Change needed at Borders now.

Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, has welcomed National Cabinet moves towards an ‘Agriculture Workers Code’ to synchronise coronavirus-related state border closures, but warns the need for cross-border movement in border regions is immediate and that she might yet have to ask parliament to intervene. With Federal parliament due to sit this week, Dr Webster…

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NSW Border Restrictions and Seasonal Workers

Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster MP, welcomes the announcement by NSW that Seasonal workers within the border zone will be able to travel across the border for work. “These workers are essential to the horticulture industry on both sides of the river, required for picking citrus, propagating grape vines and planting trees,” Dr Webster…

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Great news for Rainbow Men’s Shed

The Australian Government is continuing to support the health and wellbeing of men in Mallee through a grant under the 20th funding round of the National Shed Development Programme. Member for Mallee, Anne Webster welcomed the decision by the Australian Government to award the Rainbow Men’s Shed with funding of $5,500. “I’m pleased the Rainbow…

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Statement – NSW increased border restrictions

“It’s unfortunate that the New South Wales Government has once again moved the goalposts on the issue of our State borders. The announcement to further restrict travel across the border has come as a surprise to many, and has created more anxiety in our community. I have been contacted by a large number of people…

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JobKeeper Payment and the Coronavirus Supplement extended for Mallee businesses and households

The JobKeeper program and the Coronavirus Supplement have been extended under the next phase of our support for affected businesses and households. This unprecedented economic support for local businesses and their workers is helping the Mallee community through the COVID-19 pandemic and bolstering our economic recovery. Under the Morrison/McCormack Government’s next phase of support, the…

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Orange Juice Star rating disappointment

Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, has called the decision by the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation very disappointing, after they failed to keep the health star rating of Natural Fruit juice at 5 stars. This puts Australia’s $880 million fruit juice industry at risk, “In making this move, the Food Forum…

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Border Permit requirements cause confusion

Residents across border communities in Mallee have been impacted by the border closures, with many last week having to travel large distances to cross the border. Local bridges were locked, and this week workers travelling between Mildura and Robinvale were told they would have to travel via Hattah and Wemen to drive to and from…

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