Last Updated: November 30, 2015

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V/Line black spot fix

COUNTRY train commuters are on track to remain online with metro-style mobile phone coverage after a black spot fix.

New boss for MDBA

Irrigation Water. Mildura. Murray River
THE Department of Agriculture’s deputy secretary has been appointed the new chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Minister won’t address inquiry

NEWS: Gas Inquiry - Lock the Gate Protest
VICTORIA’S Energy Minister Lily D’Ambosio will not give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into unconventional onshore gas.

Andrews takes stock

Andrews sweats the small stuff
ONE year in and the Andrews Labor Government says it is listening to country Victoria.

Mt Buffalo Chalet Chalet restoration halted

Mount Buffalo Chalet
DEMOLITION plans for parts of the historic Mt Buffalo Chalet have been put on hold.

Regional statement Nine zones in new state plan

Day 2 - Melbourneinstitute
THE  Victorian Government will divide the state into nine zones as part of its new plan for regional Victoria.

Regional statement Pipeline rethink as north thirsts

The $750 million North-South Pipeline
THE Victorian Government has raised the possibility of re-engineering the controversial North-South Pipeline to allow water to be pumped north.

Regional statement Free rail wi-fi still on track

 Undated. Bombardier's V'Locity fast train, which is due to service Victorian regional cities. VLine.
THE Victorian Government has $18 million left to deliver its promise to give commuters free Wi-Fi internet on regional trains.

Push for response on water

 'Cumberland' property, Yea. Goulburn River Frontage
SALES of environmental water in the Goulburn Valley region have brought renewed calls from the National Irrigators’ Council for Water Act changes.

Push for paper workers

Ricky Muir
ONE THOUSAND jobs at Australian Paper, in the Latrobe Valley, are at risk according to an unlikely coalition of MPs and union officials.

Fuel build-up worries

Fuel build-up worries
COMMUNITIES in some of Victoria’s most bushfire-prone regions fear a change in State Government policy will lead to fewer planned burns.

Jakarta deal on

Jakarta deal on
A FREE-trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia is on the horizon.

Irrigators wait on port

Flight from Tas to Vic
GIPPSLAND irrigators may have to wait until the Port of Melbourne has been leased before the Federal Government commits to funding its share of an irrigation project.

Water review ‘shocking’

APAL energy-saving orchard walks, Ardmona
FEDERAL MP Sharman Stone says the mid-term review of a water project in her north Victorian electorate is a “shocking read”.

Water sale Flush of outrage

TWO South Australian farmers have bought 1000 megalitres of water in the sale of the Commonwealth environmental allocation in the Goulburn Valley.

Plea for port deal

Flight from Tas to Vic
PRESSURE is building on Victoria’s parliament to determine how Victoria will lease the Port of Melbourne.

Rural financial counselling Farm support fears

Lambs at Glenhope
OFFICES may be closed and services lost in a major shake-up of Victoria’s rural financial counselling services next year.

‘Better services, more choices’

Scott Morrison
SCOTT Morrison releases government’s productivity and competition agenda, promising “better services for Australians”.

Decline in wild dog attacks denied

Wild Dog
FARMERS have disputed a government department’s claim that wild dog attack in eastern Victoria had decreased.

Irrigation delay Project leaking dollars and sense

NEWS: GMW irrigator Murray Haw
VETERAN Durham Ox irrigator Murray Haw believes the $2 billion Connections project has been leaking too much cash.

Labour margins huge, inquiry hears

Labour margins huge, inquiry hears
DODGY labour hire companies are making huge margins when supplying workers to farmers, a Victorian inquiry was told today.

Investment deal struck

Investment deal struck
THE Federal Government has struck a deal with the Greens to get its foreign investment reforms through the Senate.

Kinder pledge heartens Birchip

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews in Mallee country
IT TAKES a bit to excite a room full of Mallee farmers in the middle of a tough harvest.

Rural plight on city radar

Angus Beveridge
IT IS not often that Teddywaddy gets a mention in the mainstream media, or any other media for that matter.

Exploitation fallout Visa fallout hurts farmers

AUSTRALIA’S largest volunteer farm worker’s organisation gave evidence today at the senate inquiry into temporary work visas.

Farmers: why we need foreigners

Farmers: why we need foreigners
FARMERS say the rejection of the purchase of Australia’s largest pastoral holding risks undermining foreign investment.

Agriculture inquiry launched

 Angus cattle & generic farm shots
AN INQUIRY into regulation in Australian agriculture will look for ways to make the sector more competitive.

Irrigators hold out

NEWS: Macalister Irrigation District Water.
IRRIGATORS in Gippsland, Victoria, are still waiting for the Federal Government to commit funds to a major irrigation upgrade.

Water cash up for grabs

market gardens in drought
APPLICATIONS are now open for federal cash for feasibility studies into new dams and other water infrastructure projects.

Kidman sale blocked

Kidman sale blocked
UPDATE: S KIDMAN & Co is weighing its next move after Treasurer Scott Morrison blocked the sale of the company to overseas buyers.

Formula for success

Fonterra Darnum

BELLAMY’S has struck an agreement with Fonterra to manufacture organic infant milk formula at Darnum, Victoria.

Pride of pony power on parade

Pride of pony power on parade

THE Australian Pony Stud Book Society held its 50th annual show at Werribee Park last week over three days.

Vic farmers’ gloomy outlook

NEWS: Cropping Day 2

EARLY onset of dry conditions in spring not only sapped Victorian crops and pastures, but also dried up confidence in the state’s farmers.

eHat takes guess work out

eHat takes guess work out

ARE you stuck in the sticks with a technical problem that has you stumped?

Devoted to making lives better

Jeff Robinson

HE flies planes, fights fires with the CFA, cross-country skis, runs a beef and olive farm and volunteers in remote Aboriginal communities.

Wet may not follow dry

Wet may not follow dry

THERE is no guarantee ­Victorian farmers will get a wet 2016, even if the El Nino finishes next year as predicted.