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Mine cements new jobs

13 Mar 2019 • McIvor Times, Heathcote VIC (General News) FOSTERVILLE Gold Mine, just east of Bendigo, is set to expand thanks to support from the state government - creating 60 jobs during construction of a new cement plant and 30 new, ongoing, full-time jobs. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes was at Fosterville recently and confirmed regulatory and planning approval for an on-site cement plant that will enable production to increase. Fosterville Gold Mine, which already employs 600 staff, is an internationally renowned success story, with some of the highest gold grades reported globally in recent years. Estimated gold reserves were recently upgraded by 60 per cent to 2.7 million ounces. Production in 2019 may top 600,000 ounces, up from 350,000 ounces last year, likely placing Fosterville in the top five of the nation's biggest gold producers. The new cement infrastructure plant will also enable by-product rock to be re-inserted underground, reducing tailings and extending the life of the mine. Mining licences at Fosterville and Stawell Gold Mine, which is now returning to full production, were last year extended to 2035, providing more certainty to the mine owners, investors, staff and local communities. Later this year, more ground will be released for mineral exploration in the Lockington area, a region with a rich history of gold production. This follows the successful 2018 Stavely Ground Release in Western Victoria, with six companies progressing towards exploration rights. Exploration is the precursor to minerals development and can be a valuable additional income in local areas. The six successful Stavely tenderers have an initial estimated exploration spend of over $20 million. "Victoria's wealth was built on gold mining and the industry remains integral to creating regional jobs," Ms Symes said. "We're supporting success stories like Fosterville to keep producing and employing locals." Victoria's wealth was built on gold 'mining and the industry remains integral 'to creating regional jobs Jaclyn Symes

Mine cements new jobs

13 Mar 2019 • McIvor Times, Heathcote VIC (General News) FOSTERVILLE Gold Mine, just east of Bendigo, is set to expand thanks to support from the state government - creating 60 jobs during construction of a new cement plant and 30 new, ongoing, full-time jobs. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes was at Fosterville recently and confirmed regulatory and planning approval for an on-site cement plant that will enable production to increase. Fosterville Gold Mine, which already employs 600 staff, is an internationally renowned success story, with some of the highest gold grades reported globally in recent years. Estimated gold reserves were recently upgraded by 60 per cent to 2.7 million ounces. Production in 2019 may top 600,000 ounces, up from 350,000 ounces last year, likely placing Fosterville in the top five of the nation's biggest gold producers. The new cement infrastructure plant will also enable by-product rock to be re-inserted underground, reducing tailings and extending the life of the mine. Mining licences at Fosterville and Stawell Gold Mine, which is now returning to full production, were last year extended to 2035, providing more certainty to the mine owners, investors, staff and local communities. Later this year, more ground will be released for mineral exploration in the Lockington area, a region with a rich history of gold production. This follows the successful 2018 Stavely Ground Release in Western Victoria, with six companies progressing towards exploration rights. Exploration is the precursor to minerals development and can be a valuable additional income in local areas. The six successful Stavely tenderers have an initial estimated exploration spend of over $20 million. "Victoria's wealth was built on gold mining and the industry remains integral to creating regional jobs," Ms Symes said. "We're supporting success stories like Fosterville to keep producing and employing locals." Victoria's wealth was built on gold 'mining and the industry remains integral 'to creating regional jobs Jaclyn Symes

Rebates for water works

12 Mar 2019 • Country News insert, Shepparton VIC (General News) Victorian livestock farmers hit by drought can now claim up to a quarter of the cost of putting in more efficient water infrastructure. The Federal Government has pledged to invest $5 million in Victoria's $50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure rebate scheme, which allows eligible Victoria farmers to claim up to $25 000. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the rebates would make a big difference. "This will make farms more productive in the good times and better prepared for the next drought," he said. "It will also support regional jobs when farmers use local businesses to do the work." Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said the program would help build a stronger agricultural sector in the state. "We're proud to be supporting farmers through tough seasonal conditions, making sure farms are better equipped and prepared for drought. I encourage farmers to seek more information about the rebate and other support that is available," Ms Symes said. The rebate scheme applies to new purchases and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, distilling dams, and associated power supplies such as generators and can be claimed on work undertaken after July 1, 2018. Eligible farm businesses can apply for the rebate via Rural Finance by phoning 1800 260 425 or visiting: www.ruralfinance.com.au For more information, visit: agriculture.gov.au/water/national/on-farminfrastructure-rebate

Rebates for water works

12 Mar 2019 • Country News insert, Shepparton VIC (General News) Victorian livestock farmers hit by drought can now claim up to a quarter of the cost of putting in more efficient water infrastructure. The Federal Government has pledged to invest $5 million in Victoria's $50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure rebate scheme, which allows eligible Victoria farmers to claim up to $25 000. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the rebates would make a big difference. "This will make farms more productive in the good times and better prepared for the next drought," he said. "It will also support regional jobs when farmers use local businesses to do the work." Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said the program would help build a stronger agricultural sector in the state. "We're proud to be supporting farmers through tough seasonal conditions, making sure farms are better equipped and prepared for drought. I encourage farmers to seek more information about the rebate and other support that is available," Ms Symes said. The rebate scheme applies to new purchases and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, distilling dams, and associated power supplies such as generators and can be claimed on work undertaken after July 1, 2018. Eligible farm businesses can apply for the rebate via Rural Finance by phoning 1800 260 425 or visiting: www.ruralfinance.com.au For more information, visit: agriculture.gov.au/water/national/on-farminfrastructure-rebate

Culture and entertainment comes to valley

11 Mar 2019 • Wangaratta Chronicle, Wangaratta VIC (General News) COMMUNITY members and visitors in King Valley will be treated to world class music, magic, comedy and children's shows, thanks to the State Government's Small Regional Presenters program. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) announced the Labor Government will provide over $13,000 to present the King Valley Arts Presents program for 2019. "Our creative state extends far beyond our major cities - and we're proud to be bringing some of Victoria's best music and comedy to places like King Valley," Ms Symes said. "Small Regional Presenters is about taking fantastic shows to every corner of our state, but also about supporting jobs and businesses in regional Victoria who ensure that creativity thrives in their communities." The program includes: s Unlike a traditional touring model which provides support to artists, the program hands the reins to local groups to choose shows they know will resonate with their own communities. The program provides grants of between $1000 and $15,000 to groups that present professional performing arts events in their communities, including not-for-profit groups and societies, venues and local councils. Since it was introduced in 2016, more than 300 shows have been supported to travel to 65 towns across the state. The next round of Small Regional Presenters grants will support shows taking place from July 1, 2019 onwards. Applications close at 5pm this Thursday. For further details and program guidelines, visit www.creative.vic.gov.au.

Culture and entertainment comes to valley

11 Mar 2019 • Wangaratta Chronicle, Wangaratta VIC (General News) COMMUNITY members and visitors in King Valley will be treated to world class music, magic, comedy and children's shows, thanks to the State Government's Small Regional Presenters program. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) announced the Labor Government will provide over $13,000 to present the King Valley Arts Presents program for 2019. "Our creative state extends far beyond our major cities - and we're proud to be bringing some of Victoria's best music and comedy to places like King Valley," Ms Symes said. "Small Regional Presenters is about taking fantastic shows to every corner of our state, but also about supporting jobs and businesses in regional Victoria who ensure that creativity thrives in their communities." The program includes: s Unlike a traditional touring model which provides support to artists, the program hands the reins to local groups to choose shows they know will resonate with their own communities. The program provides grants of between $1000 and $15,000 to groups that present professional performing arts events in their communities, including not-for-profit groups and societies, venues and local councils. Since it was introduced in 2016, more than 300 shows have been supported to travel to 65 towns across the state. The next round of Small Regional Presenters grants will support shows taking place from July 1, 2019 onwards. Applications close at 5pm this Thursday. For further details and program guidelines, visit www.creative.vic.gov.au.

The future of the showgrounds

09 Mar 2019 • Bendigo Advertiser, Bendigo VIC (General News) by Tara Cosoleto THE Bendigo Showgrounds are set for an upgrade, with state and local government coming together to fund a master plan for development of the venue over the next 10 years. Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes announced the state government would a $50,000 grant towards the project. The City of Greater Bendigo would also contribute $25,000, as would the Bendigo Agricultural Show Society who manage the site. "I like action so business plans are frustrating for politicians because we like to cut ribbons not plan things," Ms Symes said. "But it's important to make sure you have all of the stakeholders engaged. "The process will set up a pipeline for the future of how to make sure this is a premier destination for Bendigo," she said. "Getting the planning right is really important." The Bendigo venue is one of the largest showgrounds in regional Victoria. Over 600,000 people attend the grounds every year for events like the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo Agriculture Show, Groovin the Moo, and the Bendigo National Swap Meet. Bendigo Agricultural Show Society president Sharon Stemmer said next master plan would focus on building a new pavilion for arts and crafts, and to redo some of the landscaping. "Having this funding so that we can move forward with upgrading the showgrounds is really important," she said. "We have some huge events here now but we could also attract a lot more with this upgrade." "The events are growing every year and if we had the extra facilities, we could also cater for a lot more here, not only for the showgrounds, but for Bendigo." "Because everyone who comes here has to eat, sleep, fill their cars with petrol so the Bendigo economy gets an enormous amount out of what happens here." The society's chief executive said the master plan would address accessibility issues, but also focus on making the venue more environmentally friendly. "This plan is going to be for the next 10-15 years," Ian Furze said. "It will focus on things like improvement to the buildings and infrastructure, but it will also look at environmental impact." "We are looking towards the capacity to be a bit more self-sufficient with our water storage," he said. "Also making sure all the lighting is lower energy." Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the funding would allow the group to focus on the "big picture". "This is such a great asset for our community and such a great asset for Bendigo," she said. "It's actually a no-brainer to invest in a facility like this that will bring even more people to our wonderful Bendigo," she said. "We have such a healthy, growing and exciting community now. "There's been so much happening and we want to keep that momentum up." City of Greater Bendigo Council Deputy Mayor Rod Fyffe said they were "delighted" to contribute to the funding. "It does set out a road map for the development of the facilities," he said. "The community and wider region will be the beneficiaries. "It's a terrific investment by the state government, by the show society, and by council itself," he said. "We can offer that breadth of experience for people who want to put on events and people who want to come to events."

The future of the showgrounds

09 Mar 2019 • Bendigo Advertiser, Bendigo VIC (General News) by Tara Cosoleto THE Bendigo Showgrounds are set for an upgrade, with state and local government coming together to fund a master plan for development of the venue over the next 10 years. Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes announced the state government would a $50,000 grant towards the project. The City of Greater Bendigo would also contribute $25,000, as would the Bendigo Agricultural Show Society who manage the site. "I like action so business plans are frustrating for politicians because we like to cut ribbons not plan things," Ms Symes said. "But it's important to make sure you have all of the stakeholders engaged. "The process will set up a pipeline for the future of how to make sure this is a premier destination for Bendigo," she said. "Getting the planning right is really important." The Bendigo venue is one of the largest showgrounds in regional Victoria. Over 600,000 people attend the grounds every year for events like the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo Agriculture Show, Groovin the Moo, and the Bendigo National Swap Meet. Bendigo Agricultural Show Society president Sharon Stemmer said next master plan would focus on building a new pavilion for arts and crafts, and to redo some of the landscaping. "Having this funding so that we can move forward with upgrading the showgrounds is really important," she said. "We have some huge events here now but we could also attract a lot more with this upgrade." "The events are growing every year and if we had the extra facilities, we could also cater for a lot more here, not only for the showgrounds, but for Bendigo." "Because everyone who comes here has to eat, sleep, fill their cars with petrol so the Bendigo economy gets an enormous amount out of what happens here." The society's chief executive said the master plan would address accessibility issues, but also focus on making the venue more environmentally friendly. "This plan is going to be for the next 10-15 years," Ian Furze said. "It will focus on things like improvement to the buildings and infrastructure, but it will also look at environmental impact." "We are looking towards the capacity to be a bit more self-sufficient with our water storage," he said. "Also making sure all the lighting is lower energy." Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the funding would allow the group to focus on the "big picture". "This is such a great asset for our community and such a great asset for Bendigo," she said. "It's actually a no-brainer to invest in a facility like this that will bring even more people to our wonderful Bendigo," she said. "We have such a healthy, growing and exciting community now. "There's been so much happening and we want to keep that momentum up." City of Greater Bendigo Council Deputy Mayor Rod Fyffe said they were "delighted" to contribute to the funding. "It does set out a road map for the development of the facilities," he said. "The community and wider region will be the beneficiaries. "It's a terrific investment by the state government, by the show society, and by council itself," he said. "We can offer that breadth of experience for people who want to put on events and people who want to come to events."

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