February 9, 2024

Regional housing remains a blind spot for Federal Government: Haines

Addressing the housing crisis is one of the most important conversations for the nation right now and I am working to ensure the voices of regional Australians are front and centre.

February 2, 2024

Fixing community engagement on renewables is urgent and must be funded in Budget: Haines

Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines urges the Government to fund measures to improve engagement with regional communities affected by renewable energy infrastructure projects in the Federal Budget, after the Government received a report mapping out potential fixes for current practices.

December 19, 2023

Federal Government must review road funding for regions: Haines

Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines has backed recommendations for the federal government to review its funding to local government on road maintenance to improve rural roads following natural disasters. 

December 14, 2023

Haines welcomes funding to improve phone and internet connectivity in Indi

Harrietville residents will gain faster internet and Lake Eildon communities will benefit from more reliable mobile phone coverage following round three of the Federal Government’s Regional Connectivity Program.

December 8, 2023

Haines presses Government to act on regional mobile phone coverage

Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines has backed recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry into regional mobile phone coverage.

November 21, 2023

Additional roads funding must prioritise dangerous regional roads: Haines

I will be working to ensure our local councils get a fair and adequate share of this road funding, and that they’re not given short shrift in favour of larger, wealthier city councils.

November 16, 2023

Haines criticises Labor Government over axeing of McKoy Street overpass funding

Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines has criticised the Government’s decision to axe funding for the overpass at the notorious McKoy Street intersection.

November 15, 2023

Federal Government must act on dangerous regional roads: Haines

Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines has backed a new report by the Grattan Institute detailing the dire state of roads in rural and regional Australia. The report highlights that there is not enough funding in the system and calls on the Federal Government to invest at least $1 billion annually to meet the road maintenance shortfall.

November 13, 2023

Haines pushes Government to end pork barrelling

Dr Haines’ motion proposes the Government introduce legislation to reform grants administration. Such reforms would ensure grant guidelines and selection criteria are clear and publicly available, that public reporting on grants administration includes grants that are awarded contrary to advice given to the Minister, and a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Grants Administration would provide administrative oversight.

November 9, 2023

Haines fights for regional communities to get fair share of housing funding

While the Housing Australia Investment Mandate briefly mentions the housing needs of regional, rural and remote Australia, the guidelines do not explicitly require money to be spent on regional, rural and remote housing projects.


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