Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed today he still has no intention of visiting
drought-affected farmers and communities in Gippsland.
Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien recently met with farmers in Gippsland South and
Gippsland East who are severely impacted by nearly two years of drought.
It was only nine months ago that the Premier acknowledged Gippsland was in the midst of drought.
Since then, despite visiting the Latrobe Valley on at least five occasions, Daniel Andrews refuses to set foot further east.
Asked in Parliament today, the Premier would not commit to visiting communities or
providing relief on council rates in the State Budget, which has been delayed
to May 27.
Relief on council rates is desperately needed with farmers not only dealing with drought, but also facing skyrocketing farm rates bills under Labor’s unfair Fair Go
Comments attributable to the Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien:
“Farmers across Gippsland are struggling through a severe drought and yet again Daniel Andrews has refused to even visit the region to understand how bad the
conditions really are.”
“Daniel Andrews needs to get out of the city and visit Gippsland farmers with an announcement on council rate relief.”
Comments attributable to Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull:
“Our farmers and communities have faced bushfires, floods, job losses at the
Heyfield mill and now drought, but the Premier still refuses to visit.”
“It’s no wonder Daniel Andrews thinks Labor’s token drought support is enough when he hasn’t even travelled to East Gippsland to meet with farmers and see the devastating impact it’s having on them, first-hand.”
Comments attributable to Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien:
“Drought has reduced productive paddocks to dust that will take years to recover, but the Premier wouldn’t know that because he refuses to visit local farmers.”
“Farmers will be receiving the next year’s council rates notices soon, so the May State Budget is Daniel Andrews’ last chance to finally provide genuine, effective financial relief.”