Clontarf funding advocacy rewarded

Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, is congratulating the Clontarf Foundation on securing funding towards a program designed to enhance safety outcomes for Indigenous youth by increasing access to the Graduated Licensing System (GLS). This will be achieved through the provision of professional driving lessons and comprehensive road safety education. “This is not just about offering…

Port of Melbourne truck tax another Labor blow

The Allan Government must rule out imposing a Port of Melbourne truck tax for freight movements. Documents from the Department of Transport and Planning reveal a road freight tax is being actively considered for trucks loading and unloading at the Port of Melbourne to make the cost of road freight more expensive, and thus making…

Common sense win for duck hunting

Common sense has prevailed in a win for thousands of duck harvesters throughout Victoria. A biased and stacked Inquiry which recommended the end of duck harvesting was a sham and the Liberals and Nationals strongly support the practice continuing. Labor, the Greens and the Animal Justice Party members involved in the Inquiry into Victoria’s Recreational…

Community Health: Column

For a first-time mum who could be struggling with breast feeding and needing help to settle her baby or someone who needs pain rehabilitation from a physiotherapist this and more is provided by your local community health services. Community health services are an integral part of the Victorian health system and funding to help them…

Potholes need funding fill

The deplorable state of roads will be back on the agenda when State Parliament resumes in February. Nationals Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, said it was alarming the number of road warning and traffic hazard signs that had been situated on our roadsides for an extended period of time, without repairs being done. “What is…

Industry at breaking point

Nationals Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, said her office has been inundated with concerns raised by business advisors and accountants, shedding light on a substantial loophole in the Labour Hire Authority that requires immediate attention. Ms Benham has written to the Minister to acknowledge and address these issues promptly. It is essential to ensure the…

Local businesses and food producers targeted

The Nationals Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, has issued a warning to the community about a concerning trend where businesses and food producers are receiving questionable invoices from the State Revenue Office (SRO). While not a scam, these invoices are seen as a cash grab by the Labor Government, highlighting their mismanagement of the State’s…

Mildura leading the way in CDS

Member for Mildura, Jade Benham is applauding the Mildura region for becoming the state leaders in the Container Deposit Scheme collection. Regional Victorians continue to step up to the challenge in impressive numbers, with Mildura leading the state in container returns having returned over 4.1 million containers since the scheme began on November 1. With…

Long Service, longer refund waits

The Victorian Government is conducting a statutory review of the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018. This review, which includes an examination of arrangements for making claims and administrative user-friendliness after response to feedback from employers. The prolonged process of applying for portable long service leave refunds and the subsequent delays in receiving these refunds…