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A SPLASH OF COLOUR FOR THE SEYMOUR RAIL UNDERPASS

One of Seymour’s busiest intersections has received a vibrant and colourful makeover, thanks to $152,840 from the Andrew’s Labor Government’s Pick My Project initiative. Minister for Regional Development and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today officially opened the new art installation at the Seymour railway underpass, to acknowledge the hard work of the organisers from Seymour We Want and meet the artists. The underpass provides a link between Seymour’s north and south – with this project turning what was an unsightly blank concrete canvass into a lively art display incorporating street art and lighting. The community has been closely engaged throughout the project, so the final artwork features designs that truly represent Seymour, create an ongoing feeling of town pride and a stronger sense of community. The artwork depicts the region’s best assets including the Goulburn River and wildlife, reflects the local racing and agricultural industries, as well as paying tribute to the town’s rail and military history. Pick My Project is a Victorian first – a $30 million initiative that put decision making in the hands of Victorians. The Art Attack on Seymour’s Concrete Canvas project is one of nine successful projects from the Pick My Project initiative in the Goulburn region. The region received more than $1.48 million in funding through the initiative, after a total of 12,697 votes were cast. Other successful projects in the Goulburn region include establishment of the Wallan Future Hub, a one-stop help shop for residents; the Bush Bus, a mobile, nature inspired playgroup; and I Wish I’d Asked, a project helping kids and seniors tackle loneliness together. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Pick My Project has helped turn a vital section of the Seymour road network into a vibrant art and lighting display, providing residents and tourists alike with a must-see attraction as they travel through town.” “Congratulations to the hardworking volunteers who made this a priority project for Seymour and delivered something truly special that locals can be proud about.” “The Pick My Project initiative is providing wonderful projects for communities across rural and regional Victoria – and we’re proud to support the Art Attack to bring a splash of colour to Seymour.”

A SPLASH OF COLOUR FOR THE SEYMOUR RAIL UNDERPASS

One of Seymour’s busiest intersections has received a vibrant and colourful makeover, thanks to $152,840 from the Andrew’s Labor Government’s Pick My Project initiative. Minister for Regional Development and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today officially opened the new art installation at the Seymour railway underpass, to acknowledge the hard work of the organisers from Seymour We Want and meet the artists. The underpass provides a link between Seymour’s north and south – with this project turning what was an unsightly blank concrete canvass into a lively art display incorporating street art and lighting. The community has been closely engaged throughout the project, so the final artwork features designs that truly represent Seymour, create an ongoing feeling of town pride and a stronger sense of community. The artwork depicts the region’s best assets including the Goulburn River and wildlife, reflects the local racing and agricultural industries, as well as paying tribute to the town’s rail and military history. Pick My Project is a Victorian first – a $30 million initiative that put decision making in the hands of Victorians. The Art Attack on Seymour’s Concrete Canvas project is one of nine successful projects from the Pick My Project initiative in the Goulburn region. The region received more than $1.48 million in funding through the initiative, after a total of 12,697 votes were cast. Other successful projects in the Goulburn region include establishment of the Wallan Future Hub, a one-stop help shop for residents; the Bush Bus, a mobile, nature inspired playgroup; and I Wish I’d Asked, a project helping kids and seniors tackle loneliness together. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Pick My Project has helped turn a vital section of the Seymour road network into a vibrant art and lighting display, providing residents and tourists alike with a must-see attraction as they travel through town.” “Congratulations to the hardworking volunteers who made this a priority project for Seymour and delivered something truly special that locals can be proud about.” “The Pick My Project initiative is providing wonderful projects for communities across rural and regional Victoria – and we’re proud to support the Art Attack to bring a splash of colour to Seymour.”

FUNDING FOR WODONGA CITY COUNCIL TO ASSIST WITH CRIME PREVENTION

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded funding to the Wodonga City Council to tackle community safety concerns under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Wodonga City Council would receive $140,000 towards the $185,000 project. The Wodonga City Council is one of 14 Victorian councils sharing in $1.8 million in funding under the latest grant round following a highly competitive application and assessment process. Wodonga Parks and Reserves Solar Lighting Project will include the installation of 47 solar lights along shared pathways in Felix Grundy Park, Dick Street, Parkers Road and Moorefield Park Drive. This will link other illuminated shared pathways, improving natural surveillance and deterring anti-social behaviour. The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants program aims to build community safety and confidence through the development of public safety and security infrastructure. The funding announcement reflects the Andrews Government’s commitment to supporting local councils, with grants going towards improved lighting, upgrades to CCTV, landscaping and streetscape works, as well as urban design projects that will improve perceptions of safety. The grants are part of the Andrews Government’s $25 million investment in its Community Crime Prevention Program, aimed at tackling crime and its root causes. This builds on the $19.4 million invested in the program in 2016–17. Since July 2015, the government has provided more than $13.6 million in PSIF grants to help support 88 infrastructure projects across Victoria. For further information about the grants visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Wodonga Parks and Reserves Solar Lighting Project will combat unwanted and antisocial behaviour and give residents the confidence to engage and enjoy their community.”  “These improvements will also help boost the local economy by making the space a more desirable and enticing place to visit.”

FUNDING FOR WODONGA CITY COUNCIL TO ASSIST WITH CRIME PREVENTION

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded funding to the Wodonga City Council to tackle community safety concerns under the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Wodonga City Council would receive $140,000 towards the $185,000 project. The Wodonga City Council is one of 14 Victorian councils sharing in $1.8 million in funding under the latest grant round following a highly competitive application and assessment process. Wodonga Parks and Reserves Solar Lighting Project will include the installation of 47 solar lights along shared pathways in Felix Grundy Park, Dick Street, Parkers Road and Moorefield Park Drive. This will link other illuminated shared pathways, improving natural surveillance and deterring anti-social behaviour. The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants program aims to build community safety and confidence through the development of public safety and security infrastructure. The funding announcement reflects the Andrews Government’s commitment to supporting local councils, with grants going towards improved lighting, upgrades to CCTV, landscaping and streetscape works, as well as urban design projects that will improve perceptions of safety. The grants are part of the Andrews Government’s $25 million investment in its Community Crime Prevention Program, aimed at tackling crime and its root causes. This builds on the $19.4 million invested in the program in 2016–17. Since July 2015, the government has provided more than $13.6 million in PSIF grants to help support 88 infrastructure projects across Victoria. For further information about the grants visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The Wodonga Parks and Reserves Solar Lighting Project will combat unwanted and antisocial behaviour and give residents the confidence to engage and enjoy their community.”  “These improvements will also help boost the local economy by making the space a more desirable and enticing place to visit.”

New Rural Assistance Commissioner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed a new Rural Assistance Commissioner to engage with Victoria’s agricultural communities and provide advice to government on how they can best be supported into the future. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced that former Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey would take up the role to provide insight on the challenges and opportunities facing regional and rural communities. Responding to ongoing drought and dry seasonal conditions, challenges within parts of the dairy industry and opportunities to boost Victoria’s agriculture output will be a key focus while Mr Tuohey engages with communities and workers across the sector. The Commissioner will also focus on the rollout of the Labor Government’s recently announced $31 million drought support package, and the impacts and needs of the dairy industry transition in Northern Victoria. Mr Tuohey will engage with farmers and rural communities to identify any immediate and emerging issues coming out of difficult seasonal conditions and industry transition, as well as informing what assistance might be needed in the future. Alongside Mr Tuohey, the Labor Government will continue to work with local governments, business groups, industry bodies and community organisations to make sure regional and rural Victorians are getting the support they need. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Peter Tuohey’s appointment is a great outcome for country Victorians. His track record with the agriculture sector speaks for itself – he will be a huge asset in making sure rural communities have the support they need.” “I look forward to working closely with Mr Tuohey while we continue supporting rural communities, particularly those experiencing difficult seasonal conditions and transitions within industries like dairy.” Quote attributable to Rural Assistance Commissioner Peter Tuohey “I look forward to working with regional and rural communities to help them face the challenges ahead with resilience and optimism.”

New Rural Assistance Commissioner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed a new Rural Assistance Commissioner to engage with Victoria’s agricultural communities and provide advice to government on how they can best be supported into the future. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced that former Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey would take up the role to provide insight on the challenges and opportunities facing regional and rural communities. Responding to ongoing drought and dry seasonal conditions, challenges within parts of the dairy industry and opportunities to boost Victoria’s agriculture output will be a key focus while Mr Tuohey engages with communities and workers across the sector. The Commissioner will also focus on the rollout of the Labor Government’s recently announced $31 million drought support package, and the impacts and needs of the dairy industry transition in Northern Victoria. Mr Tuohey will engage with farmers and rural communities to identify any immediate and emerging issues coming out of difficult seasonal conditions and industry transition, as well as informing what assistance might be needed in the future. Alongside Mr Tuohey, the Labor Government will continue to work with local governments, business groups, industry bodies and community organisations to make sure regional and rural Victorians are getting the support they need. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Peter Tuohey’s appointment is a great outcome for country Victorians. His track record with the agriculture sector speaks for itself – he will be a huge asset in making sure rural communities have the support they need.” “I look forward to working closely with Mr Tuohey while we continue supporting rural communities, particularly those experiencing difficult seasonal conditions and transitions within industries like dairy.” Quote attributable to Rural Assistance Commissioner Peter Tuohey “I look forward to working with regional and rural communities to help them face the challenges ahead with resilience and optimism.”

OFF AND RUNNING AT THE SEYMOUR CUP IN 2019

One of regional Victoria’s most popular race meets, the Seymour Cup is back bigger and better than ever on Sunday thanks to a funding package of more than $46,000 thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, the Seymour Racing Club and Country Racing Victoria. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Labor Government is tipping in $25,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the much-loved event. This year, race goers can look forward to cheering on a quality Cup field, whilst enjoying family entertainment for kids big and small in between races. The funding will go towards children’s activities including pony rides and face painting, live music from Cam Tapp and free shuttle buses, fashions on the field and online discounted entry tickets. The Seymour Racing Club is contributing more than $16,000 to the event, and Country Racing Victoria is providing $5,000. Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $4.13 million to support three race day events and eight infrastructure projects at the Seymour Racecourse. The thoroughbred racing industry in the Hume region generates $167.8 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 1,400 full time equivalent jobs in the region. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “What better way to showcase the best of our region than at the Seymour Cup, which has something for race goers, punters and the whole family.” “Races like the Seymour Cup are so important to our thriving regional communities like Seymour where the whole town benefits -  that’s why we’re getting on with backing them so they continue to bring communities together for years to come.”  Quotes attributable to Seymour Racing Club CEO Penny Reeve “The Seymour Cup is the highlight of our racing calendar and we are grateful for the support of the government to bring it back to its rightful place and ensure it continues as an iconic raceday here in Seymour.”

OFF AND RUNNING AT THE SEYMOUR CUP IN 2019

One of regional Victoria’s most popular race meets, the Seymour Cup is back bigger and better than ever on Sunday thanks to a funding package of more than $46,000 thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, the Seymour Racing Club and Country Racing Victoria. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Labor Government is tipping in $25,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the much-loved event. This year, race goers can look forward to cheering on a quality Cup field, whilst enjoying family entertainment for kids big and small in between races. The funding will go towards children’s activities including pony rides and face painting, live music from Cam Tapp and free shuttle buses, fashions on the field and online discounted entry tickets. The Seymour Racing Club is contributing more than $16,000 to the event, and Country Racing Victoria is providing $5,000. Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $4.13 million to support three race day events and eight infrastructure projects at the Seymour Racecourse. The thoroughbred racing industry in the Hume region generates $167.8 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 1,400 full time equivalent jobs in the region. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “What better way to showcase the best of our region than at the Seymour Cup, which has something for race goers, punters and the whole family.” “Races like the Seymour Cup are so important to our thriving regional communities like Seymour where the whole town benefits -  that’s why we’re getting on with backing them so they continue to bring communities together for years to come.”  Quotes attributable to Seymour Racing Club CEO Penny Reeve “The Seymour Cup is the highlight of our racing calendar and we are grateful for the support of the government to bring it back to its rightful place and ensure it continues as an iconic raceday here in Seymour.”

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