Visitors from all over Victoria, Australia and the world are preparing to flock to the Grampians National Park for one of Victoria’s longest running food and wine festivals. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today attended the opening of the Grampians Grape Escape, which is..
Archives for April, 2016
Victorian farmers are poised to reap the rewards of investments in biosecurity measures, produce transportation and regional infrastructure, under the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17. Our food and fibre has a global reputation for quality and we are going to keep it that way,..
Victoria has confirmed its status as Australia’s creative leader, with an ambitious new plan from the Andrews Labor Government that will create jobs, develop local talent and grow the state’s $23 billion creative and cultural economy. The upcoming 2016/2017 Victorian Budget will provide $152 million..
The fox bounty will be extended for another four years and there will be an increase in the aerial baiting of wild dogs as part of an Andrews Labor Government package to help farmers better manage pests. Foxes and wild dogs can decimate farming enterprises,..
Drivers are benefiting from another 21 kilometres of upgraded Western Highway thanks to two new duplicated sections. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester announced the opening of 15 kilometres of new lanes, two in each direction, from Beaufort to Buangor and a six-kilometre bypass..
Barramundi will be stocked in Gippsland for the first time with the first batch of 1600 barramundi into Hazelwood Pondage today. This is another significant milestone for the Andrews Labor Government in delivering itsTarget One Million plan to grow recreational fishing. The release is a..
A new performing arts building will be constructed, and the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre will be refurbished as part of a $10 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in Traralgon to..
Boundary Bend will be a step closer to the iconic Murray River thanks to a $75,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government – forming a critical part of the town enhancement project. Attorney General Martin Pakula today visited the Murray River township to mark the..
Hundreds of kids with severe epilepsy will have access to medicinal cannabis as early as next year, with new fast-tracked funding to support the roll-out of the Victorian Medicinal Cannabis Access scheme. The $28.5 million package, provided in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, will support the..
Warracknabeal Special School is one of twenty specialist schools across Victoria that will have their classrooms upgraded and there will be more support for its students, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford today..
A leading agricultural scientist from the vegetable industry has been named Winner of the 2016 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women’s Award. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today announced Australian Vegetable Growers (AUSVEG’s) Dr Jessica Lye as the winner of the..
Victorian patients and their families will be able to legally access medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances with the historic Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 passing the Parliament today. Victoria is the first state in Australia to make medicinal cannabis available to people in exceptional..
The Andrews Labor Government today announced new appointments to the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria, which oversees the performance of the state’s veterinarians. Six new members have been appointed, including three veterinarians, a lawyer and a business expert. Three existing members have also returned..
Expressions of Interest have been called for to duplicate the Western Highway from Buangor to Ararat, as work continues on the $662.3 million upgrade between Ballarat and Stawell. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Western Highway was one of Victoria’s busiest rural..
The Andrews Labor Government today celebrated the opening of the Learmonth Pathway to Growth Project – a major initiative that upgrades Lake Learmonth delivering jobs and boosting tourism to the Central Goldfields region. The upgrades to the five-kilometre path network will see lake foreshore improvements,..
Catchment management authorities in north-western Victoria are now seeking expressions of interest from drought affected farmers, farm workers and other individuals following the expansion of the Drought Employment Program. The Andrews Labor Government announced a $3.15 million expansion of the program last month as part..
The Andrews Labor Government today announced $175,000 for five extra standpipes as part of a range of new support measures for rural communities in Victoria’s most drought-affected areas. The extra standpipes are being installed at strategic sites in western Victoria to reduce the time and..
The Andrews Labor Government today announced it will connect south-west Loddon Shire with Victoria’s water grid to provide water security to the region’s rural communities for the first time ever. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville and Agriculture..