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More Jobs And Tourists As Grampians Peaks Trail Opens

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today officially opened stage one of the Grampians Peaks Trail and announced $19 million towards the second stage of the project. The 144km trail – destined to become one of Victoria’s leading tourism attractions –..

New Fund To Drive Regional Jobs And Growth Secured

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on a key election promise to establish a new $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to create jobs and drive economic growth in regional Victoria. The Regional Development Victoria Amendment (Jobs and Infrastructure) Bill passed the Legislative Council..

Parliamentary Inquiry Into Restricted Breed Legislation

A Parliamentary Inquiry into effectiveness of current restricted breed dog legislative arrangements has been established. The Inquiry will deliver on the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment to review Victoria’s restricted breed legislation. The Economy and Infrastructure Committee will inquire into the current laws for restricted..

Wimmera Southern Mallee Looks To The Future

Wimmera Southern Mallee today outlined its vision and priorities for the future, with Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, launching the region’s Investment Plan at Parliament House. Launching the plan, Ms Pulford said the region’s immediate focus on growing jobs, investment, exports and capitalising on..

Fishing Grant Spruces Up Konongwootong Reservoir

A new three-stage project to enhance Konongwootong Reservoir’s fishing facilities has started thanks to funding from the Victorian Government’s Recreational Fishing Grants Program. Every year the Victorian Government, through revenue derived from the sale of recreational fishing licences, funds projects that improve fishing opportunities. This..

Victoria Leading The Way On Horticulture Exports

The Andrews Labor Government will lead a pilot program to improve market access for temperate fruit exports, such as apples, pears, stone fruits, grapes and cherries, to China and Thailand. The pilot program was endorsed in last Friday’s meeting of the Agriculture Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN)..

Trade Mission Puts Victoria’s Wine On Show To Key Buyers

The Andrews Labor Government today launched a major inbound wine trade mission that will see more than 150 international buyers from Asia, Europe and the Middle East come to Victoria’s cellar doors. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, launched Meet the Winemaker – the first ever..

Key Appointment To Deliver Target One Million Plan

Former independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has been appointed by the Andrews Labor Government as a Special Coordinator to assist with implementing its Target One Million plan to grow recreational fishing in Victoria. The Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, said Mr Ingram’s most..

Labor And RSPCA Putting Pet Welfare First

Work is underway to strengthen a special investigations unit within the RSPCA to uncover and prosecute illegal and cruel puppy farms, following a $5 million grant from the Andrews Labor Government. Visiting RSPCA Pets Place in Ballarat today, Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, said the..

New Haddon Recreation Reserve Kicking Goals

Better change rooms and improved viewing areas headline a $305,000 upgrade of Haddon Recreation Reserve unveiled today. Minister for Regional Development and Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, officially opened the new redevelopment, made possible by a $100,000 Victorian Government Community Facility Funding Program grant…

Business Day Out To Boost Ballarat Small Businesses

Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today opened the Commerce Ballarat Business Day Out, a key event for small businesses in the Ballarat and surrounding regions. Supported by the Andrews Labor Government, the event promotes excellence, innovation and growth in the regional business community. Around..

Statement On Rural Finance Corporation Proceeds

The Andrews Labor Government will use the proceeds of the sale of the Rural Finance Corporation to fund the Murray Basin Rail Project, with the remaining funds reinvested into regional and rural projects. Claims to the contrary are misleading and factually incorrect. The Labor Government..

Statement On Covino Farms

Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, has announced that the Victorian State Government will suspend payments to Covino Farms, in light of disturbing allegations of worker exploitation and abuse. The funds, approved by former Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, in August 2013, ..

Abbott Government Delays Latrobe Valley Clinic And Dental Lab

The Andrews Labor Government today called on the Abbott Government to provide its fair share of funding for a dental laboratory and medical training facility in the Latrobe Valley. Visiting Latrobe Community Health Service today, Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, said it was disappointing..

Supporting Victorian Farmers Through Tough Times

The Andrews Labor Government has secured the future of the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), ensuring farming families and Victoria’s rural and regional communities continue to receive support during hardship. Visiting the RFCS office in Leongatha today, Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, said the $1.54..

Experts Called To Attract The Next Generation Of Farmers

An expert team will be assembled to advise the Andrews Labor Government on how to attract and retain the next generation of farmers to a life on the land. Meeting young agriculture students and farmers at Dookie College in Shepparton today, Minister for Agriculture, Jaala..

New Five Year Action Plan To Tackle Queensland Fruit Fly

A new, five year action plan for a proactive and co-ordinated approach to Queensland fruit fly management will be developed to protect domestic and international market access for Victoria’s $2.4 billion horticulture industry. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, said the state wide action plan would..

Making Fresh Connections For Victorian Horticulture

The Andrews Labor Government is growing Victoria’s thriving horticulture industry by reducing barriers to trade and improving access to new markets, supporting industry-led innovation and research. Speaking at the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association (AHEA) Export Forum today, Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, said last week’s..