Volunteer Grants round is now underway in Mallee, with grants of up to $5000 to support volunteers with the tools and resources they need on the ground. This grant round is completed in two phases. In Phase 1 I am inviting eligible organisations to submit an expression of interest to my office. A…

March 4 Justice Rally

Today there have been 40 marches around the country by women and men marching for justice. It is a sad indictment on our culture that this has become necessary. Today in Canberra I met protestors on the front lawns of parliament house. To hear their concerns, many of which I share, and to give support…

Australia Approves Pfizer Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, said this news would mean further confidence in Australia’s vaccine strategy. “This is an important moment for the people of Mallee and for the whole of Australia,” Dr Webster said. “The approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine comes after a rigorous and independent assessment…

Border closures hampering freight routes

Just in time for the holiday period, an unfortunate outbreak in New South Wales has thrown the Christmas plans of thousands into disarray.  We always knew we would encounter more spot fires of the virus, but the timing of this outbreak really could not have been worse. The people of NSW and their Government have…

Murray Basin Rail

Over the past 18 months I’ve been working closely with industry stakeholders, farmers, and community members who have an interest in the future of rail freight transport in Victoria. I’ve repeatedly fought on their behalf, taking their views to the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, who is well aware of the importance of this project.…

China markets and table grapes

Its been a difficult 12 months for the table grape industry. At the end of 2019, the price of water on the temporary market was through the roof. In addition the Indonesian market caused concern and confusion for Red Globe producers. COVID-19 didn’t spare the industry, with workforce challenges rising as first international borders closed…