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Opportunity Knocks For Café Operator At Brambuk

An exciting opportunity for an experienced operator has arisen at the Brambuk café and Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford is encouraging interested applicants to submit an Expression of Interest. The opportunity comes at an exciting time for Brambuk, with $5.8 million in funding from the Victorian State Budget 2021 to reinvigorate the precinct. The investment will upgrade buildings, including the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, refresh activity spaces for visitors, and develop new environmental and cultural programs. Parks Victoria and the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, Barengi Gadjin Land Council and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation are working together to ensure Brambuk provides a unique cultural learning experience for future visitors. It is also a time of increasing visitation to the region and the heritage-listed Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, while the world-class 160km Grampians Peaks Trail is also due for completion in springtime this year. This EOI provides a unique opportunity for a knowledgeable operator to provide catering for events and functions at the site, showcase Indigenous bush tucker and ingredients, increase local employment opportunities, and support Traditional Owner businesses and suppliers. Applications close at midnight AEST on Sunday 11 July 2021. Visit the Parks Victoria website for more information - www.parks.vic.gov.au/eoi. Quotes, attributed to Jason Borg, Regional Director–Parks Victoria: “Parks Victoria is working in partnership with Traditional Owners on a shared vision for Brambuk - one that will protect and enhance the future of this remarkable and culturally significant site. “Inviting applicants to operate a café at the Park Visitor Information building is an important piece of the puzzle in this new and exciting phase. “Gariwerd is a significant Aboriginal cultural landscape, within which Brambuk plays a central role in welcoming visitors.” Quotes, attributed to Jaala Pulford, Member for Western Victoria: “There has never been a better time to live, work and raise a family in Western Victoria, and for one fortunate applicant, this could provide them with that opportunity.” “I would encourage anyone who thinks that this opportunity might be for them to apply quickly, before the time for Expressions of Interest close.”

Opportunity Knocks For Café Operator At Brambuk

An exciting opportunity for an experienced operator has arisen at the Brambuk café and Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford is encouraging interested applicants to submit an Expression of Interest. The opportunity comes at an exciting time for Brambuk, with $5.8 million in funding from the Victorian State Budget 2021 to reinvigorate the precinct. The investment will upgrade buildings, including the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, refresh activity spaces for visitors, and develop new environmental and cultural programs. Parks Victoria and the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, Barengi Gadjin Land Council and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation are working together to ensure Brambuk provides a unique cultural learning experience for future visitors. It is also a time of increasing visitation to the region and the heritage-listed Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, while the world-class 160km Grampians Peaks Trail is also due for completion in springtime this year. This EOI provides a unique opportunity for a knowledgeable operator to provide catering for events and functions at the site, showcase Indigenous bush tucker and ingredients, increase local employment opportunities, and support Traditional Owner businesses and suppliers. Applications close at midnight AEST on Sunday 11 July 2021. Visit the Parks Victoria website for more information - www.parks.vic.gov.au/eoi. Quotes, attributed to Jason Borg, Regional Director–Parks Victoria: “Parks Victoria is working in partnership with Traditional Owners on a shared vision for Brambuk - one that will protect and enhance the future of this remarkable and culturally significant site. “Inviting applicants to operate a café at the Park Visitor Information building is an important piece of the puzzle in this new and exciting phase. “Gariwerd is a significant Aboriginal cultural landscape, within which Brambuk plays a central role in welcoming visitors.” Quotes, attributed to Jaala Pulford, Member for Western Victoria: “There has never been a better time to live, work and raise a family in Western Victoria, and for one fortunate applicant, this could provide them with that opportunity.” “I would encourage anyone who thinks that this opportunity might be for them to apply quickly, before the time for Expressions of Interest close.”

Connection And Signal Improvements For Victorian Towns

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting local businesses and communities by investing in new infrastructure to improve mobile coverage and broadband services across the state. Some 17 towns and local government areas can expect better services thanks to the confirmed upgrades, including locations in Gippsland, the Wimmera, the South West and northern Victoria. The signalling and internet connection boost is due to jointly-funded work to build new mobile and broadband infrastructure, which will open up more opportunities for local businesses and tourism. The Labor Government is investing $12.2 million, from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, securing a further $37.3 million investment by partners Telstra, NBN Co and the Commonwealth Government. As part of the project, Telstra will deliver improved mobile coverage at Kobyboyn, Cabbage Tree Creek, Lascelles, Gazette, Broughton, Halls Gap, Gipsy Point and Toongabbie. The fibre optic links between Bright and Bruthen will also be upgraded, enabling improved broadband and mobile services in locations throughout the Alpine, East Gippsland and Wangaratta regions. Additionally, NBN Projects will deliver fixed broadband in Murchison, Timboon, Teesdale, Hopetoun, Rushworth and Kaniva. Digital connectivity is at the core of Victoria’s economic recovery, and the Labor Government is working to deliver the most affordable and accessible internet for businesses, employees, students and all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “Better connectivity will provide wonderful benefit to these communities.” “It will create opportunities for local businesses to grow, and more members of the community to be connected to each other.” Quote attributable to NBN Co Chief Development Officer Regional and Remote Gavin Williams “For the residents of Rushworth, Teesdale, Timboon, Murchison, Hopetoun and Kaniva this funding means they will soon have the option to access fixed line NBN services, enhancing their ability to participate in the digital economy to access to the full range of online community, government and healthcare services, stream entertainment content on demand and stay connected to friends and family.” Quote attributable to Telstra Regional General Manager for Eastern Victoria Loretta Willaton “We’ll not only boost connectivity through new and improved mobile coverage in regional communities but, as part of the Regional Connectivity Program, we’ll also be able to strengthen and expand our network so we can continue to deliver for regional Victoria.”

Connection And Signal Improvements For Victorian Towns

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting local businesses and communities by investing in new infrastructure to improve mobile coverage and broadband services across the state. Some 17 towns and local government areas can expect better services thanks to the confirmed upgrades, including locations in Gippsland, the Wimmera, the South West and northern Victoria. The signalling and internet connection boost is due to jointly-funded work to build new mobile and broadband infrastructure, which will open up more opportunities for local businesses and tourism. The Labor Government is investing $12.2 million, from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, securing a further $37.3 million investment by partners Telstra, NBN Co and the Commonwealth Government. As part of the project, Telstra will deliver improved mobile coverage at Kobyboyn, Cabbage Tree Creek, Lascelles, Gazette, Broughton, Halls Gap, Gipsy Point and Toongabbie. The fibre optic links between Bright and Bruthen will also be upgraded, enabling improved broadband and mobile services in locations throughout the Alpine, East Gippsland and Wangaratta regions. Additionally, NBN Projects will deliver fixed broadband in Murchison, Timboon, Teesdale, Hopetoun, Rushworth and Kaniva. Digital connectivity is at the core of Victoria’s economic recovery, and the Labor Government is working to deliver the most affordable and accessible internet for businesses, employees, students and all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “Better connectivity will provide wonderful benefit to these communities.” “It will create opportunities for local businesses to grow, and more members of the community to be connected to each other.” Quote attributable to NBN Co Chief Development Officer Regional and Remote Gavin Williams “For the residents of Rushworth, Teesdale, Timboon, Murchison, Hopetoun and Kaniva this funding means they will soon have the option to access fixed line NBN services, enhancing their ability to participate in the digital economy to access to the full range of online community, government and healthcare services, stream entertainment content on demand and stay connected to friends and family.” Quote attributable to Telstra Regional General Manager for Eastern Victoria Loretta Willaton “We’ll not only boost connectivity through new and improved mobile coverage in regional communities but, as part of the Regional Connectivity Program, we’ll also be able to strengthen and expand our network so we can continue to deliver for regional Victoria.”

Major Boost For Victorian Researchers In COVID Fight

The Andrews Labor Government is increasing funding for a study into the effects of coronavirus, and backing ground-breaking research into new and emerging strains, long-term coronavirus symptoms and potential links between the disease and unborn children. The work will build on the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s (MCRI’s) research into the effects of the virus on every major human organ, which has already deepened our understanding of coronavirus’ impacts on the heart. The dedicated group of scientists will investigate cellular mechanisms leading to lingering “long COVID” issues such as fatigue, cognitive difficulties and ongoing breathing problems. The funding will also allow researchers to get greater insight into the effects of coronavirus on the placenta and potential transfer of the virus to the fetus. Additionally, scientists will analyse variants from the UK, India and Brazil to understand the impact of more infectious strains. This is the first time research of this kind has been done in Australia, with the MCRI one of only a few facilities worldwide able to study the effect of the virus on every major human organ. The work is possible thanks to the Labor Government’s $31 million COVID-19 Research Fund, which includes $2.3 million allocated to the MCRI for the Impact of COVID-19 on Organs research project. Scientists in Melbourne have already made significant discoveries, including identifying issues with the heart muscle as a result of the virus disrupting oxygen supply. In addition to coronavirus research at the MCRI, the Government has funded projects at the Doherty Institute, the Burnet Institute and other leading institutes. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 also included an investment of $155 million towards a new Australian Institute for Infectious Diseases in the heart of the Parkville biomedical precinct. Victoria is home to 14 independent medical research institutes, which employ more than 5,800 people. The state’s wider medical research sector supports more than 30,000 jobs across institutes, universities and industry. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “Our extraordinary medical research institutes produce world-leading results that change and save lives every day, and we’re backing them to continue this vital work.” “Victoria is one of the few places in the world where research has been able to continue over the past 12 months, thanks to the work everyone has done to get on top of this wildly infectious virus.” “The knowledge we’re building will help people now and for generations to come.”

Major Boost For Victorian Researchers In COVID Fight

The Andrews Labor Government is increasing funding for a study into the effects of coronavirus, and backing ground-breaking research into new and emerging strains, long-term coronavirus symptoms and potential links between the disease and unborn children. The work will build on the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s (MCRI’s) research into the effects of the virus on every major human organ, which has already deepened our understanding of coronavirus’ impacts on the heart. The dedicated group of scientists will investigate cellular mechanisms leading to lingering “long COVID” issues such as fatigue, cognitive difficulties and ongoing breathing problems. The funding will also allow researchers to get greater insight into the effects of coronavirus on the placenta and potential transfer of the virus to the fetus. Additionally, scientists will analyse variants from the UK, India and Brazil to understand the impact of more infectious strains. This is the first time research of this kind has been done in Australia, with the MCRI one of only a few facilities worldwide able to study the effect of the virus on every major human organ. The work is possible thanks to the Labor Government’s $31 million COVID-19 Research Fund, which includes $2.3 million allocated to the MCRI for the Impact of COVID-19 on Organs research project. Scientists in Melbourne have already made significant discoveries, including identifying issues with the heart muscle as a result of the virus disrupting oxygen supply. In addition to coronavirus research at the MCRI, the Government has funded projects at the Doherty Institute, the Burnet Institute and other leading institutes. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 also included an investment of $155 million towards a new Australian Institute for Infectious Diseases in the heart of the Parkville biomedical precinct. Victoria is home to 14 independent medical research institutes, which employ more than 5,800 people. The state’s wider medical research sector supports more than 30,000 jobs across institutes, universities and industry. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “Our extraordinary medical research institutes produce world-leading results that change and save lives every day, and we’re backing them to continue this vital work.” “Victoria is one of the few places in the world where research has been able to continue over the past 12 months, thanks to the work everyone has done to get on top of this wildly infectious virus.” “The knowledge we’re building will help people now and for generations to come.”

Aboriginal Victorians Awarded Prestigious Scholarships

Eight outstanding Aboriginal Victorians are receiving scholarships to remove barriers to education, thanks to a partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association. The recipients of Aunty Mary Atkinson scholarships will be supported with grants of $30,000 a year for up to four years. The program is named after Aunty Mary Atkinson, a Wiradjuri and Bangerang Elder whose tenacity and integrity made her an inspirational leader. Mary believed all Aboriginal children had the right to a quality education and the scholarship aims to continue her belief in learning as empowerment for indigenous people. The recipients have each had to overcome personal challenges relating to health, caring for others and unemployment and have each demonstrated tenacity and integrity in their studies. The scholarship recipients include people like Mark Jones, who will continue to research Aboriginal enterprises as part of his studies at RMIT; and Riley Leary, who will use the scholarship to pay for travel and accommodation expenses while he develops his understanding of robotics at Swinburne University. Recipients’ studies must be aligned with portfolio areas of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford  “We’re backing these smart young Victorians so they can expand their knowledge, which will open up employment pathways and boost Aboriginal voices in business and industry.” “Congratulations to the recipients for all their hard work and I’m looking forward to seeing them grow into business and community leaders.” Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “These scholarships will help these students make a real and positive difference for our state and their communities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams “The Aunty Mary Atkinson Scholarship Program is a powerful way to reduce barriers for Aboriginal Victorians who are aiming to pursue a career in the public service.”

Aboriginal Victorians Awarded Prestigious Scholarships

Eight outstanding Aboriginal Victorians are receiving scholarships to remove barriers to education, thanks to a partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association. The recipients of Aunty Mary Atkinson scholarships will be supported with grants of $30,000 a year for up to four years. The program is named after Aunty Mary Atkinson, a Wiradjuri and Bangerang Elder whose tenacity and integrity made her an inspirational leader. Mary believed all Aboriginal children had the right to a quality education and the scholarship aims to continue her belief in learning as empowerment for indigenous people. The recipients have each had to overcome personal challenges relating to health, caring for others and unemployment and have each demonstrated tenacity and integrity in their studies. The scholarship recipients include people like Mark Jones, who will continue to research Aboriginal enterprises as part of his studies at RMIT; and Riley Leary, who will use the scholarship to pay for travel and accommodation expenses while he develops his understanding of robotics at Swinburne University. Recipients’ studies must be aligned with portfolio areas of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford  “We’re backing these smart young Victorians so they can expand their knowledge, which will open up employment pathways and boost Aboriginal voices in business and industry.” “Congratulations to the recipients for all their hard work and I’m looking forward to seeing them grow into business and community leaders.” Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane “These scholarships will help these students make a real and positive difference for our state and their communities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams “The Aunty Mary Atkinson Scholarship Program is a powerful way to reduce barriers for Aboriginal Victorians who are aiming to pursue a career in the public service.”

 

Ballarat Round Table Advancing Aboriginal Jobs Strategy

Aboriginal Victorians in Ballarat will help guide the development of a new plan to boost training and job opportunities, thanks to an Aboriginal employment round table being held today. The meeting in Ballarat is one of nine happening across the state, which bring together each region’s Traditional Owners, employment organisations and government representatives to identify local employment opportunities. The round table aims to ensure local skills, labour, and training challenges are identified and addressed in the next Victorian Aboriginal Employment and Economic Strategy. Insights from Ballarat and other communities will be presented to the Victorian Aboriginal Employment and Economic Council (VAEEC) for consideration as the next strategy is developed. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal self-determination and recognises the importance of employment and economic prosperity as part of that commitment. The round table discussions will be led by an experienced Aboriginal Victorian facilitator, with the new strategy to be launched later this year. Last month, the Government established the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, which will have the powers of a Royal Commission. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “Victoria’s First Nations people, particularly those in communities like Ballarat, need access to sustainable jobs and training opportunities as the economy continues to recover.” “It’s really important that the new strategy has community input, which is why we want local people to participate and have their say.” Quote attributable to Acting Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams “These regional round tables will ensure local challenges and opportunities in Ballarat and other regions are addressed and harnessed, as we move towards a new Victorian Aboriginal Employment and Economic Strategy.”

Ballarat Round Table Advancing Aboriginal Jobs Strategy

Aboriginal Victorians in Ballarat will help guide the development of a new plan to boost training and job opportunities, thanks to an Aboriginal employment round table being held today. The meeting in Ballarat is one of nine happening across the state, which bring together each region’s Traditional Owners, employment organisations and government representatives to identify local employment opportunities. The round table aims to ensure local skills, labour, and training challenges are identified and addressed in the next Victorian Aboriginal Employment and Economic Strategy. Insights from Ballarat and other communities will be presented to the Victorian Aboriginal Employment and Economic Council (VAEEC) for consideration as the next strategy is developed. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal self-determination and recognises the importance of employment and economic prosperity as part of that commitment. The round table discussions will be led by an experienced Aboriginal Victorian facilitator, with the new strategy to be launched later this year. Last month, the Government established the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, which will have the powers of a Royal Commission. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “Victoria’s First Nations people, particularly those in communities like Ballarat, need access to sustainable jobs and training opportunities as the economy continues to recover.” “It’s really important that the new strategy has community input, which is why we want local people to participate and have their say.” Quote attributable to Acting Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams “These regional round tables will ensure local challenges and opportunities in Ballarat and other regions are addressed and harnessed, as we move towards a new Victorian Aboriginal Employment and Economic Strategy.”

New Biobank The Next Step In Maddie’s Vision

The Andrews Labor Government is backing initiatives in the fight against bone marrow failure syndromes, launching a vital new biobank to conduct ground-breaking research. The new biobank is the first of its kind in Australia and will be the next important step toward hopefully finding a cure for bone marrow failure syndromes. The facility will collect thousands of tissue samples from patients to aid research and clinical trials and improve treatment options. The biobank - one of only a few in the world - is an initiative of the Centre of Research Excellence in Bone Marrow Biology, launched by Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision with the aid of $2.1 million from the Labor Government. Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is dedicated to finding a cure for bone marrow conditions and was founded by the Riewoldt family following Maddie’s death in 2015. The yearly Maddie’s Match has become a cornerstone of the AFL season since its inaugural clash in 2016, with St Kilda and Richmond both synonymous with the Riewoldt name. Bone marrow failure syndromes mainly affect young people like Maddie, aged 17 to 40. About 160 young Australians are diagnosed every year and sadly, more than half die. The government has also provided $305,000 in support to the Victorian Cancer Agency for a new international fellowship to investigate links between bone marrow failure syndromes and cancer biology. The Australian Marrow Failure Biobank will open in May at Biobanking Victoria in Clayton. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “The next step towards hopefully finding a cure is the launch of this biobank, which has the potential to save lives through ground-breaking research.” “About 160 Australians are diagnosed with bone marrow failure syndromes each year and hundreds more continue their battles, which is why it’s so important we continue to invest in this important research.”

New Biobank The Next Step In Maddie’s Vision

The Andrews Labor Government is backing initiatives in the fight against bone marrow failure syndromes, launching a vital new biobank to conduct ground-breaking research. The new biobank is the first of its kind in Australia and will be the next important step toward hopefully finding a cure for bone marrow failure syndromes. The facility will collect thousands of tissue samples from patients to aid research and clinical trials and improve treatment options. The biobank - one of only a few in the world - is an initiative of the Centre of Research Excellence in Bone Marrow Biology, launched by Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision with the aid of $2.1 million from the Labor Government. Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is dedicated to finding a cure for bone marrow conditions and was founded by the Riewoldt family following Maddie’s death in 2015. The yearly Maddie’s Match has become a cornerstone of the AFL season since its inaugural clash in 2016, with St Kilda and Richmond both synonymous with the Riewoldt name. Bone marrow failure syndromes mainly affect young people like Maddie, aged 17 to 40. About 160 young Australians are diagnosed every year and sadly, more than half die. The government has also provided $305,000 in support to the Victorian Cancer Agency for a new international fellowship to investigate links between bone marrow failure syndromes and cancer biology. The Australian Marrow Failure Biobank will open in May at Biobanking Victoria in Clayton. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “The next step towards hopefully finding a cure is the launch of this biobank, which has the potential to save lives through ground-breaking research.” “About 160 Australians are diagnosed with bone marrow failure syndromes each year and hundreds more continue their battles, which is why it’s so important we continue to invest in this important research.”

Backing Business With New Tech Adoption Support

The Andrews Labor Government is helping small to medium-size businesses implement digital solutions that improve productivity, drive growth and create jobs through a new funding program. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today launched the $5 million Technology Adoption and Innovation Program, which allows businesses to apply for grants of up to $50,000 for innovative tech projects. The grants fall under one of two funding streams. The first allows small to medium-sized enterprises to partner with a specialised technology provider to improve their productivity and competitiveness. The partnerships may include implementing new e-commerce systems, artificial intelligence or machine learning processes, data analytics, robotics or cyber security technology. The second funding avenue is for companies involved in technology development to create new products and services. Product development could be across areas including micro or nanotechnology, software for business-to-business messaging, fintech applications, healthcare equipment and retail technology. The Labor Government will match contributions from applicants as part of the program, with those applying required to contribute a minimum of $20,000 towards the total cost of projects. The boost is part of the Government’s game-changing investment in boosting the state’s digital infrastructure, capability and skills, thanks to $121 million allocated for innovation initiatives in the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Applications for the Technology Adoption and Innovation Program are now open and close on Monday, 19 April. For more information and to apply for support through the program, visit business.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “This program will be a catalyst for more Victorian businesses to embark on their own innovative projects, whether they’re implementing technology or developing a new commercial product.” “We’re enabling businesses to capitalise on technology to boost productivity, create new business opportunities and drive economic growth.” “Initiatives developed with support from this program will really cement Victoria’s position as a leading tech hub in the Asia Pacific.”

Backing Business With New Tech Adoption Support

The Andrews Labor Government is helping small to medium-size businesses implement digital solutions that improve productivity, drive growth and create jobs through a new funding program. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today launched the $5 million Technology Adoption and Innovation Program, which allows businesses to apply for grants of up to $50,000 for innovative tech projects. The grants fall under one of two funding streams. The first allows small to medium-sized enterprises to partner with a specialised technology provider to improve their productivity and competitiveness. The partnerships may include implementing new e-commerce systems, artificial intelligence or machine learning processes, data analytics, robotics or cyber security technology. The second funding avenue is for companies involved in technology development to create new products and services. Product development could be across areas including micro or nanotechnology, software for business-to-business messaging, fintech applications, healthcare equipment and retail technology. The Labor Government will match contributions from applicants as part of the program, with those applying required to contribute a minimum of $20,000 towards the total cost of projects. The boost is part of the Government’s game-changing investment in boosting the state’s digital infrastructure, capability and skills, thanks to $121 million allocated for innovation initiatives in the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Applications for the Technology Adoption and Innovation Program are now open and close on Monday, 19 April. For more information and to apply for support through the program, visit business.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “This program will be a catalyst for more Victorian businesses to embark on their own innovative projects, whether they’re implementing technology or developing a new commercial product.” “We’re enabling businesses to capitalise on technology to boost productivity, create new business opportunities and drive economic growth.” “Initiatives developed with support from this program will really cement Victoria’s position as a leading tech hub in the Asia Pacific.”

Hundreds Of Places Now Better Connected

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local business and communities receive better mobile coverage, thanks to the rollout of more than 200 mobile base stations around the state. The 200th station was recently activated in Knowsley, east of Bendigo, improving reception in and around the community for residents, businesses and tourists. It comes as the locations for the upcoming construction of an extra 41 stations are revealed, with towns such as Ararat, Winchelsea South and Tarwin Lower all set to benefit. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford said upgrading reception in hundreds of areas across Victoria has also improved safety by allowing people to contact emergency services in more locations. Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested $56 million to improve mobile coverage around the state. In November the Government committed a further $300 million through the Digital Future Now initiative, to help more regional Victorians get connected. Digital connectivity will be a core part of the state’s economic recovery, with the Government committed to improving online access to as many people as possible. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “Victorians across the state deserve to have reliable mobile coverage – and we’re delivering. It helps connect residents, support businesses and attract tourists, allowing local economies grow and thrive.” “Getting rid of black spots also makes communities much safer when natural disasters like bushfires and floods hit.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary Anne Thomas “Reliable mobile coverage is so important for regional communities because it helps regional Victoria attract more people to live, work and visit.” “These investments open the door for more of the state’s workers to live in regional Victoria, because they’ll be able to connect with people from around the world.” Quotes attributable to Knowsley Fire Brigade CFA Captain Robert Long “Mobile connections are vital in today’s world, particularly during emergencies, with people now able to access information through the Emergency Vic App and call family and friends when fires or floods happen.” “Better coverage in town will also benefit our fire brigade, because we’re now able to access the new mobile based alert system that supplements pagers for emergency services.”

Hundreds Of Places Now Better Connected

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local business and communities receive better mobile coverage, thanks to the rollout of more than 200 mobile base stations around the state. The 200th station was recently activated in Knowsley, east of Bendigo, improving reception in and around the community for residents, businesses and tourists. It comes as the locations for the upcoming construction of an extra 41 stations are revealed, with towns such as Ararat, Winchelsea South and Tarwin Lower all set to benefit. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford said upgrading reception in hundreds of areas across Victoria has also improved safety by allowing people to contact emergency services in more locations. Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested $56 million to improve mobile coverage around the state. In November the Government committed a further $300 million through the Digital Future Now initiative, to help more regional Victorians get connected. Digital connectivity will be a core part of the state’s economic recovery, with the Government committed to improving online access to as many people as possible. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “Victorians across the state deserve to have reliable mobile coverage – and we’re delivering. It helps connect residents, support businesses and attract tourists, allowing local economies grow and thrive.” “Getting rid of black spots also makes communities much safer when natural disasters like bushfires and floods hit.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary Anne Thomas “Reliable mobile coverage is so important for regional communities because it helps regional Victoria attract more people to live, work and visit.” “These investments open the door for more of the state’s workers to live in regional Victoria, because they’ll be able to connect with people from around the world.” Quotes attributable to Knowsley Fire Brigade CFA Captain Robert Long “Mobile connections are vital in today’s world, particularly during emergencies, with people now able to access information through the Emergency Vic App and call family and friends when fires or floods happen.” “Better coverage in town will also benefit our fire brigade, because we’re now able to access the new mobile based alert system that supplements pagers for emergency services.”