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New Train Drivers To Increase Regional Reliability

V/Line will soon have more drivers than ever before thanks to a 20 per cent increase in drivers by the end of next year, helping deliver more reliable services across the entire regional network. As part of an intense period of recruitment and training, around 30 fully qualified drivers have come on board across the network in the past year, and more than 120 trainees are currently completing an intensive driver training course thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. At the end of next year, there will be more than 500 fully qualified drivers across the V/Line network, helping improve reliability, reduce cancellations and prepare the network for future growth. Each trainee driver must complete several stages of training before they are qualified to drive V/Line trains, including class room work, on-the-job practical training and practice in V/Line’s state-of-the art driving simulators. Several trainees are currently undertaking on-the-job training alongside a qualified instructor on Seymour, Shepparton and Albury services as part of the final phase of their course. Trainees rotate through each region to become familiar with the track across the network. The safety of motorists and train passengers in Victoria’s North East has also recently been boosted, with the Labor Government upgrading level crossings at Avenel and Barnawartha. Works to install new boom gates, bells and flashing lights at the Ewings Road level crossing at Avenel and the High Street level crossing at Barnawartha were carried out by V/Line between March and April, helping prevent serious collisions between motorists and trains on the Albury rail line. Seymour and Shepparton line passengers will also benefit from a multimillion-dollar track maintenance investment delivered by the Labor Government this year, with more than 55,000 life-expired sleepers on the two tracks between Donnybrook and Seymour to be replaced in 2019. The $7.2 million first stage which recently began involves replacing sleepers on the Seymour-bound track until 26 June. A similar amount will be invested in replacing timber sleepers as part of the second stage on the Melbourne-bound track from 9 July to 19 December. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re providing a massive boost to driver numbers by the end of next year, which will mean more reliable services, less cancellations, and more local jobs.” “As our regional cities continue to grow – we’re investing in the people and infrastructure to help keep our regional network moving and get you where you need to go safely and quickly.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s great to see a fresh crop of new drivers coming in that will not only help improve reliability in the short term, but also support the network for years to come.” “We started work on the $7.2 million first stage of the Seymour sleeper replacement program recently, which is another example of our commitment to building a safe and reliable regional rail network.”

New Train Drivers To Increase Regional Reliability

V/Line will soon have more drivers than ever before thanks to a 20 per cent increase in drivers by the end of next year, helping deliver more reliable services across the entire regional network. As part of an intense period of recruitment and training, around 30 fully qualified drivers have come on board across the network in the past year, and more than 120 trainees are currently completing an intensive driver training course thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. At the end of next year, there will be more than 500 fully qualified drivers across the V/Line network, helping improve reliability, reduce cancellations and prepare the network for future growth. Each trainee driver must complete several stages of training before they are qualified to drive V/Line trains, including class room work, on-the-job practical training and practice in V/Line’s state-of-the art driving simulators. Several trainees are currently undertaking on-the-job training alongside a qualified instructor on Seymour, Shepparton and Albury services as part of the final phase of their course. Trainees rotate through each region to become familiar with the track across the network. The safety of motorists and train passengers in Victoria’s North East has also recently been boosted, with the Labor Government upgrading level crossings at Avenel and Barnawartha. Works to install new boom gates, bells and flashing lights at the Ewings Road level crossing at Avenel and the High Street level crossing at Barnawartha were carried out by V/Line between March and April, helping prevent serious collisions between motorists and trains on the Albury rail line. Seymour and Shepparton line passengers will also benefit from a multimillion-dollar track maintenance investment delivered by the Labor Government this year, with more than 55,000 life-expired sleepers on the two tracks between Donnybrook and Seymour to be replaced in 2019. The $7.2 million first stage which recently began involves replacing sleepers on the Seymour-bound track until 26 June. A similar amount will be invested in replacing timber sleepers as part of the second stage on the Melbourne-bound track from 9 July to 19 December. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne “We’re providing a massive boost to driver numbers by the end of next year, which will mean more reliable services, less cancellations, and more local jobs.” “As our regional cities continue to grow – we’re investing in the people and infrastructure to help keep our regional network moving and get you where you need to go safely and quickly.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “It’s great to see a fresh crop of new drivers coming in that will not only help improve reliability in the short term, but also support the network for years to come.” “We started work on the $7.2 million first stage of the Seymour sleeper replacement program recently, which is another example of our commitment to building a safe and reliable regional rail network.”

Mountain Bike Festival Hits The High Country

The Ignition Mountain Bike Festival will return to Falls Creek this year bigger and better than ever, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced the return of the festival, which will feature three days of riding, entertainment, coaching and delicious local produce backed by the Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund. Now in its third year, the festival welcomes riders of all skill levels and is delivered in a safe and non-competitive environment to encourage beginners to get involved and have a go. Ignition Festival is becoming more popular with female riders, with this year’s event to include more women’s only social rides, skills clinics and free women’s only beginner sessions. There are activities for the whole family including a mountain bike movie festival, skills clinics, backcountry riding adventures and gravity shuttles along with an array of demo bikes, live music and local food and drink on offer after dark – as well as childcare services. The Government’s Regional Events Fund helps rural and regional towns across Victoria secure a strong calendar of the events which create local jobs and enhance the liveability of local communities. Tourism is a vital industry for Victoria’s High Country, which welcomed 3.8 million international and domestic visitors in the year to September 2018. These impressive figures come off the back of the Labor Government’s investment in tourism which have helped deliver more than 180 events across regional Victoria, attracting visitors and boosting local jobs. The Ignition Mountain Bike Festival will be held from 22-24 November 2019. For more information, visit https://ignitionmtb.com.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “The Ignition Mountain Bike Festival is a great opportunity to head to Falls Creek for a weekend of riding, food and fun, celebrating the best of regional Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re proud to support events like Ignition which will bring visitors to Victoria’s High Country – keeping our hotels booked, restaurants and bars full and giving a boost to local jobs and businesses.”

Mountain Bike Festival Hits The High Country

The Ignition Mountain Bike Festival will return to Falls Creek this year bigger and better than ever, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced the return of the festival, which will feature three days of riding, entertainment, coaching and delicious local produce backed by the Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund. Now in its third year, the festival welcomes riders of all skill levels and is delivered in a safe and non-competitive environment to encourage beginners to get involved and have a go. Ignition Festival is becoming more popular with female riders, with this year’s event to include more women’s only social rides, skills clinics and free women’s only beginner sessions. There are activities for the whole family including a mountain bike movie festival, skills clinics, backcountry riding adventures and gravity shuttles along with an array of demo bikes, live music and local food and drink on offer after dark – as well as childcare services. The Government’s Regional Events Fund helps rural and regional towns across Victoria secure a strong calendar of the events which create local jobs and enhance the liveability of local communities. Tourism is a vital industry for Victoria’s High Country, which welcomed 3.8 million international and domestic visitors in the year to September 2018. These impressive figures come off the back of the Labor Government’s investment in tourism which have helped deliver more than 180 events across regional Victoria, attracting visitors and boosting local jobs. The Ignition Mountain Bike Festival will be held from 22-24 November 2019. For more information, visit https://ignitionmtb.com.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “The Ignition Mountain Bike Festival is a great opportunity to head to Falls Creek for a weekend of riding, food and fun, celebrating the best of regional Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re proud to support events like Ignition which will bring visitors to Victoria’s High Country – keeping our hotels booked, restaurants and bars full and giving a boost to local jobs and businesses.”

Yarra Valley Says Ciao To The Italian Festival

The Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival is returning to the Yarra Valley to celebrate the region’s rich Italian heritage, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. The festival will showcase the best Italian food, wine, entertainment and cars in themed events across the Yarra Valley region over two weeks in November, backed by the Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund. Incorporating this year’s theme of Eat, Drink, Move, the festival will kick off in Healesville with the Festa di via Verde (Green Street Festival), coinciding with the iconic Targa Florio Australian Tribute motor car race. The Festa di via Verde program will include music, dance, children’s activities, classic car displays and alfresco dining beneath the trees of Healesville’s main street. The following weekend, Warburton will host the two-day Italian cycling race, the Giro della Donna, which will also incorporate a round of the National Road Series. Festival-goers will enjoy a family bike ride event hosted on the Lilydale-Warburton Trail, and have the opportunity to sample the best of Yarra Valley food and wine through dinners and tastings hosted by local wineries, farms and artisanal producers. Tourism is a vital industry for the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, the region welcoming 5.5 million international and domestic visitors in the year ending September 2018. These impressive figures come off the back of the Labor Government’s investment in tourism which have helped deliver more than 180 events across regional Victoria, attracting  visitors and boosting local jobs. The Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival will be held from 15 November-1 December 2019. For more information and to book tickets visit visityarravalley.com.au/ciao-yarra-valley-ciao. Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “It’s exciting to see the Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival return to regional Victoria, boosting the local economy and giving visitors yet another reason to visit the iconic Yarra Valley.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re proud to support major events like the Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao Italian festival, attractions which capitalise on the tourism strengths of the local region and deliver significant benefits to their communities and local businesses.”

Yarra Valley Says Ciao To The Italian Festival

The Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival is returning to the Yarra Valley to celebrate the region’s rich Italian heritage, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. The festival will showcase the best Italian food, wine, entertainment and cars in themed events across the Yarra Valley region over two weeks in November, backed by the Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund. Incorporating this year’s theme of Eat, Drink, Move, the festival will kick off in Healesville with the Festa di via Verde (Green Street Festival), coinciding with the iconic Targa Florio Australian Tribute motor car race. The Festa di via Verde program will include music, dance, children’s activities, classic car displays and alfresco dining beneath the trees of Healesville’s main street. The following weekend, Warburton will host the two-day Italian cycling race, the Giro della Donna, which will also incorporate a round of the National Road Series. Festival-goers will enjoy a family bike ride event hosted on the Lilydale-Warburton Trail, and have the opportunity to sample the best of Yarra Valley food and wine through dinners and tastings hosted by local wineries, farms and artisanal producers. Tourism is a vital industry for the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, the region welcoming 5.5 million international and domestic visitors in the year ending September 2018. These impressive figures come off the back of the Labor Government’s investment in tourism which have helped deliver more than 180 events across regional Victoria, attracting  visitors and boosting local jobs. The Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival will be held from 15 November-1 December 2019. For more information and to book tickets visit visityarravalley.com.au/ciao-yarra-valley-ciao. Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula “It’s exciting to see the Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival return to regional Victoria, boosting the local economy and giving visitors yet another reason to visit the iconic Yarra Valley.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re proud to support major events like the Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao Italian festival, attractions which capitalise on the tourism strengths of the local region and deliver significant benefits to their communities and local businesses.”

Cheers To The Wine Growth Fund

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria’s world-class wine industry, with a grants program to support the growth of the state’s wineries, increase visitors to wine regions, boost exports and support local jobs. Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Mount Langi Ghiran winery in Avoca to announce $2 million for the third round of the Labor Government’s Wine Growth Fund, which will support 78 projects at wineries across Victoria. For over 30 years all fruit processed at Mount Langi Ghiran has gone through a single processing line regardless of quality. Their grant of $25,000 will support them to install a separate premium wine processing line to process premium fruit and gently remove the stems with minimal mechanical damage to the berries. The fund is expected to provide a boost of around $12 million to the wine industry across the state with projects including cellar doors, kitchen and café upgrades, wine production facility developments, e-commerce programs, accommodation initiatives and vineyard improvement works. The first two rounds of the Wine Growth Fund supported 106 projects, attracting investment of approximately $6.8 million into the state’s wine industry which is worth $7.6 billion to the Victorian economy and employs around 13,000 people, mostly in regional areas. The Wine Growth Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to boost the wine industry in Victoria, alongside the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the formation of the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee. In addition, the government will continue to support the wine industry through Wine to the World, a $5 million election commitment to support Victorian wine producers to create jobs and increase exports. The $10 million election commitment Taking Our Local Produce to the World will also provide assistance to producers of craft food, beer and spirits to help grow their businesses. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “I am thrilled to announce the third round of the Wine Growth Fund – providing Victoria’s best winemakers with the support to grow their businesses and boost visitors to our beautiful wine regions.” “Victorian winemakers produce some fantastic wines, and we’re proud to back this industry to keep growing well into the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “The winemakers of the Grampians and Pyrenees produce some of our greatest wines and it’s wonderful to see the ideas and projects they’re developing whether they’re about more cellar door visitors, more exports or food matching.”

Cheers To The Wine Growth Fund

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria’s world-class wine industry, with a grants program to support the growth of the state’s wineries, increase visitors to wine regions, boost exports and support local jobs. Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Mount Langi Ghiran winery in Avoca to announce $2 million for the third round of the Labor Government’s Wine Growth Fund, which will support 78 projects at wineries across Victoria. For over 30 years all fruit processed at Mount Langi Ghiran has gone through a single processing line regardless of quality. Their grant of $25,000 will support them to install a separate premium wine processing line to process premium fruit and gently remove the stems with minimal mechanical damage to the berries. The fund is expected to provide a boost of around $12 million to the wine industry across the state with projects including cellar doors, kitchen and café upgrades, wine production facility developments, e-commerce programs, accommodation initiatives and vineyard improvement works. The first two rounds of the Wine Growth Fund supported 106 projects, attracting investment of approximately $6.8 million into the state’s wine industry which is worth $7.6 billion to the Victorian economy and employs around 13,000 people, mostly in regional areas. The Wine Growth Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to boost the wine industry in Victoria, alongside the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the formation of the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee. In addition, the government will continue to support the wine industry through Wine to the World, a $5 million election commitment to support Victorian wine producers to create jobs and increase exports. The $10 million election commitment Taking Our Local Produce to the World will also provide assistance to producers of craft food, beer and spirits to help grow their businesses. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “I am thrilled to announce the third round of the Wine Growth Fund – providing Victoria’s best winemakers with the support to grow their businesses and boost visitors to our beautiful wine regions.” “Victorian winemakers produce some fantastic wines, and we’re proud to back this industry to keep growing well into the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “The winemakers of the Grampians and Pyrenees produce some of our greatest wines and it’s wonderful to see the ideas and projects they’re developing whether they’re about more cellar door visitors, more exports or food matching.”

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