• 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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Sheep And Goat Producer Funding Boost

The Andrews Labor Government has approved another round of grants worth more than $400,000 to help sheep and goat producers and the supply chain transition to the electronic identification traceability scheme. It takes the total amount of approved grants to more than $1.2 million. Sixty-one farmers will benefit in this round of grants, reducing the cost of electronic identification equipment such as readers and applicators. The Labor Government’s Transition Package provides for cost-neutral tags at 35 cents to farmers in 2017, meaning nearly all Victorian sheep and goat producers receive benefits in the funding package. With new rules that came into effect from 1 January 2017, all newborn sheep and goats in Victoria now require an electronic NLIS (Sheep) tag before they leave their property of birth. Farmers who are keen to embrace additional on-farm benefits are encouraged to apply for grants to purchase optional equipment like readers and purpose built weighing systems. To date, close to 100 applications from farmers have been approved. Additional workshops to clearly inform farmers about the new electronic identification system are being held almost every day throughout February. Register at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/EIDworkshops or phone 136 186 for more information. Application forms for equipment grants are available at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/sheepEID or by calling 1800 678 779 during business hours. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “We’re making sure livestock producers, saleyards and abattoirs are ready for this change that will  help Victoria succeed on the world stage and strengthen our biosecurity system.”  “No one needs to buy new gear other than the tags and a reader, but it’s great to see so many farmers who want to do more.”   “There is further funding available and I really encourage anyone who wants to embrace this new technology to make an application and attend a workshop.”

Sheep And Goat Producer Funding Boost

The Andrews Labor Government has approved another round of grants worth more than $400,000 to help sheep and goat producers and the supply chain transition to the electronic identification traceability scheme. It takes the total amount of approved grants to more than $1.2 million. Sixty-one farmers will benefit in this round of grants, reducing the cost of electronic identification equipment such as readers and applicators. The Labor Government’s Transition Package provides for cost-neutral tags at 35 cents to farmers in 2017, meaning nearly all Victorian sheep and goat producers receive benefits in the funding package. With new rules that came into effect from 1 January 2017, all newborn sheep and goats in Victoria now require an electronic NLIS (Sheep) tag before they leave their property of birth. Farmers who are keen to embrace additional on-farm benefits are encouraged to apply for grants to purchase optional equipment like readers and purpose built weighing systems. To date, close to 100 applications from farmers have been approved. Additional workshops to clearly inform farmers about the new electronic identification system are being held almost every day throughout February. Register at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/EIDworkshops or phone 136 186 for more information. Application forms for equipment grants are available at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/sheepEID or by calling 1800 678 779 during business hours. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “We’re making sure livestock producers, saleyards and abattoirs are ready for this change that will  help Victoria succeed on the world stage and strengthen our biosecurity system.”  “No one needs to buy new gear other than the tags and a reader, but it’s great to see so many farmers who want to do more.”   “There is further funding available and I really encourage anyone who wants to embrace this new technology to make an application and attend a workshop.”

Sovereign Hill By Day And By Night To Bring More Visitors

Sovereign Hill is set to host more students in overnight stays with the completion of a new 32 bed accommodation facility, delivered as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $8 million investment in the By Day and By Night project. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard to formally open the new facility which will create 10 ongoing jobs. The new accommodation will help Sovereign Hill increase annual visitor numbers by 25 per cent and boost student overnight stays by 10 per cent. The Labor Government’s investment in By Day and by Night will help the treasured icon attract more visitors and make the historical site even more attractive to locals and tourists alike. The project is expected to increase visitor numbers from 730,000 to 750,000 in the first year, which will have flow on benefits for local hospitality, retail and service businesses. On top of the new accommodation, the project will see a new sound and light show night experience, enhanced play space and indigenous areas, a new costume school and various new attractions to enhance the experience for visitors. Sovereign Hill will come alive under the night sky with lamplight tours throughout the outdoor museum, illuminated streets throughout the grounds, an “Under the Stars” dining experience and a Christmas in July winter wonder lights show. It will also improve accessibility across the entire site and the representation of the Wadawarrung people in Victoria’s gold rush story will be improved. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Sovereign Hill is synonymous with Ballarat, and draws visitors from all over the world.” “The new accommodation is perfect for school children who will no doubt regale their families with stories of their night on the goldfields.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “Sovereign Hill is Victoria’s most valuable tourism icon and through our investment we are bringing history to life under the night sky.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “We know that regional Victoria has the best of everything – and through our investment we’re making sure visitors can extend their visit in Sovereign Hill and get a hands on, educational

Sovereign Hill By Day And By Night To Bring More Visitors

Sovereign Hill is set to host more students in overnight stays with the completion of a new 32 bed accommodation facility, delivered as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $8 million investment in the By Day and By Night project. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard to formally open the new facility which will create 10 ongoing jobs. The new accommodation will help Sovereign Hill increase annual visitor numbers by 25 per cent and boost student overnight stays by 10 per cent. The Labor Government’s investment in By Day and by Night will help the treasured icon attract more visitors and make the historical site even more attractive to locals and tourists alike. The project is expected to increase visitor numbers from 730,000 to 750,000 in the first year, which will have flow on benefits for local hospitality, retail and service businesses. On top of the new accommodation, the project will see a new sound and light show night experience, enhanced play space and indigenous areas, a new costume school and various new attractions to enhance the experience for visitors. Sovereign Hill will come alive under the night sky with lamplight tours throughout the outdoor museum, illuminated streets throughout the grounds, an “Under the Stars” dining experience and a Christmas in July winter wonder lights show. It will also improve accessibility across the entire site and the representation of the Wadawarrung people in Victoria’s gold rush story will be improved. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Sovereign Hill is synonymous with Ballarat, and draws visitors from all over the world.” “The new accommodation is perfect for school children who will no doubt regale their families with stories of their night on the goldfields.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “Sovereign Hill is Victoria’s most valuable tourism icon and through our investment we are bringing history to life under the night sky.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “We know that regional Victoria has the best of everything – and through our investment we’re making sure visitors can extend their visit in Sovereign Hill and get a hands on, educational

Creative New Ag Technology Reaps Rewards

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today congratulated esteemed agricultural fellows on a successful veski Sustainable Panel discussion, highlighting the importance of bringing leading researchers and entrepreneurs to Victoria. veski seeks to build diversity in innovation and promote people from diverse backgrounds into senior roles. The event gave farmer representatives, researchers, industry and government leaders hearing an update on the use of sensor technology to determine the perfect pear for Asian markets and a new app to map the ‘pepper’ flavour of Victorian Shiraz. Attendees heard about the opportunities offered by, and challenges facing, the agriculture sector and the importance of innovation to drive profitability and sustainability of Australian agriculture. The veski Sustainable Agriculture Fellowships program encourages international collaboration among community,  philanthropic organisations, industry and government to capture innovations and address critical issues. The first round of fellowships in 2015 has seen remarkable leaps and bounds made in turning innovative Victorian agricultural ideas into a reality. The Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship Program prioritises work tailored to local conditions and targeting emerging international markets for food, fibre and agricultural services. Expressions of interest close on Thursday 9 March and can be lodged at www.veski.org.au/agri Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford   “veski is a charitable institution that supports Victoria and Australia to respond to society’s most challenging issues by bringing world leading scientists and researchers to Victoria.” “Working with researchers, farmers and communities, the veski sustainable agriculture projects have harnessed emerging technologies, paving the way for ongoing agricultural and economic success.” “I would encourage all researchers and scientists to apply for round two of the veski Sustainable Agriculture Fellowships.”

Creative New Ag Technology Reaps Rewards

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today congratulated esteemed agricultural fellows on a successful veski Sustainable Panel discussion, highlighting the importance of bringing leading researchers and entrepreneurs to Victoria. veski seeks to build diversity in innovation and promote people from diverse backgrounds into senior roles. The event gave farmer representatives, researchers, industry and government leaders hearing an update on the use of sensor technology to determine the perfect pear for Asian markets and a new app to map the ‘pepper’ flavour of Victorian Shiraz. Attendees heard about the opportunities offered by, and challenges facing, the agriculture sector and the importance of innovation to drive profitability and sustainability of Australian agriculture. The veski Sustainable Agriculture Fellowships program encourages international collaboration among community,  philanthropic organisations, industry and government to capture innovations and address critical issues. The first round of fellowships in 2015 has seen remarkable leaps and bounds made in turning innovative Victorian agricultural ideas into a reality. The Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship Program prioritises work tailored to local conditions and targeting emerging international markets for food, fibre and agricultural services. Expressions of interest close on Thursday 9 March and can be lodged at www.veski.org.au/agri Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford   “veski is a charitable institution that supports Victoria and Australia to respond to society’s most challenging issues by bringing world leading scientists and researchers to Victoria.” “Working with researchers, farmers and communities, the veski sustainable agriculture projects have harnessed emerging technologies, paving the way for ongoing agricultural and economic success.” “I would encourage all researchers and scientists to apply for round two of the veski Sustainable Agriculture Fellowships.”

More Agri Jobs Come To Geelong

Ridley Agriproducts today opened its new mill facility in Lara with the help of an $800,000 grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF), which will bring more jobs to the region and boost agricultural stockfeed production. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford joined Ridley Agriproducts Chief Executive Officer Tim Hart to inspect the new facility today in what is a boost for the local agriculture, freight and logistics industry. Importantly, the project will create 20 direct jobs and an estimated 25 jobs throughout the freight and logistics supply chain. The GRIIF was established following Ford Australia’s announcement that it would close its manufacturing operations in the Geelong region. The Commonwealth and Victorian Government, together with Ford Australia and Alcoa of Australia, created GRIIF to support the workers, businesses and communities in the affected areas. The company was awarded a grant during round two of the GRIIF for its $21 million investment to establish the new mill facility in Lara within the City of Greater Geelong. The mill, worth more than $20 million, has a 250,000 tonne capacity and will manufacture animal stock feed in Lara which supports the expansion and growth of the poultry, pig and other animal industries in western Victoria by providing a local and cost effective supply of feed. The Andrews Labor Government’s $46.5 million Automotive Transition Plan provides targeted assistance, programs and training for auto workers, businesses and local communities hardest hit by the recent Ford closure. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This is great news for the region and local animal industries, from dairy farmers to egg producers.”  “The animal feed industry is a critical part of our $12 billion agricultural industry supply chain and we’re thrilled to see Ridley playing an even bigger role.”  Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “We’re leading the way to create job opportunities and drive economic growth across Geelong, with 21,500 new jobs created in the city since November 2014.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “The mill will create 20 new jobs in Lara and the entire Geelong region which is great news. We always stand up for our workers and this is no exception.” 

More Agri Jobs Come To Geelong

Ridley Agriproducts today opened its new mill facility in Lara with the help of an $800,000 grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF), which will bring more jobs to the region and boost agricultural stockfeed production. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford joined Ridley Agriproducts Chief Executive Officer Tim Hart to inspect the new facility today in what is a boost for the local agriculture, freight and logistics industry. Importantly, the project will create 20 direct jobs and an estimated 25 jobs throughout the freight and logistics supply chain. The GRIIF was established following Ford Australia’s announcement that it would close its manufacturing operations in the Geelong region. The Commonwealth and Victorian Government, together with Ford Australia and Alcoa of Australia, created GRIIF to support the workers, businesses and communities in the affected areas. The company was awarded a grant during round two of the GRIIF for its $21 million investment to establish the new mill facility in Lara within the City of Greater Geelong. The mill, worth more than $20 million, has a 250,000 tonne capacity and will manufacture animal stock feed in Lara which supports the expansion and growth of the poultry, pig and other animal industries in western Victoria by providing a local and cost effective supply of feed. The Andrews Labor Government’s $46.5 million Automotive Transition Plan provides targeted assistance, programs and training for auto workers, businesses and local communities hardest hit by the recent Ford closure. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This is great news for the region and local animal industries, from dairy farmers to egg producers.”  “The animal feed industry is a critical part of our $12 billion agricultural industry supply chain and we’re thrilled to see Ridley playing an even bigger role.”  Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “We’re leading the way to create job opportunities and drive economic growth across Geelong, with 21,500 new jobs created in the city since November 2014.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “The mill will create 20 new jobs in Lara and the entire Geelong region which is great news. We always stand up for our workers and this is no exception.” 

 

Supporting Grain Growers – Adapting To Climate Change

Grain growers in the Wimmera Mallee are set to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s $60,000 investment towards the Birchip Cropping Group’s new precision agriculture technology that will increase productivity and profitability. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford made the announcement on a mixed farming enterprise in Murra Warra today. The grant has been provided through the Labor Government’s $20 million Food Source Victoria program, which supports food producers and businesses working together to grow exports and create new jobs. Birchip Cropping Group will deliver the $90,000 project as part of their efforts to empower grain growers to better utilise digital technologies and analytics that are transforming the agricultural industry. Digital tools and farm services known as precision agriculture include variable rate spraying, fertiliser application and high tech weather stations linked to water supply services. These tools have the potential to help farmers make more informed decisions, manage land remotely, value-add products and run more efficient businesses. Less than 25 per cent of arable farmland in Australia is currently managed using Precision Agriculture technologies. The project is set to increase the understanding of data management and the uptake of Precision Agricultural technologies through three components: Identifying the potential for more farmers to use Precision Agriculture and grow their businesses The development of a working model to demonstrate how ‘farm data’ can benefit growers Specialist workshops involving a pilot group of farmers to identify the benefits and challenges around farm data management. The project has the potential to be implemented across the Wimmera Mallee region, which would in turn benefit grain growers and associated businesses by adding value of up to $125 per hectare, growing exports to premium markets in Japan and China, and create new jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “This time last year we were standing in the Wimmera looking down the barrel at drought. This year is a different story – we have a bumper crop and positive outlook for our grain growers.” “Farmers know that there’s been a big drop in rainfall and that the next dry spell might not be far away and that’s why we’re working with BCG to help more farmers use new technology and better adapt to a variable climate.” “Farmers in this region are achieving results their grandfathers could have only dreamt of. We support them with research and development in times of drought and we share their success in the good times.”   

Supporting Grain Growers – Adapting To Climate Change

Grain growers in the Wimmera Mallee are set to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s $60,000 investment towards the Birchip Cropping Group’s new precision agriculture technology that will increase productivity and profitability. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford made the announcement on a mixed farming enterprise in Murra Warra today. The grant has been provided through the Labor Government’s $20 million Food Source Victoria program, which supports food producers and businesses working together to grow exports and create new jobs. Birchip Cropping Group will deliver the $90,000 project as part of their efforts to empower grain growers to better utilise digital technologies and analytics that are transforming the agricultural industry. Digital tools and farm services known as precision agriculture include variable rate spraying, fertiliser application and high tech weather stations linked to water supply services. These tools have the potential to help farmers make more informed decisions, manage land remotely, value-add products and run more efficient businesses. Less than 25 per cent of arable farmland in Australia is currently managed using Precision Agriculture technologies. The project is set to increase the understanding of data management and the uptake of Precision Agricultural technologies through three components: Identifying the potential for more farmers to use Precision Agriculture and grow their businesses The development of a working model to demonstrate how ‘farm data’ can benefit growers Specialist workshops involving a pilot group of farmers to identify the benefits and challenges around farm data management. The project has the potential to be implemented across the Wimmera Mallee region, which would in turn benefit grain growers and associated businesses by adding value of up to $125 per hectare, growing exports to premium markets in Japan and China, and create new jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “This time last year we were standing in the Wimmera looking down the barrel at drought. This year is a different story – we have a bumper crop and positive outlook for our grain growers.” “Farmers know that there’s been a big drop in rainfall and that the next dry spell might not be far away and that’s why we’re working with BCG to help more farmers use new technology and better adapt to a variable climate.” “Farmers in this region are achieving results their grandfathers could have only dreamt of. We support them with research and development in times of drought and we share their success in the good times.”   

Sheep EID Transition Package To Support Producers

Thirty-three producers across Victoria will share in more than $72,000 in funding in the Andrews Labor Government’s initial roll out of the sheep and goat electronic identification transition package. Producers can use their grants to purchase and install infrastructure for the electronic system. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford also announced the first electronic NLIS (Sheep and Goats) Transition Package saleyard grant would be awarded to the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association (ALSA). ALSA has been granted $230,000 for planning activities, including a series of saleyard workshops to explain and discuss options for scanning electronic tags on sheep and registering movements on the NLIS database. The first workshop kicked off in Bairnsdale this week and will be followed by Kyneton/Bendigo (8 February), Shepparton (9 February), Casterton (14 February), Ouyen (21 February) and Warracknabeal/Wycheproof (22 February). Following the ALSA workshops, each participating saleyard, in partnership with local agents and transporters, will develop an operational plan and prepare an inventory of hardware and software required to support their tag scanning installations and associated data management systems. Producers, saleyards, stock agents, transporters, scanning contractors, knackeries and abattoirs will also receive funding under the recently announced transition package. Producers keen on embracing the transition to Electronic Identification are encouraged to apply for funding grants. The deadline for submitting phase 1 funding requests for saleyard planning and design is 31 March 2017. The deadline for phase 2 funding requests for saleyard infrastructure is 30 June 2017. For further information on funding please visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au  Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Victoria is proud to lead the way in ensuring our livestock producers, saleyards and abattoirs have all the tools available to market their produce on the world stage and strengthen our biosecurity system.”  “It’s a good move for our industry and it’s great to see so many keen producers eager to embrace the transition to electronic ID in sheep and goats. I’d encourage any producer who hasn’t yet applied to do so.”  

Sheep EID Transition Package To Support Producers

Thirty-three producers across Victoria will share in more than $72,000 in funding in the Andrews Labor Government’s initial roll out of the sheep and goat electronic identification transition package. Producers can use their grants to purchase and install infrastructure for the electronic system. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford also announced the first electronic NLIS (Sheep and Goats) Transition Package saleyard grant would be awarded to the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association (ALSA). ALSA has been granted $230,000 for planning activities, including a series of saleyard workshops to explain and discuss options for scanning electronic tags on sheep and registering movements on the NLIS database. The first workshop kicked off in Bairnsdale this week and will be followed by Kyneton/Bendigo (8 February), Shepparton (9 February), Casterton (14 February), Ouyen (21 February) and Warracknabeal/Wycheproof (22 February). Following the ALSA workshops, each participating saleyard, in partnership with local agents and transporters, will develop an operational plan and prepare an inventory of hardware and software required to support their tag scanning installations and associated data management systems. Producers, saleyards, stock agents, transporters, scanning contractors, knackeries and abattoirs will also receive funding under the recently announced transition package. Producers keen on embracing the transition to Electronic Identification are encouraged to apply for funding grants. The deadline for submitting phase 1 funding requests for saleyard planning and design is 31 March 2017. The deadline for phase 2 funding requests for saleyard infrastructure is 30 June 2017. For further information on funding please visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au  Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Victoria is proud to lead the way in ensuring our livestock producers, saleyards and abattoirs have all the tools available to market their produce on the world stage and strengthen our biosecurity system.”  “It’s a good move for our industry and it’s great to see so many keen producers eager to embrace the transition to electronic ID in sheep and goats. I’d encourage any producer who hasn’t yet applied to do so.”  

Anglers Celebrate Record Trout Stocking In 2016

A record of more than 844,000 trout and salmon were stocked into Victorian waterways during 2016 to improve recreational fishing opportunities for freshwater anglers and boost participation. A wetter than average spring helped beat the previous record of 706,000 set in 2010 – also a year that saw drought breaking rain fill many lakes and inland catchments. Increasing fish stocking is a key goal of the Andrews Labor Government’s $46 million Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to get more people fishing more often and boost participation to one million anglers by 2020. Most of last year’s trout and salmon were one-year-old rainbow trout and brown trout bred at Fisheries Victoria’s Snobs Creek hatchery, which is funded by fishing licence fees and Target One Million. Around 130,000 were younger and smaller trout stocked into waters that had quickly filled in spring such as Moorabool Reservoir near Ballan and Lake Eppalock near Bendigo. Drought recovery stocking opportunities have played a key part in boosting numbers, particularly in western Victoria at lakes Bolac, Greenhill, Deep, Elingamite, Burrumbeet and Tooliorook. Flooded lake margins kick-start productive aquatic systems and provide ideal conditions for fast-growing rainbow trout with world-class growth rates anticipated in several waters over the next 12 to 18 months. Toolondo also remains high on the list of trout lakes to watch thanks to a water transfer in October 2016 that significantly raised its level and provided security through summer for trout, which have limited tolerance to warm water temperatures. Saving Lake Toolondo as a trophy trout fishery delivered on another initiative of the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan and helps keep valuable fishing tourism in regional Victoria where it continues to boost small businesses across our regions. For a full list of waters stocked with trout and salmon in 2016 visit www.vic.gov.au/troutstocking2016 Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Our Target One Million plan for recreational fishing has saved Lake Toolondo, created a barra fishery at Hazelwood, improved access and facilities, and is ending commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay.” “Record trout stocking following drought breaking rain will see fantastic inland fishing this winter and beyond.” “The Andrews Labor Government is working to stock 5 million fish by 2018, and this trout stocking record demonstrates we’re gearing up towards that ambitious goal.”

Anglers Celebrate Record Trout Stocking In 2016

A record of more than 844,000 trout and salmon were stocked into Victorian waterways during 2016 to improve recreational fishing opportunities for freshwater anglers and boost participation. A wetter than average spring helped beat the previous record of 706,000 set in 2010 – also a year that saw drought breaking rain fill many lakes and inland catchments. Increasing fish stocking is a key goal of the Andrews Labor Government’s $46 million Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to get more people fishing more often and boost participation to one million anglers by 2020. Most of last year’s trout and salmon were one-year-old rainbow trout and brown trout bred at Fisheries Victoria’s Snobs Creek hatchery, which is funded by fishing licence fees and Target One Million. Around 130,000 were younger and smaller trout stocked into waters that had quickly filled in spring such as Moorabool Reservoir near Ballan and Lake Eppalock near Bendigo. Drought recovery stocking opportunities have played a key part in boosting numbers, particularly in western Victoria at lakes Bolac, Greenhill, Deep, Elingamite, Burrumbeet and Tooliorook. Flooded lake margins kick-start productive aquatic systems and provide ideal conditions for fast-growing rainbow trout with world-class growth rates anticipated in several waters over the next 12 to 18 months. Toolondo also remains high on the list of trout lakes to watch thanks to a water transfer in October 2016 that significantly raised its level and provided security through summer for trout, which have limited tolerance to warm water temperatures. Saving Lake Toolondo as a trophy trout fishery delivered on another initiative of the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan and helps keep valuable fishing tourism in regional Victoria where it continues to boost small businesses across our regions. For a full list of waters stocked with trout and salmon in 2016 visit www.vic.gov.au/troutstocking2016 Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Our Target One Million plan for recreational fishing has saved Lake Toolondo, created a barra fishery at Hazelwood, improved access and facilities, and is ending commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay.” “Record trout stocking following drought breaking rain will see fantastic inland fishing this winter and beyond.” “The Andrews Labor Government is working to stock 5 million fish by 2018, and this trout stocking record demonstrates we’re gearing up towards that ambitious goal.”

New Mobile Services In Landsborough West

Residents and visitors in the Landsborough West area will see significant improvements in mobile coverage and connectivity from today after the launch of a new mobile base station to eliminate blackspots in the area. The service is one of 109 new mobile base stations that was selected as part of the Andrews Labor Government and Telstra’s successful joint bid under round one of the Commonwealth’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP). Landsborough West, near Stawell, is a brand new base station providing expanded 3G/4G mobile coverage for residents and businesses in the area. It is the first mobile base station to be built in the area under the program. Other towers will be rolled out in Moonambel and Landsborough/Frenchmans over the next two years. To date, 30 of the 109 mobile base stations from round one of the MBSP have been constructed and activated in Victoria, with another 26 sites expected to be up and running by mid-2017. The sites selected will radically improve mobile coverage and connectivity for up to 12,000 households and businesses across regional Victoria and are expected to boost the state’s regional economy by $120 million per year. They will also enable improved public safety and access to emergency management information in the event of a natural disaster such as bushfires. It was recently announced that a further 32 mobile towers will be funded in Victoria through the Labor Government’s joint bid with Telstra and Optus under round two of the MBSP. The Labor Government will continue to explore opportunities to work with the Commonwealth, local governments and mobile carriers to provide additional mobile coverage to Victorian communities that missed out on funding in rounds one and two. A full list of locations being funded under the MBSP is available at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis “The Andrews Labor Government is improving mobile connectivity in regional Victoria, ensuring communities like Landsborough West can access reliable mobile services when they need them most.” “We will continue to advocate to the Commonwealth with carriers and local government to ensure Victoria’s most disconnected communities receive the funding they need.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Having mobile coverage is a lifeline for people in rural Victoria. Being better connected is essential for public safety, tourism, primary production, business growth and access to health and education services.” “We have worked with Emergency Management Victoria, councils and community groups to prioritise towns and districts that need better connections the most – and we will continue to advocate for them.”

New Mobile Services In Landsborough West

Residents and visitors in the Landsborough West area will see significant improvements in mobile coverage and connectivity from today after the launch of a new mobile base station to eliminate blackspots in the area. The service is one of 109 new mobile base stations that was selected as part of the Andrews Labor Government and Telstra’s successful joint bid under round one of the Commonwealth’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP). Landsborough West, near Stawell, is a brand new base station providing expanded 3G/4G mobile coverage for residents and businesses in the area. It is the first mobile base station to be built in the area under the program. Other towers will be rolled out in Moonambel and Landsborough/Frenchmans over the next two years. To date, 30 of the 109 mobile base stations from round one of the MBSP have been constructed and activated in Victoria, with another 26 sites expected to be up and running by mid-2017. The sites selected will radically improve mobile coverage and connectivity for up to 12,000 households and businesses across regional Victoria and are expected to boost the state’s regional economy by $120 million per year. They will also enable improved public safety and access to emergency management information in the event of a natural disaster such as bushfires. It was recently announced that a further 32 mobile towers will be funded in Victoria through the Labor Government’s joint bid with Telstra and Optus under round two of the MBSP. The Labor Government will continue to explore opportunities to work with the Commonwealth, local governments and mobile carriers to provide additional mobile coverage to Victorian communities that missed out on funding in rounds one and two. A full list of locations being funded under the MBSP is available at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis “The Andrews Labor Government is improving mobile connectivity in regional Victoria, ensuring communities like Landsborough West can access reliable mobile services when they need them most.” “We will continue to advocate to the Commonwealth with carriers and local government to ensure Victoria’s most disconnected communities receive the funding they need.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Having mobile coverage is a lifeline for people in rural Victoria. Being better connected is essential for public safety, tourism, primary production, business growth and access to health and education services.” “We have worked with Emergency Management Victoria, councils and community groups to prioritise towns and districts that need better connections the most – and we will continue to advocate for them.”