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…

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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…

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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…

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Vaccine Rollout

The speed of the vaccine rollout is crucially important for the health and economic prosperity of our region going forward, as well as our prospects of reopening our borders and businesses. The announcement of the state-run vaccination hub in Mildura for the Pfizer vaccine is welcome news. I know that vaccine availability has been a…

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Victorian Lockdown

This week, the frustration and pain of state-wide lockdowns is being felt once more in regional Victoria.   The recent outbreak of the virus in Melbourne has led the State Government to implement a full state-wide lockdown. Businesses are shut, bars and restaurants are wasting stock, and kids are missing school, with many unable to learn…

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Support for small business

The Commonwealth Government continues to display our commitment to thriving industries and small businesses in our region.  I argued in my campaign in 2019 that red tape should not prevent innovation, expansion, and trade opportunities for locals and their businesses. I still advocate for change. And I’m pleased to say the 2021 Commonwealth Budget contains…

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Infrastructure for Mallee

In this year’s Budget, the Commonwealth Government has doubled down on our commitment to regional communities. The 2021 Budget is a win for our region. It delivers several measures that address key priorities for Mallee. There are a number of great measures that will deliver better roads, infrastructure, and connectivity; greater access to healthcare; the…

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Mildura Base Public Hospital

On Monday this week I had the pleasure to attend the unveiling of Mildura Base Public Hospital’s amazing aboriginal artwork.  The artwork is a brilliant display of the talent in our community, and of the Base Hospital’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians in our community.  Although he was unable to…

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Homebuilder

The HomeBuilder grant has driven the highest level of new home commencements in more than 20 years.  It has been a fantastic program that has driven building activity in our region like we have never seen before. Latest building approvals figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show hunders of  new houses were signed…

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