• 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.

  • Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund

    Regional Development Victoria manages the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which is in place to invest in growing jobs, building infrastructure and strengthening communities in regional Victoria. To find out more about some of the grant programs under the fund, click the link below.

  • 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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Andrews Government Invests In Our Young Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government will provide funding  grants to help young farmers boost their skills and become better equipped to face the farming challenges and opportunities of the future. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to farmers and farm workers under the age of 35 to help them boost development and career progression in the industry. The funding consists of $5,000 towards study backed by a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice. The scholarship program is designed to be flexible  to fit in with the demands and ambitions of young farmers and farm workers. Examples of eligible courses include a Diploma in Agriculture, Human Resources training, Business Management , a Diploma of Agribusiness Management and a range of on-farm technical training. Young people with an interest in agriculture are also encouraged to contribute to the conversation that will help shape future programs and activities, supporting the development of our next generation of food and fibre producers. More information about the Young Farmer Scholarship Program and the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council is available atwww.vic.gov.au/youngfarmers. Applications  for the Young Farmers Scholarship Program close on 26 August, 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the future of farming by helping upskill our young people working within the industry.” “The outlook for farming is very positive with growing export markets on our doorstep and a world-class food and fibre sector already punching above its weight – this is why we need to ensure we have the agricultural leaders of tomorrow getting the right support today.”

Andrews Government Invests In Our Young Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government will provide funding  grants to help young farmers boost their skills and become better equipped to face the farming challenges and opportunities of the future. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to farmers and farm workers under the age of 35 to help them boost development and career progression in the industry. The funding consists of $5,000 towards study backed by a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice. The scholarship program is designed to be flexible  to fit in with the demands and ambitions of young farmers and farm workers. Examples of eligible courses include a Diploma in Agriculture, Human Resources training, Business Management , a Diploma of Agribusiness Management and a range of on-farm technical training. Young people with an interest in agriculture are also encouraged to contribute to the conversation that will help shape future programs and activities, supporting the development of our next generation of food and fibre producers. More information about the Young Farmer Scholarship Program and the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council is available atwww.vic.gov.au/youngfarmers. Applications  for the Young Farmers Scholarship Program close on 26 August, 2016. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the future of farming by helping upskill our young people working within the industry.” “The outlook for farming is very positive with growing export markets on our doorstep and a world-class food and fibre sector already punching above its weight – this is why we need to ensure we have the agricultural leaders of tomorrow getting the right support today.”

Stawell Leads The Way With Underground Lab

Construction is set to begin on the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL), creating 19 construction jobs and 15 full time jobs with the laboratory, and establishing Stawell as a regional centre for scientific excellence. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today toured the building site which is being constructed more than one kilometre underground. The laboratory – the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere – will be used to conduct research into a wide range of sensitive physics and biomedical experiments, including research into ‘dark matter’. It capitalises on existing infrastructure and creates an innovative new use for the existing gold mine that will create high value, skilled research jobs. The project is supported by the Northern Grampians Shire Council, the University of Melbourne, the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Particle Physics, and the mine owner and operator, Crocodile Mining. Once operational, the laboratory will bring together international research agencies and boost the reputation of Stawell and Victoria within the international scientific community. The project is modelled on the Gran Sasso Underground Physics Laboratory in Italy which employs 200 particle physicists and hosts a visiting scientific community to 200 international physicists every year. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $1.75 million in Stage 1 of the project as part of its election commitment, matched with $1.75 million from the Commonwealth through the National Stronger Regions Fund. Funding for the project is being provided by the Labor  Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and infrastructure Fund (RJIF), which supports initiatives across regional and rural Victoria that build critical infrastructure, secure jobs, invest in communities and support new and emerging technology. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford “The Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory is great news for the community of Stawell. It will be home to hundreds of local jobs and hopefully, the world’s next great scientific discovery.” “We’re proud to get behind this innovative project, which will boost the region’s international reputation and increase and diversify employment opportunities in Stawell.” “Our $500 million Regional Jobs and infrastructure Fund supports cutting edge projects like this one, which capitalises on existing infrastructure and ensures regional Victoria remains a great place to live, work and visit.”

Stawell Leads The Way With Underground Lab

Construction is set to begin on the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL), creating 19 construction jobs and 15 full time jobs with the laboratory, and establishing Stawell as a regional centre for scientific excellence. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today toured the building site which is being constructed more than one kilometre underground. The laboratory – the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere – will be used to conduct research into a wide range of sensitive physics and biomedical experiments, including research into ‘dark matter’. It capitalises on existing infrastructure and creates an innovative new use for the existing gold mine that will create high value, skilled research jobs. The project is supported by the Northern Grampians Shire Council, the University of Melbourne, the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Particle Physics, and the mine owner and operator, Crocodile Mining. Once operational, the laboratory will bring together international research agencies and boost the reputation of Stawell and Victoria within the international scientific community. The project is modelled on the Gran Sasso Underground Physics Laboratory in Italy which employs 200 particle physicists and hosts a visiting scientific community to 200 international physicists every year. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $1.75 million in Stage 1 of the project as part of its election commitment, matched with $1.75 million from the Commonwealth through the National Stronger Regions Fund. Funding for the project is being provided by the Labor  Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and infrastructure Fund (RJIF), which supports initiatives across regional and rural Victoria that build critical infrastructure, secure jobs, invest in communities and support new and emerging technology. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford “The Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory is great news for the community of Stawell. It will be home to hundreds of local jobs and hopefully, the world’s next great scientific discovery.” “We’re proud to get behind this innovative project, which will boost the region’s international reputation and increase and diversify employment opportunities in Stawell.” “Our $500 million Regional Jobs and infrastructure Fund supports cutting edge projects like this one, which capitalises on existing infrastructure and ensures regional Victoria remains a great place to live, work and visit.”

Ballarat Builder Scores Eureka Construction Contract

Local firm Nicholson Construction has won the contract to build Ballarat’s much anticipated Eureka Stadium. Nicholson Construction boasts more than 120 years’ experience, positioned as the industry leader in construction across regional Victoria. In 2015, it won the highly coveted Master Builders Association of Victoria, Regional Commercial Builder of the Year. The firm will work with renowned Melbourne firm, Peddle Thorp Architects, to deliver the project, including: Upgrading change rooms and match-day facilities to AFL standard Upgrading stadium seating, providing public shelters, toilets for all-abilities access, catering and food beverage facilities and ticketing infrastructure Improving lighting around the main oval and providing a video and electronic scoreboard The revitalised stadium will deliver more than 5,000 undercover seats and a total stadium capacity of more than 11,000 spectators. Construction is slated for completion in time for the beginning of the 2017 AFL season. The project is expected to create 38 construction jobs, attract an extra 1500 participants per year, draw another 21,000 visitors to Ballarat each year and increase annual tourism spending in the city by up to $3.6 million. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $30 million in the Eureka precinct redevelopment, which includes upgrading Eureka Stadium, the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre and the C.E. Brown Reserve. The new stadium will also cater for international acts and tournaments, bringing events to the region that would otherwise have to be held only in Melbourne or Geelong. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “With the announcement of Nicholson Construction as the construction partner for the Eureka Stadium project, the redevelopment is on track for the Western Bulldogs to play in 2017.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “Sporting precincts that are world-class like the Eureka Precinct in Ballarat, bring visitors, sporting clubs and fans to our region – and that’s a good thing.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Nicholson Construction will help to build the world-class stadium that Ballarat deserves, allowing the Western Bulldogs to play AFL home-and-away matches in Ballarat, meaning more tourists and a stronger local economy.” Quote attributable to City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Des Hudson “Council is very pleased that Ballarat’s own Nicholson Construction has been awarded the $14 million contract to build our Eureka Stadium, adding new jobs and keeping this significant State Government investment in our local economy.”

Ballarat Builder Scores Eureka Construction Contract

Local firm Nicholson Construction has won the contract to build Ballarat’s much anticipated Eureka Stadium. Nicholson Construction boasts more than 120 years’ experience, positioned as the industry leader in construction across regional Victoria. In 2015, it won the highly coveted Master Builders Association of Victoria, Regional Commercial Builder of the Year. The firm will work with renowned Melbourne firm, Peddle Thorp Architects, to deliver the project, including: Upgrading change rooms and match-day facilities to AFL standard Upgrading stadium seating, providing public shelters, toilets for all-abilities access, catering and food beverage facilities and ticketing infrastructure Improving lighting around the main oval and providing a video and electronic scoreboard The revitalised stadium will deliver more than 5,000 undercover seats and a total stadium capacity of more than 11,000 spectators. Construction is slated for completion in time for the beginning of the 2017 AFL season. The project is expected to create 38 construction jobs, attract an extra 1500 participants per year, draw another 21,000 visitors to Ballarat each year and increase annual tourism spending in the city by up to $3.6 million. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $30 million in the Eureka precinct redevelopment, which includes upgrading Eureka Stadium, the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre and the C.E. Brown Reserve. The new stadium will also cater for international acts and tournaments, bringing events to the region that would otherwise have to be held only in Melbourne or Geelong. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “With the announcement of Nicholson Construction as the construction partner for the Eureka Stadium project, the redevelopment is on track for the Western Bulldogs to play in 2017.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “Sporting precincts that are world-class like the Eureka Precinct in Ballarat, bring visitors, sporting clubs and fans to our region – and that’s a good thing.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Nicholson Construction will help to build the world-class stadium that Ballarat deserves, allowing the Western Bulldogs to play AFL home-and-away matches in Ballarat, meaning more tourists and a stronger local economy.” Quote attributable to City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Des Hudson “Council is very pleased that Ballarat’s own Nicholson Construction has been awarded the $14 million contract to build our Eureka Stadium, adding new jobs and keeping this significant State Government investment in our local economy.”

Protecting Australian Produce From Biosecurity Threats

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today highlighted the importance of protecting Victoria’s agricultural and environmental assets from biosecurity threats as she opened the National Biosecurity Research Development and Extension Forum at AgriBio, Victoria’s centre for agribioscience. The two day forum brings together plant industry representatives, regulators, policy makers and research leaders to collaborate how to best prioritise future research to improve Australia’s plant biosecurity. An expert panel will focus on how government and industry can work together to coordinate activities both domestically and internationally. This will help set the direction for the national Plant Biosecurity Research, Development and Extension Strategy and will utilise Victoria’s world leading science-based systems to increase Australia’s capability to safeguard Australia’s plant industries. Australia’s plant industries generate more than $30 billion in annual economic value, and more than $20 billion in export revenue each year. Victoria is Australia’s leading exporter of food and fibre, and accounts for 29 per cent of Australia’s agricultural exports from just 3 per cent of Australia’s arable land mass. AgriBio is a joint initiative of the Victorian Government and La Trobe University. It is a world-class centre housing the Government’s biosecurity diagnostics laboratories to enhance preparedness, rapid detection, response and management of plant and animal pest and disease outbreaks. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Protecting agricultural and environmental assets from plant pests and diseases will ensure we continue to maintain and grow the success of our food and fibre industry.” “The Andrews Labor Government recognises the importance of plant biosecurity and is proud to be the core sponsor of this collaborative approach to drive Australia’s Plant Biosecurity RD&E Strategy.” “It’s essential that we maintain our reputation as a country with high biosecurity standards, as it underpins our product quality and the integrity elements of Brand Australia in domestic and global markets.”

Protecting Australian Produce From Biosecurity Threats

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today highlighted the importance of protecting Victoria’s agricultural and environmental assets from biosecurity threats as she opened the National Biosecurity Research Development and Extension Forum at AgriBio, Victoria’s centre for agribioscience. The two day forum brings together plant industry representatives, regulators, policy makers and research leaders to collaborate how to best prioritise future research to improve Australia’s plant biosecurity. An expert panel will focus on how government and industry can work together to coordinate activities both domestically and internationally. This will help set the direction for the national Plant Biosecurity Research, Development and Extension Strategy and will utilise Victoria’s world leading science-based systems to increase Australia’s capability to safeguard Australia’s plant industries. Australia’s plant industries generate more than $30 billion in annual economic value, and more than $20 billion in export revenue each year. Victoria is Australia’s leading exporter of food and fibre, and accounts for 29 per cent of Australia’s agricultural exports from just 3 per cent of Australia’s arable land mass. AgriBio is a joint initiative of the Victorian Government and La Trobe University. It is a world-class centre housing the Government’s biosecurity diagnostics laboratories to enhance preparedness, rapid detection, response and management of plant and animal pest and disease outbreaks. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Protecting agricultural and environmental assets from plant pests and diseases will ensure we continue to maintain and grow the success of our food and fibre industry.” “The Andrews Labor Government recognises the importance of plant biosecurity and is proud to be the core sponsor of this collaborative approach to drive Australia’s Plant Biosecurity RD&E Strategy.” “It’s essential that we maintain our reputation as a country with high biosecurity standards, as it underpins our product quality and the integrity elements of Brand Australia in domestic and global markets.”

 

Helping Drought Affected Farmers Manage Their Risk

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting farmers to future proof against the impacts of drought with grants available from 1 July to help with business planning, training and on-farm preparedness. $1.5 million is being made available for the Farm Risk Management Grantsprogram, part of the Labor Government’s $10 million drought community support package announced in March this year. Eligible farm businesses will be able to receive up to $10,000 each for a combination of activities to improve risk management and better prepare for drought. Eligible farm businesses located in the local government areas of Buloke, Yarriambiack, Loddon, Northern Grampians, Horsham, Hindmarsh, Gannawarra, Pyrenees, Central Goldfields, West Wimmera and Ararat are encouraged to apply. Applications will close 30 June 2017, or when funds are fully expended. The Program is being delivered by Rural Finance. To check eligibility, apply or find out more contact Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or visit www.ruralfinance.com.au/Industry-programs Seasonal workshops and planning activities continue to run across the state to help producers make decisions based on their situation, farmers are encouraged to visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au to see what is on in their area. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan “The Andrews Labor Government is backing our farmers to bounce back from the impacts of drought. We know that unfortunately this won’t be the last drought and we must build resilience to help those on the land as they face future challenges.” “The recent rains have offered a sigh of relief and they do point to a more positive upcoming season, however until the cheques are in the bank, many of our farmers are still doing it tough.” “Farmers and regional communities called for support in proofing long term against drought and  these grants help put the  focus firmly on the future.”

Helping Drought Affected Farmers Manage Their Risk

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting farmers to future proof against the impacts of drought with grants available from 1 July to help with business planning, training and on-farm preparedness. $1.5 million is being made available for the Farm Risk Management Grantsprogram, part of the Labor Government’s $10 million drought community support package announced in March this year. Eligible farm businesses will be able to receive up to $10,000 each for a combination of activities to improve risk management and better prepare for drought. Eligible farm businesses located in the local government areas of Buloke, Yarriambiack, Loddon, Northern Grampians, Horsham, Hindmarsh, Gannawarra, Pyrenees, Central Goldfields, West Wimmera and Ararat are encouraged to apply. Applications will close 30 June 2017, or when funds are fully expended. The Program is being delivered by Rural Finance. To check eligibility, apply or find out more contact Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or visit www.ruralfinance.com.au/Industry-programs Seasonal workshops and planning activities continue to run across the state to help producers make decisions based on their situation, farmers are encouraged to visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au to see what is on in their area. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan “The Andrews Labor Government is backing our farmers to bounce back from the impacts of drought. We know that unfortunately this won’t be the last drought and we must build resilience to help those on the land as they face future challenges.” “The recent rains have offered a sigh of relief and they do point to a more positive upcoming season, however until the cheques are in the bank, many of our farmers are still doing it tough.” “Farmers and regional communities called for support in proofing long term against drought and  these grants help put the  focus firmly on the future.”

New Commissioner To Oversee Rural Assistance

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening rural assistance schemes with the appointment of a new Rural Assistance Commissioner. Created under the Rural Assistance Schemes Act 2016, the new role will help the Labor Government oversee the effective delivery of financial support to rural and regional communities. From 30 June, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Secretary Richard Bolt will be appointed Commissioner for an interim period of 12 months. The new Commissioner replaces the former Rural Finance Corporation Victoria. Through an agreement with the Government, rural assistance schemes such as grants and loans are delivered by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank under the name ‘Rural Finance’. Rural Finance will continue to deliver rural assistance schemes, such as drought and dairy concessional loans, on behalf of the Government. From 30 June 2016, this agreement will be overseen by the newly appointed Commissioner instead of the former Rural Finance Corporation Victoria. For more information, call (03) 5448 2600, or visitwww.ruralfinance.com.au Quotes attributable to the Acting Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan “Victorian farmers and rural businesses face continued challenges including drought, fire, floods, animal disease incursions and fluctuating commodity markets – they need expert support in financial planning and risk management.” “This appointment will help strengthen rural assistance services and ensure our farmers and their families receive the best support available to assist their individual needs.” “Victorian agriculture production contributes $11.8 billion to the Victorian economy. For food and fibre production to grow, we need to give our farmers the support they deserve during times of need.”

New Commissioner To Oversee Rural Assistance

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening rural assistance schemes with the appointment of a new Rural Assistance Commissioner. Created under the Rural Assistance Schemes Act 2016, the new role will help the Labor Government oversee the effective delivery of financial support to rural and regional communities. From 30 June, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Secretary Richard Bolt will be appointed Commissioner for an interim period of 12 months. The new Commissioner replaces the former Rural Finance Corporation Victoria. Through an agreement with the Government, rural assistance schemes such as grants and loans are delivered by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank under the name ‘Rural Finance’. Rural Finance will continue to deliver rural assistance schemes, such as drought and dairy concessional loans, on behalf of the Government. From 30 June 2016, this agreement will be overseen by the newly appointed Commissioner instead of the former Rural Finance Corporation Victoria. For more information, call (03) 5448 2600, or visitwww.ruralfinance.com.au Quotes attributable to the Acting Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan “Victorian farmers and rural businesses face continued challenges including drought, fire, floods, animal disease incursions and fluctuating commodity markets – they need expert support in financial planning and risk management.” “This appointment will help strengthen rural assistance services and ensure our farmers and their families receive the best support available to assist their individual needs.” “Victorian agriculture production contributes $11.8 billion to the Victorian economy. For food and fibre production to grow, we need to give our farmers the support they deserve during times of need.”

Victorian Agribusiness Ready To Take On The World

Agribusiness and agriculture remains at the heart of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to grow jobs and boost the Victorian economy on the global stage. Speaking today at the 12th Victorian Agribusiness Summit in Healesville, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the Labor Government was buoyed by confidence in the future of the agribusiness sector to reap the rewards of solid investments in boosting export and market access. Victoria is Australia’s leading exporter of food and fibre, accounting for 29 per cent of agricultural exports. The Government is continuing to support the sector through productivity-boosting research and development, helping farmers and their communities during tough times, maintaining strong biosecurity protection and improving market access to export destinations. Earlier this year, the Government released the state’s first Food and Fibre Strategy, underpinned by a broader $200 million Future Industries Fund. The Food and Fibre Strategy supports the establishment of an ‘Innovation Network’, putting the development and sharing of agribusiness ideas on a strong development path. In the Victorian Budget 2016/17, more than $20 million went towards maintaining Victoria’s biosecurity services, keeping our farms safe from pests and disease and ensuring our produce is welcomed by the global market. Agribusinesses can take advantage of government investment by adding value themselves, introducing new technology and production techniques and researching and developing new products. Clever agribusiness marketing that brings people to our regional areas with the promise of delicious wine and food can leverage Victoria’s clean, green, high-quality reputation on the world stage. The Government is backing agritourism with a $1 million Victorian Wine Industry Strategy, supporting wine tourism, and a $101 million Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund. Tourism is Victoria’s second largest export, generating 205,000 jobs – with a nation of food lovers who will pay more for quality produce and who love gastronomic holidays. Victorian agribusiness is perfectly poised to take advantage of these opportunities and the Labor Government stands with them. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “The story of Victorian agribusiness is a positive story – and we are proud to play our part.” “Agribusiness is at the heart of Victoria’s rural communities and is crucial to our economic growth. That’s why we have put significant funding into supporting food and fibre production and agritourism

Victorian Agribusiness Ready To Take On The World

Agribusiness and agriculture remains at the heart of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to grow jobs and boost the Victorian economy on the global stage. Speaking today at the 12th Victorian Agribusiness Summit in Healesville, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the Labor Government was buoyed by confidence in the future of the agribusiness sector to reap the rewards of solid investments in boosting export and market access. Victoria is Australia’s leading exporter of food and fibre, accounting for 29 per cent of agricultural exports. The Government is continuing to support the sector through productivity-boosting research and development, helping farmers and their communities during tough times, maintaining strong biosecurity protection and improving market access to export destinations. Earlier this year, the Government released the state’s first Food and Fibre Strategy, underpinned by a broader $200 million Future Industries Fund. The Food and Fibre Strategy supports the establishment of an ‘Innovation Network’, putting the development and sharing of agribusiness ideas on a strong development path. In the Victorian Budget 2016/17, more than $20 million went towards maintaining Victoria’s biosecurity services, keeping our farms safe from pests and disease and ensuring our produce is welcomed by the global market. Agribusinesses can take advantage of government investment by adding value themselves, introducing new technology and production techniques and researching and developing new products. Clever agribusiness marketing that brings people to our regional areas with the promise of delicious wine and food can leverage Victoria’s clean, green, high-quality reputation on the world stage. The Government is backing agritourism with a $1 million Victorian Wine Industry Strategy, supporting wine tourism, and a $101 million Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund. Tourism is Victoria’s second largest export, generating 205,000 jobs – with a nation of food lovers who will pay more for quality produce and who love gastronomic holidays. Victorian agribusiness is perfectly poised to take advantage of these opportunities and the Labor Government stands with them. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “The story of Victorian agribusiness is a positive story – and we are proud to play our part.” “Agribusiness is at the heart of Victoria’s rural communities and is crucial to our economic growth. That’s why we have put significant funding into supporting food and fibre production and agritourism

Ballarat West Employment Zone Signals Jobs Growth

The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to boost employment and economic growth in Ballarat over the next 20 years took another step forward today, with the announcement of two new land sales at the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ). Agricultural machinery specialist Agrimac and freight distribution company Kane Transport are the second and third land-owners within the precinct. Agrimac has purchased a 1.84 hectare lot to build a new dealership and service centre as part of the company’s expansion of its western Victorian operations, where it will employ up to 25 people. Ballarat-based freight distribution company Kane Transport has purchased a 1.8 hectare lot to build a new warehouse and depot facility. The company’s new development will employ 17 people at a more efficient and safer warehouse operation in closer to interstate transport links and central Ballarat. These sales follow on from the first purchase of land in October last year, when Broadbent Grains purchased a 10.67 hectare lot to develop a $24 million export grain handling facility –  expected to create 35 local jobs. BWEZ is a $30 million joint initiative between the Labor Government and the City of Ballarat to support the region’s economic growth over the next 20 years. The Labor Government has unlocked 60 hectares of industrial land to attract large-scale businesses to Ballarat, which will build on the region’s existing strengths and also help boost the local economy. BWEZ has the objective of becoming a high quality industrial estate for a range of manufacturing, agribusiness, construction, freight and logistics and research and development uses. It has been designed to enhance business productivity, with a freight hub on site, access for high productivity freight vehicles, top quality infrastructure, and close access to Ballarat airport. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re boosting jobs for our thriving Ballarat region. With new land-owners at BWEZ, Ballarat is on track for future employment and economic growth.”   Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “The Andrews Labor Government is growing jobs in Ballarat. We’re really pleased that developments in the Ballarat West Employment Zone will create new jobs in our city and secure employment in existing industries.”

Ballarat West Employment Zone Signals Jobs Growth

The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to boost employment and economic growth in Ballarat over the next 20 years took another step forward today, with the announcement of two new land sales at the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ). Agricultural machinery specialist Agrimac and freight distribution company Kane Transport are the second and third land-owners within the precinct. Agrimac has purchased a 1.84 hectare lot to build a new dealership and service centre as part of the company’s expansion of its western Victorian operations, where it will employ up to 25 people. Ballarat-based freight distribution company Kane Transport has purchased a 1.8 hectare lot to build a new warehouse and depot facility. The company’s new development will employ 17 people at a more efficient and safer warehouse operation in closer to interstate transport links and central Ballarat. These sales follow on from the first purchase of land in October last year, when Broadbent Grains purchased a 10.67 hectare lot to develop a $24 million export grain handling facility –  expected to create 35 local jobs. BWEZ is a $30 million joint initiative between the Labor Government and the City of Ballarat to support the region’s economic growth over the next 20 years. The Labor Government has unlocked 60 hectares of industrial land to attract large-scale businesses to Ballarat, which will build on the region’s existing strengths and also help boost the local economy. BWEZ has the objective of becoming a high quality industrial estate for a range of manufacturing, agribusiness, construction, freight and logistics and research and development uses. It has been designed to enhance business productivity, with a freight hub on site, access for high productivity freight vehicles, top quality infrastructure, and close access to Ballarat airport. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re boosting jobs for our thriving Ballarat region. With new land-owners at BWEZ, Ballarat is on track for future employment and economic growth.”   Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “The Andrews Labor Government is growing jobs in Ballarat. We’re really pleased that developments in the Ballarat West Employment Zone will create new jobs in our city and secure employment in existing industries.”