• Drought Response Package

    As our state felt the brunt of the second 'once in a lifeline' drought within a decade, the Andrews Labor Government listened and released our drought response package. For more information click below.

  • Puppies Safer Under Labor - The Crackdown Continues

    The Andrews Labor Government is discouraging the establishment of new puppy farms by limiting the maximum number of female breeding dogs in domestic facilities to ten, by the year 2020. You can find more information below.

  • Target One Million

    We have a plan go get recreational fishing, Target 1 million aims to grow participation to one million anglers by 2020. To find out more click see this link.

  • Bumper Season for our Farmers

    After a number of tough and uncertain seasons due to drought, Victorian Farmers after heavy rains, have seen bumper crops and record yields. We understand, however, that this will not always be the case so to ensure that farmers are getting the best return on investment, the Victorian Labor government are supporting grain growers to adapt to climate change.

  • Victoria Bans Fracking To Protect Farmers

    In a national first, the Andrews Labor Government today announced a permanent ban on the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in Victoria, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas. The permanent legislative ban, to be introduced to Parliament later this year, will protect the ‘clean, green’ reputation of Victoria’s agriculture sector, which employs more than 190,000 people. This will provide much-needed certainty to regional communities. The decision ends the anxiety felt by Victorian farmers about the environmental and health risks associated with fracking and forms part of the government response to the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria.

  • A State of Momentum

    Victoria’s newest and boldest trade and investment campaign will spruik the benefits of doing business in our state. Highlighting our highly skilled workforce, the lowest business costs on the eastern seaboard and the world’s most liveable city, the campaign aims to encourage investment, grow exports and promote Victoria’s businesses to the rest of the world. To date, more than 150,000 Victorian jobs have been created since the Labor Government came to office and between now and the end of the year, we expect to create over 2,200 jobs directly through our trade facilitation work.

  • A State of Momentum

    Victoria’s newest and boldest trade and investment campaign will spruik the benefits of doing business in our state. Highlighting our highly skilled workforce, the lowest business costs on the eastern seaboard and the world’s most liveable city, the campaign aims to encourage investment, grow exports and promote Victoria’s businesses to the rest of the world. To date, more than 150,000 Victorian jobs have been created since the Labor Government came to office and between now and the end of the year, we expect to create over 2,200 jobs directly through our trade facilitation work.

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Shaping The Tourism Economy Across Macedon Ranges

Representatives from the local tourism industry, councils and the Andrews Labor Government will come together in Macedon tonight for the Daylesford, Hepburn and Macedon Ranges Visitor Economy Symposium. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the Symposium was an important opportunity for the Labor Government to discuss ways to strengthen and create new opportunities for tourism across central Victoria. A key focus of the Symposium will be looking for ways to better connect tourism opportunities in the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Shire. Government is keen to hear directly from stakeholders operating in the region’s visitor economy which generates more than $287 million annually and employs more than 1,500 people locally. The Symposium comes hot on the heels of the recent Central Highlands and Loddon Campaspe Regional Assemblies which gave locals an opportunity to tell Government their priorities for their regions. The importance of tourism and investing in the Visitor Economy has been one of the regular themes to emerge from the Assembly process. The Government also recently announced $120,000 to assess the proposal for an Institute of Gastronomy in Daylesford, $2.56 million for a 100 kilometre, purpose-built mountain bike trail in Creswick and $300,000 for the popular Campaspe River Trail in Kyneton. Quote attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re here to listen so we can take full advantage of the ideas to grow our tourism economy right across the Daylesford, Hepburn and Macedon Ranges region.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren “We look forward to working with the community and industry to ensure the visitor economy continues to go from strength to strength in the region.”     Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “After Phillip Island, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges is the most visited destination in regional Victoria. This Symposium is a unique opportunity for locals and experts to tell us how we can further develop our incredible Macedon Ranges region tourism offerings and really take it to the next level.” Quote attributable to the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership Chair Nigel McGuckian “The Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Shire are fabulous tourist destinations. Ensuring opportunities are not lost because they fall across regional Government boundaries is key.” Quote attributable to the Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong “Tourism was one of the key themes at our recent Regional Assembly so this is a great chance to take those conversations further still.”

Shaping The Tourism Economy Across Macedon Ranges

Representatives from the local tourism industry, councils and the Andrews Labor Government will come together in Macedon tonight for the Daylesford, Hepburn and Macedon Ranges Visitor Economy Symposium. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the Symposium was an important opportunity for the Labor Government to discuss ways to strengthen and create new opportunities for tourism across central Victoria. A key focus of the Symposium will be looking for ways to better connect tourism opportunities in the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Shire. Government is keen to hear directly from stakeholders operating in the region’s visitor economy which generates more than $287 million annually and employs more than 1,500 people locally. The Symposium comes hot on the heels of the recent Central Highlands and Loddon Campaspe Regional Assemblies which gave locals an opportunity to tell Government their priorities for their regions. The importance of tourism and investing in the Visitor Economy has been one of the regular themes to emerge from the Assembly process. The Government also recently announced $120,000 to assess the proposal for an Institute of Gastronomy in Daylesford, $2.56 million for a 100 kilometre, purpose-built mountain bike trail in Creswick and $300,000 for the popular Campaspe River Trail in Kyneton. Quote attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re here to listen so we can take full advantage of the ideas to grow our tourism economy right across the Daylesford, Hepburn and Macedon Ranges region.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren “We look forward to working with the community and industry to ensure the visitor economy continues to go from strength to strength in the region.”     Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “After Phillip Island, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges is the most visited destination in regional Victoria. This Symposium is a unique opportunity for locals and experts to tell us how we can further develop our incredible Macedon Ranges region tourism offerings and really take it to the next level.” Quote attributable to the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership Chair Nigel McGuckian “The Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Shire are fabulous tourist destinations. Ensuring opportunities are not lost because they fall across regional Government boundaries is key.” Quote attributable to the Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong “Tourism was one of the key themes at our recent Regional Assembly so this is a great chance to take those conversations further still.”

Andrews Labor Government Will Make Renting Fair

The Andrews Labor Government will make renting fair, with an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms. More than one in four Victorians rent their home, a number that is increasing as it becomes more difficult for many Victorians to break into the housing market. They need and deserve better protection. The Labor Government’s rental fairness package gives tenants more rights, helps them stay on longer leases, makes bonds smaller and fairer, and cracks down on dodgy landlords. The Government will crack down on rental bidding – a scourge that forces would-be tenants to out-bid each other on rent – and will limit rent increases to once a year to give renters more financial stability. Renters will get better long-term security by abolishing ‘no specified reason’ notices to vacate, and new restrictions will be placed on ending leases without a reason at the end of a lease when that lease has lasted more than one fixed term. These measures build on the Labor Government’s introduction of long-term leases to give tenants security. To end discrimination against renters with pets, the Government will give every tenant the right to own a pet, and while landlords will still need to provide consent, they will only be able refuse in certain circumstances. It will be easier for tenants to make minor modifications to the rental property, such as installing hooks for picture frames – and there will be faster reimbursements for tenants who pay for urgent repairs. In a significant cost of living reform, bonds will be capped at one month’s rent where the rent is twice the current median weekly rent – currently equivalent to $760 per week or less, covering the vast majority of Victorian rental households. This reform will also apply to rent that is paid in advance. The Government will also ensure faster release of bonds at the end of a tenancy. Under the reform, tenants will be able to apply for the release of bond without written consent from their landlord, who will have 14 days to raise a dispute before the bond is repaid automatically. There will be a crack down on dodgy landlords with the introduction of a landlord and estate agent blacklist available to renters. False, misleading, and deceptive claims by landlords will also be outlawed. A new Commissioner for Residential Tenancies will be set up to help champion the rights of Victorian renters and give them a voice in future reform of renting laws over the years to come. Visit rentfair.vic.gov.au for more information about the biggest rental fairness package in Victorian history. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Only our Labor Government will fix the system and make renting fair for every Victorian.” “Everyone deserves the chance to have a safe, secure and affordable home – whether you own it or not.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “More people are renting than ever before and for longer – that’s why tenants need a fairer deal.” “These changes will crack down on rental bidding, make it easier and faster for renters to get their bond back, and will better hold landlords and agents to account for their actions.”

Andrews Labor Government Will Make Renting Fair

The Andrews Labor Government will make renting fair, with an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms. More than one in four Victorians rent their home, a number that is increasing as it becomes more difficult for many Victorians to break into the housing market. They need and deserve better protection. The Labor Government’s rental fairness package gives tenants more rights, helps them stay on longer leases, makes bonds smaller and fairer, and cracks down on dodgy landlords. The Government will crack down on rental bidding – a scourge that forces would-be tenants to out-bid each other on rent – and will limit rent increases to once a year to give renters more financial stability. Renters will get better long-term security by abolishing ‘no specified reason’ notices to vacate, and new restrictions will be placed on ending leases without a reason at the end of a lease when that lease has lasted more than one fixed term. These measures build on the Labor Government’s introduction of long-term leases to give tenants security. To end discrimination against renters with pets, the Government will give every tenant the right to own a pet, and while landlords will still need to provide consent, they will only be able refuse in certain circumstances. It will be easier for tenants to make minor modifications to the rental property, such as installing hooks for picture frames – and there will be faster reimbursements for tenants who pay for urgent repairs. In a significant cost of living reform, bonds will be capped at one month’s rent where the rent is twice the current median weekly rent – currently equivalent to $760 per week or less, covering the vast majority of Victorian rental households. This reform will also apply to rent that is paid in advance. The Government will also ensure faster release of bonds at the end of a tenancy. Under the reform, tenants will be able to apply for the release of bond without written consent from their landlord, who will have 14 days to raise a dispute before the bond is repaid automatically. There will be a crack down on dodgy landlords with the introduction of a landlord and estate agent blacklist available to renters. False, misleading, and deceptive claims by landlords will also be outlawed. A new Commissioner for Residential Tenancies will be set up to help champion the rights of Victorian renters and give them a voice in future reform of renting laws over the years to come. Visit rentfair.vic.gov.au for more information about the biggest rental fairness package in Victorian history. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Only our Labor Government will fix the system and make renting fair for every Victorian.” “Everyone deserves the chance to have a safe, secure and affordable home – whether you own it or not.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “More people are renting than ever before and for longer – that’s why tenants need a fairer deal.” “These changes will crack down on rental bidding, make it easier and faster for renters to get their bond back, and will better hold landlords and agents to account for their actions.”

Have Your Say On The Future Of The Great South Coast

Those living and working in the Great South Coast are being encouraged to continue their conversation with the Andrews Labor Government, with community consultation kicking off today ahead of the Great South Coast Regional Assembly to be held in Portland on 12 October 2017. The Labor Government established nine Regional Partnerships last July to enable communities to have their say on local matters and provide a direct voice into government decision-making. In 2016, the top priorities identified for the Great South Coast Regional Partnership included: securing a strong and diverse regional economy with more local jobs ensuring a liveable community with strong health, education and training services; better roads and transport and improved digital connectivity celebrating the region’s renowned environment, culture and iconic landscapes. The Great South Coast Regional Partnership has already started seeing the results of its hard work with $1 million announced to continue Beyond the Bell, a program to boost educational attainment. The region will also share in the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives. The Government also recently announced funding  for the Warrnambool line to upgrade track and signalling; road upgrades in the region including those servicing the Port of Portland and the Princes and Henty highways; and $7.5 million for the design for Stage 2 redevelopment of South West Healthcare. This year’s Regional Assembly will give the community a chance to build on the momentum already gained and to share thoughts about what will make the biggest difference to living in the Great South Coast Region. The Great South Coast Regional Partnership includes the City of Warrnambool, Glenelg Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, Moyne Shire and Corangamite Shire. Register to attend the Assembly or become part of the conversation online at https://engage.vic.gov.au/great-south-coast Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Regional Development Jacinta Allan “With well over 1,300 people across the state so far attending 2017’s Regional Assemblies, we are ready to unleash the best ideas for our Great South Coast region and hear what really matters most to locals.” “Engage in person at Portland, or have your say online and help shape the future of the Great South Coast.” Quote attributable to the Great South Coast Regional Partnership Chair Emily Lee-Ack “The second  Great South Coast Regional Assembly, and our online survey, are an excellent opportunity for members of the community to have their say about priorities for our region.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “From Colac to Portland and everywhere in between, we’re keen to hear your views, ideas and aspirations about what makes living, working and visiting our Great South Coast so great. This is our last Assembly of 2017 – let’s make it the best!”

Have Your Say On The Future Of The Great South Coast

Those living and working in the Great South Coast are being encouraged to continue their conversation with the Andrews Labor Government, with community consultation kicking off today ahead of the Great South Coast Regional Assembly to be held in Portland on 12 October 2017. The Labor Government established nine Regional Partnerships last July to enable communities to have their say on local matters and provide a direct voice into government decision-making. In 2016, the top priorities identified for the Great South Coast Regional Partnership included: securing a strong and diverse regional economy with more local jobs ensuring a liveable community with strong health, education and training services; better roads and transport and improved digital connectivity celebrating the region’s renowned environment, culture and iconic landscapes. The Great South Coast Regional Partnership has already started seeing the results of its hard work with $1 million announced to continue Beyond the Bell, a program to boost educational attainment. The region will also share in the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives. The Government also recently announced funding  for the Warrnambool line to upgrade track and signalling; road upgrades in the region including those servicing the Port of Portland and the Princes and Henty highways; and $7.5 million for the design for Stage 2 redevelopment of South West Healthcare. This year’s Regional Assembly will give the community a chance to build on the momentum already gained and to share thoughts about what will make the biggest difference to living in the Great South Coast Region. The Great South Coast Regional Partnership includes the City of Warrnambool, Glenelg Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, Moyne Shire and Corangamite Shire. Register to attend the Assembly or become part of the conversation online at https://engage.vic.gov.au/great-south-coast Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Regional Development Jacinta Allan “With well over 1,300 people across the state so far attending 2017’s Regional Assemblies, we are ready to unleash the best ideas for our Great South Coast region and hear what really matters most to locals.” “Engage in person at Portland, or have your say online and help shape the future of the Great South Coast.” Quote attributable to the Great South Coast Regional Partnership Chair Emily Lee-Ack “The second  Great South Coast Regional Assembly, and our online survey, are an excellent opportunity for members of the community to have their say about priorities for our region.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “From Colac to Portland and everywhere in between, we’re keen to hear your views, ideas and aspirations about what makes living, working and visiting our Great South Coast so great. This is our last Assembly of 2017 – let’s make it the best!”

Short Term Payments To Ease Rego Stress

The Andrews Labor Government is reducing the stress of car registration costs for Victorian families, introducing flexible, short-term options for rego payments. Acting Premier Jacinta Allan joined Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan in Chelsea Heights today to announce new three month and six month registration options that will ease cost of living pressures for millions of Victorians. From January 1, 2018 owners of cars, utes, vans, motorcycles and other light vehicles will be able to make the switch to shorter term registration, or continue with an annual registration fee. The options will allow people to pay less upfront and spread the cost of registration renewal across the year to better suit the family budget. Under the new arrangements an average three month registration will be $200.20, an average six month registration will cost $400.40, compared to an average annual fee of $800.80. Short term registration will be available for light vehicles, excluding trailers, for both new registrations and renewals. VicRoads currently processes 5.6 million registration renewals each year, including 4.47 million light vehicles. The Labor Government invested $12 million in the 2016 Victorian Budget to upgrade VicRoads registration systems, paving the way for short term registration. Creating a myVicRoads online account will allow owners to chose the registration option that suits them, and receive electronic reminders when their registration is due. To find out the facts on short term registration, visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Acting Premier Jacinta Allan “We’re delivering more flexible registration options to ease cost of living pressures for millions of Victorians.” “We will continue to take action where we can to support Victorian families and reduce their cost of living.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan “Having to find more than $800 once a year puts a lot of people under financial pressure – by introducing shorter term payments, we’re giving people a chance to spread the cost of owning a car out over the whole year.” “We’re getting on with it, taking some pressure off family budgets and giving people more flexible options to pay their rego.”

Short Term Payments To Ease Rego Stress

The Andrews Labor Government is reducing the stress of car registration costs for Victorian families, introducing flexible, short-term options for rego payments. Acting Premier Jacinta Allan joined Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan in Chelsea Heights today to announce new three month and six month registration options that will ease cost of living pressures for millions of Victorians. From January 1, 2018 owners of cars, utes, vans, motorcycles and other light vehicles will be able to make the switch to shorter term registration, or continue with an annual registration fee. The options will allow people to pay less upfront and spread the cost of registration renewal across the year to better suit the family budget. Under the new arrangements an average three month registration will be $200.20, an average six month registration will cost $400.40, compared to an average annual fee of $800.80. Short term registration will be available for light vehicles, excluding trailers, for both new registrations and renewals. VicRoads currently processes 5.6 million registration renewals each year, including 4.47 million light vehicles. The Labor Government invested $12 million in the 2016 Victorian Budget to upgrade VicRoads registration systems, paving the way for short term registration. Creating a myVicRoads online account will allow owners to chose the registration option that suits them, and receive electronic reminders when their registration is due. To find out the facts on short term registration, visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Acting Premier Jacinta Allan “We’re delivering more flexible registration options to ease cost of living pressures for millions of Victorians.” “We will continue to take action where we can to support Victorian families and reduce their cost of living.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan “Having to find more than $800 once a year puts a lot of people under financial pressure – by introducing shorter term payments, we’re giving people a chance to spread the cost of owning a car out over the whole year.” “We’re getting on with it, taking some pressure off family budgets and giving people more flexible options to pay their rego.”

 

A Brand New School For Portland Families

Portland will receive a brand new specialist school and improved school facilities, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. During his visit to inspect construction at Portland Primary School today, Treasurer Tim Pallas announced that $8 million will be invested in new school facilities. $7 million is being invested in a new specialist Portland Bay School for children with disabilities, which will be co-located on the Portland Primary School’s current campus. A further $1 million will go towards establishing classrooms to cater for Portland Primary School’s students. Construction of the new school and the upgrade to Portland Primary School is already underway and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Portland Bay School offers a comprehensive curriculum for its 45 students, with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, communication skills, social skills and technology programs. The school also runs a successful work experience program involving students and local businesses. It also provides specialist help to students with additional needs, including supporting technology such as touch screen monitors, larger keyboards and a one-to-one iPad program to help non-verbal students communicate. On top of the funding for these primary schools, the Labor Government has also invested $2.2 million to upgrade and modernise at Portland Secondary School, including $193,000 for maintenance improvements. The new facilities for Portland families are part of the Government’s $2.5 billion state-wide investment, over the past three Budgets, to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities, build new schools and make Victoria the Education State. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, and supported almost 5000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “It is great to see this wonderful school take shape and see these new $8 million developments up close and in action, as we make Victoria the Education State.” “We are delivering on our promises and building the best education facilities for Portland families, and this new campus will cater for the current and future needs of this region’s young people.”

A Brand New School For Portland Families

Portland will receive a brand new specialist school and improved school facilities, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. During his visit to inspect construction at Portland Primary School today, Treasurer Tim Pallas announced that $8 million will be invested in new school facilities. $7 million is being invested in a new specialist Portland Bay School for children with disabilities, which will be co-located on the Portland Primary School’s current campus. A further $1 million will go towards establishing classrooms to cater for Portland Primary School’s students. Construction of the new school and the upgrade to Portland Primary School is already underway and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Portland Bay School offers a comprehensive curriculum for its 45 students, with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, communication skills, social skills and technology programs. The school also runs a successful work experience program involving students and local businesses. It also provides specialist help to students with additional needs, including supporting technology such as touch screen monitors, larger keyboards and a one-to-one iPad program to help non-verbal students communicate. On top of the funding for these primary schools, the Labor Government has also invested $2.2 million to upgrade and modernise at Portland Secondary School, including $193,000 for maintenance improvements. The new facilities for Portland families are part of the Government’s $2.5 billion state-wide investment, over the past three Budgets, to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities, build new schools and make Victoria the Education State. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, and supported almost 5000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “It is great to see this wonderful school take shape and see these new $8 million developments up close and in action, as we make Victoria the Education State.” “We are delivering on our promises and building the best education facilities for Portland families, and this new campus will cater for the current and future needs of this region’s young people.”

Father’s Day Fun For Families At The Stawell Trots

Dads will enjoy a day out at the Stawell harness races this Father’s Day thanks to $6,500 from the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government is supporting the annual Father’s Day Trots Meeting tomorrow through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program. The Stawell Harness Racing Club is also contributing more than $9,000 towards the event. Celebrations for the Father’s Day meeting will include family friendly activities with showbags for children, a vintage car display, a laser tag game, and bucking bull rides and pony trots. Racegoers will be entertained throughout the day with live music from local artist Dave McMaster, and the club will be giving away prizes with a combined value of more than $5,800. Prizes will include a helicopter ride over the Grampians, tandem sky diving vouchers, two home brew kits, a mobile barrier ride, food and beverage vouchers as well as betting vouchers. Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested more than $318,000 at Stawell for four infrastructure projects, including $273,000 for the recently completed track upgrade, as well as supporting a number of events at Laidlaw Park including the Stawell Cup and the club’s popular Australia Day race meetings. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “I encourage people to celebrate Father’s Day by heading to the Stawell harness races this Sunday – it will be a great day for families and the community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re proud to support this event because it will help to bring even more people to the region. It’s good news for small businesses and even better news for locals.”  Quote attributable to Stawell Harness Racing Club CEO Lisa McIlvride “We are pleased to be hosting what will be a great day out for families, where they can relax and have fun on what is such a special day for dads.”   “The club is delighted to have the support of the Victorian Government, and appreciates the funding we’ve been allocated to help us host what will be an unforgettable day of harness racing.”

Father’s Day Fun For Families At The Stawell Trots

Dads will enjoy a day out at the Stawell harness races this Father’s Day thanks to $6,500 from the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government is supporting the annual Father’s Day Trots Meeting tomorrow through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program. The Stawell Harness Racing Club is also contributing more than $9,000 towards the event. Celebrations for the Father’s Day meeting will include family friendly activities with showbags for children, a vintage car display, a laser tag game, and bucking bull rides and pony trots. Racegoers will be entertained throughout the day with live music from local artist Dave McMaster, and the club will be giving away prizes with a combined value of more than $5,800. Prizes will include a helicopter ride over the Grampians, tandem sky diving vouchers, two home brew kits, a mobile barrier ride, food and beverage vouchers as well as betting vouchers. Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested more than $318,000 at Stawell for four infrastructure projects, including $273,000 for the recently completed track upgrade, as well as supporting a number of events at Laidlaw Park including the Stawell Cup and the club’s popular Australia Day race meetings. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “I encourage people to celebrate Father’s Day by heading to the Stawell harness races this Sunday – it will be a great day for families and the community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re proud to support this event because it will help to bring even more people to the region. It’s good news for small businesses and even better news for locals.”  Quote attributable to Stawell Harness Racing Club CEO Lisa McIlvride “We are pleased to be hosting what will be a great day out for families, where they can relax and have fun on what is such a special day for dads.”   “The club is delighted to have the support of the Victorian Government, and appreciates the funding we’ve been allocated to help us host what will be an unforgettable day of harness racing.”

Next Steps Forward For Grampians Rehab Facility

Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery has been named as the service provider for the Andrews Labor Government’s new Grampians alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation facility. The new facility will offer 20 rehabilitation beds to give people the support they need to help end their drug addiction and rebuild their lives. Windana has 30 years’ experience providing residential rehabilitation services that embrace a Therapeutic Community treatment model, offering people choices to take their lives in new directions. The Grampians region is severely affected by alcohol and other drugs, with high levels of misuse among young adults and rising rates of drug-related offences and ambulance attendances, particularly in Ballarat and Horsham. Currently, people who need alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation must travel to Bendigo or Melbourne to access treatment. New residential drug rehabilitation services like the Grampians facility will be built in Gippsland, Hume and Barwon regions. Once all facilities are fully operational, the Labor Government will have increased the number of Victorians accessing state funded rehabilitation services by 68 per cent. These initiatives are part of the Ice Action Plan, which addresses the use of ice and other harmful drugs across Victoria. To date, the Labor Government has committed funding for 112 new residential rehabilitation beds and given an extra 500 Victorians each year with access to new therapeutic day rehabilitation services. On top of expanding treatment services, the Ice Action Plan is providing more support for families, protecting frontline workers and giving extra powers to police to close down manufacturers and make our community safer. A community information session will be held on 11 September. For more information visit health.vic.gov.au/alcohol-and-drugs/aod-treatment-services/eureka Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “People recover faster when they can access treatment in the community – that’s why this facility is so important. It will offer better targeted treatment and more options for people suffering serious drug addiction.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “This is an important milestone in the critical project, and we will work with Windana to continue to engage with the local community as this much needed facility becomes a reality.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Addiction has a devastating impact on our local community. We will continue to work together to fight the scourge of drugs.”

Next Steps Forward For Grampians Rehab Facility

Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery has been named as the service provider for the Andrews Labor Government’s new Grampians alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation facility. The new facility will offer 20 rehabilitation beds to give people the support they need to help end their drug addiction and rebuild their lives. Windana has 30 years’ experience providing residential rehabilitation services that embrace a Therapeutic Community treatment model, offering people choices to take their lives in new directions. The Grampians region is severely affected by alcohol and other drugs, with high levels of misuse among young adults and rising rates of drug-related offences and ambulance attendances, particularly in Ballarat and Horsham. Currently, people who need alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation must travel to Bendigo or Melbourne to access treatment. New residential drug rehabilitation services like the Grampians facility will be built in Gippsland, Hume and Barwon regions. Once all facilities are fully operational, the Labor Government will have increased the number of Victorians accessing state funded rehabilitation services by 68 per cent. These initiatives are part of the Ice Action Plan, which addresses the use of ice and other harmful drugs across Victoria. To date, the Labor Government has committed funding for 112 new residential rehabilitation beds and given an extra 500 Victorians each year with access to new therapeutic day rehabilitation services. On top of expanding treatment services, the Ice Action Plan is providing more support for families, protecting frontline workers and giving extra powers to police to close down manufacturers and make our community safer. A community information session will be held on 11 September. For more information visit health.vic.gov.au/alcohol-and-drugs/aod-treatment-services/eureka Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “People recover faster when they can access treatment in the community – that’s why this facility is so important. It will offer better targeted treatment and more options for people suffering serious drug addiction.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “This is an important milestone in the critical project, and we will work with Windana to continue to engage with the local community as this much needed facility becomes a reality.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Addiction has a devastating impact on our local community. We will continue to work together to fight the scourge of drugs.”

Invisible DNA To Crack Down On Crime In Geelong

A six-month synthetic DNA trial is about to get underway in Geelong as part of a crime prevention plan by the Andrews Labor Government to reduce residential burglaries. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Victoria Police and other members of Safety Alliance Victoria in Norlane to launch Protect | Prevent. Kits of synthetic DNA have been delivered to 500 homes in Geelong, which include an invisible liquid product that contains a unique DNA code. Residents apply the liquid to valuables, such as TVs, computers and jewellery, and if an item is stolen and recovered, police can reunite the item with its original owner through forensic analysis of the liquid’s unique code. The most recent crime statistics show that there were 1,826 residential burglaries in the City of Greater Geelong in the twelve months from April 2016-March 2017. While the rate remains stable compared to the previous year, the Labor Government will continue working to reduce the harm of residential burglaries with innovative programs such as this, as well as the additional ten police officers allocated to Geelong in the past few months. A key finding from successful trials in the UK and New Zealand is that the DNA technology is a deterrent to thieves. The six-month pilot will get underway on 1 September in Geelong, with a parallel pilot being undertaken in Whittlesea. The pilot programs are an initiative of Safety Alliance Victoria, a partnership between Victoria Police, RACV, Crime Stoppers, Neighbourhood Watch and Federation University Australia. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “This is an innovative crime-fighting tool that will make thieves think twice about breaking into someone’s home. This is just another thing we’re doing to keep the people of Geelong safe, as we work to prevent crime before it happens.” “The liquid is invisible and you only need a pinhead of the unique DNA code to identify the rightful owner of a stolen product.” “This will be a major deterrent for thieves and is just one of many crime prevention initiatives Safety Alliance Victoria will trial in an effort to reduce residential burglaries.”

Invisible DNA To Crack Down On Crime In Geelong

A six-month synthetic DNA trial is about to get underway in Geelong as part of a crime prevention plan by the Andrews Labor Government to reduce residential burglaries. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Victoria Police and other members of Safety Alliance Victoria in Norlane to launch Protect | Prevent. Kits of synthetic DNA have been delivered to 500 homes in Geelong, which include an invisible liquid product that contains a unique DNA code. Residents apply the liquid to valuables, such as TVs, computers and jewellery, and if an item is stolen and recovered, police can reunite the item with its original owner through forensic analysis of the liquid’s unique code. The most recent crime statistics show that there were 1,826 residential burglaries in the City of Greater Geelong in the twelve months from April 2016-March 2017. While the rate remains stable compared to the previous year, the Labor Government will continue working to reduce the harm of residential burglaries with innovative programs such as this, as well as the additional ten police officers allocated to Geelong in the past few months. A key finding from successful trials in the UK and New Zealand is that the DNA technology is a deterrent to thieves. The six-month pilot will get underway on 1 September in Geelong, with a parallel pilot being undertaken in Whittlesea. The pilot programs are an initiative of Safety Alliance Victoria, a partnership between Victoria Police, RACV, Crime Stoppers, Neighbourhood Watch and Federation University Australia. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “This is an innovative crime-fighting tool that will make thieves think twice about breaking into someone’s home. This is just another thing we’re doing to keep the people of Geelong safe, as we work to prevent crime before it happens.” “The liquid is invisible and you only need a pinhead of the unique DNA code to identify the rightful owner of a stolen product.” “This will be a major deterrent for thieves and is just one of many crime prevention initiatives Safety Alliance Victoria will trial in an effort to reduce residential burglaries.”