Gippsland South The Nationals Drought State Conference State Policy

Nats conference backs key Gippsland policies

The Nationals’ 103rd State Conference in Maryborough over the weekend has endorsed a number of policies championed by Gippsland MPs.

The conference of National Party members from across Victoria unanimously endorsed State MPs’ calls for the Andrews Labor Government to provide municipal rate relief to drought-affected farmers while also backing the completion of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said it was important to have the strong backing of the state branch of The Nationals for the key interests of Gippsland South.

“Our farmers continue to do it tough and as we head into June with very little rain through autumn, the drought crisis is only going to worsen,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It is beyond belief now that Daniel Andrews has still not visited this region to meet with drought-affected farmers and deliver rate relief, which The Nationals MPs, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and local farmers have been calling for.

“I’m very pleased that the State Conference also backed our policy to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale that requires a $33 million dollar contribution from the State Government, which Daniel Andrews has so far failed to deliver.”

Mr O’Brien said the conference was a robust debating environment and a number of motions put forward by Gippsland delegates were passed and some defeated.

“We passed resolutions that will be of interest to many people in Gippsland including endorsing a stronger enforcement of weed control on private land, clear action to help Victorians adapt to climate change, fixed four-year terms for the Federal Parliament and calls for VicRoads to ensure sufficient distance is placed between the roadside and wire-rope barriers.”

Mr O’Brien said the Nationals State Conference helps inform policy for the state party and will be used towards developing policies for the 2022 state election.

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