• Drought Response Package

    As our state felt the brunt of the second 'once in a lifeline' drought within a decade, the Andrews Labor Government listened and released our drought response package. For more information click below.

  • Puppies Safer Under Labor - The Crackdown Continues

    The Andrews Labor Government is discouraging the establishment of new puppy farms by limiting the maximum number of female breeding dogs in domestic facilities to ten, by the year 2020. You can find more information below.

  • Target One Million

    We have a plan go get recreational fishing, Target 1 million aims to grow participation to one million anglers by 2020. To find out more click see this link.

  • Supporting our Dairy Farmers

    As our Dairy Farmers are experiencing challenging economic and seasonal conditions. The Andrews Labor Government have announced a $11.4 million for support for dairy farmers which is available now. Please click the link to find out more.

  • Victoria Bans Fracking To Protect Farmers

    In a national first, the Andrews Labor Government today announced a permanent ban on the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in Victoria, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas. The permanent legislative ban, to be introduced to Parliament later this year, will protect the ‘clean, green’ reputation of Victoria’s agriculture sector, which employs more than 190,000 people. This will provide much-needed certainty to regional communities. The decision ends the anxiety felt by Victorian farmers about the environmental and health risks associated with fracking and forms part of the government response to the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria.

  • A State of Momentum

    Victoria’s newest and boldest trade and investment campaign will spruik the benefits of doing business in our state. Highlighting our highly skilled workforce, the lowest business costs on the eastern seaboard and the world’s most liveable city, the campaign aims to encourage investment, grow exports and promote Victoria’s businesses to the rest of the world. To date, more than 150,000 Victorian jobs have been created since the Labor Government came to office and between now and the end of the year, we expect to create over 2,200 jobs directly through our trade facilitation work.

  • Drought Response Package

    As our state felt the brunt of the second 'once in a lifeline' drought within a decade, the Andrews Labor Government listened and released our drought response package. For more information click below.

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Putting Animal Welfare Front And Centre

The Andrews Labor Government today released its draft animal welfare action plan, Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria, and invited Victorians to have their say on improving animal welfare. Member for Pascoe Vale, Lizzie Blandthorn, has been appointed by Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford as the Ambassador for Animal Welfare to lead the conversation – collaborating with the community, animal industries and welfare groups. Whether the focus is on pets, animals bred to produce food, or animals in the wild, we all have a role to play in ensuring the welfare of animals. The draft plan has been developed with the assistance of the expert Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, a group of animal industry and welfare specialists with a broad range of experience and knowledge. Meaningful animal welfare reform requires a collective approach by government, animal industries and the community that underlines a shared responsibility. The Government is seeking feedback from interested individuals, industry bodies and community groups on the draft plans key priorities of a modern legal framework, education and effective enforcement. An online consultation website has been established to engage directly with the community to strengthen and improve animal welfare. All Victorians are encouraged to provide feedback. Public consultation closes on Tuesday 11 October 2016. To provide feedback go towww.animalwelfarevic.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au or call 136 186. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Animal welfare matters. Consumers and the community alike have have demonstrated that it’s a priority.” “We all have a moral and ethical responsibility, as part of a fair and caring society, to ensure we have high standards of animal welfare.” Quotes attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale and Ambassador for Animal Welfare Lizzie Blandthorn “We want to bring a proactive animal welfare agenda to Victoria – it’s not just about the prevention of cruelty to animals.” “Victorians expect that everyone – government, animal industries, owners and others – do the right thing by animals in their care. We all have a shared responsibility to meet these expectations.”

Putting Animal Welfare Front And Centre

The Andrews Labor Government today released its draft animal welfare action plan, Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria, and invited Victorians to have their say on improving animal welfare. Member for Pascoe Vale, Lizzie Blandthorn, has been appointed by Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford as the Ambassador for Animal Welfare to lead the conversation – collaborating with the community, animal industries and welfare groups. Whether the focus is on pets, animals bred to produce food, or animals in the wild, we all have a role to play in ensuring the welfare of animals. The draft plan has been developed with the assistance of the expert Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, a group of animal industry and welfare specialists with a broad range of experience and knowledge. Meaningful animal welfare reform requires a collective approach by government, animal industries and the community that underlines a shared responsibility. The Government is seeking feedback from interested individuals, industry bodies and community groups on the draft plans key priorities of a modern legal framework, education and effective enforcement. An online consultation website has been established to engage directly with the community to strengthen and improve animal welfare. All Victorians are encouraged to provide feedback. Public consultation closes on Tuesday 11 October 2016. To provide feedback go towww.animalwelfarevic.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au or call 136 186. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “Animal welfare matters. Consumers and the community alike have have demonstrated that it’s a priority.” “We all have a moral and ethical responsibility, as part of a fair and caring society, to ensure we have high standards of animal welfare.” Quotes attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale and Ambassador for Animal Welfare Lizzie Blandthorn “We want to bring a proactive animal welfare agenda to Victoria – it’s not just about the prevention of cruelty to animals.” “Victorians expect that everyone – government, animal industries, owners and others – do the right thing by animals in their care. We all have a shared responsibility to meet these expectations.”

Shaping The Future Of The Loddon Campaspe Region

Loddon Campaspe locals now have an unprecedented chance to shape the future of their region. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the start of online consultation for the Loddon Campaspe Partnership members today  ahead of its first Regional Assembly to be held in Bendigo on October 19. A new website recently launched by the Andrews Labor Government now gives people living, working and studying in Loddon Campaspe the chance to share their thoughts and provide ideas about local opportunities and challenges that span every government portfolio. Each of the nine Regional Partnerships will host an assembly involving at least 100 people, including community members, Members of Parliament and local government coming together to discuss priorities for each region. They can also use the website to register their interest in attending the Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly. Following the assemblies, each Partnership will deliver key recommendations straight into the heart of government through the new Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee made up of seven members of Cabinet and chaired by Ms Pulford. The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership area includes the shires of Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander and the City of Greater Bendigo. Increasing participation in education, creating better transport solutions, attracting more investment and local jobs, improving health and wellbeing, and working towards better Internet and mobile phone services are the types of issues which could be addressed by this Partnership. Be part of the conversation by visiting: http://engage.regions.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Rural and regional Victorians are passionate and keen to develop their regions. We hope they’ll embrace this opportunity to be part of Victoria’s first Regional Assemblies.” Quote attributable to the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership Chair Nigel McGuckian “The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership is keen to make sure the State Government knows what is important to our community. To do this well, we need to work hard over the next few months hearing from many community groups across our region.”

Shaping The Future Of The Loddon Campaspe Region

Loddon Campaspe locals now have an unprecedented chance to shape the future of their region. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the start of online consultation for the Loddon Campaspe Partnership members today  ahead of its first Regional Assembly to be held in Bendigo on October 19. A new website recently launched by the Andrews Labor Government now gives people living, working and studying in Loddon Campaspe the chance to share their thoughts and provide ideas about local opportunities and challenges that span every government portfolio. Each of the nine Regional Partnerships will host an assembly involving at least 100 people, including community members, Members of Parliament and local government coming together to discuss priorities for each region. They can also use the website to register their interest in attending the Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly. Following the assemblies, each Partnership will deliver key recommendations straight into the heart of government through the new Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee made up of seven members of Cabinet and chaired by Ms Pulford. The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership area includes the shires of Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander and the City of Greater Bendigo. Increasing participation in education, creating better transport solutions, attracting more investment and local jobs, improving health and wellbeing, and working towards better Internet and mobile phone services are the types of issues which could be addressed by this Partnership. Be part of the conversation by visiting: http://engage.regions.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Rural and regional Victorians are passionate and keen to develop their regions. We hope they’ll embrace this opportunity to be part of Victoria’s first Regional Assemblies.” Quote attributable to the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership Chair Nigel McGuckian “The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership is keen to make sure the State Government knows what is important to our community. To do this well, we need to work hard over the next few months hearing from many community groups across our region.”

Skills Fund A Shot In The Arm For Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government today unveiled its $34 million Regional Skills Fund to support targeted, place-based skills and workforce development across regional Victoria. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert launched the fund in Morwell with key industry, TAFE and university leaders. It helps industry partner with higher education and training providers to deliver projects that drive industry growth, support workforce development, create career pathways and facilitate greater education in regional Victoria. The Labor Government is encouraging regional businesses and industry to work in partnership with the higher education and training sector to develop grant applications, which may be submitted at any time. Local Learning and Employment Neworks, local government and not-for-profit organisations can also partner in projects. The program ensures Victoria’s regions retain and attract the skilled workers they need to grow local economies, support jobs, and remain competitive. It has been designed to respond to the changing workforce challenges and skills demands of regional and rural Victoria. The Government’s new Regional Partnerships will work with local businesses, TAFEs, universities and community organisations to ensure skills and workforce development project proposals align with the needs of local industry. The partnerships work to support collaboration between regional businesses and the higher education and training sector to create a legacy of a sustainable, industry-led training to address the future skills and workforce needs of rural and regional Victoria. The Regional Skills Fund is a joint initiative between Regional Development Victoria and the Department of Education and Training, administered through the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastruture Fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Skills and training are vital for our local communities and economies. A strong and skilled regional workforce is what’s needed to support jobs, boost business innovation and develop more resilient regional communities.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “We’re giving all Victorians access to real training that leads to real jobs. The Regional Skills Fund will ensure our training system is driven by industry, students and employers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Getting the right alignment between skills, training, and industry is crucial. Federation Training and our Regional Partnerships will play key roles in driving jobs growth for the Valley and for Gippsland.”

Skills Fund A Shot In The Arm For Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government today unveiled its $34 million Regional Skills Fund to support targeted, place-based skills and workforce development across regional Victoria. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert launched the fund in Morwell with key industry, TAFE and university leaders. It helps industry partner with higher education and training providers to deliver projects that drive industry growth, support workforce development, create career pathways and facilitate greater education in regional Victoria. The Labor Government is encouraging regional businesses and industry to work in partnership with the higher education and training sector to develop grant applications, which may be submitted at any time. Local Learning and Employment Neworks, local government and not-for-profit organisations can also partner in projects. The program ensures Victoria’s regions retain and attract the skilled workers they need to grow local economies, support jobs, and remain competitive. It has been designed to respond to the changing workforce challenges and skills demands of regional and rural Victoria. The Government’s new Regional Partnerships will work with local businesses, TAFEs, universities and community organisations to ensure skills and workforce development project proposals align with the needs of local industry. The partnerships work to support collaboration between regional businesses and the higher education and training sector to create a legacy of a sustainable, industry-led training to address the future skills and workforce needs of rural and regional Victoria. The Regional Skills Fund is a joint initiative between Regional Development Victoria and the Department of Education and Training, administered through the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastruture Fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford “Skills and training are vital for our local communities and economies. A strong and skilled regional workforce is what’s needed to support jobs, boost business innovation and develop more resilient regional communities.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “We’re giving all Victorians access to real training that leads to real jobs. The Regional Skills Fund will ensure our training system is driven by industry, students and employers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Getting the right alignment between skills, training, and industry is crucial. Federation Training and our Regional Partnerships will play key roles in driving jobs growth for the Valley and for Gippsland.”

Transforming The Murray Basin Rail Network

The transformation of the Murray Basin rail freight network is on track to revitalise regional Victoria’s rail freight network. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited Maryborough today and announced the completion of stage one works and the beginning of consultation for stage two. The $40 million stage one works have delivered vital upgrades to the Mildura and Hopetoun rail line, installing more than 175,000 sleepers and replacing 3400 metres of rail. Stage two of the project involves gauge conversion of the rail lines between Yelta and Maryborough and also between Ouyen and Murrayville. The works will include upgrading and re-opening the Maryborough to Ararat rail line which has been closed for more than a decade. Stage two works also include increasing axle loading on these lines from 19 to 21 tonnes enabling the freight industry to deliver exports to Victoria’s ports in more efficient and cost-competitive way. The reopening of this line will provide a rail connection for freight to the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s interstate line at Ararat, and open up rail connections to the Port of Portland. A number of level crossings along the Maryborough to Ararat line will be closed as a critical safety measure. Each crossing will be individually assessed against safety criteria. Consultation will commence in the coming weeks to ensure local councils, land owners and surrounding communities are informed about these works. A project office will be established at the Maryborough railway station to enable local residents and businesses to conveniently access members of the project team. Vegetation removal on the Maryborough to Ararat line will commence shortly, enabling the construction works to begin in July 2017. From August 2017, the Maryborough to Yelta and Ouyen to Murrayville rail lines will be shut for five months to transform and standardise these corridors. The Andrews Labor Government is working with the freight industry to minimise the impacts to industry as part of the projects line closures while these vital upgrade works are carried out. The timing of stages 3 and 4 will be dependent on Commonwealth Government funding being confirmed. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with transforming Victoria’s rail freight network.” “We’re boosting capacity, safety and reliability of freight services in regional Victoria so we can meet the future growth of the region.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “This is a milestone moment and will help primary producers across North Western Victoria get more produce to port, more efficiently – boosting jobs and the regional economy.”

Transforming The Murray Basin Rail Network

The transformation of the Murray Basin rail freight network is on track to revitalise regional Victoria’s rail freight network. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited Maryborough today and announced the completion of stage one works and the beginning of consultation for stage two. The $40 million stage one works have delivered vital upgrades to the Mildura and Hopetoun rail line, installing more than 175,000 sleepers and replacing 3400 metres of rail. Stage two of the project involves gauge conversion of the rail lines between Yelta and Maryborough and also between Ouyen and Murrayville. The works will include upgrading and re-opening the Maryborough to Ararat rail line which has been closed for more than a decade. Stage two works also include increasing axle loading on these lines from 19 to 21 tonnes enabling the freight industry to deliver exports to Victoria’s ports in more efficient and cost-competitive way. The reopening of this line will provide a rail connection for freight to the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s interstate line at Ararat, and open up rail connections to the Port of Portland. A number of level crossings along the Maryborough to Ararat line will be closed as a critical safety measure. Each crossing will be individually assessed against safety criteria. Consultation will commence in the coming weeks to ensure local councils, land owners and surrounding communities are informed about these works. A project office will be established at the Maryborough railway station to enable local residents and businesses to conveniently access members of the project team. Vegetation removal on the Maryborough to Ararat line will commence shortly, enabling the construction works to begin in July 2017. From August 2017, the Maryborough to Yelta and Ouyen to Murrayville rail lines will be shut for five months to transform and standardise these corridors. The Andrews Labor Government is working with the freight industry to minimise the impacts to industry as part of the projects line closures while these vital upgrade works are carried out. The timing of stages 3 and 4 will be dependent on Commonwealth Government funding being confirmed. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with transforming Victoria’s rail freight network.” “We’re boosting capacity, safety and reliability of freight services in regional Victoria so we can meet the future growth of the region.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford “This is a milestone moment and will help primary producers across North Western Victoria get more produce to port, more efficiently – boosting jobs and the regional economy.”

 

Recovery Boost For The Scotsburn Community

The Andrews Labor Government continues to support the Scotsburn community’s recovery from last year’s bushfire, with a $924,000 funding boost for landscape rehabilitation and a new community hub. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced the additional funding while attending the Scotsburn Community Fire Planning Workshop. At the workshop, Mr Merlino spoke with community members about the relief and recovery efforts following the bushfires that affected the area in December 2015. The Labor Government will provide $624,000 to the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to restore and revegetate bushfire affected areas. The CMA will work alongside the community and farmers to deliver this. The Moorabool Shire Council will receive a $300,000 grant to deliver the Clarendon Community Hub Project, located on the Clarendon Recreation Reserve in Scotsburn. The community hub will include a new building with kitchen facilities, a social area, additional toilets and amenities to cater for large community groups for a variety of activities. The community has also secured in-kind labour of approximately $30,000 to assist with the redevelopment of the Clarendon Recreation Reserve. Plans for the hub are part of the Clarendon Recreation Reserve Masterplan, developed by the Clarendon Recreation Reserve Committee in consultation with the community. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “The Labor Government will continue to support the Scotsburn community every step of the way as they recover from the December 2015 fires.” “A new community hub and continued work on restoring bushfire affected areas will go a long way in backing in this great area as it recovers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “This continued support will help the Scotsburn community as it recovers from the fires.” “The new Community Hub will be a fantastic facility and provide a real focus for the area.” Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer Moorabool Shire Council Rob Croxford “I am pleased to accept this grant on behalf of the Scotsburn community, which is still in recovery from the bushfires that impacted the region in December 2015.” “The Clarendon Hub will bring the community together on many levels and will provide a diverse platform for community activities.”

Recovery Boost For The Scotsburn Community

The Andrews Labor Government continues to support the Scotsburn community’s recovery from last year’s bushfire, with a $924,000 funding boost for landscape rehabilitation and a new community hub. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced the additional funding while attending the Scotsburn Community Fire Planning Workshop. At the workshop, Mr Merlino spoke with community members about the relief and recovery efforts following the bushfires that affected the area in December 2015. The Labor Government will provide $624,000 to the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to restore and revegetate bushfire affected areas. The CMA will work alongside the community and farmers to deliver this. The Moorabool Shire Council will receive a $300,000 grant to deliver the Clarendon Community Hub Project, located on the Clarendon Recreation Reserve in Scotsburn. The community hub will include a new building with kitchen facilities, a social area, additional toilets and amenities to cater for large community groups for a variety of activities. The community has also secured in-kind labour of approximately $30,000 to assist with the redevelopment of the Clarendon Recreation Reserve. Plans for the hub are part of the Clarendon Recreation Reserve Masterplan, developed by the Clarendon Recreation Reserve Committee in consultation with the community. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino “The Labor Government will continue to support the Scotsburn community every step of the way as they recover from the December 2015 fires.” “A new community hub and continued work on restoring bushfire affected areas will go a long way in backing in this great area as it recovers.” Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “This continued support will help the Scotsburn community as it recovers from the fires.” “The new Community Hub will be a fantastic facility and provide a real focus for the area.” Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer Moorabool Shire Council Rob Croxford “I am pleased to accept this grant on behalf of the Scotsburn community, which is still in recovery from the bushfires that impacted the region in December 2015.” “The Clarendon Hub will bring the community together on many levels and will provide a diverse platform for community activities.”

Loddon Shire A Step Closer To “Getting On The Grid”

Work is underway to connect the Wedderburn region to Victoria’s water grid as part of a major Andrews Labor Government project to give water security to the region’s rural communities for the first time. Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced progress of the $80.6 million South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project – managed by Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMWater). Construction of 40 kilometres of the northern trunk main has now commenced in the areas of Yeungroon East and Woosang and will extend to Buckrabanyule, Wychitella, Korong Vale and Woolshed Flat. The extension of the Wimmera-Mallee pipeline will see construction of 1,300km of new pipelines. After completion, the pipelines will deliver about 780 million litres of water to local landholders and hydrants – while standpipes will be installed at strategic locations to improve water access for emergency services and residents. Planning for the next stage of the project is underway with construction to commence following necessary approvals. GWMWater is now also seeking expressions of interest from landholders within the Loddon Shire Council region, along with landholders in the vicinity of the proposed trunk main running north of St Arnaud within the Northern Grampians Shire. Landholders outside the project area interested in receiving a secure piped supply are also encouraged to lodge an expression of interest. The project is a partnership between the Labor Government, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, Loddon Shire Council and Coliban Water. For more information, including an Expression of Interest form, visitwww.gwmwater.org.au/services/rural/south-west-loddon-pipeline Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “Every Victorian community deserves water security – and this project promises to give our drought-stricken communities in the state’s north the supply they need, while also creating jobs.” “Communities in the Wedderburn region are dependent on rainfall for their water supply – and after recent  drought conditions – many have been forced to cart water due to the dry conditions.” “I encourage all landholders interested in connecting up to get involved and lodge their interest today.”

Loddon Shire A Step Closer To “Getting On The Grid”

Work is underway to connect the Wedderburn region to Victoria’s water grid as part of a major Andrews Labor Government project to give water security to the region’s rural communities for the first time. Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced progress of the $80.6 million South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project – managed by Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMWater). Construction of 40 kilometres of the northern trunk main has now commenced in the areas of Yeungroon East and Woosang and will extend to Buckrabanyule, Wychitella, Korong Vale and Woolshed Flat. The extension of the Wimmera-Mallee pipeline will see construction of 1,300km of new pipelines. After completion, the pipelines will deliver about 780 million litres of water to local landholders and hydrants – while standpipes will be installed at strategic locations to improve water access for emergency services and residents. Planning for the next stage of the project is underway with construction to commence following necessary approvals. GWMWater is now also seeking expressions of interest from landholders within the Loddon Shire Council region, along with landholders in the vicinity of the proposed trunk main running north of St Arnaud within the Northern Grampians Shire. Landholders outside the project area interested in receiving a secure piped supply are also encouraged to lodge an expression of interest. The project is a partnership between the Labor Government, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, Loddon Shire Council and Coliban Water. For more information, including an Expression of Interest form, visitwww.gwmwater.org.au/services/rural/south-west-loddon-pipeline Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “Every Victorian community deserves water security – and this project promises to give our drought-stricken communities in the state’s north the supply they need, while also creating jobs.” “Communities in the Wedderburn region are dependent on rainfall for their water supply – and after recent  drought conditions – many have been forced to cart water due to the dry conditions.” “I encourage all landholders interested in connecting up to get involved and lodge their interest today.”

Ballarat Station Precinct Upgrade On Track

The Andrews Labor Government’s $25 million investment to transform Ballarat Station took a major leap forward today, with the planning approval to deliver the project. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne approved an amendment to theBallarat Planning Scheme in response to recommendations from theBallarat Station Precinct Advisory Committee and relevant agencies. The project will transform the historic heart of the city into a vibrant, accessible and connected commercial community hub which will restore the prominence of the precinct’s key heritage. The Labor Government’s investment will also provide a jobs boost for the region with around 140 local jobs to be created.   The project’s Structured Negotiation Phase (SNP) commenced earlier this month, following a two-staged commercial procurement process involving an Expressions of Interest and a Request for Proposal phase. The proposed hotel and convention centre will include more than 100 hotel rooms, large flexible spaces for conferences and functions and a range of quality retail and dining options. It’s estimated the project will cost over $50 million and attract significant private sector investment to the precinct, creating jobs and boosting tourism to the Ballarat region. The project will also improve amenity for all users of the precinct, including commuters, pedestrians, visitors and the community. The project is being delivered by Regional Development Victoria in partnership with VicTrack, City of Ballarat and the Transport division of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This isn’t just a major redevelopment – it’s a transformational project for Ballarat that will inject a new lease of life in to our historic area. Most importantly, it’ll drive jobs and investment right in the heart of the region.”   “The Ballarat Station precinct upgrade truly reflects our vision, putting the government back to work for regional Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “With this exciting project, Ballarat Station will be so much more than just a train station. Restored historical buildings, a four star hotel and new convention centre will boost jobs and ensure Ballarat remains a thriving regional hub.”

Ballarat Station Precinct Upgrade On Track

The Andrews Labor Government’s $25 million investment to transform Ballarat Station took a major leap forward today, with the planning approval to deliver the project. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne approved an amendment to theBallarat Planning Scheme in response to recommendations from theBallarat Station Precinct Advisory Committee and relevant agencies. The project will transform the historic heart of the city into a vibrant, accessible and connected commercial community hub which will restore the prominence of the precinct’s key heritage. The Labor Government’s investment will also provide a jobs boost for the region with around 140 local jobs to be created.   The project’s Structured Negotiation Phase (SNP) commenced earlier this month, following a two-staged commercial procurement process involving an Expressions of Interest and a Request for Proposal phase. The proposed hotel and convention centre will include more than 100 hotel rooms, large flexible spaces for conferences and functions and a range of quality retail and dining options. It’s estimated the project will cost over $50 million and attract significant private sector investment to the precinct, creating jobs and boosting tourism to the Ballarat region. The project will also improve amenity for all users of the precinct, including commuters, pedestrians, visitors and the community. The project is being delivered by Regional Development Victoria in partnership with VicTrack, City of Ballarat and the Transport division of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This isn’t just a major redevelopment – it’s a transformational project for Ballarat that will inject a new lease of life in to our historic area. Most importantly, it’ll drive jobs and investment right in the heart of the region.”   “The Ballarat Station precinct upgrade truly reflects our vision, putting the government back to work for regional Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “With this exciting project, Ballarat Station will be so much more than just a train station. Restored historical buildings, a four star hotel and new convention centre will boost jobs and ensure Ballarat remains a thriving regional hub.”

Shaping The Future Of Our Wimmera Southern Mallee

Wimmera Southern Mallee locals now have an unprecedented chance to shape the future of their region. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford opened online consultation for the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership members, ahead of its first Regional Assembly to be held in Horsham on 5 October. A new website launched by the Andrews Labor Government today will give rural and regional Victorians the chance to share their ideas about local opportunities and challenges across every government portfolio. Each of the nine Regional Partnerships will host an assembly involving at least 100 people, including community members, Ministers, Members of Parliament and local government – coming together to discuss priorities for each region. Wimmera Southern Mallee community members can register their interest in attending via the new website, which includes polls about local issues, links to strategic regional plans and more information about the Partnerships. Feedback received online will inform discussions at the assembly. Following the assemblies, each partnership will deliver key recommendations straight to government through the new Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee, made up of seven members of Cabinet and chaired by Ms Pulford. The Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership includes the shires of Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack and the Rural City of Horsham. Expanding high-value agricultural production and strengthening government service provisions in health, education, aged care and disability are the types of issues which could be addressed by this Partnership. Be part of the conversation by visiting: http://engage.regions.vic.gov.au Residents who need support to access the website should contact their local Council for assistance registering for the Assembly or contributing to the online consultation. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “The Andrews Labor Government is listening and we care about what is important to you. This is why the consultation process will give locals what they need – a chance to provide ideas and feedback right to the heart of government decision making.” “Rural and regional Victorians are passionate and keen to develop their regions. We hope they will embrace this opportunity to be part of Victoria’s first Regional Assemblies.” Quotes attributable to the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership Chair David Jochinke “The Regional Assembly is part of the local region getting involved with setting objectives for the future of the Wimmera and Southern Mallee”. “This will be a great opportunity for people in the Wimmera and Southern Mallee to shape the future of our local communities.”   

Shaping The Future Of Our Wimmera Southern Mallee

Wimmera Southern Mallee locals now have an unprecedented chance to shape the future of their region. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford opened online consultation for the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership members, ahead of its first Regional Assembly to be held in Horsham on 5 October. A new website launched by the Andrews Labor Government today will give rural and regional Victorians the chance to share their ideas about local opportunities and challenges across every government portfolio. Each of the nine Regional Partnerships will host an assembly involving at least 100 people, including community members, Ministers, Members of Parliament and local government – coming together to discuss priorities for each region. Wimmera Southern Mallee community members can register their interest in attending via the new website, which includes polls about local issues, links to strategic regional plans and more information about the Partnerships. Feedback received online will inform discussions at the assembly. Following the assemblies, each partnership will deliver key recommendations straight to government through the new Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee, made up of seven members of Cabinet and chaired by Ms Pulford. The Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership includes the shires of Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack and the Rural City of Horsham. Expanding high-value agricultural production and strengthening government service provisions in health, education, aged care and disability are the types of issues which could be addressed by this Partnership. Be part of the conversation by visiting: http://engage.regions.vic.gov.au Residents who need support to access the website should contact their local Council for assistance registering for the Assembly or contributing to the online consultation. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “The Andrews Labor Government is listening and we care about what is important to you. This is why the consultation process will give locals what they need – a chance to provide ideas and feedback right to the heart of government decision making.” “Rural and regional Victorians are passionate and keen to develop their regions. We hope they will embrace this opportunity to be part of Victoria’s first Regional Assemblies.” Quotes attributable to the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership Chair David Jochinke “The Regional Assembly is part of the local region getting involved with setting objectives for the future of the Wimmera and Southern Mallee”. “This will be a great opportunity for people in the Wimmera and Southern Mallee to shape the future of our local communities.”