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LABOR DELIVERS NEW BROADFORD MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families with young kids in Broadford access better kindergarten and healthcare services. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today visited Mount Piper Kindergarten to inspect the start of construction on a new Maternal and Child Health centre. The $410,304 upgrade will see construction of a Maternal and Child Health centre with two consulting rooms, a waiting area, shared group space and a centre entrance to the kinder rooms. The new centre will enable group sessions to be conducted and will provide a more direct and suitable entrance to the kindergarten rooms. The Government contributed $350,000 towards the upgrade, with $60,304 provided by Mitchell Shire Council. Work is expected to be completed by August. “Labor is investing in first-rate education facilities for Broadford families because we know that having great facilities makes a big difference to children’s lives,” Ms Symes said. “Better quality early childhood services, means a better start in life for our kids and that’s what this Government is delivering. “Having a maternal and child health centre on the one site will allow maternal and child health staff and kinder staff to work closer together with the families of our children.” The Government is delivering a record $70 million to build, expand and upgrade kinders across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens, including $10 million last year targeting growth areas. We are making Victoria the Education State – this starts with giving every child the best start in life.  

LABOR DELIVERS NEW BROADFORD MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families with young kids in Broadford access better kindergarten and healthcare services. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today visited Mount Piper Kindergarten to inspect the start of construction on a new Maternal and Child Health centre. The $410,304 upgrade will see construction of a Maternal and Child Health centre with two consulting rooms, a waiting area, shared group space and a centre entrance to the kinder rooms. The new centre will enable group sessions to be conducted and will provide a more direct and suitable entrance to the kindergarten rooms. The Government contributed $350,000 towards the upgrade, with $60,304 provided by Mitchell Shire Council. Work is expected to be completed by August. “Labor is investing in first-rate education facilities for Broadford families because we know that having great facilities makes a big difference to children’s lives,” Ms Symes said. “Better quality early childhood services, means a better start in life for our kids and that’s what this Government is delivering. “Having a maternal and child health centre on the one site will allow maternal and child health staff and kinder staff to work closer together with the families of our children.” The Government is delivering a record $70 million to build, expand and upgrade kinders across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens, including $10 million last year targeting growth areas. We are making Victoria the Education State – this starts with giving every child the best start in life.  

LABOR HELPING GRASSROOTS SPORTS CLUBS GROW

Dozens of sporting clubs across Northern Victoria will benefit the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program assisting in business case development, new uniforms and equipment and skills training. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the Andrews Labor Government is giving grassroots sports clubs the support they need to grow and help more people than ever play the sports they love. Ms Symes today announced Northern Victorian clubs would share in more than $75,000 from the second round of the $526,000 Sporting Club Grants Program. “Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of many towns throughout Northern Victoria and I am pleased the Labor Sate Government is delivering for these clubs,” Ms Symes said. “This funding will help local clubs build business cases to improve local facilities, provide much need uniforms and equipment as well as upskill club officials and coaches with the latest training courses. “This funding also assists clubs sports in their efforts to make their sports more accessible and inclusive helping people from all walks of life to get active and play. “Everyone deserves the very best equipment, clubs also need more team uniforms to grow their ranks and that is what Labor is delivering. “We are also training up coaches and club leaders so they can be the best they can be and help more people participate and reap the rewards of a healthy and active lifestyle.” Our Sporting Club Grants Program is removing barriers and supporting more people of all ages and abilities to participate in grassroots sports and realise their sporting dreams. Clubs in Northern Victoria will receive grants for new modern uniforms and equipment, which is especially important for the record number of women and girls signing up to play. In addition, grants are provided to expand the skills of coaches and officials and initiatives that strengthen the operations and sustainability of sporting clubs thrive into the future. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of our commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. We are also delivering on the $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund that is upgrading tired grounds and ageing pavilions, and building female-friendly change rooms. And last year’s state budget delivered $22 million for the Better Indoors Stadium Fund and a further $8 million to continue the popular Country Football Netball Program. The next round of the Sporting Club Grants Program opens on 19 June 2017. For more information visit www.sport.vic.gov.au PLEASE FIND LIST OF GRANT RECIPIENTS BELOW   UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT GRANTS Account Name Uniforms/Equipment Sports Benefitting Funding Myrtleford and District Basketball Association Inc Uniforms Basketball $924 Myrtleford Football and Netball Club Inc Equipment Football (Australian) $1,000 Goorambat and District Football and Netball Club Uniforms Netball $1,000 Celtics Basketball Club Uniforms Basketball $1,000 Goulburn Valley Junior Motor Cycle Club Uniforms Motocross; Motorcycling $1,000 Merrigum Bowls Club Inc Equipment Lawn Bowls $727 Shepparton Golf Club Uniforms Golf $1,000 Shepparton Rover Scouts Equipment Bushwalking; Fitness/physical activity initiatives; Intellectual Disability; Other; Tennis; Walking $196 Mansfield Junior Netball Club Equipment Netball $1,000 Seymour Pony Club Inc Equipment Equestrian; Pony Club $1,000 Seymour Tennis Complex Inc Uniforms Tennis $1,000 Wallan Basketball Club Inc Uniforms Basketball $1,000 Euroa Basketball Association Uniforms Basketball $1,000 Euroa Cricket Club Uniforms Cricket $924 North Wangaratta Football Netball Club Uniforms Football (Australian); Netball $1,000 Wangaratta Little Athletics Club Uniforms Little Athletics $998 Community Accessability Inc. Wodonga Jets All Abilities Football Club Uniforms Football (Australian) $1,000 Twin City Calisthenics Inc Uniforms Calisthenics $1,000 Upper Murray Football Netball League Uniforms Netball $1,000 Wodonga Hockey Club Inc. Equipment Hockey $1,000 Birchip Watchem Netball Club Uniforms Netball $1,000 Charlton Football Club Uniforms Football (Australian); Not applicable $1,000 Donald Amateur Basketball Association Inc Uniforms Basketball $1,000 Sea Lake Golf Bowls Club Inc Equipment Lawn Bowls $1,000 Echuca Football & Netball Club Equipment Football (Australian) $1,000 Echuca South Cricket Club Incorporated Equipment Cricket $1,000 Kyabram Football and Netball Club Inc Uniforms Netball $1,000 Rochester Basketball Association Uniforms Basketball $992 Kerang Lake Charm Power Boat Club Inc Uniforms Water Skiing $990 Wandella Football/Netball Club Uniforms Football (Australian) $1,000 Mildura West Cricket Club Uniforms Cricket $1,000 Nyah District Cricket Club Equipment Cricket $1,000 Swan Hill Pony Club Equipment Equestrian; Pony Club $960 Swan Hill R.S.L. Cricket Club Inc. Equipment Cricket $1,000 Swan Hill Calisthenics Club Uniforms Calisthenics $1,000         BUSINESS PLANNING GRANTS Organisation Business Plan Local Government Authority Funding Greater Shepparton Basketball Association Business Plan for the Greater Shepparton Basketball Association Greater Shepparton City Council $5,000 Wodonga Tennis Centre Croquet Club Inc Develop a business plan to for Wodonga Croquet Club Wodonga Rural City Council $2,823 Benalla Hockey Association Inc. Business Case for synthetic multipurpose/hockey field in Benalla Benalla Rural City Council $4,950 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS Club Training Sports Benefitting Funding Healesville Swimming Club Up-skilling Swimming Coaches Fitness/physical activity initiatives; Swimming $580 Myrtleford Savoy Soccer Club Coaches Training Football (Soccer); Intellectual Disability $2,000 North East Canoe Club Swift Water Safety Training Canoe/Kayak $2,000 Goulburn Valley Hockey Association Incorporated Umpire Development Program Hockey $2,000 Tungamah Football Netball Club AFL Level 2 Coaching Course Football (Australian); Netball $460 Kinglake Cricket Club Coaches Training Cricket $1,226 North East Windsport Club First Aid Training Sailing/Yachting $725 Albury Wodonga Kart Club First Aid training Motor Sport $1,950 North Central Hockey Association Inc Coach the Coach Hockey $1,139 North Central Netball Association Inc Netball Coaching Development Netball $2,000 Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers Football and Netball Club Umpire Development & First Aid Training Netball $2,000 Girgarre Football Netball Club Coaching Courses Football (Australian) $1,140 Leitchville & Gunbower Football Netball Club Inc LG Bombers Coach & Sports Training Development Plan Football (Australian); Netball $1,700 Boort Hockey Club Inc. Boort Hockey Club Goalie Coach Hockey $759 Boort Junior Football Club Boort Junior Football Club Coach the Coach Football (Australian) $1,180 Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club Inc Coaching, First Aid and Trainer Training Football (Australian); Netball $2,000 North West Victorian Motorcycle Club First-Aid Training Motocross; Motorcycling; Motor Sport $1,500 Red Cliffs Junior Football Netball Club Coaching Support Program Football (Australian); Netball $2,000 Central Murray Football Netball League Cultural Awarness Training Football (Australian) $2,000 Lake Boga Bowling Club Inc Level 2 Coaching Lawn Bowls $1,100      

LABOR HELPING GRASSROOTS SPORTS CLUBS GROW

Dozens of sporting clubs across Northern Victoria will benefit the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program assisting in business case development, new uniforms and equipment and skills training. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the Andrews Labor Government is giving grassroots sports clubs the support they need to grow and help more people than ever play the sports they love. Ms Symes today announced Northern Victorian clubs would share in more than $75,000 from the second round of the $526,000 Sporting Club Grants Program. “Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of many towns throughout Northern Victoria and I am pleased the Labor Sate Government is delivering for these clubs,” Ms Symes said. “This funding will help local clubs build business cases to improve local facilities, provide much need uniforms and equipment as well as upskill club officials and coaches with the latest training courses. “This funding also assists clubs sports in their efforts to make their sports more accessible and inclusive helping people from all walks of life to get active and play. “Everyone deserves the very best equipment, clubs also need more team uniforms to grow their ranks and that is what Labor is delivering. “We are also training up coaches and club leaders so they can be the best they can be and help more people participate and reap the rewards of a healthy and active lifestyle.” Our Sporting Club Grants Program is removing barriers and supporting more people of all ages and abilities to participate in grassroots sports and realise their sporting dreams. Clubs in Northern Victoria will receive grants for new modern uniforms and equipment, which is especially important for the record number of women and girls signing up to play. In addition, grants are provided to expand the skills of coaches and officials and initiatives that strengthen the operations and sustainability of sporting clubs thrive into the future. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of our commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. We are also delivering on the $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund that is upgrading tired grounds and ageing pavilions, and building female-friendly change rooms. And last year’s state budget delivered $22 million for the Better Indoors Stadium Fund and a further $8 million to continue the popular Country Football Netball Program. The next round of the Sporting Club Grants Program opens on 19 June 2017. For more information visit www.sport.vic.gov.au PLEASE FIND LIST OF GRANT RECIPIENTS BELOW   UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT GRANTS Account Name Uniforms/Equipment Sports Benefitting Funding Myrtleford and District Basketball Association Inc Uniforms Basketball $924 Myrtleford Football and Netball Club Inc Equipment Football (Australian) $1,000 Goorambat and District Football and Netball Club Uniforms Netball $1,000 Celtics Basketball Club Uniforms Basketball $1,000 Goulburn Valley Junior Motor Cycle Club Uniforms Motocross; Motorcycling $1,000 Merrigum Bowls Club Inc Equipment Lawn Bowls $727 Shepparton Golf Club Uniforms Golf $1,000 Shepparton Rover Scouts Equipment Bushwalking; Fitness/physical activity initiatives; Intellectual Disability; Other; Tennis; Walking $196 Mansfield Junior Netball Club Equipment Netball $1,000 Seymour Pony Club Inc Equipment Equestrian; Pony Club $1,000 Seymour Tennis Complex Inc Uniforms Tennis $1,000 Wallan Basketball Club Inc Uniforms Basketball $1,000 Euroa Basketball Association Uniforms Basketball $1,000 Euroa Cricket Club Uniforms Cricket $924 North Wangaratta Football Netball Club Uniforms Football (Australian); Netball $1,000 Wangaratta Little Athletics Club Uniforms Little Athletics $998 Community Accessability Inc. Wodonga Jets All Abilities Football Club Uniforms Football (Australian) $1,000 Twin City Calisthenics Inc Uniforms Calisthenics $1,000 Upper Murray Football Netball League Uniforms Netball $1,000 Wodonga Hockey Club Inc. Equipment Hockey $1,000 Birchip Watchem Netball Club Uniforms Netball $1,000 Charlton Football Club Uniforms Football (Australian); Not applicable $1,000 Donald Amateur Basketball Association Inc Uniforms Basketball $1,000 Sea Lake Golf Bowls Club Inc Equipment Lawn Bowls $1,000 Echuca Football & Netball Club Equipment Football (Australian) $1,000 Echuca South Cricket Club Incorporated Equipment Cricket $1,000 Kyabram Football and Netball Club Inc Uniforms Netball $1,000 Rochester Basketball Association Uniforms Basketball $992 Kerang Lake Charm Power Boat Club Inc Uniforms Water Skiing $990 Wandella Football/Netball Club Uniforms Football (Australian) $1,000 Mildura West Cricket Club Uniforms Cricket $1,000 Nyah District Cricket Club Equipment Cricket $1,000 Swan Hill Pony Club Equipment Equestrian; Pony Club $960 Swan Hill R.S.L. Cricket Club Inc. Equipment Cricket $1,000 Swan Hill Calisthenics Club Uniforms Calisthenics $1,000         BUSINESS PLANNING GRANTS Organisation Business Plan Local Government Authority Funding Greater Shepparton Basketball Association Business Plan for the Greater Shepparton Basketball Association Greater Shepparton City Council $5,000 Wodonga Tennis Centre Croquet Club Inc Develop a business plan to for Wodonga Croquet Club Wodonga Rural City Council $2,823 Benalla Hockey Association Inc. Business Case for synthetic multipurpose/hockey field in Benalla Benalla Rural City Council $4,950 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS Club Training Sports Benefitting Funding Healesville Swimming Club Up-skilling Swimming Coaches Fitness/physical activity initiatives; Swimming $580 Myrtleford Savoy Soccer Club Coaches Training Football (Soccer); Intellectual Disability $2,000 North East Canoe Club Swift Water Safety Training Canoe/Kayak $2,000 Goulburn Valley Hockey Association Incorporated Umpire Development Program Hockey $2,000 Tungamah Football Netball Club AFL Level 2 Coaching Course Football (Australian); Netball $460 Kinglake Cricket Club Coaches Training Cricket $1,226 North East Windsport Club First Aid Training Sailing/Yachting $725 Albury Wodonga Kart Club First Aid training Motor Sport $1,950 North Central Hockey Association Inc Coach the Coach Hockey $1,139 North Central Netball Association Inc Netball Coaching Development Netball $2,000 Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers Football and Netball Club Umpire Development & First Aid Training Netball $2,000 Girgarre Football Netball Club Coaching Courses Football (Australian) $1,140 Leitchville & Gunbower Football Netball Club Inc LG Bombers Coach & Sports Training Development Plan Football (Australian); Netball $1,700 Boort Hockey Club Inc. Boort Hockey Club Goalie Coach Hockey $759 Boort Junior Football Club Boort Junior Football Club Coach the Coach Football (Australian) $1,180 Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club Inc Coaching, First Aid and Trainer Training Football (Australian); Netball $2,000 North West Victorian Motorcycle Club First-Aid Training Motocross; Motorcycling; Motor Sport $1,500 Red Cliffs Junior Football Netball Club Coaching Support Program Football (Australian); Netball $2,000 Central Murray Football Netball League Cultural Awarness Training Football (Australian) $2,000 Lake Boga Bowling Club Inc Level 2 Coaching Lawn Bowls $1,100      

SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE AT HAND

Small business operators in the Seymour, Nagambie and Strathbogie areas will be able to access free mentoring, support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits in June. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the Andrews Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years. The bus service provides advice from small business mentoring specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2015-16 more than 1,500 small businesses accessed free on-board mentoring, while a further 6,200 received assistance from information officers. This year’s enhanced touring program will take more information and services to more towns across the state than ever before, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The two vehicles also play a vital role in providing business recovery support to communities in times of crisis, such as those that have been affected by bushfires or the dairy crisis. The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required. “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice,” Ms Symes said. “This program plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state. “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth. “We understand that our small business community is the backbone of our local economies right across country Victoria and the Small Business Bus is a fantastic program that brings expert services right to your doorstep.” The Small Business Bus will be located: Outside the Memorial Hall, 29 Main Street, Strathbogie, 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, June 20; High Street median strip car park, opposite Prentice Street, 328 - 330 High Street, Nagambie, 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, June 21; Opposite Commonwealth Bank, 76 Station Street, Seymour, 10am to 4pm on Thursday, June 22. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.    

SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE AT HAND

Small business operators in the Seymour, Nagambie and Strathbogie areas will be able to access free mentoring, support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits in June. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the Andrews Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years. The bus service provides advice from small business mentoring specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2015-16 more than 1,500 small businesses accessed free on-board mentoring, while a further 6,200 received assistance from information officers. This year’s enhanced touring program will take more information and services to more towns across the state than ever before, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The two vehicles also play a vital role in providing business recovery support to communities in times of crisis, such as those that have been affected by bushfires or the dairy crisis. The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required. “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice,” Ms Symes said. “This program plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state. “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth. “We understand that our small business community is the backbone of our local economies right across country Victoria and the Small Business Bus is a fantastic program that brings expert services right to your doorstep.” The Small Business Bus will be located: Outside the Memorial Hall, 29 Main Street, Strathbogie, 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, June 20; High Street median strip car park, opposite Prentice Street, 328 - 330 High Street, Nagambie, 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, June 21; Opposite Commonwealth Bank, 76 Station Street, Seymour, 10am to 4pm on Thursday, June 22. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.    

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR MANSFIELD

Small businesses in the Mansfield area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Monday, June 19, 2017. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the targeted workshops are part of a successful and long-running program allowing established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.   Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.   All Small Business Victoria Workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.   “The Small Business workshops provide a valuable opportunity for Mansfield business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts without travelling far and wide,” Ms Symes said.   “Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, looking for guidance with an existing business or wanting to expand, I encourage all Mansfield locals to take advantage of this great program.   “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”   Small Business Victoria partners with over 50 host organisations to deliver the affordable events, with this workshop hosted by Mansfield Shire Council.   The Andrews Labor Government’s Business Planning Essentials short workshop will be held at the Mansfield Shire Council office, 33 Highett Street, Mansfield, at 6pm, Monday, June 19.   For more information and updates on this event or other Small Business Victoria workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.  

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS HEAD FOR MANSFIELD

Small businesses in the Mansfield area will be able to access relevant, reliable and affordable information on growing their business at a workshop to be held on Monday, June 19, 2017. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the targeted workshops are part of a successful and long-running program allowing established and prospective business owners to access the advice they need to make informed decisions so they can expand their business and grow their profits.   Last year more than 4,600 people participated in over 450 Small Business Victoria workshops across the State. The most popular topics included starting a business, financial management, employing staff, marketing and digital business.   All Small Business Victoria Workshops are delivered by experienced private sector business specialists skilled in developing and managing small businesses.   “The Small Business workshops provide a valuable opportunity for Mansfield business owners and operators to get reliable and affordable advice from the experts without travelling far and wide,” Ms Symes said.   “Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, looking for guidance with an existing business or wanting to expand, I encourage all Mansfield locals to take advantage of this great program.   “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”   Small Business Victoria partners with over 50 host organisations to deliver the affordable events, with this workshop hosted by Mansfield Shire Council.   The Andrews Labor Government’s Business Planning Essentials short workshop will be held at the Mansfield Shire Council office, 33 Highett Street, Mansfield, at 6pm, Monday, June 19.   For more information and updates on this event or other Small Business Victoria workshops, please visit business.vic.gov.au or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.  

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