• 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.

  • 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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Tourists Set To ‘Flock’ To Creswick Woollen Mills

Creswick Woollen Mills is set to attract more international tourists with support from the Andrews Labor Government for the development of a range of visitor experiences for Asian visitors. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced with Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard a $500,000 grant from the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) at the Creswick Woollen Mills’ soon-to-be upgraded site. Creswick Woollen Mills is the last coloured woollen spinning mill of its kind in Australia and this year celebrates its 70th anniversary. The tourism experience showcases the journey of wool from its source on the alpaca, through the manufacturing process, and how it ends up in product on the shop shelf. The company will use the grant to enhance the experience for Asian visitors through a designated welcome area for tour groups, an upgraded animal viewing area, more translated material, and a café showcasing local produce. Visitor feedback indicated people wanted more opportunities to spend time with the alpacas, the option to buy food and coffee, and more ways to interact with the experience for people who spoke languages other than English. By improving the visitor experience to meet the identified demand, the project will create 12 local jobs and increase the number of visitors to the Mill by 30 per cent within four years. The project will also benefit the local community as the Mill conducts a range of events including craft fairs for local artists, agricultural association AGMs, and fashion parades. The Labor Government has identified projects that will have a high impact on regional economies, such as the Creswick Woollen Mills project. The visitor economy is crucial to the future economic development of regional and rural Victoria, with the sector contributing $11.5 billion to the regional economy and generating 114,400 jobs annually. The RTIF is investing in growing the visitor economy across regional Victoria by facilitating the development of iconic regional tourism projects that create world-class tourism experiences and boost the regional economy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Victoria’s wool industry has a long and proud history and it’s something international visitors want to learn about. We are backing the Creswick Woollen Mills project so that more people ‘flock’ to regional Victoria.” “Through our Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund, we’re ensuring that projects that increase the number of visitors to regional Victoria, create jobs and boost local economies, get the support they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “International visitors love the unique experiences that they can have across our region.” “Tourists will be able to interact with the Alpacas, learn about the manufacturing process and buy some of the fantastic products made from the fine yarn from these great animals.”    

Tourists Set To ‘Flock’ To Creswick Woollen Mills

Creswick Woollen Mills is set to attract more international tourists with support from the Andrews Labor Government for the development of a range of visitor experiences for Asian visitors. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced with Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard a $500,000 grant from the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) at the Creswick Woollen Mills’ soon-to-be upgraded site. Creswick Woollen Mills is the last coloured woollen spinning mill of its kind in Australia and this year celebrates its 70th anniversary. The tourism experience showcases the journey of wool from its source on the alpaca, through the manufacturing process, and how it ends up in product on the shop shelf. The company will use the grant to enhance the experience for Asian visitors through a designated welcome area for tour groups, an upgraded animal viewing area, more translated material, and a café showcasing local produce. Visitor feedback indicated people wanted more opportunities to spend time with the alpacas, the option to buy food and coffee, and more ways to interact with the experience for people who spoke languages other than English. By improving the visitor experience to meet the identified demand, the project will create 12 local jobs and increase the number of visitors to the Mill by 30 per cent within four years. The project will also benefit the local community as the Mill conducts a range of events including craft fairs for local artists, agricultural association AGMs, and fashion parades. The Labor Government has identified projects that will have a high impact on regional economies, such as the Creswick Woollen Mills project. The visitor economy is crucial to the future economic development of regional and rural Victoria, with the sector contributing $11.5 billion to the regional economy and generating 114,400 jobs annually. The RTIF is investing in growing the visitor economy across regional Victoria by facilitating the development of iconic regional tourism projects that create world-class tourism experiences and boost the regional economy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Victoria’s wool industry has a long and proud history and it’s something international visitors want to learn about. We are backing the Creswick Woollen Mills project so that more people ‘flock’ to regional Victoria.” “Through our Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund, we’re ensuring that projects that increase the number of visitors to regional Victoria, create jobs and boost local economies, get the support they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “International visitors love the unique experiences that they can have across our region.” “Tourists will be able to interact with the Alpacas, learn about the manufacturing process and buy some of the fantastic products made from the fine yarn from these great animals.”    

More support for new parents and their children in Western Victoria

New parents and their babies in Western Victoria are about to receive additional support under an expansion of the Maternal Child Health Service. The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced that 37,000 Victorian families will now be able to rely on expanded Enhanced Maternal and Child Health services until their child turns three. Announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the $81.1 million package will provide extra support for new parents, including those with babies born prematurely, twins and triplets, or families facing particular disadvantage. Previously, this intensive support cut out after just one year, leaving many parents without much-needed advice as they prepared their children for kinder. As well as providing information on feeding and sleeping, our Maternal Child Health nurses also give vital advice on a child’s development and help ensure our kids get the best start in life. Ms Pulford said the funding will also expand supported playgroups across the state, connecting new parents to share their experiences and help each other. “We know the early years can shape a child’s entire life and that’s why extending our Maternal Child Health support is so critical for first time parents,” Ms Pulford said. “This is about giving more families the vital support they need to raise healthy, happy kids and to make sure they’re ready for kinder and ready for school,” she said. The package will also provide extra training for nurses in the latest techniques and practices to support families. “As well as being one of the most special times in your life, becoming a new parent is also one of the most daunting and the support of our Maternal Child Health nurses is so valuable during that time,” Ms Pulford said. “I’m also really pleased that the Government has decided to provide extra funding for the Maternal and Child Health Line to respond to parent’s concerns over the phone,” she said. The funding follows the Andrews Government’s historic $133 million investment in last year’s Budget. It is a key part of the Education State early childhood reforms and supports the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children.  

More support for new parents and their children in Western Victoria

New parents and their babies in Western Victoria are about to receive additional support under an expansion of the Maternal Child Health Service. The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced that 37,000 Victorian families will now be able to rely on expanded Enhanced Maternal and Child Health services until their child turns three. Announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the $81.1 million package will provide extra support for new parents, including those with babies born prematurely, twins and triplets, or families facing particular disadvantage. Previously, this intensive support cut out after just one year, leaving many parents without much-needed advice as they prepared their children for kinder. As well as providing information on feeding and sleeping, our Maternal Child Health nurses also give vital advice on a child’s development and help ensure our kids get the best start in life. Ms Pulford said the funding will also expand supported playgroups across the state, connecting new parents to share their experiences and help each other. “We know the early years can shape a child’s entire life and that’s why extending our Maternal Child Health support is so critical for first time parents,” Ms Pulford said. “This is about giving more families the vital support they need to raise healthy, happy kids and to make sure they’re ready for kinder and ready for school,” she said. The package will also provide extra training for nurses in the latest techniques and practices to support families. “As well as being one of the most special times in your life, becoming a new parent is also one of the most daunting and the support of our Maternal Child Health nurses is so valuable during that time,” Ms Pulford said. “I’m also really pleased that the Government has decided to provide extra funding for the Maternal and Child Health Line to respond to parent’s concerns over the phone,” she said. The funding follows the Andrews Government’s historic $133 million investment in last year’s Budget. It is a key part of the Education State early childhood reforms and supports the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children.  

Hitting the right note in Western Victoria

More Victorian students will get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced that round two of the $400,000 Musical Instruments Grants program is now open. Round one of the Music Instrument Grants saw a number of schools in Western Victoria receive funding including Wedderburn College, Maryborough Education Centre and Timor Primary School. Ms Pulford said under round two of the program, 200 eligible schools will be invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to buy musical instruments. “It’s part of the Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools initiative which also provides professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs,” Ms Pulford said. “It’s no secret that Victorians love their music and we want to make sure that more Victorian students can enjoy music at school,” she said. “Our Government is supporting students to get the best possible education in all subjects, including music, no matter where they live,” Ms Pulford said. The Music in Schools program comprises: $1.6 million for professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools without strong, school-wide programs can establish quality music programs. $400,000 in grants over two stages for schools to buy instruments. $200,000 so trainee teachers at university studying to become primary teachers can complete musical education training. More Information on Music in Schools can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/Pages/music-in-schools.aspx

Hitting the right note in Western Victoria

More Victorian students will get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced that round two of the $400,000 Musical Instruments Grants program is now open. Round one of the Music Instrument Grants saw a number of schools in Western Victoria receive funding including Wedderburn College, Maryborough Education Centre and Timor Primary School. Ms Pulford said under round two of the program, 200 eligible schools will be invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to buy musical instruments. “It’s part of the Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools initiative which also provides professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs,” Ms Pulford said. “It’s no secret that Victorians love their music and we want to make sure that more Victorian students can enjoy music at school,” she said. “Our Government is supporting students to get the best possible education in all subjects, including music, no matter where they live,” Ms Pulford said. The Music in Schools program comprises: $1.6 million for professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools without strong, school-wide programs can establish quality music programs. $400,000 in grants over two stages for schools to buy instruments. $200,000 so trainee teachers at university studying to become primary teachers can complete musical education training. More Information on Music in Schools can be found at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/Pages/music-in-schools.aspx

Nominations open for Protecting Children Awards

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, has announced nominations are now open for awards celebrating the dedicated individuals and teams who work to improve the lives of vulnerable children. The Victorian Protecting Children Awards (formerly Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards) recognise the valuable contribution of individuals, organisations and the broader community who play their part to protect and improve the wellbeing of children and young people and their families. Ms Pulford said the Government is encouraging nominations from foster and kinship carers, academics, policy, program, supervisory and direct service staff from community, government or academic organisations. “The Andrews Government is reforming our child protection system to keep children safe and our dedicated workforce in Western Victoria deserve to be recognised for the crucial work that they do,” Ms Pulford said. “This is about celebrating the many people in Western Victoria who help promote, protect, prevent and reduce harm to children and young people,” she said. “If you know someone delivering much needed services to vulnerable children and young people in Western Victoria, or shows an exceptional commitment to their job, please nominate them so that their work can be recognised,” Ms Pulford said. Nominations close on Monday 15 May, 2017 and winners will be announced at the Victorian Protecting Children Awards ceremony on Tuesday 12 September as part of Foster Care Week in Victoria. For further information or to nominate someone please visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/protectingchildrenawards

Nominations open for Protecting Children Awards

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, has announced nominations are now open for awards celebrating the dedicated individuals and teams who work to improve the lives of vulnerable children. The Victorian Protecting Children Awards (formerly Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards) recognise the valuable contribution of individuals, organisations and the broader community who play their part to protect and improve the wellbeing of children and young people and their families. Ms Pulford said the Government is encouraging nominations from foster and kinship carers, academics, policy, program, supervisory and direct service staff from community, government or academic organisations. “The Andrews Government is reforming our child protection system to keep children safe and our dedicated workforce in Western Victoria deserve to be recognised for the crucial work that they do,” Ms Pulford said. “This is about celebrating the many people in Western Victoria who help promote, protect, prevent and reduce harm to children and young people,” she said. “If you know someone delivering much needed services to vulnerable children and young people in Western Victoria, or shows an exceptional commitment to their job, please nominate them so that their work can be recognised,” Ms Pulford said. Nominations close on Monday 15 May, 2017 and winners will be announced at the Victorian Protecting Children Awards ceremony on Tuesday 12 September as part of Foster Care Week in Victoria. For further information or to nominate someone please visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/protectingchildrenawards

 

Industrial Land Opportunities Beckon For Hamilton

Hamilton’s economy is on track for a major boost with the creation of a new industrial land estate, which will secure local jobs and create new regional business opportunities. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, was in Hamilton today to tour the site of the proposed industrial estate and to meet with business and community leaders. Southern Grampians Shire Council is leading the development of this $3.18 million project, with the Andrews Labor  Government providing in principle support of up to $500,000. The need for a new industrial estate was identified and supported as a key action in Council’s Economic Development Strategy, the Hamilton Structure Plan and the GSC Strategic Action Plan. Targeted consultation has shown there is strong interest in land purchases from a range of sectors including forestry, manufacturing, agri-business, and logistics. The industrial estate project will deliver the necessary site infrastructure to support private business development, including drainage, sewerage, water access and management, telecommunications, electricity, road access, and landscaping. Over the course of developing the industrial estate, the project will generate 16 construction jobs. Once  completed and with the commencement of anticipated private development, the project is expected to generate up to 100 new ongoing jobs and a $12 million boost into the local economy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re proud to back this important project and give Hamilton the support it needs – this is all about jobs.”   “The local Council is to be congratulated for bringing this project forward – the Hamilton economy has many strengths and this new industrial estate will build on these strengths.” “Projects such as this that deliver new jobs and economic investment ensures that regional Victoria continues to be a great place to live, work and do business.”

Industrial Land Opportunities Beckon For Hamilton

Hamilton’s economy is on track for a major boost with the creation of a new industrial land estate, which will secure local jobs and create new regional business opportunities. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, was in Hamilton today to tour the site of the proposed industrial estate and to meet with business and community leaders. Southern Grampians Shire Council is leading the development of this $3.18 million project, with the Andrews Labor  Government providing in principle support of up to $500,000. The need for a new industrial estate was identified and supported as a key action in Council’s Economic Development Strategy, the Hamilton Structure Plan and the GSC Strategic Action Plan. Targeted consultation has shown there is strong interest in land purchases from a range of sectors including forestry, manufacturing, agri-business, and logistics. The industrial estate project will deliver the necessary site infrastructure to support private business development, including drainage, sewerage, water access and management, telecommunications, electricity, road access, and landscaping. Over the course of developing the industrial estate, the project will generate 16 construction jobs. Once  completed and with the commencement of anticipated private development, the project is expected to generate up to 100 new ongoing jobs and a $12 million boost into the local economy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re proud to back this important project and give Hamilton the support it needs – this is all about jobs.”   “The local Council is to be congratulated for bringing this project forward – the Hamilton economy has many strengths and this new industrial estate will build on these strengths.” “Projects such as this that deliver new jobs and economic investment ensures that regional Victoria continues to be a great place to live, work and do business.”

Fixing Mobile Blackspots On State’s Busiest V/Line Routes

The Andrews Labor Government will fix mobile blackspots along the state’s five busiest regional rail corridors by partnering with our largest mobile carriers – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – in an Australian first project. The $18 million Regional Rail Connectivity Project will significantly improve mobile coverage and connectivity for commuters along the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour rail lines – which see more than 15.5 million passenger trips annually. Having three mobile carriers work together on this project is a major win for commuters – this means that customers on all three networks will see improved mobile coverage rather than just one carrier’s customer base. As part of the solution Victoria will be the first state in Australia to implement in-train technology used to boost the signal from mobile towers outside the rail carriage to devices used inside. Work has already begun to pilot the installation of mobile reception repeaters in VLocity trains, which is designed to boost in-train coverage from less than 50 per cent to almost full network coverage. If successful, the repeaters will be rolled out on the entire VLocity fleet in 2018. In-train technology is used in more than 30 rail networks across Europe including Germany, Italy and Switzerland to boost the mobile signal from towers inside train carriages. Passengers will begin to experience improved mobile coverage from the end of this year, with the construction of up to 35 new mobile towers commencing after the pilot process and set to be completed in 2018. The Regional Rail Connectivity Project is expected to boost productivity for regional business commuters, delivering an estimated $20 million per annum to the Victorian economy. Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis “This Australian-first project is a massive win for commuters on our five busiest regional rail corridors – no matter which network they use, they will see improvements.” “Regular commuters spend up to 20 hours per week on regional trains and we need to keep them connected so they can keep in touch with their loved ones and use their travel time productively.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “I know how frustrating it is when you can’t get signal from the train and you have work or homework to do, want to send a message to a loved one or check the footy score. That’s why we’re getting this fixed.” Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan “This is another step in the better regional train system we’re building – connecting passengers across Victoria to work, education and each other.”

Fixing Mobile Blackspots On State’s Busiest V/Line Routes

The Andrews Labor Government will fix mobile blackspots along the state’s five busiest regional rail corridors by partnering with our largest mobile carriers – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – in an Australian first project. The $18 million Regional Rail Connectivity Project will significantly improve mobile coverage and connectivity for commuters along the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour rail lines – which see more than 15.5 million passenger trips annually. Having three mobile carriers work together on this project is a major win for commuters – this means that customers on all three networks will see improved mobile coverage rather than just one carrier’s customer base. As part of the solution Victoria will be the first state in Australia to implement in-train technology used to boost the signal from mobile towers outside the rail carriage to devices used inside. Work has already begun to pilot the installation of mobile reception repeaters in VLocity trains, which is designed to boost in-train coverage from less than 50 per cent to almost full network coverage. If successful, the repeaters will be rolled out on the entire VLocity fleet in 2018. In-train technology is used in more than 30 rail networks across Europe including Germany, Italy and Switzerland to boost the mobile signal from towers inside train carriages. Passengers will begin to experience improved mobile coverage from the end of this year, with the construction of up to 35 new mobile towers commencing after the pilot process and set to be completed in 2018. The Regional Rail Connectivity Project is expected to boost productivity for regional business commuters, delivering an estimated $20 million per annum to the Victorian economy. Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis “This Australian-first project is a massive win for commuters on our five busiest regional rail corridors – no matter which network they use, they will see improvements.” “Regular commuters spend up to 20 hours per week on regional trains and we need to keep them connected so they can keep in touch with their loved ones and use their travel time productively.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “I know how frustrating it is when you can’t get signal from the train and you have work or homework to do, want to send a message to a loved one or check the footy score. That’s why we’re getting this fixed.” Quote attributable to Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan “This is another step in the better regional train system we’re building – connecting passengers across Victoria to work, education and each other.”

A Breakthrough For Maryborough’s Princes Park

Maryborough’s Princes Park, the home of the RACV Energy Breakthrough challenge, has been upgraded and is better than ever thanks to a $367,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Danielle Green visited the completed project, which was delivered in partnership with Central Goldfields Shire Council. Princes Park features sporting ovals, tennis courts, walking tracks and multiple community spaces set around Lake Victoria. The park attracts locals all year-round and hosts up to 12,000 visitors for the annual RACV Energy Breakthrough event. The completed project included: Extension of the Energy Breakthrough track Extension of the recycled water system that supplies the community spaces Improvements to the community spaces including landscaping, seating and shelters to ensure Princes Park remains a contemporary venue for both residents and visitors to enjoy. The Labor Government is getting on with growing the visitor economy in regional Victoria and this project will help create a more resilient Princes Park, boosting its capacity to weather the elements. The upgraded Princes Park will not only attract more tourists and events to the region, it will create an attractive, modern sporting and recreation facility for the entire local community to enjoy and share. The Labor Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is creating jobs, connecting communities and kick-starting economies in regional Victoria. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to back the upgrade of Maryborough’s Princes Park. This is great news for the community who deserve the very best local facilities, as well as the jobs this facility sustains each year.” “The upgraded Princes Park track will ensure the RACV Energy Breakthrough event goes from strength to strength and continues  to attract visitors to Maryborough for many more years to come.”

A Breakthrough For Maryborough’s Princes Park

Maryborough’s Princes Park, the home of the RACV Energy Breakthrough challenge, has been upgraded and is better than ever thanks to a $367,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Danielle Green visited the completed project, which was delivered in partnership with Central Goldfields Shire Council. Princes Park features sporting ovals, tennis courts, walking tracks and multiple community spaces set around Lake Victoria. The park attracts locals all year-round and hosts up to 12,000 visitors for the annual RACV Energy Breakthrough event. The completed project included: Extension of the Energy Breakthrough track Extension of the recycled water system that supplies the community spaces Improvements to the community spaces including landscaping, seating and shelters to ensure Princes Park remains a contemporary venue for both residents and visitors to enjoy. The Labor Government is getting on with growing the visitor economy in regional Victoria and this project will help create a more resilient Princes Park, boosting its capacity to weather the elements. The upgraded Princes Park will not only attract more tourists and events to the region, it will create an attractive, modern sporting and recreation facility for the entire local community to enjoy and share. The Labor Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is creating jobs, connecting communities and kick-starting economies in regional Victoria. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to back the upgrade of Maryborough’s Princes Park. This is great news for the community who deserve the very best local facilities, as well as the jobs this facility sustains each year.” “The upgraded Princes Park track will ensure the RACV Energy Breakthrough event goes from strength to strength and continues  to attract visitors to Maryborough for many more years to come.”

More shade for the Western District

Casterton Pastoral and Agricultural Society and Victoria Valley Hall are about to receive some much needed protection from the sun thanks to the Andrews Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced the recipients of grants from the second round of the Government’s Community Shade Grants Program. Ms Pulford said shade in outdoor public spaces, when used along with other sun protection measures including sunscreen and protective clothing, forms the best defence against UV over-exposure. “We are supporting people in the Western District to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while also embracing the outdoors and enjoying a more active and healthy lifestyle,” Ms Pulford said. “I’m delighted to say Casterton P&A will receive $1,575 and Victoria Valley Hall $1,320 to purchase forms of portable shade which can be used to protect people attending outdoor events,” she said. “Spending time outdoors is part of a healthy lifestyle, and it is important shade is easily available where people come together,” Ms Pulford said. The Labor Government has committed $15 million for skin cancer prevention initiatives, including $5 million for SunSmart campaigns and $10 million in grants for shade in public places and government schools. “Skin cancer is a major health issue for Victorians, yet it’s mostly preventable. That’s why the people of the Western District need to be sun smart,” Ms Pulford said. “With nearly $7 million already delivered, our shade grants are making a real difference to the communities across the district and beyond,” she said. The Community Shade Grant Program provides grants for shade development, including building new shade, repairing existing shade, purchasing portable shade or creating natural shade by planting trees. It is estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year, and in 2015, 421 Victorians died from skin cancer, over 1.5 times the Victorian road toll that year.  

More shade for the Western District

Casterton Pastoral and Agricultural Society and Victoria Valley Hall are about to receive some much needed protection from the sun thanks to the Andrews Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced the recipients of grants from the second round of the Government’s Community Shade Grants Program. Ms Pulford said shade in outdoor public spaces, when used along with other sun protection measures including sunscreen and protective clothing, forms the best defence against UV over-exposure. “We are supporting people in the Western District to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while also embracing the outdoors and enjoying a more active and healthy lifestyle,” Ms Pulford said. “I’m delighted to say Casterton P&A will receive $1,575 and Victoria Valley Hall $1,320 to purchase forms of portable shade which can be used to protect people attending outdoor events,” she said. “Spending time outdoors is part of a healthy lifestyle, and it is important shade is easily available where people come together,” Ms Pulford said. The Labor Government has committed $15 million for skin cancer prevention initiatives, including $5 million for SunSmart campaigns and $10 million in grants for shade in public places and government schools. “Skin cancer is a major health issue for Victorians, yet it’s mostly preventable. That’s why the people of the Western District need to be sun smart,” Ms Pulford said. “With nearly $7 million already delivered, our shade grants are making a real difference to the communities across the district and beyond,” she said. The Community Shade Grant Program provides grants for shade development, including building new shade, repairing existing shade, purchasing portable shade or creating natural shade by planting trees. It is estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year, and in 2015, 421 Victorians died from skin cancer, over 1.5 times the Victorian road toll that year.