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KILMORE WELCOMES LONG WEEKEND WITH PACING CUP NIGHT

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Kilmore host its biggest ever Pacing Cup on the eve of the AFL Grand Final long weekend. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is providing almost $9000 towards the Kilmore Pacing Cup race night on Thursday, September 27, as part of a $20,000 joint funding package with the Kilmore Racing Club. By moving the meeting to AFL Grand Final long weekend eve, Kilmore Racing Club expects to draw a larger crowd to its premium race meeting. Ms Symes said the big night will include live music from Belle & John, while kids can play on the jumping castle, enjoy face painting and sports activities. Complimentary shuttle buses will transport racegoers safely to and from the track, with services operating from Kilmore East and Epping railway stations, as well as Wallan, Broadford, Lancefield, Kilmore and Pyalong. Tanya McDermott will host the night, while Luke Humphreys will interview drivers on the track after each race. “This year’s Kilmore Pacing Cup is a great opportunity to make the most of the AFL Grand Final long weekend with a great night of entertainment for the whole family,” Ms Symes said. “Labor is investing in country harness racing because of the enormous benefits it brings to our region.” A check of the track’s electrical lighting system earlier this year used thermal imaging to pinpoint abnormal temperatures in track wiring to reduce the risk of cancelled or abandoned meetings. Harness Racing Victoria matched the government’s support for the project. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $71,000 to support three harness racing infrastructure projects at Kilmore along with the support for this year’s Kilmore Pacing Cup. The racing industry in the Goulburn region alone generates more than $227 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain more than 2,240 full-time equivalent jobs locally.

KILMORE WELCOMES LONG WEEKEND WITH PACING CUP NIGHT

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Kilmore host its biggest ever Pacing Cup on the eve of the AFL Grand Final long weekend. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is providing almost $9000 towards the Kilmore Pacing Cup race night on Thursday, September 27, as part of a $20,000 joint funding package with the Kilmore Racing Club. By moving the meeting to AFL Grand Final long weekend eve, Kilmore Racing Club expects to draw a larger crowd to its premium race meeting. Ms Symes said the big night will include live music from Belle & John, while kids can play on the jumping castle, enjoy face painting and sports activities. Complimentary shuttle buses will transport racegoers safely to and from the track, with services operating from Kilmore East and Epping railway stations, as well as Wallan, Broadford, Lancefield, Kilmore and Pyalong. Tanya McDermott will host the night, while Luke Humphreys will interview drivers on the track after each race. “This year’s Kilmore Pacing Cup is a great opportunity to make the most of the AFL Grand Final long weekend with a great night of entertainment for the whole family,” Ms Symes said. “Labor is investing in country harness racing because of the enormous benefits it brings to our region.” A check of the track’s electrical lighting system earlier this year used thermal imaging to pinpoint abnormal temperatures in track wiring to reduce the risk of cancelled or abandoned meetings. Harness Racing Victoria matched the government’s support for the project. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $71,000 to support three harness racing infrastructure projects at Kilmore along with the support for this year’s Kilmore Pacing Cup. The racing industry in the Goulburn region alone generates more than $227 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain more than 2,240 full-time equivalent jobs locally.

STATE-OF-THE-ART POLICE STATION OPENS IN THE ALPINE REGION

Bright now has a new state-of-the-art police station benefiting local officers and community safety, as part of the biggest investment in Victoria Police history by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today joined members from Victoria Police command, local officers, emergency service workers, Alpine Shire Councillors and staff, local business and community organisation representatives, Bail Justices and community members to celebrate the official opening of the $3.2 million purpose-built facility in Churchill Avenue and mark an exciting new chapter for local officers and the Alpine community. The new station quadruples the workspace and ensures that the site accommodates local police as well as able to cope when responding to emergencies that may involve additional personal and other emergency service workers. It also provides officers with increased security and safety features, a reception area with public consultation room, interview rooms and custody processing areas, a multi-purpose meeting room and public car parking. The former station was built in 1984 with space for just five staff members and was later extended in 1992, before being knocked down early last year to make way for the new station. The new facility caters for growth in the Alpine community and fluctuating tourism numbers, when the population can grow by to up to 30,000 on weekends and during events. The additional space allows for officers to better coordinate land and water-based searches for missing persons and the rescue and recovery of people in remote bushland and mountain areas. The new station was funded as part of a $36.8 million package to replace or refurbish 32 regional and rural police stations and residences. “We’ve listened to Victoria Police and given them the facilities they need – we’re focused on delivering a modern police force that has the laws, powers and resources it needs to keep the community safe,” Ms Symes said. “The new station replaces the dated facilities that our local police had outgrown and gives Bright and surrounding towns a modern and fit-for-purpose station to support a safer community. “There are only four weekends a year when there isn’t an event in or around Bright, and this fantastic new facility will provide more support for police as we head into another busy summer period. The Labor Government has also invested in additional policing resources for Bright and the surrounding region. Nine new family violence specialists have been allocated to the Wangaratta Division, which includes Bright, under the Labor Government’s latest wave of new police, with officers to be deployed by mid next year. This is part of the Labor Government’s $2 million Community Safety Statement the single biggest funding boost in the history of the force, which will recruit an extra 3,135 more police, upgrade and build new police stations, and deliver a more efficient and stronger police force, funded by the Labor Government. This is in stark contrast with the former Liberal Government who cut $100 million from Victoria Police, did not fund one single new police officer and sacked 350 Victoria Police staff.

STATE-OF-THE-ART POLICE STATION OPENS IN THE ALPINE REGION

Bright now has a new state-of-the-art police station benefiting local officers and community safety, as part of the biggest investment in Victoria Police history by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today joined members from Victoria Police command, local officers, emergency service workers, Alpine Shire Councillors and staff, local business and community organisation representatives, Bail Justices and community members to celebrate the official opening of the $3.2 million purpose-built facility in Churchill Avenue and mark an exciting new chapter for local officers and the Alpine community. The new station quadruples the workspace and ensures that the site accommodates local police as well as able to cope when responding to emergencies that may involve additional personal and other emergency service workers. It also provides officers with increased security and safety features, a reception area with public consultation room, interview rooms and custody processing areas, a multi-purpose meeting room and public car parking. The former station was built in 1984 with space for just five staff members and was later extended in 1992, before being knocked down early last year to make way for the new station. The new facility caters for growth in the Alpine community and fluctuating tourism numbers, when the population can grow by to up to 30,000 on weekends and during events. The additional space allows for officers to better coordinate land and water-based searches for missing persons and the rescue and recovery of people in remote bushland and mountain areas. The new station was funded as part of a $36.8 million package to replace or refurbish 32 regional and rural police stations and residences. “We’ve listened to Victoria Police and given them the facilities they need – we’re focused on delivering a modern police force that has the laws, powers and resources it needs to keep the community safe,” Ms Symes said. “The new station replaces the dated facilities that our local police had outgrown and gives Bright and surrounding towns a modern and fit-for-purpose station to support a safer community. “There are only four weekends a year when there isn’t an event in or around Bright, and this fantastic new facility will provide more support for police as we head into another busy summer period. The Labor Government has also invested in additional policing resources for Bright and the surrounding region. Nine new family violence specialists have been allocated to the Wangaratta Division, which includes Bright, under the Labor Government’s latest wave of new police, with officers to be deployed by mid next year. This is part of the Labor Government’s $2 million Community Safety Statement the single biggest funding boost in the history of the force, which will recruit an extra 3,135 more police, upgrade and build new police stations, and deliver a more efficient and stronger police force, funded by the Labor Government. This is in stark contrast with the former Liberal Government who cut $100 million from Victoria Police, did not fund one single new police officer and sacked 350 Victoria Police staff.

POP-UP MOBILE LIBRARY UPGRADE COMPLETE

Beechworth’s mobile pop-up library is the latest to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s record funding for libraries under the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today opened the upgraded pop-up mobile library in Beechworth. This Mobile Library Rejuvenation project has been funded by a $70,000 contribution from the Labor State Government’s 2017 Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund and delivered in partnership with the Indigo Shire Council. The project included the purchase of a new high roof van which allows library staff and patrons to browse the shelving, An area was also created within the van for new displays, brochure display board, council forms and information. And an accessibility lift has been fitted to the rear of the vehicle, allowing for access for patrons with limited mobility, as well as a loading ramp for rotating stock. "The Labor Government’s $70,000 contribution to the Indigo Shire Council library rejuvenation project means the library can continue to provide vital learning and creativity outlets for our region,” Ms Symes said. “Mobile libraries are a fantastic way for the community to gain access to library facilities. “The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program is helping the mobile library continue its proud history of providing library services to our local community.” Labor candidate for Benambra, Mark Tait welcomed the completion of the project. “Public libraries are a crucial part of any community, fostering lifelong learning and providing programs for residents of all ages, and this mobile library is essential for our small communities in the Benambra electorate,” Mr Tait said. “Labor is committed to helping our libraries grow and adapt to support the needs of our local communities.” The Victorian Government has invested more than $18 million dollars into 59 infrastructure projects through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, worth a collective $154 million. The program helps Victorian councils and regional library corporations provide high quality infrastructure to meet their community's changing needs.

POP-UP MOBILE LIBRARY UPGRADE COMPLETE

Beechworth’s mobile pop-up library is the latest to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s record funding for libraries under the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today opened the upgraded pop-up mobile library in Beechworth. This Mobile Library Rejuvenation project has been funded by a $70,000 contribution from the Labor State Government’s 2017 Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund and delivered in partnership with the Indigo Shire Council. The project included the purchase of a new high roof van which allows library staff and patrons to browse the shelving, An area was also created within the van for new displays, brochure display board, council forms and information. And an accessibility lift has been fitted to the rear of the vehicle, allowing for access for patrons with limited mobility, as well as a loading ramp for rotating stock. "The Labor Government’s $70,000 contribution to the Indigo Shire Council library rejuvenation project means the library can continue to provide vital learning and creativity outlets for our region,” Ms Symes said. “Mobile libraries are a fantastic way for the community to gain access to library facilities. “The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program is helping the mobile library continue its proud history of providing library services to our local community.” Labor candidate for Benambra, Mark Tait welcomed the completion of the project. “Public libraries are a crucial part of any community, fostering lifelong learning and providing programs for residents of all ages, and this mobile library is essential for our small communities in the Benambra electorate,” Mr Tait said. “Labor is committed to helping our libraries grow and adapt to support the needs of our local communities.” The Victorian Government has invested more than $18 million dollars into 59 infrastructure projects through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, worth a collective $154 million. The program helps Victorian councils and regional library corporations provide high quality infrastructure to meet their community's changing needs.

SCENIC RAILWAY TO BOOST TOURISM IN THE YARRA VALLEY

Steam trains will return to the Yarra Valley for the first time in 40 years with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to invest in a scenic railway that will create jobs and boost tourism in the region. The 14-kilometre Yarra Valley Railway will run between Yarra Glen and Healesville, connecting the two largest tourist towns in the region. Visitors will be able to ride an historic steam train between the towns, stopping at restored railway stations and historic work sheds, as well as wineries and a local museum. The Railway will also connect to the Yarra Valley Rail Trail so cyclists can board the train at various points along the route. Local residents, community groups and businesses have raised $2.74 million towards the project, which is the largest volunteer infrastructure project in Australia. More than 500 individual volunteers, 10 community groups and more than 100 local businesses have given their time, expertise and materials to make this project happen. This includes the donation of more than 5,000 tonnes of stony ballast and 17.5 kilometres of steel track from the Andrews Labor Government’s level crossing removal projects. The first stage of the railway project is almost finished, including the restoration of station platforms, buildings and railway yards at Yarra Glen and Tarrawarra Railway Stations, 16 railway bridges and nine kilometres of track. This is an amazing community project and only Labor will fund the $3.75 million the Yarra Valley Railway organisation is seeking to finish the job. A re-elected Labor Government will provide this grant for the second and final stage of works, which includes redeveloping the historic Healesville Railway Station precinct and upgrading the remaining four kilometres of railway track and bridges from Healesville to Tarrawarra Estate. This will allow steam trains carrying up to 600 passengers to run between Yarra Glen and Healesville, with more than 250,000 visitors expected to ride the tourist train each year. The Yarra Valley Railway organisation expects the project to generate $30 million for the local economy and create around 120 jobs. Quote attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “Locals have put their blood, sweat and tears into building the Yarra Valley Railway. It’s an amazing community effort and only Labor will make sure it gets finished and steam trains return to the Yarra Valley once more.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism John Eren “This community-driven project will attract more visitors to experience the best of the Yarra Valley, boosting jobs and the region’s economy.”

SCENIC RAILWAY TO BOOST TOURISM IN THE YARRA VALLEY

Steam trains will return to the Yarra Valley for the first time in 40 years with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to invest in a scenic railway that will create jobs and boost tourism in the region. The 14-kilometre Yarra Valley Railway will run between Yarra Glen and Healesville, connecting the two largest tourist towns in the region. Visitors will be able to ride an historic steam train between the towns, stopping at restored railway stations and historic work sheds, as well as wineries and a local museum. The Railway will also connect to the Yarra Valley Rail Trail so cyclists can board the train at various points along the route. Local residents, community groups and businesses have raised $2.74 million towards the project, which is the largest volunteer infrastructure project in Australia. More than 500 individual volunteers, 10 community groups and more than 100 local businesses have given their time, expertise and materials to make this project happen. This includes the donation of more than 5,000 tonnes of stony ballast and 17.5 kilometres of steel track from the Andrews Labor Government’s level crossing removal projects. The first stage of the railway project is almost finished, including the restoration of station platforms, buildings and railway yards at Yarra Glen and Tarrawarra Railway Stations, 16 railway bridges and nine kilometres of track. This is an amazing community project and only Labor will fund the $3.75 million the Yarra Valley Railway organisation is seeking to finish the job. A re-elected Labor Government will provide this grant for the second and final stage of works, which includes redeveloping the historic Healesville Railway Station precinct and upgrading the remaining four kilometres of railway track and bridges from Healesville to Tarrawarra Estate. This will allow steam trains carrying up to 600 passengers to run between Yarra Glen and Healesville, with more than 250,000 visitors expected to ride the tourist train each year. The Yarra Valley Railway organisation expects the project to generate $30 million for the local economy and create around 120 jobs. Quote attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “Locals have put their blood, sweat and tears into building the Yarra Valley Railway. It’s an amazing community effort and only Labor will make sure it gets finished and steam trains return to the Yarra Valley once more.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism John Eren “This community-driven project will attract more visitors to experience the best of the Yarra Valley, boosting jobs and the region’s economy.”

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