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Budget funds to deliver more police in region

16 May 2018 • Myrtleford Times, Myrtleford VIC (General News) AT least 24 more police officers will be deployed in the North East to help protect residents as part of the State Government's 2018/19 budget commitments to police and emergency services. Some $25 million has been invested in a crime prevention package to support Victoria Police, while more than $43 million has been budgeted to help upgrade and build new Country Fire Authority (CFA) and State Emergency Service (SES) facilities. A $10 million volunteer support package that provides grants for training and development for emergency services volunteers has also been continued in this year's state budget. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) said funding allocated would provide local volunteers with important training to keep the region safe. "This budget builds on our record investment in police resources which will see more police, more powers and more safety for communities like Wangaratta," Ms Symes said. "This year we will see the deployment of at least an additional 24 police across North East Victoria. "Land will be purchased for new (emergency services builds) and works are already under way on the $1.6 million construction of a new headquarters for Wangaratta SES."

Budget funds to deliver more police in region

16 May 2018 • Myrtleford Times, Myrtleford VIC (General News) AT least 24 more police officers will be deployed in the North East to help protect residents as part of the State Government's 2018/19 budget commitments to police and emergency services. Some $25 million has been invested in a crime prevention package to support Victoria Police, while more than $43 million has been budgeted to help upgrade and build new Country Fire Authority (CFA) and State Emergency Service (SES) facilities. A $10 million volunteer support package that provides grants for training and development for emergency services volunteers has also been continued in this year's state budget. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) said funding allocated would provide local volunteers with important training to keep the region safe. "This budget builds on our record investment in police resources which will see more police, more powers and more safety for communities like Wangaratta," Ms Symes said. "This year we will see the deployment of at least an additional 24 police across North East Victoria. "Land will be purchased for new (emergency services builds) and works are already under way on the $1.6 million construction of a new headquarters for Wangaratta SES."

Groups urged to apply for CALD seniors grants

16 May 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Organisations that support senior Victorians in Benalla are being encouraged to apply for the 2018 Participation for Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors grants program, which are now open. The grants available are worth $300 000, with organisations eligible for funding of up to $10 000 for projects that specifically encourage culturally diverse seniors to connect with their communities. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said seniors from CALD backgrounds were often refugees or migrants who were at higher risk of social isolation because of barriers, such as language, limited mobility, poor health, lack of confidence and lack of knowledge of available supports and activities. "I encourage the relevant groups and organisations in Northern Victoria, to take part so we can continue the great work of previous grant recipients in helping isolated CALD seniors participate more fully in our community life," Ms Symes said. Since 2011, the program has funded more than 300 projects, helping thousands of culturally-diverse seniors to connect with their community, taking part in activities, such as group outings, English classes, fitness classes, and cultural celebrations with traditional dance and music. The projects have also focused on improving communication links for older people at risk of isolation, teaching them how to use Facebook and setting up social media groups. The funded organisations will be supported by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria to get their projects up and running. Applications close June 1 and grant recipients will be announced in August. To apply, visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/

Groups urged to apply for CALD seniors grants

16 May 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Organisations that support senior Victorians in Benalla are being encouraged to apply for the 2018 Participation for Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors grants program, which are now open. The grants available are worth $300 000, with organisations eligible for funding of up to $10 000 for projects that specifically encourage culturally diverse seniors to connect with their communities. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said seniors from CALD backgrounds were often refugees or migrants who were at higher risk of social isolation because of barriers, such as language, limited mobility, poor health, lack of confidence and lack of knowledge of available supports and activities. "I encourage the relevant groups and organisations in Northern Victoria, to take part so we can continue the great work of previous grant recipients in helping isolated CALD seniors participate more fully in our community life," Ms Symes said. Since 2011, the program has funded more than 300 projects, helping thousands of culturally-diverse seniors to connect with their community, taking part in activities, such as group outings, English classes, fitness classes, and cultural celebrations with traditional dance and music. The projects have also focused on improving communication links for older people at risk of isolation, teaching them how to use Facebook and setting up social media groups. The funded organisations will be supported by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria to get their projects up and running. Applications close June 1 and grant recipients will be announced in August. To apply, visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/

Concrete reassurance sought

16 May 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) by Simon Ruppert State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has written to Shadow Minister for Planning David Davis requesting reassurance for the Benalla community that the Coalition will not try to block the West Gate Tunnel project for a second time. In the letter Ms Symes said she wanted Mr Davis to confirm that the Coalition "does not intend to propose a further revocation motion or otherwise that would cause the West Gate Tunnel project to be delayed or halted". Her reasoning for the request is to "provide certainty for the Benalla community" regarding the proposed pre-cast concrete facility, which is cited to create 400 jobs. In the letter Ms Symes confirmed her belief that if the West Gate Tunnel Project is shelved, the concrete facility in Benalla will not be built. This is something that State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has contested. In February she told The Ensign that the Nationals opposing the tunnel would have no affect on the planned facility and the jobs it would offer. "Major infrastructure companies like John Holland regularly tender for government work," Ms Ryan said at the time. "They do not build plants like these for one project." However, Ms Symes has stated several times that she believes this is not the case and that without the West Gate Tunnel Project there will be no reason to build the facility in the first place. Mr Davis has been approached for comment, however, at the time of going to press The Ensign had received no response.

Concrete reassurance sought

16 May 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) by Simon Ruppert State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has written to Shadow Minister for Planning David Davis requesting reassurance for the Benalla community that the Coalition will not try to block the West Gate Tunnel project for a second time. In the letter Ms Symes said she wanted Mr Davis to confirm that the Coalition "does not intend to propose a further revocation motion or otherwise that would cause the West Gate Tunnel project to be delayed or halted". Her reasoning for the request is to "provide certainty for the Benalla community" regarding the proposed pre-cast concrete facility, which is cited to create 400 jobs. In the letter Ms Symes confirmed her belief that if the West Gate Tunnel Project is shelved, the concrete facility in Benalla will not be built. This is something that State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has contested. In February she told The Ensign that the Nationals opposing the tunnel would have no affect on the planned facility and the jobs it would offer. "Major infrastructure companies like John Holland regularly tender for government work," Ms Ryan said at the time. "They do not build plants like these for one project." However, Ms Symes has stated several times that she believes this is not the case and that without the West Gate Tunnel Project there will be no reason to build the facility in the first place. Mr Davis has been approached for comment, however, at the time of going to press The Ensign had received no response.

Environmental grants now available

16 May 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) The state government is helping environmental groups in Benalla and the north east to protect and restore Victoria's land and environment. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes recently announced that environmental volunteer groups can now access Victorian Landcare Grants of up to $20 000 as part of the 2018/19 program. Start-up grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups to help with operating costs and provide a base for Landcare and community-based natural resource management in northern Victoria. The grants are available to Landcare, Friends of Coastcare and other environment volunteer groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. "These grants are supporting the community and volunteer groups in Northern Victoria give back to the environment," Ms Symes said. "Since it started more than 30 years ago, Landcare has made a vital contribution to Northern Victoria's environment and Labor is helping them continue to deliver this important work. "Hundreds of thousands of dollars in Labor Government landcare grants have been provided to Northern Victoria's landcare and environment groups to support the fantastic work they do." The funding will be delivered through Victoria's 10 catchment management authorities, who will coordinate applications from Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks. The state government also supports Landcare with funding for 78 facilitators, 10 regional coordinators and communications including the Victorian Landcare magazine, Victorian Landcare awards and Landcare Gateway website. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037, the Labor Government's long-term plan for environmental protection. For more information on the grants go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants

Environmental grants now available

16 May 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) The state government is helping environmental groups in Benalla and the north east to protect and restore Victoria's land and environment. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes recently announced that environmental volunteer groups can now access Victorian Landcare Grants of up to $20 000 as part of the 2018/19 program. Start-up grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups to help with operating costs and provide a base for Landcare and community-based natural resource management in northern Victoria. The grants are available to Landcare, Friends of Coastcare and other environment volunteer groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. "These grants are supporting the community and volunteer groups in Northern Victoria give back to the environment," Ms Symes said. "Since it started more than 30 years ago, Landcare has made a vital contribution to Northern Victoria's environment and Labor is helping them continue to deliver this important work. "Hundreds of thousands of dollars in Labor Government landcare grants have been provided to Northern Victoria's landcare and environment groups to support the fantastic work they do." The funding will be delivered through Victoria's 10 catchment management authorities, who will coordinate applications from Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks. The state government also supports Landcare with funding for 78 facilitators, 10 regional coordinators and communications including the Victorian Landcare magazine, Victorian Landcare awards and Landcare Gateway website. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037, the Labor Government's long-term plan for environmental protection. For more information on the grants go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants

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