National’s put People back in the Basin Plan

  Today the National Party in the Senate will put forward amendments to the Basin Plan. Last year, National Party basin MP’s, Anne Webster, and Damian Drum, put forward water amendments in an attempt to address basin communities’ concerns about water availability during the drought. Since then, we have been looking for an opportunity to…

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Seasonal Ag Visa a huge win for Mallee producers

Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, says the securing of the Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom and the announcement of a Seasonal Agriculture Worker Visa is great news for Mallee. “I have been calling for a seasonal agriculture visa for some time now. This visa will allow producers to get the right workers…

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CUTTING ENERGY COSTS FOR HOTELS IN MALLEE

Small and medium hotels and motels across Mallee are receiving support from the Morrison and McCormack Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more Australians and get ahead. Through the $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program hotels such as May Park Motor Lodge in Horsham, Donald Motor Lodge,…

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CONSULTATION OPEN FOR ROYAL COMMISSION

Mallee veterans and their families, ex-service organisations, states and territories, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders are being encouraged to provide their input for the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide announced this week. Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster said it was vital that residents involved in the…

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Mallee receives agricultural show and field day COVID-recovery boost

• Australian Government support continues for agricultural shows and field days forced to cancel because of COVID-19 • 110 events nationally—including Edenhope, Kaniva and Swan Hill shows in Mallee – to share in $710,818 Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days supplementary payments   Agricultural shows in Mallee are being boosted with more Australian Government support…

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Improved digital connectivity across Mallee

People living and working in Hopetoun, Kaniva, Lascelles, Broughton and parts of the Swan Hill LGA can now look forward to new and improved telecommunications services thanks to the Morrison/McCormack Government’s Regional Connectivity Program (RCP). The $90 million program is delivering 81 place-based solutions to digital connectivity issues in the regions through a range of…

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Ouyen livestock exchange expanded

Communities around Ouyen are set to benefit from improved sale yard infrastructure with the official opening of the Ouyen Livestock Exchange upgrades today. Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster said the project, which had a more efficient sale yard with improved lighting and water delivery and expanded capacity. These upgrades will mean the livestock exchange…

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Applications open for Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot

• The Australian Government is providing $23.5 million for improved on farm biodiversity through the Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship’s Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot. • The pilot will test processes and protocols that measure and reward farmers for undertaking mixed-species tree plantings on top of eligible carbon projects • The goal is to deliver a system that…

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MORE SUPPORT FOR TRAVEL AGENTS IN MALLEE

Federal member for Mallee, Anne Webster said travel agents in Mallee would benefit from sharing in additional funding support of $130 million from the Coalition Government. Dr Webster said local travel agents should apply for funding support in Round 2 of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program, which opens later this month. “The Coalition Government…

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National Party Federal Conference supports Status Resolution

The National Party Federal Conference, held on the weekend, saw the adoption of a motion moved by Anne Webster, Member for Mallee, regarding undocumented workers in the horticulture industry. The motion, which was passed unopposed, calls for the design of an appropriate visa for undocumented workers in the horticultural industry, which would be delivered as…

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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…

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