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…

Stronger Communities Programme

I am encouraging community groups across Mallee to participate in Round 6 of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). The programme intends to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. The SCP supports the Coalition Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia.…

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT RESCUE PACKAGE FOR VICTORIA’S MURRAY BASIN FREIGHT RAIL PROJECT

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has announced a $200.2 million rescue package for the stalled Victorian owned, operated and managed Murray Basin Freight Rail network. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the extra funding, which includes $5 million for planning the standardisation of the network, is…

GRANTS TO MODERNISE AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING

Local manufacturers in Mallee with shovel-ready projects are being encouraged to apply for a Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF) grant. Any businesses with shovel ready projects and a goal to grow are encouraged to apply. Businesses will be able to apply for between $100,000 and $1 million to invest in new technology, as the Morrison Government…

$207,570 show of support for Mallee

Shows and field days in Mallee that were cancelled because of COVID-19 are about to get a slice of $34 million Australian Government funding to help ensure they can bounce back next year. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Member for Mallee Anne Webster MP, said the first payments under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and…