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Emma Kealy adds to shadow ministry portfolios

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described a new Coalition Country Health portfolio as recognition of health issues confronting the state’s regional population.

Emma Kealy: Reducing speed limits lazy

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described suggestions the State Government might limit the speed limit on some unsealed country roads to 70 kilometres an hour as ‘lazy policy’. She said the Daniel Andrews government had cut $160-million from the maintenance of country roads and bridges across country Victoria and was now trying to deal […]

Too many turbines needed: Simon Ramsay

Liberal Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay believes an Andrews State Government drive to reach a renewable-energy target of 40 percent by 2025 is reckless and will change the landscape of regional Victoria forever. Mr Ramsay said there was a danger the western Victorian landscape was particularly vulnerable. “The once tranquil hinterlands and pastures of […]

Rural councils ‘struggling’: MAV

Victoria’s municipal peak organisation has told a parliamentary inquiry that a reduction in state and federal government funding, combined with a two percent rate cap, has left rural councils struggling to maintain services and assets. The Municipal Association of Victoria presented its views at a public hearing of the ongoing inquiry into the State Government’s […]

State investment in Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal, Horsham North Children’s and Community Hub

The State Government has announced funding for Wimmera projects.

Premier Daniel Andrews to attend Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Assembly in Horsham

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, government ministers and advisors will join community and industry leaders in Horsham tonight to explore ways to drive and stimulate the regional economy.

Hindmarsh council wins approval for four-percent rate increase

Hindmarsh Shire Council has been successful in its application for a rate-cap variation to the Essential Services Commission. The council had applied for an additional two percent increase over and above the State Government’s two-percent rate cap for 2017-18. The commission responded to the request, saying it was satisfied the application showed a long-term funding […]

Louise Staley, Emma Kealy raise doubts about north-west jobs figures

Victorian political forces are at odds over what latest Victoria employment statistics have revealed in the state’s north-west. The State Government said in a prepared statement almost 60,000 jobs had been created in regional Victoria under Premier Daniel Andrews. It added employment in the state’s north-west had jumped by 7800 people between April and June […]

Colleen White appointed interim chief executive of Ararat Rural City Council

Colleen White will take over as interim Ararat Rural City Council chief executive on Saturday. Ms White, the council’s corporate strategy, risk and governance director, moves into the role following the retirement of Andrew Evans. She will remain in the interim role until August 20. Following August 20, the council will appoint an interim chief […]

Horsham community advocate and tireless campaigner Don Johns dies, 83

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE: Don Johns will be remembered for his passion and commitment to the community he was part of.

Long-time Horsham community advocate and municipal leader Don Johns, OAM, JP, 83, has died after a sudden and unexpected battle with cancer.


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