Health Tax must withdraw

A new tax on General Practitioners (GP’s) and Allied Health Professionals could leave Victorians without access to vital healthcare services. The Nationals are calling for Labor’s Health tax to be withdrawn immediately. The Victorian Nationals and Liberals recently hosted around 30 GPs and representatives from peak medical bodies to hear first-hand the detrimental impact of…

Funding backflip a step forward for local history grants and awards

Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, along with her Victorian Nationals colleagues across regional Victoria have successfully advocated for the return of the Victorian Community History Awards and Local History Grants Program “The funding allocation was critical to the ongoing growth and digitisation of the State’s archives and supported countless community volunteer historical societies, who…

Agricultural and Pastoral Societies grants open

Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, is inviting agricultural and pastoral society groups to apply for the 2023 Grants Program – offering grants of up to $10,000 to eligible projects. “The grants will offer agricultural and pastoral societies the opportunity to upgrade or establish new facilities, while creating opportunities for further collaboration and partnerships with…

Minister backflips on cuts to teaching services

Member for Mildura, Jade Benham says, the decision by the Minister for Education, to reverse the Government’s cuts to teaching services for students with a disability is a ‘no brainer’. It follows fierce opposition by a range of key education stakeholders including schools, parents and other advocacy groups. “These cuts should have never been put…

Varroa Mite a real threat

Nationals Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, has warned the Minister for Agriculture and the Department to have a plan to deploy resources and prevent a Varroa Mite outbreak in Victoria. “Australia has had twelve months notice of this pest being a potential threat to our agricultural industry and with the Mite detected in Sunraysia the…

One-person police stations set to be cut

One-person police stations across Victoria are under threat, with a new proposal seeing one-person police stations being phased out much to the detriment of smaller regional towns. Nationals Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, said that this would take yet another essential service away from small country towns. “These small country towns often are too far…

Regional roads continue to crumble

Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, is concerned no commitment to the Victorian road resurfacing program this financial year is another indictment on the Andrews Government’s continuing financial mismanagement. “We no longer drive on the left side of the road, we drive on what’s left of them.” Victorians are well aware that our roads continue…

Football and netball grants now open

Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, is encouraging all Football and Netball clubs to apply to for the 2023-24 Country Football and Netball Program grants. Grants of up to $250,000 are available to make more sport infrastructure developments possible including court and oval lighting upgrades, changeroom developments and new pavilions for local clubs and communities.…

Birchip leading food production innovation

Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, this week visited Birchip Cropping Group along with the Board of the Grains Research and Development Corporation ahead of their Field Days on September 13. “I have been involved with Birchip Cropping Group in some way shape or form since the late 1990s and have seen this incredible evolution…