Archives for April, 2016

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Fine Food And Wine At The Grampians Grape Escape

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..

Jobs At The Heart Of Our Creative State

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,..

Jobs At The Heart Of Our Creative State

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..

Fox Bounty Extended, Wild Dog Control Measures Doubled

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,..

Barramundi Coming South To Hazelwood Pondage

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..

Latrobe Valley At The Regional Heart Of Our Creative State

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 Boosted With Murray Link Upgrades

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..

Scientist Crowned Victoria’s Rural Woman Of The Year

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..

Medicinal Cannabis Legalised In Victoria

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..

New Appointments To Safeguard Animal Welfare

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 open for Western Highway project

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..

$3.15 Million Expansion Of Drought Employment Program

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..

New Standpipes To Ease Water Carting Burden In Western Victoria

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..

Victoria’s Water Grid To Be Expanded Across Loddon Shire

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..