Archives for October, 2016

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Unveiling Ararat’s New Arts Precinct

Ararat will have a new, modern and attractive Arts Precinct thanks to a $3.7 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government. The project will create 19 jobs during construction and five full time ongoing jobs when complete. Minister for Regional Development,  Jaala Pulford, today unveiled..

Backing Regional Victoria’s Tourism Potential

The Andrews Labor Government today announced $3.44 million to support planning studies for a range of regional tourism projects to drive visitation and strengthen regional economies. We’re supporting 26 projects through our $103 million Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund (RTIF),  which will help projects assess..

Funding For Trailblazing Silo Art In The Wimmera Mallee

The Wimmera-Mallee region is set to become Australia’s largest outdoor gallery with a new project to create a silo art trail stretching 200km and linking some of Victoria’s smallest towns. The Andrews Labor Government will provide $200,000 towards the ambitious project, which will see renowned..

More Mental Health Support For Dairy Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding the mental health support provided to Victorian dairy farmers by offering free Mental Health First Aid training to stock drivers and veterinarians. A $1.5 million assistance package to support dairy farmers has been rolled out throughout affected communities, providing..

Setting A Roadmap For Loddon Campaspe

The Loddon Campaspe community will come together tonight in Bendigo with Premier Daniel Andrews to discuss and debate the region’s top priorities at the regions first Regional Assembly. The Regional Assembly is the next step in the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership’s engagement with community, industry..

Dairy Grants Give Farmers A Welcome Boost

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined dairy farmers in the Echuca area to announce grants to help producers affected by the milk price downturn. Thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government, eligible farm businesses can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to invest..

Victoria Honours Its Regional Community Leaders

Regional Victoria’s community leaders have been celebrated for their tireless work in the 2016 Regional Achievement and Community Awards tonight. Patron of the awards, Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford, congratulated all award winners, each striving to make regional Victoria a better place to live,..

Shaping The Future Of Our Central Highlands Region

Central Highland locals are invited to help shape the future of their region with the launch of online consultation today. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the start of online consultation for the Central Highlands Regional Partnership community ahead of their first Regional Assembly..

Striking The Balance On The Right To Farm

Clearer rules for farming will be introduced in Victoria’s planning provisions to give certainty to property owners, councils and the community as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing work to support our animal industries. The planning reforms will include new land definitions, no increases..

Protecting And Improving V/Line For Regional Passengers

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening public ownership of V/Line, to protect it from any future attempts by the Liberal and National Party to privatise it and run it in to the ground. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today introduced legislation to transfer V/Line’s..

Consultation On Reopening Maryborough-Ararat Line Begins

Consultation with local communities about re-opening the Maryborough to Ararat railway line has begun. The line has been disused for more than a decade, but will reopen as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s massive upgrade of the freight network in north western Victoria. More..

Agribusiness Grows Its Success At State Export Awards

A family owned and operated vegetable grower from Clyde has been recognised as Victoria’s leading exporter in agribusiness at the prestigious 37th Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA). Third generation farmers Schreurs & Sons, who have been growing and breeding their products for more than..

Victoria’s Food And Fibre Sector Ripe For Investment

Victoria’s thriving multi-billion dollar food and fibre sector was on show to Japan’s top business leaders at a forum held today by the Andrews Labor Government for the prestigious Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford delivered the opening address to the event,..

Restoring Camperdown’s Iconic Turf Club Grandstand

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to safeguard and restore the historic Camperdown Turf Club grandstand thanks to a $330,000 grant. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today visited the club to announce the funding, which will be used for key conservation works identified by Heritage..

Avoca’s Wine Festival Is Ripe For Growth

Winemakers from Victoria’s Pyrenees region will receive a $23,500 funding boost to grow their business from the Andrews Labor Government’s $1 million Wine Growth Fund (WGF). Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Colin Brooks today announced funding for the project as one of 41 WGF grants..

Backing The Grampians’ Wine Industry

The Andrews Labor Government has backed the Grampians’ wine industry with a $91,450 package to increase Australian and overseas markets, boost wine tourism and grow wine businesses in the region. Visiting Montara Winery near Ararat, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Colin Brooks announced the funding,..

Horse Stalls Upgrade For Dunkeld Racing Club

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced an upgrade of the Dunkeld Racing Club horse stalls to bring them into line with Victorian racing industry standards. The $21,000 project will help the club to make the area safer for those working in the stalls, as..

Setting A Road Map For The Great South Coast

Great South Coast community members will come together tonight in Port Fairy to debate the region’s top priorities at the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Assembly. The Regional Assembly is the next step in the Great South Coast Partnership’s engagement with community, industry and government –..