Aged care suffering

This week the Victorian Government eased restrictions in regional areas. Gyms are finally allowed to open, limited numbers are allowed at funerals, weddings, and religious ceremonies, hospitality and retail have seen an increase to their caps, and we can now have two visitors to our homes. These are still imposts on our freedoms in regions…

Crippling regions is wrong

WE’RE all in this together. We can all appreciate the sentiment behind this statement, but there are many situations where this platitude ought not to apply. The Covid-19 pandemic has repeatedly shown the differences in risk levels associated with factors such as age, health and postcode. But state governments are ignoring these nuances. Regional Victorians…

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…