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New Research Facility To Boost Almond Exports

The Andrews Labor Government will establish a new experimental orchard in Mildura to boost almond research and training and drive production and export growth. The new 25ha research facility will support the growing almond production of river communities in Victoria, South Australia and New South..

Victorian Fruit Now In Season In South East Asian Retail Outlets

Victorian growers are promoting their fresh fruit produce to key importers and consumers in South East Asian markets as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s new Now In Season campaign. The campaign is being launched in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines with representatives from Australian..

Ararat Arts Precinct To Be Transformed Into Major Cultural Centre

Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today announced that the Andrews Labor Government will provide $3.7 million to fund the redevelopment of the Ararat Arts Centre Precinct, delivering on a key election commitment. Touring the Ararat Town Hall today, Ms Pulford said the redevelopment would..

Japan’s Top Restaurateurs Get A Taste For Victorian Lamb

A group of leading chefs, restaurateurs and butchers from Japan have landed in Victoria in search of new opportunities to import Victoria’s quality lamb produce. The delegation has been invited as part of the ‘Lambassador Program’, an initiative funded by the Andrews Labor Government and..

More Work To Be Done By Lost Dogs’ Home

The Lost Dogs’ Home has been unable to account for the factors leading to euthanasia of dogs and cats in its care, an investigation ordered by the Andrews Labor Government into the treatment of animals by the Home has revealed. The investigation examined allegations relating..

Family Fun For Future Fishers

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, will tonight release 50 catchable-size golden perch into Victoria Park Lake at the Twilight Fishing event to help grow recreational fishing in Victoria. Twilight Fishing is an iconic annual event that encourages people from all ages to try fishing for..

Orchardist And Innovator Wins Rural Women’s Award

A third-generation orchardist from Harcourt in central Victoria has been named winner of the 2015 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women’s Award. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today joined Minister for Women, Fiona Richardson, to announce Katie Finlay as winner..

Better Bait Access Bolsters Front Line Pest Control

The Andrews Labor Government has boosted front line pest control, with farmers set to benefit from improved access to 1080 pest animal baits and an extension of an interstate bait supply pilot program. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, has approved an update to the code..

Moratorium On Restricted Dog Breed Euthanasia

Legislation introduced into the Parliament this week will impose a moratorium on the destruction of restricted breed dogs, while a Parliamentary Inquiry into the effectiveness of current legislative arrangements is underway. In line with the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment, councils will be required to..

Moratorium On Restricted Dog Breed Euthanasia

Legislation introduced into the Parliament this week will impose a moratorium on the destruction of restricted breed dogs, while a Parliamentary Inquiry into the effectiveness of current legislative arrangements is underway. In line with the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment, councils will be required to..

Better Bait Access Bolsters Front Line Pest Control

The Andrews Labor Government has boosted front line pest control, with farmers set to benefit from improved access to 1080 pest animal baits and an extension of an interstate bait supply pilot program. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, has approved an update to the code..

Labor Secures New Rail Hub For Wodonga

The Andrews Labor Government has secured a $39 million investment by Australia’s largest private rail operator, SCT Logistics, to support the expansion of its operations in Victoria. The expansion will increase rail freight between Melbourne and Brisbane, and include investment in a new rail freight..

Agri-Food Buyers See The Best Victoria Has To Offer

Victoria’s best food and wine was on show to 80 international agriculture and food importers last night as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s first inbound super trade mission. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, last night hosted an Agriculture and Food Networking Event to showcase..

Asian Importers get a Taste for Victorian Fruit

Key international fruit buyers today saw first-hand the diversity and quality of Victoria’s produce and production systems as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s inbound super trade mission. Through the agri-food component of the inaugural Victorian Invitation Program, the Labor Government is building on Key..

New GRV Board to Lead Charge Against Live Baiting

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced three new appointments to the Board of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV). Ray Gunston – former Chief Financial Officer for Tatts Group and former interim Chief Executive Officer of Essendon Football Club – has been appointed Chair. Mr Gunston..

Regional Leaders to Drive Regional Jobs and Growth

Regional leaders from across the state will identify priorities to drive jobs, investment and growth in regional Victoria, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s independent review of regional development. Outlining the terms of reference, Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, said the review will..

Labor Supporting Infrastructure and Jobs in Euroa

The Andrews Labor Government is driving job creation and growth in Euroa through a number of key infrastructure projects. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, visited Euroa today to officially open the Euroa Conference and Function Centre and reaffirm the Labor Government’s $500,000 commitment to..

Program to Drive Innovation in Agriculture

Farmers, scientists and researchers tackling the big issues affecting the agriculture sector will be supported with a $500,000 fellowships program. Launching the new VESKI Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship Program in the Goulburn Valley today, Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, urged farmers, researchers and industry groups to..