• 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.

  • Supporting our Dairy Farmers

    As our Dairy Farmers are experiencing challenging economic and seasonal conditions. The Andrews Labor Government have announced a $11.4 million for support for dairy farmers which is available now. Please click the link to find out more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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New Game Plan To Deliver Better Hunting

The Andrews Labor Government today unveiled Victoria’s new Sustainable Hunting Action Plan to ensure hunting remains safe, responsible and sustainable for future generations. Representatives from recreational hunting organisations joined Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Game Management Authority (GMA) Chair Brian Hine at a dinner at Parliament House to mark the launch last night. Funded in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, the four year plan sets out a $5.3 million investment to support more than 50,000 Victorian game hunters. It sets out practical objectives for the GMA, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria in coming years. These include promoting responsible hunting, improving hunting opportunities, and maximising the economic, environmental and social benefits of the sport. Hunting continues to grow in popularity and make a significant contribution to our state’s economy. An estimated $439 million flows into towns and regional centres across Victoria, supporting approximately 3,500 jobs. The Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016 – 2020 is available at: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/game-hunting Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “This is a significant milestone for game hunting in Victoria and will be used to guide government and recreational hunters into the future.” “It’s vital that we continue working hard to ensure that people who want to hunt can do so in a safe, responsible and a sustainable way.”

New Game Plan To Deliver Better Hunting

The Andrews Labor Government today unveiled Victoria’s new Sustainable Hunting Action Plan to ensure hunting remains safe, responsible and sustainable for future generations. Representatives from recreational hunting organisations joined Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Game Management Authority (GMA) Chair Brian Hine at a dinner at Parliament House to mark the launch last night. Funded in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, the four year plan sets out a $5.3 million investment to support more than 50,000 Victorian game hunters. It sets out practical objectives for the GMA, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria in coming years. These include promoting responsible hunting, improving hunting opportunities, and maximising the economic, environmental and social benefits of the sport. Hunting continues to grow in popularity and make a significant contribution to our state’s economy. An estimated $439 million flows into towns and regional centres across Victoria, supporting approximately 3,500 jobs. The Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016 – 2020 is available at: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/game-hunting Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “This is a significant milestone for game hunting in Victoria and will be used to guide government and recreational hunters into the future.” “It’s vital that we continue working hard to ensure that people who want to hunt can do so in a safe, responsible and a sustainable way.”

Statement On Puppy Farms

Today, the Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee tabled its report on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016. It is clear from this report that the Bill is unlikely to pass the Parliament in its current form. We remain determined to stamp out puppy farms, and we’re not prepared to back the Liberal-National Coalition’s moves to keep puppy farming in Victoria. I intend to reassess this legislation to enable our election commitments to be delivered. Amendments to this effect will be developed in the new year, in consultation with stakeholders, and considered by the Parliament in the first half of 2017. Given the strong mandate from the Victorian community to put an end to puppy farming, the Labor Government expects that the amended Bill would receive support from all parties. Other animal welfare and enforcement issues that have been identified during development of the Bill will be dealt with, in the first instance, by more rigorous enforcement of existing provisions. We will work with applicable organisations to improve their codes of ethics in preparation for their re- application of exempt status in April 2017. We’ve already delivered much of our promised crack down on puppy farming, including pre-mating vet checks, reinforcing the five litter limit for a female breeding dog, and $5 million to create the RSPCA’s Special Investigation Unit – which is currently investigating 44 properties. Should further reform be considered necessary as a consequence of the enforcement of existing laws, such as to deal with backyard breeders, that would occur by way of separate legislation.

Statement On Puppy Farms

Today, the Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee tabled its report on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016. It is clear from this report that the Bill is unlikely to pass the Parliament in its current form. We remain determined to stamp out puppy farms, and we’re not prepared to back the Liberal-National Coalition’s moves to keep puppy farming in Victoria. I intend to reassess this legislation to enable our election commitments to be delivered. Amendments to this effect will be developed in the new year, in consultation with stakeholders, and considered by the Parliament in the first half of 2017. Given the strong mandate from the Victorian community to put an end to puppy farming, the Labor Government expects that the amended Bill would receive support from all parties. Other animal welfare and enforcement issues that have been identified during development of the Bill will be dealt with, in the first instance, by more rigorous enforcement of existing provisions. We will work with applicable organisations to improve their codes of ethics in preparation for their re- application of exempt status in April 2017. We’ve already delivered much of our promised crack down on puppy farming, including pre-mating vet checks, reinforcing the five litter limit for a female breeding dog, and $5 million to create the RSPCA’s Special Investigation Unit – which is currently investigating 44 properties. Should further reform be considered necessary as a consequence of the enforcement of existing laws, such as to deal with backyard breeders, that would occur by way of separate legislation.

Malcolm Turnbull Ignores Victorian Communities Again

Only 32 out of 63 of some of Victoria’s most poorly connected communities will receive funding for new mobile towers under round two of the Commonwealth Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP). The Andrews Labor Government provided $11 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 for the new sites through joint submissions with Telstra and Optus to round two of the Commonwealth’s $60 million MBSP. Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley also played a critical role in developing our submission to ensure Victoria’s regional communities had the best chance of receiving funding. Victoria’s submission has once again fallen on deaf ears as the Turnbull Government continues to play political games with the state’s infrastructure funding. Not only is the Turnbull Government short-changing Victorians on transport infrastructure, they’re now taking important funds away from our most disconnected regional communities, many of which are in bushfire-prone areas. There are 16 Telstra sites and 16 Optus sites that received some funding under round two of the program – a good outcome for Victorians in those communities that will benefit from improved connectivity. The Labor Government has been working with Telstra since late 2015 to roll out the sites funded under round one of the MBSP, with 28 of the 109 mobile base stations currently activated and 32 expected to be up and running by the end of 2016. A full list of locations and further program details can be found at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis “Malcolm Turnbull needs to stop short-changing Victorians. We are the fastest growing state, home to 25 per cent of the nation’s population, yet Victoria still receives less than 10 per cent of federal infrastructure funding.” “This project is crucial for our regional households and businesses that currently struggle to get mobile coverage – it is vital to our economy and to jobs in regional Victoria.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We have worked closely with Emergency Management Victoria to ensure the state’s submission for this round of funding prioritised our most vulnerable regional communities in bushfire-prone areas – this cannot be ignored.” “Rural and regional Victorians are sick and tired of Malcolm Turnbull’s data drought.” Full list of regional municipalities to receive new mobile towers under MBSP round two: 1 x Alpine 1 x Baw Baw 1 x Buloke 1 x Cardinia 3 x Colac-Otway 1 x Gannawarra 1 x Glenelg 2 x Horsham 1 x Indigo 1 x Macedon Ranges 1 x Mansfield 1 x Mitchell 1 x Murrindindi 3 x Pyrenees 2 x South Gippsland 1 x Surf Coast 3 x Towong 2 x Wellington 1 x Whittlesea 1 x Wodonga 2 x Yarra Ranges 1 x Yarriambiack

Malcolm Turnbull Ignores Victorian Communities Again

Only 32 out of 63 of some of Victoria’s most poorly connected communities will receive funding for new mobile towers under round two of the Commonwealth Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP). The Andrews Labor Government provided $11 million in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 for the new sites through joint submissions with Telstra and Optus to round two of the Commonwealth’s $60 million MBSP. Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley also played a critical role in developing our submission to ensure Victoria’s regional communities had the best chance of receiving funding. Victoria’s submission has once again fallen on deaf ears as the Turnbull Government continues to play political games with the state’s infrastructure funding. Not only is the Turnbull Government short-changing Victorians on transport infrastructure, they’re now taking important funds away from our most disconnected regional communities, many of which are in bushfire-prone areas. There are 16 Telstra sites and 16 Optus sites that received some funding under round two of the program – a good outcome for Victorians in those communities that will benefit from improved connectivity. The Labor Government has been working with Telstra since late 2015 to roll out the sites funded under round one of the MBSP, with 28 of the 109 mobile base stations currently activated and 32 expected to be up and running by the end of 2016. A full list of locations and further program details can be found at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis “Malcolm Turnbull needs to stop short-changing Victorians. We are the fastest growing state, home to 25 per cent of the nation’s population, yet Victoria still receives less than 10 per cent of federal infrastructure funding.” “This project is crucial for our regional households and businesses that currently struggle to get mobile coverage – it is vital to our economy and to jobs in regional Victoria.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We have worked closely with Emergency Management Victoria to ensure the state’s submission for this round of funding prioritised our most vulnerable regional communities in bushfire-prone areas – this cannot be ignored.” “Rural and regional Victorians are sick and tired of Malcolm Turnbull’s data drought.” Full list of regional municipalities to receive new mobile towers under MBSP round two: 1 x Alpine 1 x Baw Baw 1 x Buloke 1 x Cardinia 3 x Colac-Otway 1 x Gannawarra 1 x Glenelg 2 x Horsham 1 x Indigo 1 x Macedon Ranges 1 x Mansfield 1 x Mitchell 1 x Murrindindi 3 x Pyrenees 2 x South Gippsland 1 x Surf Coast 3 x Towong 2 x Wellington 1 x Whittlesea 1 x Wodonga 2 x Yarra Ranges 1 x Yarriambiack

Putting People First In Our Mallee Region

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first across our Mallee Region as the community gathers in Mildura tonight to discuss its top issues. The Regional Assembly is the next step in the Mallee Regional Partnership’s engagement with community, industry and government – providing an opportunity to flesh out ideas about what the region needs most. In the lead up to the Assembly, the Mallee Partnership posed questions to locals through a new website, generating hundreds of ideas. People identified education, training and employment opportunities for youth and disadvantaged families, improvements to child care services, as well as better mental health and drug rehabilitation services as key issues. Digital and transport connectivity as well as the natural environment, tourism opportunities and recreational lifestyle assets were also key issues raised during online consultation. Members of the local community and industry will join local council and government representatives at the Assembly for a discussion about the region’s most pressing priorities and set a roadmap on how to achieve them. The Assembly will be an annual event that plays a key role in the new regional governance model, giving Regional Partnerships the chance to consult face-to-face on local priorities before directing them straight into the heart of government. Following the Assembly, a summary of the outcomes, ideas and recommendations will be published online, and Mallee Regional Partnership Chair Win Scott will brief the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee on priorities for the region. Each of Victoria’s nine Regional Partnerships will hold an Assembly before the end of the year. Regional Victorians are encouraged to have their say about what matters to them at www.engage.regions.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re here to listen and we’re here to put people first across the Mallee region.” “This is a real chance for the region to deliver their ideas straight into the heart of government decision making.” Quote attributable to Mallee Regional Partnership Chair Win Scott “The members of the Mallee Regional Partnership are looking forward to a vibrant and lively discussion. The attendees at the assembly will come from across north-west Victoria, so we are sure to capture a range of views.”

Putting People First In Our Mallee Region

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first across our Mallee Region as the community gathers in Mildura tonight to discuss its top issues. The Regional Assembly is the next step in the Mallee Regional Partnership’s engagement with community, industry and government – providing an opportunity to flesh out ideas about what the region needs most. In the lead up to the Assembly, the Mallee Partnership posed questions to locals through a new website, generating hundreds of ideas. People identified education, training and employment opportunities for youth and disadvantaged families, improvements to child care services, as well as better mental health and drug rehabilitation services as key issues. Digital and transport connectivity as well as the natural environment, tourism opportunities and recreational lifestyle assets were also key issues raised during online consultation. Members of the local community and industry will join local council and government representatives at the Assembly for a discussion about the region’s most pressing priorities and set a roadmap on how to achieve them. The Assembly will be an annual event that plays a key role in the new regional governance model, giving Regional Partnerships the chance to consult face-to-face on local priorities before directing them straight into the heart of government. Following the Assembly, a summary of the outcomes, ideas and recommendations will be published online, and Mallee Regional Partnership Chair Win Scott will brief the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee on priorities for the region. Each of Victoria’s nine Regional Partnerships will hold an Assembly before the end of the year. Regional Victorians are encouraged to have their say about what matters to them at www.engage.regions.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re here to listen and we’re here to put people first across the Mallee region.” “This is a real chance for the region to deliver their ideas straight into the heart of government decision making.” Quote attributable to Mallee Regional Partnership Chair Win Scott “The members of the Mallee Regional Partnership are looking forward to a vibrant and lively discussion. The attendees at the assembly will come from across north-west Victoria, so we are sure to capture a range of views.”

 

Helping Local Communities Tackle Fruit Fly

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local communities manage fruit fly in Victoria’s key horticultural areas with targeted grants announced today. The $6.7 million Managing Fruit Fly – Regional Grants Program will support projects to manage fruit fly activities across the areas of Greater Sunraysia, the Yarra Valley and the Goulburn Valley. Victoria’s horticultural industry has a farm gate value of around $2.4 billion and is our state’s fastest growing export. With Victorian horticulture exports valued at $1.2 billion in 2015-16, it’s more important than ever to protect and invest in the sector. The first round of funding is available to horticulture industry organisations, community groups, local governments and educational institutions – with a second round of funding to be opened in 2017. Fruit flies pose a significant threat to Victoria’s growing horticulture industry, disrupting production and trade worldwide. Species such as Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) are present in Victoria and need effective management to reduce their impact. In the three regions, plans have been developed by Local Fruit Fly Regional Governance Groups comprising of industry, state and local government and the community. The grants will support the delivery of the Regional Action Plans aligned to the Labor Government’s Managing Fruit Fly Action Plan 2015-2020. Grant applications need to align with the local Regional Action Plan and require endorsement from the relevant Regional Governance Group. Grants of up to $1 million are available per organisation and applications must be submitted before December 18. More information is available at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/fruit-fly-regional-grants Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Whether it’s supporting SPC suppliers or helping those who’ve been hit by recent storm damage in the Sunraysia region, we’re putting people first across regional Victoria.” “Getting a lid on our fruit fly problem is essential to grow markets and jobs for these communities.” “Our horticulture exports are the fastest growing commodity in the state, increasing by more the 26 per cent in the last year – we’ll work hard to protect and grow the industry.”

Helping Local Communities Tackle Fruit Fly

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local communities manage fruit fly in Victoria’s key horticultural areas with targeted grants announced today. The $6.7 million Managing Fruit Fly – Regional Grants Program will support projects to manage fruit fly activities across the areas of Greater Sunraysia, the Yarra Valley and the Goulburn Valley. Victoria’s horticultural industry has a farm gate value of around $2.4 billion and is our state’s fastest growing export. With Victorian horticulture exports valued at $1.2 billion in 2015-16, it’s more important than ever to protect and invest in the sector. The first round of funding is available to horticulture industry organisations, community groups, local governments and educational institutions – with a second round of funding to be opened in 2017. Fruit flies pose a significant threat to Victoria’s growing horticulture industry, disrupting production and trade worldwide. Species such as Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) are present in Victoria and need effective management to reduce their impact. In the three regions, plans have been developed by Local Fruit Fly Regional Governance Groups comprising of industry, state and local government and the community. The grants will support the delivery of the Regional Action Plans aligned to the Labor Government’s Managing Fruit Fly Action Plan 2015-2020. Grant applications need to align with the local Regional Action Plan and require endorsement from the relevant Regional Governance Group. Grants of up to $1 million are available per organisation and applications must be submitted before December 18. More information is available at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/fruit-fly-regional-grants Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Whether it’s supporting SPC suppliers or helping those who’ve been hit by recent storm damage in the Sunraysia region, we’re putting people first across regional Victoria.” “Getting a lid on our fruit fly problem is essential to grow markets and jobs for these communities.” “Our horticulture exports are the fastest growing commodity in the state, increasing by more the 26 per cent in the last year – we’ll work hard to protect and grow the industry.”

Backing Local Produce And Local Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government today announced an upgrade to King Valley Dairy (KVD) to increase milk and butter production, provide a unique tourism experience, and create 10 new local jobs. It involves the redevelopment of the former Moyhu Butter Factory and the construction of butter production rooms, and a retail and tasting area. It will capitalise on King Valley’s strengths as a food and wine tourism destination and create a new tourism experience by providing education on butter production, tours and tastings – set to attract an additional 10,000 visitors to the region every year. The KVD upgrade will also boost production capacity of butter and butter milk products, with the volume of milk processed set to increase from 1,500 to 9,000 litres per week. The Labor Government has identified the visitor economy as a key driver for regional Victoria’s prosperity, with the sector contributing $11.5 billion to the regional economy and generating 114,400 jobs annually. The Government’s $500 million Regional Job and Infrastructure Fund is supporting projects across regional and rural Victoria to build critical infrastructure, create jobs, invest in communities and support new and emerging industries. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re putting people first by supporting local jobs and growing local industries like King Valley Dairy.” “This upgrade will create 10 full time jobs – a confidence boost for the region’s tourism and the paddock to plate market that continues to thrive.” “Companies like King Valley Dairy help to secure Victoria’s reputation as a premier producer and exporter of high quality food and fibre products.”  

Backing Local Produce And Local Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government today announced an upgrade to King Valley Dairy (KVD) to increase milk and butter production, provide a unique tourism experience, and create 10 new local jobs. It involves the redevelopment of the former Moyhu Butter Factory and the construction of butter production rooms, and a retail and tasting area. It will capitalise on King Valley’s strengths as a food and wine tourism destination and create a new tourism experience by providing education on butter production, tours and tastings – set to attract an additional 10,000 visitors to the region every year. The KVD upgrade will also boost production capacity of butter and butter milk products, with the volume of milk processed set to increase from 1,500 to 9,000 litres per week. The Labor Government has identified the visitor economy as a key driver for regional Victoria’s prosperity, with the sector contributing $11.5 billion to the regional economy and generating 114,400 jobs annually. The Government’s $500 million Regional Job and Infrastructure Fund is supporting projects across regional and rural Victoria to build critical infrastructure, create jobs, invest in communities and support new and emerging industries. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re putting people first by supporting local jobs and growing local industries like King Valley Dairy.” “This upgrade will create 10 full time jobs – a confidence boost for the region’s tourism and the paddock to plate market that continues to thrive.” “Companies like King Valley Dairy help to secure Victoria’s reputation as a premier producer and exporter of high quality food and fibre products.”  

Banning Fracking For Good

The Andrews Labor Government today introduced legislation to permanently ban fracking in Victoria, protecting our agricultural sector and giving certainty to regional communities. In a national first, the Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 will: permanently ban all onshore unconventional gas exploration and development, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas extend the moratorium on conventional onshore gas exploration and development to 30 June 2020. Farming communities across Victoria have been calling for a ban on unconventional gas for years. This legislation ends the anxiety felt by Victorian farmers about the environmental and health risks associated with fracking. It forms part of the government response to the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria which received more than 1600 submissions, mostly opposed to onshore unconventional gas. It is still unclear whether the Nationals will support the Labor Government’s legislative ban or if they side with the Liberals’ calls for more uncertainty, indecision and inaction. The legislation will protect Victoria’s farming sector, which employs more than 190,000 Victorians and exports $12 billion in food and fibre products a year. The Bill amends the Petroleum Act 1998 and the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 to implement the Government’s decision. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We were elected to put people first – and that means supporting Victorian farmers, their families and regional communities by protecting their produce and our environment.” “We promised to ban fracking and we’re getting it done – the livelihoods of thousands of Victorians and the reputation of their world-class produce depend on it.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Wade Noonan “For the last two years we’ve delivered on the things that matter most to people – the Victorian community has spoken and they simply don’t support fracking.” “This is one of the biggest issues affecting regional Victoria and these communities deserve to know whether or not the Coalition will support the Andrews Labor Government’s legislative ban.”

Banning Fracking For Good

The Andrews Labor Government today introduced legislation to permanently ban fracking in Victoria, protecting our agricultural sector and giving certainty to regional communities. In a national first, the Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 will: permanently ban all onshore unconventional gas exploration and development, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas extend the moratorium on conventional onshore gas exploration and development to 30 June 2020. Farming communities across Victoria have been calling for a ban on unconventional gas for years. This legislation ends the anxiety felt by Victorian farmers about the environmental and health risks associated with fracking. It forms part of the government response to the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria which received more than 1600 submissions, mostly opposed to onshore unconventional gas. It is still unclear whether the Nationals will support the Labor Government’s legislative ban or if they side with the Liberals’ calls for more uncertainty, indecision and inaction. The legislation will protect Victoria’s farming sector, which employs more than 190,000 Victorians and exports $12 billion in food and fibre products a year. The Bill amends the Petroleum Act 1998 and the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 to implement the Government’s decision. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We were elected to put people first – and that means supporting Victorian farmers, their families and regional communities by protecting their produce and our environment.” “We promised to ban fracking and we’re getting it done – the livelihoods of thousands of Victorians and the reputation of their world-class produce depend on it.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Wade Noonan “For the last two years we’ve delivered on the things that matter most to people – the Victorian community has spoken and they simply don’t support fracking.” “This is one of the biggest issues affecting regional Victoria and these communities deserve to know whether or not the Coalition will support the Andrews Labor Government’s legislative ban.”

Putting People First In Our Central Highlands Region

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first across our Central Highlands Region as the community gathers in Ballarat tonight to discuss its top issues. The Regional Assembly is the next step in the Central Highlands Regional Partnership’s engagement with community, industry and government – providing an opportunity to flesh out ideas about what the region needs most. In the lead up to the Assembly, the Central Highlands Partnership posed questions to locals through a new website, generating hundreds of ideas. People identified improved transport infrastructure to connect communities and enable business development, viable community services and secure, long-term and sustainable energy options as their top priorities. Members of the community and industry will join local council and government representatives at the Assembly for a discussion about the region’s most pressing priorities and to set out a roadmap on how to achieve them. The Assembly will be an annual event that plays a key role in the new regional governance model, giving Regional Partnerships the chance to consult face-to-face on local priorities before directing them straight into the heart of government. Following the Assembly, a summary of the outcomes, ideas and recommendations will be published online, and Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong will brief the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee on priorities for the region. Each of Victoria’s nine Regional Partnerships will hold an Assembly before the end of the year. Regional Victorians are encouraged to have their say about what matters to them at www.engage.regions.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re here to listen and we’re here to put the people across our Central Highlands region first. This is a real chance for the region to deliver their ideas straight into the heart of government decision making.” Quote attributable to Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong “This is an extraordinary opportunity we have been entrusted with as a community – the power to gather the collective wisdom of a region and to be crystal clear with our elected leaders about what we know needs to happen in the Central Highlands.”

Putting People First In Our Central Highlands Region

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first across our Central Highlands Region as the community gathers in Ballarat tonight to discuss its top issues. The Regional Assembly is the next step in the Central Highlands Regional Partnership’s engagement with community, industry and government – providing an opportunity to flesh out ideas about what the region needs most. In the lead up to the Assembly, the Central Highlands Partnership posed questions to locals through a new website, generating hundreds of ideas. People identified improved transport infrastructure to connect communities and enable business development, viable community services and secure, long-term and sustainable energy options as their top priorities. Members of the community and industry will join local council and government representatives at the Assembly for a discussion about the region’s most pressing priorities and to set out a roadmap on how to achieve them. The Assembly will be an annual event that plays a key role in the new regional governance model, giving Regional Partnerships the chance to consult face-to-face on local priorities before directing them straight into the heart of government. Following the Assembly, a summary of the outcomes, ideas and recommendations will be published online, and Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong will brief the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee on priorities for the region. Each of Victoria’s nine Regional Partnerships will hold an Assembly before the end of the year. Regional Victorians are encouraged to have their say about what matters to them at www.engage.regions.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re here to listen and we’re here to put the people across our Central Highlands region first. This is a real chance for the region to deliver their ideas straight into the heart of government decision making.” Quote attributable to Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong “This is an extraordinary opportunity we have been entrusted with as a community – the power to gather the collective wisdom of a region and to be crystal clear with our elected leaders about what we know needs to happen in the Central Highlands.”