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Ground Up Approach to Tackle Fruit Fly in Goulburn Valley

Efforts to support the Goulburn Valley’s $485 million horticulture industry will focus on local backyards where gardeners are being encouraged to do their part in the fight against Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF). Meeting local growers in the Goulburn Valley today, Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford,..

Statement on Energy for the Regions Program

The Andrews Labor Government will proceed with the Energy for the Regions program. A report in The Weekly Times today that the Labor Government is poised to axe the Energy for the Regions program is incorrect. Despite the mess the former Coalition Government have made..

Japanese Importers Get a Taste for Victorian Table Grapes

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to support Victorian table grape growers and capitalise on new access to Asian markets. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, was last night joined by the Australian Table Grape Association and Austrade to welcome an inbound delegation of Japanese..

McGregor Park Transformed Into Recreational Oasis

McGregor Park has been transformed into the centrepiece of Trafalgar’s recreation precinct thanks to a major upgrade. Officially reopening McGregor Park in Trafalgar today, Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, said the $400,000 project would deliver a significantly improved recreational experience for the local community…

King George Whiting Catch Trending Upwards

It’s good news for recreational anglers with a new survey predicting increased catches of King George whiting in Port Phillip Bay from this summer and autumn. The predictions, made by Fisheries Victoria scientists, are based on annual surveys of the abundance of small juvenile whiting..

Labor Government moves to strengthen animal welfare in greyhound racing

The Andrews Labor Government is taking swift action to address serious allegations levelled at the state’s greyhound racing industry, including claims of live baiting. Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, and Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, today announced a broad investigation into animal welfare and allegations..

Labor Government Driving Agricultural Sector Growth

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to grow Victoria’s food and fibre sector to create jobs and build stronger regional and rural communities. In response to the Commonwealth Government’s Agriculture Competitiveness Green Paper, Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, has called on..

Review To Grow Regional Victoria After Coalition Neglect

The Andrews Labor Government today announced an independent review of Regional Development Victoria’s strategic priorities to better drive jobs, investment and growth in regional Victoria. Announcing the review in Parliament this week, Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, said the Labor Government had a clear..

Drought Loans Welcome But Eligibility A Concern

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed today’s long-awaited announcement from the Federal Government that drought concessional loans are finally available for Victorian farmers. This is good news for farmers who have been doing it tough, and who have been waiting for Federal Government drought relief..

Sovereign Hill: Victoria’s Most Valuable Tourist Icon

Sovereign Hill is one of the Ballarat region’s key drivers of economic growth and jobs, making it Victoria’s most valuable tourist asset, according to a new report. The Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, today launched the Sovereign Hill Economic Impact Study which highlighted the..

Victorian Government Expanding Estuary Perch Stock

To improve fishing opportunities for recreational anglers, more than 100,000 estuary perch fingerlings have been stocked into seven lakes and rivers across Victoria, including three new waterways never before stocked with the species. The stocking of Melton Reservoir, Werribee River and Karkarook Lake will improve..

New Life for Ballarat Station Precinct

The Andrews Labor Government will redevelop the crumbling Ballarat Station precinct to transform the historic heart of the city and create around 140 local jobs.

New Torquay Reef a Boost for Local Jobs and Local Fishing

Huge concrete modules built by a local Geelong manufacturer will be installed in Victorian waters to create one of the largest artificial reefs in the state. Visiting family owned local concreter Bates Pipes and Products today, Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said the concrete, custom made..

Dry Conditions Lead to Changes to 2015 Duck Season

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford today announced a full-length duck hunting season of 12 weeks with restrictions to the daily bag limit. The daily bag limit will be 10 ducks on opening day, with a five per day bag limit for the remainder of the..

Assistance For Growers Affected By Sunraysia Storm

Concessional loans will be available to help Victorian primary producers recover from the recent Sunraysia storm. Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, today announced that concessional interest rate loans of up to $200,000 will be available to eligible primary producers in the Mildura and Swan Hill..


An Andrews Labor Government will support the Regional Community Leadership Program with more dedicated funding.

Labor’s $8 million plan will help the highly successful and recently expanded program to run for a further four years.