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Supporting Northern Victoria’s Farmers

14th Feb 2019 The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our farmers through drought, helping them prepare for and manage the effects of dry conditions through the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grant program. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Mark and Annette Radford, who were one of more than 2300 applicants for the Labor Government’s grant program after their sheep farm in Creightons Creek was affected by drought. The Radford family received a grant to purchase extra water tanks that allowed them to improve their existing stock containment area, as well as taking part in programs like BestWool/BestLamb to increase their farm’s productivity. The Labor Government’s On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support program provides up to $5000 to help farms prepare for drought and dry conditions across Central and East Gippsland, Northern and North West Victoria. As a part of the almost $30 million support package to help Victorian farmers, the Government has also delivered technical decision-making workshops through Agriculture Victoria to over 2000 farmers since May. For advice and information about workshops, please visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “We’re proud to be supporting farmers through tough seasonal conditions, making sure farms are better equipped to prepare for drought – and we’re thrilled to have had more than 2300 applications for the grants in just a few months.” “We’re backing a number of programs available to help farmers and their families through tough dry conditions – they shouldn’t have to go it alone.” “We responded immediately when much of Western Victoria was in the grips of extreme drought in 2015, stood side-by-side with dairy farmers to offer support during the global dairy price down-turn and we're working hand in hand with farming communities in Northern Victoria and Gippsland now with ongoing drought conditions.”

Supporting Northern Victoria’s Farmers

14th Feb 2019 The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our farmers through drought, helping them prepare for and manage the effects of dry conditions through the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grant program. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Mark and Annette Radford, who were one of more than 2300 applicants for the Labor Government’s grant program after their sheep farm in Creightons Creek was affected by drought. The Radford family received a grant to purchase extra water tanks that allowed them to improve their existing stock containment area, as well as taking part in programs like BestWool/BestLamb to increase their farm’s productivity. The Labor Government’s On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support program provides up to $5000 to help farms prepare for drought and dry conditions across Central and East Gippsland, Northern and North West Victoria. As a part of the almost $30 million support package to help Victorian farmers, the Government has also delivered technical decision-making workshops through Agriculture Victoria to over 2000 farmers since May. For advice and information about workshops, please visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons. Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes “We’re proud to be supporting farmers through tough seasonal conditions, making sure farms are better equipped to prepare for drought – and we’re thrilled to have had more than 2300 applications for the grants in just a few months.” “We’re backing a number of programs available to help farmers and their families through tough dry conditions – they shouldn’t have to go it alone.” “We responded immediately when much of Western Victoria was in the grips of extreme drought in 2015, stood side-by-side with dairy farmers to offer support during the global dairy price down-turn and we're working hand in hand with farming communities in Northern Victoria and Gippsland now with ongoing drought conditions.”

More Trains And Better Services On The Shepparton Line

Shepparton will soon benefit from the introduction of new train services thanks to works completed on the Shepparton Line Upgrade delivered by the Andrews Labor Government. From Monday 1 April, passengers will get 10 extra weekly services that have been made possible by stabling upgrades at Shepparton Station. Early works have also kicked off this week at Donnybrook and Wallan Station to finalise the design of the Labor Government’s $24 million upgrade of both stations. The extension of an early morning Seymour train has made it possible for passengers to commute to work in Shepparton before 9am weekdays. Two extra weekday trains have also been added – a mid-morning train from Shepparton to Melbourne and an afternoon peak service between Melbourne and Seymour. The stabling upgrade allows two trains to be stored at Shepparton Station overnight, enabling the boost in services on the line. Work is now underway on stage two of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will allow VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time. During the next four weeks, crews will excavate 22 test pits and drill six boreholes between Nagambie and Shepparton to better understand ground conditions and soil quality in the project area. This will inform the design of the stage two works, which includes platform extensions, level crossing upgrades, signalling and track upgrades and a new stabling facility north of Shepparton to house VLocity trains. These upgrades will deliver up to a 20-minute travel time reduction between Melbourne and Shepparton. The Shepparton Line Upgrade is fully funded by the Labor Government and is being delivered as part of the Regional Rail Revival, which will upgrade every regional passenger train line in Victoria and create more than 1000 jobs. The new timetable will be available online at ptv.vic.gov.au and at staffed V/Line stations and from 1 March. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Local passengers have been calling out for more train services and we’re delivering exactly that, giving people more choice when they travel.” “With the next stage of works now progressing, passengers have even more to look forward to, with more modern trains and more reliable journeys on the way.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “This is fantastic news for Shepparton locals and even better news for commuters looking for those extra services on the Shepparton line that will get more people where they need to go even quicker.”

More Trains And Better Services On The Shepparton Line

Shepparton will soon benefit from the introduction of new train services thanks to works completed on the Shepparton Line Upgrade delivered by the Andrews Labor Government. From Monday 1 April, passengers will get 10 extra weekly services that have been made possible by stabling upgrades at Shepparton Station. Early works have also kicked off this week at Donnybrook and Wallan Station to finalise the design of the Labor Government’s $24 million upgrade of both stations. The extension of an early morning Seymour train has made it possible for passengers to commute to work in Shepparton before 9am weekdays. Two extra weekday trains have also been added – a mid-morning train from Shepparton to Melbourne and an afternoon peak service between Melbourne and Seymour. The stabling upgrade allows two trains to be stored at Shepparton Station overnight, enabling the boost in services on the line. Work is now underway on stage two of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will allow VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time. During the next four weeks, crews will excavate 22 test pits and drill six boreholes between Nagambie and Shepparton to better understand ground conditions and soil quality in the project area. This will inform the design of the stage two works, which includes platform extensions, level crossing upgrades, signalling and track upgrades and a new stabling facility north of Shepparton to house VLocity trains. These upgrades will deliver up to a 20-minute travel time reduction between Melbourne and Shepparton. The Shepparton Line Upgrade is fully funded by the Labor Government and is being delivered as part of the Regional Rail Revival, which will upgrade every regional passenger train line in Victoria and create more than 1000 jobs. The new timetable will be available online at ptv.vic.gov.au and at staffed V/Line stations and from 1 March. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “Local passengers have been calling out for more train services and we’re delivering exactly that, giving people more choice when they travel.” “With the next stage of works now progressing, passengers have even more to look forward to, with more modern trains and more reliable journeys on the way.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “This is fantastic news for Shepparton locals and even better news for commuters looking for those extra services on the Shepparton line that will get more people where they need to go even quicker.”

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR BENALLA

Thursday, 8 November 2018 DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR BENALLA Benalla families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Benalla P-12 College. Labor will invest $12.1 million to transform the school’s tired old facilities, completing the next stage of the redevelopment including a new STEAM building and a new science block. The Liberals and Nationals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. In contrast, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office four years ago. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. Building on this work, a re-elected Labor Government will also open 100 new schools across the state over the next eight years. Our school building boom has already helped create more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals and Nationals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school and a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to the Labor Candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler-Morton “We are already upgrading Benalla P-12 College, but we know there’s more to do. That’s why we will make sure local kids have the first-rate classrooms they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “As a former student, I know first-hand what a great local school this is – it deserves facilities that match. Only Labor can be trusted to deliver the upgrades this school community needs.” “This follows the major investment in the new senior school building, the new metals and tech building, refurbishment of the Avon Street Campus and the $200,000 all-inclusive playground to be built at the Faithfull Street Campus.”

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR BENALLA

Thursday, 8 November 2018 DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR BENALLA Benalla families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Benalla P-12 College. Labor will invest $12.1 million to transform the school’s tired old facilities, completing the next stage of the redevelopment including a new STEAM building and a new science block. The Liberals and Nationals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. In contrast, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office four years ago. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. Building on this work, a re-elected Labor Government will also open 100 new schools across the state over the next eight years. Our school building boom has already helped create more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals and Nationals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school and a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quotes attributable to the Labor Candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler-Morton “We are already upgrading Benalla P-12 College, but we know there’s more to do. That’s why we will make sure local kids have the first-rate classrooms they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “As a former student, I know first-hand what a great local school this is – it deserves facilities that match. Only Labor can be trusted to deliver the upgrades this school community needs.” “This follows the major investment in the new senior school building, the new metals and tech building, refurbishment of the Avon Street Campus and the $200,000 all-inclusive playground to be built at the Faithfull Street Campus.”

LABOR CONNECTS EUROA COMMUNITY FACILITIES

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 LABOR CONNECTS EUROA COMMUNITY FACILITIES Euroa residents and visitors will be able to enjoy easy access to Seven Creeks, Memorial Reserve and Friendlies Oval, thanks to a $200,000 investment by the Andrews Labor Government. The funding, secured by Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, following discussions with Euroa Netball and Cricket club members, was approved by Treasurer Tim Pallas. Ms Symes, joined by Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton, made the surprise announcement in front of sporting club members today. The funding, from the Community Support Fund, will go towards building bridged footpaths and cycleways, providing an alternate route for those wanting to enjoy the reserves and parks bordering Seven Creeks. “This is a fantastic result for Euroa and builds on Labor’s funding of both the new netball courts and Friendlies Oval redevelopment,” Ms Symes said. “Both the netball and cricket club members built a strong case to have the Friendlies Oval and Netball and Football facilities connected and I am pleased that the Andrews Labor Government has again delivered. “This funding will see Labor and Strathbogie Shire work together to deliver this vital community infrastructure that will better connect the sporting facilities in Euroa.” Ms Deppeler-Morton welcomed the funding. “The lack of connectivity between Euroa’s main sporting facilities has been a bug bear for years for residents and it is Labor who is getting on with the job of fixing this,” she said. “This will not only improve the connectivity of the sporting precinct but also open up opportunities for the popular Euroa Parkrun to expand its courses and give locals new opportunities to get out and about.” The Community Support Fund aids a range of programs including sport and recreation, arts, tourism, youth programs, financial counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and the advancement of the community. To deliver the construction of the new infrastructure, the Andrews Labor Government will work with the Strathbogie Shire, who has also allocated $200,000 towards the project in its 2018 – 2019 budget. The project is expected to be complete by mid-2019.  

LABOR CONNECTS EUROA COMMUNITY FACILITIES

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 LABOR CONNECTS EUROA COMMUNITY FACILITIES Euroa residents and visitors will be able to enjoy easy access to Seven Creeks, Memorial Reserve and Friendlies Oval, thanks to a $200,000 investment by the Andrews Labor Government. The funding, secured by Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, following discussions with Euroa Netball and Cricket club members, was approved by Treasurer Tim Pallas. Ms Symes, joined by Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton, made the surprise announcement in front of sporting club members today. The funding, from the Community Support Fund, will go towards building bridged footpaths and cycleways, providing an alternate route for those wanting to enjoy the reserves and parks bordering Seven Creeks. “This is a fantastic result for Euroa and builds on Labor’s funding of both the new netball courts and Friendlies Oval redevelopment,” Ms Symes said. “Both the netball and cricket club members built a strong case to have the Friendlies Oval and Netball and Football facilities connected and I am pleased that the Andrews Labor Government has again delivered. “This funding will see Labor and Strathbogie Shire work together to deliver this vital community infrastructure that will better connect the sporting facilities in Euroa.” Ms Deppeler-Morton welcomed the funding. “The lack of connectivity between Euroa’s main sporting facilities has been a bug bear for years for residents and it is Labor who is getting on with the job of fixing this,” she said. “This will not only improve the connectivity of the sporting precinct but also open up opportunities for the popular Euroa Parkrun to expand its courses and give locals new opportunities to get out and about.” The Community Support Fund aids a range of programs including sport and recreation, arts, tourism, youth programs, financial counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and the advancement of the community. To deliver the construction of the new infrastructure, the Andrews Labor Government will work with the Strathbogie Shire, who has also allocated $200,000 towards the project in its 2018 – 2019 budget. The project is expected to be complete by mid-2019.  

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