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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Australia Approves Pfizer Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, said this news would mean further confidence in Australia’s vaccine strategy. “This is an important moment for the people of Mallee and for the whole of Australia,” Dr Webster said. “The approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine comes after a rigorous and independent assessment…

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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT RESCUE PACKAGE FOR VICTORIA’S MURRAY BASIN FREIGHT RAIL PROJECT

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has announced a $200.2 million rescue package for the stalled Victorian owned, operated and managed Murray Basin Freight Rail network. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the extra funding, which includes $5 million for planning the standardisation of the network, is…

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