Labor leaves Dunolly funding up in the air

The Federal Government needs to give the Dunolly community a clear answer on whether it will fund a much-needed upgrade to Deledio Reserve, Federal Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster says. Before the 2022 Federal election the Coalition had committed $3.6 million towards upgrading the reserve’s pavilion under the Community Development Grants Program. Labor scrapped…

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Regional lens needed on Aged Care reforms

Aged care reforms need a regional lens to view and maintain the viability of smaller facilities, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. Following the announced closure of Dimboola’s Allambi Elderly People’s Home and after speaking to other smaller aged care facility CEO’s across the electorate, Dr Webster said the Federal Government needed to consult with…

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Mildura Airport ILS now operational

Mildura Airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been commissioned and is now operational. The ILS, funded by $2 million from the previous Coalition Government under the Community Grants Program along with $1 million from Mildura Rural City Council and $1 million from the airport itself, will greatly increase aviation safety for users of the airport.…

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Labor rips off regions on roads

Labor is sending Mallee residents on a road to ruin by slashing future funding for the Roads Of Strategic Importance (ROSI) program. The Federal Government in its October budget cut $248 million from forward estimates for the Victorian ROSI program – placing road users on five key Mallee highways at risk. This risks the safety…

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Insurance win for flood affected potential homebuyers

Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster has welcomed the response of insurance companies to her request to provide relief for home loan applicants in Sunraysia postcodes. Due to the current Murray River flooding all insurance companies had placed an embargo on Sunraysia area post codes which prevented people from either purchasing new or changing existing…

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Utilising a ready workforce

Giving older Australians and Veterans more incentive to re-enter the workforce is a no-brainer to help address labour shortages, Federal Nationals Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. In June, the Coalition announced its policy to double the Age and Veteran Service Pension Work Bonus Scheme from $300 to $600 dollars per fortnight – or to…

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Labor ripping off regional Ag Shows

Scrapping funding for the Agriculture Shows Development Grants Program is further evidence of Labor ripping money out of the regions, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. In Estimates week Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said $14 million in funding for Ag shows was being “reprioritised”. Dr Webster said this sadly proved Labor’s disregard for regional Australia.…

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Labor to honour Vietnam Ag Visa Agreement

Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster has welcomed news that farmers will be able to hire workers from Vietnam. A Senate Estimates hearing this week confirmed Labor will honour the Agriculture Visa agreement with Vietnam, following a Memorandum of Understanding established before the Federal Election. The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee heard…

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Magnificent Mallee delights Parliament House

The magnificence of Mallee was on display this week at Parliament House. Hundreds of Parliamentarians and staff were treated to the delights of Mallee’s local produce on Wednesday night as part of the Magnificent Mallee Showcase, hosted by Member for Mallee Anne Webster. “It was a fantastic evening where Members and Senators from across Australia…

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Magnificent Mallee brings our producers to Parliament

Mallee producers will have their chance to showcase their wares to Canberra for the first ever Magnificent Mallee Showcase on Wednesday the 9th of November. Federal Nationals Member for Mallee Anne Webster said the showcase at Parliament House was the perfect opportunity to highlight what Mallee has to offer. “I’ve already been bragging about how…

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Labor infrastructure cuts hurt regions

Vital regional Australian infrastructure is being ignored by Labor in its quest to win city votes, Federal Nationals Member for Mallee Anne Webster says.   The Albanese Government announced it would scrap the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 6 and Community Development Grants (CDG) in this week’s Federal Budget, with Shadow Minister for Regional…

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