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Making a splash in Benalla in time for Summer

Friday, 18 September 2020 Benalla locals will have another place to enjoy and cool down in the warmer months, with the town’s new splash park completed in time for summer. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today officially opened the park, made possible with more than $900,000 from the Victorian Government delivered over two stages from the initial planning to completion. The splash park was originally identified as a priority in the Benalla Rural City Community Plan 2016-2036 and is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to support rural and regional Victoria become even better places to live, work and invest. Designed to suit children of all ages, the splash park is expected to become an ideal spot for locals and attracting even more visitors during Benalla’s hot summer months. Features at the splash park include fountains, water jets and a family-friendly area, along with shade spaces and new landscaping including tree planting for shade, tables and chairs and footpaths for easy access around the park. The new splash park has been built on the Lake Benalla foreshore, an area that will soon be revitalised thanks to additional funding from the Victorian Government. The new Benalla foreshore project, supported by a $2 million grant from the Building Works Package will consist of 17 individual development projects including the expansion of the foreshore boardwalk and improved streetscaping, an interpretative trail about the lake, the construction of a floating pontoon and a new playground. This is in addition to a grant to co-locate the cinema within the Visitor Information and Costume and Kelly Museum building, which will improve display space for the nationally significant Ned Kelly sash and cell, increasing visitor engagement and the Benalla Cinema experience for locals and visitors. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “This has been a project I’ve been so proud to see go from an idea to reality – now it’s ready for families to enjoy just in time for summer.” “The Benalla Splash Park is one particularly fun example of how the Victorian Government is backing community-led projects to make country towns even better places to live, work and visit.” Quote attributable to Mayor of Benalla Rural City Cr Danny Claridge “Everyone is excited to see the splash park near completion. The splash park will be a great community facility that will have many benefits for our town.”

Making a splash in Benalla in time for Summer

Friday, 18 September 2020 Benalla locals will have another place to enjoy and cool down in the warmer months, with the town’s new splash park completed in time for summer. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today officially opened the park, made possible with more than $900,000 from the Victorian Government delivered over two stages from the initial planning to completion. The splash park was originally identified as a priority in the Benalla Rural City Community Plan 2016-2036 and is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to support rural and regional Victoria become even better places to live, work and invest. Designed to suit children of all ages, the splash park is expected to become an ideal spot for locals and attracting even more visitors during Benalla’s hot summer months. Features at the splash park include fountains, water jets and a family-friendly area, along with shade spaces and new landscaping including tree planting for shade, tables and chairs and footpaths for easy access around the park. The new splash park has been built on the Lake Benalla foreshore, an area that will soon be revitalised thanks to additional funding from the Victorian Government. The new Benalla foreshore project, supported by a $2 million grant from the Building Works Package will consist of 17 individual development projects including the expansion of the foreshore boardwalk and improved streetscaping, an interpretative trail about the lake, the construction of a floating pontoon and a new playground. This is in addition to a grant to co-locate the cinema within the Visitor Information and Costume and Kelly Museum building, which will improve display space for the nationally significant Ned Kelly sash and cell, increasing visitor engagement and the Benalla Cinema experience for locals and visitors. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “This has been a project I’ve been so proud to see go from an idea to reality – now it’s ready for families to enjoy just in time for summer.” “The Benalla Splash Park is one particularly fun example of how the Victorian Government is backing community-led projects to make country towns even better places to live, work and visit.” Quote attributable to Mayor of Benalla Rural City Cr Danny Claridge “Everyone is excited to see the splash park near completion. The splash park will be a great community facility that will have many benefits for our town.”

NEW BOUNCE FOR BENALLA GYMNASTICS

Monday, 24 August 2020 Benalla Gymnastics has been given a boost with the Victorian Government announcing funding for new equipment. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $67,300 from the Community Support fund to install a new sprung floor at the Benalla Drill Hall. The current sprung floor was purchased approximately 30 years ago and had been damaged in the 1993, 2009 & 2010 floods that has caused the wooden boards to warp, the metal springs to rust and the foam backed carpet on top has started to break down. The project will replace the old sprung floor with a modern fit for purpose floor. It is expected that the modernisation of the floor will increase participation and support Benalla’s current and future gymnasts.   Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The club raised concerns about the ageing floor earlier this year and I’m delighted that the Treasurer agreed to approve this funding and the project can get underway immediately.”   “Gymnastics is growing in Victoria and we need to support country kids to have access to appropriate equipment to pursue their gymnastic dreams.” “Were working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

NEW BOUNCE FOR BENALLA GYMNASTICS

Monday, 24 August 2020 Benalla Gymnastics has been given a boost with the Victorian Government announcing funding for new equipment. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $67,300 from the Community Support fund to install a new sprung floor at the Benalla Drill Hall. The current sprung floor was purchased approximately 30 years ago and had been damaged in the 1993, 2009 & 2010 floods that has caused the wooden boards to warp, the metal springs to rust and the foam backed carpet on top has started to break down. The project will replace the old sprung floor with a modern fit for purpose floor. It is expected that the modernisation of the floor will increase participation and support Benalla’s current and future gymnasts.   Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “The club raised concerns about the ageing floor earlier this year and I’m delighted that the Treasurer agreed to approve this funding and the project can get underway immediately.”   “Gymnastics is growing in Victoria and we need to support country kids to have access to appropriate equipment to pursue their gymnastic dreams.” “Were working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

REGIONAL VICTORIA TO TAKE THIRD STEP

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 From 11:59pm tomorrow, Northern Victoria and other regional communities across the state will take the third step along the roadmap to COVID Normal. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the announcement was a testament to the determination of regional communities to stay the course and drive numbers down. The 14-day average in regional Victoria is 3.6 and with no mystery cases. It means communities outside Metropolitan Melbourne can take another step along the reopening roadmap. In the Third Step you can from household bubbles. This will allow households across regional Victoria to choose one other household to be in a bubble. You can visit them in their home. They can visit you in your home – with up to a total of five visitors. If you are catching up with friends and family, we encourage you to do it outside. All the latest evidence says being outdoors reduces the risk. To that end, people will be able to gather in groups of ten in outdoor public places, without a limit on the number of households. Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for regional Victorians aged 18 and under, as well as outdoor non-contact sport for adults.  And there’ll be a staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in the first two weeks of Term Four. The numbers for weddings and funerals will increase, and religious gatherings can happen outdoors with up to ten people. Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit in place. Indoors, venues can open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule. Tables must be spaced at least 1.5m apart, cleaned after every customer and the details of all patrons must be kept. Beauty and personal care services will also be available with a face covering. Outdoor events like a play in the park or an open-air cinema can take place, in accordance with other restrictions. Regional real estate agents will be able to hold auctions outdoors with up to ten people. And travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria. All businesses across Victoria – regional and in Melbourne – will also be required to have a COVIDSafe Plan, enforceable from 28 September. For more details on the roadmap visit: vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-reopening-roadmap-regional-victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Today is testament to the determination of people in Northern Victoria and across regional Victoria to not only get these numbers low – but to keep them low.” “The hard work of Victorians is paying off and from 11:59pm tomorrow, Northern Victorians can take the Third Step towards a COVID Normal – where life looks close to how we remember it.”  

REGIONAL VICTORIA TO TAKE THIRD STEP

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 From 11:59pm tomorrow, Northern Victoria and other regional communities across the state will take the third step along the roadmap to COVID Normal. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the announcement was a testament to the determination of regional communities to stay the course and drive numbers down. The 14-day average in regional Victoria is 3.6 and with no mystery cases. It means communities outside Metropolitan Melbourne can take another step along the reopening roadmap. In the Third Step you can from household bubbles. This will allow households across regional Victoria to choose one other household to be in a bubble. You can visit them in their home. They can visit you in your home – with up to a total of five visitors. If you are catching up with friends and family, we encourage you to do it outside. All the latest evidence says being outdoors reduces the risk. To that end, people will be able to gather in groups of ten in outdoor public places, without a limit on the number of households. Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for regional Victorians aged 18 and under, as well as outdoor non-contact sport for adults.  And there’ll be a staged return to onsite learning for all regional students in the first two weeks of Term Four. The numbers for weddings and funerals will increase, and religious gatherings can happen outdoors with up to ten people. Hospitality businesses will be able to serve patrons outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated patrons per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit in place. Indoors, venues can open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule. Tables must be spaced at least 1.5m apart, cleaned after every customer and the details of all patrons must be kept. Beauty and personal care services will also be available with a face covering. Outdoor events like a play in the park or an open-air cinema can take place, in accordance with other restrictions. Regional real estate agents will be able to hold auctions outdoors with up to ten people. And travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria. All businesses across Victoria – regional and in Melbourne – will also be required to have a COVIDSafe Plan, enforceable from 28 September. For more details on the roadmap visit: vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-reopening-roadmap-regional-victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “Today is testament to the determination of people in Northern Victoria and across regional Victoria to not only get these numbers low – but to keep them low.” “The hard work of Victorians is paying off and from 11:59pm tomorrow, Northern Victorians can take the Third Step towards a COVID Normal – where life looks close to how we remember it.”  

FUNDING BOOST FOR RUSHWORTH COMMUNITY TAXI SERVICE

Tuesday, 1 September 2020 Rushworth residents will have easier access to vital local services like healthcare and education, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government that will deliver a new community vehicle. Member for Northern Victorian Jaclyn Symes announced through the Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program, a new eight seat van for Rushworth’s Community Taxi program will help vulnerable members of the community attend appointments and access important services. By providing transport solutions where services aren’t currently available, the Community Taxi program aims to support better health outcomes and reduce social isolation for residents who are unable to access a private car or use public transport. The Government’s investment of $64,850, in partnership with $11,940 from the Rushworth Community House, will expand this important transport service which currently sees volunteers use their own vehicles. The Community Taxi trial is also supporting regional employment by creating a new part-time program coordinator role to work closely with volunteers and the community. The Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure across regional Victoria – delivered by the Department of Transport which works with local transport forums, regional partnerships, local councils and community organisations to identify and deliver local transport opportunities. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We know local transport is vital for those living in regional and rural areas and we’re proud to be working with Rushworth Community House to support the Community Taxi program.” “The Flexible Local Transport Solutions program is keeping locals linked into vital services – it’s an investment in keeping our regional communities connected and healthy.”  

FUNDING BOOST FOR RUSHWORTH COMMUNITY TAXI SERVICE

Tuesday, 1 September 2020 Rushworth residents will have easier access to vital local services like healthcare and education, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government that will deliver a new community vehicle. Member for Northern Victorian Jaclyn Symes announced through the Government’s Flexible Local Transport Solutions program, a new eight seat van for Rushworth’s Community Taxi program will help vulnerable members of the community attend appointments and access important services. By providing transport solutions where services aren’t currently available, the Community Taxi program aims to support better health outcomes and reduce social isolation for residents who are unable to access a private car or use public transport. The Government’s investment of $64,850, in partnership with $11,940 from the Rushworth Community House, will expand this important transport service which currently sees volunteers use their own vehicles. The Community Taxi trial is also supporting regional employment by creating a new part-time program coordinator role to work closely with volunteers and the community. The Flexible Local Transport Solutions Program provides funding for local transport initiatives, services and infrastructure across regional Victoria – delivered by the Department of Transport which works with local transport forums, regional partnerships, local councils and community organisations to identify and deliver local transport opportunities. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “We know local transport is vital for those living in regional and rural areas and we’re proud to be working with Rushworth Community House to support the Community Taxi program.” “The Flexible Local Transport Solutions program is keeping locals linked into vital services – it’s an investment in keeping our regional communities connected and healthy.”  

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