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Safety Boost For High-Risk Intersections In Mildura

Three of Mildura’s highest-risk intersections will be made safer as part of the first round of a state-wide blitz targeting rural and regional Victoria’s most dangerous intersections thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said the upgrades are being rolled out under a $25 million program to that will see over 200 high speed, high risk rural intersections receive safety upgrades. Intersections to receive upgrades include the intersections of Calder Highway and Ontario Avenue, Campbell Avenue and McCracken Street and Etiwanda Avenue and Gordon Avenue. The upgrades will prevent crashes and save lives with each intersection to receive a combination of safety improvements including upgraded warning signs, rumble strips, new guide posts, updated linemarking and safety barriers and new hazard markers. Additional signage and linemarking has already been installed at the intersection of the Calder Highway and Ontario Avenue. Further upgrades including traffic islands, rumble strips and linemarking will be installed at the intersections of Campbell Avenue and McCracken Street, and Etiwanda Avenue and Gordon Avenue will be delivered in March next year. Intersections have been selected using data including crash history, traffic volumes, poor visibility and community concern about road safety in their area. The 200 intersection upgrades taking place across the state are being delivered in two stages between now and mid-2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, Jaala Pulford “We are working to keep all Victorians safe with some of the most significant road safety upgrades that the state has ever seen – because everyone deserves to get home safely.” “We’re creating a more forgiving road network to better protect road users when a simple mistake or the unexpected happens.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Northern Victorian Mark Gepp “We are continuing to see the majority of Victorian road deaths occur on country roads, which is why we’re investing in lifesaving infrastructure to keep the Mildura community safe.” “These upgrades will go a long way to boosting safety for people who drive through these intersections every day.”

Safety Boost For High-Risk Intersections In Mildura

Three of Mildura’s highest-risk intersections will be made safer as part of the first round of a state-wide blitz targeting rural and regional Victoria’s most dangerous intersections thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said the upgrades are being rolled out under a $25 million program to that will see over 200 high speed, high risk rural intersections receive safety upgrades. Intersections to receive upgrades include the intersections of Calder Highway and Ontario Avenue, Campbell Avenue and McCracken Street and Etiwanda Avenue and Gordon Avenue. The upgrades will prevent crashes and save lives with each intersection to receive a combination of safety improvements including upgraded warning signs, rumble strips, new guide posts, updated linemarking and safety barriers and new hazard markers. Additional signage and linemarking has already been installed at the intersection of the Calder Highway and Ontario Avenue. Further upgrades including traffic islands, rumble strips and linemarking will be installed at the intersections of Campbell Avenue and McCracken Street, and Etiwanda Avenue and Gordon Avenue will be delivered in March next year. Intersections have been selected using data including crash history, traffic volumes, poor visibility and community concern about road safety in their area. The 200 intersection upgrades taking place across the state are being delivered in two stages between now and mid-2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, Jaala Pulford “We are working to keep all Victorians safe with some of the most significant road safety upgrades that the state has ever seen – because everyone deserves to get home safely.” “We’re creating a more forgiving road network to better protect road users when a simple mistake or the unexpected happens.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Northern Victorian Mark Gepp “We are continuing to see the majority of Victorian road deaths occur on country roads, which is why we’re investing in lifesaving infrastructure to keep the Mildura community safe.” “These upgrades will go a long way to boosting safety for people who drive through these intersections every day.”

New Facilities Boost For Dimboola Roos, Nhill Skaters

The Dimboola Football Netball Club has welcomed new female-friendly facilities as the Roos seek to provide first-rate sporting opportunities for women and girls in the Wimmera. At nearby Nhill, young people are enjoying the benefits of a sparkling new skate park – the projects backed by more than $196,000 support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and Country Football Netball Program. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today officially opened the new Dimboola FNC rooms and the reserve’s upgraded irrigation system. The green-and-gold Roos have produced champions including Essendon great Tim Watson and are now part of the revolution that has seen the number of female football teams in Victoria soar past 1000. The old Dimboola pavilion has been transformed and now has change rooms designed for females, a female-friendly change room for umpires, new first-aid room and upgraded storage. All new facilities are fully accessible. The project has also delivered a water-saving irrigation system to help in times of low rainfall. The skate facilities at Jaypex Park in Nhill are a massive boost to the town’s skaters and BMX riders who now have a cutting-edge course for casual fun and a facility capable of staging competitions. The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. The Country Football and Netball Program is a Government partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria. Labor launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005 and since then the program has provided more than $26.6 million to 480 projects across the state. The Andrews Government has invested more than $850 million in new community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. Hindmarsh Shire Council contributed $112,600 to the Nhill and Dimboola projects. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Clubs like the Roos play a key role in country areas and we’re proud to have supported the building of facilities that give an equal footing to women and girls who want to play sport.” “The pavilion is also available for school use and events, making the club even more central to the community.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Skate parks and sports facilities are the heart of communities and this is especially true in towns like Dimboola and Nhill.”

New Facilities Boost For Dimboola Roos, Nhill Skaters

The Dimboola Football Netball Club has welcomed new female-friendly facilities as the Roos seek to provide first-rate sporting opportunities for women and girls in the Wimmera. At nearby Nhill, young people are enjoying the benefits of a sparkling new skate park – the projects backed by more than $196,000 support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and Country Football Netball Program. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today officially opened the new Dimboola FNC rooms and the reserve’s upgraded irrigation system. The green-and-gold Roos have produced champions including Essendon great Tim Watson and are now part of the revolution that has seen the number of female football teams in Victoria soar past 1000. The old Dimboola pavilion has been transformed and now has change rooms designed for females, a female-friendly change room for umpires, new first-aid room and upgraded storage. All new facilities are fully accessible. The project has also delivered a water-saving irrigation system to help in times of low rainfall. The skate facilities at Jaypex Park in Nhill are a massive boost to the town’s skaters and BMX riders who now have a cutting-edge course for casual fun and a facility capable of staging competitions. The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. The Country Football and Netball Program is a Government partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria. Labor launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005 and since then the program has provided more than $26.6 million to 480 projects across the state. The Andrews Government has invested more than $850 million in new community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. Hindmarsh Shire Council contributed $112,600 to the Nhill and Dimboola projects. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Clubs like the Roos play a key role in country areas and we’re proud to have supported the building of facilities that give an equal footing to women and girls who want to play sport.” “The pavilion is also available for school use and events, making the club even more central to the community.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “Skate parks and sports facilities are the heart of communities and this is especially true in towns like Dimboola and Nhill.”

Starting Work On Sturt Street Intersection Upgrades

The first of a package of intersection upgrades along Sturt Street in Ballarat are set to begin soon, as consultation continues on the proposed bike path ahead of designs being finalised. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said two new sets of traffic lights will be installed at the Raglan and Ascot Street intersections, while existing lights at Ripon Street will be improved to add a pedestrian link between Sturt Street’s central medians. These works are the first in a package of upgrades to be rolled out at six Sturt Street intersections, which have seen more than 135 people injured in crashes during the past 10 years. The upgrades come following a period of extensive consultation between Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) and the community about how to improve safety along Sturt Street. Original plans in 2017 proposed closing the six intersections, but the Andrews Labor Government asked RRV to go back to the drawing board and examine other potential safety upgrades. The updated designs for the six intersection upgrades have received overwhelmingly positive feedback, while the community is being urged to have their say on a proposed shared user path along Sturt Street ahead of designs being finalised. People can view the artist’s impressions by visiting the RRV website and provide feedback on the proposed path by emailing ballaratprojects@roads.vic.gov.au. Installation of the new traffic lights is expected to begin in the coming weeks, with construction to take up to 18 weeks. Further safety upgrades at the remaining four intersections – Talbot, Errard, Lyons and Windermere streets – will be rolled out along Sturt Street in 2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “These notorious intersections have seen more than 100 crashes and countless near misses – we’re getting on with these upgrades because everyone deserves to make it home safe.” “We continue to talk to the community about designs for the proposed Sturt Street bike path, and I encourage people to jump online and have their say.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “We’ve heard from the Ballarat community who use these intersections every day that something needs to be done to make them safer and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Sturt Street is an iconic part of Ballarat and these upgrades will ensure drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are as safe as possible.”

Starting Work On Sturt Street Intersection Upgrades

The first of a package of intersection upgrades along Sturt Street in Ballarat are set to begin soon, as consultation continues on the proposed bike path ahead of designs being finalised. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said two new sets of traffic lights will be installed at the Raglan and Ascot Street intersections, while existing lights at Ripon Street will be improved to add a pedestrian link between Sturt Street’s central medians. These works are the first in a package of upgrades to be rolled out at six Sturt Street intersections, which have seen more than 135 people injured in crashes during the past 10 years. The upgrades come following a period of extensive consultation between Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) and the community about how to improve safety along Sturt Street. Original plans in 2017 proposed closing the six intersections, but the Andrews Labor Government asked RRV to go back to the drawing board and examine other potential safety upgrades. The updated designs for the six intersection upgrades have received overwhelmingly positive feedback, while the community is being urged to have their say on a proposed shared user path along Sturt Street ahead of designs being finalised. People can view the artist’s impressions by visiting the RRV website and provide feedback on the proposed path by emailing ballaratprojects@roads.vic.gov.au. Installation of the new traffic lights is expected to begin in the coming weeks, with construction to take up to 18 weeks. Further safety upgrades at the remaining four intersections – Talbot, Errard, Lyons and Windermere streets – will be rolled out along Sturt Street in 2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “These notorious intersections have seen more than 100 crashes and countless near misses – we’re getting on with these upgrades because everyone deserves to make it home safe.” “We continue to talk to the community about designs for the proposed Sturt Street bike path, and I encourage people to jump online and have their say.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “We’ve heard from the Ballarat community who use these intersections every day that something needs to be done to make them safer and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Sturt Street is an iconic part of Ballarat and these upgrades will ensure drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are as safe as possible.”

Courting Success In Horsham, Kalkee And Natimuk

Four sporting precincts in and around Horsham have been upgraded, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. The projects were made possible thanks to more than $390,000 in support from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and Country Football and Netball Program. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula was at Horsham City Bowling Club today to officially open a competition-standard synthetic green that will allow significant savings on maintenance and watering. At Central Park in Horsham there are two new netball/tennis courts and upgraded drainage. Natimuk United Football Netball Club has new lights and the Rams footballers have made the most of their improved training conditions, playing finals for the first time since 1997. Tennis and netball players in the Kalkee region are celebrating the construction of two multi-sport courts and the upgrading of lighting at Kalkee Tennis Club. The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. The Country Football and Netball Program is a Government partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria. Labor launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005 and since then the program has provided more than $26.6 million to 480 projects across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $850 million in new community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Horsham is a great rural city and Natimuk and Kalkee are great Wimmera towns – we’re proud to be providing modern facilities so people young and old can play their sport of choice.” “I’m sure the bowling, tennis, football and netball clubs will embrace their new facilities and welcome more players into their fold.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re making sport and recreation more accessible for people right across Western Victoria – it’s about community and encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Courting Success In Horsham, Kalkee And Natimuk

Four sporting precincts in and around Horsham have been upgraded, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. The projects were made possible thanks to more than $390,000 in support from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and Country Football and Netball Program. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula was at Horsham City Bowling Club today to officially open a competition-standard synthetic green that will allow significant savings on maintenance and watering. At Central Park in Horsham there are two new netball/tennis courts and upgraded drainage. Natimuk United Football Netball Club has new lights and the Rams footballers have made the most of their improved training conditions, playing finals for the first time since 1997. Tennis and netball players in the Kalkee region are celebrating the construction of two multi-sport courts and the upgrading of lighting at Kalkee Tennis Club. The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. The Country Football and Netball Program is a Government partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria. Labor launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005 and since then the program has provided more than $26.6 million to 480 projects across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $850 million in new community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “Horsham is a great rural city and Natimuk and Kalkee are great Wimmera towns – we’re proud to be providing modern facilities so people young and old can play their sport of choice.” “I’m sure the bowling, tennis, football and netball clubs will embrace their new facilities and welcome more players into their fold.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re making sport and recreation more accessible for people right across Western Victoria – it’s about community and encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle.”

 

Safety Boost Complete For Western Freeway Drivers

People driving between the Western Ring Road and Ballarat will now have a safer journey with the completion of a package of safety upgrades along the Western Freeway. The final safety upgrades between Bacchus Marsh and Leigh Creek are now complete and are part of around 230 kilometres of flexible safety barrier installed on the Western Freeway thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The new barriers also include additional turning points for emergency services and access breaks from every 500m to 1km that allow cars space to pull over during breakdowns and emergencies. Travel time signage between the Ring Road and Ballarat has been installed to allow road users to make informed decisions about their travel in real-time. This information is particularly important during changed driving conditions such as incidents, including crashes. The Western Freeway is one of most important routes in the state, connecting the western growth zone with the city, and serves as the major road link for freight between Melbourne, Western Victoria, and South Australia. This road was listed as one of the state’s most dangerous, between 2013 and 2018 there were 28 fatalities, and 207 serious injuries on this stretch of road. The improvements will significantly improve safety along the Western Freeway and reduce the risk and severity of head-on and run-off-road crashes. Existing safety barriers on the Western Freeway were hit 236 times in 2018 – which is 236 potentially serious crashes avoided. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “With these major safety upgrades, we’ve made it safer to drive between Ballarat and Melbourne each and every day.” “There’s no doubt these newly installed safety barriers will save lives and I want to thank drivers for their patience as we have rolled them out.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “This section of the Western Freeway is one of the highest risk roads in the state which is why we have invested in these life-saving road upgrades.” “These crucial infrastructure upgrades will make it safer for Ballarat drivers getting to and from Melbourne, significantly reducing the risk of head on and run off the road collisions.”

Safety Boost Complete For Western Freeway Drivers

People driving between the Western Ring Road and Ballarat will now have a safer journey with the completion of a package of safety upgrades along the Western Freeway. The final safety upgrades between Bacchus Marsh and Leigh Creek are now complete and are part of around 230 kilometres of flexible safety barrier installed on the Western Freeway thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The new barriers also include additional turning points for emergency services and access breaks from every 500m to 1km that allow cars space to pull over during breakdowns and emergencies. Travel time signage between the Ring Road and Ballarat has been installed to allow road users to make informed decisions about their travel in real-time. This information is particularly important during changed driving conditions such as incidents, including crashes. The Western Freeway is one of most important routes in the state, connecting the western growth zone with the city, and serves as the major road link for freight between Melbourne, Western Victoria, and South Australia. This road was listed as one of the state’s most dangerous, between 2013 and 2018 there were 28 fatalities, and 207 serious injuries on this stretch of road. The improvements will significantly improve safety along the Western Freeway and reduce the risk and severity of head-on and run-off-road crashes. Existing safety barriers on the Western Freeway were hit 236 times in 2018 – which is 236 potentially serious crashes avoided. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “With these major safety upgrades, we’ve made it safer to drive between Ballarat and Melbourne each and every day.” “There’s no doubt these newly installed safety barriers will save lives and I want to thank drivers for their patience as we have rolled them out.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “This section of the Western Freeway is one of the highest risk roads in the state which is why we have invested in these life-saving road upgrades.” “These crucial infrastructure upgrades will make it safer for Ballarat drivers getting to and from Melbourne, significantly reducing the risk of head on and run off the road collisions.”

Australia-First Road Safety Technology Trial Gets Green Light

The Andrews Labor Government is making Victorian roads safer with a trial of Australia-first technology at one of Melbourne’s high-crash intersections. Minister for Roads, Roads Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced new connected and automated vehicle technology will be fitted at the intersection of Williamstown Road and Somerville Road in Yarraville. One third of deaths and 44 per cent of serious injuries on Victoria’s roads occur at intersections. This trial will provide insights that can help boost safety at busy, complex intersections. Specialist light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors will monitor the intersection and analyse all crashes and near misses. The cutting-edge technology will also provide real-time warnings of potential hazards to vehicles fitted with connected technology. This is the first time LIDAR technology has been used in this way in Australia and will allow Road Safety Victoria to closely analyse crashes and near misses, and how they may have been caused, to make roads safer. The trial is being undertaken by Omni-Aware – a consortium of specialist technology companies including Intelligent Transport Services, Transoptim Consulting and IBIS Computer. The project is funded through the Labor Government’s $9 million Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “A third of road fatalities in Victoria happen at intersections – this trial will give us important insights on how to boost safety at intersections and keep more Victorians safe.” “Victoria has always led the way in connected and automated vehicle technology, this is another way we’re making our infrastructure and policies support the uptake of this life-saving technology.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne “This technology will play a key role in keeping Victorians safe on our roads – that’s why we’re investing in it and beginning the roll-out on our roads.”

Australia-First Road Safety Technology Trial Gets Green Light

The Andrews Labor Government is making Victorian roads safer with a trial of Australia-first technology at one of Melbourne’s high-crash intersections. Minister for Roads, Roads Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced new connected and automated vehicle technology will be fitted at the intersection of Williamstown Road and Somerville Road in Yarraville. One third of deaths and 44 per cent of serious injuries on Victoria’s roads occur at intersections. This trial will provide insights that can help boost safety at busy, complex intersections. Specialist light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors will monitor the intersection and analyse all crashes and near misses. The cutting-edge technology will also provide real-time warnings of potential hazards to vehicles fitted with connected technology. This is the first time LIDAR technology has been used in this way in Australia and will allow Road Safety Victoria to closely analyse crashes and near misses, and how they may have been caused, to make roads safer. The trial is being undertaken by Omni-Aware – a consortium of specialist technology companies including Intelligent Transport Services, Transoptim Consulting and IBIS Computer. The project is funded through the Labor Government’s $9 million Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford “A third of road fatalities in Victoria happen at intersections – this trial will give us important insights on how to boost safety at intersections and keep more Victorians safe.” “Victoria has always led the way in connected and automated vehicle technology, this is another way we’re making our infrastructure and policies support the uptake of this life-saving technology.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne “This technology will play a key role in keeping Victorians safe on our roads – that’s why we’re investing in it and beginning the roll-out on our roads.”

Improving Apollo Bay Harbour For Locals To Enjoy

The Andrews Labor Government will improve the Apollo Bay Harbour – keeping it safe for boaters, fishers and tourists. Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne today visited the harbour to announce $1.3 million to carry out works including the dredging of the main harbour channel to improve access for boats. The works will also involve vital maintenance and improvements to the breakwater, and the repair of the slipway winch, which pulls boats into the dry dock. The upgraded harbour and facilities will support the port manager and the Apollo Bay Fishing Cooperative by future proofing the main navigation channel, berths and unloading areas for ongoing use. Colac Otway Shire manages the Apollo Bay Harbour, which generates $6.5 million annually for the local economy. It also provides safe berthing and mooring for around 40 vessels, including two for tourist charters. The Labor Government is investing in local ports across the state – to upgrade and carry out maintenance to improve facilities for fishers, boaters, anglers, tourists and local communities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Port and Freight Melissa Horne “These vital upgrades will mean boaters, fishers and tourists can continue using the Apollo Bay Harbour for years to come.” “With 40 vessels using the harbour including fishing vessels, the Coastguard and tourist charters, we are carrying out works that will benefit the whole community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “The Apollo Bay Harbour is a vital lifeline for our community – generating $6.5 million annually for the local economy – it’s vital we carry out these works to keep the harbour in top shape.”

Improving Apollo Bay Harbour For Locals To Enjoy

The Andrews Labor Government will improve the Apollo Bay Harbour – keeping it safe for boaters, fishers and tourists. Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne today visited the harbour to announce $1.3 million to carry out works including the dredging of the main harbour channel to improve access for boats. The works will also involve vital maintenance and improvements to the breakwater, and the repair of the slipway winch, which pulls boats into the dry dock. The upgraded harbour and facilities will support the port manager and the Apollo Bay Fishing Cooperative by future proofing the main navigation channel, berths and unloading areas for ongoing use. Colac Otway Shire manages the Apollo Bay Harbour, which generates $6.5 million annually for the local economy. It also provides safe berthing and mooring for around 40 vessels, including two for tourist charters. The Labor Government is investing in local ports across the state – to upgrade and carry out maintenance to improve facilities for fishers, boaters, anglers, tourists and local communities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Port and Freight Melissa Horne “These vital upgrades will mean boaters, fishers and tourists can continue using the Apollo Bay Harbour for years to come.” “With 40 vessels using the harbour including fishing vessels, the Coastguard and tourist charters, we are carrying out works that will benefit the whole community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “The Apollo Bay Harbour is a vital lifeline for our community – generating $6.5 million annually for the local economy – it’s vital we carry out these works to keep the harbour in top shape.”

Tackling The Digital Divide In Central Highlands

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a new plan to improve digital connectivity in central Victoria as part of a commitment to give regional Victorians equal access to the infrastructure and services available in Melbourne. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes and Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula today launched the Central Highlands Digital Plan – the first of its kind in Victoria, supported by a share in $1 million through the Connecting Regional Communities Program. The Central Highlands plan is one of nine digital plans currently under development in collaboration with the Labor Government’s Regional Partnerships. Communities across Victoria called on Regional Partnerships to prioritise digital connectivity in regional Victoria, and the Labor Government listened. Developed by the Central Highlands Regional Partnership, the new digital plan provides a comprehensive overview of digital infrastructure and supply shortages across Ballarat, Moorabool, Golden Plains, Ararat, Pyrenees and Hepburn shires. The plan incorporates investigative fieldwork and mapping of current services such as mobile coverage, fixed broadband for businesses, public WiFi and Internet of Things networks. Since 2014, the Labor Government has already invested $130 million to improve digital connectivity across rural and regional Victoria. 14 new mobile towers have been built within the Central Highlands region to address blackspots and improve public safety, liveability and economic opportunities. The Government’s investment has also improved mobile connectivity on VLine rail services between Melbourne and Ballarat and delivered a free public WiFi network in Ballarat. The Central Highlands Digital Plan can be viewed at https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/news/new-plan-to-tackle-digital-divide-In-central-victoria. The remaining eight plans will be released over the coming months. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Nobody knows the priorities of country Victoria better than the communities themselves, and we’re proud to have invested in this plan through the Central Highlands Regional Partnership to tackle the digital divide across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula “Regional communities and businesses deserve high-quality, reliable digital infrastructure and services, and this first-of-its-kind digital plan will pave the way for better connectivity.”

Tackling The Digital Divide In Central Highlands

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a new plan to improve digital connectivity in central Victoria as part of a commitment to give regional Victorians equal access to the infrastructure and services available in Melbourne. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes and Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula today launched the Central Highlands Digital Plan – the first of its kind in Victoria, supported by a share in $1 million through the Connecting Regional Communities Program. The Central Highlands plan is one of nine digital plans currently under development in collaboration with the Labor Government’s Regional Partnerships. Communities across Victoria called on Regional Partnerships to prioritise digital connectivity in regional Victoria, and the Labor Government listened. Developed by the Central Highlands Regional Partnership, the new digital plan provides a comprehensive overview of digital infrastructure and supply shortages across Ballarat, Moorabool, Golden Plains, Ararat, Pyrenees and Hepburn shires. The plan incorporates investigative fieldwork and mapping of current services such as mobile coverage, fixed broadband for businesses, public WiFi and Internet of Things networks. Since 2014, the Labor Government has already invested $130 million to improve digital connectivity across rural and regional Victoria. 14 new mobile towers have been built within the Central Highlands region to address blackspots and improve public safety, liveability and economic opportunities. The Government’s investment has also improved mobile connectivity on VLine rail services between Melbourne and Ballarat and delivered a free public WiFi network in Ballarat. The Central Highlands Digital Plan can be viewed at https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/news/new-plan-to-tackle-digital-divide-In-central-victoria. The remaining eight plans will be released over the coming months. Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Nobody knows the priorities of country Victoria better than the communities themselves, and we’re proud to have invested in this plan through the Central Highlands Regional Partnership to tackle the digital divide across the state.” Quote attributable to Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula “Regional communities and businesses deserve high-quality, reliable digital infrastructure and services, and this first-of-its-kind digital plan will pave the way for better connectivity.”