October 28, 2016


The GMID Water Leadership Forum released its study into the socio economic impact of the Murray Darling Basin Plan last week.

The report is attracting great interest across Victoria and NSW.

I and members of the group travelled to Canberra last week to put our research before Federal members of Parliament, including the offices of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

We also met with representatives of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, and the National Irrigators Council.

All were keen to discuss the findings of the study and acknowledged our concerns.

We now turn our sights to the next step – ensuring we see adjustments to the Basin Plan for the future viability of our region.

We will discuss this further at a Water Summit being held at Tatura on November 14.

Click here for a copy of the Report


I am pleased Victoria Police has hosted its public meetings in Tatura and Mooroopna, to address the community’s fears about the lack of police presence in the respective towns.

I raised these concerns in Parliament in August. There is a much wider concern about law and order throughout the Victorian community with lack of police numbers and maintaining open police stations being raised in Parliament on a regular basis.

I am pleased to hear our local police have offered to continue with their community engagement enabling constituents to raise their concerns about policing in our area.


It is important to note that the Garvan Research Institute released its study into cancer in rural areas this week, showing the mortality rate increases the further away a patient resides from a capital city.

It’s a sad statistic, and one which we must fight to reverse, with better access to cancer facilities in our regional centres. We need to see radiotherapy services provided in a regional city such as Shepparton.

Cancer has touched many lives in our community, and research for a cure is such an important cause for so many.

With that, I must commend the organisers of Shepparton’s annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast, held on Sunday.

It was another great success, with more than 730 people gathering for the girls’ day out.

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