Archives for September, 2016

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Backing Victoria’s Wine Industry

The Andrews Labor Government today announced $720,000 in funding to support the wine industry increase its domestic and international markets, improve wine tourism and sustainably grow their businesses. The $1 million Wine Growth Fund (WGF) will support 41 projects across Victoria’s 21 distinct wine regions..

The Future Is Bright For Sovereign Hill

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today officially opened Bright Visions, the first completed component of the Andrews Labor Government’s $8 million investment in the By Day and by Night project to help Sovereign Hill reach its full economic and tourism potential. Bright Visions is..

Bulldogs Bark Louder Than Ever In Ballarat

The Bulldog bark and bite was louder than ever in Ballarat today with fans flocking to Eureka Stadium hoping for Premiership glory on Saturday’s AFL Grand Final. Ballarat Bulldog supporters also got a taste of things to come, joining Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford,..

Multicultural Boost For Wimmera, Central Highlands

Central and Western Victoria are set to strengthen ties with multicultural and diverse communities with a funding boost announced by the Andrews Labor Government today. Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott and Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard announced the funding at the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre..

Regional Victoria’s Job Creation Leading The Nation

Annual total and full-time job creation in regional Victoria is leading the nation, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Data shows Victoria’s strong jobs growth continues. Compared with the same time last year, more than 23,600 extra people are gainfully..

Port Lease Smooths The Road From Farm Gate To Market

The Andrews Labor Government today unveiled a $25 million fund to upgrade local roads, intersections and bridges used by Victorian farmers, food transporters and agribusinesses – made possible through the lease of the Port of Melbourne. Minister for Roads and Acting Minister for Agriculture Luke..

Port Lease Gives Cattle Underpass The Green Light

Cattle producers across regional Victoria are set to benefit with the Andrews Labor Government announcing $3 million in funding for the highly sought after Cattle Underpass Scheme (CUPS) – all made possible through the lease of the Port of Melbourne. Treasurer Tim Pallas made the..

Port Lease Delivers $970 Million For Regional Victoria

Regional Victoria is a major winner thanks to the successful leasing of the Port of Melbourne, with more than $970 million to be invested in regional and rural infrastructure projects. The Lonsdale Consortium, comprising of the Future Fund, QIC, GIP and OMERS signed a lease..

Port Of Melbourne Leased To Create Thousands Of Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government has successfully leased the Port of Melbourne for more than $9.7 billion, delivering on its election promise to lease the port, remove 50 of our most deadly and congested level crossings, and create thousands of jobs. The Lonsdale Consortium, comprising of..

Victorian Agribusiness Set To Grow And Sprout

Agricultural and aspiring agribusiness entrepreneurs will be given a shot in the arm thanks to a $1 million investment announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, launched the new agri-tech accelerator program SproutX at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong  and..

Victoria Plates Up Its Best For International Buyers

Food & Beverage Trade Week (FBTW) – the state’s premier inbound trade mission targeting the global food and beverage market – is in full swing today with more than 150 leading international buyers and investors visiting more than 100 local companies at the Fine Food..

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..

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..

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,..

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..

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..

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..

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..