More funding for local government areas after bushfires

Ballarat and Golden Plains councils will receive bushfire recovery funding from a $17 million fund through The National Bushfire Recovery Agency. The City of Ballarat Council will receive $225,000 and Golden Plains Shire will receive $200,000 in the latest round of funding. Liberal Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said, “The extra funding will empower bushfire-affected regions to lead a local recovery. “People in bushfire-affected regions know what matters most to them – it’s only fair they should decide how the Read more…

18 February 2020

Community to benefit from Leopold Hall upgrade

I was delighted to join members of the Leopold community for the official opening of the upgraded Leopold Hall. The Leopold Hall Committee received $77,123 from the Morrison Liberal Government under the Building Better Regions Fund for the $179,000 project, with the Leopold hall Committee contributing some $31,000 and Bendigo Bank $12,500. The state government contributed $75,400. The funding provided for a new extension, meaning that the hall can now be used by more than one group at a time. The extension includes a Read more…

17 February 2020

SPEECH IN PARLIAMENT | Victorian Labor must reverse its reckless decision to shut down the native forestry industry

I call on the Victorian Labor Government to reverse its reckless decision to shut down the native forestry industry by 2030.  With so much of our native forest industry located in the bushfire impacted areas of Gippsland and Eastern Victoria, it is completely untenable for Premier Andrews to proceed with this devastating decision for thousands of families. My speech is below. Senator HENDERSON (Victoria) (17:01):  I’d like to begin my contribution with a warning that in this parliament and in this Read more…

13 February 2020

Getting tourists back into fire-affected regions

The Morrison Government is backing tourist towns in fire-affected regions through a $10 million tourism events and visitor attractions initiative to support communities and protect local jobs. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said tourism was the lifeblood of many fire-affected communities and the aim of the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants (RTBR) program was to get tourists back into these regions. “We know tourism businesses in fire-affected communities are currently doing it tough,” Minister Birmingham said. “This program is about Read more…

12 February 2020

SPEECH IN PARLIAMENT | Labor’s shady deals compromise the community interest

As the patron Senator for Corangamite, Corio and Bendigo, amongst other federal electorates, I have some deep concerns about a number of very shabby deals executed by the Labor Party in my region, two of them in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election. I have already spoken out about my concerns with the underhand deal which the state Labor government did with federal Labor in the lead-up to the election to fund stage 5 of Kardinia Park Stadium. The Read more…

12 February 2020

Safer Internet Day 2020 – Starting the chat for online safety

Liberal Senator for Victoria, Sarah Henderson, is encouraging locals to join more than 1,000 schools and organisations around Australia participating in Safer Internet Day today to raise awareness about online safety, particularly among our youngest Australians. This year’s theme is ‘start the chat’, with leaders from business, government, education, sport and all walks of life joining together to encourage parents, carers and teachers to talk to children in their care about internet safety. According to research from the eSafety Commissioner, Australian children Read more…

11 February 2020

Delivering vital aquatic facilities for Corangamite

I’m appalled about the ongoing campaign to undermine the Morrison Government’s commitment to provide $20 million for the Surf Coast aquatic centre. I have always been a true warrior for the people I represent, advocating without fear or favour. On 14 April 2019 I announced $30 million for two aquatic centres in the Corangamite electorate – one for the Surf Coast Shire and the other in north Bellarine. These funding commitments were the result of an incredible amount of hard Read more…

7 February 2020

Condolence motion on the Black Summer bushfires

Last night in Parliament, I was honoured to speak on the following condolence motion (moved by Senator Cormann in the Senate) which paid tribute to the 33 men and women who so tragically died in the “Black Summer” bushfires. I move that the House: (1.) acknowledges the devastation across our nation occasioned by the bushfire season including the loss of 33 lives, the destruction of over 3,000 homes, the unimaginable loss of so much wildlife and the devastating impact on Read more…

5 February 2020