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MORE JOBS RIPE FOR PICKING AT PREMIER FRUITS

Thursday, 22 October 2020 More than 40 new jobs will be created at Lancaster-based tomato growers Premier Fruits, thanks to support from the Victorian Government for the business to increase production. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited the Lancaster facility to announce the investment through the Regional Jobs Fund, which will support a new $10 million five-hectare glasshouse development. The 41 full-time equivalent roles in cropping, tomato packing and management will increase the company’s current Lancaster workforce by 73 per cent, taking it 97, and will provide an important economic boost for the small regional community of around 400 people. The planned development will increase the facility’s total tomato production from 5,250 tonnes to 8,000 and is expected to generate an extra $5.6 million in turnover. It is also expected to help generate $3 million in increased local spending each year. Premier Fruits is an Australian company that specialises in farming, marketing, packing and ripening of tomatoes. It is a subsidiary of LaManna Premier Group – one of Australia’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain companies. Aside from the ongoing roles to be created when the project is completed, another 25 full-time equivalent workers will be employed during construction. The company is committed to employing local workers during the project’s construction. Premier Fruits Lancaster has also received $47,500 from the Government’s Business Adaptation Grants, part of the Agriculture Workforce Plan. The company plans to use this to build portable lunchrooms and toilet blocks to help with working in groups and ensuring physical distancing between workers during their peak season. The Business Adaptation Grants support food supply chain businesses with the costs of adapting their workplaces to meet health, safety and physical distancing requirements, or adapt to business changes imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “We’re helping to provide more jobs and opportunities in the Goulburn Valley to make it an even better place to live work and invest.” “This project will create new employment opportunities for Lancaster and get more fresh produce to market shelves for all Victorians to enjoy.”

MORE JOBS RIPE FOR PICKING AT PREMIER FRUITS

Thursday, 22 October 2020 More than 40 new jobs will be created at Lancaster-based tomato growers Premier Fruits, thanks to support from the Victorian Government for the business to increase production. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited the Lancaster facility to announce the investment through the Regional Jobs Fund, which will support a new $10 million five-hectare glasshouse development. The 41 full-time equivalent roles in cropping, tomato packing and management will increase the company’s current Lancaster workforce by 73 per cent, taking it 97, and will provide an important economic boost for the small regional community of around 400 people. The planned development will increase the facility’s total tomato production from 5,250 tonnes to 8,000 and is expected to generate an extra $5.6 million in turnover. It is also expected to help generate $3 million in increased local spending each year. Premier Fruits is an Australian company that specialises in farming, marketing, packing and ripening of tomatoes. It is a subsidiary of LaManna Premier Group – one of Australia’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain companies. Aside from the ongoing roles to be created when the project is completed, another 25 full-time equivalent workers will be employed during construction. The company is committed to employing local workers during the project’s construction. Premier Fruits Lancaster has also received $47,500 from the Government’s Business Adaptation Grants, part of the Agriculture Workforce Plan. The company plans to use this to build portable lunchrooms and toilet blocks to help with working in groups and ensuring physical distancing between workers during their peak season. The Business Adaptation Grants support food supply chain businesses with the costs of adapting their workplaces to meet health, safety and physical distancing requirements, or adapt to business changes imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “We’re helping to provide more jobs and opportunities in the Goulburn Valley to make it an even better place to live work and invest.” “This project will create new employment opportunities for Lancaster and get more fresh produce to market shelves for all Victorians to enjoy.”

NEW PASTEURISER FOR CAMEL DAIRY PROMISES MORE WHITE GOLD

Thursday, 22 October 2020 Victoria’s first licensed camel milk dairy farm will be able to significantly increase production thanks to support from the Victorian Government, supporting the investment in the purchase of a new pasteuriser and dairy filler. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes was in Kyabram today to meet with the owners of Camel Milk Co Australia to hear more about their planned expansion, facilitated with a $25,000 Small-Scale and Craft Program grant. With all milk currently pasteurised on the Williams’ farm, a new pasteuriser and dairy filling system will enable the business to upscale their production, promote new products and access growth opportunities. Demand for camel milk has soared in recent years due in part to its growing popularity among health-conscious consumers, but camels only produce a fraction of the milk that a dairy cow will produce, leading to it be named ‘white gold.’ Megan and Chris Williams started Camel Milk Co Australia in 2014 with just three camels and now that number has grown to over 250, with more expected to join as the calving season begins. Camel Milk Co Australia is working to keep up with demand, with industry figures saying demand for local camel milk has more than tripled in the last three years. Camel Milk Co Australia currently exports its products to Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong, and produces a range of products including freshly bottled milk, freeze dried milk powder and camel feta cheese. Alongside dairy products the business has also expanded into body care, finding a market for their artisanal camel milk soaps, lip balms and body butters. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Camel milk is a niche industry with huge growth potential – regional businesses like Camel Milk Co Australia are the reason that Victoria has a global reputation as producer of quality agricultural products.” “As we move into an economic recovery phase, Victoria’s regions are well positioned to lead the state’s economic recovery. These grants will help businesses to grow and diversify, boosting our regional economies and building resilience.”

NEW PASTEURISER FOR CAMEL DAIRY PROMISES MORE WHITE GOLD

Thursday, 22 October 2020 Victoria’s first licensed camel milk dairy farm will be able to significantly increase production thanks to support from the Victorian Government, supporting the investment in the purchase of a new pasteuriser and dairy filler. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes was in Kyabram today to meet with the owners of Camel Milk Co Australia to hear more about their planned expansion, facilitated with a $25,000 Small-Scale and Craft Program grant. With all milk currently pasteurised on the Williams’ farm, a new pasteuriser and dairy filling system will enable the business to upscale their production, promote new products and access growth opportunities. Demand for camel milk has soared in recent years due in part to its growing popularity among health-conscious consumers, but camels only produce a fraction of the milk that a dairy cow will produce, leading to it be named ‘white gold.’ Megan and Chris Williams started Camel Milk Co Australia in 2014 with just three camels and now that number has grown to over 250, with more expected to join as the calving season begins. Camel Milk Co Australia is working to keep up with demand, with industry figures saying demand for local camel milk has more than tripled in the last three years. Camel Milk Co Australia currently exports its products to Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong, and produces a range of products including freshly bottled milk, freeze dried milk powder and camel feta cheese. Alongside dairy products the business has also expanded into body care, finding a market for their artisanal camel milk soaps, lip balms and body butters. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “Camel milk is a niche industry with huge growth potential – regional businesses like Camel Milk Co Australia are the reason that Victoria has a global reputation as producer of quality agricultural products.” “As we move into an economic recovery phase, Victoria’s regions are well positioned to lead the state’s economic recovery. These grants will help businesses to grow and diversify, boosting our regional economies and building resilience.”

CELEBRATING CHILDREN’S WEEK WITH COMMUNITY GRANTS

Thursday, 15 October 2020 The Andrews Labor Government is providing $100,000 to local communities across Victoria to host fun and free educational activities and events during this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced Benalla Rural City Council will receive $700 to host activities for children and their families during the annual festivities. Thousands of children, aged up to 12, are expected to take part in Children’s Week between 24 October 24 to 1 November. The grants will go towards free activities such as online art exhibitions, outdoor or messy play activities, dance workshops, arts and crafts, musical and story-telling performances, drawing competitions and picnics. Grant recipients are creating innovative ways to safely share their events with their communities in line with the coronavirus restrictions in their areas, and with consideration of the ongoing bushfire recovery work in Victoria. Online activities will be held with cyber-safety in mind and in-person activities will adhere to COVID-Safe requirements. The theme for Children’s Week 2020 celebrates the right of all children to choose their own friends and safely connect with others, based on Article 15 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Keep up to date on all the fun at www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/childrensweek.aspx   Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Children’s Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the lives, talents and achievements of children, and not even a global pandemic can stop it. Quote attributable Member for Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Benalla Rural City Council embraced the challenge to think creatively about how to host activities and events safely to engage children and their communities.”

CELEBRATING CHILDREN’S WEEK WITH COMMUNITY GRANTS

Thursday, 15 October 2020 The Andrews Labor Government is providing $100,000 to local communities across Victoria to host fun and free educational activities and events during this year’s Children’s Week celebrations. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced Benalla Rural City Council will receive $700 to host activities for children and their families during the annual festivities. Thousands of children, aged up to 12, are expected to take part in Children’s Week between 24 October 24 to 1 November. The grants will go towards free activities such as online art exhibitions, outdoor or messy play activities, dance workshops, arts and crafts, musical and story-telling performances, drawing competitions and picnics. Grant recipients are creating innovative ways to safely share their events with their communities in line with the coronavirus restrictions in their areas, and with consideration of the ongoing bushfire recovery work in Victoria. Online activities will be held with cyber-safety in mind and in-person activities will adhere to COVID-Safe requirements. The theme for Children’s Week 2020 celebrates the right of all children to choose their own friends and safely connect with others, based on Article 15 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Keep up to date on all the fun at www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/childrensweek.aspx   Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “Children’s Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the lives, talents and achievements of children, and not even a global pandemic can stop it. Quote attributable Member for Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Benalla Rural City Council embraced the challenge to think creatively about how to host activities and events safely to engage children and their communities.”

BENALLA BUSINESS NETWORK RECEIVES VITAL RECOVERY FUNDING

Friday, 9 October 2020 Benalla Business Network members will benefit from $20,000 awarded through the Victorian Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Benalla Business Network provides critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in Benalla and this grant will be crucial in helping them to support members’ transition to COVID Normal. The Government’s $3 million grants program provides funds of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to help their local business communities recover and start to grow again. Grant recipients can use funding towards business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, “buy local” campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of the $3 billion Business Resilience Package which aims to help businesses impacted by ongoing restrictions to keep going and prepare for COVID Normal operations. Additional programs in the package include the $822 million third round of the Business Support Fund, the $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund and $87.5 million to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal reopening across Victoria. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to: business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Benalla Business Network is a strong advocate for the business community and this funding will be essential in helping local business recover and prepare for the new COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the role that business chambers and trader groups can play in helping local businesses recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” “We’re helping businesses throughout Benalla get through to the other side of the pandemic and Benalla Business Network will be essential in the recovery effort.”  

BENALLA BUSINESS NETWORK RECEIVES VITAL RECOVERY FUNDING

Friday, 9 October 2020 Benalla Business Network members will benefit from $20,000 awarded through the Victorian Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Benalla Business Network provides critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in Benalla and this grant will be crucial in helping them to support members’ transition to COVID Normal. The Government’s $3 million grants program provides funds of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to help their local business communities recover and start to grow again. Grant recipients can use funding towards business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, “buy local” campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery. The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of the $3 billion Business Resilience Package which aims to help businesses impacted by ongoing restrictions to keep going and prepare for COVID Normal operations. Additional programs in the package include the $822 million third round of the Business Support Fund, the $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund and $87.5 million to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal reopening across Victoria. For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to: business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Benalla Business Network is a strong advocate for the business community and this funding will be essential in helping local business recover and prepare for the new COVID Normal.” “We appreciate the role that business chambers and trader groups can play in helping local businesses recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.” “We’re helping businesses throughout Benalla get through to the other side of the pandemic and Benalla Business Network will be essential in the recovery effort.”  

 

INNOVATION THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR TIMBER INDUSTRY

Friday, 9 October 2020 Timber businesses with innovative ideas about using plantation timber and transforming operations away from native timber will be supported with grants from the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited Wodonga manufacturing business XLam to launch the Timber Innovation Grants, which will offer up to $100,000 to help timber mills and harvest and haulage businesses explore shifting to plantation fibre or other timber manufacturing opportunities. XLam make a range of highly successful timber construction materials at their state-of-the-art facility, using a cross-laminating timber technique using plantation pine to produce building materials with similar properties to concrete but at a much lighter weight and with great aesthetics. Available through the Victorian Timber Innovation Fund, the grants can help timber businesses take an early step towards new lines of business or a different operating model. It is a key part of the Government’s $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan to transition from harvesting native forests to a plantation-based sector. To support forestry and manufacturing jobs over the coming decades, new approaches need to be embraced to take advantage of available timber in the future. The Victorian Timber Innovation Fund is also funding the creation of the Gippsland Centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI). Several timber mills and harvest and haulage businesses have already taken up transition vouchers to have a diagnostic assessment of their businesses to identify their strengths and opportunities for change. These new innovation grants will support interested businesses to take this further and look at new options for using plantation timber. Currently five out of six trees harvested in Victoria are from plantations and new timber plantations are being created in Gippsland through the Gippsland Plantations Investment Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “The success of Victoria’s forestry transition will rely on forging new paths and doing things differently. These grants will help businesses look at opportunities like cross-laminating timber, a technique used successfully by XLam.” “We envisage a different looking, more sustainable forestry sector using different fibres and making different products in different ways – the window for change is now and these grants can help identify options for the future.”

INNOVATION THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR TIMBER INDUSTRY

Friday, 9 October 2020 Timber businesses with innovative ideas about using plantation timber and transforming operations away from native timber will be supported with grants from the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited Wodonga manufacturing business XLam to launch the Timber Innovation Grants, which will offer up to $100,000 to help timber mills and harvest and haulage businesses explore shifting to plantation fibre or other timber manufacturing opportunities. XLam make a range of highly successful timber construction materials at their state-of-the-art facility, using a cross-laminating timber technique using plantation pine to produce building materials with similar properties to concrete but at a much lighter weight and with great aesthetics. Available through the Victorian Timber Innovation Fund, the grants can help timber businesses take an early step towards new lines of business or a different operating model. It is a key part of the Government’s $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan to transition from harvesting native forests to a plantation-based sector. To support forestry and manufacturing jobs over the coming decades, new approaches need to be embraced to take advantage of available timber in the future. The Victorian Timber Innovation Fund is also funding the creation of the Gippsland Centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI). Several timber mills and harvest and haulage businesses have already taken up transition vouchers to have a diagnostic assessment of their businesses to identify their strengths and opportunities for change. These new innovation grants will support interested businesses to take this further and look at new options for using plantation timber. Currently five out of six trees harvested in Victoria are from plantations and new timber plantations are being created in Gippsland through the Gippsland Plantations Investment Program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “The success of Victoria’s forestry transition will rely on forging new paths and doing things differently. These grants will help businesses look at opportunities like cross-laminating timber, a technique used successfully by XLam.” “We envisage a different looking, more sustainable forestry sector using different fibres and making different products in different ways – the window for change is now and these grants can help identify options for the future.”

SUPPORTING NORTHERN VICTORIA’S MEN’S SHEDS

Thursday, 8 October 2020 Northern Victorian men will continue to have places to connect, build new friendships and share skills thanks to $870,000 Victorian Government funding to upgrade local Men’s Sheds. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced grants of $2,300 are now available to Men’s Sheds in Northern Victoria who are struggling financially after not being able to undertake their normal fundraising activities. The funding will assist Men’s Sheds to meet their most urgent expenses, so they can reopen as strong and connected community organisations when restrictions ease. Men’s Sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, and participate in their local community. The Sheds support their communities through volunteer work, from mentoring young people or using woodwork or machinery skills to create items for organisations and residents in need. They also help improve the health and wellbeing of participants by giving men a space to connect, make friends and socialise. There are more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds across the country, with over 360 in Victoria. For more information or to apply for the grants program visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes   ”Men’s Sheds play an important role in connecting and strengthening our communities – this funding will ensure they remain places for strong community connections.” “These grant are about ensuring Men’s Sheds continue to provide safe places for men to come together and guild friendships while giving back to our Northern Victorian communities.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan ”I know how tough it’s been during the pandemic, with shedders keen to get back to their sheds as soon as possible.” ”This funding will ensure Men’s Sheds across Victoria can bounce back quickly, and continue to provide a great place for men to get together and support their local community.”  

SUPPORTING NORTHERN VICTORIA’S MEN’S SHEDS

Thursday, 8 October 2020 Northern Victorian men will continue to have places to connect, build new friendships and share skills thanks to $870,000 Victorian Government funding to upgrade local Men’s Sheds. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced grants of $2,300 are now available to Men’s Sheds in Northern Victoria who are struggling financially after not being able to undertake their normal fundraising activities. The funding will assist Men’s Sheds to meet their most urgent expenses, so they can reopen as strong and connected community organisations when restrictions ease. Men’s Sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, and participate in their local community. The Sheds support their communities through volunteer work, from mentoring young people or using woodwork or machinery skills to create items for organisations and residents in need. They also help improve the health and wellbeing of participants by giving men a space to connect, make friends and socialise. There are more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds across the country, with over 360 in Victoria. For more information or to apply for the grants program visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes   ”Men’s Sheds play an important role in connecting and strengthening our communities – this funding will ensure they remain places for strong community connections.” “These grant are about ensuring Men’s Sheds continue to provide safe places for men to come together and guild friendships while giving back to our Northern Victorian communities.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan ”I know how tough it’s been during the pandemic, with shedders keen to get back to their sheds as soon as possible.” ”This funding will ensure Men’s Sheds across Victoria can bounce back quickly, and continue to provide a great place for men to get together and support their local community.”  

BRINGING MORE CLEAN ENERGY TO BONNIE DOON

Monday 5 October 2020 The Victorian Government is helping regional community facilities use renewable energy technologies to reduce electricity costs, create local jobs and support clean power. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve Inc. has been awarded $20,000 as part of round five of the New Energy Jobs Fund. The project will include the installation of a solar panel and battery system. The system will better prepare the community reserve to deal with extreme weather and emergency situations in the event of a power outage and to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. They are among 13 community-owned renewable energy projects to be funded across the state – with more than $1 milllion allocated – and all aligned with the Regional Renewable Energy Roadmaps that were released in May. The roadmaps were developed by local community groups and set out individual – though complementary – strategies to help specific regions take advantage of renewable energy. Funding has been awarded to those renewable energy projects that best promote community participation, allow access to the benefits of renewable energy for all and increase renewable energy generation in Victoria. These projects will provide local employment opportunities, encourage meaningful community participation, and contribute to Victoria’s 2050 net-zero emissions target. For a full list of successful recipients or more information on the Fund, visit energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Driving down emissions and promoting renewable energy is something everyone can do.” “These grants will give local communities the opportunity to harness clean energy technology to reduce emissions, build a local renewable energy economy and create local jobs.” “The Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent by 2030 is making Victoria the best place to locate and grow a low-carbon business.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re empowering local businesses and communities to do their bit for the environment by coming up with renewable energy projects that will not only reduce emissions, but create local jobs as well.”  “This is an innovative project for Bonnie Doon that will help drive down emissions while engaging the community to be part of renewable solutions.”

BRINGING MORE CLEAN ENERGY TO BONNIE DOON

Monday 5 October 2020 The Victorian Government is helping regional community facilities use renewable energy technologies to reduce electricity costs, create local jobs and support clean power. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve Inc. has been awarded $20,000 as part of round five of the New Energy Jobs Fund. The project will include the installation of a solar panel and battery system. The system will better prepare the community reserve to deal with extreme weather and emergency situations in the event of a power outage and to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. They are among 13 community-owned renewable energy projects to be funded across the state – with more than $1 milllion allocated – and all aligned with the Regional Renewable Energy Roadmaps that were released in May. The roadmaps were developed by local community groups and set out individual – though complementary – strategies to help specific regions take advantage of renewable energy. Funding has been awarded to those renewable energy projects that best promote community participation, allow access to the benefits of renewable energy for all and increase renewable energy generation in Victoria. These projects will provide local employment opportunities, encourage meaningful community participation, and contribute to Victoria’s 2050 net-zero emissions target. For a full list of successful recipients or more information on the Fund, visit energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Driving down emissions and promoting renewable energy is something everyone can do.” “These grants will give local communities the opportunity to harness clean energy technology to reduce emissions, build a local renewable energy economy and create local jobs.” “The Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent by 2030 is making Victoria the best place to locate and grow a low-carbon business.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re empowering local businesses and communities to do their bit for the environment by coming up with renewable energy projects that will not only reduce emissions, but create local jobs as well.”  “This is an innovative project for Bonnie Doon that will help drive down emissions while engaging the community to be part of renewable solutions.”

BRINGING MORE CLEAN ENERGY TO WALWA

Monday 5 October 2020 The Victorian Government is helping regional community facilities use renewable energy technologies to reduce electricity costs, create local jobs and support clean power. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that Walwa Bush Nursing Centre has been awarded $199,471 as part of round five of the New Energy Jobs Fund. Installing a future focused energy system, including solar panels and batteries, that will allow the Nursing Centre's energy supply to become solar powered, with a backup battery to meet peak loads and provide power overnight when the solar system is not generating. This will provide low-emissions and low-cost power for the integrated community health facility and respond to the learning of the devastating fires of the 2019/20 summer as well as addressing regular power outages through supply problems and flood. They are among 13 community-owned renewable energy projects to be funded across the state – with more than $1 milllion allocated – and all aligned with the Regional Renewable Energy Roadmaps that were released in May. The roadmaps were developed by local community groups and set out individual – though complementary – strategies to help specific regions take advantage of renewable energy. Funding has been awarded to those renewable energy projects that best promote community participation, allow access to the benefits of renewable energy for all and increase renewable energy generation in Victoria. These projects will provide local employment opportunities, encourage meaningful community participation, and contribute to Victoria’s 2050 net-zero emissions target. For a full list of successful recipients or more information on the Fund, visit energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Driving down emissions and promoting renewable energy is something everyone can do.” “These grants will give local communities the opportunity to harness clean energy technology to reduce emissions, build a local renewable energy economy and create local jobs.” “The Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent by 2030 is making Victoria the best place to locate and grow a low-carbon business.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re empowering local businesses and communities to do their bit for the environment by coming up with renewable energy projects that will not only reduce emissions, but create local jobs as well.”  “This is an innovative project for Walwa that will help drive down emissions while engaging the community to be part of renewable solutions.”

BRINGING MORE CLEAN ENERGY TO WALWA

Monday 5 October 2020 The Victorian Government is helping regional community facilities use renewable energy technologies to reduce electricity costs, create local jobs and support clean power. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that Walwa Bush Nursing Centre has been awarded $199,471 as part of round five of the New Energy Jobs Fund. Installing a future focused energy system, including solar panels and batteries, that will allow the Nursing Centre's energy supply to become solar powered, with a backup battery to meet peak loads and provide power overnight when the solar system is not generating. This will provide low-emissions and low-cost power for the integrated community health facility and respond to the learning of the devastating fires of the 2019/20 summer as well as addressing regular power outages through supply problems and flood. They are among 13 community-owned renewable energy projects to be funded across the state – with more than $1 milllion allocated – and all aligned with the Regional Renewable Energy Roadmaps that were released in May. The roadmaps were developed by local community groups and set out individual – though complementary – strategies to help specific regions take advantage of renewable energy. Funding has been awarded to those renewable energy projects that best promote community participation, allow access to the benefits of renewable energy for all and increase renewable energy generation in Victoria. These projects will provide local employment opportunities, encourage meaningful community participation, and contribute to Victoria’s 2050 net-zero emissions target. For a full list of successful recipients or more information on the Fund, visit energy.vic.gov.au/new-energy-technologies. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Driving down emissions and promoting renewable energy is something everyone can do.” “These grants will give local communities the opportunity to harness clean energy technology to reduce emissions, build a local renewable energy economy and create local jobs.” “The Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent by 2030 is making Victoria the best place to locate and grow a low-carbon business.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We’re empowering local businesses and communities to do their bit for the environment by coming up with renewable energy projects that will not only reduce emissions, but create local jobs as well.”  “This is an innovative project for Walwa that will help drive down emissions while engaging the community to be part of renewable solutions.”