Going the whole hog on livestock traceability

Australia’s biosecurity will be further strengthened by the delivery of a national reporting scheme for the pork industry. Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum has welcomed mandatory reporting of all pig movements under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), which will be introduced by all…

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CoOLer fruits at SPC Ardmona

Australian fruit processing company, SPC Ardmona, is one of a growing number of businesses rolling out Australia’s Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) in advance of the 30 June 2018 deadline, making it easier for consumers to choose locally sourced and produced products. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, and Member for Murray,…

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Securing Australia’s plant health status

The future of Australia’s favourable plant health status received a significant boost today, with the announcement of a $330,000 Coalition Government funded trial of AusPestCheck as part of the National Plant Health Surveillance Program, which collects critical information on plant pests around Australia to support Australia’s plant industries. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources,…

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Landcare helping Murray farmers boost productivity and protect biodiversity

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, and Member for Murray,Damian Drum, today visited a farm in the Shepparton region to see how the $1 billion NationalLandcare Program is helping farmers improve soil health, farm productivity and protectbiodiversity. Minister Hartsuyker said the Coalition Government is committed to assisting farmers tackle landmanagement issues effectively.…

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Federal funding approved to deliver safer Murray Valley Highway between Echuca and Yarrawonga

–  Australian Government approves $10 million to upgrade the Murray Valley Highway –  Crashes expected to fall by up to 40 per cent due to safety works–  The project will upgrade intersections, rest areas, shoulders and install safety barriers The Murray Valley Highway between Echuca and Yarrawonga will undergo significant upgrades to improve safety and…

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Old Dookie Road upgrade officially done and dusted

–  Upgrades to Old Dookie Road officially complete and open to traffic–  Works involved 700 metres of pavement rehabilitation–  Project to cater for future freight traffic growth and see less trucks in central Shepparton Shepparton motorists now have a stronger transport network following the completion of works on the Old Dookie Road pavement, which form…

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Second round of the Building Better Regions Fund open

–  Applications now open for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund Round Two–  Two streams available: Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments–  Applications close on 19 December 2017 Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum is urging organisations to apply for Round Two of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with applications…

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Remembrance Day 2017

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum is encouraging the local community to attend a local Remembrance Day commemoration service on 11 November.   Mr Drum said Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on the Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation. “Remembrance Day marks the signing of…

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