Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
Daniel Andrews is failing our farmers in East Gippsland and other drought affected areas of Victoria.
“We have been in severe drought for almost three years, but Daniel Andrews hasn’t visited any of the affected communities,” said Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
“In the five years he has been Premier we have been through floods, fires, massive job losses at Heyfield and now drought, but he has not visited the region. Nor may I add has the Deputy Premier.
“It is not just our region, it is country Victoria.
Gippsland South Nationals MP Danny O’Brien said there were large areas in his electorate in drought that also need support.
Mr Bull said Daniel Andrews confirmed again in State Parliament why he’s made a name for himself as the Premier for Melbourne.
“Just like the Premier has refused to visit East Gippsland, yesterday The Nationals asked if he would visit the Millewa region in north-west Victoria – which is enduring the worst conditions since the 1944-45 drought – but he refused.
“Farmers have also been asking for a rates relief subsidy since last year, but Daniel Andrews continues to ignore them.
“He again said it was a consideration. Well, the Government said it was a consideration in January. Things have got a lot worse since then and at some stage you have to act.
“I see shire rates relief as a fair and equitable way to support all farmers who are doing it tough. It will result in real savings.
“To date the relief has been dollar for dollar loans, which many can’t afford to access, school student uniform subsidies (when many farmers do not have school aged children), so they have missed the mark.
“Daniel Andrews needs to get out a map and get out of Melbourne and see first-hand the enormous pressure our farmers and their families are under.”