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First Nations Treaty talks advance as Taungurung leaders reject proposed alternative

By Colin MacGillivray TAUNGURUNG Land and Waters Council has issued a statement rejecting a proposal it says would ‘undermine and dismantle’ Victoria’s historic treaty process. Taungurung leaders called on the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria –...

Construction starts on Mickleham quarantine facility; MP says opening will come ‘too late’

By Colin MacGillivray MEMBER for McEwen Rob Mitchell has welcomed the start of construction on a new quarantine facility at Mickleham, but slammed the Federal Government for unnecessarily delaying the project. The Federal Government’s newly-named Centre...

MP Steph Ryan pushes again for Seymour signalling upgrades, criticising city focus

SEYMOUR railway line has been overlooked by State Government funding, with state-of-the-art signalling on the cards for Melbourne railway lines but not for Seymour’s outdated double line block system. Member of Euroa and Shadow Minister...

Mitchell Shire veterans and residents ‘upset’ by government response to Afghanistan crisis

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Veterans and residents across the Mitchell Shire have condemned the Federal Government’s response to the crisis in Afghanistan, where Afghan nationals who worked with the Australian Army are stranded and fearing for...

Could a $1 billion support fund help Victorian manufacturing grow?

By Tricia Mifsud MEMBER for Euroa Steph Ryan is calling on the State Government to establish a $1 billion fund that will support Victorian manufacturers and help local industries grow. Ms Ryan visited National Paper Industries,...

MP Danielle Green responds to reports she left Melbourne’s lockdown for Warrnambool

MEMBER for Yan Yean Danielle Green has announced she will take a period of personal leave due to personal and family health issues. Several media outlets last week reported Ms Green and her husband, who...

Federal Senate inquiry in regional GP shortage launched

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk A SHORTAGE of general practitioners across the Mitchell and Macedon Ranges shires will now be the subject of a senate inquiry. Following a nationwide campaign by Labor MPs, an inquiry into the provision...

MP calls for reopening of regional areas with no COVID-19 cases or exposure sites

Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell has called for the reopening of regional municipalities that have no COVID-19 exposure sites, as the deadline for the easing of Victoria’s fifth lockdown approaches. The state was...

Doctor shortage likely to persist as Wallan’s metro status is renewed

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Wallan’s general practitioner shortage is likely to persist after its status as a non-distribution priority area, non-DPA, was renewed on July 1. DPA status, which identifies maldistribution of GPs across Australia, allows an area...

Wallan to move to metro Melbourne region under proposed new electoral boundaries

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Proposed changes to Victoria’s electoral boundaries would move Wallan out of the Yan Yean electorate and from a regional to metropolitan Melbourne upper house seat as of the next state election in...