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Angel Investment Groups Help Victorian Startups Grow

Three new angel investor networks backed by the Andrews Labor Government through Launch Vic are set to unlock as much as $9 million in early-stage capital market over the next two years. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford announced $900,000 in grants from the Labor Government’s agency LaunchVic overnight while at the Victorian Startup Ecosystem Gala. The grants will help the angel groups to establish operations in Victoria and invest in more than 40 up-and-coming local startups. The newest angel networks are Cut Through Angels, Climate Angel Network and Playbook Angel Network, each will receive $300,000. Cut Through Angels was born from the creators of Cut Through Ventures, one of Australia's most widely read startup newsletters. The Climate Angel Network is a new arm of investor group Ecotone Partners, connecting a number of climate-conscious investors in the sustainability space. The Playbook Angel Network is from a syndicate of guests of the hit podcast The Startup Playbook, which will see successful founders re-invest back into the startup ecosystem. In the past two years, LaunchVic has funded the creation of five new angel networks that have since recruited more than 250 new investors, resulting in more than $6.7 million being invested into 36 Victorian startups. Archangel Ventures, initially established as an angel group with a 2020 grant from LaunchVic, has now launched its own $25 million venture capital fund - a hallmark of a growing and confident investment sector. Learn more about LaunchVic’s funded angel groups here launchvic.org/general/angel-networks. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research, and the Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford “Angel investments are a lifeline for early-stage startups and critical to supporting startup growth.” “We want to support startups that have high-growth potential, so they can design for scale and become the next Linktree, Seer Medical or Afterpay.” Quotes attributable to LaunchVic CEO Dr Kate Cornick “It’s great to see early-stage investment on the rise in Victoria, something LaunchVic remains steadfastly focused on improving.” “Activating investors and ensuring they have the connections and support to make significant investments is one of the most powerful ways we can close the early-stage funding gap in Victoria.”

Angel Investment Groups Help Victorian Startups Grow

Three new angel investor networks backed by the Andrews Labor Government through Launch Vic are set to unlock as much as $9 million in early-stage capital market over the next two years. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford announced $900,000 in grants from the Labor Government’s agency LaunchVic overnight while at the Victorian Startup Ecosystem Gala. The grants will help the angel groups to establish operations in Victoria and invest in more than 40 up-and-coming local startups. The newest angel networks are Cut Through Angels, Climate Angel Network and Playbook Angel Network, each will receive $300,000. Cut Through Angels was born from the creators of Cut Through Ventures, one of Australia's most widely read startup newsletters. The Climate Angel Network is a new arm of investor group Ecotone Partners, connecting a number of climate-conscious investors in the sustainability space. The Playbook Angel Network is from a syndicate of guests of the hit podcast The Startup Playbook, which will see successful founders re-invest back into the startup ecosystem. In the past two years, LaunchVic has funded the creation of five new angel networks that have since recruited more than 250 new investors, resulting in more than $6.7 million being invested into 36 Victorian startups. Archangel Ventures, initially established as an angel group with a 2020 grant from LaunchVic, has now launched its own $25 million venture capital fund - a hallmark of a growing and confident investment sector. Learn more about LaunchVic’s funded angel groups here launchvic.org/general/angel-networks. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research, and the Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford “Angel investments are a lifeline for early-stage startups and critical to supporting startup growth.” “We want to support startups that have high-growth potential, so they can design for scale and become the next Linktree, Seer Medical or Afterpay.” Quotes attributable to LaunchVic CEO Dr Kate Cornick “It’s great to see early-stage investment on the rise in Victoria, something LaunchVic remains steadfastly focused on improving.” “Activating investors and ensuring they have the connections and support to make significant investments is one of the most powerful ways we can close the early-stage funding gap in Victoria.”

Homegrown Vaccines On The Way For Australia

Onshore manufacturing of life-saving mRNA vaccines took a major step forward today, with the Australian Government, Moderna and the Victorian Government finalising all arrangements for the 10-year partnership. Under the agreements, an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility will be built at Monash University, helping protect Australians against future pandemics, supporting local industry and creating highly skilled local jobs. Moderna will also establish its headquarters and a Regional Research Centre in Victoria. Once operational, the facility will be able to produce up to 100 million vaccine doses every year. Once this critical onshore mRNA capability is established, Australia will reduce its dependence on imported mRNA vaccines and our vulnerability to supply disruptions or delays. It will give Australians local and ongoing access to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine – Spikevax – and give us an onshore mRNA manufacturing capability in the event of a new pandemic, such as avian influenza or another new pathogen, vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variants or a global resurgence of infections. The partnership will lead to a world-class mRNA ecosystem based in Melbourne, attract highly skilled staff and expand local capability through joint ventures with leading Australian research organisations. Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Albanese “The COVID-19 pandemic is a once in a generation challenge that gives us a once in a generation opportunity to come back stronger and better than ever.” “The pandemic has shown us how important local manufacturing capability is to our security and to our health.” “This significant deal will protect Australians and Australian sovereignty.” Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews “This agreement means that Victoria will be home to Moderna’s only mRNA manufacturing and finishing centre in the Southern Hemisphere.” “We have the skills and the equipment needed to deliver this vital onshore capability - it will save lives, create jobs and strengthen Victoria's position as a national leader in medical manufacturing.” “The pandemic has shown us how important it is to have strong sovereign capacity – we’re not wasting a second in making sure we have access to the vaccines we need to keep Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Mark Butler “I was honoured to sign an agreement today with my Victorian Government counterpart – Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford – to finalise this 10-year strategic partnership.” “It was a pivotal step in helping protect Australians against future pandemics while supporting local industry.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic “Australia has the world-class capabilities needed to develop and produce the next generation of medical technology, matched with leading researchers and a highly skilled workforce. “This landmark agreement signals the Australian Government’s commitment and support for sovereign manufacturing capability in critical industries.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “We warmly welcome Moderna to Melbourne - this facility and research centre together with Victoria's world-class science and health tech will generate major medical breakthroughs.” “We’ll keep making the big, bold investments needed to make sure we have the best research, the best facilities and the best treatments to keep Victorians safe and healthy.” Quote attributable to Moderna General Manager Australia & New Zealand Michael Azrak “We look forward to being a part of the Monash Clayton precinct and contributing to the R&D ecosystem in Melbourne and across Australia.”

Homegrown Vaccines On The Way For Australia

Onshore manufacturing of life-saving mRNA vaccines took a major step forward today, with the Australian Government, Moderna and the Victorian Government finalising all arrangements for the 10-year partnership. Under the agreements, an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility will be built at Monash University, helping protect Australians against future pandemics, supporting local industry and creating highly skilled local jobs. Moderna will also establish its headquarters and a Regional Research Centre in Victoria. Once operational, the facility will be able to produce up to 100 million vaccine doses every year. Once this critical onshore mRNA capability is established, Australia will reduce its dependence on imported mRNA vaccines and our vulnerability to supply disruptions or delays. It will give Australians local and ongoing access to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine – Spikevax – and give us an onshore mRNA manufacturing capability in the event of a new pandemic, such as avian influenza or another new pathogen, vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variants or a global resurgence of infections. The partnership will lead to a world-class mRNA ecosystem based in Melbourne, attract highly skilled staff and expand local capability through joint ventures with leading Australian research organisations. Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Albanese “The COVID-19 pandemic is a once in a generation challenge that gives us a once in a generation opportunity to come back stronger and better than ever.” “The pandemic has shown us how important local manufacturing capability is to our security and to our health.” “This significant deal will protect Australians and Australian sovereignty.” Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews “This agreement means that Victoria will be home to Moderna’s only mRNA manufacturing and finishing centre in the Southern Hemisphere.” “We have the skills and the equipment needed to deliver this vital onshore capability - it will save lives, create jobs and strengthen Victoria's position as a national leader in medical manufacturing.” “The pandemic has shown us how important it is to have strong sovereign capacity – we’re not wasting a second in making sure we have access to the vaccines we need to keep Victorians safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Mark Butler “I was honoured to sign an agreement today with my Victorian Government counterpart – Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford – to finalise this 10-year strategic partnership.” “It was a pivotal step in helping protect Australians against future pandemics while supporting local industry.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic “Australia has the world-class capabilities needed to develop and produce the next generation of medical technology, matched with leading researchers and a highly skilled workforce. “This landmark agreement signals the Australian Government’s commitment and support for sovereign manufacturing capability in critical industries.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “We warmly welcome Moderna to Melbourne - this facility and research centre together with Victoria's world-class science and health tech will generate major medical breakthroughs.” “We’ll keep making the big, bold investments needed to make sure we have the best research, the best facilities and the best treatments to keep Victorians safe and healthy.” Quote attributable to Moderna General Manager Australia & New Zealand Michael Azrak “We look forward to being a part of the Monash Clayton precinct and contributing to the R&D ecosystem in Melbourne and across Australia.”

Better Mobile Connectivity For Melbourne’s Outer North

The Andrews Labor Government is improving mobile connectivity in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with new mobile towers and upgrades to existing ones. The Labor Government will partner with telecommunications company Optus to deliver two new mobile towers and upgrade three towers to 5G through the Connecting Victoria program. The upgrades will better coverage across Attwood, Gladstone Park, Keilor North, Melbourne Airport, Sunbury, Tullamarine and Westmeadows. The works will be carried out between 2024 and 2026, delivering improved services across more than 135 square kilometres in areas north of Melbourne, benefiting more than 27,000 premises. Earlier this year the Government released the Connecting Victoria engagement report, voicing the needs of more than 11,000 Victorians for better mobile and broadband connections. Key feedback from the report made it clear that improved mobile services are needed in this area to keep pace with population growth, helping to boost tourism and the local economy. The Government’s $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking improvements to mobile coverage and broadband access across the state. More projects in locations across the state will be announced throughout 2022. To keep up to date, visit vic.gov.au/connectingvictoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “We know that connectivity lags are holding back businesses and affecting people’s everyday lives in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.” “Improved connectivity gives people more choice and options when it comes to finding the right plan at the right cost to meet their needs.” Quote attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Supporting residents and businesses in Melbourne’s north with reliable mobile coverage is vital – that’s why we’re making sure they can stay connected when they need it most.” Quote attributable to Vice-President of Regulatory and Public Affairs at Optus Andrew Sheridan “Optus wishes to thank the Victorian Government for their significant investment which will go a long way in strengthening the mobile infrastructure across northern Melbourne.”

Better Mobile Connectivity For Melbourne’s Outer North

The Andrews Labor Government is improving mobile connectivity in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with new mobile towers and upgrades to existing ones. The Labor Government will partner with telecommunications company Optus to deliver two new mobile towers and upgrade three towers to 5G through the Connecting Victoria program. The upgrades will better coverage across Attwood, Gladstone Park, Keilor North, Melbourne Airport, Sunbury, Tullamarine and Westmeadows. The works will be carried out between 2024 and 2026, delivering improved services across more than 135 square kilometres in areas north of Melbourne, benefiting more than 27,000 premises. Earlier this year the Government released the Connecting Victoria engagement report, voicing the needs of more than 11,000 Victorians for better mobile and broadband connections. Key feedback from the report made it clear that improved mobile services are needed in this area to keep pace with population growth, helping to boost tourism and the local economy. The Government’s $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking improvements to mobile coverage and broadband access across the state. More projects in locations across the state will be announced throughout 2022. To keep up to date, visit vic.gov.au/connectingvictoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “We know that connectivity lags are holding back businesses and affecting people’s everyday lives in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.” “Improved connectivity gives people more choice and options when it comes to finding the right plan at the right cost to meet their needs.” Quote attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Supporting residents and businesses in Melbourne’s north with reliable mobile coverage is vital – that’s why we’re making sure they can stay connected when they need it most.” Quote attributable to Vice-President of Regulatory and Public Affairs at Optus Andrew Sheridan “Optus wishes to thank the Victorian Government for their significant investment which will go a long way in strengthening the mobile infrastructure across northern Melbourne.”

Backing The Next Generation Of Workers In Future Tech

The Andrews Labor Government is addressing industry demand for workers in future tech with a new employment program. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford today announced the Labor Government’s $2.1 million Future Tech Talent Initiative from Jobs Victoria, which is matching businesses with the talent they need to grow their e-commerce and digital marketing capability. The initiative will give 115 jobseekers the exciting opportunity to start a new career in social media content development, sales, digital marketing, user experience and customer account management. Priority will be given to women aged 45 and over, young people aged 18 to 25, Aboriginal Victorians, people with disability, and people facing long-term unemployment. The new recruits will receive paid pre-employment training, 12 months of secure employment, professional development, mentoring and work-readiness training to support their career transition – most of the new jobs to be based in Melbourne with some regional opportunities. Grant Arnott, Executive Director of Global Marketplace and Click Frenzy, welcomes the initiative. Like many Victorian businesses, he has struggled to find people with the tech skills he needs. He believes this new way to recruit will pay off for businesses and employees alike. Jobs Victoria is delivering the initiative in partnership with Think & Grow, an organisation that supports fast-growth technology businesses through recruitment and advisory services. Think & Grow will work closely with employers to identify their needs and match jobseekers to suitable roles based on their skills, experience and aspirations. Australia’s rapidly expanding technology sector is expected to need 286,000 new workers by 2025. Nationwide, 87 percent of all jobs currently require some level of digital skills. The Future Tech Talent Initiative is supported by the Jobs Victoria Fund, which is creating 10,000 steady and secure jobs in sectors where they’re needed most. Job opportunities will be advertised on the Jobs Victoria online hub, a free service that matches employers with suitable jobseekers. For more information visit jobs.vic.gov.au or call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575. Quote attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “These jobs will drive innovation and entrepreneurship. Future tech by nature will always evolve and transform, by creating this skilled workforce we’re investing in the industry now and for years to come.” Quote attributable to Executive Director of Global Marketplace and Click Frenzy Grant Arnott “Digital businesses are desperate for staff who know the space. Giving people mentoring skills and much-needed digital skills in a growth sector will pay off for businesses and employees alike.”

Backing The Next Generation Of Workers In Future Tech

The Andrews Labor Government is addressing industry demand for workers in future tech with a new employment program. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford today announced the Labor Government’s $2.1 million Future Tech Talent Initiative from Jobs Victoria, which is matching businesses with the talent they need to grow their e-commerce and digital marketing capability. The initiative will give 115 jobseekers the exciting opportunity to start a new career in social media content development, sales, digital marketing, user experience and customer account management. Priority will be given to women aged 45 and over, young people aged 18 to 25, Aboriginal Victorians, people with disability, and people facing long-term unemployment. The new recruits will receive paid pre-employment training, 12 months of secure employment, professional development, mentoring and work-readiness training to support their career transition – most of the new jobs to be based in Melbourne with some regional opportunities. Grant Arnott, Executive Director of Global Marketplace and Click Frenzy, welcomes the initiative. Like many Victorian businesses, he has struggled to find people with the tech skills he needs. He believes this new way to recruit will pay off for businesses and employees alike. Jobs Victoria is delivering the initiative in partnership with Think & Grow, an organisation that supports fast-growth technology businesses through recruitment and advisory services. Think & Grow will work closely with employers to identify their needs and match jobseekers to suitable roles based on their skills, experience and aspirations. Australia’s rapidly expanding technology sector is expected to need 286,000 new workers by 2025. Nationwide, 87 percent of all jobs currently require some level of digital skills. The Future Tech Talent Initiative is supported by the Jobs Victoria Fund, which is creating 10,000 steady and secure jobs in sectors where they’re needed most. Job opportunities will be advertised on the Jobs Victoria online hub, a free service that matches employers with suitable jobseekers. For more information visit jobs.vic.gov.au or call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575. Quote attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “These jobs will drive innovation and entrepreneurship. Future tech by nature will always evolve and transform, by creating this skilled workforce we’re investing in the industry now and for years to come.” Quote attributable to Executive Director of Global Marketplace and Click Frenzy Grant Arnott “Digital businesses are desperate for staff who know the space. Giving people mentoring skills and much-needed digital skills in a growth sector will pay off for businesses and employees alike.”

 

STATEWIDE FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE VICTORIA’S PRIDE

The Andrews Labor Government is holding a landmark festival of pride events throughout Victoria this summer to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Victorians. Minister for Equality Harriet Shing today launched Victoria’s Pride – an annual celebration across the state for the next four years to support and celebrate our LGBTIQ+ communities. The Labor Government is funding a series of events across regional Victoria, which will kick off Victoria’s Pride in December. The summer of pride will close with a one-day street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023. Grants of up to $15,000 will support arts and culture projects which showcase regionally based LGBTIQ+ artists and highlight regional communities’ voices and stories, from community parties and art exhibitions to theatre shows and festivals. The events will provide an opportunity for LGBTIQ+ people to connect with one another and feel represented, and for people across the state to demonstrate their pride in and support for LGBTIQ+ communities. The Government has invested $6.8 million to make Victoria’s Pride a staple in Victoria’s events calendar for years to come – building on the success of Melbourne Pride, a statewide event held across the 2021-22 summer to mark more than 40 years since the decriminalisation of sex between men in Victoria.  More than 67,500 people are estimated to have attended last years’ events, with almost 30,000 people participating in 22 regional activities last summer, with events including a pop-up festival in Bendigo, art exhibitions, theatre shows and a movie screening. The Government has partnered with leading LGBTIQ+ arts and cultural organisation Midsumma to deliver Victoria’s Pride.   To apply for a Victoria’s Pride regional grant or to find out more, please visit midsumma.org.au/regional-activation. Applications are open from now until Monday 26 September at 5pm.  Quote attributable to Minister for Equality Harriet Shing “Victoria’s Pride will be a welcoming and inclusive celebration of LGBTIQ+ communities across the state – a chance for all Victorians to show visible love and support and for our community to celebrate who we are.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford “Our LGBTIQ+ community are Victoria’s pride, and this state-wide festival and grants are a great opportunity to celebrate them.”   Quote attributable to Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities Todd Fernando "It’s fantastic to see that right across Victoria we will continue to have opportunities for people to showcase their support for our diverse LGBTIQ+ communities. Whether you are a member of our fabulous rainbow communities or an ally, I encourage you to attend Victoria’s Pride events this summer.”  Quote attributable to Midsumma CEO Karen Bryant “This is an exciting opportunity for all diverse LGBTQIA+ Victorians and our wider communities to come together and celebrate our journey, our voices and our Pride."

STATEWIDE FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE VICTORIA’S PRIDE

The Andrews Labor Government is holding a landmark festival of pride events throughout Victoria this summer to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Victorians. Minister for Equality Harriet Shing today launched Victoria’s Pride – an annual celebration across the state for the next four years to support and celebrate our LGBTIQ+ communities. The Labor Government is funding a series of events across regional Victoria, which will kick off Victoria’s Pride in December. The summer of pride will close with a one-day street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023. Grants of up to $15,000 will support arts and culture projects which showcase regionally based LGBTIQ+ artists and highlight regional communities’ voices and stories, from community parties and art exhibitions to theatre shows and festivals. The events will provide an opportunity for LGBTIQ+ people to connect with one another and feel represented, and for people across the state to demonstrate their pride in and support for LGBTIQ+ communities. The Government has invested $6.8 million to make Victoria’s Pride a staple in Victoria’s events calendar for years to come – building on the success of Melbourne Pride, a statewide event held across the 2021-22 summer to mark more than 40 years since the decriminalisation of sex between men in Victoria.  More than 67,500 people are estimated to have attended last years’ events, with almost 30,000 people participating in 22 regional activities last summer, with events including a pop-up festival in Bendigo, art exhibitions, theatre shows and a movie screening. The Government has partnered with leading LGBTIQ+ arts and cultural organisation Midsumma to deliver Victoria’s Pride.   To apply for a Victoria’s Pride regional grant or to find out more, please visit midsumma.org.au/regional-activation. Applications are open from now until Monday 26 September at 5pm.  Quote attributable to Minister for Equality Harriet Shing “Victoria’s Pride will be a welcoming and inclusive celebration of LGBTIQ+ communities across the state – a chance for all Victorians to show visible love and support and for our community to celebrate who we are.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford “Our LGBTIQ+ community are Victoria’s pride, and this state-wide festival and grants are a great opportunity to celebrate them.”   Quote attributable to Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities Todd Fernando "It’s fantastic to see that right across Victoria we will continue to have opportunities for people to showcase their support for our diverse LGBTIQ+ communities. Whether you are a member of our fabulous rainbow communities or an ally, I encourage you to attend Victoria’s Pride events this summer.”  Quote attributable to Midsumma CEO Karen Bryant “This is an exciting opportunity for all diverse LGBTQIA+ Victorians and our wider communities to come together and celebrate our journey, our voices and our Pride."

ENGAGING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

The Victorian Government is empowering grassroots multicultural and Aboriginal organisations to support children and young people to connect with their community, family, friends and culture. The Youth Engagement Grants provide up to $50,000 over two years for projects that use cultural connection, sport, arts, music or other creative activities to engage children and young people from multicultural and Aboriginal communities.  Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today encouraged eligible organisations to apply for a grant by submitting a project proposal before applications close on 17 August 2022. The government recognises that each community has the expertise, knowledge and ideas to design solutions that are right for them.  The Youth Engagement Grants provide an opportunity for small, community organisations to make a difference for children and young people in their area.  The Youth Engagement Grants are part of the Building Safer Communities Program, a key initiative under the Crime Prevention Strategy which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in Victoria.  Since 2015, the government has invested more than $90 million in crime prevention programs and supported over 910 projects to increase safety and community confidence in public places across Victoria – including $1.7 million in the 2021-22 Victorian Budget for the Youth Engagement Grants Program. For more information about how to apply visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/youthengagementgrants  Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Anthony Carbines “Youth Engagement Grants help build the capability of small, grassroots organisations so they can reach more children and young people and connect them with their communities, culture, friends and families.” “We’re investing in grassroots organisations because we know that helping children and young people to feel engaged and connected is an important part of supporting them towards positive life pathways.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford “We know local communities have the expertise, knowledge and ideas to design solutions that are right for them. The Youth Engagement Grants provide an opportunity for small, community organisations to make a difference for children and young people in their area.” “I strongly encourage eligible organisations to apply and be part of a solution that helps build better communities for everyone.”

ENGAGING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

The Victorian Government is empowering grassroots multicultural and Aboriginal organisations to support children and young people to connect with their community, family, friends and culture. The Youth Engagement Grants provide up to $50,000 over two years for projects that use cultural connection, sport, arts, music or other creative activities to engage children and young people from multicultural and Aboriginal communities.  Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today encouraged eligible organisations to apply for a grant by submitting a project proposal before applications close on 17 August 2022. The government recognises that each community has the expertise, knowledge and ideas to design solutions that are right for them.  The Youth Engagement Grants provide an opportunity for small, community organisations to make a difference for children and young people in their area.  The Youth Engagement Grants are part of the Building Safer Communities Program, a key initiative under the Crime Prevention Strategy which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in Victoria.  Since 2015, the government has invested more than $90 million in crime prevention programs and supported over 910 projects to increase safety and community confidence in public places across Victoria – including $1.7 million in the 2021-22 Victorian Budget for the Youth Engagement Grants Program. For more information about how to apply visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/youthengagementgrants  Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Anthony Carbines “Youth Engagement Grants help build the capability of small, grassroots organisations so they can reach more children and young people and connect them with their communities, culture, friends and families.” “We’re investing in grassroots organisations because we know that helping children and young people to feel engaged and connected is an important part of supporting them towards positive life pathways.” Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford “We know local communities have the expertise, knowledge and ideas to design solutions that are right for them. The Youth Engagement Grants provide an opportunity for small, community organisations to make a difference for children and young people in their area.” “I strongly encourage eligible organisations to apply and be part of a solution that helps build better communities for everyone.”

Boosting Mobile Connectivity In Greater Bendigo

The Andrews Labor Government is improving mobile connectivity in Bendigo with a new mobile tower and upgrades to existing infrastructure. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today announced partnerships with telcos Optus and TPG Telecom to build a new tower and upgrade 13 mobile towers in the area from 4G to 5G through the Labor Government’s Connecting Victoria program. Coverage will span Golden Square, Flora Hill and Kennington, as well as Epsom, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat, and out to Newbridge, Ravenswood, Huntly North and Ladys Pass. Optus and TPG Telecom have agreed to share infrastructure at some of these sites, giving locals a choice of mobile provider and improving competition. The work will be carried out between 2023 and 2025. It will deliver improved services across more than 355 square kilometres in Bendigo, benefiting more than 100,000 premises. Earlier this year the Government released the Connecting Victoria engagement report, voicing the needs of more than 11,000 Victorians for better mobile and broadband connections. Key feedback from the report made it clear that improved mobile services are needed in this area to keep pace with population growth, helping to boost tourism and the local economy. The Government’s $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking improvements to mobile coverage and broadband access across the state. More projects in locations across the state will be announced throughout 2022. To keep up to date, visit vic.gov.au/connectingvictoria. Quote attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “We’re delivering upgrades to infrastructure in regional centres like Bendigo because all Victorians deserve to have access to reliable mobile coverage.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan “This will deliver greater connectivity, competition and choice for the people, community and businesses of Bendigo.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “These upgrades will be a game-changer for residents, tourists and businesses in Bendigo - enabling 5G will provide higher speed and greater capacity and keep up with growth in this region.” Quote attributable to Vice-President of Regulatory and Public Affairs at Optus Andrew Sheridan “Optus wishes to thank the Victorian Government for their significant investment which will go a long way in strengthening the mobile infrastructure in Bendigo.” Quote attributable to TPG Telecom Head of Infrastructure Strategy & Integrated Planning Paul Tremlett “We are proud to work with the Victorian Government on these important initiatives that are helping more Victorians connect.”

Boosting Mobile Connectivity In Greater Bendigo

The Andrews Labor Government is improving mobile connectivity in Bendigo with a new mobile tower and upgrades to existing infrastructure. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today announced partnerships with telcos Optus and TPG Telecom to build a new tower and upgrade 13 mobile towers in the area from 4G to 5G through the Labor Government’s Connecting Victoria program. Coverage will span Golden Square, Flora Hill and Kennington, as well as Epsom, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat, and out to Newbridge, Ravenswood, Huntly North and Ladys Pass. Optus and TPG Telecom have agreed to share infrastructure at some of these sites, giving locals a choice of mobile provider and improving competition. The work will be carried out between 2023 and 2025. It will deliver improved services across more than 355 square kilometres in Bendigo, benefiting more than 100,000 premises. Earlier this year the Government released the Connecting Victoria engagement report, voicing the needs of more than 11,000 Victorians for better mobile and broadband connections. Key feedback from the report made it clear that improved mobile services are needed in this area to keep pace with population growth, helping to boost tourism and the local economy. The Government’s $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking improvements to mobile coverage and broadband access across the state. More projects in locations across the state will be announced throughout 2022. To keep up to date, visit vic.gov.au/connectingvictoria. Quote attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “We’re delivering upgrades to infrastructure in regional centres like Bendigo because all Victorians deserve to have access to reliable mobile coverage.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan “This will deliver greater connectivity, competition and choice for the people, community and businesses of Bendigo.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “These upgrades will be a game-changer for residents, tourists and businesses in Bendigo - enabling 5G will provide higher speed and greater capacity and keep up with growth in this region.” Quote attributable to Vice-President of Regulatory and Public Affairs at Optus Andrew Sheridan “Optus wishes to thank the Victorian Government for their significant investment which will go a long way in strengthening the mobile infrastructure in Bendigo.” Quote attributable to TPG Telecom Head of Infrastructure Strategy & Integrated Planning Paul Tremlett “We are proud to work with the Victorian Government on these important initiatives that are helping more Victorians connect.”

Is Jobs, Is Good

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more jobs in regional Victoria with one of Australia’s biggest food manufacturers. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford today announced a $3.71 million partnership between Jobs Victoria and George Weston Foods (GWF) – the name behind the Don KR smallgoods brand – to create 200 new jobs with the food manufacturer. The full-time ongoing roles are available at GWF’s Don KR factory in Castlemaine, its head office in Port Melbourne and farms in Bears Lagoon in north central Victoria and Girgarre in the Goulburn Valley. GWF is looking for food production operators, packers, farm assistants and administrators with recruits to receive specialised induction training before they commence employment. Successful applicants will attain a Certificate III in Food Processing, Certificate III and IV in Agriculture or Certificate IV in Leadership and Management – with training costs and fees covered by GWF. The ongoing roles will provide a unique opportunity to experience the food manufacturing industry from the farm to the factory floor, while working up the ladder for a rewarding long-term career with management potential. Those hired will be supported with dedicated workplace mentors, free uniforms and any necessary work-related equipment. The jobs are being prioritised for young people aged 18 to 25, women aged 45 and over, people with disability, people who are long term unemployed, Aboriginal Victorians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and others experiencing challenges finding work. For more information about these job opportunities visit jobs.vic.gov.au or call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “These jobs will enable people to start a long-term career with on-the-job training included.” “We know there’s strong demand for locally made food products and this investment is supporting the sector to meet that now and into the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “By backing local manufacturing we’re creating local jobs not just for the now but for the long term, which has such great benefits for the community.” Quote attributable to Will Ursell Managing Director Don Smallgoods “We want to change the perception of factory jobs - our frontline factory staff often move through the ranks to management roles, there is so much opportunity for career progression.”

Is Jobs, Is Good

The Andrews Labor Government is creating more jobs in regional Victoria with one of Australia’s biggest food manufacturers. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford today announced a $3.71 million partnership between Jobs Victoria and George Weston Foods (GWF) – the name behind the Don KR smallgoods brand – to create 200 new jobs with the food manufacturer. The full-time ongoing roles are available at GWF’s Don KR factory in Castlemaine, its head office in Port Melbourne and farms in Bears Lagoon in north central Victoria and Girgarre in the Goulburn Valley. GWF is looking for food production operators, packers, farm assistants and administrators with recruits to receive specialised induction training before they commence employment. Successful applicants will attain a Certificate III in Food Processing, Certificate III and IV in Agriculture or Certificate IV in Leadership and Management – with training costs and fees covered by GWF. The ongoing roles will provide a unique opportunity to experience the food manufacturing industry from the farm to the factory floor, while working up the ladder for a rewarding long-term career with management potential. Those hired will be supported with dedicated workplace mentors, free uniforms and any necessary work-related equipment. The jobs are being prioritised for young people aged 18 to 25, women aged 45 and over, people with disability, people who are long term unemployed, Aboriginal Victorians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and others experiencing challenges finding work. For more information about these job opportunities visit jobs.vic.gov.au or call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “These jobs will enable people to start a long-term career with on-the-job training included.” “We know there’s strong demand for locally made food products and this investment is supporting the sector to meet that now and into the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “By backing local manufacturing we’re creating local jobs not just for the now but for the long term, which has such great benefits for the community.” Quote attributable to Will Ursell Managing Director Don Smallgoods “We want to change the perception of factory jobs - our frontline factory staff often move through the ranks to management roles, there is so much opportunity for career progression.”